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The Solution to ISIS is the First Amendment →

This is a fantastic, detailed piece by Matt Stoller about how elite deception about 9/11 has directly led to the current ISIL crisis.

In a nutshell: 28 classified pages in the 9/11 Commission Report concealed the direct involvement of Saudi elites in 9/11 as well as Bush family ties to a man—Ambassador Prince Bandar Bin Sultan—who was deeply involved in the attack. Concealing the Saudi connection helped preserve Saudi-U.S. relations, which was important for (somewhat obscure and nefarious) economic and geopolitical reasons. But now there is strong evidence that these same Saudi elites are funding and supporting ISIL’s attacks on westerners.

Some particularly damning passages (my emphasis):

Prince Bandar’s dazzling hosting abilities in the DC social scene were an important part of his geopolitical arsenal….It turns out that money for the 9/11 hijackers may have flowed through Bandar’s wife’s account at Riggs bank. Riggs was a haven for money launderers and dictators, and was controlled by the Allbritton family, “dear friends” of Ronald Reagan. It was also an instrument of CIA policy, “which included top current and former Riggs executives receiving U.S. government security clearances.” This relationship “could complicate any prosecution of the bank’s officials, according to private lawyers and former prosecutors.” The Albritton family later created Politico, which was arguably the most influential political publication in DC from 2008–2010.

In other words, the Saudi ambassador, who may have funneled money to 9/11 hijackers, also advised the Bush administration on U.S. foreign policy, and had deep and profitable relationships with U.S. media, banking, and political elites. He was also a social luminary in DC. This helped lay the foundation for the American foreign policy establishment consensus position, often forged at think tanks funded by foreign governments. From there, this consensus emanated outward into Politico-like publications, and then outward onto the television networks and into the homes of the remaining Americans will to pay attention to an infantilized deceptive version of American foreign policy.

And so, almost immediately after the attacks, Saddam Hussein became the designated bad guy and the Bush administration, supported by the entire Republican Party, foreign policy establishment, and a substantial chunk of Democrats (Bill and Hillary Clinton and John Kerry, for starters), prepared for war in Iraq.

There are conspiracies by elites, but they do not involve UFOs, chemtrails, flouride, or other nonsense. They revolve around gaining and retaining wealth and power, as real conspiracies always have. And they are pursued through the invocation of “state secrets” and “national interests”, the enforced docility of the press, and the systemic duping of the public.

liberalsarecool:

Republicans only want to help those who do not need help, and hurt those who are looking for equality.

liberalsarecool:

Republicans only want to help those who do not need help, and hurt those who are looking for equality.

(via aka14kgold)

never understand where the “as a taxpayer” types are after high-profile incidents of police brutality

jakke:

The Ferguson police are a public service that’s spending a ton of money forcibly intimidating the residents and restricting media access and protecting their total impunity rather than suspending the officers responsible without pay and cooperating with an external inquiry. If ever there were a totally wasteful and self-interested government agency, it’s the Ferguson police right now. And there are so many pundits and think tanks and elected officials who make a career out of loudly criticizing misallocation of government resources, but somehow they’re all totally silent on this one.

The criminal justice system is working perfectly as far as those “as a taxpayer” people are concerned. They’re not the ones being harassed and assaulted by the police—the folks they’re scared of (black people, poor people, queer people, immigrants, etc.) are. These “as a taxpayer” types probably think outfitting cops with paramilitary gear so they can more effectively terrorize minorities is a great use of their tax dollars.

And the “misallocations” of government resources that these same people tend to be focused on are welfare programs for those same despised minorities. Agricultural subsidies that mostly benefit white farmers and artificially raise the cost of food? Fine. Food stamps to help struggling families afford to eat? NOT FINE WHAT ARE WE SOVIET RUSSIA

questionall:

oh-snap-pro-choice:

justprochoicethings:

Seriously. You want to be coddled from birth to grave? Talk about feminist entitlement.

How dare someone want their own fucking insurance which they PAY for to cover medication that is essential to most people’s lives? Do you know how many people rely on birth control for its effects on periods, or how it treats ovarian cysts? No obviously not so shut up with your ignorant shit

This has so enraged me I can’t find the words right now so I’m just going to leave this here and let my excellent followers come up with the words.

USING YOUR INSURANCE TO BUY BIRTH CONTROL IS PAYING FOR IT YOURSELF YOU UTTER FUCKING MORONIC SCUM.
Health insurance is not free and it’s not something other people give you. People earn it as part of their pay.
It is fucking stunning that so many people seem to think health insurance is a form of charity rather than a thing you buy that should work the way you want it.
I don’t get it. Do these idiots actually think they’re tapping into free money when they use their health insurance to pay for a check-up or to cover their prescriptions? Or do they think women have access to a secret form of insurance that pays for all their birth control without having to pay a penny in premiums?

questionall:

oh-snap-pro-choice:

justprochoicethings:

Seriously. You want to be coddled from birth to grave? Talk about feminist entitlement.

