Congress Raids Ancestral Native American Lands With Defense Spending Bill. Whose Next…Orphans?


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Apache Leap an area that would be included in the Copper mining land grab that Sen McCain snuck into the recent defense bill.

 

From The Daily Kos & One Pissed Off Liberal

Our heroes in Congress are stealing Indian land (again)

And it’s not even the 1800s. All I have to say about this story is…

Holy FUCK! Look what these assholes are doing now!

 

When Terry Rambler, the chairman of the San Carlos Apache Tribe, woke up Wednesday in Washington, D.C., it was to learn that Congress was deciding to give away a large part of his ancestral homeland to a foreign mining company.

 

Rambler came to the nation’s capital for the White House Tribal Nations Conference, an event described in a press announcement as an opportunity to engage the president, cabinet officials and the White House Council on Native American Affairs “on key issues facing tribes including respecting tribal sovereignty and upholding treaty and trust responsibilities,” among other things.

 

Rambler felt things got off to an unfortunate, if familiar, start when he learned that the House and Senate Armed Services Committee had decided to use the lame-duck session of Congress and the National Defense Authorization Act to give 2,400 acres of the Tonto National Forest in Arizona to a subsidiary of the Australian-English mining giant Rio Tinto.

 

“Of all people, Apaches and Indians should understand, because we’ve gone though this so many times in our history,” Rambler said.

 

Congress Raids Ancestral Native American Lands With Defense Bill

 

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Kill black people, steal Indian land. Kill black people, steal Indian land. Could somebody please put on a different record? This one is getting old.

 

On Thursday, the Justice Department released the results of a 20-month investigationinto the use of force by Cleveland police. The review was unequivocally damning, finding the department responsible for an alarming pattern of excessive and sometimes deadly force, as well as other forms of misconduct and a general failure among supervisors to respond to this behavior.

 

Cleveland — where a police officer recently shot and killed Tamir Rice, a 12-year-old black child who was holding a toy gun — is only the latest city to have its police force subject to DOJ scrutiny following allegations of chronic misconduct. In the months and years leading up to the Cleveland investigation, the city’s police were responsible for a number of highly publicized incidents involving alleged brutality. In particular, the DOJ report notes a 2012 incident in which a prolonged police chase involving 62 cars ended with Cleveland officers firing 132 rounds into a car containing two unarmed suspects. The suspects, both black, died after each suffering more than 20 gunshot wounds.

 

What The Justice Department Finds When It Investigates City Police Is Truly Disturbing

 

And people wonder why I’m pissed off.

 

UPDATE: From Azazello in the comments:

The long-stalled land-swap bill was added to the must-pass National Defense Authorization Act this week at the urging of supporters in the House and Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., said Rep. Paul Gosar, R-Ariz., a supporter of the bill. McCain’s office did not respond to requests for comment on Thursday.

 

How surprising that there are republicans involved.

 

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John McCain and Congress helping mining company steal ancestral, ceremonial Apache land

By Carissa Lovelace Daily Kos Staff

 

On December 4, the House passed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).

 

Hidden in the defense bill was a package granting an illegal land swap near Superior, AZ, for the benefit of a foreign company Rio Tinto PLC who seek to mine copper. Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) as part of the Senate Armed Services Committee was instrumental in pushing to get the provision language included.

 

All 2,400 acres are part of Apache ancestral and ceremonial lands. So although Republican lawmakers have tried for years to secure the transfer of these lands, they have always run into strong opposition from the San Carlos Apache Tribe and Democratic lawmakers and conservation advocates.

 

Apache leaders learned of the inclusion of the provision to the NDAA while attending—ironically—the White House Tribal Nations conference.

 

Conservation advocates and American Indian groups, particularly the San Carlos Apache Tribe, say the mine would damage natural resources and culturally sensitive areas. A site called Apache Leap in the Tonto National Forest has been of particular concern.

