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Loopy Sharron Angle candidate for senator from Nevada: I’m Not An Oath Keeper, But I Do Like Keeping Oaths

Nevada Republican Senate nominee Sharron Angle took to the conservative airwaves today to defend herself from Democratic attacks that she’s on the far extreme end of the conservative spectrum. Speaking on The Laura Ingraham Show, Angle said she was not a member of the Oath Keepers, the shadowy government conspiracy-fearing group she professed to being a member of in the past. But she did admit she liked to keep oaths in her free time.

It doesn’t take a lot of deep analysis to the tea nut conservatives run far right-wing during the primaries and than try and seem moderate during the general election. I wonder how the Oath Keepers feel about the flip-flopping.

U.S. Identifies Vast Riches of Minerals in Afghanistan

The United States has discovered nearly $1 trillion in untapped mineral deposits in Afghanistan, far beyond any previously known reserves and enough to fundamentally alter the Afghan economy and perhaps the Afghan war itself, according to senior American government officials.

[  ]…An internal Pentagon memo, for example, states that Afghanistan could become the “Saudi Arabia of lithium,” a key raw material in the manufacture of batteries for laptops and BlackBerrys.

Not to be flippant, but it has been a long time since the invasion of Afghanistan. We did so in response to 9-11 knowing that Bin Laden and much of the upper command of al-Qaeda was there in 2001. An effort largely supported across the political spectrum. What had been a relatively easy victory, especially in light of the Soviets failure in the 1980s, was allowed to decay into chaos. Essentially another Bush and neoconservative failure, diverting resources away from Afghanistan to the war they were determined to start in Iraq. Having been there nearly a decade, Gen. Stanley McChrystal new strategy was supposed to “win” whatever we were there to win. The General has certainly kicked some ass on the military front, but we’ve made zero political progress – getting a coalition of the different factions to come together to manage the country – rather than revert back to the culture of war lords, opium growing and the thuggish rule of the fundamentalist Taliban. Let’s hope the potential of hundreds of millions in mining profits does not lobby its way into administration delaying an exit. Not likely, but we can hope the people of Afghanistan see the mineral find as a way of the 18th Century mentality that defines much of Afghanistan culture. More here – So How Are Things Going in Afghanistan?

Conservatives are frequently funny, abet usually not intentionally. One thing they do not get is irony. One of conservative blogger the Gateway Pundit latest headlines – Obama Tells Politico the Oil Spill is Like 9-11… Then Goes Golfing for 4 Hours, Posted by Jim Hoft on Sunday, June 13, 2010, 6:13 PM. Jimbo thinks that when President Obama plays golf that means there is no one else to put their finger in the BIG HOLE. Those with short memories might want to compare golf stories – Bush: I Gave Up Golf For The Troops

As violence in Iraq continues — clashes today left 11 dead and 19 injured — President Bush has for the first time revealed the great sacrifice he’s made for the sake of our soldiers: he’s given up golf.

From an interview with Politico and Yahoo News:

“I don’t want some mom whose son may have recently died to see the commander in chief playing golf,” he said. “I feel I owe it to the families to be in solidarity as best as I can with them. And I think playing golf during a war just sends the wrong signal.”

Bush said he made that decision after the August 2003 bombing of the United Nations headquarters in Baghdad, which killed Sergio Vieira de Mello, the top U.N. official in Iraq and the organization’s high commissioner for human rights.

[   ]…Actually, it is far more likely that Bush quit playing golf because he was suffering from knee problems throughout the latter half of 2003.

Street then links to a CBS News article published in December 2003:

Bush, 57, will have an MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) test on Thursday, Dec. 18. The body-scanning device enables doctors to see internal organs in 3D.

The MRI is being performed on the advice of the President’s regular White House physician. Last summer, Bush suffered a minor muscle tear in his right calf and that injury, along with aching knees, forced him to abandon his running routine. The calf strain healed by August when he had his annual physical, but the president said in September that he suspected he had a meniscus tear.

… Bush actually played his last round of golf on October 13, 2003. This means that the reason he gave for quitting after the August 2003 U.N. bombing is dubious at best…

Obama didn’t make up a lie that was in voraciously poor taste and disrespectful of the troops, Bush did. Obama went and took a few hours off because playing or not playing golf has absolutely nothing to do with stopping the Gulf spill. How many Republicans played golf this weekend when they could have been down in the Gulf coast helping with the clean-up. The Right seems to love to take small things that are completely disconnected and make a big deal out of them. On the other hand that propensity counter balances telling big lies, like about WMD for instance, and claiming it was for the good of the country. Republicans also do not get being able to walk and chew gum at the same time,

Embracing an idea first offered  by CAP, the Obama administration announced yesterday that it will demand BP turn over a “substantial” amount of money in escrow to handle claims from people and businesses harmed by the environmental disaster. BP’s costs for responding to the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico have risen to $1.6 billion.

And now is not the time to be especially tighten the economic belt. Spending makes money in the long run. Republican from 2000 to 2008 spent money like a drunken sailor as the otherwise wishy-washy Gucci loafer wearing Senator from Arizona once said, Does Fiscal Austerity Reassure Markets?

The countries responded differently, however. Ireland quickly embraced harsh austerity; Spain has had to be dragged into austerity, and still faces major political unrest.

So, how’s it going? This article is typical of what you read: it describes the Irish as doing what has to be done, while the Spaniards dither. And it has good things to say about how the Irish response is working:

Much bitterness but also stoicism; markets impressed by Irish resolve to bite the austerity bullet.

Well, I guess that’s right — if by “markets impressed” you mean a CDS spread of 226 basis points, compared with 206 points for Spain; not to mention a 10-year bond rate of 5.11 percent, compared with 4.46 percent for Spain.

So, I’m glad to hear that Ireland’s stoic acceptance of austerity is reassuring markets; it must be true, because that’s what everyone says. Because if I didn’t know that, I might look at the data and conclude that markets actually have less confidence in Ireland than they do in Spain, and that austerity in the face of a deeply depressed economy doesn’t actually reassure markets at all.

But hey, what are you going to believe: what everyone knows, or your own lying eyes?

Also by way of unintended humor that much of the country believes, just as once they believed Iraq had something to do with 9-11, is Republicans don’t think Obama and Democrats are acting fast enough to undo the horrendous damage they did to the economy over eight years. Thanks to our deeply lazy and mediocre media most people know more about Brad and Angelina than they do about the economy and how we got into this mess.

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