Life Changing Events II
Jul27

Life Changing Events II

Yesterday I did a post on my life changing event of living in Munich, Germany for several years.   Life changing events are ones that force you to reevaluate how you look at the world.  Living abroad for an extended period of time, especially for someone like me who grew up in the backwoods of Oregon is certainly a life changing experience.  In the late 80s I worked for the Japanese Company NEC and as a result I spent weeks and...

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This Week in Pantsuit Politics: Lithuania’s Karate Black Belt President Speaks Out
Jul26

This Week in Pantsuit Politics: Lithuania’s Karate Black Belt President Speaks Out

One need only look at the Oval Office to see that when it comes to politics, we’ve got a bit of a gender discrepancy. In this weekly roundup, Ravishly.com focuses on powerful political women in the news who are helping to break the proverbial glass ceiling of policy-making. Politicos, move aside. We bring you . . . politicas. Dalia Grybauskaite Lithuania’s president recently conducted her first interview with the Indian...

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Sullivan on Moving Left
Jul26

Sullivan on Moving Left

Andrew Sullivan responds to Tom Ricks on moving left on The Daily Dish. But I am now regarded as a leftist by much of the right and to some extent, they’re right. In today’s polarized political climate, I have few qualms in backing president Obama over almost anyone in the opposition, and am genuinely insulted these days when some people call me a Republican. Tom laid out several critical issues which have now placed him on the left...

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Surviving With Perspective
Jul26

Surviving With Perspective

Perspective One of my favorite stories my dad told, he who could not read or write and was filled with hundreds of old tales: Once upon a time, an old watchmaker, the wise man of the village, drew a line in the dirt outside his cottage, and asked the children all around to make that line in the dirt shorter – but without erasing any part of it or covering over any part of the line. All the little ones stood around thinking and...

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Klein: Halbig Won’t Destroy ACA
Jul25

Klein: Halbig Won’t Destroy ACA

Ezra Klein argues the Halbig decision won’t gut the Affordable Care Act on Vox. The Halbig case could destroy Obamacare. But it won’t. The Supreme Court simply isn’t going to rip insurance from tens of millions of people in order to teach Congress a lesson about grammar.   As Adrianna McIntyre explains, the Halbig case holds that Obamacare’s subsidies are illegal in the 36 states where the federal...

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Balch Creek Canyon – Another Picture
Jul24

Balch Creek Canyon – Another Picture

I don’t seem to getting much response from my political or science posts so how about another picture.  I explained the history and my relationship with Balch Creek Canyon here in case you missed...

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The GOP’s Biggest Weakness…
Jul22

The GOP’s Biggest Weakness…

…is foreign policy says Daniel Larison in The American Conservative. One reason that the omission of foreign policy from the reform agenda seems so notable is that foreign policy is one of the largest, most glaring policy weaknesses that the GOP has. In addition to being responsible for the costly policy failures of the previous administration, Bush-era foreign policy has been politically toxic for Republicans in three of the...

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Made in Russia
Jul22

Made in Russia

Copyright 2014 David Donar. All rights reserved.Copyright Donar, Political...

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Cohn on 2014 Mid-Terms
Jul22

Cohn on 2014 Mid-Terms

Nate Cohn weighs the chances of a GOP wave in this fall’s mid-term election in The New York Times. Republicans entered this election cycle with high hopes. President Obama’s approval ratings had sunk into the low 40s, and the rollout of the Affordable Care Act had been an unmitigated disaster. In an off-year election, Democrats weren’t expected to fully mobilize the young and diverse coalition that has given them an advantage in...

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Putin’s Hard Hat of Indifference
Jul20

Putin’s Hard Hat of Indifference

Balloon Payment For The Sochi Olympics Invade Now For Best Financing Terms The View From The Virgin Islands By John McCarthy TMV Columnist Remember when the worst thing we had to fear from Vladimir Putin was another garish bare-chested, bareback photo opportunity? There had come a time in the career of President Putin when he was even taking flack from Pussy Riot band members and seemed destined for irrelevance. Not any more. The...

