A Chesapeake Bay Tidal Wave?
Aug31

A Chesapeake Bay Tidal Wave?

Every once in a while I like to take out my mostly trusty crystal ball and peer into the future. A Gallup poll released yesterday reports a 10 point advantage for generic Republican candidates for Congress over the Democratic opponents. What does this mean in the real world? In my opinion, Nancy Pelosi is fired as Speaker, probably replaced by John Boehner. On the Senate side, the Democrats may hold onto a one vote majority. However,...

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New Left Media at “Restoring Honor”
Aug31

New Left Media at “Restoring Honor”

Chase Whiteside (interviews) and Erick Stoll (camera), still students at Wright State University in Dayton, OH, are New Left Media. They were at Glenn Beck’s Restoring Honor rally. Say they: The participants spoke abstractly about the need to restore “honor” and “pride” to a country that had lost it. When pressed for when our country had lost its honor, most cited the election of Barack Obama. …...

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Glenn Beck
Aug31

Glenn Beck

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In Despair Over Democracy – Both America’s and Ours: Der Standard, Austria
Aug31

In Despair Over Democracy – Both America’s and Ours: Der Standard, Austria

Is democracy in some way fatally flawed? And would Republican and Tea Party victories this November be proof of such a flaw? According to columnist Krisen Frey of Austria’s Der Standard, there is simply no escaping it: citizens in democracies have a habit of voting against their own interests. But unfortunately, Frey writes, democracy is still the best solution to the difficult task of governing. For Der Standard, Krisen Frey...

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I Want My Country Beck
Aug31

I Want My Country Beck

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Will Obama Call Iraq a ‘Mission Accomplished’ Tomorrow? Hardly (UPDATED).
Aug30

Will Obama Call Iraq a ‘Mission Accomplished’ Tomorrow? Hardly (UPDATED).

As our combat mission finally comes to an end in Iraq, the President will address the nation tomorrow, but it is highly unlikely that he will say “mission accomplished,” and rightly so, as there still remains a lot of work to be done there—not necessarily by our troops. I have written admiringly and respectfully about the job that they, our troops, have done in Iraq and about their incredible sacrifices. But, I have...

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Labor Says Mott’s Apples Are Rotten to the Core (Guest Voice)
Aug30

Labor Says Mott’s Apples Are Rotten to the Core (Guest Voice)

Labor Says Mott’s Apples Are Rotten to the Core Michael Winship Among the many TV ad jingles sadly cluttering my brain since childhood (although useful in trivia contests) is the one that went, “The finest apples from Apple Land/Make Mott’s Apple Sauce taste grand!” A branchful of the juicy, singing fruit would belt it out at the end of commercials that urged us to use applesauce to accompany meats, slather...

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Teacher iApp
Aug30

Teacher iApp

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Stimulating Without Bothering Congress
Aug30

Stimulating Without Bothering Congress

What could President Obama and Fed Chairman Bernanke undertake with respect to national economic and financial policy that would not require any Congressional approval? Congress will likely undertake nothing of any notable legislative substance before the November elections out of complete institutional gridlock, fear, ignorance and paralysis. If the next Congress is controlled by Republicans, even less than nothing will occur for the...

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Iraqi Democracy has Been ‘Assassinated’: Azzaman, Iraq
Aug30

Iraqi Democracy has Been ‘Assassinated’: Azzaman, Iraq

Iraqi grumbling over the status if their new democracy continues with this article by columnist Abdul Sattar Ramadan of Iraq’s Azzaman newspaper. While criticism of the United States for withdrawing continues, the attention of much of Iraq’s now free-wheeling press has shifted to Iraqi politicians who ‘have imposed and set themselves above Constitution, the law and first and foremost, the people’s will and the...

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‘Afghanistan Riddle’ Unsolved: The Shocking Financial Costs: Izvestia, Russia
Aug30

‘Afghanistan Riddle’ Unsolved: The Shocking Financial Costs: Izvestia, Russia

This article from award-winning Izvestia columnist Malor Storu cites some startling statistics – mostly from the U.S. Congressional Research Service – to highlight just how expensive in lives and money the war in Afghanistan is compared to past U.S. wars. For Izvestia, Malor Storu writes in part: Since the time of Genghis Khan, several empires have tried to solve the “riddle of Afghanistan.” The latest were the...

