Archives for September 2012

Wrapping Up the Week: Give Peace a Chance

The end of another week means that we are that much closer to election day in the US. Based on the way the media covers the flood of campaign ads, the latest polls, voter suppression efforts and the power of Super PACs one could easily draw the conclusion that not much is else is going on in the world.… [Read more]

Be Prepared.

For a few weeks now, we’ve been reading that influential right-wing pundits and leaders are mumbling about armed rebellion assuming when President Obama is re-elected.

There’s also some speculation that gun sales will skyrocket for, despite a lack of emphasis on the issue of gun ownership on the part of the Obama administration, the National Rifle Association has been trying to convince the American people that President Obama will shortly be confiscating their guns.… [Read more]

I’ll Be Watching You

The headlines say it all: “Obama Warns Young Voters About Voter Suppression“…. “Courts Reject GOP Voter Suppression Overreach in Four States“…”Republicans’ Voter Suppression Project Grinds On“….and so on, and so on…

We’re watching you, GOP!

What does all of this mean? The GOP talks a good game about freedom and civil rights and values but, given their broad-based effort to keep citizens from exercicing their right to vote, we know that fairness, access and equality couldn’t honestly be part of their platform.… [Read more]

Travel Log: Vietnam – The South‏

Striving towards becoming borderless involves traveling the world. How else can one really experience a culture without visiting?

We arrived in Saigon on Saturday with a net gain of 5 Aussies; we are now 15 people and this group is very well-organized accomplishing much more than I could have hoped to do alone. The economy is booming; there is new construction everywhere and clearly capitalism rules!… [Read more]

Laughin’ so hard, we’re ‘Akin’…

Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) had better be thankful to whatever loony conservative deity that tells politicians such as Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) to run for the G.O.P. presidential nomination, politicians’ wives such as Anita Perry to nag their hubbies, in this case,  Gov. Rick “Goodhair” Perry, to win them that Rose Garden from that black lady growing veggies in it in D.C., and for that mescaline moonshine bottle that keeps bumbling Rep.Todd Akin (R-Mo.) in the race.… [Read more]

Poor Mitt

I feel bad for the guy. I really do. “Gaffes,” “unforced errors,” and a general sense of meh…i guess have confounded his political campaign.

In fairness, it is true that Mitt Romney’s failings aren’t entirely his fault. It seems the modern GOP is in an ideological tailspin. At one end of the Republican spectrum is nostalgia for a bygone era where only white men enjoyed access to the full bounty of freedom.… [Read more]

Aimless in America

James Michael Haitchwai is back in black and ready to talk smack once again. I just spent the past few weeks slummin’ it down south and a little ways out west, partly to take my crappy music on tour but mostly just to cut myself a break from the inhospitably expensive and divisive confines of post-gentrification D.C.… [Read more]

The Colonies are Uprising

All over the world, from Morocco to Indonesia, the Muslim world is protesting and rioting in the wake of a disturbing anti-Muslim film, produced by the misguided, for who knows what reason. When you look at the problem it sounds so simple, so unbelievable to the average American: people rioting, killing and storming American embassies because someone disrespected the prophet Muhammad.… [Read more]

Bad Call

It would take a controversial,  outcome changing, and bungled call by a stand-in scab referee in the Seattle Seahawks-Green Bay Packers game to get even notorious public union buster Gov. Scott Walker (R-Wisc.) tweeting in anger for professional football team owners to end their lockout and bring back competent unionized officiating. After all, it was something as vital as Monday Night Football, and not annoyingly coddled nurses, schoolteachers, and librarians minding our kids.… [Read more]

Women: the GOP don’t consider you one of them. Part II

Despite the recent ‘let’s extend recess’ action of Congress (do your job, Eric Cantor!) there’s work to be done. The prior post in this series discussed why middle class voters should not consider voting for the Republican party; this post will focus on what is referred to as ‘women’s issues’ even though these issues also impact men.… [Read more]

Obama Campaign’s Stephanie Cutter in Hannity’s Crosshairs

We now know who the scariest Obama camp staffer is, the one who strikes fear into Republican hearts, the one who can be counted on not to back down or cower in the face of Republican mud and slime. You know how we know?  Because that’s who Sean Hannity has recently targeted as the subject of one of his little “exposes.”