 

Resolution Copper—a Rio Tinto venture with BHP Billiton Ltd.—would be given more than 2,000 acres of federal land in return for more than 5,000 acres of company land.

 

The NDAA now goes to the Senate for vote.

 

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On December 4th, the House of Representatives passed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). Hidden inside the defense bill was a strange provision–2,400 acres of Apache ancestral and ceremonial lands are to be handed over to Rio Tinto, PLC–a foreign mining company seeking to mine copper in the area.

Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) was instrumental in getting the provision inserted into the entirely unrelated defense bill. He took this action after years of opposition from the San Carlos Apache Tribe, conservation activists and Democratic lawmakers.

The Senate is set to vote on the NDAA bill very soon and we have to stop this outrageous land grab.

Sign the petition to Senator John McCain, Senate Armed Service Committee and Congress:

 

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Swapping ancestral Apache lands in order to line the pockets of a foreign mining company is not acceptable. Remove this provision from the NDAA before the final vote.

 

Congress Raids Ancestral Native American Lands With Defense Bill

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WASHINGTON — When Terry Rambler, the chairman of the San Carlos Apache Tribe, woke up Wednesday in Washington, D.C., it was to learn that Congress was deciding to give away a large part of his ancestral homeland to a foreign mining company.

 

Rambler came to the nation’s capital for the White House Tribal Nations Conference, an event described in a press announcement as an opportunity to engage the president, cabinet officials and the White House Council on Native American Affairs “on key issues facing tribes including respecting tribal sovereignty and upholding treaty and trust responsibilities,” among other things.

 

Rambler felt things got off to an unfortunate, if familiar, start when he learned that the House and Senate Armed Services Committee had decided to use the lame-duck session of Congress and the National Defense Authorization Act to give 2,400 acres of the Tonto National Forest in Arizona to a subsidiary of the Australian-English mining giant Rio Tinto.

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“Of all people, Apaches and Indians should understand, because we’ve gone though this so many times in our history,” Rambler said.

 

Rambler knew there was a possibility that supporters of the move — which failed twice on the House floor last year — would slip the deal into themust-pass legislation, but aides and officials involved had declined to reveal it. Even Tuesday evening, when Republicans and Democrats on the House Armed Services Committee released summaries of the bill, the land deal was left out.

 

Rambler and other opponents couldn’t find out until late Tuesday night when the bill, named the “Carl Levin and Howard P. ‘Buck’ McKeon National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2015” (after the retiring Senate and House committee chairmen), was finally posted online. The news that Apache burial, medicinal and ceremonial grounds would be given to Resolution Copper, a subsidiary of Rio Tinto and BHP Billiton, was on page 1,105.

 

“The first thing I thought about was not really today, but 50 years from now, probably after my time, if this land exchange bill goes through, the effects that my children and children’s children will be dealing with,” Rambler said in an interview.

 

The land includes territory where Apaches gather medicinal plants and acorns — a food source that Rambler said has sustained his people for as long as they know. It also surrounds the Apache Leap, a summit from which trapped Apaches once jumped to their deaths rather than be killed by settlers in the late 1800s.

 

“Since time immemorial people have gone there. That’s part of our ancestral homeland,” Rambler said, referring to the overall area in question. “We’ve had dancers in that area forever — sunrise dancers — and coming-of-age ceremonies for our young girls that become women. They’ll seal that off. They’ll seal us off from the acorn grounds, and the medicinal plants in the area, and our prayer areas.”

 

There are supposed to be two areas excluded from mining, including Apache Leap, but the bill specifies Resolution Copper can get permission in just 30 or 90 days to drill among the oaks.

 

Rio Tinto has pursued the deal for a decade, and it was apparently pushed into the NDAA largely thanks to Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.). It passed the House once in 2011, but when leaders brought it to the floor twice last year, they couldn’t find enough votes, and pulled it. Most Democrats opposed it and growing numbers of Republicans were concerned about how it was being conducted. To many, it looked like a sweetheart deal being made outside of the regular process of dealing with federal land. And some were unhappy that the prime beneficiary, Rio Tinto, also owns a uranium mine in Africa with Iran. Others worried that most of the copper will go to China, which owns 10 percent of Rio Tinto.

