Daily Archives: July 15, 2012

I have not talked much about Syria, but this seems to be a positive statement:

Nawaf al-Fares is one of the highest-profile defectors from the Syrian regime. Formerly he was Bashar al-Assad‘s ambassador in Baghdad, Iraq.

He has been a very prominent figure in Syria for years and has held senior Baath party posts since the time of the late president Hafez al-Assad.

Fares is a Sunni who is said to have close ties to Syrian security.  Heis the second senior diplomat to quit the embattled government since the beginning of the Syrian uprising. The first was Bassam Imadi, the Syrian ambassador to Sweden.

Western diplomats have hailed recent defections as a sign that the Bashar-al-Assad government is slowly beginning to crumble from within.

He stated this in an interview:

“The regime and Bashar al-Assad himself gave us illusions about reforms. We are now convinced that this regime will never do anything for the sake of the people. Lies are going on, the head of the regime is lying, it’s mirage, it’s illusion, killings everywhere, destruction everywhere and oppression everywhere …. He [Bashar-al-Assad] carries the genes of a dictator. His father killed people 30 years ago. Those who deal with him know that he is a liar …

The Russian support, the Iranian support and the hesitation or the inability of the international community to protect the Syrian people are the main reasons why the regime is buying time and why the regime is staying for a longer period of time. But from inside, the regime is dead. Economically, socially, in all domains …

Reforms could have given some fruits if applied at the very beginning of the revolution. But after waves of blood it’s impossible for the Syrians to trust Bashar al-Assad again, to accept his existence in Syria even …. This regime is dead, it’s just a matter of time.”

– Nawaf Fares, the former Syrian ambassador to Iraq

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Even more Republicans are calling on Romney to release more tax returns…

This morning’s pundit shows brought the increased demand for release of the tax returns… or questioned what he was hiding.

“The cost of not releasing the returns are clear.Therefore, he must have calculated that there are higher costs in releasing them.”

George Will, on ABC’s “This Week.

“There’s obviously something there, because if there was nothing there, he would say, ‘Have at it.’ So there’s obviously something there that compromises what he said in the past about something.

“Many of these politicians think, ‘I can do this. I can get away with this. I don’t need to do this, because I’m going to say something and I don’t have to do this. If he had 20 years of ‘great, clean, everything’s fine,’ it’d all be out there, but it’s arrogance.”

Republican strategist Matthew Dowd

Romney should “release the tax returns tomorrow and take the hit for a day or two.”

Bill Kristol on Fox news Sunday

You know, I think the Obama team is making the right move here. Eventually, even if Romney releases a dozen years of returns, people won’t forget his stalling and wonder why he couldn’t be transparent to the American People.

Actress Celeste Holm, 95, Dies…

Celeste Holm, the versatile actress who achieved fame on Broadway in the original production of Rodgers and Hammerstein‘s hit musical “Oklahoma!” in 1943 and five years later won an Oscar for best supporting actress, died today.

In a career of over 70 years, Holm did other Broadway shows such as “Bloomer Girl” and as the replacement for Gertrude Lawrence in “The King and I.” She made films like “Three Little Girls In Blue,” “The Snake Pit” and “All About Eve.”

Celeste Holm won an Academy Award for supporting actress in the 1947 film “Gentleman’s Agreement” and was nominated two other times. She also had frequent roles on television, including in the 1990s series ‘Promised Land.’

Holm died in her apartment on Central Park West in New York City.


T J Walker : 35 Questions Mitt Romney Must Answer.

T. J. Walker has presented this on television (see video) and in print in Forbes magazine (read it here:T J Walker – 35 Questions for Romney).

If Romney is going to get past the Bain Capital involvement from 2000 to 2002 he will have to answer these. Otherwise this is going to grow.
 

Thanks, Mr. Walker. You have made Romney’s need to answer these quite clear.

Two Quotes: What do Republicans think of Romney’s tax release stance?

“There is no whining in politics. Stop demanding an apology, release your tax returns.”

GOP strategist John Weaver, calling on Mitt Romney to disclose his tax returns.

 

“If you have things to hide, then maybe you’re doing things wrong. I think you ought to be willing to release everything to the American people.”

— Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley (R), calling on Mitt Romney to release his tax returns.

Hey, Mitt… how about the returns for 2000, 2001 and 2002? Do they show your income from Bain Capital?

(Thanks to Taegan Goddard.)

Cartoon(s) of the Week – Asking Questions

David Horsey in the L. A. Times:


Do you ever question what has become of our culture?

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Rick McKee in the Augusta Chronicle:

Or the morality of our heroes?

 

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Mike Keefe in the Denver Post:

Or the progress we have made in race relations?

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Stuart Carlson of Universal Press Syndicate:

Or how politicians can bamboozle voters?

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Jack Ohman in The Oregonian:

Or why we let our representatives have what they deny us?

 

I do.