When You Shouldn’t Feel Bad About Yourself
Aug05

When You Shouldn’t Feel Bad About Yourself

I’ve been hearing and reading a lot these days about one particularly painful symptom of the currently awful economy. It’s the fact that many people who long worked hard, earned decent middle class standards of living for themselves and their families, are now not only suffering the pains and anguish of lost jobs and hard times generally, but feeling a loss of self-worth. They somehow feel guilty, in other words, about...

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Sophia Petrillo On Marriage Equality
Aug05

Sophia Petrillo On Marriage Equality

Want to know why marriage equality is important ? Just ask Sophia

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Jon Stewart Skewers Congress On 9-11 Responder Bill
Aug05

Jon Stewart Skewers Congress On 9-11 Responder Bill

Jon Stewart describes Congress as “a fetid pool of corruption and stupidity, located at the intersection of Entitlement Avenue and Abject Dereliction of Duty Lane” in a new segment he calls “I Give Up.” The issue: extending health benefits for 9-11 first responders. Although the bill (which was introduced last year) had an overwhelmingly majority in the House, 255-159, it fell short of the necessary two-thirds majority...

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Belated Happy Birthday, Mr. President
Aug05

Belated Happy Birthday, Mr. President

Wednesday was President Barack Obama’s 49th birthday. CNN delivered the birthday equivalent of a sack of coal at Christmas, according to Politico: On President Barack Obama’s birthday, a new CNN/Opinion Research released Wednesday shows 41 percent of Republicans believe Obama was “probably” or “definitely” born in another country. Three-in-10 Americans think Obama was born in another country. They don’t trust that his...

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Elena Kagan Newest Supreme Court Justice
Aug05

Elena Kagan Newest Supreme Court Justice

Elena Kagan has been confrmed as the fourth woman to serve on the United States Supreme Court. Until her confirmation to the Court, Kagan had served as U. S. Solicitor General and is the former Dean of Harvard Law School. She replaces the retiring Justice John Paul Stevens. The overall balance of the Court is not expected to change. The final vote count: 63 – 37.

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Why the Iraqi Air Force Did Not ‘Show Up’ in 2003
Aug05

Why the Iraqi Air Force Did Not ‘Show Up’ in 2003

If you, like many Americans, are wondering whatever happened to the Iraqi Air Force during our invasion and occupation of Iraq—known as “Operation Iraqi Freedom”—it might be more instructive and revealing to ask, “What happened to the Iraqi Air Force in the years prior to Operation Iraqi Freedom?” Why should we ask this question? Because: [W]hen United States and coalition forces invaded Iraq in 2003 they faced no Iraqi...

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Double Dip Recession
Aug05

Double Dip Recession

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Interesting Stats From Larry Sabato
Aug05

Interesting Stats From Larry Sabato

Larry Sabato always provides interesting information along with good analysis. Today is no different. We have the most Senate races this year (37) since 1962. We have the most Governor races this year (37) ever. We have over 400 contested House races (IE GOP and Dem both on ballot) which is one of the highest margins ever. Of course in many cases this is a token campaign but it’s still a record (the GOP is contesting 430 seats,...

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O’Malley trying to take away Military Voting in Maryland
Aug05

O’Malley trying to take away Military Voting in Maryland

I received this letter today from a concerned citizen in Baltimore County. The issue being addressed is the possible voiding of votes of our brave men and women in uniform who are deployed overseas in Iraq, Afghanistan, and other places around the world. Here is the letter: Dear Representatives and Senator, Can any one explain to me why Governor O’Malley is requesting a waiver to the MOVE act, the federal Military and Overseas...

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Michael Bloomberg on Religious Freedom and the “Ground Zero Mosque” Controversy
Aug05

Michael Bloomberg on Religious Freedom and the “Ground Zero Mosque” Controversy

The other day on Governor’s Island, just off Manhattan, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, responding to the controversy surrounding the planned Islamic community center near Ground Zero, a overheated controversy drummed up by conservatives, most of whom are not New Yorkers and yet who want to tell New York what to do (e.g., Sarah Palin, Newt Gingrich), gave what I can only describe as a truly brilliant speech on the freedom of...

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Allawi: Still Our Safest Bet in Iraq?
Aug05

Allawi: Still Our Safest Bet in Iraq?

