Excerpted from Bare Naked Islam: FSA jihadist rebels are now using the most advanced sniper rifle available today. The AS-50 is used by the Navy SEALS and will penetrate steel and concrete from an extremely long range….
A few years back when our military first began using Unmanned Aerial Vehicles for surveillance in our many wars of conquest, nobody on this side of the ocean had any real problems with it, including me. Some while later the powers that be figured they might as well step it up a notch since they got no resistance from the roll out; so they armed the little darlings with rockets so that all our new generation of Nintendo pilots could log some kills along with their flight time. I wonder if drone pilots qualify for hazardous duty pay? From that time until now hellfire rockets have rained down from the skies killing indiscriminately any foe of America; real or imagined. President Decider got the drones rolling and up to speed wherever our resources were found to be hidden in other peoples countries. …
Being president of the U.S., the most powerful man in the world, is often most about perception. The man (or, one day, woman) in the job takes actions large and small every day, but it is the perception of the man that seeps into the everyday lives of working Americans.
That’s why presidential candidates always hit Philadelphia for a cheesesteak during campaigns (Democrats to Pat’s, Republicans to Geno’s). Sure, they’re running billion-dollar operations trying to win the White House, but one picture of them wolfing down a Cheez Whiz-covered glob of meat on a Philly street hits home with millions of voters: “Hey, that guy’s just like me! He loves him a Pat’s [or Geno’s] cheesesteak, too!” (Unless you’re John F. Kerry and order Swiss cheese — then everyone hates you.)
President Obama is quietly moving forward on gun control.
The president has used his executive powers to bolster the national background check system, jumpstart government research on the causes of gun violence and create a million-dollar ad campaign aimed at safe gun ownership….
The “Monsanto Protection Act” is the name opponents of the Farmer Assurance Provision have given to this terrifying piece of policy, and it’s a fitting moniker given its shocking content.
President Barack Obama signed a spending bill, HR 933, into law on Tuesday that includes language that has food and consumer advocates and organic farmers up in arms over their contention that the so-called “Monsanto Protection Act” is a giveaway to corporations that was passed under the cover of darkness….
On this episode of Breaking the Set, Abby Martin talks to Phyllis Bennis, Director of the New Internationalism Project at the Institute for Policy Studies, about the symbolism and significance of Obama’s recent trip to Israel, Palestine and the potential for peace between the two countries. Abby then has a discussion with Rashad Robinson, Executive Director at Color of Change, about the social construct of race in the media and how these stereotypes of African Americans are reflected in reality. BTS then wraps up the show with a look at a new petition calling for politicians to display the names and logos of their corporate sponsors on their suits and highlights what a few politicians would look like if this petition went into effect.
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