 

The argument for the land swap — the government will acquire other lands in exchange — is economic development and jobs. The company claims it will generate $61 billion in economic activity and 3,700 direct and indirect jobs over 40 years. Opponents dispute those numbers, but Rambler is not sure they matter, even if they are accurate.

 

“It seems like us Apaches and other Indians care more about what this type of action does to the environment and the effects it leaves behind for us, while others tend to think more about today and the promise of jobs, but not necessarily what our creator God gave to us,” he said.

 

He is particularly worried about the longterm impact. The company intends to use a variety of “block cave” mining that digs underneath the ore and causes it to collapse from its own weight. Resolution Copper describes the process in a video:

 

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Resolution Copper will use the panel caving mining method, a variation of block caving to break up the underground ore. This technique uses gravity primarily to break the rock. Panel caving is more efficient than other underground mining methods for this type of deposit. It will result in lower operating costs and will allow us to mine the most ore while creating the least amount of waste. The technique is also favorable because it is safe, allows a high degree of mechanization, and results in both high production rates and favorable economies of scale

 

 

The land above such mines eventually cracks and subsides.

 

“What those mountains mean to us is that when the rain and the snow comes, it distributes it to us,” Rambler said. “It replenishes our aquifers to give us life.” He’s not sure how that will happen once the land starts subsiding. Resolution Copper promises to monitor it.

 

In comments to The Huffington Post on Tuesday, spokespeople for the mine said that it had filed an operating plan with the federal Forest Service and was starting a review under the National Environmental Policy Act, which is supposed to ensure that federal lands are protected.

 

But Rambler found little assurance in that, since NEPA only applies while the land belongs to the federal government.

 

“This is what will happen — the law in one area says there will be consultation, but the law in another area of the bill says the land exchange will happen within one year of enactment of this bill,” Rambler noted, correctly. “So no matter what we’re doing within that one year, the consultation part won’t mean anything after one year. Because then it’s really theirs after that.”

 

Two properties within the land would remain in the hands of the federal government, one around the Apache Leap and one an area called Oak Flats. Outside of those places, the federal government would have no say under NEPA, an official with the Bureau of Land Management said.

 

“We would only have to do NEPA on any activity that would take place on remaining federal land,” said Arizona BLM official Carrie Templin. The company promises to stop 1,500 feet short of Apache Leap, but reserves the right to drill in Oak Flats.

 

The Arizona exchange is not the only land measure in the defense bill.

 

In fact, there are dozens of other land-related items, including at least one more that is angering Native Americans. A transfer of 1,600 acres from the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in Washington State for industrial development has also sparked protest by tribes, who note that the area also contains lands important to them, and which are already undergoing various federal evaluations that would be short-circuited by the legislation.

 

Still another deal would benefit a Native American corporation in Alaska called Sealaska. It is opposed by environmental groups, though, because it would open some 70,000 acres of the Tongass National Forest to logging.

 

Environmental groups approve of some of the deals in the bill, but those have been attracting anger on the right. Two leaders of the Heritage Foundation campaign arm described them in an op-ed as a “land grab” that had no place in a defense bill. Another, Myron Ebell, director of the Center for Energy and Environment, also slammed it in a statement.

 

“The federal lands package added to the National Defense Authorization Act is a backroom deal that would lock up use of hundreds of thousands of acres of land,” said Ebell, although it is likely he would favor the part of the Rio Tinto deal that allows mining since he favors using federal land for resources. “Many of these federal land lockups could never be enacted on their own if debated and voted in the light of day.”

 

Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) also doesn’t think the land bills belong in the defense measure, and has vowed to stall the bill as long as possible until they are removed.