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The New York Times Remembers Robert Stein (UPDATE: His poignant Marilyn Monroe columns)
Jul19

The New York Times Remembers Robert Stein (UPDATE: His poignant Marilyn Monroe columns)

ROBERT STEIN AND HELEN HAYES (UNDATED) The New York Times, celebrates late TMV contributor Robert Stein’s career. The Times says he helped expand the scope of women’s magazines in the early stages of the modern women’s movement, published articles about race and politics and introduced readers to the nascent writings of feminist leaders like Betty Friedan and Gloria Steinem. Much more here. EDITOR’S UPDATE: Many...

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The Faces Behind the Numbers: ‘The Innocent Lives of Flight 17′ (Updated)
Jul19

The Faces Behind the Numbers: ‘The Innocent Lives of Flight 17′ (Updated)

Scroll down for updates In her “Maybe this is the real story behind the downed Malaysia airliner,” fellow contributor Prairie Weather posted an image of the numbers and nationalities of the men, women, children and babies aboard the ill-fated Malaysia Airlines Flight 17. While the numbers have slightly changed — the Wall Street Journal this morning, for example, raised the number of Dutch victims to 192 — the enormity of...

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President Obama: Flight MH-17 Shoot-Down an ‘Outrage of Unspeakable Proportion’
Jul18

President Obama: Flight MH-17 Shoot-Down an ‘Outrage of Unspeakable Proportion’

Here are some excerpts from President Obama’s remarks on the shooting-down of the Malaysia Airliner where at least one American was killed, as reported by Claudette Roulo of the DoD News, Defense Media Activity: “Nearly 300 innocent lives were taken — men, women, children, infants who had nothing to do with the crisis in Ukraine. Their deaths are an outrage of unspeakable proportions,” Obama told reporters during a news...

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Cartoons: Archie’s Pals
Jul16

Cartoons: Archie’s Pals

This Cagle Cartoon is licensed to run on TMV. Unauthorized reproduction without licensing is strictly prohibited. All right...

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Rick Perry: Like Dick Cheney, Only Dumber
Jul15

Rick Perry: Like Dick Cheney, Only Dumber

Daniel Larison takes Rick Perry’s foreign policy argument apart in The American Conservative. Perry’s argument is the usual hawkish combination of threat inflation, fear-mongering, lazy references to “isolationism,” and stale Reagan nostalgia. He talks about a “profound” threat to the U.S. and the entire world from a jihadist group when it is no such thing, and hopes that his readers will be so alarmed by this that they won’t...

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The Impossible Presidency
Jul14

The Impossible Presidency

Ron Brownstein notes the similarities between two-term Presidencies of Clinton, Bush and Obama in The National Journal. The unconstrained political warfare symbolized by House Speaker John Boehner’s pledge to sue President Obama for allegedly abusing his executive authority pushes this presidency farther down a rocky road that Bill Clinton and George W. Bush would painfully recognize.   In one key respect, each...

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For the political geeks: Primary Colors
Jul14

For the political geeks: Primary Colors

Primary Colors (1998) During my university years (college to you Americans), I started to get more interested in American politics. It was never the nitty-gritty hawkish side of the political system that interested me, it was the circus like nature of it all that caught my attention. In fact it could have been before my University years because I remember being shocked and then chuckling at what had taken place in the Oval Office...

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Hard Work and Giving/Living Aloha is KEY (and living aloha is free)
Jul13

Hard Work and Giving/Living Aloha is KEY (and living aloha is free)

A recent San Diego sunset. Live aloha … If you have a few minutes and want to smile; then listen up to mayor Billy Keoni speaking to Hawaii Pacific...

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1994 – The Year The Internet Came Of Age
Jul13

1994 – The Year The Internet Came Of Age

I think it was in 1994 that I first installed a modem in my very slow PC and signed up with America On Line.  Via Andrew Sullivan, Leon Neyfakh thinks that 1994 was the year that the internet became a major part of our lives not just a tech curiosity. The Web had existed for a couple of years as a kind of insiders’ tech experiment, and the Internet had been around longer. But it was 1994 when the world pivoted, and fast. The number of...

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Is Conservatism Genetic?
Jul13

Is Conservatism Genetic?

Tom Edsall reviews the evidence in The New York Times. In “Obedience to Traditional Authority: A heritable factor underlying authoritarianism, conservatism and religiousness,” published by the journal Personality and Individual Differences in 2013, three psychologists write that “authoritarianism, religiousness and conservatism,” which they call the “traditional moral values triad,” are “substantially influenced by genetic factors.”...

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