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Why don't we let the Syrian people decide?

I know it's all the fashion in politics today to call for regime change in Syria, and who doesn't like the idea of yet another chaotic, Mad Max-style failed state, amirite?
But I'm an old-fashioned kind of guy, and one of those old-fashioned ideas is that people should chose their own government. I know that self-determination is out of style in mainstream Democratic circles, but humor me anyway.
The question is: How do we determine what the Syrian people want?

Varner fired

Again, not really my cuppa, but it's dominating the transgender community news.

It turns out that being tossed off the island on Survivor wasn't enough.

Jeff Varner returned home to Greensboro, NC after his public outing of transgender man Zeke Smith during Survivor Tribal Council which was aired this past week. But his life has not returned to normal.

Texas politicians uncover a work-around

With the anti-transgender SB 6 stuck in the mud in the Texas House, Rep. Ron Simmons of Carollton has taken a cue from the North Carolina "compromise" and introduced HB 2899, which would prohibit cities and counties from passing non-discrimination ordinances which extend rights beyond what is protected by state law. The bill would also nullify all local non-discrimination laws already in place.

Should the US Launch a "Pre-Emptive Strike" Against North Korea?

This is MSNBC's poll question today. W.T.F.?

Are we sure North Korea is about to attack us?

How sure are we?

How do we know?

Remember our "preemptive" strike against Iraq, to get Saddam before he used WMD against us? How good was our intel then?

Real Moms

Dove has a new ad campaign about how to be a mother.

The theme of the campaign is:

There's no right or wrong way to be a mom -- only your way.

A hell of a lot of people disagree with that statement.

The advertisement displays mothers break dancing, rock climbing, farming, raising a child alone, even being transgender.

Shea is a graduate student. She has a woman partner.

Democratic politicians have rarely represented Democratic voters less

Perhaps the all-time peak of Democratic misrepresentation was when President Wilson got America into WWI after campaigning on how he kept us out of the war.
However, the present Democratic Party is trying to rival that level of misrepresentation.

We're going to support only Democrats because...

because why?

Has anyone really asked this of Bernie or the Bernie people or Justice Democrats/ Our Revolution/ Brand New Congress/ Coalition to Promote Maybe You Get A Little Something For Your Tax Dollars?

Are any of those organizations planning to support any candidate anywhere (outside of Bernie, but only technically) who isn't a Democrat?

"Super Bunker Buster Bombs Fast Tracked for Possible Use Against Iran and North Korea Nuclear Programs"

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Is there any way to stop this?

The above title is from an article written in 2009.

"The Pentagon is accelerating by three years plans for a super bunker buster, the GBU-57A/B or Massive Ordnance Penetrator or MOP, a powerful new bomb aimed squarely at the underground nuclear facilities of Iran and North Korea."

State Secrets and the White Train

          When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.

- - You know the source.

          For a time I actually thought the United States government classification system was about keeping us safe. While that may, in some way, be true: It often is used to keep us ignorant.

Public outing on national television

I don't watch reality television. I think I accidentally saw about a minute of Survivor last night before I found the remote and switched to PBS' Nature.

As far as I can tell, reality shows like Survivor are a cess pit of mean people displaying their meanness to win a stupid game...and the money and "prestige" that our warped economic environment deems that to be worth.

More Death From the Sky by Merciless Superpower in Syria!

No, not that nuclear armed state. The other one that bombs the crap out of Syria (and other Middle Eastern countries) day in and day out. No, its the one that never admits it is wrong, usually blaming the terrorists and the victims, or occasionally saying that "mistakes were made, and gosh we're sorry." Today's bombing falls into the latter category.

Trump Brought To Heel - The Cold War Back On?

The Cold War is back on you ask? Was it ever off?

“We’re not getting along with Russia at all,we may be at an all time low”.

All time low? A Cuban Missile Crisis type low? Along with the Hitler comparisons this is top of the pig ignorant quotes of the week chart.


Your daily peace movement opportunity. Or not. Your choice.

We are on the road again, last night before passing out in our tent to the sound of wind and rain, read the great comments in response to my recent rant about the 'peace movement.' Thanks you all. Sorry about no responses.

Today after some nights camping and during the day observing and photographing wildlife along the Pacific Coast Trail in Monterey to Big Sur, we passed the Republican Party offices in Monterey, California on our way out of town.