 

The bill is expected to be voted on in the House as soon as this week, and sent to the Senate in a manner that does not allow it to be amended. If anything is to change in the bill, it would have to happen before then, and House leaders would have to agree to allow amendment votes.

 

UPDATE: 11:15 p.m. — Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.) tried Wednesday night to offer an amendment to remove the Resolution Copper deal from the defense bill, but lost in the House Rules Committee on a 6-4 vote, with three Democrats supporting him, and his GOP colleagues voting against him. The Rules Committee determines how measures will be considered on the floor. It decided to give the NDAA one hour of debate, with no vote on Cole’s amendment.

 

Michael McAuliff covers Congress and politics for The Huffington Post. Talk to himon Facebook.

 

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If “I” Were God…….


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If “I” Were God…….

Every parent, family friend, babysitter or caregiver that leaves a child, toddler, baby, kid, infant, pet of any type….in a hot car in summer, unattended, for more than 30 seconds….would experience their genitals seize up and become set afire to reproduce the exact temperature of that vehicle that the moron in question, left the child, toddler, baby, kid, infant, pet of any type…..IN. In other words your crotch, penis, balls, vagina, would reach the temperature of 170° in seconds.

 

 

If “I” Were God…….

Any human responsible for lying 935 times to the American people, and in particular the stupid mindless drones who inhabit CongrASS, about the original wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, if these lying dumbasses were to ever open their mouths to offer “opinions and advice” to the current POTUSA….I’d immediately fill those mouths with camel feces. On camera. After which they would instantaneously be transported to Iraq to be face to face with a group of ISIS idiots.

 

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If “I” Were God…….

John Boehner would have a 4 inch penis growing from the middle of his forehead so he could jerk himself off instead of the American citizens whom he is supposed to work FOR, as his oath of office states, and not the Koch Brothers, special interest groups such as A.L.E.C., the NRAssholes or alcohol distributors.

 

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If “I” Were God…….

Harry Reid would have a pair of nuts growing from his chin, big, hairy, full balls, He would then possess what he lacks, so he could stand up on the Senate floor and fight for what THIS Black President needs from his number one Congressional point man. Instead of acting like a frightened 4 year old confronted with the monster under the bed.

 

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If “I” Were God…….

Michele Bachmann, Sarah Palin, Ann Coulter, Pat Boone, Donald Trump, Joe Arpaio, Ted Nugent, Rush Limbaugh and a few others, they know who they are, would come see Me. Soon. They would not stay up here but for a few seconds as I read from the book of major fuck ups…..but I’d have them all visit Me before their final destination.

 

 

If “I” Were God…….

Elizabeth Warren would have a moment of complete clarity and realize the reason I put her down there, among the lost souls in the Senate, was so she could gain the necessary tools to become the first Female President Of The United States. Much why I inserted Barack into the Senate back in 2004. Get in the game Elizabeth….you know why I choose you. I got this, you have bigger loaves to share and fish to fry.

 

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If “I” Were God…….

Hillary Clinton and William Jefferson Clinton would vanish. On that same disappearing bus would be Tricky Tiny Dick Cheney, Lyin Still Unfitt Mitt Romney, Chuck Todd, Jake Tapper, Don Lemon, The Entire Fox News Staff, Wolf Blitzer, The Morning Joe folks, The Entire Fox News Staff, (did I say that already) The Koch Brothers, Millionaire mooks who believe money buys elections, and the following dumbasses: John McCain, Lindsey Graham, Louie Gohmert, Mitch McConnell, Mark Rubio, Ted Cruz….I already took care of that Cantor moron. I keep Chris Christie around cause ya’ll still need some comedic relief.

 

If “I” Were God…….

The 300 plus young Nigerian girls would be united with their families and the Boko Haram cowards who abducted them, would all be captured and sold into slavery, forced kicking & screaming into made marriages to men who care not what orifice they violate and used as indentured servants on a Clive Bundy spread.

