“The only solution to the Palestinian issue is for the invaders (Israelis) of the occupied Palestinian land to leave, and give the Palestinians their rights and return all the Palestinian refugees to their original land. Iran supports Lebanon’s bitter struggle in confronting Israeli assaults. We demand with all seriousness and insistence the liberation of all occupied land in Lebanon and Syria”. — President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Bint Jbeil October 15, 2010
In an article in The New York Times on December 2, 2007 (Herzenhorn, D., “How the Filibuster Became the Rule”) the GOP Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell told us how it would be whenever the GOP had that solid minority of 40 votes in the Senate: “I think that we can stipulate once again for the umpteenth time that matters that have any level of controversy about it [sic] in the Senate will require 60 votes.” In December, 2008, the titular leader of the GOP, Rush Limbaugh, announced his wish for the incoming Obama Administration. It was four words long: “I hope he fails.” Working together, Limbaugh and McConnell have converted Limbaugh’s “hope” to pretty much of a certainty in terms of legislation and appointments. Very skillfully using the filibuster and the internal pressure he can exert on his members, McConnell has made the myth that “Obama caused the mess,” which you hear every day on Beckoning Savagely Le-vinitating O’RHannibaugh come absolutely true, preventing Obama from doing the really big things that need to be done if the mess is ever to be cleaned up. And all the while Obama just about never makes that point. The GOP’s Perfect Storm.
Here are ten questions for Tea Partiers that they want or do not want to answer. I say it this way because people who call themselves Tea Partiers do not have the same view of politics, government, Big Business or the Constitution. Their opinions range from pure Libertarian to actively furthering the privileges of plutocracy. Their income and occupational background vary as well, though most seem to be middle-income and up.
Legislation Will Create Accountability for Banks who Race to Foreclose Without First Attempting to Work With Troubled Homeowners
Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) today announced that he is preparing legislation to force lenders to halt foreclosures of owner-occupied residential homes until lenders have certified that they have complied with their contractual obligations to try to reduce eligible borrowers’ monthly payments, using one of several government-sponsored foreclosure prevention programs.
Fethullah Gulen Takes the Great Game a Step Further
The Controversial Muslim preacher has now extended his tentacles into schools in the United States, where he controls and operates more than 100 charter schools within a calculatively set up maze of dubious NGOs. Fethullah Gulen, whose organizations’ net worth is estimated to be somewhere between $22 billion and $50 billion, owns and operates over three hundred Madrasas around the world, including Pakistan, Central Asia, and the Caucasus. While Gulen’s suspicious and secretive Madrasas have been shut down and or restrained in countries such as Russia, Uzbekistan, and Turkmenistan, based on these governments’ justified suspicions that his schools had more than just education on their agendas, his rapidly and secretively expanding charter school empire here in the US has gone quite unnoticed and unacknowledged.