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Jeb Bush and Brotherly Love

Jeb Bush has performed a valuable service with his recent missteps and flubs, he’s reminded the world of the baggage he willingly carries.  I’m not tarring him with the same brush as George W. Bush just because they are brothers.  Jeb has voluntarily staffed his foreign policy team with 17 people from his brother’s administration.  (This is out of a foreign policy team of 21, mind you.)
Sure, the dynasty thing is bad enough and it’s the same Bush family as before—  but whether Jeb is a Bush or not, he deserves to be pilloried for putting people like Paul Wolfowitz in places where they might have an impact on, you know, foreign policy.  (It boggles my mind Wolfowitz is actually showing his face in public, never mind appearing on cable news and advising another Bush.)  

Besides Wolfie, there are loads of other people on Jeb’s list of advisers— people like Porter Goss, who gets a bone-chilling shout out in this week’s Frontline piece.  (Right after the 43 minute mark.) While the run up to the Iraq war may seem like a long time ago and a president or two away, Jeb is actively bringing these guys back.  

These inept hawks are the ones who took this country to war on a lie and actively contributed to the deaths of thousands of United States servicemen and women and hundreds of thousands of Iraqi citizens.  And remember, this was not just about “faulty intelligence,” the George W. Bush administration (many of who are now in Jeb Bush’s circle of advisers), knowingly used false intelligence to make the case for an unnecessary war.  It’s important to remember the recent past so we don’t put the same criminals and idiots in power again.  Fortunately, things aren’t looking too good for Jeb right now, but the campaign has barely begun.  Enjoy the cartoon, like, comment and all that other good stuff— and be sure to check out the links behind the cartoon below this post.

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Obama Trades Transparency

 After a little smack-down by the Senate, the Most Transparent Administration Ever is still trying to push through the Trans-Pacific Partnership in the Most Transparent Way Possible.  If by “transparent” you mean members of Congress having to read the actual text of the trade deal in a secure basement room with no cell phones or notes allowed and subsequent mention of the trade deal’s specifics forbidden.

Methinks there is more than meets the eye in this boring ol’ trade deal.  What little we do know about the deal is that there are many aspects that stink to high heaven.  Higher priced drugs?  Check.  Corporate tribunals outside of any legal system?  Check.  Bogus claims of transparency?  Yup.

What is being trumpeted as the most amazing trade bill since, um, forever, seems to be more like a trinket-filled goodie bag for various corporate interests.  Ah, to be a pharmaceutical company in love.  Enjoy the cartoon and be sure to take a closer look at the links behind the cartoon!

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Pam Geller’s Islamification

 There are only so many ways you can say, “shooting cartoonists is wrong and free speech is great.”  Feel free to check out my previous responses to cartoonists being attacked or Muhammad cartoons being drawn.  When I heard about the “Draw Muhammad” cartoon contest in Garland, Texas, I was curious about who would organize such a “festival.”  (Having organized a cartoon festival myself, I think you can hardly call a two-hour meeting a “festival,” but I digress.)

When I heard that Pamela Geller was behind the contest, a faint bell rang in my head.  Oh yeah, she is that woman who was so rabidly against the “Ground Zero Mosque,” which was neither a mosque nor at Ground Zero.  Since then, Geller has built her own cottage industry of appearing on cable news, building a profitable website and having her organization classified as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.  She’s been busy, to say the least.

Pam Geller and her American Freedom Defense Initiative crew are anti-Islamic idiots who deserve to be criticized.  They don’t deserve to get shot and neither do the similarly idiotic cartoonists who participated in the Draw Muhammad contest (and the poor security guard working the event definitely doesn’t deserve to get shot).  Remember, just because you support free speech doesn’t mean you have to agree with the content of the wonderful/awful/racist/inclusive speech.  Enjoy the cartoon and feel free to add your very own free speech in the comments or when you post it on Facebook!

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Remember a couple years ago, when Obama said we’d shape up his drone program and achieve “near certainty” that civilians wouldn’t be killed and signature strikes would basically end?  Turns out that’s not quite true.  There were some pretty huge asterisks that were attached to his proclamation.
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Death & Destruction, Inc.

Now that the defense industry in the United States has taken a bit of a budgeting hit at home, they’re getting more aggressive overseas.  Defense contractors are opening satellite offices and selling arms as fast as they can into the chaos of the Middle East.  

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