 

 

 

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If “I” Were God…….

ANYone who utters the word “Impeachment” would immediately have his/her colon stuffed with fire ants and bed bugs….because dumbfuckery must be met with extreme pain and suffering when spread against MY chosen one, the anointed Barack Hussein Obama, and his immediate White House staff. Oh yeah, the word suit against Barack, will bring down upon it’s instigators a complete darkening of the skin to the tone of Black Strap Molasses.  You sue My Anointed One, yo do so as a Negro.

 

 

If “I” Were God…….

The very next human whom violates all My rules of creation and goes on a shooting rampage, will be guided, by Me, to the nearest rally and campaign event held by the NRAssholes, he will then proceed to shoot and kill all NRAsshole hierarchy and leadership executives. Or, if I’m that kinder, gentler God you speak of, I’ll just resurrect the original members of the Black Panther Party and send them into local Target stores armed with semi automatic rifles and THEN you will see some gun reform laws take effect on the chickenshit Senate/House floor.

 

Cause nobody wants to see Negro’s armed with the exact same weapons you now see caucasian dumbasses carrying in public places where there are children……do you.  If “I” Were God.

 

 

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Play things: kids find everything. Their play things….and yours. Have a gun? Lock it up.

 

 

 

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The Twitter Storm™: Tweets For A Monday, The 9th Of June, 2014.


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The Twitter Storm™: Tweets For A Monday, The 9th Of June, 2014.

 

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Lets end The Twitter Storm™ on a note of Dumbfuckery……

 

 

 

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President Barack Obama says middle class families are feeling trapped by rising student loans. The president Monday signs a presidential memo to expand student loan relief and throws his support behind a Senate bill targeting the issue. (June 9)

 

 

 

Friend describes Bergdahl family threats

 

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Matthew Hoh, friend of the Bergdahl family and former State Dept. Official, says the family is receiving threats. More from CNN at

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Working Families Summit: A Fatherhood Lead-Up Event

 

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Administration officials welcome working dads, advocates, researchers, businesses, and even a Major League Baseball player to the White House to look at the new challenges dads face balancing career and family, and how extensive workplace flexibility and paid parental leave is a in-win for both businesses and their employees. June 9, 2014.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Senator John McCain Is Senile And MUST Resign His Senatorial Seat Immediately.


 

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Fact Checker Says John McCain DID Flip-Flop On Bowe Bergdahl

 

 

It was just last week when Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) delivered a Memorial Day message in which she urged Americans to keep Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl “in our thoughts and prayers.” She added, “I renew my call on the Defense Department to redouble its efforts to find Sergeant Bergdahl and return him safely to his family.”
Less than a week later, the Defense Department announced that Bergdahl had been freed and he’ll be returned safely to his family – prompting a new round of criticism from Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.).

But all things considered, these conflicting statements are mild compared to Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and his recent reversals, highlighted today by Doug Mataconis.

 

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John McCain: Obama Released the ‘Jihadists Responsible for 9/11′ to Get Sgt. Bergdahl

 

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Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) on Sunday asserted that the five Taliban members traded for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was being held prison of war, were “hardcore military jihadists who are responsible for 9/11″ and should have been detained indefinitely at Guantanamo Bay or some other U.S. prison.

 

“First of all, I wouldn’t release these men,” McCain told CNN host Candy Crowley.

 

“Ever?” Crowley wondered.

 

“Not these men,” McCain insisted. “They were judged time after time during their confinement in Guantanamo, they were evaluated and judged as too great a risk to release. That was the judgement made.”

 

The Arizona Republican argued that Bergdahl knew when he joined the military that he was taking “certain risks, and among those risks are wounding, death, imprisonment. That’s why we cherish and love all of those men and women who serve so much.”

 

Crowley pointed out McCain had supported a prisoner exchange with the Taliban to save Bergdahl earlier this year.

