Beyond War: A Marshall Plan for Pakistan: Frankfurter Rundschau, Germany
Aug26

Beyond War: A Marshall Plan for Pakistan: Frankfurter Rundschau, Germany

Is it now, finally, time to set aside war and adopt a strategy on the same order of magnitude that revived Western civilization after World War II? This editorial from the Frankfurter Rundschau of Germany suggests turning this moment of environmental and political catastrophe in Pakistan into an opportunity to remake the region – not with violence, but with a massive and unprecedented program of development that could offer a...

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Glenn Beck’s Rally: ‘Restoring Honor’ or Exploiting a Legacy?
Aug26

Glenn Beck’s Rally: ‘Restoring Honor’ or Exploiting a Legacy?

As you may have heard, Conservative radio and TV personality Glenn Beck is organizing a rally, “Restoring Honor,” on Saturday at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC. The rally will take place on the 47th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech. Beck claims it is “a coincidence.” Beck does not call the rally political, but rather as a moment that he thinks will reclaim the civil rights movement...

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Being Gay Is A Choice; A Homosexual Proclivity May Not Be
Aug26

Being Gay Is A Choice; A Homosexual Proclivity May Not Be

On the occasion of Ken Mehlman’s decision to come out as a gay man, I re-post in full my reaction to seeing Brokeback Mountain from December 2005: Homosexual and gay are not synonymous; all homosexuals are not gay. Homosexual acts may be circumstantial – a man in prison, a drunken evening – or experimental and do not mean an individual is homosexual by nature. But experimentation can lead to the discovery of a...

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A Case For Religious History Classes, Take 2 : Newt Gingrich On “The Mosque”
Aug26

A Case For Religious History Classes, Take 2 : Newt Gingrich On “The Mosque”

Earlier this month, in the wake of the Prop8 ruling, I learned that the linkage of “marriage” and religious norms is an artifact of the Catholic Church’s fight for its life in the 16th century. I had no idea that I would soon be plunged into another politico-religious controversy where understanding history would be essential. If I were a student of former history professor Newt Gingrich, I would think that the...

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The War in Iraq: America’s ‘Seven Inglorious Years’ – La Stampa of Italy
Aug26

The War in Iraq: America’s ‘Seven Inglorious Years’ – La Stampa of Italy

Continuing with our coverage of the global reaction to America’s departure from Iraq, this article by columnist Lucia Annunziata of Italy’s La Stampa warns that ‘America’s decline’ since the war began has brought into question ‘the entire notion that the American people have an ethical mission in the world.’ For La Stampa, Lucia Annunziata writes in part: “Between the heroic beginning...

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Monsanto’s 2010 lobbying bill: $4.74 million (Jan-June)
Aug26

Monsanto’s 2010 lobbying bill: $4.74 million (Jan-June)

The AP article provides no detail other than this: Monsanto spent $2.18 million in the second quarter and $2.56 million in the first quarter. The issues: antitrust and patent law. Monsanto is a global player in the genetically modified foods arena. Just last week, a Monsanto variety banned in Europe was found growing in an Irish-government test plot. According to a press release … routine tests by DAFF discovered that the...

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When You Start Cheering The Other Guy…
Aug26

When You Start Cheering The Other Guy…

Woe is me. What have I become? How did this come to pass? What bizarre, terrifying confluence of circumstances have led me to actually agree with House Republican leader John Boehner? The other day Representative Boehner said that President Obama should immediately get rid of his top two economic policy advisors, Tim Geithner and Larry Summers. And instead of hissing at the image of Boehner on my TV as is my usual response to his...

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Obama Making Everybody Angry (Guest Voice)
Aug26

Obama Making Everybody Angry (Guest Voice)

Obama Making Everybody Angry by Michael Reagan It’s almost as if President Obama’s agenda includes provoking anger at himself. And it’s not just Republicans he’s provoking. It’s just about anybody who crosses his path, even his party’s deranged left wing. Long-time liberal Democratic Rep. Charles Rangel is a case in point. The veteran Harlem congressman reacted to criticism from the president, who called on him to “end his career with...

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McCain Wins
Aug26

McCain Wins

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Reversal of the Alaska-Arizona Axis
Aug26

Reversal of the Alaska-Arizona Axis

In the scramble to make sense out of this week’s primaries, a sidebar shows how far and how fast American politics has gone downhill in two years. To keep the Republican nomination for a Senate seat he has held forever in Arizona, John McCain, who won nearly 60 million votes for president in 2008, had to spend $20 million, move far rightward on issues such as immigration and call in the help of Sarah Palin, the running mate he...

