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  • Laverne Cox Is Not a Woman

    05/31/2014 9:23:51 AM PDT · by mojito · 48 replies
    National Review ^ | 5/30/2014 | Kevin Williamson
    ...Regardless of the question of whether he has had his genitals amputated, Cox is not a woman, but an effigy of a woman. Sex is a biological reality, and it is not subordinate to subjective impressions, no matter how intense those impressions are, how sincerely they are held, or how painful they make facing the biological facts of life. No hormone injection or surgical mutilation is sufficient to change that. Genital amputation and mutilation is the extreme expression of the phenomenon, but it is hardly outside the mainstream of contemporary medical practice. The trans self-conception, if the autobiographical literature is...
  • Detroit Teachers Moonlight As ‘Sugar Babies’ (i.e., Paid Escorts) To Offset Wage Cuts

    08/28/2013 7:55:18 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 44 replies
    CBS Detroit ^ | August 28, 2013 | CBS Detroit
    Detroit Teachers Moonlight As ‘Sugar Babies’ To Offset Wage Cuts DETROIT (WWJ) - It’s back-to-school season and many Detroit teachers are struggling in the wake of budget cuts and overcrowded classrooms. According to the National School Supply and Equipment Association, the average teacher spent at least $485 on school supplies for their classroom last year. So, what are some Detroit women doing to offset their struggles in the classroom? Well, they’re becoming “sugar babies” of course — seeking financial assistance from wealthy men online. In the Detroit School District alone, 201 teachers are moonlighting as sugar babies to offset wage...
  • Bay Area Rapid Transit Official Earns $330K Without Working

    06/09/2013 1:58:36 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 27 replies
    Bay Area News Group ^ | 06/09/2013 | Thomas Peele and Daniel J. Willis
    BART's top-paid worker of 2012 never worked a day With a gross salary of more than $333,000, BART's highest-paid employee last year wasn't its general manager, police chief or a worker who racked up gobs of overtime scrubbing grime from filthy train seats. It was someone who did no work at all for BART in 2012: Dorothy Dugger, the agency's former general manager who resigned under pressure more than two years ago. Under a lucrative retirement scheme, Dugger, 57, quietly stayed on the books, burning off nearly 80 weeks of unused vacation time, drawing paychecks and full benefits for more...
  • NBC Cancels 'The New Normal'

    05/11/2013 6:12:38 PM PDT · by massmike · 108 replies
    hollywoodreporter.com ^ | 05/11/2013 | Lesley Goldberg
    The New Normal has been canceled after one season at NBC. The semi-autobiographical comedy from Glee's Ryan Murphy and Ali Adler marked Murphy's first half-hour comedy and aired as part of NBC's Tuesday comedy block. Boosted by The Voice, the Justin Bartha-Andrew Rannells starrer about a gay couple starting a family earned a full-season order in October despite early protests from conservative watchdog groups.
  • A Food-Stamp Recovery Is the New Normal

    04/04/2013 10:15:32 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    Fiscal Times ^ | 04/04/2013 | Edward Morrissey
    Almost four years ago, in June 2009, the US entered into a technical recovery from the Great Recession touched off by the collapse of a decade-long housing bubble. The bubble collapse nearly wiped out the financial sector, thanks to extensive investment in mortgage-backed securities that ended up being nearly worthless as foreclosures swept across the nation like a wildfire. American investors lost trillions in net worth as the stock markets plunged, and the federal government shoveled out trillions more in bailouts, safety-net subsidies, and stimulus programs that promised a soft landing and then a steady recovery based on a more-sound...
  • Record High 89.3 Million People “Not In The Labor Force”

    03/09/2013 7:57:24 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 24 replies
    political outcast ^ | 3-8-13 | philip hodges
    The unemployment rate may have fallen from 7.9% in February to 7.7% in January, but the number of people not in the labor force has set a record all-time high. The Bureau of Labor Statistics defines those not in the labor force as those who are unemployed and no longer looking for work, including those who retired on schedule or retired early. CNS News reported the numbers: “The number of Americans designated as ‘not in the labor force’ in February was 89,304,000, a record high, up from 89,008,000 in January, according to the Department of Labor. This means that the...
  • 22 Stats That Prove That There Is Something Seriously Wrong With Young Men In America

