WASHINGTON — Four former Blackwater Worldwide security guards were convicted and immediately jailed Wednesday for their roles in a deadly 2007 shooting in Baghdad’s Nisour Square that marked a bloody nadir in America’s war in Iraq.
A jury in Federal District Court found that the deaths of 17 Iraqis in the shooting, which began when a convoy of the guards suddenly began firing in a crowded intersection, was not a battlefield tragedy, but the result of a criminal act.
Excerpt from Ken Burns’ ‘The Roosevelts’ Reveals Everything Wrong With Our Current Political Class’ by Joseph Palermo
Ken Burns’ seven-part PBS series on the lives of Theodore, Franklin, and Eleanor Roosevelt, The Roosevelts: An Intimate History, is a remarkable achievement. Burns sheds a poignant new light on the personal and public lives of three monumental figures in 20th Century American history. And in doing so, he illustrates the relative rottenness of the hacks, partisans, and plutocrats who make up the political class that rules America today.
By exploring the lives and times of TR, FDR, and ER Burns shows that in our not-so-distant past the governing institutions of this country were actually responsive to the needs and desires of working-class Americans. This superb and moving portrait is a perfect fit for our times. The utter failure of our current “leaders” is glaring by comparison.
Yes, TR was a warmonger, and FDR signed the order that imprisoned innocent Japanese Americans. There are long lists of both presidents’ failures. But we shouldn’t let those flaws bury the fact that both TR and FDR were not afraid to stand up to big corporations and Wall Street if they viewed their actions as damaging to the country. That alone is probably the biggest difference between those leaders of the early decades of the 20th Century and today.
I didn’t dislike Richard Nixon. He was not the anti-Christ many would have us believe. He was a moderate Republican who understood that programs needed to be run better, not eliminated. Was he likeable? Not particularly. He appeared to ill-at-ease and insecure at times. He was always calculating his next move.
I am going to miss Jay Carney. His sense of understatement and deadpan are unrivaled.
Which president was that? Perfect one liner on his last day!
I know I will hate whoever takes his place.
What is wrong with these people? Do people really act that rudely in the 7th District? I am appalled.
Common decency requires us to either listen politely or leave. Maybe I am naïve but I came from an era where this booing and hissing is simply unacceptable.
Having said that, this response should have been a warning to Eric Cantor. The rowdy rude crowd certainly made their feelings known.
In a state where Republicans send in a weak candidate like E. W. Jackson to be Lt. governor, I guess anything is possible. It sounds to me like the far right GOP want to make more of a statement than they really want to win.
I hope the tea party understands that most of us are repelled by the rude behavior they display at public gatherings. I suppose we will be treated to a summer of dangling tea bags, three-cornered hats, fife and drum parades, pocket Constitutions and impolite, threatening town hall meetings.
Let the side shows begin.
Second in command in the House of Representative, Eric Cantor, lost his primary election to an unknown, David Brat. The defeat was totally unexpected. Voter turn out is the blame according to most pundits. Additionally, Cantor was targeted because of his support of Dream Act legislation.
No cheering here. I couldn’t stand Eric Cantor but a tea party candidate is worse. In addition, I am a strong supporter of the Dream Act. I don’t like bricks that single out students and keep them from reaching their educational goals if they are good students.
There are some interesting facts in this video. The most dangerous thing to either candidate is that each man’s respective base grow complacent and stay home.
With less than a month until the election, the heat is on for the heart and soul of the Old Dominion. I never like calling an election. I feel it jinxes things up. However, it might be a subtle reminder to those who want to play a little ‘war on women’ that there can be deadly electoral paybacks.
What the women don’t take care of, the shutdown will. Unfortunately for Cuccinelli, the antics of his party have bled over into his campaign. That actually seems a little unfair. The banana republicans should have thought of that before trying to ignore rule of law. Their attempt to play hardball to get their own way definitely has had unintended consequences. The Cooch just might be one of those consequences.
Just three months ago, Chuck Hagel was flailing under fire on Capitol Hill, trying to convince his former colleagues in the Senate that he was the right man to run the Pentagon.
Since then, the newly minted defense secretary has been dealing with massive budget cuts, tense flare-ups in Syria and North Korea and a widening sexual assault scandal that threatens to corrode the ranks. In spite of it all, he’s getting high marks — even from those who opposed him from the start.
“I’m very pleased,” said Sen. Lindsey Graham, the South Carolina Republican who during his confirmation hearing grilled Hagel on controversial remarks he made about Israel. Graham voted against Hagel but now says he’s happy with the way Hagel has tackled a flurry of national security challenges in his first three months on the job.
“He’s been a good advocate that sequestration is going to be a real death blow to our military readiness. He’s reached out to Congress. He’s been forthcoming in his remarks, trying to take the chain of command out of military justice decisions and various sexual harassment [cases]. I don’t agree with that, but generally speaking, I think he’s done a good job,” Graham told POLITICO.
That must have been painful to admit. Too bad people have to be excoriated, their reputations besmirched and their character impugned just to get nominated to serve. What was done to Chuck Hagel was inexcusable.
Is it fair to say that anyone President Obama nominates will face the same uphill battles?
The Violence Against Women Act was renewed today. The original bill was passed in 1994 but had expired in 2011.
Some details from Foxnews.com:
The bill renews a 1994 law that has set the standard for how to protect women, and some men, from domestic abuse and prosecute abusers. Thursday’s 286-138 vote came after House lawmakers rejected a more limited approach offered by Republicans.
It was the third time this year that House Speaker John Boehner has allowed Democrats and moderates in his own party prevail over the GOP’s much larger conservative wing. As with a Jan. 1 vote to avoid the fiscal cliff and legislation to extend Superstorm Sandy aid, a majority of House Republicans voted against the final anti-violence bill.
The law has been renewed twice before without controversy, but it lapsed in 2011 as it was caught up in the partisan battles that now divide Congress. Last year, the House refused to go along with a Senate-passed bill that would have made clear that lesbians, gays, immigrants and Native American women should have equal access to Violence Against Women Act programs.
Rep. Steve Stockman, who recently threatened President Obama with impeachment over his executive orders regarding guns, is allowed to bring one guest to the State of the Union Address. He plans on bringing Ted Nugent who sits on the Board of Directors at the NRA. That would be fine except for the fact that the Secret Service had to pay Mr. Nugent a little visit about a year and a half ago over his mouth flashing at an NRA convention. Mr. Nugent told a crowd that he will “either be dead or in jail by this time next year” if Obama is re-elected.
The Secret Service and probably the Capitol Police should deny admission to Ted Nugent. His comments were taken seriously enough that the Secret Service paid him a visit. He can just sit out the State of the Union Address. There are too many important people all under one roof to allow someone who has shown as little good judgement as Nugent to have access.