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It Gets Competitive Among MSNBC Talk Show Hosts
Aug26

It Gets Competitive Among MSNBC Talk Show Hosts

One talk show host star reportedly gets upset on the set.

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A Mehlman Sampler
Aug26

A Mehlman Sampler

Is anyone surprised? Marc Ambinder got the get: Mehlman is the most powerful Republican in history to identify as gay. Because his tenure as RNC chairman and his time at the center of the Bush political machine coincided with the Republican Party’s attempts to exploit anti-gay prejudices and cement the allegiance of social conservatives, his declaration to the world is at once a personal act and an act of political speech....

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Nate Silver: Democrats Could Lose the Senate
Aug25

Nate Silver: Democrats Could Lose the Senate

Nate Silver, a political prognosticator whose analysis of polls and data is considered about as solid as you can find, has more bad news for Democrats: he has concluded that if trends continue the Democrats could lose their majority in the Senate — during a year when many already believe the Dems will lose control of the House: The Democratic majority is in increasing jeopardy in the Senate, according to the latest...

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Troy Anthony Davis Loses Challenge
Aug25

Troy Anthony Davis Loses Challenge

A very sad day for those of us who believe he is an innocent man. AJC: In a 172-page order, U.S. District Judge William T. Moore Jr. said Davis failed to prove his innocence during an extraordinary hearing in June ordered by the U.S. Supreme Court. Davis, on death row for 19 years, now has one final appeal before his death sentence can be carried...

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‘No Doubt’ India and U.S. are Behind Pakistan Flood Disaster: Pak Tribune, Pakistan
Aug25

‘No Doubt’ India and U.S. are Behind Pakistan Flood Disaster: Pak Tribune, Pakistan

Could it be that India – with American backing and Afghan connivance – has engineered the worst flooding in Pakistan’s history? And to what end? Most would call it a conspiracy theory, but columnist Ahmed Quraishi of Pakistan’s Pak Tribune is dead serious as he outlines how India, by opening up dams it controls up-river from Pakistan, is intentionally causing flooding that has affected up to 20 million...

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The Primary Differences
Aug25

The Primary Differences

WASHINGTON — Republicans are in the midst of an insurrection. Democrats are not. This vast gulf between the situations of the two parties — not some grand revolt against “the establishment” or “incumbents” — explains the year’s primary results, including Tuesday’s jarring outcomes in Florida and Alaska. The agitation among Republicans is not surprising, given the trauma of the...

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A Word From Obama Crashes Jerry Brown’s Website
Aug25

A Word From Obama Crashes Jerry Brown’s Website

For those of you who hear and believe President Obama’s job approval ratings are tanking, that his personal popularity is ebbing and his cadre of zealot young supporters are disillusioned, that memo hasn’t reached California. On the campaign trail supporting Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer, Team Obama sent an email calling for money and support for Democratic candidate for governor Jerry Brown. Faster than you can say Yes We Can,...

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Chris Matthews Obliterates Rick Lazio on the “Ground Zero Mosque”
Aug25

Chris Matthews Obliterates Rick Lazio on the “Ground Zero Mosque”

I saw this yesterday live and it was like watching a car hurtle off a cliff: Hardball’s Chris Matthews — who conducts some of his on the air interviews like “old school’ reporters do, not allowing the subject to state inaccuracies — obliterates Rick Lazio, who’s running for Governor in New York. Watch it for yourself. My reaction? Matthews nails down the distortions Lazio has made, Lazio then tries...

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Corporate Electioneering  Is Bribery, Not Free Speech
Aug25

Corporate Electioneering Is Bribery, Not Free Speech

In a Survey USA poll conducted between August 3 and August 5, 77% of respondents agree with the statement “corporate election spending is an attempt to bribe politicians,” while only 19% believe that “corporate election spending is a form of free speech, so there should be no limit on how much corporations can spend to influence elections.” That number includes 70% of Republicans and 73% of Independents who agree that it constitutes...

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I Thank G-d for Giving Me Polio
Aug25

I Thank G-d for Giving Me Polio

Hello there, Dr. E. here. We no longer call people ‘crip’ unless a person nicknamed themselves that… we no longer call people ‘that poor crippled person’ … and until we find a better phrase, we say people who need accommodations to have full access to life, ‘people with special needs.’ I’m one of the Commissioners for the first Special Needs District of Boy Scouts of America. We...

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