Reset: Stephen Kinzer's Vision of a New U.S. Relationship with Turkey and Iran

Until quite recently, it seemed that Turkey had a clearly defined role in the Middle East, from the standpoint of U.S. policy. They were the "good Muslims," who were part of NATO, who contributed troops to U.S. wars, and who had good relations with Israel.

In the past few weeks, therefore, some Americans may have been startled to see the government of Turkey seemingly playing a very different role. First, together with Brazil, Turkey negotiated a nuclear fuel swap agreement with Iran to defuse the standoff over Iran's nuclear program and forestall a controversial U.S./Israeli push for new sanctions against Iran at the U.N. Although the deal was very similar to one proposed by the Obama Administration - and Brazil and Turkey had a letter from Obama encouraging them to press forward with the deal - Obama Administration officials dismissed the deal, and far from being grateful to Turkey and Brazil, made a show of being angry. But instead of being chastened, Turkey and Brazil insisted their deal was good - invoking their letter from Obama to demonstrate their case - and insisted that the U.S. should pursue it.

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Gallup: R-49%, D-43%

Barely completed my first week in Dallas, when in the middle of bank recs, I saw a link to this:

http://realclearpolitics.blogs.time.com/2010/06/01/republicans-jump-out-to-historic-lead-in-gallup-generic-ballot/

A seven-point swing in one week.  Obama's Katrina?  Check.  Deficit worries?  Check.  Job worries?  Check.  Stock market decline?  Check.  A perfect storm, and that's the only reason the generic ballot swings that much in one week.  Rasmussen doesn't come up with swings like that on the generic ballot.

Watching Hardball at the gym (why does LA Fitness in Dallas doesn't show Fox News and their clubs in CA do?) the Jimmy Carter comparisons were brought out.  I do agree that he let BP control the narrative and BP's incompetence has become Obama's incompetence.  When the media puts day counts on the oil spill crisis, you know Obama is in trouble.

Just like with the health care debate, Obama let others take charge instead of leading himself.  But unlike health care reform, there's no one around to bail him out.   The biggest beneficiary is Bobby Jindal, who despite all of his faults at least is fighting for his state.   

 

 

 

 

Fact-Checking Michele Bachmann: Bring On The Crazy!

 

I believe that now it is time to fact-check the budding Minnesotan rogue, seeing as how every day she is becoming more starstruck and more consumed by her little fame.

"If her same-sex marriage ban amendment does not pass in 2004: “The sex curriculum will be essentially by taught by the local gay community."

Yes, the woman is batshit crazy.  Lets move on (anyone else find it interesting that her family owns a mental healthcare practice?)  

I checked up on her Politifact.com file and found some not very surprising information.

Ezekiel Emanuel, one of President Obama's key health care advisers, "says medical care should be reserved for the nondisabled. So watch out if you're disabled."

What's the verdict on this one?  Well, it gets a big "Sarah Palin you betcha! FALSE"

According to Kenneth Baer, Emanuel was exploring different views of political theory as they apply to health care decisions and following one school of thought through to the point where he notes that it would lead to "potentially disturbing types of policy ramifications

You can read the Bachmann file for more infor if you so desire, onto the next one!

ACORN will be a paid partner with the Census Bureau and "they will be in charge of going door-to-door and collecting data from the American public."

Classic Bachmann.  Blame ACORN.  Trash the Census Bureau.  Fear for the American People.  What else makes it classic Bachmann?  The fact that it is FALSE!

According to politifact reports: 
Partners agree "to promote the 2010 Census among their constituents." As a partner, ACORN has agreed to spread the word among its people about the availability of temporary Census jobs. The U.S. Census Bureau expects to hire 1.4 million people through the course of the 2010 census, the bulk of them to do the door-to-door questionnaires, so the bureau casts a wide net to get applicants, including through its partners. Partners don't get paid, but they presumably benefit by getting the word out to members about jobs, and also by providing a public service emphasizing the importance of filling out the Census.

ACORN and others PROMOTE the temporary Census jobs, but in no way are involved with the hiring.  Bachmann, one again, lets her pseudo-patriotism overencumber the facts.

I want to throw in just one more for now, for good measure

In the 1970s, "the swine flu broke out . . . under another Democrat, President Jimmy Carter."

In a last ditch effort, Bachmann tried to blame swine flu on the democrats.  Of course, the Democrats in Congress and the White House have ultimate control over the viral and bacterial disease flow in the environment and all around the United States (its written in the Constitution.. duh!) so naturally it was the peanut farmer's fault.

Actually, the swine flu surfaced during the Ford administration, and even briefly during the Reagan years.   
Reported by politifact, the scare began in February 1976 when recruits at Fort Dix, N.J., came down with flu symptoms, and one died. This led to fears of a pandemic. The president in 1976 was Gerald Ford — a Republican

Rep. Bachmann, your reputation no doubt shows that you are just another shining star for the right-wing's repertoire.  The lack of facts is nothing new, therefore I don't expect you to change.

 

Fact-Checking Michele Bachmann: Bring On The Crazy!

 

I believe that now it is time to fact-check the budding Minnesotan rogue, seeing as how every day she is becoming more starstruck and more consumed by her little fame.

"If her same-sex marriage ban amendment does not pass in 2004: “The sex curriculum will be essentially by taught by the local gay community."

