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"Fiscal conservatives": Shutting Down Gitmo Would Save a 1%er's Fortune


It's costing the American people about a billion per Guantanamo detainee.

Let that sink in.

President Obama was elected in part on his promise to shut that human rights travesty down, and as we finally look toward evacuating Afghanistan of most American troops, it is past time to close the Gitmo 'detaining' facilities adjacent to Cuba and move forward with justice.

Of course Fvx Nation disagrees. They are unaccountably fond of Gitmo, practice NIMBY religiously and of course oppose anything Obama might even consider.


Up with Steve Kornacki, MSNBC's weekend early a.m. program, had a terrific panel this morning to hash out the predictably Coiffure On Fire reaction of the Tea-driven GOP to any discussion of Gitmo, non-military courts and sanity.

It included David Corn of Mother Jones and the admirable military vet slash ex-Representative slash cable reporter-pundit and host of his own Sunday show, Taking the Hill, Patrick Murphy. ['Cycle' co-host Krystal Ball is subbing for Steve, so don't think he decided to go on set in drag to celebrate Summer Solstice.]


For contrast, Fvx Noise ran endless loops of how dangerous the released, unreleased, hypothetically detained and utterly mythical 'prisoners' are our new greatest threat in the fictional War on Terror. Here 'ya go, Fox:



Black is the New Crime


Driving While BlackiStock

Please welcome our new guest contributor Dee. Dee is a freelance writer and passionate political junkie, living in the Central Plains with her husband and three furry puppies. She is a prolific tweeter as @DAbitty, and occasional blogger at MyLittleBits

Growing up in the South, as I did, I remember hearing stories of how unsafe parts of America were for African Americans. Following years of struggle, which at times seemed futile, and the fear that racism might never end always there, we find ourselves in ever-present danger of regression. How much have we really accomplished?

Lauren Williams of Mother Jones Magazine has listed 21 things ‘done while black’ that proved detrimental. I fear these 21 are merely drops in the bucket that is racism in the America.

Williams argues that just the color of one's skin is enough evidence to raise suspicion. Unfortunately, there is ample evidence to support her theory.

Here are 21 examples from the last five years of some of the things black people can't do without others thinking they're up to no good.

1. Listen to loud music at a gas station.

2. Walk home from a snack run to 7-11.

3. Wear a hoodie.

4. Drive after swimming.

5. Drive in a car with a white girl.

6. Appear in public in New York City.

7. Walk on the wrong side of the street.

8. Wait for a school bus to take you to your high school basketball game.

9. Drink iced tea in a parking lot.

10. Seek help after a car accident.

11. Inspect your own property.

12. Show up at your job.

13. Talk trash after an NFL game.

14. Throw a temper tantrum in kindergarten.

15. Buy designer accessories at Barney’s.

16. Buy designer accessories at Macy’s.

17. Be a 13-year-old boy.

18. Enter your own home.

19. Botch a science experiment.

20. Be a tourist.

21. Lay face down in handcuffs.

I often use the snarky hashtag #winning for things I find inexplicable…  I just can’t.

Click to read more of Lauren’s article.


Ron Paul's 15 Most Extreme Positions


Mother Jones has more details in their post, which is a few months old, but worth another look considering who's leading in Iowa. I'll give you the bullet points only, but go here for the rest:

To name just a few of these politically dicey positions, President Ron Paul would like to...

1. Eviscerate Entitlements

2. Lay Off Half His Cabinet

3. Enable State Extremism re: women's reproductive rights, marriage equality, religion, etc.

4. Protect Sexual Predators' Privacy

5. Rescind the Bin Laden Raid

6. Simplify the "ludicrous" Census

7. Let the Oldest Profession Be

8. Legalize ALL Drugs

9. Keep Monopolies Intact

10. Lay Off Ben Bernanke

11. Stop Policing the Environment

12. Not Do Anything, but Still... Would not have voted for the Civil Rights Act of 1964

13. Let Markets Care for the Disabled (bye-bye American Disabilities Act)

14. First, Do Harm (re: emergency rooms)

15. Diss Mother Teresa

H/t: @LavaQue1


Video- Rick Perry Pardons a Dead Man


I still get the heebie jeebies when I hear those neanderthals clap. Great catch by Mother Jones. The man is stone liar and stupid to boot.