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Obama ready to 'check out' of his job early ?

President Barack Obama has already left his job emotionally, and "doesn't care enough to fake it" as he's no longer worried about keeping up appearances, says a scathing opinion piece in The Telegraph.

"President Obama has emotionally checked out of his job a couple of years early, it seems," writes The Daily Caller's Matt K. Lewis in his column for the British publication Saturday.

"Candidates for president who brazenly assume they are the inevitable victor are sometimes accused of "measuring the drapes" for the White House," Lewis writes. "Obama, conversely, seems to be prematurely packing his bags in hopes for an early departure."

A Fox News poll shows that Lewis is hardly alone in believing this.

Comment: Interestingly, President Obama's adviser expressed the possibility of Republican impeachment of president over the issue of Immigration reforms while accusing repulicans of "political games". Does the immigration reform a Impeachable issue ?.

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Speaking truth to the lies: Gaza, Israel and human shields

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Two-year-old Palestinian girl Naama Abu al-Foul sleeps after undergoing treatment at Gaza City’s Al-Shifa hospital following Israeli bombing next to her family’s home in the battered city, July 23, 2014.
What does it mean to use human shields? Employed by the Germans and Japanese in the second word war, the tactic is premised on an underlying trust in your enemy's humanity. It appeals to the compassion and mercy of the combatant that they not slaughter the innocent in order to avenge their target. The 'shield' is not the human bodies surrounding the 'guilty' party, the shield is the clemency that mankind instinctively affords the innocent. The shield evaporates only when confronted by an enemy who is not merely a fellow sold[i]er locked in a power battle, but a psychopath unconcerned with the pain of others. Such is the case with the Hamas. They are faced with an enemy who is willing to obliterate pregnant women, babies, kids, handicapped people, schools and crowded hospitals in order to smash their target. The Israelis repeatedly demonstrate a pathological disregard for any life that is not a Jewish life, and it is for this reason alone, that the Hamas are utterly incapable of ever using 'human shields.'
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American Democracy: Family removed from Southwest flight after father tweets about rude service


We've all heard of unhinged tweeters getting fired for something they've posted. And on more than one occasion, threatening tweets have even resulted in arrests.

But how about getting thrown off a commercial airline flight for tweeting a complaint about service?

A Minnesota man claims he and his family were removed from a Southwest Airlines flight before takeoff on Sunday because of a critical tweet he posted after they took seats, CBS Minnesota reports.

The "A-list" customer was disappointed that his two young children, not "A-list" customers, weren't allowed to board with him, and instead had to wait for general boarding. Upset at the Southwest agent's unwillingness to allow the entire family to "A-list" board, the man tweeted "something to effect of" this:
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Touché NATO: Russia Celebrates Navy Day, Gathers Fleet

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Russian President Vladimir Putin, 1st row 3rd left, is seen on board the Admiral Kuznetsov aircraft carrier watching a parade and a staged performance by combat ships of Russia's Northern Fleet, July 27, 2014.
People across Russia gathered for Navy Day festivities on Sunday, showing their support to naval soldiers. Ships, submarines, aircraft, troops, and even robots were paraded at harbors in Vladivostok, Sevoromorsk, St. Petersburg, and Sevastopol.

Navy Day, which commemorates the victories of Russian sailors, is celebrated each year on the last Sunday in July.
The Pacific Fleet's large landing ship, Nikolay Vilkov, appeared before the crowd in Vladivostok. Also present were the large anti-submarine ship Marshal Shaposhnikov, fleet destroyer Bystry, and the parade's flagship - guard missile cruiser Varyag. Alagez, a unique ship designed to rescue submarine crews, also took part in the festivities.

The naval aviation and deep-sea manned rescue vessel AS-30 also debuted at the Vladivostok parade this year. A Platforma-M robot was also used to simulate a fight with saboteurs. A Navy helicopter was tasked with finding the "enemy" with an acoustic power station, accomplishing the mission in five minutes.

One of the surprises of the show was a waltz performed by tugboats, with the vessels spinning to a tune performed by the Pacific Fleet's orchestra. Amphibious APCs which descended from the Peresvet landing vessel and made it all the way to shore left the crowd impressed.

The celebration in Vladivostok concluded with a fireworks display, which was seen from almost everywhere in the city.

Comment:

You just gotta love amassing military forces with style. No propaganda, or fake terror scare. Just a good old fashioned parade and celebration.

Russian Officials took the opportunity to remind the west that it still has 10 dedicated strategic nuclear submariens, and 30 multi-purpose ( meaning they could be used as strategic nuclear attack platforms ) submarines in action. The officials also took the time to mention that the movements of NATO are being watched and considered.

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Putin blamed for #MH17 to launch attack on BRICS creation of real world bank to replace US fake world bank

Christopher Greene of AMTV explains why MH17 was blown up over Eastern Ukraine: to demonize Putin and eclipse the launch of the planet's first real world bank the day before.


Comment: Great presentation. One criticism though: The suggestion that the BRICS alternative was part of some plan all along to crash the dollar and end US hegemony, implying that the Russia-China alliance will be a case of 'meet the new boss, same as the old', may be one conspiracy too many.

It probably would be in the long-term, especially given historical patterns and the socio-biological fact that psychopaths rise to the top. Brutal oligarchy is the norm on this planet. We've been in a US-UK-dominated system for some 300 years now, so it's all we know.

But that also means that we can't project that experience onto a potential world system led by a Russian-Chinese financial-political-cultural alliance, which would at least begin on a fairer platform than rapacious Western 'free trade'.

Judging by their actions thus far - towards their own people and others - the Russians and Chinese appear to mean it when they say they want to introduce new, fair, genuinely humanitarian international norms.

