Polls: Americans Are Sick of the War On Terror, War On Drugs … And All of the Other Failed U.S. Wars

Yep, the world is sick of US war mongering, US drug running, US Bank crime, US Political corruption.

No one can disagree with this attitude as much of the world is sick of war and desires peace. How about this cowboy nation goes home and fixes up its own broken economy before mouthing off on the world stage? Close the US War Machine.

Washington's Blog
1 May 2014

Americans Turn Anti-War

The American people are now overwhelmingly opposed to more war in Ukraine, Syria, Iran and elsewhere.

A new Wall Street Journal/NBC poll shows:

Americans in large numbers want the U.S. to reduce its role in world affairs even as a showdown with Russia over Ukraine preoccupies Washington ….

In a marked change from past decades, nearly half of those surveyed want the U.S. to be less active on the global stage, with fewer than one-fifth calling for more active engagement—an anti-interventionist current that sweeps across party lines.

A Pew poll from December found a majority of Americans – more than ever before in Pew’s 50-year history of polling this question – think the U.S. “should mind its own business internationally and let other countries get along as best they can on their own.”

A Pew/USA Today poll conducted over the weekend found that Americans oppose – by a 2-1 margin – any U.S. military aid to Ukraine.

A YouGov poll conducted last month found that only 14 percent of Americans said the U.S. has “any responsibility” to get involved in Ukraine, and only 18 percent think the U.S. “has any responsibility to protect Ukraine if Russia were to invade.”

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Humor | the Amish and the elevator

A fifteen year old Amish boy and his father were in a mall. They were amazed by almost everything they saw, but especially by two shiny, silver walls that could move apart and then slide back together again.

The boy asked, 'What is this Father?'

The father (never having seen an elevator) responded, 'Son,I have never seen anything like this in my life, I don't know what it is.'

While the boy and his father were watching with amazement, a overweight old lady in a motorized cart moved up to the moving walls and pressed a button.

The walls opened, and the lady rolled between them into a small room. The walls closed and the boy and his father watched the small numbers above the walls light up sequentially.

They continued to watch until it reached the last number and then the numbers began to light in the reverse order.

The doors opened and a young blonde stepped out.

The father, not taking his eyes off the young woman, said quietly to his son.....

'Go get your Mother'

German Businesses Urge Halt on Sanctions Against Russia

Well now this is Democracy. German business leaders telling Merkel NOT to crank up pressures on Russia crippling German industry to support feckless US war games. Go home Yanks and take your Tanks! Get OUT of Europe!

  • Vocal Opposition Has Helped Keep Merkel From Endorsing Broader Penalties on Moscow

The Wall Street Journal
By Matthew Karnitschnig
1 May 2014

BERLINAngela Merkel is carrying a clear message from Germany's business lobby to the White House: No more sanctions.

Several of the biggest names in German business—including chemical giant BASF BAS.XE +0.70% SE, engineering group Siemens AG SIE.XE -0.96% , Volkswagen AG VOW3.XE -1.70% , Adidas AG ADS.XE +0.27% and Deutsche Bank AG DBK.XE -0.49% —have made their opposition to broader economic sanctions against Russia clear in recent weeks, both in public and in private. (Read the latest updates on the crisis in Ukraine.)

As a result, Germany's position on additional, tougher sanctions is unlikely to shift, barring a dramatic escalation of the conflict in Ukraine—a message Ms. Merkel is expected to deliver to President Barack Obama when they meet in Washington on Friday, officials in Berlin say.

As the Ukraine crisis has worsened, German officials have faced a barrage of telephone calls from senior corporate executives, urging them not to take steps that would damage business interests in Russia, people familiar with the matter say.

Until now, Western sanctions have targeted individuals and companies, but the U.S. is pushing for broader sanctions that could hit entire Russian sectors if the situation escalates.

In public, some German corporate chieftains have warned against escalating the measures.

"If there's a single message we have as business leaders, then it's this: sit down at the negotiating table and resolve these matters peacefully," Eckhard Cordes, a former Daimler AG executive who now heads the Ostauschuss, German industry's lobbying arm for Eastern Europe, told a recent conference in Berlin.

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Humor | speaking German in Texas

In Texas there is a town called New Braunfels, where there is a large German-speaking population.

One day, a local rancher driving down a country road noticed a man using his hand to drink water from the rancher's stock pond.

The rancher rolled down the window and shouted, "Sehr angenehm! Trink das Wasser nicht. Die kuehe aben darein geschissen."

