82 Responses to “‘Hypocritical and mean-spirited’”


  1. 1 africa
    September 17, 2013 at 11:59 am

    me, again.

  2. 8 Ladyhawke
    September 17, 2013 at 12:00 pm

    Embracing a “messy” foreign policy

    By Smartypants

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    If liberals really wanted a President who would reform our foreign policy and walk back our addiction to hegemony, short of engendering global chaos, this is what its going to look like. That the neocons are worried about this kind of process indicating a “weakness” in foreign policy should tell us something. If we are going to actually work in partnership with the rest of the world rather than assume dominance, things are going to get messy. Then-Senator Barack Obama warned us about that way back in 2005.

    The bottom line is that our job is harder than the conservatives’ job. After all, it’s easy to articulate a belligerent foreign policy based solely on unilateral military action, a policy that sounds tough and acts dumb; it’s harder to craft a foreign policy that’s tough and smart…But that’s our job.

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    http://immasmartypants.blogspot.com/2013/09/embracing-messy-foreign-policy.html

    • 9 57andfemale
      September 17, 2013 at 12:34 pm

      It would be nice if the alleged progressive intellectuals were actually, well, intelligent and helped us craft a coherent message instead of sabotaging everything.

    • 10 ericfive
      September 17, 2013 at 1:16 pm

      Since life in general is “messy” with few clear cut paths to getting what you desire (or think you desire) without making compromises or changing one’s mind to adapt to changes in circumstances, it is childish and naive to think that U.S. foreign policy decisions will be neat and work out perfectly. Life is not a sitcom. Its time for our pundits to grow up and face this fact.

  3. 11 africa
    September 17, 2013 at 12:00 pm

    Now, off to listen to Harry.

  4. September 17, 2013 at 12:01 pm

    You are rolling on this morning. I can hardly keep up. Great work Chips..

  5. 14 hopefruit2
    September 17, 2013 at 12:02 pm

    Interesting…

  6. 20 donna dem 4 obama
    September 17, 2013 at 12:09 pm

    Ahhh a feel good story….

    My manager eats at Five Guys (heart attack waiting to happen) Restaurant practically everyday. So just now he went down to get his lunch and just told us that a bus pulled up loaded with DC police. They apparently came from the Navy Yard and were brought down for lunch. Some went to Subway to get their lunch but most of them came into Five Guys. He said when they all piled in that the patrons that were in the restaurant stood and applauded their service for almost 5 minutes. He told us he was moved to tears.

    Too bad the media vultures didn’t get that moment on camera.

    • 22 Vicki
      September 17, 2013 at 12:32 pm

      This reminds me of the scene following the Watertown PD taking Boston bomber Tsarnaev into custody. The entire neighborhood was in the streets cheering and highfiving each Police vehicle as the Force was withdrawn.
      Emoprogs and assorted MSM, in stark contrst to reality on the ground, were braying about government overreach. “How dare the Police shut down a City?”
      Press and pundits are hopeless.

      • 23 AJ
        September 17, 2013 at 1:25 pm

        I remember this well, Vicki. At least the local media caught the emotional response of the crowd. The lockdown was a small price we citizens of Boston had to pay compared to the victims, and every ounce of applause the Watertown police and federal officers received was genuine and heartfelt. I can imagine the gratitude of those Five Guys patron was equally authentic.

    • September 17, 2013 at 2:35 pm

      This story really stirred my heart, Donna. Thanks.

    • 25 99ts
      September 17, 2013 at 5:59 pm

      They were too busy being stressed about their busy day yesterday

  7. 26 africa
    September 17, 2013 at 12:13 pm

  8. 27 57andfemale
    September 17, 2013 at 12:15 pm

    This has more relevance to the conversations we should be having as a society than you would think:

  9. 32 africa
    September 17, 2013 at 12:24 pm

    And this is me, off to hug my pillows. Headache is annoying.

  10. 34 utaustinliberal
    September 17, 2013 at 12:25 pm

    Oh….this is going to be a moment for sure.

  11. 38 japa21
    September 17, 2013 at 12:26 pm

    Saw the title and wondered, why would she put up a whole post about me. Problem, of course is, I can’t get the videos so for all I know it is about me. Does this mean I am too self-centered?

  12. 43 57andfemale
    September 17, 2013 at 12:29 pm

  13. September 17, 2013 at 12:48 pm

    So, I’m going to proselytize for the library a bit.

    Know how most of the major papers—NYT, LAT, Times of London, and so on—are going to a pay wall model? Know how we go to great lengths to game the system so that we can read/link articles? Well, what if I were to tell you that there’s a free, easy way to read pretty much any newspaper you want from the comfort of your own home?

    Yes, the library!

    Most libraries have online newspaper and magazine databases. Through these databases—we use Ebsco in our system—you can read literally thousands of newspapers and journals. And all for free, sans headaches.

    One of my favorite journals is “History Today” out of the UK. A yearly subscription costs $99. It’s in my database, and I have the option of reading it either as HTML, or as an actual PDF scan of the articles.

    So the next time you grumble about pay walls and free article limits, just remember: you’re already paying taxes for your local library. Join it, and discover the world.

  14. 46 utaustinliberal
    September 17, 2013 at 12:48 pm

    To quote VP Biden, this is a Big F**king Deal!