    12/18/2012 10:50:49 AM PST · by blam · 121 replies
    TEC ^ | 12-18-2012 | Michael Snyder
    22 Stats That Prove That There Is Something Seriously Wrong With Young Men In America By Michael Snyder December 17th, 2012 When are we finally going to admit that we have a very serious problem with this generation of young men in America? We have failed them so dramatically that it is hard to put it into words. We have raised an entire generation of young males that don't know how to be men, and many of them feel completely lost. Sometimes they feel so lost that they "snap" in very destructive ways. Adam Lanza and James Holmes are two...
  • NBC Picks Up THE NEW NORMAL, REVOLUTION & GO ON for Full Seasons

    10/02/2012 5:47:37 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 18 replies
    tv.broadwayworld.com ^ | October 2, 2012 | TV News Desk
    On the heels of winning its first premiere week in the A18-49 demographic in nine years, NBC has picked up three of its new fall series - the adventure-drama "Revolution" and the comedies "Go On" and "The New Normal" -- for full-season commitments for the 2012-13 season, it was announced today by Jennifer Salke, President, NBC Entertainment.
  • Struggling To Advance (Are Americans now lowering their economic expectations?)

    09/29/2012 7:48:45 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    National Journal ^ | 09/29/2012 | Ronald Brownstein
    A majority of Americans now define success as not falling behind. They worry that fundamental changes in the economy are making it more difficult for them—and their children—to get ahead. The road still rises. But the climb is steeper, and the falls are more frequent. That’s the view of prospects for upward mobility in the modern American economy that emerges from the latest Allstate/National Journal Heartland Monitor Poll. Although an overwhelming majority of Americans still define the U.S. as “the land of opportunity,” nearly as many agree that getting ahead is more difficult for workers today than it was for...
  • FOOD STAMP USE CLIMBS TO RECORD 46.7 MILLION

    09/04/2012 9:00:54 AM PDT · by kcvl · 15 replies
    FOOD STAMP USE CLIMBS TO RECORD 46.7 MILLION
  • Thanks to the recession, more boomers are rethinking retirement

    09/03/2012 3:51:37 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 40 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 9-2-12 | Diane Stafford
    Just how much the Great Recession reshaped baby boomer retirements is becoming clearer: More than ever they expect to retire later or work when they're "retired." In 1991, just one in 10 workers told the Employee Benefit Research Institute that they planned to wait to retire until they were older than 65. By 2007, three in 10 said that. This year? More than four in 10. Boomers cruising toward a traditional retirement suffered a financial comeuppance in the economic slump that began in late 2007. The downturn sapped jobs, stock and housing values, and interest on savings. Many also were...
  • Utah NBC Affiliate Won’t Air New Gay Couple Comedy ‘The New Normal’

    08/25/2012 5:29:19 AM PDT · by Morgana · 40 replies
    yahoo ^ | 8.25.2012 | NELLIE ANDREEVA
    NBC’s Utah affiliate KSL-TV strikes again. The station, which is owned by the Mormon church, announced today that it won’t air the network’s new comedy series New Normal. Co-created by Ryan Murphy and Ali Adler, The New Normal stars Andrew Rannells and Justin Bartha as gay partners who are having a baby through a surrogate. “For our brand, this program simply feels inappropriate on several dimensions, especially during family viewing time,” Jeff Simpson, CEO of KSL’s parent company, Bonneville International, told local papers, including KSL sibling Deseret News. The New Normal is scheduled to air Tuesdays at 8:30 PM. Simpson...
  • Poverty takes its toll on life expectancy (Obama's America)

    08/18/2012 7:40:02 PM PDT · by GodAndCountryFirst · 25 replies
    The Hill ^ | 08/17/12
    We’re living in two Americas. But unlike 50 years ago, when Michael Harrington’s “The Other America” shone a spotlight on poverty among certain groups within the U.S., today’s “other America” is one of profound differences in the most precious of all commodities – the length of our lives. We’ve known for some time now of the health and longevity disparities between blacks and whites. But, as new findings by the MacArthur Foundation Research Network on an Aging Society, recently published in Health Affairs, demonstrate, the story about these longevity gaps has gone through some rather startling changes.
  • The New Normal (NBC attack on family continues)

    Pro 'gay marriage' / 'gay family' show on the way. http://www.nbc.com/the-new-normal/
  • 12 TIPS FOR THE NEW NORMAL---- (how to survive the Obama economy)

    09/14/2011 12:15:34 PM PDT · by dennisw · 21 replies
    1 — Be a skinflint. Cut down on your spending. And be very nice to your boss, assuming you still have a job.2 — Think in terms of NOT losing money. Forget about easy Wall Street profits. There aren’t going to be any easy profits — not without a huge new infusion of borrowed money.3 — Be sceptical of everything you read. The media is desperate for circulation, and it will slap on the cover of its magazine or newspaper any damn fool statement that it thinks will sell.4 — Have faith in your gold. As confidence in the...
  • Zombinomics and volatility

    06/14/2011 11:07:07 AM PDT · by danielmryan · 4 replies
    Asia Times ^ | June 14, 2011 | "Spengler"
    We aren't going to have another financial crash. In fact, nothing at all is going to happen. Forecasting the United States economy is about as exciting as predicting next quarter's gross domestic product in 1957 Poland. You want to know what's going to happen, comrade? Read the Five Year Plan. With 40% of US personal income coming from transfer payments, it's almost nostalgic to call it capitalism. The so-called American economic recovery won't die, because it's undead. It was a zombie to begin with. Equity investors during the past six weeks came to the collective conclusion that the US is...
  • Accessing Capital for Commercial Real Estate Is Difficult in the New Normal

    05/05/2011 8:10:24 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 2 replies
    RE Journal ^ | 05/04/11 | Richard Gatto
    Accessing Capital for Commercial Real Estate Is Difficult in the New Normal May 04, 2011 | Staff Writer By Richard Gatto Executive Vice President – The Alter Group With the nation’s banks sitting on between $1.2 and $1.3 billion worth of capital, they are nevertheless reluctant to lend on commercial real estate because of the elevated level of risk and current valuations of properties already on their books. Many banks own portfolios of commercial real estate whose valuations have declined significantly and do not want to increase their exposure. Currently, banks are under pressure to de-leverage and raise their book...
  • Old Fort mayor, aldermen giving up pay (Town losing biggest water and sewer customer)

    02/23/2011 1:25:59 AM PST · by Nickname · 7 replies
    The McDowell News ^ | February 22, 2011 | Mike Conley
    After a 45-minute closed session, the Old Fort Aldermen voted unanimously Monday to do away with their pay and the mayor’s pay. The action was taken because the town is about to lose its biggest water and sewer customer, Pisgah Yarn & Dyeing. Last month, Jack Lonon Jr., president of the family-owned company, announced that the company’s assets will be sold to Spinrite Yarns of Canada and the plant will soon shut down its manufacturing operations in Old Fort. The closing of Pisgah Yarn & Dyeing will mean the town will no longer get approximately $150,000 in water and sewer...
  • Class dismissed: Why middle income jobs are not coming back

    11/14/2010 3:23:19 AM PST · by Scanian · 219 replies
    NY Post ^ | November 13, 2010 | MAUREEN CALLAHAN
    Anne, 45, has always considered herself middle-class: As a single mom earning $65,000 a year in ad sales, she was able to rent a one-bedroom apartment on the Upper East Side for $1,000 a month and send her daughter, now 12, to private school. “I was able to make it,” she says. “Even go on vacation sometimes.” In the span of 15 months, she has come to define herself as poor — even if the government won’t, denying her multiple applications for welfare and food stamps because, she says, she once made “too much money.” Upon losing her job in...
  • Investing in 2020: Welcome to the 'New Abnormal'

    10/14/2010 7:47:24 AM PDT · by george76 · 1+ views
    CNBC ^ | 13 Oct 2010 | Jeff Cox
    Most investors would be happy if they knew what was going to happen in the next 10 days. Nick Colas, chief market strategist at BNY ConvergEx, thinks he’s got it licked for the next 10 years. In a note released Wednesday, he calls it the “New Abnormal.” So give the man credit for a nice play on words that stands Pimco’s “New Normal” forecast, and much of its underlying principles, on its head. Colas draws some common-sense conclusions based on all the inflation likely to be pumped into the system and the higher tax rates that will be needed to...
  • 'New Normal' Nowhere In Sight (Most standard economic indicators show a strengthening economy)

    07/21/2010 10:41:37 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Forbes ^ | 07/21/2010 | Brian Westbury and Robert Stein
    Productivity growth is strong, monetary policy is easy, inventories are thin and corporate profits are growing. There have been three distinct, and very diverse, sets of economic forecasts circulating in the past year. First, the end of the world forecast--call it, Depression II. Second, the "new normal" forecast of weak and anemic growth. And third, our expectation of a V-shaped recovery and relatively strong 4% real gross domestic product growth. With GDP scheduled for release next week, our estimate for annualized second- quarter real GDP growth is 3.5%. This is a significant reduction from our 5.5% forecast (made back in...
  • U.S. stock investors should curb expectations, adviser says(Wall St. worried)

    10/30/2009 9:26:52 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 17 replies · 523+ views
    Market Watch ^ | 10/30/09 | Kate Gibson
    U.S. stock investors should curb expectations, adviser says Technology, materials and industrials should perform as economy recovers By Kate Gibson, MarketWatch NEW YORK (MarketWatch) - As stock investors hunt for higher returns in light of what some are calling a "new normal" of reduced expectations, analysts point to early- cycle stocks as among those that stand to gain as Asian demand for goods picks up. Equities investors accustomed to an average rate of return in any rolling 20-year period at around 11% would be wise to adjust their expectations downward, says Doug Lockwood, chief investment officer at Cornerstone Wealth Management....
  • Welcome To The New Normal (Double-Dip Recession)

    09/27/2009 11:00:20 AM PDT · by blam · 7 replies · 757+ views
    Seeking Alpha ^ | 9-27-2009 | John Maulsin
    Welcome To The New Normal by: John Mauldin September 27, 2009 And What We Don't See The Statistical Recovery A Double-Dip Recession? Welcome to the New Normal Birthdays, New Orleans, and then the Road Trip from Hell Unemployment is high and rising. But if the recession is over, won't employment start to rise? The quick answer is no. We look deeper into the Statistical Recovery and find yet more reasons to be concerned about near-term deflation. This week we consider all things unemployment and ponder the need to create at least 15 million jobs in the next five years to...
  • ABC News devotes newscasts to `The New Normal'

    NEW YORK – The economic crisis isn't over yet, but ABC News is concentrating some reporting on what life will be like when it is. A network-wide series of reports next week on "The New Normal" will look at how businesses and personal habits have changed in the wake of the recession. "World News," "Nightline" and "Good Morning America" will all do stories, culminating in a "20/20" special on June 19. ABC News President David Westin said the network has held a series of off-the-record meetings with economists, business leaders and regulators over the past year and he was struck...
  • Gingrich sees war on terror lasting 50 to 70 more years

    08/13/2005 12:45:26 PM PDT · by AlwaysFree · 51 replies · 1,398+ views
    Globe Gazette ^ | August 13, 2005 | DAN GEARINO
    DES MOINES — Former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich said Friday that Americans need to be ready to wage the war on terrorism for 50 to 70 more years. The possible 2008 Republican presidential candidate also called for a restructuring of presidential debates and campaign events to bring more substance and fewer shrill attacks.
  • Standard deviance - redefinition of bad behavior as "normal" (thanks to "progressive" liberals)

    06/06/2005 7:55:00 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 11 replies · 670+ views
    WORLD MAGAZINE.COM ^ | JUNE 6, 2005 | MARVIN OLASKY
    Anne Hendershott, a professor of sociology at the University of San Diego, boldly uses in the title of her latest book, The Politics of Deviance (Encounter, 2004), a word that many dare no longer speak. WORLD: Is anything deviant anymore? Hendershott: We have become reluctant to label behaviors "deviant." Drug abuse, promiscuity, abortion, and even homosexual acts are all behaviors that in the past were viewed as quite deviant. Today, in many cases, these behaviors have been normalized—or, as the late Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan said, we have "defined deviancy down." I was curious how that happened and decided to...
  • We are still at war -

    12/30/2003 8:30:35 PM PST · by UnklGene · 21 replies · 205+ views
    The Telegraph - UK ^ | December 31, 2003 | Editorial
    We are still at war - (Filed: 31/12/2003) Following September 11, 2001, George W Bush warned that the war on terrorists and their sponsors would be long and of global reach. Persistent pursuit of such a goal was always going to be hard to maintain, whether because of the softer options offered the electorate by the political opposition or through bureaucratic inertia. Sensing this, two neo-conservatives, David Frum and Richard Perle, have issued a renewed wake-up call in a book to be published tomorrow . "We can feel the will to win ebbing in Washington," they write in An End...
  • Spain's Aznar Says World a Safer Place Since Fall of Baghdad

    06/17/2003 11:02:17 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 2 replies · 147+ views
    Tehran Times ^ | June 17 2003
    ATHENS -- The world is much safer since the fall of Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein, Spanish Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar alleged in an interview published on Sunday. "Saddam Hussein's insistence on acquiring weapons of mass destruction and the danger of some of these weapons falling into the hands of terrorists made his regime an extremely serious danger to international security," Aznar told AFP. "The world is undoubtedly safer," he told Greek daily newspaper Kathimerini. Aznar, who was one of the staunchest backers of the US-led war on oil-rich Iraq in the face of massive opposition to the invasion from...
  • George F. Will: Democrats' weakening radar

    06/17/2003 12:44:38 PM PDT · by greydog · 17 replies · 144+ views
    The Sacremento Bee ^ | Published June 17, 2003 | By George F. Will
    <p>WASHINGTON -- The contours of the political landscape are becoming increasingly inhospitable to Democrats. This is partly because of what Democrats are, partly because of what they have done to themselves with campaign finance reform, partly because demographic changes are weakening one of their signature issues and partly because of a conflict between their ideology and fiscal facts.</p>
  • Democrats locked out of the process

    06/08/2003 8:22:03 PM PDT · by Bubba_Leroy · 39 replies · 260+ views
    Contra Costa Times ^ | June 8, 2003 | DANIEL BORENSTEIN
    WITH REPUBLICANS controlling the House, the Senate and the presidency, Democrats on Capitol Hill feel isolated. "We might as well get in a bus and go to some motel like the Texas legislators," said Rep. Pete Stark, D-Fremont. "We literally have been locked out of the process." Democrats dominate the East Bay's congressional delegation: Stark, George Miller of Martinez, Ellen Tauscher of Alamo and Barbara Lee of Oakland. Miller and Stark have been around long enough to remember much of the four decades that their party controlled the House of Representatives. That ended with the Newt Gingrich revolution in 1994....
  • Survey shows Americans less trusting, more suspicious than ever

    06/08/2003 3:42:18 AM PDT · by sarcasm · 1 replies · 155+ views
    Chicago Tribune via Pioneer Press ^ | June 8, 2003 | GREG BURNS
    CHICAGO - Cynthia Ivie will organize the closet, plan the move, pay the bills and collect all the documents at tax time. You just have to trust her. Believe it or not, some people do. Ivie makes a living by convincing strangers to let her company, Loose Ends, manage their private affairs for a fee. Ah, trust me. < SNIP > The mother of such surveys, at the University of Chicago's National Opinion Research Center, reveals the depressing truth in a few simple numbers. Asked whether "most people can be trusted," 53 percent of Americans agreed in 1964. That dropped...
  • We're in the era of hyperpartisanship

    05/31/2003 6:52:05 AM PDT · by truthandlife · 16 replies · 194+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | 5/30/03 | E.J. Dionne
    <p>President Bush's signature on his big tax cut bill Wednesday marked a watershed in American politics.</p> <p>The rules of policy-making that have applied since the end of World War II are now irrelevant. A narrow Republican majority will work its partisan will, no matter what. Democrats, at least until 2004, will have the grim satisfaction of being a relatively unified opposition that will suffer just enough defections to fail at the finish line.</p>
  • Bush-GOP ferocity alters American politics

    05/30/2003 11:01:24 PM PDT · by LdSentinal · 59 replies · 217+ views
    The Seattle Times ^ | 5/30/03 | E.J. Dionne
    <p>WASHINGTON — President Bush's signature on his big tax cut bill Wednesday marked a watershed in American politics.</p> <p>The rules of policy-making that have applied since the end of World War II are now irrelevant. A narrow Republican majority will work its partisan will, no matter what. Democrats, at least until 2004, will have the grim satisfaction of being a relatively unified opposition that will suffer just enough defections to fail at the finish line.</p>
  • Buchanan: The Radicalization of Middle America

    05/27/2003 4:50:06 PM PDT · by cgk · 39 replies · 281+ views
    World Net Daily ^ | 5-27-03 | Pat Buchanan
    The radicalization of middle AmericaPat Buchanan (archive) May 27, 2003 | Print | Send"A well-heeled audience booed the Dixie Chicks plenty during country music's biggest night of the year Wednesday -- proof that patriotism continues to run deep through America." So writes Jennifer Harper, embedded correspondent of the culture wars for The Washington Times, about the reception given the famous girl group every time their name came up at the Country Music Awards in Las Vegas."They're still all riled up," writes Harper. Indeed, America is "all riled up," and something is going on out there. Call it the radicalization of...
  • Buoyed by Resurgence, G.O.P. Strives for an Era of Dominance (Adam Clymer Alert)

    05/24/2003 12:57:18 PM PDT · by Dog Gone · 31 replies · 250+ views
    New York Times ^ | May 24, 2003 | ADAM CLYMER
    EELAND, Mich. — The Republican Party's dream of becoming the dominant party was on full display the other day at the Ottawa County Lincoln Day dinner here. Although George W. Bush lost Michigan in 2000 and the state elected a Democratic governor last November, the national and state party officials heaping roast beef and chicken onto their plates at the local fish and game club were buoyantly predicting they would take the state in 2004.The attorney general of Michigan, Mike Cox, elected in 2002 by 5,200 votes after carrying Ottawa County by 40,712, said President Bush could count on a...
  • Missile shield gains support across globe

    05/21/2003 2:05:19 AM PDT · by kattracks · 6 replies · 155+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 5/21/03 | Bill Sammon
    <p>The White House yesterday announced that global opposition to President Bush's missile-defense plan largely has collapsed in the wake of the war against terrorism, causing a "sea change" of views even in nations such as Russia, which once opposed the plan.</p>
  • Minnesota's Right Turn

    05/15/2003 12:17:22 PM PDT · by My2Cents · 9 replies · 170+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 5/15/03 | John Fund
    <p>Minnesota has produced many liberal politicians, from Hubert Humphrey and Eugene McCarthy to Walter Mondale and Paul Wellstone. But the state is changing and is now also producing conservative leaders such as Tim Pawlenty, the new governor, and Sen. Norm Coleman, who defeated Mr. Mondale last year in a classic left-right confrontation. Al Gore won Minnesota by only 2.4% of the vote, as George W. Bush carried 10 counties that voted for George McGovern in 1972. Compassionate conservatism may be about to get the upper hand over old-fashioned progressive politics in one of the nation's original welfare states.</p>
  • Republicans Capitalize on Election Landslide [AP - MN is becoming a red state]

    05/14/2003 11:06:04 AM PDT · by Gideon7 · 13 replies · 173+ views
    Duluth News Tribune ^ | May 12, 2003 | Associated Press
    ST. PAUL - Minnesota's Republicans have translated their sweeping wins in last year's election into swift victories in this year's legislative session. A 24-hour waiting period on abortions was signed into law. Permits to carry handguns in public will soon be available to more people. And the Department of Children, Families and Learning is dismantling the Profile of Learning and building a set of academic standards from scratch. All those issues had some DFL backing, but they've topped the Republican agenda for years. While support has grown incrementally since Republicans took control of the House in 1999, the stronger conservative...
  • How the left shoved me to the right (vanity)

    05/14/2003 8:54:34 AM PDT · by NietzschesJoker · 82 replies · 270+ views
    NietzschesJoker
    How the Left Shoved Me to the Right How much do I know To talk out of turn You might say that I'm young You might say I'm unlearned But there's one thing I know Though I'm younger than you Even Jesus would never Forgive what you do. --Bob Dylan, Masters of War Although the preceding excerpt is from a song that has been heard at countless war protests since 1963, when I listen to this particular verse I am prompted to think of those Americans who protested the war in Iraq. Those whose self-righteousness and yearning to see President...
  • 'Culture lag' catches up to America

    05/12/2003 4:17:04 PM PDT · by Pan_Yans Wife · 7 replies · 443+ views
    The events of Sept. 11 loom so large in our public and private consciousness that they now form the context in which everything else takes place. They altered the course of history; they altered how we see the world around us. And they will alter the future just as surely as they have altered the past.
  • As Others See Us : Reading America

    05/10/2003 8:36:19 PM PDT · by gcruse · 16 replies · 271+ views
    OpenDemocracy ^ | May 2, 2003 | Stephan Straub
    As some others see us: Reading America Stefan Straub 2 - 5 - 2003 So you think you know America? A critical look at the latest columns of some of the most syndicated columnists in the United States leaves this European writer alarmed by a volley of words that can cause nothing but trouble. As America sets out to craft the world in its own image and according to its self-interests, we non-Americans often scramble to find out what’s really going on. What are Americans thinking? Who said what? What is happening over there? We try to find out...
  • The Country of Country (lefty snob alert)

    05/09/2003 7:41:03 PM PDT · by Pokey78 · 16 replies · 299+ views
    The New York Times Magazine ^ | 05/11/03 | ANN PATCHETT
    Last week, I watched ''Wag the Dog,'' the 1997 Barry Levinson film about a Hollywood producer who is hired to create a television war to cover up a domestic crisis. The first call he makes is to a character played by Willie Nelson. Every war needs a theme song after all, even a fake war, and so Willie flies out to California and walks around the swimming pool, strumming his guitar and riffing on words like ''America'' and ''proud'' and ''free.'' Country music is not providing the soundtrack to American life on an average day, unless you count the crossovers,...
  • Norway's Small Military Plays Big For Global Role

    05/09/2003 6:15:58 AM PDT · by DeuceTraveler · 4 replies · 489+ views
    Wall Street Journal | May 9, 2003 | Philip Shishkin
    Wall Street Journal May 9, 2003 Norway's Small Military Plays Big For Global Role By Philip Shishkin, Staff Reporter Of The Wall Street Journal RENA, Norway -- On a moonlit winter night in 1943, a small team of Norwegian commandos parachuted from a British plane into the freezing void over Nazi-occupied Norway. Trekking on skis through harsh mountain terrain, the soldiers sneaked up to a factory producing "heavy water," a hydrogen-rich compound vital for Adolf Hitler's plans to develop an atomic bomb. The commandos slipped through the German patrols, blew up the factory and disappeared without losing a single soldier....
  • Dems tone deaf to nation's mood

    05/09/2003 4:06:47 AM PDT · by kattracks · 20 replies · 171+ views
    Boston Herald ^ | 5/09/03 | A Boston Herald editorial
    Congressional Democrats must truly be aiming for permanent minority status, so tone deaf are they in their criticism of President Bush.<!ENDSUMM!> This time the Democrats are working themselves into a frenzy over the president's address last week from the deck of the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln. Anyone who watched the president's jet ``catch the wire'' live on TV or later in reruns couldn't help but feel the excitement and the delight for those 5,000 American men and women thrilled to get a visit from their commander in chief. Now Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) has asked the General Accounting...
  • Ushering in a Republican age

    05/06/2003 9:40:32 PM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 3 replies · 174+ views
    TownHall.com ^ | Wednesday, May 7, 2003 | by Ben Shapiro
    With the Democratic presidential candidates battling it out for a chance to be creamed by George W. Bush, reading the newspapers these days feels very much like 1972. The Democrats are moving left, the incumbent president is popular, and it looks like the Democrats may be out of power for decades. After 1972, the Democrats were bailed out by Watergate. This time, they'll need an act of God. The parallels between 1972 and 2003 for the Democrats are striking. Even their candidates look the same. Immediately following the 1968 election, the strongest Democrat was Teddy Kennedy. Then, Kennedy drove his...
  • A Tale of Two Nations

    05/05/2003 11:20:08 AM PDT · by Maigret · 10 replies · 194+ views
    Jewish World Review ^ | 5/5/03 | Michael Barone
    A tale of two nations Michael Barone Who has not been impressed by the American military personnel we have been seeing over these past two months? Calm, terse, determined, brave, confident--above all, competent, able to vanquish the enemy and spare the innocent with astonishingly low casualties. And yet a few years ago most of these young men and women were typical American 18-year-olds, most of whom don't seem competent at much of anything. One of the peculiar features of our country is that we produce incompetent 18-year-olds and remarkably competent 30-year-olds. Americans at 18 typically score lower on standardized tests...
  • The Theme Is Freedom

    05/02/2003 7:39:19 AM PDT · by Pokey78 · 2 replies · 177+ views
    National Review ^ | 05/02/03 | Gleaves Whitney
    A new May Day. The stagecraft was masterful. As the president spoke, the world's attention was as much on the ship as on the speech. Our plain-speaking commander in chief commended America's men and women in uniform. He did not hesitate to call our struggle a triumph over "the forces of evil." He asserted that "This is a victory of more than arms alone. This is a victory of liberty over tyranny." The president then reminded listeners that America is "the strongest nation on earth," and with this status comes "burdens and responsibilities": "It is not yet the day for...
  • Domestic good news

    05/02/2003 12:35:28 AM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 1 replies · 166+ views
    Washington Times ^ | Friday, May 2, 2003 | Mona Charen
    <p>Gather round, children, and listen to a story about the kinds of news that used to preoccupy Americans before war in Iraq, war in Afghanistan, terrorism, a nearly stolen election and Monica Lewinsky.</p> <p>Before those massive earthquakes hit America, we spent a good deal of time, passion and heat debating other matters — some trivial, some not.</p>
  • The newest war hawks (women)

    04/26/2003 8:51:20 PM PDT · by Pokey78 · 25 replies · 203+ views
    U.S. News ^ | 05/05/03 | Gloria Borger
    Let's start with some basic assumptions: By and large, women do not like the idea of war. They do not play war as children; they do not promote war as adults; as mothers and wives, they do not like to send their families to fight. And now, they fear war as soldiers themselves. In fact, for the past two decades it has always been a good bet that Democrats could count on women to applaud when they complained about those warmongering Republicans. Remember Ronald Reagan's huge gender gap? He wanted to build more nukes while cutting money for school lunches....
  • SAY UNCLE, WALTER(CRONKITE-HAS THE WORM TURNED??)

    04/24/2003 12:21:15 PM PDT · by wayoverontheright · 22 replies · 458+ views
    Front Page Magazine ^ | 4-24-03 | Noemie Emery
    SOME TIME in the morning of April 9, 2003, as the statue of Saddam Hussein was being hauled down in Baghdad, another statue--of Walter Cronkite, famed CBS newsman--hacked at with hammers by various bloggers, also came crashing down. Cronkite, once called "the most trusted man in America," was believed by President Lyndon B. Johnson to have turned the American public against the Vietnam War. This time, Cronkite had done his best to turn the American public against the war in Iraq, but no one paid any attention. Of course, he had been out of public life for quite a long...