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    Laguna

    Misogyny? In this day and age? What would Mrs. Bill Clinton in her pantsuits with her cackling laugh say about this?

    Posted in: 'Ghostbusters' backlash brings out Internet trolls

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    Laguna

    Obama has been asking, and Democrats have been trying to provide, money to combat Zika, but the GOP has been playing its usual game. In order to meet its self-imposed "Hastert rule" (named after the former speaker, now imprisoned for child molestation) - that any bill introduced in the House must attract a majority of Republicans - the bill was larded up with red meat. One provision would exempt pesticides from the Clean Water Act even though pesticides are not used to combat mosquitoes. Another - and more importantly - would prevent the bill's funds from being directed to Planned Parenthood.

    Zika affects adults in a non-noticeable or, at worst, a flu-like fashion, but infection of pregnant women can lead to microcephaly, a condition where a baby’s head is much smaller than normal because its brain has not developed properly during pregnancy or has stopped growing after birth. Identifying and dealing with such situations is exactly what Planned Parenthood is designed to do.

    Another example of GOP dysfunction and disruption.

    Posted in: Zika virus a concern for poor urban areas along Gulf Coast

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    Laguna

    Oh, the irony!

    A British man arrested at a Donald Trump rally two weeks ago after allegedly trying to steal a police officer’s gun to shoot the Republican candidate has been indicted on federal charges relating to illegal weapons possession and disruption.

    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/jun/30/briton-charged-in-us-after-assassination-attempt-on-donald-trump

    I suppose that, after this, white English males should be profiled. (Seriously, though: imagine the national panic if he had been anything except a white male. As it was, most nobody noticed.)

    Posted in: Trump's vote-winning strategy - attack Muslims

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    Laguna

    The missiles that failed (repeatedly) were Musudan; the topic here is a Scud, which has proven very reliable.

    Still, no (or very slight) worries: they'd be taken out on the ground or shot down during flight, most likely, and retaliation would be the end of the Kim regime.

    Posted in: N. Korean Scud missile can reach U.S. naval base in Japan: report

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    Laguna

    Outrider, the US put up with Qaddafi precisely because of the reasons you mention (and despite that whole Pan Am thing - hey, bygones can be bygones) - after all, he was allowed into America back in 2009, when Trump made some bucks by allowing the dictator to erect his tent in his backyard (the neighbors didn't go for it). https://www.theguardian.com/world/2009/sep/23/muammar-gaddafi-tent-trump-estate

    The US didn't spark the Arab Spring; it began in neighboring Tunisia, and by the time what was happening had been grasped, had already spread to Libya. Are you suggesting that the US should have supported those trying to bring down one of the worlds most corrupt and long-lasting dictators? If so, you share now American values whatsoever.

    Regarding the current Libyan government and terrorism, the nascent unity government has been cooperating closely with the US and NATO on repelling ISIS advances in their country - because it is in their interest, not because some dictator ordered it.

    Posted in: Final Benghazi report: No 'smoking gun' pointing to Clinton

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    Laguna

    Apparently the NRA is taking the suggestion that Americans make up their own mind about what multiple admittedly partisan investigations could not substantiate by running a series of Benghazi-themed ads.

    Wow. Think about this. Of all the issues the NRA could have attacked Clinton with, they chose Benghazi. The optics are clear: The terrorists from abroad will come here and kill you in your beds unless you elect Trump and buy lotsa guns.

    This will undoubtedly fire up their base but likely alienate everyone with any functioning cognitive level above reptilian. Trump will dip in the polls again.

    <http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/elections/2016/06/29/nra-2-million-ad-campaign-trump-benghazi/86484306/

    Posted in: Final Benghazi report: No 'smoking gun' pointing to Clinton

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    Laguna

    Bah aren't they the same on every single issue?

    Ha ha! - that is so true. Paul Ryan's "healthcare plan" is the Benghazi Report of proposals, for example - all fluff, zero substance (though the former, weighing in at 28 pages, certainly cost a lot less to produce). There's the actual Benghazi, though, and then there's Benghazi™, and while rational people (even among the conservatives) have washed their hands of the former, the latter will live on for years to come. Sad and pathetic, yes - but objective reality alludes the grasp of a certain group. It's always tomorrow - and always will be - just like the GOP healthcare plan.

    Posted in: Final Benghazi report: No 'smoking gun' pointing to Clinton

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    Laguna

    One point that's always confused me about Libyan naysayers is, despite their criticism of the policies Obama took, they offer no other options. The way I see it is that there were four options: to support Qaddafi, to ignore the entire event, to offer limited support to the rebels, or to take on the entire country.

    The former and latter are untenable, leaving the middle two as the only practical options. Ignoring the event brings up the specter of Bush the Elder and his non-response to the Shia uprising following the Gulf War(Hussein tore through the region, and there are reports of rebels hanging from lampposts as warning) - one reason why the Iraqi Shia did not particularly trust the Americans when they came back under Bush the Junior.

    It seems to me that Obama's choice was the most prudent: offer modest support to the rebels without committing America to any permanent role (i.e., "Pottery Barn" rule not invoked), and support those in favor of democracy through what would undoubtedly be a messy and protracted civil war and period of nation building. That is exactly what has happened.

    A famous comedienne years ago talked about his impatient grandfather glaring at the microwave, shouting, "C'mon! It's been five seconds already!" This reminds me of Republican naysayers of Obama's Middle East policy. Think about how long it took to create and solidify the United States - slavery existed there a full half-century after it was abolished by the British Empire, and the entire American experiment was almost ended a full hundred years after it had achieved independence. Yet some expect Libya to achieve this in a span of a few years.

    A decade or so from now, history will likely judge Obama's decisions quite well. These steps are necessary if painful, but to put them off does not mean that they would never be necessary - it just shoves the problem to future generations.

    Posted in: Final Benghazi report: No 'smoking gun' pointing to Clinton

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    Laguna

    Sounds like a very fair system.

    Posted in: Japan asks 5 embassies to urge voluntary return of illegal residents

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    Laguna

    Seven million dollars divided by 800 pages of stuff we already knew equals eight thousand seven hundred fifty dollars per page. This is akin to Pentagon spending.

    Posted in: Final Benghazi report: No 'smoking gun' pointing to Clinton

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    Laguna

    Republicans are pretty much losing it.

    Oh, Superlib - more than I'd even expected. Two themes of articles I'd read today: that many reactionary Republicans are panicking over Trump's silence (which they take as conciliation) over the recent Supreme Court abortion ruling and his ever-shifting stance on deporting all 3,000,000 undocumented aliens in the US; and also that most Americans trust Clinton far more than they do Trump to protect America from terrorists.

    Full-scale intra-partisan warfare - will it break out before or during the Cleveland convention? That is the question.

    Posted in: Final Benghazi report: No 'smoking gun' pointing to Clinton

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    Laguna

    It seems clear that a House committee must be organized immediately to investigate the findings of the previous House committee.

    Posted in: Final Benghazi report: No 'smoking gun' pointing to Clinton

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    Laguna

    Carrying a cat strapped to your abdomen?! Does it come with insurance?

    Posted in: A hoodie with a pouch for holding cats

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    Laguna

    I've been a runner since I was 11 (40 years now!) and so I'm really attuned to my surroundings. I love noticing things when I'm out walking or driving. The idea of wasting that time on a smartphone seems really dumb to me. The things these poor people are missing is what is called "life."

    Posted in: 17-year-old girl hit by train while using smartphone on platform

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    Laguna

    Daniel, good point. More striking is the huge disparity in age difference, with those 18 - 44 favoring remain while those older opposing it. Interestingly, as the chart at this link shows, if the younger demographic had voted at the same rate as the older (18-24 participation 36%, 65+ 83%), the result might well have been opposite.

    http://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2016/06/brexit-vote-one-chart

    Posted in: Turmoil deepens as Scotland threatens to block Brexit; 11 Labour Party members quit

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    Laguna

    Poorly conceived and badly executed. The referendum is non-binding; a vote by the Westminster Parliament is required. However, there is also the Scotland Act of 1998, the statute which recreated the Scottish Parliament.

