The Sensitivity Argument
Aug24

The Sensitivity Argument

‘We know all Muslims are not responsible for 9/11. We know our feelings are not completely rational. But they are our feelings. So we ask you to build your mosque elsewhere, because that is the sensitive thing to do.’ The above is not an actual direct quote. It’s a collective paraphrased quote that encapsulates the length, breadth, depth, and width of the argument being made by opponents of the Cordoba House project...

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1 in 4
Aug24

1 in 4

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It’s 10 Weeks to the Midterms: So What Should Obama and the GOP Do?
Aug24

It’s 10 Weeks to the Midterms: So What Should Obama and the GOP Do?

It’s 10 weeks now to the midterms. So what should be on Barack Obama’s Things To Do List — and what should be on the GOP’s? CNN has this list for Obama. And this list for Republicans. Who’ll stick closest to the list? Who’ll be derailed or fall off message? (Take your bets now). Right now it seems the GOP is poised to do at least one of them: getting the focus back on jobs. Agree with it or not,...

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Google’s Book Search: A Disaster for Scholars
Aug24

Google’s Book Search: A Disaster for Scholars

Writing in The Chronicle, Geoff Nunberg kicks off his criticism with a look at publication dates: To take Google’s word for it, 1899 was a literary annus mirabilis, which saw the publication of Raymond Chandler’s Killer in the Rain, The Portable Dorothy Parker, André Malraux’s La Condition Humaine, Stephen King’s Christine, The Complete Shorter Fiction of Virginia Woolf, Raymond Williams’s Culture and...

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Who Defends the “50,000-Dollar Crowd”?
Aug24

Who Defends the “50,000-Dollar Crowd”?

The title quote is from Kevin Drum’s commentary on Paul Krugman’s latest column about the conservative resistance to not extending the portion of former Pres. George W. Bush’s tax cuts that go to the wealthy: There really is, literally, no reason to favor extending Bush tax cuts for the rich except purely as a gift to the rich. As the Tax Policy Center chart below shows, the million-dollar crowd would get a 3.3%...

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Iraq’s ‘Kurdish’ Army Chief Serves His American Masters: Iraq News Agency, Iraq
Aug24

Iraq’s ‘Kurdish’ Army Chief Serves His American Masters: Iraq News Agency, Iraq

Comments by Iraq’s army chief of staff, that the Iraqi military won’t be ready to protect the country without U.S. assistance until 2020, triggered this angry and sarcastic response from Muhammad al-Ammary of the Iraq News Agency. Continuing with our coverage of the Iraqi reaction to America’s combat troop withdrawal and highlighting the cleavages among the country’s ethnic and sectarian groups, columnist...

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Welcome Home
Aug24

Welcome Home

No matter how you may feel about the US policy in the Middle East, you cannot help but be moved by the reunions between service members and their families. The Welcome Home Blog offers some truly touching...

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Mosquerade Party (Guest Voice)
Aug23

Mosquerade Party (Guest Voice)

Mosquerade Party Raging Moderate, by Will Durst There is only one halfway-decent reason why a mosque should be built two blocks away from Ground Zero in New York. It’s called the First Amendment. Maybe you’ve heard of it: that’s the one that lets pretty much anybody say pretty much anything they want, and yes, that includes worshipping whatever goofy deity they choose. Mohammed. Thor. The Prince of Peace. King of Pop. John Coltrane....

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Voting for John McCain
Aug23

Voting for John McCain

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As Our Troops Leave Iraq, Will We Forget the Refugees?
Aug23

As Our Troops Leave Iraq, Will We Forget the Refugees?

Refugees are persons seeking refuge in a foreign country from war or persecution or natural disaster. I have seen the anguish, the fear, the sadness, the total dependence and vulnerability in the faces of hundreds of South Vietnamese refugees. It is a sight, a feeling, an emotion that stays with one forever. It is because of such past experiences that refugees—whether fleeing war or violence; ethnic, political or religious...

