I’m listening to Representative Cedric Richmond talk about the NFL and player’s domestic violence. Speaker Pelosi is up next. We’ve also been listening to the stories of women and how the pay gap. This includes women in the home health care sector. Two women discussed how illnesses and discrimination created situations where they made less income, less benefits and less social security benefits. My council woman Nadine Ramsey is introducing every one.
For information on this programs go to http://www.womensucceed.dems.gov
Like Spiderman in the comic above…that painting pretty much looks the way I feel. (I should also point out, she looks like I look as well, but we won’t get into specifics for now.)
After reading Boston Boomer’s post yesterday, and thinking about just how disgusted the shitty news can make most of us feel…I am going to stick with the funnies today and give a quick link dump at the end. Get ready, there’s a lot!
Links to news items will be in the comments below…this is an open thread.
Good Late Night!
No cartoons for tonight, I have been sucked into iPhone hell….completely surrounded by shitty apps and extremely annoying long convoluted ways of just opening up a single email. Ugh!
Having to get both my phone and my husband’s up and running has been depressing. I didn’t realize how much time I’ve wasted today. So I only have one story for you, and it is a good one. We all could use a laugh. (Well I thought it was funny…)
It’s been a bad week for Wal-Mart Stores (WMT), at least as far as its public relations are concerned. Today is news that a Walmart store in Mexico hosted a cockfight to promote soda. The incident, which has brought the retailer’s Mexican unit under investigation by local officials, prompted an unintentionally amusing response from a company spokesman. He admitted to Bloomberg News that there were cocks in the store, and those cocks were indeed fighting each other. But since the roosters weren’t armed with blades, and no betting took place at the store, Walmex spokesman Antonio Ocaranza stood his ground: “It wasn’t a cockfight.”
The cockfighting probe comes just days after the head of Wal-Mart’s U.S. public relations team, David Tovar, resigned because he had lied on his résumé about graduating college. Like I said, bad week for Wal-Mart PR.
So back to the cockfight. Apparently a Mexican soft drink company staged the event at a store in the city of Boca del Rio on Sept. 15. Photos of brawling roosters in a store aisle—surrounded by shoppers—quickly made it on to social media. (Of course they did.) Animal rights groups complained to officials. (Ditto.)
Now Walmex has until Sept. 24 to provide evidence in its defense. Otherwise it could face a $7,200 fine.
Just a piss in the bucket compared to the $439 million the company has spent on the investigation into allegations of corruption by their Mexico Executives…etc.
I just want to know, were any of those cocks paid to take a dive in the third round?
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Hey, well here’s a few cartoons, my internet is worse than ever…
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President Obama will give a prime-time speech at 9:00 tonight in which he will lay out a strategy to deal with the Islamic State Militants in Iraq and Syria. Let’s watch the speech together and discuss on what the President says in real time. I’ve gathered some links to articles that report on and react to the leaked content of the speech.
According to The Washington Post, Obama will announce a ‘broad coalition’ to fight the Islamic State terror group.
The United States will lead a “broad coalition” to defeat the Islamic State through air strikes and support for military partners on the ground, President Obama will announce Wednesday night….Obama will tell the country that the offensive against the militant group will not involve combat troops, but rather a “steady, relentless effort” that involves air power and backing for partner forces, according to early excerpts provided by the White House.
“So tonight, with a new Iraqi government in place, and following consultations with allies abroad and Congress at home, I can announce that America will lead a broad coalition to roll back this terrorist threat. Our objective is clear: we will degrade, and ultimately destroy ISIL through a comprehensive and sustained counter-terrorism strategy,” Obama will say, using an acronym for the Islamic State terrorist group.
Obama will make clear to a war-weary public that the offensive will not resemble the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, but rather other, more covert, missions against terrorists.
“I want the American people to understand how this effort will be different from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. It will not involve American combat troops fighting on foreign soil,” Obama will tell the nation.
“This counter-terrorism campaign will be waged through a steady, relentless effort to take out ISIL wherever they exist using our air power and our support for partner forces on the ground. This strategy of taking out terrorists who threaten us, while supporting partners on the front lines, is one that we have successfully pursued in Yemen and Somalia for years.”
Frankly, I’m very worried about this. I really don’t see how this is going to end well. I hope I’m wrong.
Richard Engel writes at NBC News, What Happens After the U.S. Bombs ISIS?
On one level, bombing ISIS is easy. The U.S. knows where the group operates. There’s no need for a ten-year hunt like the one for Osama bin Laden. The terror group has two capital cities, Mosul in Iraq and Raqqa in Syria. Al-Qaeda never had such an obvious home address.
Finding a justification to attack ISIS is also simple. It has threatened to carry out another 9/11, beheaded two American journalists, slaughtered thousands of Iraqis and Syrians and is a danger to U.S. allies in the region. Many in the U.S. military believe ISIS needs to be immediately, and repeatedly, smashed by American drones and warplanes.
But what then happens to the Middle East – this seething cauldron of competing interests, religious passions, ethnic tensions, long memories and oil? The key question now, as before the Iraq invasion, is what happens after the U.S. starts bombing.
ISIS controls a territory roughly the size of Maryland where 8 million people live. If it’s attacked and toppled, who will fill the void? In Iraq, it will be the Kurdish fighters or the Iraqi army. The two don’t trust each other and have different objectives for the territory they control. The Kurds are laying the foundation for a future independent state. The Iraqi army is increasingly an Iranian-guided, Shiite force.
The U.S. spent billions of dollars to build a secular, professional national Iraqi army but failed because, despite all the U.S.-supplied guns, tanks and planes, the Iraqi military fell apart when challenged by a band of terrorists. President Obama wants to reconstitute it now as part of his ISIS strategy. Why would it work this time when it didn’t before, even as U.S. troops were standing next to Iraqi soldiers in Baghdad, shoulder to shoulder?
Good questions. Read more at the link.
From the LA Times, Obama to call for ‘steady, relentless’ effort against Islamic State.
Nearly six years after he was elected on the promise to end America’s decade of wars, Obama planned to detail a military campaign that is broader and more complex than any he has launched during his tenure.
Obama is expected to expand U.S. airstrikes against the militants in Iraq to include targets throughout the country as well as across the rapidly disintegrating border with Syria, where the group harbors its weapons, camps and fighters.
White House officials say Obama also plans to further train and arm Iraqi and Kurdish troops as well as opposition forces battling the Islamic State in Syria. He’ll tout beefed-up partnerships with governments in the Middle East and Western allies, who have been asked to assist in the training, gather intelligence and counter the Islamic State’s appeal in the broader Muslim world.
In his televised remarks, Obama was to describe the effort as a “broad coalition to roll back this terrorist threat.”
“Our objective is clear: We will degrade, and ultimately destroy, ISIL through a comprehensive and sustained counter-terrorism strategy,” according to prepared remarks released by the White House, referring to the Islamic State by a commonly used abbreviation.
Those article spell out the gist of what the President will say. Here are a few more links to peruse if you want more.
LA Times, Cheney urges Obama to launch ‘immediate’ assault on Islamic State (Sigh . . . why won’t he go away?)
Foreign Policy, There are already troops in Iraq. Problem is, they’re Iranian.
The New York Times, What Obama Faces in a Campaign Against ISIS.
The internet has been giving me problems again, so let’s see if this works…I’ll post some cartoons and keep this an open thread.
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Tonight we have a lot of cartoons dealing with kids and guns. So here we go…and in random order:
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