I voted for Bill Clinton in 1992. Then I watched him force Navy Seals into Sensitivity Training and send them from Iraq to Bosnia on a bunch of pocket wars that made no damned sense at all. I watched a brave man’s body dragged through the street in Somalia.
In 2000, Dick Cheney stood before the Republican National Convention and told the U.S. Military that “Help is on the way…” “Thank God”, I thought. “These poor military guys could use a break.” I voted for Bush.
Then 9-11 happened and I watched, in horror, as the bravest and best young people in our nation were ordered to stand around Iraq and Afghanistan and wait to get shot or blown up. I watched them come home with crippling injuries and missing limbs and tried to figure out what the hell we had accomplished for all of this sacrifice.
When Obama was elected (I didn’t vote for him but was willing to give him a shot.)
I had the same thought as when Cheney spoke, in 2000. “Maybe now they’ll get that break.”
I mean come on; Obama said he would end these stupid wars, right? Nope; more deployments, more car bombings, more death. Read more
From Egypt's Arab Spring to Morsi's sudden fall, peaceful possibility turned to clash & confrontation as democratic dreams are dashed by death & devastation.
Momentum on immigration reform hit a stalemate, talks of job creation turned to threats of a shutdown & while Obamacare rolls out to boost health coverage, the GOP continues to vote to repeal it.
Post-election promises of cross-partisan collaboration turned to divisive legislation from Texas to North Carolina curbing voting rights, reproductive rights & workers rights.
We started this season with summer hopes, but are reminded again that some are hopeless.
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In May 2009, former International Monetary Fund chief economist Simon Johnson wrote an important essay in The Atlantic on the origins and implications of the 2008 financial collapse, called "The Quiet Coup."
The financial gloom that swept over the US economy at the twilight of the George W. Bush administration was "shockingly reminiscent" of other Third World, emerging economy crises Johnson had witnessed during his days at the IMF.
In each case, he said, concerns that the financial sector could not pay off the debts it had accumulated caused capital markets to seize up, forcing firms like Lehman Brothers into bankruptcy as fear of insolvency became a self-fulfilling prophesy.
Weaknesses in the banking system "quickly rippled out into the rest of the economy," said Johnson, "causing a severe economic contraction and hardship for millions of people." Read more
So does anyone really believe that the Obama administration had nothing to do with the removal of Mohammed Morsi as the duly elected President of Egypt? If you do, I’ve got some nice land I would like to sell you here in Florida.
Did you notice the casual indifference as Egypt spiraled into chaos? You were supposed to notice. Obama went golfing; John Kerry went sailing. I mean we’re just bystanders, and those poor Egyptians — we hope they can sort themselves out. Yeah right.
These guys play a pretty fair hand a lot of the time, but they have overplayed this one. Anyone who thinks the U.S. is not complicit up to its eyebrows in the Egyptian army’s unlawful coup needs a refresher in our history.
It is now common currency to say that Morsi, who served just a year after he was legitimately elected in June 2012, failed some kind of democracy test. He did no such thing. There was a test, but the failure belongs to Washington. It professes to like democracies all over the planet, but it cannot yet abide one that may not reflect America’s will. Read more
Lest we forget, here are the highlights:
Susan Fluke … so much sex she can’t afford her own birth control pills.
What does that make her? It makes her a slut right? It makes her a prostitute! She wants to be paid to have sex
Ms. Fluke...Who bought your condoms in the 6th grade?
She’s having so much sex it’s amazing she can still walk.
Random hook-ups that these babes are encountering here … having sex nearly 3 times a day.
Ms Fluke and the rest of you FemiNazis, here’s the deal. If we are going to pay for your contraceptives and thus pay for you to have sex...then we want something in return, Ms. Fluke, and that would be the videos of this sex posted online so we can see.
