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Posted on November 28 at 2:53 a.m.
Yeah, detente is worth a try. Don't knock it until you've tried it, right? After we pulled a CIA coup on their elected president Mossadegh, installed the Shah, and supported their attacker Saddam Hussein, we might expect some Persian rancor against us. Would Ayatollah Khomeni have ascended to power in a democracy? Maybe it's time to move forward, and work something out.
The nuclear genie is already out of the bottle, and sanctions & sabre rattling will only delay the...inevitable? Maybe it's a Time to Chill, with apologies to the poet of Ecclesiastes.
Also, the Ayatollah declared a fatwa against developing nuclear weapons. Wouldn't it undermine his authority to defy his own fatwa?
Anyway, enough already of Israel-firsters heavily influencing US foreign policy in the ME via lobbying, political donations, the mass media, etc. They are our diffuse but pervasive version of an Ayatollah. And I am specifically refering to Israel-firsters, of all ethnic and religious persuasions. Make that, OVERLY religious persuasion, as seen on TV.
On Support Iran Accord
Posted on November 23 at 8:40 a.m.
Just as surely as there will always be conspiracy theorists, there will also be conspiracies. The correspondences will be weak, but do we live in a world without scheming interest groups? I think that most conspiracy buffs smell the corruption, but they lack the sophistication to identify its sources. The govt musta done it, etc. But it mighta just been Oswald living his peculiar dream, or Herschel Grynszpan shooting his gay Nazi lover, for example. We'll never know. But we CAN fact-check conspiracy theories in this Internet age, unlike in previous decades when only conspiracy hoaxers sold copy, unlike fact-respecting debunkers.
Anyone care to take on ACTUAL cover-ups?
Google "Holodomor" or "Solzhenitsyn 200 Years Together," for example, to find whitewashed history, abundantly documented.
On The JFK Mystery
Posted on November 18 at 3:23 p.m.
I lost $20 once (alleged Greyhound fare) to a seemingly sincere guy whose wallet was also left at home. As it turned out in the course of conversation, he had a number of things in common with me, ha ha ha. Oh, yeah... "con" is short for confidence, duh.
Posted on November 15 at 5:40 p.m.
SOME train Xing wrecks happen because trains just do not get out of their own way, which is one of the cues we manicured apes use to judge the speed of an approaching entity. (If only the FRONT end is moving, it can't be going all that fast, right?)
On Bicyclist Hit, Dragged By Train
Posted on November 15 at 5:24 p.m.
"The only trees in town that are beautiful are the trees that belong to the public."
Of course, he meant the public individually, on private property, vs the public collectively, on city property. What with the next sentence being sarcastic, the wording might confuse some ppl. It threw me off, anyway.
Regarding Nanny Statism, how about a "Great Birnam Wood" party at city hall, with property owners bearing boughs of protest. That would play on the evening news. Why let New Yorkers have all the fun, with their contraband Big Gulps. Today it's Nanny, tomorrow it's Big Nurse, then finally Hillary.
On The Perils of Tree-Topping
Posted on November 11 at 1:14 p.m.
Oops, Catholics venerate with knees down, but not forehead. Sorry, Antonin! But they take their shoes off, right? Good thing nobody's monitoring this wordiness.
Some encryption software might have NSA backdoors: http://www.theinquirer.net/inquirer/n...
We really need to reign in government, all of us of any political affiliation. Public campaign financing would revert their loyalty to us voters in the strength intended by our Founders. One stone, many dead birds. But incumbents & mass media interests will never give us permission to think that through, so most of us don't know what 2+2=.
Posted on November 11 at 7:28 a.m.
Pound of cure?
On <em>24 Hours of Reality</em> Forgot About People
Posted on November 11 at 7:23 a.m.
Nice Cree decor, Winston. Call me Malala. When contemplating dipping a toe, it's often better to execute a backflip and be done with. You'd have more trouble googling your name if it were Joe Blwo, but peeves need attention too. And I do hope that no one is still reading this here stupid drivel.
However, you made one point that made moi balk. "Christianizing media" exists (FOX & Duck Dynasty). And worse, the Catholic Supremes surpass the ecstasy of Saint Teresa sometimes, when a case arises in which they can jettison rationality in favor of Christian doctrine, Harvard be damned, Amen Thou our most really Realish Romely Lord who gotta save my elevated butt now Jesus. But is not the ACLU a de facto Jewish organization? Church and state would be indistinguishable by now without them. Except that like their co-travelers of the Russian Revolution, ACLU raises hell about Christian endorsements by governmental agencies, while they look the other way and whistle when The National Menorah gets national media coverage. (The National Christmas Tree is all pagan Yule, without Christian doctrinal significance, like "Easter" eggs.)
Ah, but we're here to kvetch.
Posted on November 9 at 4:55 p.m.
The Turks and Israelis reverse-engineer our classified military technology and sell it around the world, for example to China. (Except for our boondoggles, probably.) Development of new war tech is structured to cost as much as possible and take as much time as possible, right? Money in circulation channels pre-dating Ike and Smedley is presumably more powerful than any Sec. of Military-Industrial Good-Thang would be. Meanwhile, China keeps building bridges. BTW, renovation of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge between Brooklyn and Staten Island includes some outsourcing to China, because American companies didn't have the "manufacturing space, special equipment and financial capacity to do the job" (NY Metro Transport Auth).
On How to Fix the National Debt, with Pictures!
Posted on November 6 at 5:35 p.m.
Native1: Ignore race, and it will go away? Whether the president's father's race is a factor in support or opposition to his policies, and which tendency has the greater impact, are real issues.
On Bill of Goods
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