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The Gospel According To St. Beck, Chapters 10-?
Aug30

The Gospel According To St. Beck, Chapters 10-?

I come before you today not to bury Glenn Beck but the awkward task of defending Glenn Beck. Me thinks we take him too seriously. Big mistake. Beck’s detractors may number more than his disciples. And the enemy is firing its best shots. Not with beebee guns. But everything from the stinging barbs of late night comedians to the howitzers of the nation’s most erudite, uh, progressives. Hours after his Hollywood extravaganza on the steps...

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Trying to determine the worth of my existence
Aug30

Trying to determine the worth of my existence

While driving to Bellevue Washington to pass the time, I decided to measure the worth of my life as a minister. Or at least I tried to measure some of the fruit associated with my existence. When stuck in traffic, I often multitask with introspection. That way I can feel a sense of futility about both my commute and my accomplishments. As my tires slowly rotated forward, I began to compartmentalize and categorize the worth of all this...

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Exclusive Interview: Kendrick Meek Says He’s the OnlyTrue Democrat & Pro-Choice Candidate in the Florida Senate Race (Guest Voice)
Aug30

Exclusive Interview: Kendrick Meek Says He’s the OnlyTrue Democrat & Pro-Choice Candidate in the Florida Senate Race (Guest Voice)

Exclusive Interview: Kendrick Meek Says He’s the OnlyTrue Democrat & Pro-Choice Candidate in the Florida Senate Race by Janet Shan The Florida Senate race is in full swing and the candidates – Democrat Kendrick Meek, Republican-turned-Independent Gov. Charlie Crist and Republican, Marco Rubio are crisscrossing the Sunshine State in a bid to convince voters why they are the best candidate to head to Washington D.C. Last...

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Obama and the Virtues of “Politicking”
Aug30

Obama and the Virtues of “Politicking”

WASHINGTON — President Obama’s address to the nation on Iraq this week underscores the agony of his presidency, and its core political problem. Seen from the inside, the administration is an astonishing success. Obama has kept his principal promises and can take credit for achievements that eluded his Democratic predecessors. He pledged to have all combat troops out of Iraq by the end of this month and, as Obama will...

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“New” Unifying Moral Leader Glenn Beck Assails Obama’s Practice of Religion in Post Rally Interview
Aug30

“New” Unifying Moral Leader Glenn Beck Assails Obama’s Practice of Religion in Post Rally Interview

Well, kiddies, that certainly didn’t take long: less than 48 hours after getting mega-new and mega-old media coverage of his own, personal Washington, DC rally to “reclaim” the civil rights movement during which he gave a speech noting how we must try to get poison out of American life, talk show money machine and aspiring America moral leader Glenn Beck has blasted President Barack Obama’s religion. Now, let...

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An Interesting Katrina Story
Aug30

An Interesting Katrina Story

I often disagree with the politics over on Red State but found this story very interesting as it is pretty much first (or second) person on how to survive Katrina. To be fair not everyone had a relative to help and not everyone could get to a car, but it does go to show that there were options. This does not reduce the seriousness of the suffering or the need to learn from mistakes, but it is always useful to see all the sides of a...

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Glenn Beck – The Prophesied One
Aug29

Glenn Beck – The Prophesied One

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Snake Oil
Aug29

Snake Oil

I hope have read Joe’s excellent post below on Glenn Beck’s magical mystery tour this weekend.  So what is it all about?  It’s all about snake oil.  Here is a post I did over at Newshoggers a few months ago. ————————————- Modern Day Snake Oil While P.T. Barnum may be dead the fact remains that a sucker is born every minute. Last week Forbes...

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From Labor Day, Let’s Debate The Economy And Skip The Frivolous
Aug29

From Labor Day, Let’s Debate The Economy And Skip The Frivolous

I can’t wait for Labor Day, Sept. 6, and the days immediate after for it marks campaign promises that both Republican and Democratic leaderships will promote their plans for economic recovery. Let’s hold them to the fire. We need, we must, have a good, no-holds barred debate on this subject for it is killing us. Like it or not, it may influence the midterm elections Nov. 2 and perhaps carry over to 2012. The Democrats will send their...

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