| Political Talk|| Jews Say: End the War on Gaza — No Aid to Apartheid Israel! - trackfan on 7/24/14 at 6:38 pm|
So far this open letter has over 200 signatures of some of America's most respected, peace-loving Jews.
[quote][i]"On July 12, 2014, Gaza civil society issued an urgent appeal for solidarity, asking: “How many of our lives are dispensable enough until the world takes action? How much of our blood...
| Political Talk|| Mahmoud Abbas (Fatah) Supports Hamas' Ceasefire Demands - trackfan on 7/23/14 at 7:30 pm|
Rather than turning on each other, it looks like Fatah and Hamas are closing ranks. Netanyahu made no secret of his disdain for the Fatah's reconciliation with Hamas, and most experts believe that the war was partially motivated by his desire to dynamite the new Fatah-Hamas unity government, so this...
| Political Talk|| Delta Cancels All Flights To Israel Indefintely - trackfan on 7/22/14 at 11:09 am|
This will make things real interesting if other airlines follow their lead.
[quote]AP- Delta Air Lines is canceling all flights to Israel until further notice, citing reports that a rocket landed near Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion Airport.
A Delta Boeing 747 from New York was flying over the Mediterra...
| Political Talk|| The Roots of the Israeli/Arab Conflict As Told By Two Jewish Experts - trackfan on 7/21/14 at 11:09 am|
Earlier I posted this in another thread, but I think it's worthy of a thread of its own. This an interesting video I stumbled across of a debate between two of the most respected Jewish authorities on the subject of Israel/Palestine. One is left-wing Norman Finkelstien who lost all four of his grand...
| Political Talk|| Israeli Police Take Revenge On Family Of American Teen They Beat Up - trackfan on 7/18/14 at 3:48 pm|
Those peaceloving Israelis are at it again.
[quote]Just hours after 15-year-old Tariq Abu Khdeir left for Ben Gurion International Airport to return home to Tampa, Florida, Israeli police raided and ransacked the home of his family in the Shufat neighborhood of occupied East Jerusalem. The police...
| Political Talk|| The Israel-Hamas Timeline According To The American Conservative - trackfan on 7/16/14 at 4:27 pm|
By Scott McConnell:
[quote]It is useful to try to construct a time line, to understand how we got from Point A, the failure of the Kerry peace mission, to the present. My sympathies are more with the Palestinians subject to bombardment than with the Israelis who are bombarding them, but the timel...
| Political Talk|| Rick Pery Blasts Rand Paul's Foreign Policy - trackfan on 7/12/14 at 6:58 pm|
I guess Perry is running for President again.
| Soccer Board|| Brazilian Newspaper Front Pages After Loss To Germany - trackfan on 7/10/14 at 12:06 pm|
This reminds me of American front pages after 9/11.
| Political Talk|| MSNBC Digs Up Dirt On Hillary - trackfan on 7/8/14 at 10:49 pm|
I'm surprised that no one has started a thread about this already. If MSNBC has these audio recordings, surely FOX News and Rush Limbaugh have them.
| Political Talk|| Berkeley City Council Votes To Give Free Marijuana To The Needy - trackfan on 7/4/14 at 8:49 am|
Only in Berkeley
[quote]Medical marijuana dispensaries in Berkeley will likely soon be required to provide free pot to low-income members and homeless people, according to an ordinance approved by the city council on Tuesday.
The city is also looking to approve a fourth dispensary, raising the...
| Political Talk|| The Dilemma for Muslim World Cup Soccer Players During Ramadan - trackfan on 6/30/14 at 12:04 pm|
[quote]The holy month of Ramadan coincides for the first time since 1986 with the soccer tournament. The 30-day period of fasting and prayer, which requires dawn to dusk abstinence from food, drink and sex, begins Satu...
| Political Talk|| Nation Editor Katrina Vanden Heuvel Tells Bill Kristol He Should Join Iraqi Army - trackfan on 6/29/14 at 6:59 pm|
It's great to see Vanden Heuvel, one of my all-time favorite liberals, call out Kristol for the chickenhawk that he is.
| Political Talk|| Rand Paul Says Jesus Wouldn’t Like the GOP’s Taste for War - trackfan on 6/28/14 at 3:17 pm|
[quote]“Part of Republicans’ problems and, frankly, to tell you the truth, some in the evangelical Christian movement I think have appeared too eager for war,” Paul, a likely 2016 presidential candidate, told the Christian Broadcasting Ne...
| Political Talk|| Mississippi: 50 Years Ago & Today - trackfan on 6/26/14 at 10:35 pm|
50 years ago this week, civil rights workers James Chaney, Michael Schwerner and Andrew Goodman were assassinated in Philadelphia, MS simply for registering Black folks to vote. These three brave men were immortalized in the movie "Mississippi Burning". To me, this week has been surreal considering ...
| Political Talk|| GOP Wonders What The Hell It Will Do About Rand Paul's Foreign Policy - trackfan on 6/21/14 at 3:01 pm|
The GOP establishment is in a bind, because most Americans, Republicans and Democrats, agree with Paul.
[quote]The divisive role that Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) has played within the Republican Party on matters of foreign policy was amplified on Friday amid ongoing chaos in Iraq.
