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Florida Republican Proposes Obama Lynching



One can only hope that not all Tea Party Republican candidates are crazy. But seeing this gives me pause. I'm talking to everyone out there, but especially in Florida.

Fueling the fire of the adage, every family has its nuts, the Tampa Bay Times reported this the other day:

ST. PETERSBURG — As Americans honored the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday, a Republican candidate for Florida House District 68 said President Barack Obama should be hanged for war crimes.

"I'm past impeachment," Joshua Black wrote on Twitter. "It's time to arrest and hang him high."

You'd think with all the negative press this has brought about, the Florida Republican Party would officially call for this man's dropping out of the Florida House District race. And this would be a unanimous call.

But it's not. A few Florida Republicans have voiced "concern" over statements like this. Really? Just some concern.

Evidently the Secret Service is taking this crackpot seriously. They already visited with him about his making threatening statements.

Following the "concern" voiced by a few Republicans, Black took once again to the airwaves, tweeting:

Hours after the tweet, Black defended his comment. Obama should be held responsible for ordering a drone strike that killed a U.S. citizen overseas, he said.

"He should be executed for treason," Black said. "I think the appropriate punishment is death. They killed Benedict Arnold. (Obama) shouldn't be allowed to kill Americans without a trial."

Well, even that wasn't enough. After the offensive statements of justification above, Mr. Black went onto FaceBook with this:

Hours after the tweet, Black defended his comment. Obama should be held responsible for ordering a drone strike that killed a U.S. citizen overseas, he said.

"He should be executed for treason," Black said. "I think the appropriate punishment is death. They killed Benedict Arnold. (Obama) shouldn't be allowed to kill Americans without a trial."

Had enough yet? I hope the state of Florida, the Republican Party in particular, has.  It's time they distance themselves from wackadoos like Joshua Black. It's okay to disagree with the President, but calling for a public lynching is something that deserves a closer watching. Who knows what this dude's capable of doing? And who knows how many more there are like him. Maybe we'll find out when they hold the election.


McCain Calls Rodman An Idiot For Doing What He Himself Did



Oh, don't we always love the pot calling the kettle black stories -- especially when John McCain doing the name calling? This war hero who named names to his captors (I'm not judging, just reporting) has recently returned from interfering with Secretary of State John Kerry's peace negotiation in Jerusalem. For Kerry, it was official business. He was carrying out official foreign policy.

So what does McCain do? He hurries over there on an unofficial capacity, forces his way into meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and totally kills any potential deal. Kerry came home empty handed. A failed mission. But the reasons why could be attributed to McCain, Lindsay Graham and Wyoming Senator John Barrasso showing up and fighting against Kerry and the US mission he was on. I call it treason. You can read about it here: The Three Stooges, McCain, Graham and Barrasso Commit Treason In Israel.

Evidently when someone other that McCain and his cronies talk to diplomatic representatives from other countries, it's not okay. But when it's kooky Dennis Rodman, it's name calling time for the semi-senile senior senator from Arizona. He says Rodman is an idiot. Really. He's of lower intellect. Is that a racist remark? How come Rodman's still a name 10 years after he's left the NBA. Can you name 10 others who are still in the mainstream media coverage that long after retiring? Dennis is shrewd and perhaps even smart. Not sure those attributes fit McCain any longer. Gramps has really lost it.

Of Kim Jung Un McCain says he participates in unspeakable cruelty and he possesses nuclear weapons. Wait a minute. Is he talking about Kim Jung Un or  Benjamin Netanyahu? Ask the Palestinians how they've been persecuted. Is he anymore unspeakable than the North Korean dictator? I'm all for Israel. Just not for it's hawkish leader who's tried to interfere in American diplomacy in the middle east, Syria and Iran to be exact.

Here's McCain playing Tonio, the clown from Pagliacci. The two faced-traitor McCain gives a dazzling performance. Golden Globe worthy if not the Oscars.


The Three Stooges, McCain, Graham and Barrasso Commit Treason In Israel


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Secretary of State John Kerry has just wrapped extensive three day talks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu regarding a foundation for peace talks between the Palestinians and the Israelis. These were authorized, official talks, ordained by the individual countries themselves.


(Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Sunday the Israelis and Palestinians were making some progress in peace talks, though there was still a chance no accord would be reached.

This all  comes despite anti peace talks carried on unofficially by three warmongers, Senators McCain, Graham and Barrasso from the United States who UNOFFICIALLY crashed the peace talks and tried to submarine and sabotage the progress made by the US Secretary of State. The three GOP stooges willfully and intentionally undermined the official work of the US Secretary of State. Under a broad interpretation of their mission, that borders on treason.


How often does a U.S. Senate delegation visit a foreign country, during a visit of a high ranking State Department official in order to make their opposition to the official U.S. position known?  Has it ever happened before?  And does the fact that we are talking about Israel make it OK?

The answer is this has never been done before and that it's not okay. We have a President. He sets foreign policy. Not the three stooges.

These three US Senators had no official business in Israel. Their unofficial purpose was strictly political, to interfere with any progress Sec. Kerry could make. Their interests are in keeping war-like conditions going in the Middle East to justify their lobbyists' interests in that region.

The Middle East is a complex situation. And working toward a solution in bits and pieces is the only way to go. There will be no grand peace without making smaller concessions on each side. So the US has gone to its strongest ally in the region, Israel, to begin the progress. While McCain, Graham and Barrasso stir the pot of hostilities and fear, claiming the biggest issue is Syria, the three stooges forget that we're already in talks with Syria -- talk that have resulted in continuing destruction of chemical warfare agents.

Kerry's doing Obama's bidding. And Obama sets our foreign policy. These three out of touch senators are helping destroy any potential progress. Interfering in the President's official policy making, damaging our standing and giving aid and comfort to the enemy is treason. These stooges better watch their step. Our national security is fragile enough without unauthorized interference. And seeing the three stooges behind bars pounding rocks was one of my favorite episodes. Maybe it's time to do a reboot.


Bradley Manning Sentenced To 35 Years In Military Prison


Bradley Manning

They're covering it right now on MSNBC. He is eligible for parole, good conduct & time served. He was knocked down a rank (why would this matter?), dishonorably discharged and loses all military pay, pension etc.

Pfc. Bradley Manning, the soldier who leaked hundreds of thousands of secret government documents, was sentenced by a military judge Wednesday to 35 years in prison.

The sentence was imposed by Army Col. Denise Lind. Manning will be eligible for parole.

Manning, 25, has said he was disillusioned by an American foreign policy bent on “killing and capturing people” when he released the documents, including battlefield reports and diplomatic cables, to the anti-secrecy site WikiLeaks in 2010.


Fiddler on the Senate Roof



When in doubt, call in Merriam-Webster for the meaning of a word or term.  Today's word is SEDITION.

Crime of creating a revolt, disturbance, or violence against lawful civil authority with the intent to cause its overthrow or destruction. Because it is limited to organizing and encouraging opposition to government rather than directly participating in its overthrow, sedition is regarded as falling one step short of the more serious crime of treason. In the U.S. the display of a certain flag or the advocacy of a particular movement, such as syndicalism, anarchism, or communism, has periodically been declared seditious.

Reading that definition, I started to wonder about whether or not our good friend and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell wasn't guilty of sedition.

Would even McConnell deny that he's engaged in: organizing and encouraging opposition to government? If them's not fightin' words I don't know what is.

Think about it and McConnell's leadership causing his entire party to vote as a unit against affirming Presidential appointments, working and threatening to shut down the government, causing criminals to walk free because of lack of funding for federal prosecutors, keeping government departments inactive, defunded or without leadership, thus obstructing the ability of the country to work as mandated by law.

Perhaps most telling was when an open mic picked up the minority leader striding down the senate corridor singing to himself what at first sounded like the song, Tradition, from FIDDLER ON THE ROOF.

Fiddler on the Roof


Sedition, sedition! Sedition!

Who, day and night, must scramble for obstruction,
Starve a wife and children, say his daily lies?
And who has the right, to hold up the majority,
To completely bring their progress to a halt ?

The Mitch man, the Mitch man! Sedition.
The Mitch man, the Mitch man! Sedition.

