Archive for the 'politics' Category

A Reminder from the Past

Tuesday, October 21st, 2008

on comedy central’s daily show last night they featured a book, it’s title is The American Way of War: Guided Missiles, Misguided Men, and a Republic in Peril, by Eugene Jarecki.  It reminded me of this quote from Dwight D Eisenhower: Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the [...]

Reading between the lines of the Petraeus report

Thursday, September 13th, 2007

for months the Petraeus report had been mentioned by everyone; from the blog-o-sphere to prime time it was the “real” report from a man who was untouchable, a man with pride and an impeccable reputation that would tell us, finally, what was happening in Iraq and what should be done. well the bomb dropped yesterday [...]

Subprime Mortgage Meltdown, how we got ourselves into this mess

Friday, August 17th, 2007

so, i have been watching with disgust the latest debacle to scare the global money markets. the complete meltdown of the so called “sub-prime” mortgage market  is the inevitable result of the over-extension of credit that happens when the market does really well for a long time. what happens is this: the market is booming. [...]

Why Bush’s Iraq Policy Dooms the USA to Fail

Wednesday, August 15th, 2007

yesterday while driving home and listening to the local NPR station talk about the car bombings which killed more than 200 Iraqis, it dawned on me. the Bush regime has wasted possibly the most historically advantageous opportunity of our modern era. why? 1. the story starts with 9/11 , sort of. after 9/11 i know [...]

A sunshine ray of hope in this presidential election needs your help

Thursday, July 12th, 2007

well, i may be a few days behind on my DVR recordings but, i saw this great thing about Unity ’08 yesterday. it is a movement to select a unity candidate in the upcoming election. this is a country of some 300 million people and immigrants that come from all over the world. i know [...]

Bush Saves Scooter Libby from Having to Toss the Salad

Monday, July 2nd, 2007

in a not so surprising move today, President george jr. ensured that scooter libby would never spend a single day in jail for his crimes. i and many others saw this coming of course (see my post here). but, damn, i thought Bushy would wait until he was almost out of office to pull this [...]

Choose to learn something today about oil and energy

Monday, July 2nd, 2007

christ, i do not even want to tell you how bad i did on this quiz, but I encourage all of you to try it. http://money.cnn.com/quizzes/2007/news/energy_iq/index.html

New Liberals Need a New United Nations

Thursday, June 28th, 2007

while perusing some articles over at the seminal, i saw an interesting one on about being a “new liberal”. the story is interesting and does a good job of attempting to reclaim the term from the dirty connotations that have become attached to it. one part intrigued me most though and i wanted to write [...]

An Update on the Tax Dodging Browns of New Hampshire

Monday, June 25th, 2007

Well, it has been several days since i posted about the Brown’s and their silly ass attempt at avoiding paying federal income taxes and not a single person has bothered to make an argument for the illegality of income taxes. perhaps there are more rational people out there in the world than i thought. i [...]

Tax dodging Browns are brave, but likely wrong

Thursday, June 21st, 2007

i was pleased to read about the Brown family that is currently holed up in their private compound, all but daring police and federal authorities to “come and get ‘em”. i truly admire anyone who is willing to put his ass on the line for what he believes, however… People have been arguing for almost [...]

UN Secretary General blames Darfur violence on the weather

Monday, June 18th, 2007

defying the USA’s stance on global climate change, the united nation’s head bureaucrat Ban Ki-moon stated today that ecological problems have at least contributed to the violence in darfur. i can not wait to see how the powers-that-be react to this one. the idea that environmental conditions can affect political and social cohesion is not [...]

Outsourcing, the end of work and United Auto Workers

Thursday, June 14th, 2007

CNN is reporting on negotiations that are or will take place soon between the big 3 USA auto makers and the united auto workers union. of course the automakers are attempting to slash wages more and the union is trying to keep jobs here in the US. i am really interested in the current global [...]

Your taxpayer money at work in hidden budgets and locales

Friday, June 8th, 2007

foxnews is reporting on a European study that alleges illegal, secret prisons located in eastern europe. these prisons were (allegedly) used to circumvent human and civil rights laws that would apply if the prisons were either public knowledge or located inside USA territory. well, i did a little looking around and found some other uses [...]

Comparative advantage aka Why the Mid-East is so messed up

Thursday, June 7th, 2007

an in-depth look at comparative advantage can be found here, but the basics are this: two countries should trade goods (rather than both produce them) when one actor has a relative advantage over the other. the classic example is you have a roommate and he types really fast, but irons clothes really slow. You are [...]

Follow up on previous post “Why Energy Independence is Bad for the USA”

Monday, June 4th, 2007

A reader, J-Ro, made the following comment after my original post (just scroll down a little). Interesting theory, but I don’t think I can agree. In my view, the Middle East is such a mess because oil is SO important to America. So important that we have to have our hands in everything, constantly intervening. [...]