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It was worth the wait. Obama has rendered the years of Republican obstructionism moot. Their clever ploys of the faux filibuster and the bellicose bullying and the Bibi embarrassments have fallen flat, and while Republicans were patting themselves on the back for their midterm “sweep” of Congress, Obama was planting the seeds for a bumper crop of reforms. Now, in the months preceding the presidential primaries, Obama is reminding people what Democrats stand for.

Republicans, on the other hand, are reaping what they sowed, which is precisely nothing. They’ve doubled-down on the sneering hate-speech and the empty rhetoric that appeals to the slack-jawed, resulting in a three-ring-circus of Republican anti-candidates who must run on negative accomplishments. It’s all about what they closed down, eliminated, blocked, cancelled and squashed. The only thing they built up is the bank accounts of their like-minded multi-millionaire brethren. When Donald Trump is getting buzz, you know the hive is diseased.

Obama has paved the way for a Democratic victory. Nothing is guaranteed, but even a somewhat compromised Hillary Clinton, energized by a we’re-mad-as-hell-and-we’re-not-going-to-take-it-any-more message from Bernie Sanders, gives me reason to hope for change. Come to think of it, that’s what Obama promised all along. He just didn’t say when it would happen. Maybe it’s now.

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It’s probably true, as Minds Erased says, that the Nobel Peace prize is really like a Grammy Award, not based on merit, just a popularity contest, and only meant as a form of encouragement. Hendrick Hertzberg in the latest New Yorker (Oct. 19) pretty much agrees with this view. But that old foreign policy guru, Zbigniew Brzezinski, while admitting that Obama needs to earn the prize, deserves it nevertheless. Why? Here’s what he says:

He deserves it because, in the course of less than a year, he really has refined America’s relationship with the world. He has grandly improved America’s image in the world. He has committed America to a series of policies designed to resolve conflicts and to deal in a non-unilateral fashion with key issues. And he has committed America to grand goals in the area of nuclear weaponry, global problems and so forth.

What do I think?

Well, I think Iran is really not a threat and that if Obama can’t figure out how to talk to them, he’s not earned much, and he really should get out of Afghanistan. At least it appears now that he may drop the idea of routing out the Tailban. That’s a step forward.

But what do I think about Obama getting the prize?

Well, I don’t think he should have rejected it, but I’m sure it’ll be an additional burden for him to carry. It’s good that he at least is donating the proceeds to charity.

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A Poem

This is by the Persian poet Sa’adi (1210 – 1290)

‘Human Beings are Members of a Whole’

Human beings are members of a whole,

In creation of one essence and soul.

If one member is afflicted with pain,

Other members uneasy will remain.

If you have no sympathy for human pain,

The name of human you cannot retain.

It graces the entrance of the Hall of Nations of the United Nations building in New York City. I copied it from Juan Cole this morning. And he copied it from a statement on Iran by engaged scholars. Well worth a read or at least a scan. There are forty signatures.

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Oh boy, some more wonky boring stuff out of SeevsPlace. ha ha Well, what the hell, I think I’ll make a post on this anyways. I just got through listening to what I thought was a very interesting and truthful, as against the bullshitty “truthiness” that we usually get on our media here in the good old USofA, discussion by two knowledgeable persons, as against bullshit artist, mainly Republican, politicians and gutless media persons! It’s refreshing to hear people give facts and opinions uncolored by the usual, oh boy we may have to bomb Iran they’re bad guys we’re good guys better vote Republican things are either black or white and they’re black in Iran so we better bomb ’em right away, vote McCain! ha ha?

Gary Sick (unfortunate name?) of Columbia University is one of the most reasonable and knowledgeable foreign policy experts around, a great personage who has written many books (none of which I’ve read) and the other guy is John Hostettler, a former Republican congressman who was against the Iraq war. So, this isn’t a case of the usual on-the-one-hand on-the-other-hand type discussion, typical of our gutless, corporation controlled media unwilling to point out what’s reasonable and what isn’t. Anyway, this video is a real good discussion of where we are, where the world is, in terms of us, the US, and Iran. The interviewer is a reasonable guy by the name of Riz Khan, not your typical smarmy Tom Brokaw type, which is refreshing in itself! Hey, if you’ve got over 12 minutes, but less than 13, to waste, take a look at this thing. 😀

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qEZbbGm1Xak[/youtube]

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Ron Paul talks sense on Iran. As Juan Cole points out, Paul argues that speculation about a US or Israeli strike on Iran is driving some of the increase in oil prices. Also, it appears that the OPEC president agrees.
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7354M1QmGYQ[/youtube]
Not only is such speculation causing a rise in oil prices, but as he further rightly points out, the need for a US or Israeli strike on Iran does not exist! Iran is not at all on the verge of making nuclear weapons. Listen to what he says. The truth of it has been well established for some time. We are being led over a cliff by raving neocon lunatics in the both US and Israel! And if not lunatics, brain washed timid people. I is pissed!

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One Is Enough

TrueMajorityAction has a neat video with stirring power-music worth a look/listen. By going to their site you get a chance to send a message to your Senator to support S. Res. 356, which would require that any military action against Iran be explicitly approved by Congress.
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q1Mflm6rgOY[/youtube]

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How about them speedboats? Sure, how about them? They tried to blow up our ships in the Persian Gulf — NOT! Looks like this is another Bush fantasy in his hoped for war with Iran.

Take a look at US Video of Iran Speedboats Flawed this morning from Juan Cole, and also see Iran Gunboats from Think Progress.

Was this timed to give McCain a boost in New Hampshire?

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