Which would be worse, if our leaders do not realize they are buffoons, or if they do?
Tradition: There is a long and shameful history of hate and violence being done in the name of God. Both 9/11 and the hysterical US reaction to those events were, and are, firmly grounded in that tradition.
Sandbox: The Museum of Children’s Art in Oakland, CA has caved to pro-Israeli pressure and canceled an exhibit of art by Palestinian kids living under Israeli occupation.
Now It Can Be Told? Now they're discovering that that the double dip discussion is pointless because we've been in a recession all along. But as long as folks with torches and pitchforks aren't in the streets, we'll play pretend, okay?
Tiger Repellant: For 38 years, Maine law allowed voters to register on election day. Then the Republicans, fearing that more Dems than GOPers took advantage of this provision, pretended that massive voter fraud might occur – despite the fact it never had – and rescinded the law. Maine voters, not easily fooled by snake oil salesmen, have placed an initiative on the November ballot rescinding the recension.
30,000 or 40,000 – wouldn't it be interesting if BofA had to fire as many employees as they have evicted homeowners?
Know Thy Enemy: Once you put aside the propaganda, most wars are essentially explicable as contests over resources. In the near future, the primary resource whose demand will supply us with global war is oil. Today the US is the world's primary energy consumer, tomorrow it will be China, and the day after that it will be India.
Eye of the Beholder: Sea radiation from the Fukushima nuclear disaster has been measured to be triple estimate made by Tepco. Strange how corporations never over estimate the damage they've done to the environment. Or people.
Essay: In a few well chosen words, write a positive, pro-Republican anti-voter spin on this: An employee of Wisconsin's Department of Safety and Professional Services was fired after he revealed that a Department of Transportation official had instructed workers to not notify citizens that IDs necessary for voting could be obtained for free.
Why? The bulk of the 9/11 Commission's report remains secret.
Turkey Turkish: Israel is upset that they will be facing Turkish warships the next time they want to shoot up an aid convoy headed towards Gaza. The Turks, still upset at the murder of 9 of their citizens when Israeli naval forces shot up the Freedom Flotilla bringing humanitarian aid to Gaza, said that they would “no longer allow these boats to be the targets of attacks by Israel.”
Define “Free”: If we as a nation decide – as we once did – that alcohol is evil and wish to rid ourselves of the scourge, we no longer can. The Scots or the Italians or any number of others would sue us for restraint of trade under the rules of the World Trade Organization. Even a more modest desire, such as reducing teenage tobacco addiction, is forbidden. An exception? Nope, the WTO rules against health, the environment and other piddling national concerns 90% of the time. If this doesn't seem right, it's because it isn't.