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Archive for May 1st, 2011

So long and thanks for all the wars

Posted by Charles II on May 1, 2011

[corrected 11:51 PM Eastern] White House sources says that Osama bin Laden is dead.

President Obama has addressed the nation here. A small team of Americans attacked a compound in Abbotabad, Pakistan and killed bin Laden. There were no American casualties.

Maybe this will allow us to declare victory and stop the foolishness. The whole point of the September 11th attacks was to bait us into unwise, unjust, and extremely expensive action. Lured in by the deaths of 2,977 Americans at the World Trade Center, Pentagon, and Shanksville PA, we lost 5,885 American soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan. Additional troops from other countries have died, as have first responders (and others) afflicted with lung disease and other disorders due to the pollution of the destruction of the World Trade Center. Hundreds of thousands of Iraqis and Afghans died as a consequence of war through the effects of malnutrition, disease, sectarian fighting, and combat with American forces. The costs of the wars will probably top 3 Trillion dollars. The damage to our civil liberties will never be undone.

Osama bin Laden was not worth any of this.

Obama says that justice has been done this night. While there was never any doubt that bin Laden had to suffer for ordering the attacks of 9/11, it’s hard to call it justice when the death of one man is supposed to pay for loss this enormous. But maybe we will start to wake up from our national nightmare.

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Republicans Ticked That Obama Did What Bush Wouldn’t

Posted by Phoenix Woman on May 1, 2011

President Obama addressed the nation tonight to inform us that he managed to do what George W. Bush and Dick Cheney couldn’t (probably because they were too busy getting us bogged down in Iraq), and that’s to finally take out the mastermind of the 9/11 attacks, Osama bin Laden.

Response to the news, which was leaked beforehand, was immediate. Crowds gathered to sing the National Anthem at the White House gates. People wondered if this meant that the attacks on the Constitution — not to mention in Iraq and Afghanistan as well as Pakistan — would stop and we could finally start cashing in the long-promised “peace dividend”.

And the everprescient Rude Pundit Tweeted:

“So, GOP, ball is in your court. Will you unify behind the President or be your usual dickish selves? Easy bet there.”

Indeed it was. Even before I got his Tweet, this had shown up in my Twitter feed from local conservative blogger Andy “Residual Forces” Apilkowski:

“What better way to change the subject of economic collapse & break down of our way of life, but a head on a stick outside castle Obama #tcot”

I had to grab a screen shot of it, just to show you all:

Res ipsa loquitor.

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Donald Trump, The Ultimate Republican: Greedy, Lying, Selfish, Deluded

Posted by Phoenix Woman on May 1, 2011

Johann Hari of the Independent nails both Trump and the GOP (and Obama in the bargain):

Enter stage (far) right Donald Trump, the bewigged billionaire who has filled America with phallic symbols and plastered his name across more surfaces than the average Central Asian dictator. CNN’s polling suggests he is the most popular candidate among Republican voters. It’s not hard to see why. Trump is every trend in Republican politics over the past 35 years taken to its logical conclusion. He is the Republican id, finally entirely unleashed from all restraint and all reality.


Trump probably won’t become the Republican nominee, but not because most Republicans reject his premises. No: it will be because he states these arguments too crudely for mass public consumption. He takes the whispered dogmas of the Reagan, Bush and Tea Party years and shrieks them through a megaphone. The nominee will share similar ideas, but express them more subtly. In case you think these ideas are marginal to the party, remember – it has united behind the budget plan of Wisconsin Representative Paul Ryan. It’s simple: it halves taxes on the richest 1 percent and ends all taxes on corporate income, dividends, and inheritance. It pays for it by slashing spending on food stamps, healthcare for the poor and the elderly, and basic services. It aims to return the US to the spending levels of the 1920s – and while Ryan frames it as a response to the deficit, it would actually increase it according to the independent Center for Budget and Policy Priorities. Ryan says “the reason I got involved in public service” was because he read the writings of Ayn Rand, which describe the poor as “parasites” who must “perish”, and are best summarized by the title of one of her books: ‘The Virtue of Selfishness.

The tragedy is that Obama needs serious opposition – but not from this direction. In reality, he is funded by similar destructive corporate interests, and has only been a few notches closer to sanity than these people. But faced with such overt lunacy, he seems like he is serving the bottom 99 per cent of Americans much more than he really is.

This is why we’re suddenly seeing serious attacks on him from all quarters. If he’s allowed to stand, he gives away the corporate GOP platform as well as its reliance on the Southern Strategy.

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