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Matt Bors hits it out of the park with his new piece, “Hey, Everyone Involved In This Syria Shit Show, You’re Terrible”. An excerpt:

Free Syrian Army — Saw you dudes on the front page of The New York Times last week lining up a bunch of shirtless, whip-marked prisoners for execution. Nice! Bet they were shitheads. Seemed a liiiiiittle sketch though. Had me thinking: You’re not gonna, like, massacre everyone in Damascus once you take it over, right? You’re going to have elections when this is over? Set up some public schools, run for county treasurer?
Because I’m starting to think the leftover weapons we gave you won’t be melted down to build swing sets.
Al Qaeda & Friends — Hi! You’re banning croissants and shit. That’s just trolling.
Y’all just rush your woman-hating asses into every shitstorm to make it worse, don’t you? Places liberated from Assad are supposed to be rolling out Jeffersonian Democracy and here you are setting up Sharia courts and chopping off hands for purse snatching. You get the memo on “international norms”? Because your 12th century assholery makes gassing people look futuristic.
John Kerry — A young man once asked, “”How do you ask a man to be the last man to die for a mistake?” He was you! So maybe stop asking people to die for yet another war that is bound to be a mistake. Oh, it’s not going to be a big deal, you say, just a couple of explosions here and there. No boots touching no ground. You know which conflict started out like that? THE VIETNAM ONE. Now you’re dragging your droopy face around, casting anyone who opposes this garbage idea as some pro-Iran Jew hater and comparing Assad to Hitler. You think you’re in the comments section of the internet, bro? Because this is not how you make arguments.
Oh, and look, there’s a photo from 2009 of you dining with the New Hitler. Yeah, have a seat, Donald Rumsfeld.
Barack Obama — Remember when you said “red line” out loud a year ago? Fortunately, [it] wasn’t a magic incantation that compels us to go to war. You can actually just not do this. You see Micronesia eager to bomb Syria? You see Chile ready to launch missiles on a country its citizens know nothing about? Okay, the main reason for that is they don’t spend a fuktrillion dollars a year on their military. But the other, closely related cousin of that reason, is they don’t see themselves as the Judge Dredd of Earth with a need to pepper the entire planet with military bases.
We’ve invaded, bombed, and/or occupied dozens of countries in just the last few decades all in the name of increasing our “national security interests.” Haiti, The Philippines, Somalia, Iraq, Afghanistan; none of them really turned out super great. America’s done enough wonders for the world, buddy. Let’s sit this one out.

Read the rest here.

Matt Bors hits it out of the park with his new piece, “Hey, Everyone Involved In This Syria Shit Show, You’re Terrible”. An excerpt:

Free Syrian Army — Saw you dudes on the front page of The New York Times last week lining up a bunch of shirtless, whip-marked prisoners for execution. Nice! Bet they were shitheads. Seemed a liiiiiittle sketch though. Had me thinking: You’re not gonna, like, massacre everyone in Damascus once you take it over, right? You’re going to have elections when this is over? Set up some public schools, run for county treasurer?

Because I’m starting to think the leftover weapons we gave you won’t be melted down to build swing sets.

Al Qaeda & Friends — Hi! You’re banning croissants and shit. That’s just trolling.

Y’all just rush your woman-hating asses into every shitstorm to make it worse, don’t you? Places liberated from Assad are supposed to be rolling out Jeffersonian Democracy and here you are setting up Sharia courts and chopping off hands for purse snatching. You get the memo on “international norms”? Because your 12th century assholery makes gassing people look futuristic.

John Kerry — A young man once asked, “”How do you ask a man to be the last man to die for a mistake?” He was you! So maybe stop asking people to die for yet another war that is bound to be a mistake. Oh, it’s not going to be a big deal, you say, just a couple of explosions here and there. No boots touching no ground. You know which conflict started out like that? THE VIETNAM ONE. Now you’re dragging your droopy face around, casting anyone who opposes this garbage idea as some pro-Iran Jew hater and comparing Assad to Hitler. You think you’re in the comments section of the internet, bro? Because this is not how you make arguments.

Oh, and look, there’s a photo from 2009 of you dining with the New Hitler. Yeah, have a seat, Donald Rumsfeld.

Barack Obama — Remember when you said “red line” out loud a year ago? Fortunately, [it] wasn’t a magic incantation that compels us to go to war. You can actually just not do this. You see Micronesia eager to bomb Syria? You see Chile ready to launch missiles on a country its citizens know nothing about? Okay, the main reason for that is they don’t spend a fuktrillion dollars a year on their military. But the other, closely related cousin of that reason, is they don’t see themselves as the Judge Dredd of Earth with a need to pepper the entire planet with military bases.

We’ve invaded, bombed, and/or occupied dozens of countries in just the last few decades all in the name of increasing our “national security interests.” Haiti, The Philippines, Somalia, Iraq, Afghanistan; none of them really turned out super great. America’s done enough wonders for the world, buddy. Let’s sit this one out.

Read the rest here.

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WATCH: John McCain Does a 180 on Jobless Vets

Adam Weinstein of Mother Jones (and curator of their Tumblr) nails Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. on jobs for veterans.

And I helped:

Senator John McCain—Naval Academy class of 1958, Vietnam prisoner of warhas long enjoyed a reputation as a straight-talking protector of the troops. But yesterday, he joined 39 Republican colleagues in blocking a bipartisan bill that would have provided federal jobs for up to 20,000 out-of-work ex-service membersand in doing so, he went back on a verbal promise he made to a veteran weeks ago.

