Archives for September 2012

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.

Most recently, the Romney campaign has been peddling the asinine idea that riots in Egypt, Libya, Yemen, etc.; the rise of the Muslim brotherhood and similar Islamist organizations; and the even the whole damn Arab Spring is the fault of (you guessed it) President Barack Obama.… [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.

I have coached young women’s basketball for a long time. Way back in the analog age, circa 1985, when Ontario player ambitions rarely extended beyond an indifferently organized and sloppily played high school season.… [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]