- A year after Obama warned the Syrian regime that using chemical weapons would cross a “red line,” the President in an interview with CNN says that the USA has to work “within an international framework.”
- Many local governments are reducing the number of hours their part-time employees work. Employers will be required in 16 months under ObamaCare to offer health care coverage to employees who work at least 30 hours a week.
- House Speaker John Boehner plans to avert a government shutdown at the end of September by passing a “short-term” budget bill that maintains the sequester.
- The Commodity Futures Trading Commission moves to reign in high-speed traders.
- 100 ob-gyns write a letter urging more hospitals to perform abortions.
- Bradley Manning‘s prison treatment is in limbo after his transgender declaration.
- ”The Man Behind the Historic Implosion of the Ex-Gay Movement” [Buzzfeed]
- And Ben Affleck is the new Batman.
This was from a Swampland article with the following title. You can now scratch out Libya and insert Syria. Obama dithers and leaders like Assad, Gaddhafi, and Morsi become emboldened, they call his bluff. Maybe it is from all the mixed messages that Obama sends.
Why Are We Going to War with Libya?
He said Gaddafi was suppressing his people and that “left unchecked, we have every reason to believe that Gaddhafi would commit atrocities against his people. Many thousands could die. A humanitarian crisis would ensue. The entire region could be destabilized, endangering many of our allies and partners. The calls of the Libyan people for help would go unanswered. The democratic values that we stand for would be overrun. Moreover, the words of the international community would be rendered hollow.”
Here are those very same statements about Iraq made by George Bush to the UN 2002:
We created a United Nations Security Council, so that —
unlike the League of Nations — our deliberations would
be more than talk, and our resolutions would be more than wishes. After
generations of deceitful dictators, broken treaties and squandered lives, we
dedicate ourselves to standards of human dignity shared by all, and to a system
of security defended by all.
Today, these standards, and this security, are challenged.
In 1991, Security Council Resolution 688 demanded that the Iraqi regime cease at once the repression of its own people, including the systematic repression of minorities — which, the Council said, "threaten(ed) international peace and security in the region."
This demand goes ignored. Last year, the U.N. Commission on Human rights found that Iraq continues to commit "extremely grave violations" of human rights and that the regime's repression is "all pervasive." Tens of thousands of political opponents and ordinary citizens have been subjected to arbitrary arrest and imprisonment, summary execution, and torture by beating, burning, electric shock, starvation, mutilation, and rape. Wives are tortured in front of their husbands; children in the presence of their parents — all of these horrors concealed from the world by the apparatus of a totalitarian state.
Obama voted no on Iraq, but now that it he is not just a two bit Senator who major claim to fame was voting present, he has said EXACTLY what Bush said needed to be done in Iraq.
As much as I dislike getting involved in Syria, I don't think that military action, together with the risk of a wider war, is avoidable:
Obama as shown tremendous skill in handling NK, china, and other hotspots in the past several years and I trust him in this as well.
More PA school fraud. This one happens to be the one Santorum had his kids enrolled in and was illegally billing the commonwealth for.
Fed, state probes target largest charter schools
The founder of Pennsylvania's largest cyber charter school was arrested
by federal authorities for allegedly funneling millions through front
companies into his personal bank account.
The largest bricks-and-mortar charter school in the state received a
stinging report from the state Auditor General for receiving more than
$1 million in improper lease payments from the state.
And that was just in the last 48 hours.
Those revelations - about Nick Trombetta, founder of Pennsylvania Cyber
Charter School, who turned himself in to the FBI on Thursday and Chester
Community Charter School, the subject of an audit released Wednesday
that found $1.2 million in questionable lease reimbursements and 11
areas where the school was not complying with state law - reminded us of
the battle last year over so-called charter school reform legislation.
In its final draft the bill included a controversial provision that
would have excluded charter school management and vendors from the
It did not pass the legislature. Neither did an earlier plan by Gov.
Corbett - who as attorney general launched a probe of Trombetta in 2007 -
to create a separate entity to approve charter schools that would have
removed the decision making from local school districts while leaving
taxpayers with the bill.
That proposal counted Trombetta among its supporters. He told The
Morning Call of Allentown it would make the approval process "less
In the end, it too failed.
Even without the "non-accountability" law many charter schools
apparently think they are exempt from the Right- to-Know law.
Terry Mutchler, executive director of the Office of Open Records,
recently fingered charter schools as the worst offenders of the state
"They don't feel they should be subject to this law," Mutchler told
lawmakers during a Senate committee hearing in May. "Or, candidly,
subject to you."
