Monthly Archives: January 2011

US – Politics – HIstory – Michele Bachmann’s “Great Americans” – 31 January 2011

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roger_B._TaneyNumber 1 in the series “Michele Bachmann’s Great Americans” – that great fighter for diversity, Roger B. Taney, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. With great Americans like him, I just don’t know how people could doubt the commitment Americans … Continue reading

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US – Politics – History – Michele Bachmann and Historical Revisionism – 31 January 2011

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/postpartisan/2011/01/michele_bachmanns_absolutely_a.html “How unique in all of the world, that one nation that was the resting point from people groups all across the world. It didn’t matter the color of their skin, it didn’t matter their language, it didn’t matter their … Continue reading

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US – Politics – History – Defending Michele Bachmann Apparently Involves Presenting the 3/5 Compromise As Evidence of a Weakened South – 31 January 2011

http://www.washingtontimes.com/blog/watercooler/2011/jan/27/liberals-make-bachmann-enemy-number-one/ Apparently, the Right now has a talking point that the 3/5 Compromise was an attempt to _weaken_ the sectional power of the South…this article presents that completely ridiculous premise, without, of course, explaining the tortured logic by which one … Continue reading

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US – Politics – HIstory – Michele Bachmann’s "Great Americans" – 31 January 2011

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roger_B._TaneyNumber 1 in the series “Michele Bachmann’s Great Americans” – that great fighter for diversity, Roger B. Taney, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. With great Americans like him, I just don’t know how people could doubt the commitment Americans … Continue reading

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US – Politics – I Take The Pledge Not To Talk About Right-Wing Extremists – 31 January 2011

My recent posts about my disgust with Michele Bachmann’s revisionist history are going to be the last posts I make about anyone in the Tea Party, who works for Fox News or has a right-wing talk show for at least … Continue reading

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Tunisia – Protests – Return of Ennadha Leader Rachid Ghanouchi – 30 January 2011

http://www.npr.org/2011/01/30/133348639/as-tunisians-cheer-egypt-islamist-leader-returns “Ghanouchi compared his views to those of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Despite Erdogan’s Islamist roots, he has been widely viewed as a pragmatist largely loyal to the legacy of Turkey’s founding father Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, who sought … Continue reading

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Political Economy – Poverty – Food Prices Can Topple Governments – 30 January 2011

http://www.npr.org/2011/01/30/133331809/rising-food-prices-can-topple-governments-too?ps=rs A lot of what’s going on in the Middle East right now is also about this. And this is not only important in the Middle East. This could be really important now in some countries near us in North … Continue reading

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Middle East – Arab Protests – Time to Start Transitioning to Democracy – 29 January 2011

http://www.theglobeandmail.com%2Fnews%2Fopinions%2Feditorials%2Fmubarak-doesnt-get-it%2Farticle1887060%2F&h=7AQEm2gsbAQE7Y8gG7umBjFhzvz0cQ7Dy0teytadWRCJH1g&enc=AZNcQXKZ02hEEIFiluqPX7JYBVNxvqlXSMRdX3nXCNm4qVFFB2VHoyfJT0FbR065BYsizzwxXbbtvgpVVfVs2cXZ I don’t think any editorialists have said this better than the Globe and Mail did. This is exactly what I think about the revolt in the Arab countries that’s been going on since the beginning of the new year, … Continue reading

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US – Conspiracy Theories – State of Hawaii Charges $100 for Proof Obama Is American – 28 January 2011

http://www.staradvertiser.com/news/breaking/114749844.html “Anyone would be able to get a copy of President Barack Obama’s birth records for a $100 fee under a bill introduced in the state Legislature that backers hope will finally dispel claims he was born elsewhere.” Why don’t … Continue reading

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Middle East – Israel – The Israeli Labor Party Supports Mubarak? – 28 January 2011

http://www.jpost.com/Headlines/Article.aspx?id=205362 This comment, I am horrified to learn, comes from a Member of the Knesset from the Labor Party. I can understand worry that what’s happening in Egypt can be turned the wrong way, but “all we can do is … Continue reading

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