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Flight MH17 - What You're Not Being Told

Who was REALLY responsible for the downing of flight MH-17? Let's take a look at the facts

On July 17th, 2014 two major events took place: Malaysian flight MH17 was downed over eastern Ukraine, presumably by a missile, and Israel began a ground invasion of Gaza. Israel's invasion was granted an almost complete media blackout. The MH17 tragedy, however, got full coverage, and was immediately propagandized. (This in spite of the fact that far more civilians have been killed by Israel's bombardment of Gaza over the past few weeks.)

The U.S. government and the western media pinned the responsibility for the MH17 tragedy on Russia within minutes, long before investigators had time to even arrive at the scene, much less provide any actual conclusions. Then came an all out information war, with lies, omissions and disinformation coming from all sides.

The geopolitical implications of this event should not be underestimated. If this was ever in doubt, the fact that Obama just sent military advisers to Ukraine to help Kiev in its assault against the east should make it very clear. Depending on how much mileage Washington can get out of it, the downing of flight MH17 could end up being extremely pivotal.

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More war-mongering propaganda! U.S. Military Chief Compares Putin to Stalin

Today the U.S. government claimed the Russian military is firing artillery into Ukraine and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs said it reminds him of Russia's invasion of Poland in 1939.

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Martin Dempsey said Thursday that Russian President Vladimir Putin's new use of Russian military force inside Ukraine harkens back to 1939 when Joseph Stalin led a Russian invasion of Poland, and Dempsey predicted Putin was far from finished.

Dempsey was speaking to the Aspen Security Forum and responding to the news that the U.S. government is accusing the Russian military of firing artillery from Russian territory into eastern Ukraine in support of separatists there. The latest development represents a dangerous escalation of the crisis on the part of Putin, and the Russia-Ukraine crisis is now a global problem, he said.

"It does change the situation. You've got a Russian government that has made a conscious decision to use its military force inside another sovereign nation to achieve its objectives. It's the first time since 1939 or so that that's been the case," Dempsey said. "They clearly are on a path to assert themselves differently not just in Eastern Europe, but Europe in the main, and towards the United States."

Comment: Since 2001 the United States has engaged in, funded and otherwise supported the mass murder against the people of Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Libya, Syria, Yemen, Somalia, Palestine, and Ukraine. It has somewhere around 1,000 bases around the world (no one knows the true figure), and yet the U.S. flames Putin (without a shred of evidence) for what they themselves do.

Even if Russia did decide to fire back at Kiev forces, they would be justified since Ukraine forces have been shelling Russian territory over the past weeks.

Let's take a look at the full statement from Marie Harf from the State Department and her refusal to provide any evidence of their allegations. Even Matt Lee of the Associated Press mocks the ridiculous claims:


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Obama will take executive action on immigration after summer, Obama adviser says

The move could trigger impeachment proceedings against President Obama, said his senior adviser, Dan Pfeiffer. A spokesman for the House speaker called the impeachment comments 'political games.'
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Dan Pfeiffer, Senior Advisor to President Obama speaks at a Monitor breakfast for reporters on Friday, July 25, 2014 in Washington, DC.
President Obama will go ahead with a "very significant" executive action on immigration after the summer - a move that may well trigger impeachment proceedings against him, senior Obama adviser Dan Pfeiffer told reporters at a Monitor breakfast Friday.

"The president acting on immigration reform will certainly up the likelihood that [Republicans] would contemplate impeachment at some point," said Mr. Pfeiffer, who has been at the Obama White House since its inception.

A lot of people in Washington laughed off Sarah Palin's call to impeach the president for executive overreach, Pfeiffer said, but "I would not discount that possibility." Polling shows strong support for the idea among the GOP base, he said, adding that House Speaker John Boehner (R) of Ohio has opened the door to the possibility with his lawsuit against Obama.
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US political circus: Republicans may push to impeach Obama If they get the chance

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White House press secretary Josh Earnest.
The notion of impeaching President Barack Obama got substantial attention Friday from two White House officials, who both said senior Republicans wanted to see it happen. But they couldn't name any senior Republicans when pressed.

Further, White House press secretary Josh Earnest expressed doubt about whether House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) was sincere when he said impeachment is not on the table.

"I do believe that the speaker said on a number of occasions that there would not be steps taken by Republicans to shut down the government over health care," Earnest said of Boehner, adding, "Maybe you need to ask him a little bit more about whether impeachment is on the table or not."

Some conservatives have called for impeaching Obama regarding executive overreach on issues such as Obamacare, immigration and guns without congressional authorization. The Democratic National Committee and Organizing for America have consistently used impeachment in fundraising emails to warn donors about what could happen if Republicans win more seats in the House and gain control of the Senate.
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Just like Israel: Kiev shells Lugansk, targets civilians, kills over 20

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At least 24 civilians were killed and another 85 injured as the city of Lugansk in eastern Ukraine was heavily shelled by Kiev forces on Friday and Saturday, media reported.

The bombardment of the city, home to over 400,000 people, began at around 06:00 PM local time on Friday and went on during the night and through Saturday morning.

Kiev forces hit 22 buildings, including a school and a kindergarten. Self-defense forces told the LifeNews Channel that 24 have died, adding that the death toll may rise as shelling of the city continues.

An eyewitness told RT that around 10 people were killed at a bus stop in the Yubileynoe village, which is also a part of Lugansk.

"Peaceful civilians were torn into pieces at the bus stop," Viktor said, adding that the attack by Kiev forces was "aimed exclusively at the civilian population."

"They're targeting private houses... There are no checkpoints, no troops, no self-defense forces there," he said.
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