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1 week ago @ Original A... - Is Putin Worse Than St... · 0 replies · +2 points

Bush41 had two reasons to oppose Ukrainian independence (and that of the other Soviet republics). First, the military-industrial complex needed the Big Bad Evil Empire in order to justify its existence. Even more important, endorsing independence would have exposed age-old US hypocrisy (even though the US never recognized the Soviets' annexation of Lithuania, Latvia & Estonia). A neutral observer would have asked -- with total justification -- why it was great for Lithuania and Ukraine to peacefully secede from the USSR in 1991, but totally unacceptable for Louisiana and Tennessee to peacefully secede from the US in 1861.

Along the same lines, perhaps Ike and LBJ decided not to complain too loudly about how Moscow dealt with insurrections in its colonies after recalling how the US brutally crushed the Philippine separatists after the Spanish-American War.

1 week ago @ Original A... - Israel Kills – For t... · 0 replies · +6 points

In that case, Israel would simply nuke the "credible enemy" out of existence -- with the neocons and MSM cheering them on.

As I have stated here & elsewhere, if Iran really is trying to build a nuclear warhead, its goal is to deter an Israeli first strike. Until such a deterrent capacity exists somewhere in the region, Israel will use its nuclear monopoly as the ultimate hammer against all of its neighbors.

2 weeks ago @ Original A... - Israel Kills – For t... · 1 reply · +6 points

Actually circumcision is (fortunately) on the decline in the US, after being near universal in the 1950s-70s. IMO the true impetus behind the practice here was always financial, not medical (which was just the lame excuse). It would be interesting to learn how much cash pediatricians pocket for each cutting. The medical argument is easily refuted by the lack of rampant STD infection in Mexico, where circumcision is rare. In some African tribes boys are circumcised as a puberty ritual, which is even more barbaric.

While on the subject, let us also condemn the 100% barbaric/sadistic practice of female genital mutilation, which is rife among Africans and Muslims.

2 weeks ago @ Original A... - Neocons Go Undercover · 2 replies · +11 points

Cheney, of course, would be at the top of the execution list; trouble is, there might not be enough rope available to fit around that fat neck of his. And a firing squad's bullets might not get through all that blubber. So we must be agreeable to other methods. Drowning, asphyxiation, impaling, electrocution, splattering (drop from a great height), poison, decapitation -- whatever works.

5 weeks ago @ Original A... - Political Correctness ... · 0 replies · +10 points

Justin, I'm very surprised you did not link to your equally excellent column from the summer of 2003 where you flayed Condi "Mushroom Cloud" Rice for her asinine declaration that anyone who opposed the Iraq invasion was a racist. That was at least as in-your-face PC as this tawdry spectacle. And there is no way Rice would have given such a speech without Bush's approval.

5 weeks ago @ Original A... - Political Correctness ... · 0 replies · +2 points

Not really. "Double-dipper" has long been the term for a person who retires from a government job, then immediately takes another government job -- thereby drawing both a government salary and a government pension. The most common example is military retirees who become federal employees.

5 weeks ago @ Original A... - Political Correctness ... · 0 replies · +2 points

Open an Intense Debate account. Then you can edit your posts.

5 weeks ago @ Original A... - Impossible – Yet It... · 1 reply · +2 points

According to Google Translate, "Spingere questo libro il tuo culo" is Italian for "Shove this book up your butt." Save it for future reference, like if you ever run across that teacher again!

7 weeks ago @ Original A... - Iraq War III? · 1 reply · +5 points

I wonder if any photographer will have the guts to snap the photo of the last US chopper bugging out of Baghdad (or Kabul, for that matter).

7 weeks ago @ News From - House GOP Leader Defea... · 0 replies · +3 points

Republicans in 2006 threw their own CT Senate candidate under the bus in order to re-elect the ultra-liberal LIeberman (D-Tel Aviv) (I-Tel Aviv). For Cantor to pull off the same stunt the Democrats would have to do likewise. The spirit of Jimmy the Greek makes the odds 250-1 against.

Also don't forget 2010, when Obama (using Bill Clinton as his muscle man) tried to get the Democrat candidate for FL Senate to drop out and endorse GOP sore loser Charlie Crist. To his credit, the Democrat (a black man) refused, and Crist (who had agreed to caucus as a Democrat) lost.