• Thanks for this, momoe, it's a very important subject that deserves attention. And hats off to your local paper for devoting time and resources on a continuing basis. Hopefully it will help bring about a resounding "yes!" in November.

    • In other words, people have vacated the political center and have taken refuge in either the Right camp or Left camp leaving the area between the two null and void. And it's the middle ground between the two where one is able to see the issues between both sides and recognize what each side must...

    • As we speak, the US is being forced to back-track on accusations they've made ... seems they were manipulating partial facts and truths and have been caught.

       

      And the point of  " Gatt " is that he may to you a distortion peddler, but I'll bet some of your trusted sources would...

    • " ... My sense of the situation, especially from the Asian perspective, is that the US is in danger of overplaying its hand ... "

       

      I couldn't have said it better ... the US has taken the position of using the...

    • If you just wanted to talk about Flight 17, maybe you shouldn't have linked to Gatt, who peddled distortions about other things i.e. the invasion of Crimea and the killing of the protesters.

       We don't know for sure if the rebels downed the plane, but it may be more plausible than the...

    • the fact is ... there are no facts ... and that's the point I'm making.

      And it seems you've drunk the kool-aid ... the slaughter of unarmed protesters and exonerate Russia for invading the Ukraine ... has nothing to do with what happened to Flight 17 ... it...

    • Reporting the facts isn't "manufacturing consent".  Whatever ambiguity there might be in these events, for Gatt to ignore the slaughter of unarmed protesters and exonerate Russia for invading the Ukraine is the kind of propaganda he(and you) are accusing other people of spreading.

    • I enjoyed it.  That had to of been some sight for people to watch as they marched to the gym.  

    • I have to get to work, but the first 3 paragraphs spoke volumes ! Will read it later tonight.  Thanks for the tip !

       

    • that's not the point ... seems everyone in the M/LSM is guilty of attempting to manufacture consent over the issue ... they want the public to accept what they say happened and not believe or dismiss what anyone says.

    • Do you always kill the messenger ???

       

      I'm quite sure the authors have questionable motives, both present and past ... but so too does the M/LSM.

       

      My point is ... all are guilty of attempting to manufacture consent

    • What I'm seeing is the M/LSM is attempting to assign guilt using what little evidence is available and fabricating assumptions to restore long forgotten biases hoping to manufacture a hard line against those whom they believe are guiltily using the public forum as judge and jury before all the...

    • The crazy righties are making all the political hay they can right now.  Perry has called up Texas NG to help at the border.  Only to spin it like they are going to chase kids away with threatening posture on the border. Perry is feeding the stupid with BS.  The truth is he is not authorized to...

      by trkingmomoe 16 hours 54 min ago in Mexican kids, world's luckiest!
    • Gatt  is another shill for Putin, like Cohen. Yanukovych was "overthrown by force" after he started massacring unarmed protesters. Russia didn't start it? They invaded Crimea; that qualifies as starting it.

    • "Motherfuckers, feed my sheep"...

       

      This message, written in fiery sky writing, has mysteriously appeared over the town of Murietta and sundry other nominally Christian venues.  It's origin, and the identity of the speaker, remain unclear at the moment.  ...

    • To second Moemoe's point, it's more of a push than a pull motivation going on--witness the absence o Nicaraguan kids, altho it's as poor or poorer than the three countries at issue,'

      Put simply, we are not looking to "settle" all the kids here--some will...

    • The driving force behind the subject of the next link is the ongoing battle in a different place where different peoples are killing each other, but it speaks of a characteristic which is important to consider in all these conflict situations if they are even worth giving serious thought.

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    • Link 1 -Putin is trying to prevent 'the West' from raping Ukraine. His motives are noble. Paul Craig Roberts input - the US wants 'anti-nuclear bases' on the Russian-Ukraine border.

      Link 2 - 'Real information' suggests MH 17 downed in 'US Operation', Russian missile transponders won't...

    • So well done, Michael.  You caught the theme beautifully.  Your first paragraph, about the Teddy myth, is something that struck me, too, and may well be what will drive attention to this book.

      I can see the parallels between the Tea Party and the progressive activists of the day, but the...

    • Very well put, Momoe. I love "poetry is painting of words".  Perfect!

      Some of the best poetry comes from people who have lived that nightmare and found a way to express their feelings about it.  I saw nothing at all wrong with the one poem I read of Valerie Macon's--the one so viciously...

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