Since Maine Republicans allowed Romney supporters to suppress votes in several counties and Romney won by a miscounted 194 votes I declare Ron Paul the winner by supposition and logical inference.. Voter suppression is part of the GOP national platform. Well done in Maine I say. But if all the votes were counted Ron Paul would have won. Fair is fair.
2. Our recession will only recur if we do not move from our concept of metrosprawl to the creation of human settlements based on principles articulated by Christopher Alexander in "A Pattern Language."
3. Settlements dense enough to enable flourishing businesses, car-free enough to get pre-diabetics back on their feet.
Rights of Way Belong to Us - Yahoo! Voices - voices.yahoo.com: "We need to clear up confusion between public and private when it comes to transportation. We presently allow our public rights of way to be filled with private automobiles. This leads to a pollution-congestion problem which is not merely inhuman but also deadly to the planet. This pattern is being emulated globally.
Public rights of way should belong to a more-awakened and aware public."
Welcome To The "I Hate Obama Book Club" | National Memo | Breaking News, Smart Politics: "The Daily Beast's John Avlon was the first to track down the anti-Obama literature in detail. By his count, there were five books attacking Obama published even before he reached the White House. By year three of his presidency, a staggering sixty-seven books, at a minimum, had been published that demonized Barack Obama — far more than either Bill Clinton or George W. Bush had to contend with — and the number keeps growing."
I mean how about ten anti Obama books? 25! Nope going on 70 and counting. Want to know why. Forget race. Forget harm done. Go to reason. Go to the likes of Charles Sanders Peirce. Obama combines learn as you go with experiment continually with commander in chief decisiveness and that is the sort of thinking that helped ensure that Pierce would be banned from Harvard and ensures that that five-dozen I-Hate-Obama authors will be remembered, if at all, for having been in the wrong side of history.
It's really funny. Among GOP contenders there is not one who would not further ravage the middle class, quite apoart from making life miserable for children and women. I'm just waiting for Romney to say, "What's $800,000 ?"
Was | Informed Comment: "India has suffered from both Hindu and Muslim terrorist groups. So the attack on an automobile outside the Israeli embassy in New Delhi could easily have been carried out by an Indian group. Israel’s government, a master of spin and propaganda, immediately blamed the bombing on Iran and Hizbullah. But there is no evidence for this cynical allegation, which makes no sense. India is Iran’s economic lifeline, and Tehran would not likely risk such an operation at this time."
AttackWatch: "Far from taking “a bow,” President Obama has been clear about the fact that we still have a long road ahead of us. When President Obama took office in January 2009, we were shedding nearly 800,000 jobs a month. His immediate, decisive action to stop the bleeding reversed the trend. We’ve now seen 23 straight months of private-sector job growth, creating a total of 3.7 million jobs."
In Michigan Race, Santorum Shifts to Talk of Jobs - NYTimes.com: "Rick Santorum is hoping to turn the political conversation away from the social and cultural issues that have dominated his quest for the Republican presidential nomination so far and focus instead on the economy as he prepares to compete in the big, recession-plagued battleground state of Michigan."
It's counter-intuitive, but I think a Romney come-back just might be the case. Santorum is death to the GOP because he combines a faux populism with the most illogical approach to women's health since pre-Vatican II days. The only 9option to going with Romney will be to kiss off all four nominees and try to recoup with a reluctant Bush 3. Even Bush 3 knows that would be an invitation to disaster. So the ironical result o a Santorum victory in Michigan may well be a plus for the Mittster.
Military Cuts and Tax Plan Are Central to Budget Proposal - NYTimes.com: "After winding down two wars overseas, Mr. Obama proposed to make good on his often-repeated call to bring troops back and start nation-building at home in symbolic fashion: The budget would use projected military savings — a gimmick, Republicans say — to help pay for a six-year, $476 billion program to modernize the nation’s transportation network.
And Mr. Obama once again proposed to narrow inequality in income and opportunity between high- and lower-income Americans, while also reducing annual deficits, through his proposals to raise $1.5 trillion over 10 years mostly from the wealthy but also from closing some corporate tax breaks, chiefly for oil and gas companies."
A Responsible 2013 Budget - NYTimes.com: "President Obama’s 2013 budget was greeted on Monday with Republican catcalls that it is simply a campaign document, but election-year budgets are supposed to explain priorities to voters. This one offers a clear and welcome contrast to the slashing austerity — and protect-the-wealthy priorities — favored by Republican Congressional leaders and the party’s presidential candidates."
The GOP will choose either an empty suit, an invasive condom opponent, a grandiosity doll, a whining Dickensian or a desperate alternative named Bush. The party is too ruined to be credible regardless. If the Democrats have the grace to support our President, not run from him, we should have four years of reasonable progress and the prospect of another eight with similar moderation ascendant. It will take a dozen years to cleanse the GOP from the effects of its current illness.
Kate Upton Uses the Web to Become a Star Model - NYTimes.com: "It is not just that she has a respectable Twitter following (170,000 people at last count), or a YouTube video with over 3 million viewers, or marketing potential perhaps best measured by her rocketing from obscurity to No. 2 on a list of the world’s 99 “top” women compiled by AskMen.com, an online magazine with 15 million readers. (Sofia Vergara, of the ABC sitcom “Modern Family,” is No. 1.)"
Syrian Tanks Resume Shelling Despite U.N. Rebuke - NYTimes.com: "The Syrian government claims it is attacking foreign-inspired terrorist gangs in Baba Amr, and that the fires are tires set alight to make it seem like the buildings are burning. Syria has severely limited access by foreign media to the country, so claims about the fighting in Homs were impossible to verify independently.
But with diplomacy stalled, the renewed onslaught seemed to reflect Ms. Pillay’s accusation that the Syrian authorities were interpreting the repeated international failure to end the violence as a green light to escalate deadly attacks on its political opponents with indiscriminate brutality and “overwhelming force.”"
Homs is being killed by Syria and they have no excuse. The international effort has failed because it has been tepid and ineffective. We need a Libya effort in Syria. Once this is en train de faire Syria may understand.
California Congressional Delegation Braces for Change - NYTimes.com: "While the full impact of redistricting is beginning to clarify in California, to the benefit of Democrats, the national battle over the process — done every decade in all the states, based on the most recent census — continues to churn. There are several court battles over it, particularly in Texas, which at 32 members has the next biggest delegation and where elections have been put on hold as the courts rule on various conflicting maps.
The main focus of campaign strategists has not been whether the final national map will benefit one party over another — there has been little doubt that Republicans, by virtue of having gained control of many statehouses in 2010, would have the edge — but rather, how much of an advantage the Republicans would have."
The notion that Republicans will benefit from redistricting ignores the perfidy and mindlessness of the GOP - a noxious blend of hate politics, empty proposals and abject service to the one percent. That is merely the context. The active causes of coming GOP defeat are the fear women will feel in the event of Republican victory, the confidence a majority have in President Obama's sensible spend now and save long term now to empower our future and the continuing growth of a Democratic-tending electorate that thinks in 21st century terms. So the conclusion of the NYT above is typical but erroneous. All that is needed is for stellar Democrats to file in all districts and run campaigns based on simple logic and a rejection of jingo fear politics. And for Democrats, as they abjectly failed to do in 2010, to actually support our President instead of running from him.