Mother Jones has obtained exclusive audio of an interview McCain conducted with military vet and citizen journalist Meg Lanker-Simons at the Republican National Convention in Tampa last month. In the exchange, McCain said getting vets back to work was job No. 1. (The jobless rate for ex-service members is up to 31 percent higher than for civilians.) “The fact is, it’s a national disgrace that veterans’ unemployment is 14 percent,” McCain said. “That’s a national disgrace. And we’ve got to try to find more ways and better ways to hire veterans. And that has got to be our highest priority.”

You can listen to the full interview at the link. I interviewed McCain at a fundraiser for vets as just a softball-type thing for the Tumblr Election blog. I had to soften the background noise, and ultimately ran out of time to post it. Still held on to it and cleaned it up… I imagine his office wishes I didn’t. 

McCain has never been much of a friend to veterans, but rarely does he get caught this red-handed.

I regret nothing and thanks to Adam Weinstein and Mother Jones for exposing McCain’s hypocrisy yet again.

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Down the Rabbit Hole at the RNC

election:

In addition to their regular blogging, Tumblr convention correspondents are each writing a feature about the experience. Here’s Meg Lanker-Simons on attending the Republican National Convention last week.

Monday: Arriving in Wonderland

After cramming every passenger possible on board United Flight 741, departing Denver International Airport, the bored-looking flight crew began playing the instructional safety video. I settled in, hoping for an inflight nap. At the gate, I had quickly realized my plane might be carrying every single Republican National Convention attendee from the Rocky Mountain region, right down to the five elderly ladies in sequined, satin track suits in the requisite red, white, and blue. One of the women had even plastered on bright blue eye shadow and cherry red lipstick at the gate. “Because I’m American,” she explained to no one in particular.

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Enjoy this Gonzo-ish summary of the RNC, kids! Please, share and feel free to provide feedback.

— Meg

(Source: gov, via cognitivedissonance)

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Down the Rabbit Hole at the RNC

election:

In addition to their regular blogging, Tumblr convention correspondents are each writing a feature about the experience. Here’s Meg Lanker-Simons on attending the Republican National Convention last week.

Monday: Arriving in Wonderland

After cramming every passenger possible on board United Flight 741, departing Denver International Airport, the bored-looking flight crew began playing the instructional safety video. I settled in, hoping for an inflight nap. At the gate, I had quickly realized my plane might be carrying every single Republican National Convention attendee from the Rocky Mountain region, right down to the five elderly ladies in sequined, satin track suits in the requisite red, white, and blue. One of the women had even plastered on bright blue eye shadow and cherry red lipstick at the gate. “Because I’m American,” she explained to no one in particular.

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My long awaited summary is live! Enjoy kids!

— Meg

(Source: gov)

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To say that the accusations made in both documents are not substantiated by the evidence they offer is to be overly polite and diplomatic about it. It is far better, and more accurate, to talk straight: These allegations about Huma Abedin, and the report from which they are drawn, are nothing less than an unwarranted and unfounded attack on an honorable citizen, a dedicated American, and a loyal public servant.

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) putting the smackdown on Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) for baseless attacks on Secretary Hillary Clinton’s top aide Huma Abedin.

Joe McCarthy Michele Bachmann essentially accused Abedin of working on behalf of the Muslim Brotherhood to inflitrate the U.S. government, and released an odd, 16-page letter in defense of her witch-hunt against Muslim Americans. Said witch-hunters also include Reps. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.), Louie Gohmert (R-Texas), Thomas Rooney (R-Fla.), and Lynn Westmoreland (R-Ga.).

Sen. McCain, bravo. I’d buy you a beer if you’d just disown famed Islamophobe Frank Gaffney completely. Here’s video of him taking Bachmann to task:

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McCain blames some Arizona wildfires on illegal immigrants

U.S. Sen. John McCain is blaming illegal immigrants for starting some of the wildfires that have scorched hundreds of thousands of acres in Arizona.

"There is substantial evidence that some of these fires have been caused by people who have crossed our border illegally," McCain, R-Arizona, said Saturday at a press conference. "The answer to that part of the problem is to get a secure border." The Arizona senator, however, did not say what the evidence is, prompting a swift rebuke from Latino civil rights advocates.

"It’s easier to fan the flames of intolerance, especially in Arizona," said Randy Parraz, a civil rights advocate who ran unsuccessfully against McCain as a Democratic candidate in 2010. Parraz called McCain’s remarks "careless and reckless" but not entirely surprising given the political climate in Arizona. Parraz said McCain "should know better" than to make such an accusation without presenting any facts.

McCain said that illegal immigrants set such fires either to send signals, keep warm or distract law enforcement agents. But he did not specify which fires allegedly had been started by illegal immigrants, nor did he identify his sources or provide details of the “substantial” evidence he cited.

McCain is pandering to the old, white, racist demographic here. If he’s going to claim immigrants started fires, I’d really like to see some evidence. Actually, I’m going to claim it was John and Cindy McCain, camping (in a luxury RV, natch) and Cindy decided to make things all romantic and lit some vanilla candles. In the throes of passion, John McCain knocked a candle out the window. I have as much evidence of my scenario as he does of his. 

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John McCain DADT Repeal Reaction: 'Today Is A Very Sad Day'

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), once a voice of optimism for repealing Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, reportedly called Saturday “a very sad day” before the Senate voted to lift the military ban.

"I hope that when we pass this legislation that we will understand that we are doing great damage," said the four-term incumbent before the vote, according to ABC News. “Today is a very sad day.”

Back in 2006, the longtime senator communicated a distinctly different view on the issue. “The day that the leadership of the military comes to me and says, ‘Senator, we ought to change the policy,’ then I think we ought to consider seriously changing it,” he said at the time.

What a dick. Seriously. You know what a sad day is? When you can’t get Congress to agree to help out the jobless and desperate with promised unemployment benefits without ridiculous, deficit-increasing “benefits” for the rich, thanks to the party which contains supposed conservatives. That’s a sad day.

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