Shep Smith, as he is wont to do, tore into “Political Extremists” (many on his own network) for refusing Syrian refugees and letting terror and politics destroy what makes America great.
“We the people have a responsibility to protect what we hold dear. In the face of terror, will we panic or be calm and deliberative in approach. Confronted with those who want to change our way of life, will we abandon our freedoms and the rights granted to us by the Creator or will we welcome huddled masses yearning to breath free? Or will we take extreme measures to fundamentally alter who and what we are?”
Our shining city on a hill is vulnerable – we’ve always known that. If we change it to accommodate the savages, have they won? And what then would be left to protect? We profess to stand as an example for all the world. Our unique experiment in freedom, tolerance, openness, and equality is our gift to societies and peoples everywhere. Come, join us. Enjoy a chance at the American dream.
Today, we mourn, but we cannot allow ourselves to become like those who want to destroy us. We cannot resort to the tactics of the barbarians. We must fight for what we believe in and who we are, guard our freedoms faithfully for the generations to follow. And we must not let the rhetoric of potential and political extremists among us lead us to self-destruction. When there’s panic, we show resolve. When there’s calm for extremism, we resist. We are America. We must lead.”
After the tragic attacks in Paris, the civilized world is coming to grips with its emotions, most notably anger and fear.
Australian anchor, Waleed Aly, (on The Project), eloquently warns that letting anger, fear and hatred control our policy doesn’t keep us safer, but instead greatly helps ISIS’ cause.
Aly explains in detail how ISIS has often stated plans to manipulate western fears and policy to their advantage. To bolster its ranks, ISIS routinely tries to frame its war as a battle between Islam and the West. If the West lets its fear of Islam turn into hate, it will help ISIS recruit in far greater numbers.
Americans are watching this fear-mongering politics play out in real time as politicians are using fear and demagoguery to fundraise the shit out of ISIS attacks and keep Syrian refugees (fleeing the same terror) from finding safety in America.
We can beat ISIS – not just by bombing them into oblivion, but also by countering this hateful narrative. We can either embrace the beauty of the American dream, selling the better life in the West, religious freedom, love and acceptance — or we can show the world that America will take “your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free” but not if you have brown skin or pray to Allah, because you’re a security risk.
Don’t let terror win.
Watch the video above, and let me know your thoughts.
The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, which has claimed responsibility for Friday’s terror attacks in Paris, has its origins in Iraq, but the group as we know it today is in many ways a product of Syria’s civil war. That war is much bigger than ISIS, but it is crucial for understanding so much that has happened in the past year, from terror attacks to the refugee crisis. And to understand the war, you need to understand how it began and how it unfolded.
ISIS, you will note, did not become a major player in the Syrian war until after some time — and after the country had been torn apart by a conflict that initially had nothing to do with the group. The fight at the center of the war, between Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad and the opposition, is thus a big part of how ISIS can exist and could take so much territory.
Something else important you’ll notice: As more outside groups get involved in the war, each escalates by backing their side, then a rival will also get involved to back the other side. So what you have is not just the Syrian factions escalating, but regional and global powers escalating as well, thus worsening the war and entrenching Syria’s divisions.
You’ll also see that the countries getting involved don’t always have the same objectives, and can end up working against even their allies. When Gulf states begin funding Syria’s rebels, for example, they are mostly seeking to topple Assad and set back his patron, Iran, so they often fund extremists, believing they’re better fighters. And different Gulf states fund different groups — at first Qatar is the most active, then Saudi Arabia — that are sometimes at odds with one another. And so on. These internal contradictions are an important part of understand how the war has gotten so bad.
Heat guard, Mario Chalmers, was traded this week to the Memphis Grizzlies, along with James Ennis for Jarnell Stokes and Beno Udrih.
As a valued member of the Heat family for over 7 seasons – mostly as an annoying little brother – Chalmers always gave 100% and will kind of be missed by Heat Nation.
Although he played alongside the likes of LeBron and Wade, Rio often seemed to think he was the best player on the floor (what I affectionally called PLAYER 1 mode) – but the statistically poor shooting guard will probably be remembered more for his turnovers and public scoldings by James.
Although it’s certainly fun to pick on Rio, the man still has 2 rings and ranks near the top of many team records.
Most 3 pointers in a single game (10)
4th overall 3 pointers team history
4th most games played team history
5th most steals and assists per game in team history
2nd most steals total in team history
3rd in assists total in team history
Most 3 pointers attempted and made in team post-season history
Fareed Zakaria’s CNN documentary, Long Road to Hell, is a must watch. Zakaria chronicles the decisions in the lead-up to, and throughout the Iraq War – as well as the decade of disastrous results that have dramatically altered the middle east.