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Newbie And The Snake, Part II (The Art Of Conversation)
Aug23

Newbie And The Snake, Part II (The Art Of Conversation)

Each of us is instructed by the events and experiences of our lives. In Part I of “Newbie and the Snake” I related the events of last Friday where talking to a rabbit grazing in the yard saved my wife from a painful snake bite and a trip to the hospital. Since then I’ve had the weekend to ponder whether there are broader lessons in this account or perhaps, less grandiosely, a reminder of a lesson long taught, but not always...

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A Better Idea About Those Expiring Tax Cuts
Aug23

A Better Idea About Those Expiring Tax Cuts

The next big legislative soap opera in this country will involve expiring tax cuts. A few long-time fiscal sinners seeking to do a hair shirt number (think Alan Greenspan here) have been saying all these tax cuts, instituted in 2001 with George W. Bush in office, should be allowed to expire because otherwise the national debt will grow still more disastrously in coming years. But congress wasn’t elected to do the unpopular — to...

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LA Opening Half Billion Dollar School
Aug23

LA Opening Half Billion Dollar School

And people wonder why public schools are struggling for money. LA Opens Most Expensive...

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Reapportionment and Redistricting Maryland Style
Aug23

Reapportionment and Redistricting Maryland Style

Every ten years, after the national census, the Constitution mandates that two issues of representation are dealt with: reapportionment and redistricting. Reapportionment deals with the shift in population from state to state. The number of the members of the House of Representatives is capped at 435. If Pennsylvania loses population and Florida gains residents, Florida would gain one seat and Pennsylvania would lose one....

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Newbie And The Snake (A True Story)
Aug23

Newbie And The Snake (A True Story)

Ok, some of you won’t believe this is a true story. All I can do is tell you that it is, that sometimes truth really is stranger than fiction, and ask you to believe. Let’s set the scene. The patio at our home is large area, covered in natural slate. It faces east with a grand view of Black Mountain in the desert community of Scottsdale, Arizona. It’s a covered patio with two doors, one off the kitchen eating nook, the other off the...

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Morning Joe Says Good Bye To GOP If —
Aug23

Morning Joe Says Good Bye To GOP If —

Joe Scarborough, MSNBC’s one and only true conservative Republican on their airwaves issued this warning to what he threatened to be his former comrade in arms. I don’t know how much courage it took Joe to make such a pronouncement but it reminds me when conservative Republicans Sens. Hugh Scott and Barry Goldwater marched into the Oval Office and told President Nixon it was time to quit because of the Watergate scandal. More from...

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The Downside of the Internet
Aug23

The Downside of the Internet

CBS’s Bob Schieffer — showing for the umpteenth time how CBS erred by not choosing him to replace Walter Cronkite (Schieffer is of the same “school” and style as Cronkite) — nails it on the downside of the...

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This Just In! One in Five Americans Believe Obama Does Not Exist
Aug23

This Just In! One in Five Americans Believe Obama Does Not Exist

This just in from investigative reporter Andy Borowitz: WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report) – In what might be the most serious challenge to Barack Obama’s legitimacy as President, a new poll shows that one out of five Americans are not convinced that Mr. Obama exists. The poll, conducted by the University of Minnesota’s Opinion Research Institute, reveals that 23 percent of those surveyed “strongly agreed” with the statement, “I believe...

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Egg Recall Something To Munch On
Aug23

Egg Recall Something To Munch On

I am reading about the recall of a half billion eggs from two Iowa farms that are linked to 1,300 cases of salmonella poisoning. It got me to wondering that thank God we have government inspectors looking out for our health and safety. Perish that thought. Inspectors were lax and their responsibilities overlapped. The FDA oversees inspections of shell eggs, while the Agriculture Department is in charge of inspecting other egg...

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Freedom Isn’t Free
Aug23

Freedom Isn’t Free

Andy Ostroy in HuffPost: No American owns this tragedy more than any other American, and no one gets to speak for the rest of us. We are all entitled to our opinions on this very controversial mosque matter, and that’s what seems to be getting lost in all the political posturing. While I did not lose a family member on that fateful day, I did lose a friend. And I live five blocks from Ground Zero, as I have for the last eighteen...

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