    Clause 29 of that Act, anent legislative competence, empowers the Scottish Parliament to legislate in the devolved areas for which it is responsible - while obliging it to take care that nothing it does is "incompatible" with EU law. In short, EU law has force in Scotland and, in devolved areas, is enacted and implemented by the Scottish Parliament, not Westminster.

    What seems likely is that the Scotland Parliament will vote against leaving the EU; Westminster will note the objection and overrule it; and two crises will ensue. One is legal: Do parliaments of constituent states within the UK have legal standing to veto such an important decision? The second is logical: If Westminster can ignore the 62% of Scots who voted to remain in the UK, couldn't it equally well ignore the 52% of English who voted to remain?

    The Brexit vote has raised a substantial number of questions and answered none. What a mess. This is a good read:

    http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-36635012

    Posted in: Turmoil deepens as Scotland threatens to block Brexit; 11 Labour Party members quit

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    Laguna

    PT - good video, and Cabaret is a great movie - but I think you've misplaced the zeitgeist. Rural areas of England do not want to become Deutschland über alles - they want to become Norway: to be left the hell alone. That is their right, of course, but the accompanied economic decline will require the country to make certain changes, including drastically reduce military expenditures, and again, that is their prerogative, but it is the opposite of what your clip suggests - and also contrary to what Trump has demanded of the continent: that they shoulder a greater burden. (Trump is not very good at the "thinking" part.) I'd suggest they start with scrapping their submarine arm.

    A better clip might be this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wGbWJoZAsCs

    Posted in: Behind the support for Brexit and Trump: Economic resentment

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    Laguna

    He cautioned of consequences if there was withdrawal.

    I really can't wrap my brain around this far-right boiler-room argument that, because Obama commented on likely negative consequences of a Brexit victory, he is somehow responsible for its realization. Sheesh - I'm glad these people aren't privy to his casual observations on the weather or they'd be blaming him for that, too. In fact, they'd be blaming him if he'd kept silent - "Why didn't the president weigh in?"

    Mark, of course there are consequences. France surpassed the UK as Europe's second-largest economy yesterday because of one: the devalued pound. There are so many consequences that only a fraction have even been tabulated, much less considered. Many are related to the UK itself (will it survive?); most are UK-EU related; only a few are related to UK-American relations, but they are also important and are clearly, as I write this, having consequences now.

    Sunday will be a day of serious reflection. Monday, the boom will fall as even only a fraction of the consequences come clear. Again, I'm relieved this happened now so that the results of such rash action are clarified before the US election.

    Posted in: Obama says UK committed to 'orderly transition' out of EU

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    Laguna

    The nerve of an American president opining about UK affairs! For example,

    I think Europe is strengthened by Britain's participation. I think our overall Western world economic strength is likewise improved and strengthened by Britain's participation.

    That was Gerald Ford on the eve of Britain's 1975 referendum on whether to join the EU. Infuriated, the British subsequently declined to join.

    And who was the joker that said this regarding the EU?

    The near meltdown we experienced a few years ago made it clear that our economic health depended on dependence on each other to do the right thing. We are now closer to having an economic community in the best sense of the term -- we work with each other for the benefit of all. I think we've all become aware of the fact that our cultures and economics are intertwined... It's a time for working together for the best of all involved. Never before has the phrase "we're all in this together" had more resonance or relevance.

    Trump, back in 2013 (though, to be fair, the elegant syntax indicates it was ghost-written). No doubt when things go south for England, Trump will flip again and say he'd thought so the whole time. Sad.

    Posted in: Obama says UK committed to 'orderly transition' out of EU

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    Laguna

    W/O the minority votes in 2008 and 2012 Obama may not have been the first.

    Exactly. Americans* tend to support the Dems, while Americans™ tend to support the GOP. Who do the former think they are? Such audacity!

    Interesting how the EU officials are taking a hard line while the Brexit leaders are calling for caution and consideration. Of course, the EU has an interest in dissuading others from following the UK's course, while the UK needs to halt its financial implosion. What a difference 24 hours makes! - the EU is now all "Begone with you!" while the UK is all "Well, let's not be hasty now....."

    There may well be a reconsideration in the UK.

    Posted in: Obama says UK committed to 'orderly transition' out of EU

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