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New Update on Bowe Bergdahl

It’s been since the end of June when Bowe Bergdahl was captured by the Taliban; my note here.  For the past couple of weeks there’s been heavy hinting another video would surface that would supposedly show the latest ‘from’ Bowe.

The BBC online has a video snippet here; there doesn’t appear to be any audio.  The Idaho Statesman has screen shots from the video.

NATO has confirmed the man in the video – seen wearing sunglasses, a military helmet and uniform – is Pte Bergdahl.

Weird getup: Sunglasses, his helmet & uniform.  It’s propaganda at its finest, of course, as is whatever message Bowe recites.  We don’t know the intensity of the duress he is under and, I’ll be one giving him the benefit of doubt until I learn otherwise.

“Even though I am prisoner of war, however, I had a chance to rethink a lot of things and to ask myself questions that I never asked myself before,” he says.

“One of the biggest illusions that the Army gives us coming over here as a soldier, as a private in their army, is that we’re coming over here to fight a terrorist group of men.

“We are fighting a country and a people that are well organized and extremely smart of how to fight. I keep bringing up the point of history to people that I talk to. You simply need to look at their history to understand that the Afghan people know how to fight, and they have lived this way since the beginning of their people,” he says.

There are various constructs thrown into the video, pictures and video of President Obama, the effects of a Afghan home allegedly following an American bombing, along with some criticism of the “hired stooge” – Mr. Karzai – ending with the trade demand: Bowe Bergdahl for a “limited number of prisoners.”  No deal with the Taliban, according to the video, there will be further captures of soldiers serving in Afghanistan.

Russ Feingold’s answer to the President

Getting ready to watch Rachel Maddow’s show, as well as Keith Olbermann (TiVo) and then switch between CNN and Fox News just to torture myself.

Someone sent me Russ Feingold’s statement in response to President Obama’s speech this evening.

I do not support the president’s decision to send additional troops to fight a war in Afghanistan that is no longer in our national security interest.  It’s an expensive gamble to undertake armed nation-building on behalf of a corrupt government of questionable legitimacy.

This I can get my head around for sure.  The following I’m not too sure. I’m not up on the strategy of destabilization of Afghanistan – and even less so with Pakistan.  Where is India in all this?

Sending more troops could further destabilize Afghanistan and, more importantly, Pakistan, a nuclear-armed state where al Qaeda is headquartered. While I appreciate that the president made clear we won’t be in Afghanistan forever, I am disappointed by his decision not to offer a timetable for ending our military presence there.  I will work with members of both parties and both houses of Congress to push for a flexible timetable to reduce our troop levels in Afghanistan, as part of a comprehensive strategy to combat al Qaeda in the region and around the world.

Calling Out to All Body Language Experts!

Oh Holy Smokes!!   What would Fox News say?!?

Our OWN troops teaching ‘the terrorist’ fist bump . . . .  Someone,



US Army 1st Lt. Russell Dasher teaches a boy how to “fist bump” as Army Staff Sgt. Donald Ottaway looks on at the Andar district bazaar in Afghanistan’s Ghazni province, Oct. 20, 2009. (US Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Sarah Webb.)

Remember this?

Voting to Kill Obama on Facebook

This morning someone alerted me to a poll on Facebook that’s below.  At that time there were right around 500; there’s now 751.  I reported it to Facebook over 30 minutes.  Promptly after doing that, I called the Secret Service in Boise and spoke to a gentleman who gave me his email address and I forwarded the link to him.  He said he would forward to the “IT guys.”   I also forwarded my email I sent to the Boise office to the Washington, D.C. office.

Let me say this as succinctly as I can  –  I’m not playing this shit any longer.   Period.

Vote in The obama Poll

should obama be killed ?

if he cuts my health care
Over 751 other people have taken this poll.
To see the results you must vote and approve the application!
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And yes, I would’ve done the same thing with Bush.  It’s about the presidency.  You don’t threaten to kill the president – period.   Just so the dumb asses who think writing shit on the Internet is safe; it’s not.  But you just go ahead on . . .
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UPDATE:   The poll has been pulled.

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Tea Party Hangover


As if that above wasn’t stunning enough, this ole guy has CAJONES! Special pants will have to be made for him.


