Obama Polls
Aug21

Obama Polls

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Don’t Publish the L.A. Teachers Names: The Case Against Naked Transparency
Aug21

Don’t Publish the L.A. Teachers Names: The Case Against Naked Transparency

To those who mindlessly quote the great Supreme Court Justice Louis D. Brandeis line that “sunlight is … the best of disinfectants” I reply, if you go outside without sunscreen on you’ll get sunburned. Stay out and you’ll die. Information without context is not knowledge. Sadly, context doesn’t sell newspapers, or drive web traffic or build television and radio audiences. As a consequence, the...

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Remember the Iraq War ‘Deck of Cards’?
Aug21

Remember the Iraq War ‘Deck of Cards’?

Remember when, during the early days of the invasion of Iraq, the Pentagon developed and handed out to our troops sets of playing cards to help identify and capture (or kill) the 55 most-wanted members of Saddam Hussein’s regime—including Saddam himself? Each card of this set of “personality identification playing cards” was printed with the name of the wanted person, a picture of the person or a silhouette when a picture was...

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Canada’s Stephen Harper and the Census: The Tipping Point?
Aug21

Canada’s Stephen Harper and the Census: The Tipping Point?

Editor’s Note: If you think that the census has only been an issue in the United States, think again. As he notes in his post here, Owen Gray, publisher of the Canadian weblog Northern Reflections, it is a big issue in Canada as well — perhaps one with more serious political repercussions for Prime Minister Stephen Harper. “A democracy which refuses to heed the will of the majority as routinely as it embraces the...

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WikiLeaks Founder Claims Rape Charges “Dirty Trick” UPDATE: CHARGES DROPPED
Aug21

WikiLeaks Founder Claims Rape Charges “Dirty Trick” UPDATE: CHARGES DROPPED

NOTE: This is the update on this story. Charges have been dropped: Swedish authorities say they have revoked an arrest warrant that had alleged rape against the founder and editor of the whistle-blowing website WikiLeaks, Julian Assange. Assange is “no longer wanted” and “is not suspected of rape,” Chief Prosecutor Eva Finne said in a statement posted on the agency’s official website Saturday. He is also...

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Enough is Enough with this Mosque Foolishness
Aug21

Enough is Enough with this Mosque Foolishness

Alright – everybody has made their points… SEVERAL DOZEN FREAKING TIMES! How many ways can you call the right intolerant and bigoted? Or refer to the left as Islamofascist sympathizers? Or moan about the degeneration of religious liberty in America? Or warn about creeping Sharia law? Build it. Don’t build it. Move it. Bah! Everyone has an opinion. That opinion has been expressed ad infinitum. No nuance has been...

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Why All Middle Eastern Politics Can’t Be Reduced Merely to the Arab-Israeli Conflict (Guest Voice)
Aug21

Why All Middle Eastern Politics Can’t Be Reduced Merely to the Arab-Israeli Conflict (Guest Voice)

Why All Middle Eastern Politics Can’t Be Reduced Merely to the Arab-Israeli Conflict by Barry Rubin I simply cannot comprehend why so many in the West refuse to see that Arabs can be revolutionaries. It is remarkable that so many who claim to be experts don’t incorporate the idea that Arabs, like other peoples, might dislike their existing societies or be motivated by ideologies claiming to be the blueprints for utopias....

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Muslim Obama and Other Internet “Truths”
Aug21

Muslim Obama and Other Internet “Truths”

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Living in a ‘Post-Racist’ Society (Guest Voice)
Aug21

Living in a ‘Post-Racist’ Society (Guest Voice)

Living in a ‘Post-Racist’ Society by Tina Dupuy The MSNBC documentary series Lock Up ran a story earlier this month about a Maricopa County Jail inmate charged with identity theft named Cecil Kunkel. The 29-year-old Kunkel has a swastika tattooed on top of his “skinhead.” He’s covered in “white power” slogans and imagery. The only ink-free spot on him is an empty space in the shape of another swastika over his heart. The crew first...

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RIP American Middle Class
Aug20

RIP American Middle Class

Yesterday I suggested that the economic problems we are now experiencing are in large part the result of the shifting of decent paying manufacturing jobs overseas.   As more and more of those jobs were lost the number of customers declined. At some point we were going to reach the point where there were not enough people who could afford to purchase the low quality and often dangerous products “US” companies were making in China....

