"Lies, distortions, jingoism, xenophobia -- another day, another campaign issue that Republicans can use to bash President Obama and the Democrats." - Eugene Robinson
"Despite all the high-minded words about "sensitivity" for the families of the victims, this is slimeball politics, pure and simple, except for when it descends into outright religious bigotry--which seems to be what happens every time Newt Gingrich opens his mouth." - Joe KleinOn Israel and Iran:
The proposed community center is sponsored by a Sufi group, which is the one of the most moderate and tolerant expressions of Islam. Sufis have historically been persecuted and executed by the more conservative, right wing elements, most notably in Pakistan over the last several months. The Taliban hate them and have bombed their shrines and mosques. I think it shows our ignorance and lack of Christian values to attack a moderate Islamic group as if we ourselves were a Taliban group. When asked for his opinion on the subject, our brain-dead conservative leader-who-wants-to-be-our-next-president said:
"Nazis don't have the right to put up a sign next to the Holocaust museum in Washington ... We would never accept the Japanese putting up a site next to Pearl Harbor." - Newt Gingrich
What also is obnoxious is manufacturing an incident and using it to attack the president, trying to make it fit into the GOP gameplan of isolating Obama and separating him from his support base. Our friend Sarah Palin uses the device of pretending she knows what the "American public" is thinking and feeling. I would describe her as illiterate and arrogant, someone who is happy when she attacks and never forgets a slight.
“It sounds cliched to say that the president is disconnected from the American people on this issue, but how else do you describe it,” the former Alaska GOP governor said on Fox News. “He just doesn't get it, that this is an insensitive move on the part of those Muslims who want to build that mosque in this location. It feels like a stab in the heart to, collectively, Americans who still have that lingering pain from 9/11.” - Sarah Palin
But this isn't really a political war as much as it is one of ideals - the right wing mentally ill people against everyone else. The right wingers in charge in Israel have decided that Obama is not their friend, so now we are getting articles by folks criticizing Obama for not supporting Israel unconditionally and forcing poor Netanyahu into peace negotiations, and we get this trumped up mosque affair, with the implications that Obama is wrong to support Muslims and their wishes over American Christians and Jews. Next week it will be something else just as phony and it will get a lot of press, and if Obama's poll ratings drop by another point or two, it will have been worth it, and an endless stream of these events will continue until election day in 2012...
Ever notice that with all of the articles on Afghanistan, we haven't seen anything much on the drug trade? Why has the heroin industry flourished more whenever the Americans are there? Nobody wanted to believe that our military and the CIA were involved in the Southeast Asian drug trade during the Vietnam War era, either, unless you were a soldier who came back an addict or were personally involved. We glossed it over, just as we are currently doing in the #1 area of heroin production in the world... I often wonder where all of that heroin goes, since we have less addicts in the US than we did 30 years ago. Maybe the hospitals are using more of it to numb the pain from all of the head injuries and loss of limbs from roadside bombs... It can't all go to Dutch cafes...
calling for a debate over drug legalization. "In all, since Felipe Calderón sent the army against the drug gangs when he took office as president almost four years ago, some 28,000 people have been killed, the government says. There is no sign of a let-up, on either side.
So it came as a surprise when on August 3rd Mr Calderón called for a debate on whether to legalise drugs. Though several former Latin American leaders have spoken out in favour of legalisation, and many politicians privately support it, Mr Calderón became the first incumbent president to call for open discussion of the merits of legalising a trade he has opposed with such determination."