Guest post by Peter Henne Peter S. Henne is a Security Fellow with the Truman National Security Project and a doctoral candidate at Georgetown University. Despite being an aspiring foreign policy wonk, I at first failed to realize the significance of August 31st, 2010. That is the date the US combat mission in Iraq will end. It is not that I was unaware of this date, or forgot. Instead, it was the near-absence of Iraq from much public...

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It’s Only “Activism” When They Don’t Like The Decision
Aug05

It’s Only “Activism” When They Don’t Like The Decision

One standout from all that’s being said in reaction to Judge Walker ruling Prop 8 unconstitutional on both Equal Protection and Due Process grounds comes from Adam Bink: Of course, it’s only judicial “arrogance” or “activism” when they don’t like the decision. District of Columbia v. Heller [link], which struck down popularly supported gun control laws, legislated by the duly elected representatives of the people in DC? Not...

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Trust Us, We’re Corporations
Aug05

Trust Us, We’re Corporations

Updated, 11.41 AM PDT. That’s the message underlying the news that Verizon and Google have reached their own “self regulation” — an agreement that violates the spirit, and perhaps the letter, of net neutrality. Net neutrality is, for the internet, akin to what happens on telephone networks: AT&T can’t treat an incoming call from Verizon any differently than it treats one from its own subscriber. With...

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Critics Should Ponder ‘Positive Results’ of Iraq War: Jyllands-Posten, Denmark
Aug05

Critics Should Ponder ‘Positive Results’ of Iraq War: Jyllands-Posten, Denmark

So is it time for critics of the Iraq War to eat a little crow? According to this editorial from Denmark’s leading newspaper, Jyllands-Posten, Iraq is far better off today – despite Bush’s motives for the war and the massive civilian deaths – than it would have been with Saddam Hussein at the helm in Baghdad. And most controversially, it compliments the U.S.-led coalition for avoiding civilian casualties. The...

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How Does Popular Opinion About Gay Marriage Compare To Interracial Marriage During Loving v. Virginia?
Aug05

How Does Popular Opinion About Gay Marriage Compare To Interracial Marriage During Loving v. Virginia?

Obviously today’s ruling will bring about cries of judicial activism primarily from gay marriage opponents but also for conservative proponents that see judicial overreach. While comparisons to anti-miscegenation laws have been made by gay marriage supporters, I have seen no one actually compare public opinion during the 60s when Loving v. Virgina legalized interracial marriage across the land to gay marriage attitudes now. This...

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Aid for the Rich
Aug05

Aid for the Rich

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“Dropping Babies,” Abandoning Principles
Aug05

“Dropping Babies,” Abandoning Principles

WASHINGTON — Rather than shout, I’ll just ask the question in a civil way: Dear Republicans, do you really want to endanger your party’s greatest political legacy by turning the 14th Amendment to our Constitution into an excuse for election-year ugliness? Honestly, I thought our politics could not get worse, and suddenly there appears this attack on birthright citizenship and the introduction into popular use of the hideous term...

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Stop Calling Republicans ‘Hypocrites’ (Guest Voice)
Aug05

Stop Calling Republicans ‘Hypocrites’ (Guest Voice)

Stop Calling Republicans ‘Hypocrites’ by Tina Dupuy It’s not that Republicans aren’t hypocrites – it’s more the label just isn’t an effective dig. First, hypocrite is a fancy foreign Greek word like amnesty, ethics or Europe – how is that going to appeal to Republicans? Second, espousing virtues you don’t personally have to live up to is basically the point of being a Republican. Talker Rush Limbaugh, speaker for Republicans...

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Increasingly Dangerous Political Demonization
Aug04

Increasingly Dangerous Political Demonization

Yes it can be dangerous. Like THIS (this link is NOT to The Onion but to a REAL news story). You don’t need to call a psychic to guess where this kind of thing could lead…(on the other hand, after hearing a caller to Alan Colmes XM-carried show last night wish the liberal talk, Jewish show host was turned into “a lampshade” nothing surprises me about the unleashed political hatreds — yes, it is indeed...

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That’s Life
Aug04

That’s Life

A young person’s video of a late-career Frank Sinatra hit that has lyrics fitting for...

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