Congressional Democrats Introduce an Ambitious New Bill to Restore the Voting Rights Act | The Nation

I apologize for the number of press articles….I am re-doing my War Room, as my daughter has called the den, and it is more daunting than I had anticipated…..I promise to be back soon with more original stuff……please bear with me……

After the landslide win the GOP had in 2010 they set about trying to re-write the act of voting….and for the most part have been very successful…….they hid the attack on voting rights under the guise of Voter IDs and went in through the back door once they got that approval from an uneducated electorate…….

And then SCOTUS help the GOP with iots gutting of the Voting Rights Act of 2 years ago……

Noe the Dems have found a backbone and is trying to overturn what the Court has done……

But will they be successful?  thoughts?

 

Congressional Democrats Introduce an Ambitious New Bill to Restore the Voting Rights Act | The Nation.

Truly A War Without End

All presidential candidates will have an opinion about ISIS and the war…..the problem is that there is only about 2 candidates that will be telling the truth…..all the chest thumping about defeating the extremists is just that……NOTHING but chest thumping.

If we are to continue this fight against ISIS, as most Repub candidates will espouse, then let us take a realistic look at the chances of success……..

Under the War Powers Act of 1973, a president has to obtain permission from Congress to continue any military actions longer than 30 days. The ISIS war has lasted nearly a year at this point, but there has yet to be a vote on the war in Congress.

Last week, the House rejected the Schiff Amendment, which would’ve forced a vote by March 31 of next year. Today, in a 139-288 vote, the House rejected another resolution, this time from Rep. Jim McGovern (D – MA) which, failing a vote approving the war would’ve required the Obama Administration to follow US law and end the war by the end of this year

With both rules votes failing by fairly wide margins, it seems increasingly probable that the ISIS war will never get even a token vote in the US Congress, but that the president will continue to be allowed to illegally continue it without any objections from the legislative branch.

That decision was NOT voted on for the good or the safety of the country…..it is a purely political decision…..NO one wants to explain him/her self back at home at election time…….the safety of our troops matters not…….it is all about conning the voter…..

The future of this fight, the one against ISIS, looks bleak…..because Congress is too cowardly to take a stance we are looking at more intervention and more escalation…..with little chance of success……

The top military and civilian leaders of the Pentagon, Secretary of Defense Ash Carter and Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey, are both sounding extremely pessimistic on the ISIS war today, warning in testimony to the House Armed Services Committee that the training schemes in Iraq aren’t doing particularly well.

While Carter has previously lashed the Iraqi military as incompetent for losing repeatedly to ISIS, today he revealed that another major problem is common across both Iraq and Syria, that the Pentagon’s training scheme simply isn’t finding nearly enough recruits to meet their goals.

All Americans need to prepare for the lengthy wars that the admin and the Congress has given them……..more dark days ahead…….you remember those days…..don’t you?

AND NO ONE CARES!

Paying For Patriotism

Back in May I wrote a piece about the military paying NFL teams for their patriotic theme programs……in case you may have missed my scathing post……

http://lobotero.com/2015/05/11/patriotism-has-its-price/

After I let these people know what I think of that the Congress has taken up the issue…….and has made its decision known……..

The Senate today voted in favor of a bill which will bar the Pentagon from giving taxpayer money to NFL teams or other sports franchises in return for them “honoring the troops” during their games.

Reports of the “Patriotism for Profit” program emerged last month, with the revelations that 14 NFL teams had received $5.4 million in return for timeout displays of thanking troops for their service. This was quickly condemned by several top Congressmen.

The NFL, the apparent primary beneficiaries of this program, criticized the bill, saying it was a “distorted picture” of the long-standing relationship between the military and professional football. A spokesman went on to insist the programs to “honor the troops” would continue even if the money stopped.

Apparently Patriotism does have a price, at least for the NFL.

Are you telling me that the way these toads in Washington check fiscal policy that No one knew what was happening with these payments…..maybe they should spend more time doing their jobs and less time performing oral sex on their donors……whatcha think?

There is too much fake patriotism in this country…..and the NFL is a prime mover in that…….

When this story first came out it was pretty much ignored by most….like the NFL was some sort of God that one could not speak ill of without facing damnation……I have called the NFL a douche bag organization supported by mental midgets and cowards…..do I need to say more?

