ELECTION RESULTS - DISASTER AVERTED Updated Dec 8 by Michael Hammerschlag
Obama won handily (+3.5 mil, 126 electors) despite voter disenfranchisement and Repub removal of, conservatively, 1-3 million votes- because we won we probably won't pursue it, as an old poll said (they did it for years in FL). In fact Rove's election night Fox meltdown may have been because he knew they had "disallowed" what they thought was the required number of votes. He is an overweaningly despicable character... BUT his protest that it was too early was absolutely correct (was 2000 that far back?). As usual Florida was trouble- thank God they didn't pull those stunts in Ohio (or were enjoined from them). Lets say a word of thanks to Jimmy Carter III, who with a little bedroom web research, discovered that devastating video exposing Romney's corporate death head reality.
I hope some serious legal action is taken against FL's Rick Scott- supposedly the most unpopular Gov in nation at 39%- for his blatant defiant voter suppression: 6 hour lines with all that absentee and early voting?!@#$% The puke just folded on accepting Obamacare, so must be feeling some Sunshine rage.
Finally finally the Senate may force Fillibuster terrorists to ACTUALLY TALK, what I've been screaming about for 2 decades by a simple majority rules change at the start of a new session (once old rules start being used they are re-ratified). Why not in 2009 ??!@#$%
GAZA ATTACKS: Again Israel was blowing the hell out of the largest prison camp in the world for 600 unaimed missiles (which despite the alarm, have killed only 3), death toll in the embargoed blockaded sanctioned trapped Gaza - 145? Obama (+France)'s enormous pressure on the nasty Netanyahu prevented another catastrophic land invasion (last one killed 1400)- finally America is doing something in the ME. Considering how 60% of our and world problems with Muslims is due to the festering pain of Palestine- as the excellent acquaintance Juan Cole says:
Look at his stunning map of the West Bank's shrinkage under the endless Israeli land grab- it is clear the Israeli's will never give all that land back- 500,000 Israelis now live in the West Bank amid 2.5 million Palestinian subjects .
My hope for OBAMA's this of 3 great tasks: lay down the law to Benny: A REAL 2 State Solution in 1 year OR we cut Israel's aid by 50%, including all military aid. Properly explained as a pro-American stance (we are nobodys puppet), 70% would support it, and 95% of the world. Nothing could enhance world peace and security as simply. Last Prez to affect the area, JC, is only person to lay the blame where it lies. They still won't do it, and so don't deserve our money.
PALESTINE RECOGNIZED: After so many decades of misery and torture, the UN voted for "Observer State" status for Palestine on the 65th anniversary of Israel's founding: 138 for, 9 against, 41 abstentions. Britain, Germany, and many US "friends" chose to abstain. The Czech Republic was unique in Europe, joining the United States, Israel, Canada, Panama and Nauru, Palau and Micronesia in voting against the move.
The US again was on the wrong side of history , decency, and morality in voting NO- the Palestinians should wait for a comprehensive 2-state solution... in 2070.
Non-member state status may allow them to bring war crimes complaints against Israel in the Inter. Criminal Court, something Israel is terrified of.
Israel + America have threatened withholding Pal funding for aspiring towards any freedom; the US donates $440 mil. In a kneejerk revenge to punish the Pals, the Israeli's announced 3000 NEW settlement homes in E1, which could effectively wall off East Jerusalem from the rest of the gerrymandered West Bank. "Settlements," lead Palestinian negotiator Michael Taraki said to me once, "are our suicide bombers."
the illegality and Chinese-style creepiness of the US war on Wikileaks, Assange, and Annonymous, entities convicted of no crime.
BAD COP: we'll be watching you
GOOD COP: or extremely unlucky
YOU GOT SOME 'SPLAININ TO DO!!
While everyone is crowing about the $600 mil wasted Crossroads/Cokeheads money dumps (things go better with $), we must assume it DID push the meters a few points towards the rampaging elephants- propaganda works.. and in a different scenario they could have won, despite alienating EVERY ethnic minority and the one majority- the roaring woman. How's that gov-proscribed rape thing working out for you?? NH went all dyev: 2 Congresshumans, 2 Senate, Gov, and haven't checked the statehouse, though after 300 to 100 Repub crushing in 2010, Dems took back the NH House 221-179 (4th largest in world), and almost took back the Senate- 11 to 13, but the Repubs had just gerrymandered it. NH has undergone most vicious whipsawing of any state last 3 cycles (in 2008 it was R to D). The once violently red state has gone blue with the Mass invasion. Live free or die, baby, guns + health care- plug em and patch em.