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Outrage at the Pentagon’s ‘Ground Zero’ Mosque?
Aug20

Outrage at the Pentagon’s ‘Ground Zero’ Mosque?

Petula Dvorak at the Washington Post takes us back to 2002, “a year after the Sept. 11 attacks, with the horror and disbelief of that terrible day still very fresh in our minds,” when “right next to the spot where 184 people lost their lives in the Pentagon, the military opened a sanctuary where Islam could be celebrated.” She tells us that this sanctuary is not two blocks away, not one block away, but a mere...

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‘Cordoba House’: Let it Be a Belated Triumph of Tolerance: Rheinischer Merkur, Germany
Aug20

‘Cordoba House’: Let it Be a Belated Triumph of Tolerance: Rheinischer Merkur, Germany

Continuing with our coverage of the global reaction to the proposed Muslim community center/mosque near Ground Zero in New York, this article by columnist Matthias Gierth of Germany’s Rheinischer Merkur calls for cooler heads and eventual approval of the project, in order to prove al-Qaeda’s claims about the ‘godless West’ wrong’ – and prevent the terrorist group from using the issue for propaganda...

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In Southern Manhattan, I am a Muslim
Aug20

In Southern Manhattan, I am a Muslim

Cross-posted to The Debate Link Early this year, I declared myself “Seismic Shock” in solidarity with a blogger faced with threats of legal retaliation for daring to expose the links between a prominent pastor and anti-Semitic thugs. The “controversy” over the proposed Southern Manhattan Muslim community center continues to grow, and folks stretch to ever deeper contortions to justify passive-aggressive...

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Obama’s Muslim Outreach Bears Interesting Fruit
Aug20

Obama’s Muslim Outreach Bears Interesting Fruit

When Barack Obama became president, he promised to try and change the relationship dynamic between Islam and the west. His goal was to build bridges, lessen hostility, create trust, and generally lower the decibel level of conversation between the two cultures. There can be little argument regarding the president’s goals. The great struggle in which we are engaged against Islamism can only be won if we bring the hundreds of...

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Black Conservatives Say Sarah Palin’s Tweet Defending Dr. Laura Schlessinger Means She’s Unfit to Lead
Aug20

Black Conservatives Say Sarah Palin’s Tweet Defending Dr. Laura Schlessinger Means She’s Unfit to Lead

Sarah Palin — the undisputed American politician who has mastered snark and sarcasm into a million-dollar media career and put her in contention for the 2012 Republican Presidential nomination — has often used Facebook and Twitter for blunt, throw-down-the gauntlet comments that spark political firestorms. And now she’s facing another: from black conservatives. John Avlon writes on The Daily Beast that Palin has...

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Change Accomplished (Guest Voice)
Aug20

Change Accomplished (Guest Voice)

Change Accomplished by Eugene Robinson Washington Post Writers Group Columnist WASHINGTON — This is a radical break from journalistic convention, I realize, but today I’d like to give credit where it’s due — specifically, to President Obama. Quiet as it’s kept, he’s on a genuine winning streak. It’s hard to remember that the inauguration was just 19 months ago. Expectations of the new...

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Is Ann Coulter “Too Liberal” For Some Conservatives?
Aug20

Is Ann Coulter “Too Liberal” For Some Conservatives?

For some — not necessarily a majority — YES. A roundup...

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Recognizing the Historic Meaning in the Present Moment
Aug20

Recognizing the Historic Meaning in the Present Moment

Where were you on December 1, 1955, when Rosa Parks refused to give up her front seat on a bus to a white woman in Montgomery, Alabama? Or on February 19, 1942, when President Franklin Delano Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066? These were two of the most famous moments in U.S. history. There have certainly been many others, in this country and around the world. Most Americans today, in 2010, would agree without hesitation that what...

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AP Finally Provides Some Facts About The Fabricated Mosque Controversy
Aug20

AP Finally Provides Some Facts About The Fabricated Mosque Controversy

How long have Sarah Palin, Newt Gingrich and Rudy Giuliani been spewing misinformation and hate about the proposed Islamic community center in New York City? Almost a month for Palin, that I’m aware of. On Thursday, AP issued an advisory — oh that the rest of the media would follow it or think before using catchy phrases designed specifically to generate a knee-jerk emotional response: We should continue to avoid the...

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Believe in Humanity
Aug20

Believe in Humanity

Carole King, from her 1973 Fantasy...

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