Two Events / Two Lenses

While cruising around looking at pics I ran across some photos from the ‘tea party’ in D.C. Some of the signs were interesting to say the least. This was one of my favorite.


There’s a couple of photo streams at Flickr with numerous photos from the ‘protest’ today.  This particular photographer has the picture above in photo stream as well as a blog – My Muddled Thoughts.

A few impressions from watching the little I did on C-SPAN and reading around at the iReport page of CNN. Continue reading

Jus’ Exercising His First Amendment Rights

So you want exercise your First Amendment rights then, do you? One of the things many of us spread out over the political spectrum understand is the responsibility that comes with the freedom to express ourselves.

I don’t remember calling for the death of George Bush and surely never involved his family in the criticisms I had with the Bush administration. I surely couldn’t stand George, but I’m not one for wishing death to anyone – although Dick Cheney will, most likely, always give me pause. 😉

Who are these people that think this is OK? Seriously?

From TPM and David Dishneau at the AP

A man who held a sign reading Death To Obama, Death To Michelle And Her Two Stupid Kids‘ at a town hall in Maryland yesterday has been detained by the Secret Service, according to the AP.

Scruffy McSnufflepuss & The Cockroach King

Someone pointed me to John Cole’s writing on the “birfers” running their oblique racist attack on President Obama.  What makes it even more priceless are the comments.  You have to admit that Ms or Mr Scruffy McSnufflepus, indeed, has impeccable logic.

Scruffy McSnufflepuss says:

He claims he’s from Hawaii, a “state” whose existence I have every reason to doubt.  I’ve never been there.  The photographs supposedly taken there make it look like Heaven, another place whose existence there is no reason to believe in. Photographs are easily doctored.  And yes, many people say they’ve been to Hawaii, and my brother claims he lives there; but many people are liars, especially my brother.

Until I’ve seen Hawaii with my own eyes, I see no reason why I should accept that there is such a place.  In fact, having never seen Obama with my own eyes, why should I believe in his existence, either? “Obama,” like the fictional archipelago of Hawaii, is- very likely- a plot by Muslim extremists to destroy America.  In fact, the evidence of that is a lot stronger than the evidence for Obama and this fantasy Hawaii/Heaven place.

Aside from all the tongue-in-cheek, hilarious comebacks and remarks, one commenter broke it down even sharper:

Commenter Eric K summarizes the birther issue perfectly:

“50 years ago you shouted nigger, 30 years ago you talked about States Rights, now you ask to see the president’s birth certificate.”Update. Here’s the quote (from Lee Atwater) that refers to

You start out in 1954 by saying, “Nigger, nigger, nigger.” By 1968 you can’t say “nigger”—that hurts you. Backfires. So you say stuff like forced busing, states’ rights and all that stuff. You’re getting so abstract now [that] you’re talking about cutting taxes, and all these things you’re talking about are totally economic things and a byproduct of them is [that] blacks get hurt worse than whites.

The Cockroach King – Glen Beck – is leading that charge….. the latest from him.

It’s always telling when the kettle is calling out the pot.

Democracy Now! John Pilger on “Socialistic Health Care!”

Treasure Valley Community TV runs ‘Free Speech TV’ after 10:00 p.m. on Channel 11 – if you get cable.  I don’t think it runs on broadcast TV.  (As for Direct TV or other satellite, it depends on the package you’ve chosen.)  It’s also on in the early mornings as in before 7:00 a.m.

Democracy Now! runs at 10:00 p.m., and I generally watch it unless something bigger is happening.  Last night I caught this bit advertised as being on next week.  It’s regarding health care – our system versus that of the British as discussed by John Pilger.  If you don’t have the opportunity to view the program, you can catch it at Democracy Now!’ s website.

Standing with Sonia Sotomayor!

Why?  Why? WHY? battered

Why did I think that once Obama (or a Democrat) got into office, it would be smoother sailing.

I cannot get out fast enough the shit that’s been pissing me off over the past few weeks.

Notwithstanding the attack on women – period – here’s the first of many.

Stand With Sotomayor


Tell Steele to Back it On Up re(garding) Sotomayor, complete with video of one of most oppressed crackers around.  (My description, btw)

The pushback against the anti-Sotomayor messages and anti-Latino messages in general are coming strong from organizations in the form of websites, videos and kick ass images.