Who knows the way to make a proper filibuster
Hold a quiet minority, use a GOP-run House?
Who must raise some hell and run the Senate floor,
So Mitch can read and obfuscate the laws?

The Mich man, the Mitch man! Sedition!
With Boehner, with Boehner. Sedition!

Believe me, hearing his voice, he sings no better than he leads. Take solace in that he may be singing another tune when his primary is over. Could be the love theme from SAYONARA.


I Love Polls


Polls & Surveys

Polls are a collection of numbers that are only as meaningful as you want them to be. Ask Mitt Romney. His pollsters told him he was going to win. He was crushed.

Polls told us that Americans overwhelmingly favored background checks on weapons. Congress didn't believe them.


So now we're getting some new numbers on Edward Snowden. But before you jump to any conclusions, in a poll conducted on the Fourth of July of this year, three names were given 2000 people at a fireworks gathering at Chicago's Navy Pier. Given these three names, they were asked who recently released classified documents about U.S. surveillance programs. William McKinley, Gustav Mahler or Edward Snowden. McKinley, the president, came in first with (37%); Mahler, the Austrian composer, second (21%); and Snowden, the document leaker, third (18%). The remaining 24% weren't aware of any classified documents being released. This isn't a slam on Chicago. It's a comment on how uninformed we are as a society.

So, with that as a reference, I'd like to share some numbers from a new HuffPost/YouGov poll.

Democrats said that Snowden did the wrong thing by a 46 percent to 26 percent margin, while independents said that he did the right thing by a 40 percent to 28 percent margin.

According to the new survey, 51 percent of Americans now say they've heard a lot about Snowden, while 38 percent say they've heard a little and only 11 percent said they've heard nothing at all.

Now that doesn't seem to jive with the unscientific poll in Chicago on Independence Day. Perhaps when you deal with real people, out with their families to enjoy the nations birthday, they become forgetful. Or maybe the YouGov poll is too tightly wrapped up in bed with the political activists of this country and not with the people as a whole. That's just a bit of an observation.

Forty-eight percent of respondents to the poll said that they support prosecuting Snowden for his actions, while 33 percent were opposed.

Maybe Snowden did wrong.  Maybe he did right.  We may never know until he tries to flee Russia (if he's even there) to another country and the US extorts or exerts pressure on other countries to act on unsubstantiated rumors of his flying over their airspace and forcing down his plane.

Hey, United States, stop the unregulated spying on us . Stop reading our mail. Stop snooping in on our internet communications. Stop tagging our phone calls. You need something for national security reasons? You should have it.  But do it legally. Get a warrant. That's what the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISA) is for.

And US Congress.  It's your job to make sure it's followed.


VIDEO: Republicans are "using in this country the same old cold war CIA tactics to destabilize our own country."


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I sometimes want to mute the Tee Vee Machine when Chris Matthews interviews certain guests, but I also think he's a likable man with a lot of good things to say. In fact, Matthews is a hoot when he's a guest himself, especially on Real Time with Bill Maher.

His "Let Me Finish" segments are most often the best part of Hardball, and this one in particular is worth sharing. A lot.

"Let me finish tonight with this. I think the difference between the Democrats and Republicans is getting as wide as the Grand Canyon. Watch how they do it. President Obama wants to keep the government going. Pretty simple, huh? Republicans threaten to stop it. It's relentless. The fiscal abyss, the debt ceiling the sequester, the end to the continuing resolution. Different words, different deadlines all detonate the same explosion.

"They threaten to crash the government if they don't like the way it's doing something, if they don't like who the American people have elected as president. Isn't that what the Republicans did back in the old days? If they didn't like a government somewhere, Guatemala, Iran, the Dominican Republic, Chile, they just brought it down.

"Guess what: Republicans are now using the same tactic here at home. If they don't like who we've elected president, they find some way to undermine the government, discredit its leaders, whatever to destroy it. We are using in this country the same old cold war CIA tactics to destabilize our own country.

"Look at the impact the constant threats to shut down the government have been having on public confidence. It's all in the ratings. It's undermining it, making people forever nervous about the basic ability of America to even have a running government. Is that patriotic? I don't think so."

 Again, this is one of those commentaries that should not be ignored.