 

McCain, however, insisted that the president had chosen the wrong prisoners, but refused to say exactly which detainees he would have selected.

 

“First of all, we’re not sending everybody home,” he chuckled. “We are going to send them — even if we close Guantanamo — we are going to send them to facilities inside the United States of America, that’s been the plan all along.”

 

“Second of all, I believe we should keep these people because they are hardcore jihadists who are responsible for 9/11,” McCain continued. “Of course, nobody wants to release people who are responsible for 9/11, and these people that are released that were Taliban governing worked hand-in-glove with al Qaeda.”

 

Retired Air Force Col. Morris Davis, who was the former top prosecutor at Guantanamo Bay, told MSNBC on Saturday that the prisoners released in exchanged for Bergdahl were so inconsequential that he did not even know who they were.

 

“My role as chief prosecutor was to review the information we had on the detainees to determine which ones we could potentially bring war crimes charges against,” Davis recalled. “When I saw the names of the five individuals, when they were reported last weekend, my first reaction was, ‘Who are they?'”

 

“I never saw the names before, which means there was not enough information to even make it on our list of potential prosecution,” he explained. “To trade five of them for a U.S. service member, in my estimation, and I’m often critical of President [Barack] Obama, I think they struck a pretty good deal.”

 

 

 

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WaPo Fact Checker: Yes, McCain Flip-Flopped on Bergdahl Release Deal

 

 

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Yesterday John McCain insisted that he did not flip-flop on support for the deal to release Bowe Bergdahl, and anyone who says he did is a “lying” “Obamaphile.” Well, Washington Post fact-checker Glenn Kessler looked into McCain’s denial and concluded that yes, he did, in fact, flip-flop.

 

Kessler goes through all the facts of the case; McCain was aware of who was being considered for the prisoner exchange, he said previously he was “inclined to support” a deal to trade five Taliban commanders for Bergdahl, and his given reason for not flip-flopping is that he brought up “details” back then that would have to be decided on. Kessler writes, “His previous dispute had been on releasing the men as a confidence-building measure, not on the character of the men themselves. He certainly did not say he would have objected to these men being part of the prisoner exchange.”

 

Kessler also calls McCain out for acting like the trade was a “surprise” when it’s clear he was aware of the facts ahead of time, and concludes that he flip-flopped. McCain may have thought he left himself an out when he said his support was dependent on the details. But then he can’t object to the most important detail — the identity of the prisoners — that was known at the time he indicated his support. McCain earns an upside-down Pinocchio, constituting a flip-flop.

 

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Rachel Maddow Jabs John McCain Hypocrisy on Bergdahl – The Rosetta Stone of What’s Wrong in DC

 

Published on Jun 5, 2014

6-4-14 – (MSNBC) – On Wednesday night, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow announced that she has discovered the Rosetta Stone, the “secret decoder ring” by which all of U.S. politics in the Obama administration can be interpreted. She began by pointing to a Charlie Rose Show appearance by Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) from some weeks ago in which the senator gave his prescription for how President Barack Obama should handle the Russian incursion into Ukraine.

 

“I think first I would try the Magnitsky, which as you know, targets individuals and their bank accounts and their ability to travel,” said McCain. “I would try that first. Then, obviously, I would look at other areas, throw them out of the G8, of course, it should be the G7.”

 

Then, when President Obama did exactly those things, McCain went on Imus in the Morning to bash him, joking that Putin must be “reduced to tears” not to be included in the G8 anymore.

 

“See?” Maddow said. “This is the Rosetta Stone, this is the magic decoder ring that tells you how Washington works right now. Say that President Obama should do something, then pray that he doesn’t actually do it, because if he does actually do it, you’re going to have to come out against the thing that you have been recommending all along.”

 

“It’s amazing,” she said. “John McCain, I’d have to make you up if you didn’t exist.”

 

Case in point: Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the prisoner of the Afghanistan war whose return Obama traded five Guantanamo prisoners for.