Turn The Page!

Can Ineptitude Be Criminal?

Opinion from the tortured fingers of Chuq

The newest clown for the GOP circus is Graham and he is thumping his chest about all his experience in foreign policy…….he has been in Congress for 20 years and that does not make one an expert at anything other than cowardice.

Now back to the subject….Ineptitude…….In a legal sense I do not think there is a law that covers this.  But in my opinion when it comes to foreign relations and policy it should definitely be……against the law!

Let’s begin with the word…..’ineptitude’.  The word means…..”a lack of skill or ability”…..a better definition should be……”Incompetent“.

There are many within our government that try to talk a mean game….the big problem is that talk is cheap and knowledge is priceless……..and knowledge is in short supply in our Congress.

I am referring to the comments made by foreign policy neophytes like Sen. Cotton, Cruz and Rubio…….they are held up as some sort of policy expert because they sit on a foreign policy committee….and yet most of them do not attend the briefings that could go a long way in filling in the holes in their foreign policy education.

When the US went to the aid of the Libyan uprising Rubio approved……….”If we believe that the rise of this new attitude among young people and others seeking a new life and a new way in the Middle East is a positive thing, and I believe that it is, then it serves our national interest to see that happen,” he said.  Then he spouted about Qaddafi in support Moammar Qaddafi’s overthrow was that he “sowed instability among neighbors, plotted assassination attempts against heads of state, and supported terrorist enterprises.”

Getting rid of him, Qaddafi,  did so much good for the country and the region (sarcasm)………I understand the hatred of a mad dog killer but not realizing the consequences is a rookie mistake…….and illustrates the depth of his ignorance.

Then he, Rubio, makes statements like this…….“America plays a part on the world stage for which there is no understudy,” the senator and Republican presidential hopeful told a standing-room-only crowd on New York’s Upper East Side. “When we fail to lead with strength and principle there is no other country, friend or foe, that is willing or able to take our place. And the result is chaos.”

He does not seem to know that the massive chaos we have now in the Middle East began around 2003…..a good year for an invasion?

Then there is Sen. Ted Cruz from the great state of Texas…..he has been very vocal in his condemnation of the Obama and Clinton on foreign policy…..but he has attended less of the briefings than any of the other  senator.  According to a report from Politico late last month, Cruz missed out on discussions about Afghanistan, the U.S. military prison at Guantánamo Bay, spending cuts, military readiness and the appropriate level of compensation for the troops.

Cruz like Rubio is one of those people that throws red meat at supporters without knowledge of what he is actually saying or the consequences of the actions……he lives for the applause……….he embraces ignorance and stupidity.

Of course I can not write about being inept without mentioning Arkansas’ Senator Tom Cotton.  His stand on the Iranian nuke deal has made him famous in the Right wing world and infamous in the real world.

This election, the one in 2016, is being billed as the foreign policy election…..pundits tell us that it will be mostly about our dealings with the rest of the world.  Personally that scares me….the people that are leading the pack for the GOP are about as inept as they come…..none have anything to say that is remotely intelligent and none of it shows that none of them have a handle on foreign policy.

If this is truly the “foreign policy” election and one of the GOP goofballs happens to win then America will be a bigger joke in the world than it is now.  Or worse will be engaged in a perpetual war for a generation or more.

Is that what you want?

 

 

Sen. Graham: A Babbling Buffoon

It just amazes me at the depth of the ignorance of our elected officials and the ignorance of their words.  It is NO secret that I have a deep contempt for anyone in the US Congress…..I will admit that there are a few that actually want to work and not do endless fund raising but they are few and far between.

The idiots seem to be concentrated on the GOP side of the road and even more so in the movement we call Neocons or war hawks.  Babbling toads like Cotton, Gohmert, King and most idiotically Lindsey Graham of South Carolina…..pretty much the whole list of morons that were co-signers of the Iran letter sent by Arkansas’ Cotton.

This ignorance extends into the realm of foreign policy and world affairs……these people will say whatever gets them the most exposure which makes fund raising that much easier.  I do not care about their begging for cash what I do object to is their obvious lack of knowledge about the rest of the world which they claim to protect as long as America is the cock of the walk.