At a gathering o...
| Political Talk|| Megyn Kelly vs Dick Cheney - trackfan on 6/19/14 at 12:42 pm|
I guess Dick Cheney wasn't expecting this type of treatment on FOX News. Hats off the Kelly, she may be conservative but she ain't no lockstepper.
[quote]"Time and time again, history has proven that you got it wrong as well in Iraq, sir. You said there was no doubt Saddam Hussein had weapons of ...
| Political Talk|| Iranian General Has Taken Charge of Iraqi Defense - trackfan on 6/19/14 at 8:50 am|
Since Iran is the primary beneficiary of the overthrow of Saddam, I think it makes more sense for Iranian blood and treasure to be spent fighting ISIS instead of American blood and treasure. Therefore, I have no problem with this.
[quote]A former CIA operative described Qassem Suleimani, the head...
| Political Talk|| In New Book, Hillary Clinton Finally Does An Iraq War Mea Culpa - trackfan on 6/6/14 at 6:16 pm|
Well, I guess she's making sure that she doesn't leave her left flank exposed like she did in 2008, when she believed that her nomination was inevitable and she could ignore the base.
In a stark admission, Hillary Clinton says she "got it wrong. Plain and simple” when she voted as a U.S. s...
| Political Talk|| What Does PT Think of Janelle Ambrosia? - trackfan on 6/5/14 at 8:07 pm|
I submit without comment.
| Political Talk|| General Al-Sisi Wins Egyptian Presidential Election With 97% Of Vote - trackfan on 6/3/14 at 1:18 pm|
As Yogi Berra would say, it's deja vu all over again. Didn't John Kerry say that the Egyptian military overthrew the Morsi government in order to "restore democracy" in Egypt?
[quote]The former military chief, who last July overthrew Egypt's first democratically elected president, Mohammed Morsi,...
| Political Talk|| Do You Use The Term "Biracial"? - trackfan on 6/1/14 at 9:13 pm|
This thread was inspired by the "Black or African-American" thread based on an exchange between Navytiger74 and I. Here's the exchange:
[i][b]trackfan[/b]: Another word that I only hear White folks use is "biracial".
[b]Navytiger74[/b]: I actually call my nieces "biracial". I don't like the te...
| More Sports Board|| 2014 Prefontaine Classic - trackfan on 5/30/14 at 11:17 pm|
As you track fans know, most of the events take place tomorrow, but as tradition dictates, they're running the 10K tonight before a packed house at Hayward Field. Only in Eugene can you get 15,000 people to come out on a Friday night to watch folks run 6.2 miles. Here's the link to the live feed:
| Political Talk|| President Obama’s West Point speech reads like a takedown of Rand Paul - trackfan on 5/29/14 at 11:36 am|
Could it be that Obama sees Paul as the biggest threat to Hillary in 2016 (his de facto third term)? Hmmm. . . . .
| Political Talk|| Kirsten Gillibrand And Rand Paul, The Senate's Odd Couple, Team Up Again - trackfan on 5/15/14 at 9:35 am|
Paul obviously doesn't mind working with high-profile Democrats, and while it may shore his bipartisan bona fides, I wonder how this will play in the primaries.
[quote]In today's bitterly divided U.S. Senate, there are at least two lawmakers on opposite ends of the ideological spectrum who have f...
| Political Talk|| Rand Paul Opposes New GOP-backed Voter ID Laws - trackfan on 5/10/14 at 8:37 am|
The more I hear from this guy, the more I like him.
[quote]Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky broke Friday with fellow Republicans who have pushed for stricter voting laws as a way to crack down on fraud at the polls, saying that the focus on such measures alienates and insults African-Americans and h...
| Political Talk|| Gerry Adams Arrested For 1972 IRA Assassination - trackfan on 4/30/14 at 7:48 pm|
[quote]Gerry Adams, the Sinn Féin leader and chief architect of the Irish republican movement's peace strategy, has been arrested by police over a notorious Troubles murder that has haunted his political caree...
| Political Talk|| Leon Jenkins Is About To Get Tarred And Feathered Along With Sterling - trackfan on 4/28/14 at 7:33 pm|
Ben Jealous is on TV right now throwing him off the bus and running over him for good measure. Most of the time, the Uncle Tom card is played too frivolously on Black folks by other Black folks IMO, but I wouldn't have any problem with it being used in this case. I don't know why the Jenkins would e...
| Political Talk|| NPR: Rand Paul Bids To Loosen Democratic Hold On African-American Vote - trackfan on 4/22/14 at 11:31 am|
These are really strange times we live in when the National Review and the Wall Street Journal are calling a White Republican a racist while the folks at the NAACP are praising him.
[quote]For more than a year, GOP Sen. Rand Paul has been staking out positions on issues that resonate in the black...
| Political Talk|| If Carter's Hostage Rescue Mission Had Succeeded . . . . - trackfan on 4/17/14 at 11:38 am|
1) Would he have been reelected?
2) Would the U.S. still be at odds with Iran?
3) If you answered yes to #1, would Reagan have ever been elected President?
4) How different would American-Soviet relations have been?...
| Political Talk|| Rand Paul Dares to Use the C Word with Regards to Iran - trackfan on 4/14/14 at 11:28 am|
Hats off to Paul for having the political courage to say what others inside the beltway are afraid to, namely that we don't necessarily have to go to war with Iran even if it does build nukes. He also had some things to say about the defense budget that I'm sure won't make the MIC happy.