- Senate panel backs Syria bombing, changing war momentum [TIME]
- Prettier in print
- Cover: It’s Time to Pay College Athletes by Sean Gregory
- Obama’s Slippery Slope in Syria by Fareed Zakaria
- Syria: Inside the D.C. War by Michael Scherer and Alex Altman
- The Cult of Bashar Assad by Aryn Baker and Jay Newton-Small
- The World According to Vladimir Putin by Simon Shuster
- The Military’s Latest Rape-Case Mess by Mark Thompson
- “This account of a boat journey by a young couple from Myanmar offers a close-up look at a major issue facing the Asia-Pacific region today: the swelling tide of ships carrying refugees toward Australia. The trip is one of the longest, and most perilous, immigration journeys in the world…” [WSJ Part One, Part Two]
Nice times: San Antonio passes LGBT non-discrimination ordinance.
Just about every Republican running for statewide office weighed in against this thing, claiming it'll be the downfall of Texas. Somehow they all managed to ignore the fact that this already exists on the books in Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston and El Paso, and those cities haven't fallen into hellfire yet.
Ironic that the leader's name is Issa. : D
Now this would be funny, if it wasn't for the fact that he was defending a war criminal who should have been impeached
A top Republican lawmaker on Thursday invoked Ronald Reagan to say that Obama was weak for not acting more directly in response to Syria’s alleged use of chemical weapons, ignoring the fact that Reagan’s White House looked the other way when chemical weapons were used in the 1980s.
Former House Foreign Affairs Committee chairwoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) appeared on Fox News arguing for a military response to the Syrian government’s alleged use of chemical weapons on civilians. While pushing the same limited strikes plan that the Obama administration wants, Ros-Leithein attacked the president for not moving more forcefully against Damascus. In doing so, she told Fox that Reagan never would have stood for the sort of attack that killed an estimated 1,400 civilians:
ROS-LEHTINEN: It is against the norms of international standards and to let something like this go unanswered, I think will weaken our resolve. I — I know that President Reagan would have never let this happen. He would stand up to this. And President Obama — the only reason he is consulting with Congress, he wants to blame somebody for his lack of resolve. We have to think like President Reagan would do and he would say chemical use is unacceptable.
What Ros-Lehtinen seems oddly unaware of, however, is that Ronald Reagan did exactly the opposite. For the majority of the 1980s, Iraq under Sadaam Hussein was locked in combat with the Islamic Republic of Iran in a war that killed more than 1,000,000 people on both sides. The United States explicitly backed the secular Hussein over the Ayatollah Khomeini’s government in Tehran, still smarting from the embassy hostage crisis that had only ended when Reagan took office. That backing not only included the shipment of tons of weapons to support Baghdad, but also looking the other way when Iraq unleashed its chemical weapons stockpiles — including sarin and mustard gas — against Iranian civilians and soldiers alike.
Recently declassified documents from that time indicate that not only did the U.S. government know that Hussein possessed these weapons, but “conveyed the location of the Iranian troops to Iraq, fully aware that Hussein’s military would attack with chemical weapons, including sarin.” President Reagan also remained silent during the Al-Anfal campaign, in which Hussein used poison gas against the Kurdish population in Northern Iraq to put down a revolt against his rule. In what has later been called a genocide, more than 100,000 men, women, and children were killed, nearly 100 times more than the attack that took place outside of Damascus last month.
More Liberal fantasy meets reality. Barry's illusion has the left wondering what happened.
It was all a Choom Gang prank.
It is not entirely Mr Obama’s fault that he became the vessel into which liberals all over the world poured their fantasies. Of course, like any politician, he pumped up expectations when running for office. But when Obama-mania really took off in 2008, it swiftly moved into a realm beyond reason.
Yeah, it'll ruin everyone else's lives.
Isn't that what they always claim?
@TyPollard Enjoy TyPollard! I am looking forward to some time off myself.
@TyPollard Man, everybody's bugging out. Did we not shower or something?
But have fun and be well.
@hivemaster Or the producers of SyFy movies?
@hivemaster, fifty needs to come back. I need to take a break. If you'll ask fitty to come back every day until I get back, I'll go now. Sound OK?
@hivemaster Historically, leftists are unable to control their own minions, are you going to slaughter the hive in order to save them?
@hivemaster BENGHAZ– Oh, wait, wrong Issa.
Yeah, this highlights a major problem for us – what do we do when there aren't any good guys? This is why Syria is such a tortured issue. Everything that is human in us wants to get justice for those suffering people. But to do that, we have to jump into a snake-pit.
How do we do it without getting bitten?
He stood up by supplying others with it so they wouldn't use it in the first place. Okay - I just lost IQ.
@mantisdragon91 Your links haven't worked all day. I'm not sure you can even DO more than one and have it work. The new and improved instructions are scattered throughout the MMR today.
@mantisdragon91 And then there was his swift and decisive response to the Marine barracks bombing in Beirut.
Oh, wait …
@Ivy_B See? You're so rational. The rest of us are about to start sacrificing chickens.
@sacredh I'll keep up the daily requests, sacred. If that doesn't work, I'll emit Hive pheremones. Would that be considered chemical warfare?
@Sue_N Off to watch the recordings of MasterChef UK Professional that I recorded earlier! They sacrifice a lot of things I wouldn't even consider eating, but it's great food porn!
We'll see what tomorrow brings.
If pheromones are a form of chemical warfare, than anyone who has ever courted anyone ever has committed an atrocity.
@hivemaster, thank you. This is longest I've ever gone without a break from the internet. I'm getting a little burned out on it. I did go three months ($100 bet) without making a call on the phone (except when at work and for work related business) a few years ago).
@DonQuixotic, I don't know what it is, but it seems like I have give everything up once in a while (except sex. I get really hard to live with after a couple of days). I give up tv, music, reading, going someplace i don't have to and non-essentials every so often. After the breaks, I feel refreshed. I gave up meat for 6 months once. I'll NEVER do that again. A week or two....yes.
@Sue_N, I never try to make my better half crazy, it's just the nature of the beast. Plus, we're going to do our canning for the year in the next 1-2 weeks and between work and canning, I'm not going to have much free time at all. What little free time I am going to have, I want to spend it with the boss watching movies with her.
@Sue_N, I recieve blessings with the intent of their delivery. I've been thinking of taking a break for months and then fitty left. I hope fitty is here when i come back. Starting in about an hour, I'm not even going to turn my computer on for at least a week.
@Sue_N, no. Not leaving. Just a vacation from the internet. ANY internet.
@hivemaster, I have no intention of leaving for good. Just a week (two at the outside). I just want a week or two of internet free existence. I just want somebody to keep up the "fitty come back" everyday.
@Diecash1 *sigh* If we lit up a grill right now, we'd burn down half the state.
@Sue_N , I like that show where they made specialty cakes. I don't know if it's still on. It seems like quite a while since we've watched one.
@Ivy_B, food porn. I've got a new hero.