Read more at http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/harrisburg_politics/Probes-target-largest-charter-schools.html#VMRcItdgvvJMbvUL.99
Donald Trump committed fraud? I'm shockedNY AG sues Trump, 'Trump University,' claims fraud
Read more at http://www.philly.com/philly/news/nation_world/20130824_ap_26b45edbd3b7481a88d94d22d4b9b8d1.html#c5JDA6U4EkoP3lbV.99
You know, I would dearly love to be able to discuss with real conservatives issues that are important. One of the biggest obstacles to that is the inability of most of them to abandon the blind, and I DO mean blind, hatred of Obama.
I don't like Bush, and even less, the administration he assembled but yet, I still give him credit for his proacitivity in Africa and the fact that under adverse political pressure, he signed TARP I, preventing an economic collapse that would have sure followed within days.
i particularly don't like the fact that they go to great lengths to present convoluted, unreasonable rationalizations that they use to justify their unwarranted, ignorant, uninformed, blind hatred of a man whom enough people approved of to elect to the office of POTUS twice.
@fitty_three Yeah, Barry got Snowden out of China...he he he.
I can't stand going in and risking lives. I can't stand doing nothing as an attempted genocide and likely chemical weapons attack occur.
There isn't going to be any involvement in the war itself, probably just air strikes against Assad and/or his forces.
"Obama as shown tremendous skill in handling NK, china, and other hotspots in the past several years and I trust him in this as well."
Part of your problem is that you sense hate that does not exist.
I like him personally, admire his family and think he is out of his league in the WH.
@fitty_three They are also blind and blocked about 2000 to 2008. You would think those years never happened. Actions have no effect in republican land.
I'm not concerned with what you think.
No, I sense that you are not honest.
@collioure So would you have preferred McCain? Remember the guy who's economic adviser called Americans whiners for claiming there was a recession in the Summer of 2008 and who was pushing to invade Iran.
Just more convoluted rationalizations. I remember one commenter who tried to split the Great Recession into two parts: one from 2007 to 2009 caused by the Dem congress, and the other from 2009 to now caused by Obama.
How stupid can one get?
@collioure When a person is handed everything in his life, he becomes a narcissistic elitist who thinks he knows everything, when in reality he doesn't know Sh!t. That's not racism, stupid.
NK makes a lot of noise, Third Grade.
BTW, I think you have a lot of nerve attacking all these candidates for being warmongers when the incompetent community organizer started sending troops to Afghanistan right after he collected the Nobel Peace Prize he never earned.
Here's a point to ponder, dummy:
You have no choice but to trust POTUS.
Hey, tell us how he has both sides in Egypt hating us, how he missed the uprising in Iran, how he bungled the Iraq handoff, what he was trying to accomplish in Afghanistan, how he somehow missed the 20th anniv of the fall of the Berlin wall, how he antagonized the our perennial friends in London . . .
@collioure Say what you will be if you notice his foreign policy is more aggressive than what you would expect from a Democrat and his economic policy is much more business friendly. My disappointment with him is the fact that he didn't go after the big banks and wall street firms that crashed the economy in the first place.
The fictitious 2008 Obama was a style of President he never attempted to present. It wasn't just a position on the political spectrum.
Apparently you don't remember Obama's campaign. He was going to govern from the center. Public financing only (which he reversed in July). No lobbyists . . .
Knowing what I know today, having read "Game Change," understanding how trigger-happy McCain is as well as how unfocused he appears to be, I would not have voted, but I would have preferred the fictitious Obama promised to us.
I think the man has a rather formidable resumé. He was a success at almost everything he touched.
Review Romney's record as governor and get back to us.
And why was he such a miserable failure as governor?
@collioure @mantisdragon91 So then it sounds like you agree that Obama was the best choice available to us in 2008. as for 2012 have you looked at what Romney proposed. His job gain promises were identical to what the economy has ended up generating, and he surrounded himself with the same NeoCon Advisers that Bush listened to. He had also filled him cabinet with Military contractors. Do you honestly think he would have reduced our footprint in Afghanistan or not have gotten us into a war with Iran?
In 2000, Congress also passed legislation that, among other things, clarified that certain kinds of financial instruments were not regulated by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC). Among these were "credit default swaps," which have played a role in this year's meltdown. Whether this law constituted "deregulation" is not clear, since the pre-legislation status of these instruments was uncertain. Nor is it a given that CFTC regulation of their trading would have avoided the financial crisis. In fact, many policymakers, including Clinton Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin, argued that their regulation would do more harm than good.
In the nine years since that legislation -- including the eight years of the Bush presidency -- Congress has enacted no further legislation easing burdens financial services industry.