This means: "Glad to meet you! Don't drink the water. The cows have shit in it."

The man shouted back: "I'm from New York and just down here campaigning for Obama's health care plan. I can't understand you. Please speak in English."

The rancher replied: "Use both hands."

British Fighters Filmed In Syria 'War Crime'

Time for the Brits to round up these dogs of war on return to the UK and arrest them. Deport them back to Syria to stand trails. Assad will deal with them as the deserve.

  • Sky News obtains a video posted on a UK man's Instagram account that shows jihadist rebels shooting dead a prisoner.

Sky News
By Tom Rayner
2 May 2014

Video has emerged implicating British fighters in Syria in an apparent war crime.

Footage uncovered by researchers at the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation (ICSR) shows jihadist rebels killing a prisoner, said to be a loyalist of President Bashar al Assad.

The incident is thought to have happened in the last two weeks near Raqqa in northern Syria.

The footage was posted on the Instagram account of a man believed to be from London.

The caption accompanying the video describes the prisoner as one of "Bashar [al Assad's] dogs" and says the killing was retribution for the deaths of four fellow rebels and the rape of a woman.

The ICSR monitors the social media accounts of hundreds of foreign fighters inside Syria.

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Kerry subpoenaed to testify before House committee over Benghazi attack

Will the truth come forward at a time of disappearing US credibility?

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  • US Secretary of State John Kerry will appear before a House of Representatives committee to testify in connection with some newly-emerged revelations about the bloody raid on the US diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, in September 2012.

The Voice of Russia
2 May 2014

On Friday, the House Oversight and government Reforms Committee subpoenaed Kerry to testify at a May 21 hearing.

The committee’s Republican Chairman Durrell Issa accusations that some records wrote a letter to Kerry, in which he lashed out at the State Department for its “disturbing disregard” to the congressional investigation into the Benghazi attack.

"Because your Department is failing to meet its legal obligations, I am issuing a new subpoena to compel you to appear before the Committee to answer questions about your agency's response to the congressional investigation of the Benghazi attack," the letter said.

Earlier, the Judicial Watch group published e-mails, one of them showing White House adviser Ben Rhodes discussing a "prep call" with then-UN ambassador Susan Rice, before she went on several Sunday shows and made controversial and flawed statements linking the Benghazi attack to an anti-Islam Internet video.

The e-mail had been withheld from the congressional investigation in what Issa claimed to be the worst transparency violation since the Nixon Administration.

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Saudi Arabia Shows Off Chinese Missiles

The Saudis are showing off that they can buy elsewhere than the US. So now China shows its flexing its muscles in the Arms dealing sector, and Russia will follow. Its a dirty game and people die.

Abdullah's Sword parade showcases Saudi Arabian DF-3 IRBMs

The Washington Free Beacon
By Bill Gertz
2 May 2014

Saudi Arabia’s military for the first time displayed Chinese made intermediate-range missiles during a recent military parade in the kingdom.

The unveiling of the two Chinese DF-3 missiles is the latest sign that the oil-rich kingdom is distancing itself from the United States.

The missiles were shown during a large-scale military parade featuring troops, warplanes and other military hardware. The parade marked the end of a large military exercise known as Abdullah’s Sword that ended April 29 in northeastern region of Hafar al Batan.

The DF-3s were purchased by the Saudis in a secret deal with Beijing in 1987 and the sale was the first time intermediate-range missiles had been exported.

The missiles are considered nuclear-capable because their accuracy as conventionally armed weapons is limited.

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Here's Why Putin Called The Internet A 'CIA Project'

Suspicion, intrigue and betrayal of all our personal secrets.

Business Insider
By Michael Kelly
27 April 2014

On Thursday, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that the Internet originally was a "CIA project" and "is still developing as such."

The comments sound paranoid, but they actually serve Putin's aims well.

Today, Russia is leading the charge for breaking up the Internet as it currently functions by running Web traffic through servers in each respective country.

"In two years we may get a completely different Internet," Russian investigative journalist Andrei Soldatov told BI in January. "It might be a collection of Intranets instead of one Internet. Actually I think it's very possible."

Earlier this week, Russia's parliament passed a law requiring foreign Internet services such as Gmail and Skype to keep their servers in Russia and save all information about their users for at least half a year. This would create a Russian 'Intranet' that would be separate from the globally-interconnected Web, much like social media website VKontakte now serves as Russia's Kremlin-allied Facebook outside of Facebook.

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