24 September 2014

Samantha Power Does Comedy Too

"And in the face of Russia’s continued aggression and blatant disregard for the UN Charter ..."
—  Samantha Power

Samantha is the U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations. She delivered a comedic performance in the U.N. Security Council chamber on August 28, 2014, an absolute tour de farce.

That was my birthday and I watched it live on cable TV. So thanks, Samantha; you've got a great future as a stand-up comedian, maybe in a comedy team with your boss, John Kerry? He's done some some nice riffs along the same line.

18 September 2014

Knocking the Paint Off Sen. Merkley and Sen. Wyden's Peace Credentials

This post is to place on the record that both Senator Ron Wyden and Senator Jeff Merkley were placed on notice at about 4 a.m. on September 18, 2014 of the facts stated in my emails to them, reprinted below. That was many hours before both joined a majority of the Senate in authorizing President Obama to provide weapons and training to the Syrian opposition, ostensibly to fight the "terrorist organization," the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), also known as the Islamic State.

That authorization was tucked in yesterday as an amendment to H.J.Res. 124 --- Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2015, and became section 149 in the bill that passed the House a few hours later. The Senate passed the same bill today unaltered, without any debate allowed. That was a decidedly sneaky ambush method for Congress to authorize war against Syria, obviously designed to avoid public participation.

The authorization unless vetoed by President Obama plainly constitutes a declaration of war against the the nation of Syria.

UPDATE 1: Oregon's Representatives in the House voted as follows on the Bill, by district number: