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The choice couldn't be clearer on the issues most important to ordinary Americans:

Every word in this post is from an email from David Axelrod  summarizing the Obama agenda 

- Better Education: We need to invest in good teachers and help more students go to college and get job training -- not pack kids into classrooms and slash scholarships.

- More, Cleaner Energy: We need to invest in promising new sources of energy to create a market for innovation and good jobs of the future -- not go back to relying on foreign oil.

- Leading Through Innovation: We need to invest in our best scientists, researchers, and entrepreneurs so they innovate here -- not cede new ideas to countries like China and India.

- Job-Creating Infrastructure: We need roads, bridges, ports, and broadband technology that attract businesses that will create jobs here -- not more pet projects and bridges to nowhere.

- Fair, Simple Tax Reform: We need to reward businesses that create jobs here instead of rewarding outsourcing, and must ask the wealthiest to pay their fair share again -- …

The following drawn from my reading in and around Charles Sanders Peirce

The following drawn from my reading in and around Charles Sanders Peirce
Logic does not depend upon subjective feeling All reasoning refers to a general method Truth lies in fact not inconceivability Metaphysics should be founded on logic not the other way around "All the psychology in the world will leave the logical problem just where it was" Logic deals with how we ought to think not how we think Logic is not concerned with how we know reality but what is clearly real Mutations and changes of language have nothing to do with logic  The language of logic is universal and transcends particular languages Logic leads a process by which knowledge advances Initial assumptions power the most persuasive logic  The history of science can contribute much in the way of evidence Looks aka experience can deceive There is a distinction between logical principles and other facts

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Recent history - a fable

Recent history - a fableCommoner Ailes met Commoner Nixon and got on the same pageThe aftermath of Civil War exploiting common rageThriving on resentment they boldly won the dayAlong with the big-moneyed set that always gets its way
Commoner Ailes went on to be master of mediaPropaganda potentate for all the USAPaid by corporations that would rule us come what mayAwash in sprawl and credit cards and rebates Allied with Rove and Koch and all their tea matesSurmising victories and wrecking the statesUntil Satan appearedAnd said here's something weirdI have a Brylcream candidateAnd I can spiff him up in no timeHe will ventriloquize like mad
And in no time this Satan hadCreated a campaign to wrestDemocracy and toleranceAnd every evidence of helpfulnessFrom realityReplacing them with patriotic goreAnd regnant fear from shore to shore
But in the wings there lurk folk such as weAnd we are blessed to possess eyes that seeWe name the fableRomney Rove and AilesAnd show how Satan's wiles ar…

Fascism is advancing if not yet marching in the uniforms Mitt Romney once wore

There have always been warningsLipset Mills Goodman NisbetBut it is sufficient to note that when democracy itself is under attackFascism is advancing if not yet marching in the uniformsMitt Romney once wore and may still be wont to donYes when we see that democracy and tolerancehelpfulness and non-idolatryare the real values which underlie lifewe need merely look for their opposites to ,parse what we are up againstFOX Koch Rove GOP Congress RomneyWithin this complex we findIntolerance at all levelsThe open and defiant suppression of democracyAnd the rejection of helpfulness as weaknessWe find underlying this innumerable idolatrieswhich become obvious if we speak of the veneration ofmoney and power and corporatismand government in the hands of corporatismThe seminal warning is in the texts that somehow survive in our BibleMingled with the authoritarian utterance of those whoturned a way of peace and reconciliation into a creed whose sign was and remains war and deathBy their fruits you…