YEAR OF THE CAT: 20 women in Senate!- maybe they can acidly erode the antedeluvian A-holes and their mindless "religiosity", and send some to the woodshed. After all, this "white people are now a minority" business O'Liely was sobbing about has the potential to short-out whack-job TP dinosaur brains.. and some may just get out rather than deal with all those hormones... women being just below minorities in their pantheon of disrespect and discomfort. What the hell is wrong with white men (+Kansas+Nebraska), anyway? They went Repub even in Mass!
KILLING VOTING RIGHTS
Instead of fixing the Citizens United treasonous abomination, or the outrageous Repub disenfranchisement schemes (the REAL voter fraud), the Supreme Republicans are going the other way- "visiting" the Justice Dept vetting of new voting laws by the cracker South (sorry crackers- I actually like Southerners more than Northerners) in the Voting Right Bill. Kill that, and they've again tilted the playing field towards the Repubs by legitimizing criminal disenfranchisement by these Repub SOB SOS's; another extremist "legislating from the bench" monstrousity. We need a new Justice FAST: IMPEACH CLARENCE - the most unqualified hack Justice since the Gilded Age monpolist prosti-swines.
look at surveillence that should be required reading in our ex-land of the free:
Jane Mayer says that politics obviously played a part- it appeared 1 week BEFORE the election, and some RW punk FBI agent took the story to WA Repub Rep Dave Reichart, the ex-police chump who allowed the Green River Killer to run wild for 20 years after 2 prost victims positively identified him as an attempted killer (I questioned him on a Seatown radio talk show- "What is the chance you've questioned the killer, but can't see the forest for the trees [the massive volume of mindless details in such a case]". "Very very high," said Davey), who took it to TP wierdo Cantor, who took it to famously anti-Dem Director Mueller. Somehow, someway, it didn't break before the election, though it's embarrassment potential for Obama is uncertain- who really cares?
America is so schizophrenic about sex, though the citizenry is way ahead of the Government (esp Repubs), who still lumber around like Stegasaurii that don't know how obsolete they are. In the same breath, orgs like the Boy Scouts are excoriated for allowing molesters to operate for years (even with their Blacklist)... and yet pilloried for trying to keep gays OUT of the org. Make up your mind America. Similarly, gay marriage and rights passed everywhere, even as molestation scandals burn through what's left of the Catholic Church and a half-dozen other big orgs. I applaud an openly gay Senator, yet oppose gays in the Boy Scouts or Catholic Church- situations tailor made for abuse. And where is this lunatic prudery applicable to SOLDIERS - they are commissioned to KILL PEOPLE, who cares where they are dipping their wicks? As the exc. military NYT journo Thomas Ricks says, "I can't believe this is a criminal matter, when we haven't ever investigated TORTURE! Is there now an Office of Affairs at the FBI ?"
Phd. Petraius has been shot through the chest, shattered his pelvis in a parachuting accident, still runs 6 miles, stabilized the shithole of Iraq, managed the Afghan surge, and befriended journos. "Too successful, too social, too smart", says Ricks, "while incompetent time-serving Generals are NEVER replaced. They rotate in and out every year."
counterattack against the COL, WA marijuana legalization- (not decriminalization, this provides for recreational sale!). Tens of millions destroyed by the pernicious lie that this harmless weed is a "narcotic", hundreds of billions spent in brutal repression of a substance everyone under 65 with an ounce of courage has tried. DIN Hutchison, former ARK Senator and DEA narc, is leading the charge by former narcs, Chiefs of Police, neo-religious nuts.. to prevent the enaction of the citizens' will. It will be very interesting to see where Barry comes down on this, wish now he had spent a month or 2 in the Honolulu hoosgow for his youthful puffing, cause our deporting Enforcer-in-Chief's AG Holder was strongly AGAINST this dangerous rationality. After abortion passed, and decriminalization of MJ in the 70's, I thought we were on the way to a more decent and non-brutal society (next big ISSUE was ending homelessness)- then RR came in with his "War on Drugs" (Americans), Lenny Bias died with spectacularly bad timing at the height of the crack frenzy fear, 3 strikes laws were enacted... and puff.. the USA became the biggest police/prison state in the world, with 5x more people, 3 million, 1% in prison/jail/parole.