  15. 49 utaustinliberal
    September 17, 2013 at 12:56 pm

    Patrick Stewart is enjoying the heck outta Twitter. This is him and Ian McKellen. Love it.

  16. 52 utaustinliberal
    September 17, 2013 at 12:59 pm

    Heads Up. Educate yourselves. :D

  17. 53 japa21
    September 17, 2013 at 1:06 pm

    • 54 57andfemale
      September 17, 2013 at 1:16 pm

      I’m currently doing research for my job on the early years of industrialization in America. The government invested heavily in making interchangeable parts for guns so they could be repaired and reused on the battlefield but they lacked the infrastructure. Importation of weapons put the U.S. at a disadvantage militarily. The 2nd Amendment was a means of having the citizenry contribute to U.S. military action by supplying their own weapons to save money until the government could get on its feet. It was a practical decision. I admit I haven’t done serious research on the 2nd Amendment, but this is definitely an important component. The crackpot idea that it was to fight the ‘tyranny’ of your own government is complete lunacy. That inconvenient, “well-regulated militia” part had real world implications in the 18th century.

  18. 55 57andfemale
    September 17, 2013 at 1:09 pm

  19. 56 japa21
    September 17, 2013 at 1:09 pm

    • September 17, 2013 at 1:13 pm

      Brings to mind this tweet from yesterday, Japa:

      • 58 57andfemale
        September 17, 2013 at 1:23 pm

        Japan had 11 gun deaths last year. 11. and they have some of the most violent video games. So we can call b.s. on this argument.

    • 59 theo67
      September 17, 2013 at 2:39 pm

      I have a problem with violent video games being accessible to children, because it desensitizes them to violence. But, I do agree that the gun problem in this country is about access to guns and a crazy gun culture.

      • 60 dotster3
        September 17, 2013 at 4:24 pm

        Agree with both your points.

      • 61 kathryn kivett
        September 17, 2013 at 6:29 pm

        Agree with you….As a parent and Grandparent I would like someone to explain to me what the benefits are to allowing children to pretend to shoot and kill people……..having said that…..I realize that when I was young, it was perfectly normal for children to play cowboys and indians with play guns and to go to movies with Roy Rogers, Gene Autry, Lash Larue and Lone Ranger and Tonto shooting the bad guys……there has always been some level of violence in our culture…..how about any of you from other countries that are up in years….did you play games with pretend guns or go to movies that portrayed shooting bad guys?

  20. 62 Linda
    September 17, 2013 at 1:10 pm

    FBI News Conference at 2 PM on the shooting

  21. 63 Dudette
    September 17, 2013 at 1:11 pm

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  23. September 17, 2013 at 1:22 pm

    GA Chips, TOD….

  24. 68 Dudette
    September 17, 2013 at 1:23 pm

  25. 69 Dudette
    September 17, 2013 at 1:24 pm

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  28. 72 Ladyhawke
    September 17, 2013 at 1:40 pm

    Press Secretary Jay Carney is at the podium. The questions about process, style, feelings, optics, and who’s winning/who’s losing will begin momentarily.

  29. September 17, 2013 at 2:15 pm

    • 75 jziglar
      September 17, 2013 at 2:27 pm

      It is nonsense. Instead of complaining about spying (which every country does) their government should be doing a better job taking care of it’s poor citizens and cracking down on corruption. No one forgot those massive demonstrations they had not too long ago in the streets.

      • September 17, 2013 at 3:00 pm

        Exactly! But she’s tryiing to score cheap points to shore up sagging reputation. She’s a conservative teatard. POTU saved her ass 2 yrs ago with the state visit and she slobbered all over him to bask in his immense popularity in Brazil. But this is how she repays him. Karma is just round the corner

  30. 77 utaustinliberal
    September 17, 2013 at 2:29 pm

    Loving this white house’s response team.

  31. 78 hopefruit2
    September 17, 2013 at 2:31 pm

    HEADLINE: Navy Yard Gunman Was Treated by the VA for Mental Illness

    // …Update (9/17): According the Associated Press, Alexis was treated by the Veterans Administration for “serious mental illness,” including paranoia, sleep disorders, and delusions like ‘hearing voices.’ He was also reported discharged from the Navy Reserves honorably, but after a “pattern of misconduct.” He was reportedly cited at least eight times for “misconduct” between 2007 and 2011, for reasons including “insubordination, disorderly conduct and multiple excessive absences from work.” Despite his record, he was honorably discharged and then hired back as a private contractor, with his security clearance intact. A soon-to-be-released report from the Pentagon inspector general will show the Navy let access security to its facilities fall by the wayside in an effort to cut costs. //

    http://www.theatlanticwire.com/national/2013/09/everything-we-know-about-navy-yard-gunman-aaron-alexis/69476/

    • 79 Dakota
      September 17, 2013 at 2:50 pm

      Hi HF2,

      It appears the Navy dropped the ball on this early on. Who get cited that many times for “misconduct” without a red flag going up? I wonder how those cost cuts look now.

  32. 80 utaustinliberal
    September 17, 2013 at 2:33 pm

    Yay ObamaCare!

  33. 81 utaustinliberal
    September 17, 2013 at 2:38 pm


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