The Christian community of Iraq is almost as old as Christianity, and is on the verge o destruction.
On last night's The YoungTurks host Cenk Uygur and co-host Ben Mankiewicz; broke down the comments of Fox News hosts explaining why Jon Stewart should not get credit for helping the 9/11 Responder Bill getting passed, and that all the credit belongs to them. The Young Turks concluded that Fox News is jealous of Jon Stewart, who is the toast of the town in New York, a local hero for reviving the dead 9/11 Responder Bill, by shaming the Republicans, who were then blocking the bill's passage.
On the 700 Club 80 year old Pat Robertson criticized marijuana possession sentences, said sending people to jail for a few ounces of pot is "costing us a fortune and it's ruining young people ..."
Let me not start preaching, but!
I would think that a war on Christmas would be a war on the Gospel, and Fox does that everyday.
Fox is the yahoo station, with the obvious goal of turning America into a nation of yahoos. I predict that Fox will fail. But not for lack of trying. Fox is busy trying to making dummies out of their viewers with dumb attacks on phony issues.
Tell me, if folks who are trying to make the country dumb, don't look dumb themselves.
leaning toward legalization more than I ever have before.
The Senate passed the legislation providing health benefits to 9-11 first responders by voice vote, the House voted 206-60 in favor.
Iraqi churches cancel the Christmas festivities.
From the Associated Press --"No decorations, no midnight Mass. Even an appearance by Santa Claus has been nixed after Iraq's Christian leaders called off Christmas celebrations amid new al-Qaida threats on the tiny community still terrified from a bloody siege on a Baghdad church. Christians across Iraq have been living in fear since the assault on Our Lady of Salvation Church as its Catholic congregation was celebrating Sunday Mass. Sixty-eight people were killed. Days later Islamic insurgents bombed Christian homes and neighborhoods across the capital."
If some average Joe or Josphine went about calling for the murder of some one, he or she would become the target of a police investigation, may be get indicted and charged with criminal intimidation and incitement to commit murder.
People who call for the murder of anyone should be held responsible for what they say. They should be brought up on charges. Inciting violence. is wrong. It is dangerous and should not become the new norm. When it does, the law suffers and anarchy rules.
The ideal of indefinite detentions raises alarm bells in some ears. Some think that the treatment of the Gitmo prisoners could be a model, which could later be used for how to handle the government's own dissent citizens, and therefore a very dangerous precedent could be established.
This is like the old open range situation from history. Once everybody was free and equal, and the range was open to the use for all. Then came the barons who put up fences.
When corporations entered the Internet, America-On Line was among the first, they met with much resentment from the then users, because, the users knew that the clock had begun ticking. And the days of a free and wonderful experiment had become numbered. It would be just a matter of time before the dream of the early users of the Internet would become just dreams.
Victory for America and Obama
This afternoon, Wednesday, the Senate by a vote of 71 to 26 ratified the the treaty, known as New Start, a new arms control treaty with Russia, that reduces the number of nuclear weapons. Senate approval of the treaty is considered an important foreign policy achievement of President. Obama. The treaty passed with the a unanimous support of Senate Democrats and with the aid of thirteen Republicans, whom put the nation's security interest over the interest of their party's partisan politics.
In his program last night on The Young Turk, Cenk credits Jon Stewart's persuasive satire last Thursday, against the GOP'ers, with helping to improve the outlook for the passage the bill to fulfill our obligation, as a nation, to provide needed additional health and other benefits for those first responders to the 9-11 attack on America, at the the site of the World Trade Center. Cenk says that Jon Stewart changed Fox News opinion of the bill.
And as Fox News goes, so goes most of the GOP Congressional caucus and GOP'ers everywhere.
The repeal of DADT will be a long over due step forward, will signal to ourselves and to the world, that America is ready for the 21st century.
All patriots now will be treated equally with dignity. The rights guaranteed to all of us; under the U.S. Constitution, will finally be extended to cover all Americans. Gay and lesbian Americans will be treated as human beings.
Backstabbing All the Way
I am not surprised that The Dream Act failed in the Senate. Not because it is a bill without merit. It has much merit. The Dream Act is / was a bill to grant legal status to hundreds of thousands of undocumented immigrant students, and enlistee in the military.
Thursday, House Republicans killed an anti-child marriage bill, the International Protecting Girls by Preventing Child Marriage Act of 2010. The bill's goal was to support an international effort to protect young girl children around the world from being coerced into marriage, by recognizing child marriage as a human rights violation, and by working to develop strategies to prevent child marriages world-wide.
Are the House Republican are on a stupid roll?
House GOP'ers claimed they opposed the bill because, it might fund abortions. What?!
Big Brother is watching you. Big brother is watching us all. I am not surprised to learn of this. The Washington Post reports that your / our government is watching us, whether we've done anything criminal or not.
According to the Post, the government is collecting, storing and analyzing data on thousands of American citizens.
Why? Maybe, because it can.
Finally, the US Senate voted and that insulting policy, insulting to gay patriots, insultng to all patriots, that anti-American policy, anti to the American values of fairness and of equal treatment, the policy, known as "Don't Ask, Don't Tell, has been repealed.
The Senate voted, yesterday, Saturday, December 18th, 2010, a date that now has historic significance. The vote was 65 to 31. The House has already overwhelming approved the repeal. The bill has been sent to President Obama to be signed into law.