How dare someone want their own fucking insurance which they PAY for to cover medication that is essential to most people’s lives? Do you know how many people rely on birth control for its effects on periods, or how it treats ovarian cysts? No obviously not so shut up with your ignorant shit

This has so enraged me I can’t find the words right now so I’m just going to leave this here and let my excellent followers come up with the words.

USING YOUR INSURANCE TO BUY BIRTH CONTROL IS PAYING FOR IT YOURSELF YOU UTTER FUCKING MORONIC SCUM.

Health insurance is not free and it’s not something other people give you. People earn it as part of their pay.

It is fucking stunning that so many people seem to think health insurance is a form of charity rather than a thing you buy that should work the way you want it.

I don’t get it. Do these idiots actually think they’re tapping into free money when they use their health insurance to pay for a check-up or to cover their prescriptions? Or do they think women have access to a secret form of insurance that pays for all their birth control without having to pay a penny in premiums?

The age of entitlement: how wealth breeds narcissism →

classicliberalme:

finepoints:

[snip]

Christopher Lasch wrote a great book on the subject in 1979.

Leftists ARE narcissists and emotinally unestable. 

Leftists ARE narcissists and emotinally unestable. 

Ah, a perfect chance to observe the conservative in his native habitat (of resentful delusion)!

Note his arrogant belief in his ability to psychoanalyze perfect strangers based on their political ideology despite an utter lack of professional training. Watch how he derails a discussion about economic inequality with what is likely to be a compulsive desire to clumsily slander “leftists”. Notice how his deeply felt sense of inadequacy leads him to lash out at perceived slights.

Given long-term observation, our subject will probably also reveal a strong sense of entitlement, demonstrate a gnawing desire for admiration and praise despite lacking praiseworthy traits or accomplishments, and exhibit a complete absence of empathy or humility.

Seriously though: modern conservatism is all about gratifying yourself, even if this hurts others, even at the expense of the greater good, even if it ultimately hurts you in the long wrong. It’s narcissism as a belief system.

(Source: downlo)

Paul Ryan: “My plan will end poverty by forcing the poor to sign contracts saying they will get off food stamps and start a hedge fund.”

Story:

The Worst Part Of Paul Ryan’s Poverty Plan Is Based On A Media Myth

(via teapartycat)

The “discussion draft” submitted by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) to the House Budget Committee on potential solutions to poverty in America includes the proposal that low-income Americans would have to sign “contracts” in order to remain eligible for social safety net benefits, such as food stamps, or SNAP. The contract would include: benchmarks, such as finding a job, enrolling in employment training, or even meeting “new acquaintances outside circle of poverty”; a “timeline” in which individuals are contractually-obligated to meet those benchmarks; bonuses for meeting benchmarks early; and “sanctions for breaking the terms of the contract”:

I’m sure giving the impoverished even more paperwork to deal with will help them not be poor anymore. As with almost all libertarians, Paul Ryan is secretly a major fan of big government—as long as it’s used to crush people other than him.

It’s funny that Ryan is so hellbent on ‘reforming’ entitlements like Social Security. It seemed to work fine for him. You all remember that he paid for college using Social Security survivor benefits, right?

(via mediamattersforamerica)

throughthewildblue:

You cannot buy electronics with food stamps. You cannot buy cigarettes with food stamps. You cannot buy pet food with food stamps. You cannot withdraw money with an EBT card (food stamps).

Do you know what else you can’t buy with food stamps? Shampoo, soap, laundry detergent, toilet paper, paper towels, tissues, tinfoil, plastic sandwich bags, toothpaste, cleaning products, tampons, pads, over the counter medications (such as Tylenol, Ibuprofen, etc.), and anything else you can think of that you cannot physically ingest for nutritional purposes.

Do you know what you can buy with food stamps? Food.

Do you know what it’s like to scrounge for change to buy non-edible necessities, use a credit card and EBT card (food stamps) during the same transaction, and then have the person in line behind you judge you for buying the ingredients to make a birthday cake?

People who disseminate false information about food stamps have never had to use food stamps.

Shameless liars and hatemongers.