Irony:”The use of words to convey a meaning that is the opposite of its literal meaning.”  Thank you, Sean, for so poignantly and eloquently displaying for us the absolute, clear, exact meaning of the word irony.[Read more]

V O T E

Today is National Voter Registration Day. According to The Root, the goals of the “nonpartisan coalition of organizations, volunteers and celebrities behind National Voter Registration Day is working to achieve the following goals:

  • Register Voters: A network of a thousand organizations operating on the ground and through social media will register tens of thousands of voters in the field and tens of thousands more online–while also receiving pledges to vote from the already registered.
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The Limitations of the United States and its President

Despite his empty-chair-talking tendencies, I still remain a fan of many of Clint Eastwood’s movies. And one of my favorite Eastwood scenes occurs in the Dirty Harry film Magnum Force where Clint observes “Man’s got to know his limitations.”

I only wish more people heeded this advice.

The Republican party used to follow the precepts of Henry Kissinger (right, pictured with former President Ronald Reagan) in foreign policy–preserving American national interest ran supreme and the country’s limitations in foreign policy were taken into consideration.… [Read more]

New Bill Aims to Stop Nonexistent “War on Coal”

In a bid to curb the so-called “environmentalist agenda,” the House of Representatives passed the “Stop the War on Coal Act” (H.R. 4309) 233 to 175 in the House of Representatives on Friday, Sept. 14.

Though one of the “Stop the War on Coal Act”‘s sponsors, Rep. Bill Johnson (R-Ohio), claimed that the legislation, “…is not about climate change,” and that, if signed into law, the bill wouldn’t apply, “If it’s a public health, public safety, national security issue [where] common sense regulations are appropriate,” his next sentence suggested otherwise.… [Read more]

The Oxycontin Epidemic

Welcome to the new face of addiction that outranks heroin, meth and crack. Except it isn’t a new drug and it isn’t illegal. Oxycontin has been around since the mid-1990s and is made from the poppy plant to produce a feeling of euphoria. But wait, isn’t heroin made from poppy plants? Yes, yes it is.

The picture begins to take shape then as to why this drug is such an issue.… [Read more]

How Will Banking Reform Sway Undecided Voters?

Back in July, CNBC.com  reported that former Citigroup chairman and CEO Sanford ‘Sandy’ Weill was calling for additional Wall Stret reforms that would break up the major Wall Street banks. At a time when the regulation of the financial industry is playing a major role in the presidential campaign debate, Weill’s comments aren’t likely to be viewed in a positive light by the GOP candidate, Mitt Romney, who has repeatedly called for the Dodd-Frank financial reforms to be repealed.… [Read more]

New Appointment at Islamia College University Raises Frowns

In Pakistani educational institutions, appointments are more often than not the object of suspicious attention; quite often, an appointment at the higher level implies more at lower level, forming a kind of chain.

While almost every appointment in a government department seems to involve favoritism, some are striking enough to arouse concern, even nasty rumors. One such recent appointment was that of Dr.… [Read more]

When Hell Freezes Over

Have you read about Sarah Palin‘s call for the United States of America to have a “Come to Jesus Moment“?

Yes, indeedy, she really did say this when interviewed by William Kristol‘s rabid neocon rag, The Weekly Standard. Yes, yes, we know that she was just using a religious simile, and that she wasn’t actually advocating that we should turn our country into a theocracy, but it’s still disturbing to those of us who rely upon the separation of church and state, as guaranteed by our Constitution.… [Read more]

A Tiny Feel Good Tale

Amidst the muck and the mire of the paint by numbers US presidential campaign – 1 %! 47 %! 53 %! 99%! – and its inevitable lies, damn lies, and statistics… a respite. A little Canadian Dream in a hard-core hoopsters’ package.

Lots more where he came from

I have coached young women’s basketball for a long time.… [Read more]

Campaigning on College Grads’ Prospects

If you’re a regular reader of this site you know that education is a frequent topic. Though the nation’s economy is slowly improving, its current state — fueled in large part by the unwillingness of some of our elected officials to boost job prospects — has, in part, resulted in greater competition for jobs available to debt-saddled graduates.… [Read more]