 

Weeks ago, in an interview with Anderson Cooper, McCain said, “I would be inclined to support such a thing,” with regards to swapping the five Taliban combatants held at Guantanamo for Bergdahl, particularly in light of the “rapid deterioration” of Bergdahl’s health seen in videos released to the Pentagon by the Taliban.

 

That, said Maddow, was Step One: McCain suggests Obama do something. Then comes Step Two, in which the president actually does it.

 

 
“Step Three?” Maddow said. “Well, now John McCain has to pretend to be against his own idea.”

 

Arizona’s senior senator obliged by saying on Wednesday, “This decision to bring Sgt. Bergdahl home — and we applaud that he is home — is ill-founded. It is a mistake and it is putting the lives of American servicemen and women at risk and that to me is unacceptable to the American people.”

 

Sighing heavily, Maddow said, “Sen. McCain did not think that very same exchange of prisoners would be ‘unacceptable to the American people’ when he himself suggested it in February. But once Pres. Obama did it and got Bowe Bergdahl home that way, well that’s when the senator had to complete Step Three of his magic decoder ring process and come out against his own idea as a terrible, outrageous and dangerous idea because Pres. Obama actually did it.”

 

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HEY BOEHNER: ENOUGH ALREADY.


 

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House Speaker John Boehner is putting party ahead of country. He has the votes to end the shutdown right now, but he won’t do it — instead, he’s letting a small group of tea party extremists overrule the majority of representatives.

I’m downright pissed — are you?

 

Without a functioning U.S. government, 94% of EPA staff are out of a job — not bad for Big Coal.And who was Boehner dining with on Fridaynight instead of negotiating? Why, none other than Big Coal executives.

 

Meanwhile, our national parks, from Yosemite to Cuyahoga Valley, are closed to families — but not to private oil and gas leases.  Hiking and picnics are out, but corporate profit from public land has never been more in.

 

Nearly one million workers without a paycheck. No new mortgage or small business loans. Superstorm Sandy cleanup delayed. Cancer research and food safety inspections on hold.  Everyone suffers from a government shutdown — everyone except the corporate polluters.

 

A routine funding bill has the votes to pass, but Speaker Boehner won’t even let it on the floor. Tell him to get his act together and put country before party today!

 

While Boehner and the tea party are playing games, real people are being impacted across the country — like the Illinois National Guard members who still need to show up for work, but might not get paid.  Or the deli owner in Seattle who serves many federal employees and said, “I don’t think [Congress] is thinking of people like us. If they keep going like this, how will we pay our rent?” (Members of Congress, however, will still get paid.)

 

 
The House has the votes to pass a straightforward funding bill, but Boehner is blocking it. It would only take 17 Republicans joining with Democrats to pass a bill — and Republicans even admit those 17 votes exist!  — but Boehner won’t allow it. A straightforward funding bill has the support of a majority of representatives in the House, but not of tea party Republicans, and that’s all the Speaker cares about , the ultimate definition of putting party before country.

 

The Tea Party hasn’t been able to get their way by winning elections — so now they’re holding our government hostage. But that’s not how democracy works. As Senator John McCain told his colleagues last week, “Elections have consequences.” The people re-elected President Obama and re-affirmed his agenda last November — these extremists are just the worst kind of sore losers.

 

We can’t let a small minority of extremists run our country. It’s time we speak out against the broken system! Demand an end to the shutdown today!

 

Oh, sure, these jokers claim they’re listening to the American public — but that’s a bald-faced lie. In a major new poll, 69% of Americans said Congressional Republicans are acting like “spoiled children.” Another poll found that 72% of Americans oppose shutting down the government over health care.

 

This brinkmanship is undemocratic and, quite frankly, downright insane. Speaker Boehner needs to listen to the will of the people before the damage to our country gets even worse.

 

Tell Speaker Boehner to do his job and represent the will of the people, not the extremists in this party.

 

In it together,

 

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