http://www.huffingtonpost.com/news/tea-party The Tea Party “movement” (which I’d never heard of prior to today, and probably won’t hear about again until next year) seems to be confused as to whether fascism or socialism is “permeating” America. Their lack of clarity probably also extends to understanding what taxes actually pay for, such as the majority of US […]
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http://i.gizmodo.com/5192475/good-lord-you-people-are-all-slobs?skyline=true&s=i I could totally compete here, but for the fact that my stubby little arms (and obstacle-creating gut) prevent me from tacking papers up the wall instead of just piling them on the desk. Another dream crushed.
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/23/us/politics/22web-baker.html?hp Mr. Bush knew that was coming as he winged his way back to Midland, Tex., on Tuesday. Aboard the big blue-and-white jet that afternoon were some of his most loyal confidants – Karl Rove, Karen Hughes, Dan Bartlett, Andrew H. Card Jr., Donald Evans, Joshua B. Bolten, Ed Gillespie, Margaret Spellings, Clay Johnson, Alberto […]
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eric_Shinseki The modern day Sherman; Essentially cashiered by the US military for questioning DoD estimates of how many troops would be required for securing Iraq. Like Sherman, his pronouncements seem much less Cassandran six years later.
http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/systems/munitions/wp.htm News, tonight, that Israel used Willy Pete during its bombing of Gaza. Doctors treating patients couldn’t figure out how to treat burns that were still smouldering, and Israel finally owned up. One news report on the CBC showed a girl of about 5 or 6 whose thumb had to be cut off, as it […]
http://www.inthesetimes.com/article/3977/citizen_gore_vidal You can say what you like about Gore Vidal’s politics (and I imagine anyone to the right of, say, Marx will) , but there’s no arguing about the quality of his writing. I’ve never been so elated to read something that makes me feel so depressed. We’re not very good at being Sparta. We’re […]
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/16/opinion/16krugman.html?em Paul Krugman explains why sooner is better for prosecution of the Bush Administration’s illegalities. With Obama preaching bipartisanship, of course, it won’t happen. A shame, since it would’ve been a grand gesture to set the standard of following the Constitution and actively pursuing those who have spent the last eight years undermining it. Now, […]
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rider_(legislation) A faint-inducing $825 BILLION stimulus package is being prepped in the US. This got me thinking about what, in my view, is the single most ridiculous facet of American politics: The legislative rider. Used to great effect to balloon the earlier banking bailout, these insidious, parasitical, pork barrel projects are practically non-existent in Canadian […]
http://www.adbusters.org/features/stolen_land.html A good summary of the present misery and conflagration that is today’s Gaza, written by a Jewish writer. (Leave it to Adbusters to present a dissenting viewpoint!) Much as I disliked the book, there’s a section of Lloyd Douglas’ The Robe that I found fairly well represented, and thoughts of which always surface whenever […]
http://www.cbc.ca/gfx/images/news/topstories/2008/12/08/tp-dion-cp-5947755.jpg Why do all the pictures of St