There's more--a lot more. Although you can't find the transcript on Rush Limbaugh's website, which otherwise contains a meticulous archival treasure trove of hate speech. He erased it when he realized what he had done. Read more
Its December 18th, do you know where your podcast is? Ok so it’s not December 18th. Due to the wonderfully automated customer service at AT&T our material has been held hostage by Internet issues. Listen to episode 39 for a full drubbing of AT&Taint. Thankfully we are back on line, tired, frustrated, and weary of our culture’s reliance on technology. On this date (you know what we mean) back in 1620 the Mayflower made its final stop at what is now Plymouth, Massachusetts. After originally reaching Cape Cod on November 11th and exploring the coast for over month for a place to “settle”, the Puritans were finally ready to begin the process of making their new home. Their choice seemed to be an inhospitable one as 50 of the original 102 members of the colony were dead by spring of the next year. The only saving grace was Massasoit - the tribal chief of the Wampanoag tribe that had survived in the region since the glaciers receded at the end of the ice age (roughly 10,000 years) - who helped the Puritans learn to grow what grew there and kept them alive. Certainly, if given the chance, he would take a mulligan on that one! Read more
We always knew the name Surf Street was dead on. When we were little, a sign that spelled “No Wake” was attached to the telephone pole at the top of the street, for when boats would pass through from Shore Road. I’d never seen boats float by our front window, but I do remember Mike L. trick-or-treating from his wave runner, on a Halloween long ago.
Floods came and went at regular intervals, throwing some excitement into our ho-hum suburban Lindenhurst lives. My dad cracked that we had “occasional waterfront property,” made funnier because the water never made it into the house; it just disfigured the landscape enough, for a day or two, to let us miss school and give us a thrilling sense of disorientation when we expected to see bushes or blacktop. Read more
Don’t you love how we’ve advanced as a people? 160 characters are able to shake the bones and communicate effectively to this extremely world. At any given moment one is able to know what a political official is thinking, something unlike we’ve ever imagined.
Recently, Twitter has popped up a lot in political news, especially regarding the domestic and international reactions to the anti-Muslim video. Read more
After the DNC got us re-fired and ready to go the next day's jobs report was ready to stall, so while the Prez enjoys a strong bounce, too many still suffer a weak slide. On Labor Day we honored working Americans and committed to move forward with them, and then Chicago teachers were forced to strike against Obama's anti-worker ex-chief-of-staff. We solemnly marked 9/11, but also were grateful that bin Laden is gone, troops are returning, & for the hope that bloomed in the Arab Spring. Then violence in Libya took our Ambassador's life. Read more
I don’t know if the rest of y’all have been watching commodities prices lately, but I have, and what I’m seeing is starting to really scare me. A lot.
The Great Drought of 2012 hasn’t yet come to a conclusion, but we already know that its consequences are going to be pretty devastating. With more than one-half of America’s counties designated as drought disaster areas, the 2012 harvest of corn, soybeans, and other food staples is going to fall far short of predictions. This is going to boost food prices, both domestically and abroad, to go through the roof, and it’s going to cause increased misery for farmers and low-income Americans and far greater hardship for poor people in countries that rely on imported U.S. grains. Read more
Today I’m feeling a little envious of someone. That someone is Michael Phelps. It has nothing to do with his gold medals, his good looks or how much more money he probably has than I. What I do envy him for is his mother – what a beautiful woman.
I also know that there are millions of wonderful, loving moms out there, all around the world. Moms are something society and the world hold dear; they are the very life spring of life for our species. Read more
Logging the Onset of The Bottleneck YearsThis weekly posting is brought to you courtesy of H. E. Taylor. Happy reading, I hope you enjoy this week’s Global Warming news roundup Read more
Mitt Romney recently was asked to grade our current president; Barack Obama by CBS News correspondent, Jan Crawford.
Romney replied to the question by saying “Oh, an ‘F,’ no question about that.”
Jan Crawford quizzed the Republican nominee further and he went on to criticize the president’s foreign policy:
“I’d look at the fact that he was looking to have a force of American troops staying in Iraq, securing what had been so hard-won there, and with the Status of Forces agreement. He failed to achieve it,”
He gives the president an “F” even in spite of Obama’s successful killing of Osama bin Laden. Read more
From The Nation, Laura Flanders has a piece on what happened to all those long-term unemployed people who have given up – with a flattering quote from yours truly (the quote is further along, to give you an incentive to read the whole thing ). Read more
I *love* living in the internet era.
Someone can give a talk in OKC on April 28th, and someone in Thailand can watch that talk while theyre doing the dishes on May 7th. LOVE IT! All the more reason skeptic/atheist/pro-science/pro-church-state-separation groups should be highlighting, encouraging, and supporting their local talent:
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