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The 'Obama spending binge' Is Another GOP Lie

The 'Obama spending binge': Fact or fiction? - The Week
"The Obama binge is pure fiction: The "big surge in federal spending" started before Obama stepped into the Oval Office, says blogger Meteor Blades at Daily Kos. Obama did add $140 billion in stimulus spending that year, but over the four years that Obama actively shaped the budget, spending is on track to go from $3.52 trillion to $3.58 trillion. Adjusting for inflation, that amounts to an average 1.4 percent annual decrease. That should burst the GOP "propaganda balloon."  "An Obama spending spree? Hardly" "
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The GOP is a disaster Obama has stuck to his thrifty ways Lies won't cut it when the truth is crystal clear In 1964 LBJ lied his way to a landslide In 2012 the GOP is lying itself to oblivion



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"Sto Perigiali" One of the Surpassingly Best Tunes Theodorakis Has Written

A Setting for a Poem "Denial" Beloved by the Greek People by the Nobel Prize Winning Poet Giorgos Seferis

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dhk0ckaCxDI
The remarkable video at the link above is of a performance of "Sto perigiali" Mario Frangoulis and Mikis Theodorakis in 2001.

Frangoulis and Theodorakis are joined by musicians, including two bouzouki players, and a very large audience that is completely familiar with the words. The audience joins in at Frangoulis' prompt.

This is my very favorite Theodorakis melody. Those who know Theodorakis only for his "Zorba" music are in for a treat. When I was in Athens in 1966, for a short period of study with Constantinos Doxiadis, I knew nothing of Theodorakis. But about five years later, my friend Irene Vassos sang "Sto perigiali" to us. I have never gotten the tune out of my mind.

Later, when Irene joined our group to form a travelling company performing "New Rain", I learned to pick out a …

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A Christian Scholar's Dialogue with Muslims by Hans Kung

Second. in the process of secularization, modern Christianity has had negative as well as positive experiences which Islam in its unavoidable modernization quite possibly might also have lying before it. That is particularly true in regard to dealing with the modern critique of religion, as, for example, by Feuerbach, Marx, Nietzsche and Freud.

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A Political Vision for the Organic Model by Robert W. Hoffert

Both politics and personality would be reinvested with a wholeness they have lost in countless ways: in Marx's economic determinism, in Nietzsche's nihilism, and in Dahl's socioeconomic statistics.

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A Whiteheadian Chaosmos: Process Philosophy from a Deleuzean Perspective by Tim Clark

As it was with Nietzsche, so it is with the pagan Deleuze.

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A Worried America by Gunnar Myrdal

We could, and did, indulge in the pessimism of a Schopenhauer or in the aggressive egocentricity of a Nie…

The GOP Has Betrayed the President for a Mess of Pottage

Barack Obama will be a two term president  We should build monument to  the consistency of Barack Obama  in the face of one of the most  shameful assaults in our history  The GOP listened to Limbaugh  and decided to stonewall him  as though he was a pariah and worse
A lesser man would have become resentful  Obama remained cool  His program remains centrist And this time around the Democrats who hang back Can see the writing on the wall
GOP Betrayal is the heart of the narrativeAn Obama Victory in November is its just and deserved conclusion
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The Not So Great Society - A Note to The President

I wrote this a while back.

When you were just a little boy Sir We made us a compact To stratify by race And look And class
We used the Great Society To befog the reality And then we renamed charity As organized community
Our tokenism breathed easy As we moved outward from the city Built more prisons Elected mayors And patted ourselves on the back And shook our heads in private


Yes we left the bulk of poverty Moved on to great careers You know the drill
And now the chickens barely mumble Sir Malcolm-like and honestly And Rome remains unburned Sir For the nonce
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2010 How Wrong We Were - A Cautionary Post

If we cannot pull together this year ...  

Obama Will Win the Election This Fall 2010

Obama Will Win
The Election This Fall --
A Polypoem

for David Plouffe

To "On Top of Old Smoky"

We need a new Congress
Not full of wingnuts
If we don't get one
We'll be out of luck

Cause Congress will fool you
And tell you more lies
Than cross ties on a railroad
Or stars in the skies

The Republican Party
Thinks the past's on their side
Along with the pundits
And the rest of the snide

But Obama is running
And Obama's no fool
While wingnuts are boiling
He's playing it cool

But behind his coolness
A great fire burns
On the fifth of November
The nation will learn

The people will do it
They'll throw the jerks out
And when it's all over
We're all gonna shout

We have a new Congress
Obama has won
And now his agenda
Can finally get done

We'll move beyond oil folks
We'll move toward green
McCain will be silenced
And we'll be less mea…

These are ontological sources of human beauty

A value is something you do  You do not do honor unity or beauty You tolerate  You help  You practice democracy  In a spirit of non-judging non-idolatry 
These are ontological sources of human beauty Worthy of the highest honor Making for a healing unity

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Balancing business and environment just brings disaster closer

Shell Arctic Ocean Drilling Stands to Open New Oil Frontier - NYTimes.com: "In blessing Shell’s move into the Arctic, Mr. Obama continues his efforts to balance business and environmental interests, seemingly project by project. He pleased environmentalists by delaying the Keystone XL pipeline from Canada and by adopting tough air standards for power plants, yet he has also delighted business concerns by rejecting an ozone standard deemed too costly to the economy."
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Environmentalism is the most profound realism there is We can document and prove out   coming environmental disasters one by one Every time we make a concession to the short term we increase the severity of the long term At some point the demonstrable truth must be told before the predictable takes hold We need a new economy whose signature is not drill drill drill but sustainability
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There is a spark in everyone that's more than life or breath

There is a spark in everyone That's more than life or breath The spark links every living soul Because our world is one great whole And every one is precious and Our destiny is shared