Here's the debt clock:
So with walmart cutting employee hours, papa johns doing same, dennys doing same and charging 5% surcharge to customers how is obamacare working out for everyone?
win for healthcare system :lol:
re: faux news
As long as the ACA is in place, I will be exercising civil disobedience. I just may end up in prison for this.
Damn... these guys are civil!
Hamas supporter dragging a Palestinian Israeli informant through the streets.
There can only be one real solution to the Palestine\Israel problem and I think pretty much everyone knows what it is.
The Palestinians have no legitimate claim to that land- no more then the Jews do. It has traded hands so many times over history that its laughably naive to pretend one side is more 'just' then the other. Furthermore, nobody really cares about the Palestinians. The other neighboring countries only use them as a reason to further hate Israel, and refuses to substantially aid them in any meaningful way- because it'd just be a bother for them.
At this point, might makes right. And only one side has a monopoly on force.
For the sake of peace, the Gaza strip just needs to be conquered.
For the record: Both sides are assholes.
Personally I think Israel should bomb those who threaten to take that land. if it's Israels land, they have a right to defend it as they see fit and if the enemy is going to use human shields, just blow them all up. It's not evil to think that way, the evil relies on those using human shields. just bomb and shoot the crap out of them.
Can anyone give me a good reason why the US supports Israel?
Also, Christians believe Israel are God's chosen people.. And in Revelations Israel once again becomes a nation subsequently rebuilds the temple.
This is a huge sign of the end of days.
Irony alert: Mitt Romney's final vote tally nears 47 percent
This is a pretty good article on the USA's support. The bold part is basically what it comes down to.
To preservationists and die-hard patriots, Israel represents the “only bastion” of democracy within the Middle East. To some it is the beacon of light and land of opportunity surrounded by tyrannical darkness, drawing parallels with America itself in her infancy. Another Holocaust could take place with “scores of Arabs” declaring to give their lives in order to kill every Jewish man, woman and child that resides in Israel. These reasons are succinct and real enough to various Jewish and Christian Zionist organisations who feel it could happen and provide the foundation to allow support for the tiny strip of land in the Middle East in various capacities.
This is fantasy. To realists none of the reasons cited give credence to why the United States still supports Israel within the mainframe of “realpolitik.” The United States couldn’t give a flying horse whether Israel was a democracy or a dictatorship. You only have to look at its track record in supporting tyrants within the region: Israel has consistently supported of King Abdullah of Jordan, and the recently removed Hosni Mubarak of Egypt for nigh on thirty years.
But I digress. America couldn’t be bothered if another holocaust took place either. The genocide of Rwanda, the extermination of indigenous tribes at the hands of the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia, America hardly batted an eyelid about these. The United States was even guilty of directly participation in Latin America under Reagan’s presidency of mass killings to protect American corporate interests are. So, clearly protecting Israeli civilians because they do not want to see another extermination take place is hardly a clear cut reason for it still supporting Israel.
What purpose does supporting Israel still serve the United States? Israel certainly helped provide a barricade against Communism during the Cold War and proved to be a staunch ally. One could make the argument it offers a launch pad against any detractors in the Middle East, especially since Israel possesses over three hundred nuclear bombs itself. There are of course America’s oil interests to be aware of, which converge with Israel’s own energy interests. They all, however, offer little incentive to continue supporting Israel when compared to the risks that this support brings to America’s strategic interests, particularly within the region.
The United States exacerbates the threat from Islamic fundamentalists as it constantly favours Israel during peace negotiations with the Palestinians. This was a prominent reason behind Osama Bin Laden attacking New York and is also the cause of much angst in the Muslim world towards the United States. Israel receives billions in US aid, especially in military hardware, which has been documented countless times as being used against the Palestinians during the war in Gaza in 2008. It also strains American relations with Arab despots desperately clinging to power at the expense of their own populations. Arab tyrants who are seen being friendly with Washington risk angst from their own people because of the mistreatment of the Palestinians.
In addition to this, being such vociferous protagonists at the behest of the Israelis has only damaged American prestige in the free world. Many states look upon the US as hypocrites as they promote the virtues of democracy and human rights yet remain unconcerned about Israelis’ maltreatment of the Palestinians on a daily basis. It begs the question why the world’s superpower is willing to support such a small client state that has little to no benefits at all for itself particularly at a time when preservation is the name of the game?
The negative effects attached to befriending Israel clearly outweigh the cons. If America was to cut Israel loose there would be no major loss in regards to trade or major resources. Cutting aid to Israel would be a plus-point: friendlier relations with the Muslim world would come about, and America could go about securing its own oil interests without them being hamstrung by Israel.
So why support Israel when it makes both political and economic sense not to? Israel can protect itself, has a flourishing economy and can deal with any outright threat in its own way as previous wars have demonstrated. The answer lays in a complex mechanism that consists of various components that have almost coerced American governments since the 1970s into being blind sheep for the sake of Israel.
Serious lobbying via the likes of AIPAC (American Israeli Public Affairs Committee) has played the most influential role in this regard. Their ability to raise vast sums of cash to buy political power has had Senators and House of Representatives dancing to their tunes. Christian Zionist organisations who believe in the “end of days” occurring in Israel have also had a profound outcome via their own lobbying abilities. Boasting tens of millions of followers, Evangelical Christians have proved to be a pertinent force in restricting American administrations from playing an even handed approach in the peace process. Figures such as John Hagee and Pat Robertson can pay testament to that fact, particularly when George Bush Jr. was in office. The media has also had a significant role to play in shaping discourse.
Continually carrying the can for the Israelis may confuse some but when analysed in depth you can see how all of this has amalgamated into going against the United States own interests. Yet impressively the trend has yet to be bucked and may continue to go in Israel’s favour as their impressive lobbying maintains unhindered support from America.
Papa Johns caved and announced it will offer health insurance to employees. Consequences. The power of the consumer strikes again.