Yes, the woman is batshit crazy.  Lets move on (anyone else find it interesting that her family owns a mental healthcare practice?)  

I checked up on her Politifact.com file and found some not very surprising information.

Ezekiel Emanuel, one of President Obama's key health care advisers, "says medical care should be reserved for the nondisabled. So watch out if you're disabled."

What's the verdict on this one?  Well, it gets a big "Sarah Palin you betcha! FALSE"

According to Kenneth Baer, Emanuel was exploring different views of political theory as they apply to health care decisions and following one school of thought through to the point where he notes that it would lead to "potentially disturbing types of policy ramifications

You can read the Bachmann file for more infor if you so desire, onto the next one!

ACORN will be a paid partner with the Census Bureau and "they will be in charge of going door-to-door and collecting data from the American public."

Classic Bachmann.  Blame ACORN.  Trash the Census Bureau.  Fear for the American People.  What else makes it classic Bachmann?  The fact that it is FALSE!

According to politifact reports: 
Partners agree "to promote the 2010 Census among their constituents." As a partner, ACORN has agreed to spread the word among its people about the availability of temporary Census jobs. The U.S. Census Bureau expects to hire 1.4 million people through the course of the 2010 census, the bulk of them to do the door-to-door questionnaires, so the bureau casts a wide net to get applicants, including through its partners. Partners don't get paid, but they presumably benefit by getting the word out to members about jobs, and also by providing a public service emphasizing the importance of filling out the Census.

ACORN and others PROMOTE the temporary Census jobs, but in no way are involved with the hiring.  Bachmann, one again, lets her pseudo-patriotism overencumber the facts.

I want to throw in just one more for now, for good measure

In the 1970s, "the swine flu broke out . . . under another Democrat, President Jimmy Carter."

In a last ditch effort, Bachmann tried to blame swine flu on the democrats.  Of course, the Democrats in Congress and the White House have ultimate control over the viral and bacterial disease flow in the environment and all around the United States (its written in the Constitution.. duh!) so naturally it was the peanut farmer's fault.

Actually, the swine flu surfaced during the Ford administration, and even briefly during the Reagan years.   
Reported by politifact, the scare began in February 1976 when recruits at Fort Dix, N.J., came down with flu symptoms, and one died. This led to fears of a pandemic. The president in 1976 was Gerald Ford — a Republican

Rep. Bachmann, your reputation no doubt shows that you are just another shining star for the right-wing's repertoire.  The lack of facts is nothing new, therefore I don't expect you to change.

 

Fact-Checking Michele Bachmann: Bring On The Crazy!

 

I believe that now it is time to fact-check the budding Minnesotan rogue, seeing as how every day she is becoming more starstruck and more consumed by her little fame.

"If her same-sex marriage ban amendment does not pass in 2004: “The sex curriculum will be essentially by taught by the local gay community."

Yes, the woman is batshit crazy.  Lets move on (anyone else find it interesting that her family owns a mental healthcare practice?)  

I checked up on her Politifact.com file and found some not very surprising information.

Ezekiel Emanuel, one of President Obama's key health care advisers, "says medical care should be reserved for the nondisabled. So watch out if you're disabled."

What's the verdict on this one?  Well, it gets a big "Sarah Palin you betcha! FALSE"

According to Kenneth Baer, Emanuel was exploring different views of political theory as they apply to health care decisions and following one school of thought through to the point where he notes that it would lead to "potentially disturbing types of policy ramifications

You can read the Bachmann file for more infor if you so desire, onto the next one!

ACORN will be a paid partner with the Census Bureau and "they will be in charge of going door-to-door and collecting data from the American public."

Classic Bachmann.  Blame ACORN.  Trash the Census Bureau.  Fear for the American People.  What else makes it classic Bachmann?  The fact that it is FALSE!

According to politifact reports: 
Partners agree "to promote the 2010 Census among their constituents." As a partner, ACORN has agreed to spread the word among its people about the availability of temporary Census jobs. The U.S. Census Bureau expects to hire 1.4 million people through the course of the 2010 census, the bulk of them to do the door-to-door questionnaires, so the bureau casts a wide net to get applicants, including through its partners. Partners don't get paid, but they presumably benefit by getting the word out to members about jobs, and also by providing a public service emphasizing the importance of filling out the Census.

ACORN and others PROMOTE the temporary Census jobs, but in no way are involved with the hiring.  Bachmann, one again, lets her pseudo-patriotism overencumber the facts.

I want to throw in just one more for now, for good measure

In the 1970s, "the swine flu broke out . . . under another Democrat, President Jimmy Carter."

In a last ditch effort, Bachmann tried to blame swine flu on the democrats.  Of course, the Democrats in Congress and the White House have ultimate control over the viral and bacterial disease flow in the environment and all around the United States (its written in the Constitution.. duh!) so naturally it was the peanut farmer's fault.

Actually, the swine flu surfaced during the Ford administration, and even briefly during the Reagan years.   
Reported by politifact, the scare began in February 1976 when recruits at Fort Dix, N.J., came down with flu symptoms, and one died. This led to fears of a pandemic. The president in 1976 was Gerald Ford — a Republican

Rep. Bachmann, your reputation no doubt shows that you are just another shining star for the right-wing's repertoire.  The lack of facts is nothing new, therefore I don't expect you to change.

 

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