The documentary is a harsh, non-partisan account forcing viewers to confront and learn from the US’s devastating mistakes in the region and warns against repeating the very same military and policy mistakes in Syria and with ISIS. As Zakaria points out:
“The United States replaced the regime in Iraq and gave the new one massive assistance for a decade. The result? Chaos and humanitarian tragedy. Washington toppled Moammar Gadhafi’s regime in Libya but chose not to attempt nation-building in that country. The result has been chaos and humanitarian tragedy. Washington supported a negotiated removal of Ali Abdullah Saleh’s regime in Yemen and the election that followed, but generally took a back seat. The result again was chaos and humanitarian tragedy.
The reality in that part of the world is that many of its regimes are fragile, presiding over weak institutions, little civil society, and often no sense of nationhood itself. In that situation, outside interventions, however well-meaning, might not make things better. Sometimes they can even make things worse.”
Definitely watch the doc above, and let me know your thoughts on what the US realistically should or shouldn’t do anymore in the region.
Deficit is now 2.5% of GDP, below the average for the last 50 years, and down from 9.8% when Obama took office.
To be clear, the shrinking annual deficit should not solely be credited to the President or to the austerity Congress. Fed spending increased 5% from 2014, but tax collection also increased by 8%.
Bottom line: more people are working, paying taxes, and contributing to the system.
Embarrassingly,73% of the public thinks the deficit continues to increase under Obama, and for that we can thank austerity-pushing politicians, as well as people just not knowing the difference over deficit (yearly) and debt (total accumulated).
In reality, the annual deficit (the gap between spending and revenue) has shrunk over $1 Trillion combined since Obama took office. Yes, that’s over a few years, but its a big decrease, not increase.
As nice as that sounds, our total accumulated Federal debt still tops a staggering $18 Trillion — and we certainly increase spending every year. But, it hurts the austerity-pushers’ case that US spending gets more wildly “out of control” every year when the shortfall between revenue and spending decreases annually.
Also seems that domestic programs supposed to destroy our economy (Obamacare, anyone?) – aren’t quite turning us into Greece…yet.
Shepard Smith continues to be the only adult in the Fox Newsroom. While Republicans predictably hate on the Pope for having the chutzpah to opine on issues like climate change, poverty, immigration, Smith wonders aloud how shameful it is that these common sense, human issues have become partisan issues that Americans are fighting against.
I don’t know — I think we are in a weird place in the world when the following things are considered political. Five things, I’m going to tick them off. These are the five things that were on his and our president’s agenda. Caring for the marginalized and the poor — that’s now political. Advancing economic opportunity for all. Political? Serving as good stewards of the environment. Protecting religious minorities and promoting religious freedom globally. Welcoming [and] integrating immigrants and refugees globally. And that’s political? I mean, I don’t know what we expect to hear from an organization’s leader like the Pope of the Catholic Church, other than protect those who need help, bring in refuges who have no place because of war and violence and terrorism. These seem like universal truths that we should be good to others who have less than we do, that we should give shelter to those who don’t have it. I think these were the teachings in the Bible of Jesus. They’re the words of the pope, they’re the feelings of the president. And people who find themselves on the other side of that message should consult a mirror, it seems like. Because I think that’s what we’re supposed to do as a people, whatever your religion. I mean, it seems to me and I think to probably, as Bill O’Reilly would put it, most clear-thinking Americans — that that’s how we’re supposed to roll.
What Shep can’t say on Fox “News” is that politicizing common sense “human” issues is strictly a Republican problem – GOP corporate sugar-daddies don’t want to dig into their profits to pay taxes to possibly solve these problems.
In any case, props, as always to Shep, the best cable newsman in town, and the only real journalist on his entire “news” network.
Why does Dick Cheney still think he has credibility in the world? The man most responsible for destroying the Middle East (and the US’s good name along with it), is on a ObamaResponsibleForAllMiddleEastProblems/book Tour — and somehow the media is still giving this grifter a outlet to sell his snake-oil.
Cheney was wrong on almost every front when it came to Iraq (although his company made billions), and the guy is using the exact same playbook to knock the nuclear deal with Iran and goad the US into another profitable costly war. Cheney’s revisionist history is so off-base that even Fox News is calling him out.
Then today came a White House mic-drop in the form of the video above exposing Cheney’s bullshittery. I just can’t recall anything like this before. It’s shocking enough that a former Veep is so vocal about a current administration (especially about the mess created by his own admin), but even more eye-opening that the current White House would troll a former tenant so hard!
The only reason this trolling plays well is because it doesn’t make any arguments, but instead just uses Dick’s mouth to contradict everything we know actually happened over the last 14 years.
The Iran debate deserves better than this charlatan’s two cents. The only time I want to see a microphone in front of Cheney’s face is at a Congressional hearing on abuse of power (and death of Americans) to line his own pockets.