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The Constitution in my pocket

September 25, 2013 by daniel.f.strunk

Nearly every day since my sophomore year of high school, I have carried a U.S. Constitution in my left-hand pocket whenever I go out. People often ask me why. They’re usually fairly incredulous when they ask. It strikes many as odd, and I understand their reasoning. It strikes a few as honorable. Despite my brother’s warnings not to do so (I think the phrase he used was “social strike-out”), I’m going to tell you just one of the many reasons why I do this.    Read more

The Worth of Political Memoirs

August 23, 2013 by gawilliams14

What is worth reading in todays world? Naturally there are any number of books that one can find online, in a bookstore, or the library that will peak someone's interest, but I would like to talk today about political memoirs. The question I have, and would like to offer an answer to, is the question of whether or not political memoirs offer anything of substantive value to our study and knowledge of the political scene of a given period.    Read more

Liberal at a Gun Show

April 17, 2013 by Jaime Franchi

Gun rights purists can’t believe their luck. One lunatic on a Texas college campus has proven their point: it’s not the guns that kill people. If someone wants to wage deadly mayhem, he’ll find a means to do it. Gun control liberals can finally STFU now.

Except, a lunatic with a knife differs pretty distinctly from a lunatic with a semi-automatic assault rifle. Where Newtown saw thirty children shot multiple times, funerals spanning a month, and a nation in perpetual mourning, in Houston, Texas every single victim lives. Two are in critical condition, the rest are stable. Our thoughts and prayers are with them, as is any human who has suffered the trauma of a physical attack.

Every attack on multiple people is different. Every one is isolated and born from unique reasons – the failure of the mental health structure here being the basis of some. To lump them together as an anecdotal instance to prove a political point is to compound that failure. No one wins here.    Read more

Book Review: Entrepreneurial Nation by Ro Khanna

November 2, 2012 by Political Books

Four days before the 2012 Presidential election one enduring mantra from both candidates has been “jobs, jobs, jobs.” With unemployment in the U.S. hovering around 8%, the big question is how to get people back to work. Ro Khanna, a former Deputy Assistant to the U.S. Department of Commerce under the Obama administration, argues that U.S. manufacturing is integral to putting Americans to work and for the general welfare of the nation. His new book, Entrepreneurial Nation: Why Manufacturing is Still Key to America’s Future, delves into the state of manufacturing in the U.S. today, why manufacturing is crucial to the U.S. future, and what policies the country should aim for to strengthen the manufacturing sector. Khanna elucidates his points by using real world manufacturing case examples from his time as a Deputy Assistant.    Read more

Right Wing Takes Aim at Public Education

July 26, 2012 by Ted Frier

How sad -- and suicidal - that conservatives have decided to declare open warfare on public education.

In a previous life, I played a minor role as speechwriter and special assistant to our state's Secretary of Education during the development and public roll out of the Massachusetts Education Reform Act of 1993.

This landmark law, and many like it, passed during what was known as the "second wave" of education reform that came ashore in the wake of the wake-up call about America's failing public schools that was sounded by the Reagan-era report of the National Commission on Excellence in Education, 1983's A Nation at Risk.

The Massachusetts reform law was truly a bi-partisan accomplishment, hammered out between Republican Governor William F. Weld and the Democratic Legislature.

Governor Weld agreed to double the state's investment in local public schools from $1.3 billion in 1993 to $2.6 billion in 2000, while providing a minimum "foundation budget" for every Massachusetts school child. Funds for early education were added by the end of the decade.     Read more

Eternal Egypt

June 21, 2012 by toritto1942

Day before yesterday the Egyptian military granted itself sweeping powers and dissolved the parliament dominated by the Muslim Brotherhood.

Should we be surprised?

Those who believed that "democracy" would rise from Tahir Square got to hold elections.

The "liberal" favorite of most of the young, Hamdeen Sabahi, came in third and was eliminated from the run-off election which turned out to be between the Muslim Brotherhood and the military’s choice. The liberals stayed home as they had no one for whom to vote. They never had enough votes anyway.