Out of the mouths of these idiots flows the excrement of ignorance……..if they spent a little time trying to understand situations instead of babbling on and on they might not appear as stupid as they do now……

The most recent idiocy came from the mouth of Sen. Lindsey Graham……..while speaking at the Jewish group AIPAC he showed just how thoroughly ignorant he really is………

“Everything that starts with ‘Al’ in the Middle East is bad news,” said U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham, a Republican from South Carolina at an AIPAC dinner in Boston on Monday. “Al-Qaida, Al-Nusra, Al-Qaida in the Arab Peninsula,” said the senator, who may be running for president.

Obviously pandering to the members of AIPAC with the hope that a check is in the mail……The problem – linguistically – with Graham’s comment is that “Al” is the definite article in Arabic (i.e. equivalent to English’s “the”), and usually appears before most Arabic proper nouns, especially place and personal names.

Yes, it is a small thing……but one that irritates the crap out of me……he is a person that has our foreign policy and military in his cash stained hands…..and to me that makes him a dangerous loose cannon.

With Congress It Never Ends!

I always find it amazing when this Congress decides to do something they consider constructive……most times it is not constructive at all.  When they take on ways to cut spending it is always someone who is their bread and butter voter and they almost always get away with it.

Take for instance our military…..back when I was a soldier the re-enlistment talk was about how if you lasted until retirement that you would have all the benefits that you had in the military…..total medical, dental and a good pension and the big one, an education, for when you retired at an early age…..I never fell for the BS and now the Congress wants to stick it to the military once again……..

McClatchy is reporting……..

Congress is considering changing, for the first time in decades, the way service members get retirement pay.

Military retirement now carries an all-or-nothing pension plan that requires a minimum of 20 years of service. The new plan would cut those pensions to 40 percent of pay from 50 percent, and create a matched 401(k)-style plan open to all service members.

The new retirement rules would affect all troops enlisting after the new plan is put in place in October 2017, Military Times reported. Troops already in the ranks could opt into the new plan or stick with the current “cliff vesting” system, it said.

It is bad enough that Congress spends its time figuring ways to screw the veterans but now they are messing with the active military…..their educational benefits have fallen way short of the promises and now Congress, who does very little work and has their pay exempt is going to f*ck the soldiers and the families…….
Are you still proud of voting for these pricks?

What About The Use Of Force?

HEY!  America please tear yourself away from the Tube and the wondering what gender the Royal will squirt out!  If this is your concern then I weep for my country.

The ink is barely dry on the Iranian compromise and there are some on the Right that are in a panic…..some aka Sen. Cotton are already calling for a limited airstrike at Iran’s nuke facility……I am sure if I kept up with Neocon think tanks they would be all over the use of this type of force…..like Heritage.

I bring all this up because of the “Authorization for the Use of Military Force” (AUMF)……remember?  That is that request the president has sent to Congress for them to do their duty and either approve the use of force or not….the process is that simple.

When Pres. Obama decided to go after ISIS with airstrikes the GOP went batcrap crazy…….demanding that he stop because he did not have the authorization to use force……all that made for great TV and great e-mails to supporters……Obama then decided that he would play their game and he sent an AUMF to Congress for approval…….and that is where it went to die.

To this day it is still waiting for some sort of action from the Congress…..and while we are waiting the Speaker of the House has brought up a good point…….

Speaker John A. Boehner said Tuesday that American troops in Iraq should move beyond training Iraqi forces to take a more direct role in fighting against the Islamic State.

After returning from a spring trip to the Middle East, Mr. Boehner told a group of reporters that the Obama administration has placed “artificial constraints” on military commanders responsible for 4,500 members of the American military there rather than allowing conditions on the ground to dictate strategy.

Let see……want to expand the use of military force but do not want to go on record authorizing it…is that about it?  The politicians are running scared….it is an election and they do not want something on record that could be used against them in an election.

This brings me back full circle……..without the AUMF how could dickhead Cotton use military force?  All this person is doing is throwing red meat at the base.  A typical American response to a problem….run from it and let someone else do the hard stuff.

Does everyone see why I feel I must keep pounding these people…..at best they are HYPOCRITICAL…….and at worse…….DANGEROUS!

American lives are at stake…….and NO one seems to care!