MCCAIN (and GRAHAM cracker) are determined to shamefully pump the grimy and shocking Benghazi "scandal" for every bit of mileage they can in defeating the nomination of Susan Rice for anything. I'm opposed to her since I still unreasonably hate a black woman neocon named RICE, and somewhat annoyed Sue has supplanted the great diplomat Condo: "Birthpangs of a new Middle East", she called the mindless 2006 Israeli destruction of Lebanon. I said BO would pay for soft-peddling that story, "Ain't no terrorism on my watch!" Still, frankly doubt she's the best person for the job- she has been a bland functionary and a mindless backer of Iraq Invasion, and think Obama wants her just cause he trusts her to be "on the team". An SOS sometimes has to say "no" to a Prez. Daily Newsbeast's Tomasky suggests Mr PEP Al Gore, who despite some atrophy, is still A team. (2 free tickets to nowhere if you can tell me what PEP stands for), which would avoid vacating John Kerry's Senate seat for boy band Brown (what the Repubs want in denying Rice) now that Dems have a more in your face majority of 56. Best thing about Al? He likes my articles.
MUDDLED EAST - A New Pharaoh
polyglot people , that the vagaries of the election primary gave them a choice between a Mubarak general and an Muslim Brotherhood (Mubrah) weasel, and that Morsi has proven to be an incipient dictator- changing the Constitution in a day, declaring his edicts inviolable. And people applauded when he forced the resignations of the generals- I thought then that that was a dangerous sign. Islamists in government are almost always bad news- they can't resist fascist overreach in implementing their "religious" precepts, it is almost explicit in the religion that its rules overrule any democracy. Even in Turkey (maybe the most normal Muslim gov), they've tried some outrageous things. The struggle between the forces of freedom and Islamic repression is indeterminate- they may be equally matched, but now can't count on the Army. Young Egyptians and we may rue the days of Mubarak-bashing, like the poor Iranians, who have had 1/3 century to look back fondly at the terrible "repression" by the Shah... as they work 3 jobs to barely not starve, and have religious thugs break into their house for watching a video or beat their kids for holding hands.
As we speak Dec 7 however, a massive protester crowd of tens of thousands have surrounded the Prez palace in upscale Heliopolis, which I went to once, and Morsi has backed down- postponing the vote for the Islamic Constitution, and pledging to meet with Mohammed ElBaradei (ex-IAEA head and the face of the National Salvation opposition). But a large crowd of Islamists have rallied at the Al-Aksah Mosque, the center of Islamic thought and academia (where I've also toured (pics) and climbed the minarets), chanting blood and destruction. Go 1st and longest civilization and primo tourist destination back to the Babylonians.
SYRIA - Not Ass's Add
closing in on Damascus (+ its airport). 45K dead and counting. The Baathist military won't roll over though- as a murdering minority of Shiite Alawites in a ME sea of Sunnis, they can count on Torture House accommodations if they lose- they might as well fight to the death. So Obama's warning against poison gas use is becoming more germane- time to start sowing some goodwill among the rebels- several Western nations have recognized them now- maybe a drone though Bastard Bashir's bedroom window. The Russians can look forward to being swept into the sea for their helpful scuttling of every resolution to slow the bloodshed- "the times, Vlad, are a changin".
Who the rebels really are is a matter of grave doubt and concern- with AQ members, Iraqi Sunni death squaders, tortured dissidents.. a serious bloodbath could ensue against the Alawites for 50 years of brutal repression. They just elected a unified 30 man military council in Turkey, unfortunately 20 of them are Muslim Brotherhood (Mu-brahs). The new gov may be worse than the old, esp to internal minorities- Christians, Druids, Jews, and Israel. As brutal and hostile as Assad was, he was always constrained by the tiny shadow Shiite Syria cast in the vastly Sunni Arabian Peninsula- a majority Sunni country may be more confident. Course maybe they will turn to building a decent country with the chance fate and their own spectacular courage has handed them.
The brilliant Frank Rich says it is our Y2K - a pointless spectacle ginned up to sell papers- the Reubs will fold, he is confident.