(Source: sandandglass, via cognitivedissonance)

…Republicans “legitimized impeachment” as a tool of partisan politics in 1998. People talked about impeaching Bill Clinton for years; aides to Tom Delay were openly telling reporters in Washington, after the Republican sweep in the 1994 midterms, that they could impeach Clinton any time they wanted. Ann Coulter wrote a book arguing that impeachment was essentially a political act that a congressional majority could undertake just because they had the votes to do so. Bob Barr wrote a book advocating Clinton’s impeachment long before anyone had ever heard of Monica Lewinsky. The fact is that impeachment — or to be more precise, the threat of impeachment — was a political tactic already at hand to the Republicans any time they wanted to use it.

Charles Pierce on how Republicans are treating the very election of a Democratic president as a crime.

They wanted to impeach Clinton well before the Lewinsky scandal happened. They wanted to impeach Obama before he was even inaugurated. Hillary hasn’t even announced her presidency yet, but I’ll bet you there’s a cabal of conservatives out there brainistorming ‘crimes’ they can impeach her for.

Female voters in the US have been called “soccer moms” and “security moms”. In 2004, single women were “Sex and the City voters”. Now – because apparently women can’t ever just be “citizens” or “voters”, or more likely because conservatives prefer to call us names instead of delving too deep into women’s issues – we are “Beyoncé voters”. Bow down, bitches.

Most single ladies would generally be thrilled with a comparison to Queen Bey in any way, shape or form, but the cutesy nicknames for politically-engaged women need to stop. Surely pundits and the political media culture can deal with the collective electoral power of the majority voting bloc in this country in some better way than symbolically calling us “sweetheart”, complete with head pat.

Jessica Valenti: Nick-naming women ‘Beyoncé voters’ is exactly why we don’t vote Republican (via guardian)

The Republican who coined “Beyonce voters” was using the term to describe “single ladies” who wanted access to birth control and benefits from the government. It’s basically their new version of “welfare queen”—a dogwhistle largely meant to denigrate non-affluent women of color.

(Source: jessicavalenti, via cognitivedissonance)

We have always been a nation of immigrants… who hate the newer immigrants.

On the Republicans’ hatred of immigrant children coming to the U.S. hoping for a better life, JON STEWART, The Daily Show (via inothernews)

memegop:

‪#‎MemeGOP‬ ‪#‎UniteBlue
From HPayne@14ufs

Cubans are treated as a special case because of the conservative fear/hatred of communism + the fact that Cubans are basically the only Latin@s in this country that consistently vote Republican
If you’re a refugee and your plight doesn’t resonate with conservatives’ greed, fear, or desire to warmonger, then you’re out of luck.

memegop:

‪#‎MemeGOP‬ ‪#‎UniteBlue

From HPayne@14ufs

Cubans are treated as a special case because of the conservative fear/hatred of communism + the fact that Cubans are basically the only Latin@s in this country that consistently vote Republican

If you’re a refugee and your plight doesn’t resonate with conservatives’ greed, fear, or desire to warmonger, then you’re out of luck.

(via apsies)

GOP congressman who warned about unvaccinated migrants opposed vaccination →

cartoonpolitics:

“Republicans want smaller government for the same reason crooks want fewer cops: it’s easier to get away with murder” .. (James Carville)

Also: libertarians AKA Republicans who would prefer not to be called Republicans

cartoonpolitics:

Republicans want smaller government for the same reason crooks want fewer cops: it’s easier to get away with murder” .. (James Carville)

Also: libertarians AKA Republicans who would prefer not to be called Republicans

(Source: politico.com, via truth-has-a-liberal-bias)

misandry-mermaid:

Anon asks:


KEEP ME ANON! In case you believe prolifers are trying to help women, just remember that after a Texas abortion bull passed, Erick Erickson (prolife conservative) tweeted that liberals should “bookmark this site” and linked to a coathanger supplier. They know exactly what they’re doing.

Holy shit, this is a real thing that happened…




I bet you anything Erickson and his feeble followers will say this was “just a joke”. Joking about the painful, dehumanizing, and completely unnecessary deaths of women is psychotically hateful and evil.

misandry-mermaid:

Anon asks:

KEEP ME ANON! In case you believe prolifers are trying to help women, just remember that after a Texas abortion bull passed, Erick Erickson (prolife conservative) tweeted that liberals should “bookmark this site” and linked to a coathanger supplier. They know exactly what they’re doing.
Holy shit, this is a real thing that happened…

I bet you anything Erickson and his feeble followers will say this was “just a joke”. Joking about the painful, dehumanizing, and completely unnecessary deaths of women is psychotically hateful and evil.

(via talesofthestarshipregeneration)

odinsblog:

#bitter ass old man

It remains a complete mystery to me why a failed presidential candidate who has been 100% wrong about foreign policy (as well as many other things) continues to be sought after for his opinion on foreign policy. Is there a specific John McCain quota networks have to fulfill?

(Source: drunkonstephen, via truth-has-a-liberal-bias)