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Sunday Open Thread 04-26-15

Good morning 99percenters!
Hope you all are having a fine Sunday.

I finally got tired of the site slowing down and hanging so the aggregator was totally disable and it is running much smoother. I have heard no one complain so I don't think it is missed by anyone. The site is running very well and I think it was worth the trade off.

By now you've probably noticed that we've added a front page with featured diaries. The URL for the front page is caucus99percent.com and the URL for the community diaries page is caucus99percent.com/diaries which is different than what it used to be. You may want to reset your bookmarks by going to the page you use most often, which is probably the community diaries page for most, and bookmark (favorites for IE) it. Also for those members that have diaries featured on the front page you may want to occasionally check them as they have been getting additional comments from the extra exposure.

I'm a Nobody, and you can be, too.

Somebody has been screwing up. We Americans are in the midst of some serious problems - endless wars, an endless cycle of economic depressions, recessions and panics and the failure to address climate change (except in giving lip service) which has the potential to make the planet uninhabitable by humans, just to mention a few of the screwups of the Somebodies.

You might ask, how did these Somebodies manage to get into a position to screw up so badly and why are they still in place?

It's long past time to take away Obama's flying death robots

Back in 2013, in the aftermath of his murder of Americans Anwar al-Awlaki and his 16 year old son, when Mr. Obama was trying to justify his arrogated powers to incinerate people with his fleet of flying death robots, he made certain assertions about the process by which he and his merry minions selected victims [bolding mine]:

First, there must be a legal basis for using lethal force, whether it is against a senior operational leader of a terrorist organization or the forces that organization is using or intends to use to conduct terrorist attacks.

Second, the United States will use lethal force only against a target that poses a continuing, imminent threat to U.S. persons. It is simply not the case that
all terrorists pose a continuing, imminent threat to U.S. persons; if a terrorist does not pose such a threat, the United States will not use lethal force.

Third, the following criteria must be met before
lethal action may be taken:

1) Near certainty that the terrorist target is present;

2) Near certainty that non - combatants will not be injured or killed;

3) An assessment that capture is not feasible at the time of the operation;

4) An assessment that the relevant governmental authorities in the country where action is contemplated cannot or will not effectively address the threat to U.S.
persons; and

5)An assessment that no other reasonable alternatives exist to effectively address the threat to U.S. persons.

Open Thread - 04-23-2015

Good Morning, Everyone! What's on your minds today? This is an Open Thread and every thing you want to rant about is a okay. That includes hugs, kisses and an occasional (silent) middle finger towards your favorite political jerk.

I am your silly Thursday host. As I said yesterday, I can't come up with something that is to be taken seriously. So, bare with me, I have nothing new and am outta here to hit the road again in a minute.

Just one giggling question for today:

When Lies Are All You Have

Why do Democratic politicians have to lie to stay in office?

Case in point. In an article published today at the Huffington Post, Sam Levine covers the president’s recent attack on Elizabeth Warren for criticizing the TPP. As Levine points out:

While Obama criticized Warren for being wrong on the facts of the deal, it's difficult to know exactly what the deal contains because his administration has deemed the negotiations to be classified.

I'm a Nobody, and you can be, too.

Somebody has been screwing up. We Americans are in the midst of some serious problems - endless wars, an endless cycle of economic depressions, recessions and panics and the failure to address climate change (except in giving lip service) which has the potential to make the planet uninhabitable by humans, just to mention a few of the screwups of the Somebodies.

You might ask, how did these Somebodies manage to get into a position to screw up so badly and why are they still in place?

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