With the likely victory going to the Brotherhood candidate, the military stepped in and essentially voided the election posing as guardians of the secular state.    Read more

Nations hold intervention with Iran. It does not go well.

May 24, 2012 by pileofbabies

On Wednesday, the United States, Russia, Germany, France, China, and Britain staged an intervention for Iran to get it to come to terms with its use of threats about nuclear weapons.

At 6:00 in the evening, Iran returned home from work to find all six nations sitting and waiting for it. A facilitator from the United Nations began the conversation.

“Iran, my name is Michael. Your friends are very worried about you, and we would like to talk to you about your problem with nuclear weapons.”

Iran immediately got defensive. “Fuck you guys! I don't need to listen to this!”

“Yes, I think you do,” said the United States, taking Iran by the arm and leading it to a chair.
“I swear to god I will fuck you guys up!” yelled Iran.
“Ah oui. We know.” said France, rolling its eyes.    Read more

Michael Klare - The Energy Wars Heat Up [A Few Things Ill Considered]

May 11, 2012 by ScienceBlogs

The following article is mirrored from TomDispatch.com. I thought that while we are watching the weather heat up, we should not forget that geo-politics heats up with it.

Six Recent Clashes and Conflicts on a Planet Heading Into Energy Overdrive
By Michael T. Klare    Read more

Instruments of Fear: America and the War Machine

April 3, 2012 by fidlerten

           For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

2 Timothy 1:7 King James Version

Ever since World War 2, America has been a nation on the defense. The bombing of Pearl Harbor was much like our more recent 9/11 which caused a great deal of grieving in America but also a sense of fear because we know now just how easy it is for another country to take advantage of a weakness in our security and harm us badly. It also threatens our way of life which is very important to all of us.    Read more

Instruments of Fear: America and the War Machine

April 3, 2012 by fidlerten

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           For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

2 Timothy 1:7 King James Version

Ever since World War 2, America has been a nation on the defense. The bombing of Pearl Harbor was much like our more recent 9/11 which caused a great deal of grieving in America but also a sense of fear because we know now just how easy it is for another country to take advantage of a weakness in our security and harm us badly. It also threatens our way of life which is very important to all of us.    Read more

Obama Warns North Korea About Provocative Activity

Obama says U.S. and S. Korea united, warns North Korea against missile test launch

4 Suggestions Before Obama Invades Another Country

March 15, 2012 by fidlerten

Great Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron came to D.C. and met with the President (for a reason I’m unaware of). The joint appearance was filled with threatening rhetoric by the President relating to Iran’s nuclear ambitions and solidarity between the two nations. PM Cameron assured the bond between the age-old allies is never-ending and their interests remain the same.

Among the topics discussed were the ongoing struggle in the Middle East and of course, Afghanistan, where British casualties total to 404 compared to near-1800 Americans. Once again the President stopped short of rejecting intervention and decried of the human rights abuses (while ignoring our allies own).    Read more

Book Review: How The End Begins by Ron Rosenbaum

January 12, 2012 by Political Books

The title, How the End Begins: The Road to a Nuclear World War III, could not be more ominous or, depending on your perspective on nuclear weapons, alarmist. Author Ron Rosenbaum has a definitive point of view about the danger of nuclear weapons as he waxes throughout the book about holocausts and the immorality of mass retaliation. Rosenbaum does not, however, ignore the side of the nuclear believers who state that nuclear weapons, through deterrence, have actually made the world safer and saved millions of lives. Rather than a driven point of view, Rosenbaum instead takes the reader on a meandering path pondering the history, danger, role, and, most importantly, morality of nuclear weapons.    Read more

Why the 10-year-old Samantha Smith called the "dove of peace"?

August 18, 2011 by Jerrylibby

June 29, 1972 was born Samantha Jane Smith, the little American girl, which made for a "discharge" is no less than many diplomats, who for years have tried to bring together the positions of the USSR and the USA.

Once on a Sunday evening when it was doing nothing special, 10-year-old Samantha saw the magazine "Time", which sported a photograph of the newly appointed General Secretary of the CPSU Yuri Andropov.

- Mom, what kind of country is this? - Asked Samantha.    Read more

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