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Archive for December 27th, 2008

Don’t Be Fooled by Bush’s Farewell Tour

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on December 27th, 2008 5:38 am by HL

Don’t Be Fooled by Bush’s Farewell Tour

The 43rd president is going home with less remorse and fewer regrets than my grandchildren express for spilling their cereal.

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What Nixon Admitted (and Cheney Won’t)

To understand the philosophy of government that Dick Cheney brought to Washington over the past seven years, it is most instructive to see “Frost/Nixon,” with Frank Langella’s remarkable reanimation of Tricky Dick for a generation that never knew him.

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Poll Finds Obama Is the Most Admired Man

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First he wins the presidency of the U.S., then he wins Time’s Man of the Year. Now a poll shows that Barack Obama holds a sizable lead among Americans as the most admired man in the world. Coming second was George W. Bush and third was John McCain, proving once again the horrible imagination Americans have when finding inspiration outside politics.


The Guardian:

President-elect Barack Obama is the man Americans say they admire most in the world, according to a USA Today/Gallup poll published today.

32% of those questioned said Obama was the man they most admired compared with 5% for President George W Bush who came in second. Defeated Republican presidential candidate John McCain came in third with 3%.

Hillary Clinton leads the list of most admired women with 20%, according to the poll. She has held this spot for 13 of the past 16 years, as first lady, then New York senator and now Obama’s choice to be secretary of state.

Alaska governor Sarah Palin, unknown in much of the US until she became the Republican party’s vice presidential candidate in the November elections, was the second most admired woman with 11%. Television talk show host Oprah Winfrey is third with 8%.

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Sarah Palin 2009 Calendar Tops On Amazon

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on December 27th, 2008 5:37 am by HL

Sarah Palin 2009 Calendar Tops On Amazon
Want to spend the next 12 months with Sarah Palin? Apparently many people do, as the 2009 Sarah Palin calendar is currently the number one…

Shuja Nawaz: Brinksmanship in South Asia: A Dangerous Scenario
If India and Pakistan go to war, the world will lose. Big time. By putting conventional military pressure on Pakistan, is India calling what it perceives to be Pakistan’s bluff under the belief that the U.S. will force nuclear restraint on Pakistan?

Harry Reid Faces Uphill Re-Election Bid
Sen. Harry Reid will command the biggest party majority of any Senate leader in a quarter century when the new Congress convenes in January. But…

Diane Dimond: The Crime and Justice Wish List For 2009
I hope those in charge of our court system focus more on the intent of the law and less on the loopholes that let criminals walk free.

Obamas Catch Dolphin Show, Eat Shave Ice
WAIMANALO, Hawaii — A day after spending a quiet Christmas evening at their vacation retreat, President-elect Barack Obama and his children watched a dolphin show…


Living Their Faith in Afghanistan

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on December 27th, 2008 5:36 am by HL

Living Their Faith in Afghanistan
WASHINGTON — Each era depicts Jesus in its own characteristic way, and the late historian Jaroslav Pelikan wove a brilliant book around this theme. He traced images of Jesus from the earliest days of Christianity as “the rabbi” and “the king of kings” to more modern portrayals as “the teacher of common sense,” “the poet of the spirit” and “the liberator.” The Jesus of Christmas, Pelikan tells us in “Jesus Through the Centuries,” owes a particular debt to St. Francis of Assisi, who preached “a new and deeper awareness of the humanity of Christ, as disclosed in his nativity and in his sufferings.”

George Bush, Protectionist
“I’ve abandoned free-market principles to save the free-market system,” President Bush told CNN, defending his offer of $17 billion in loans to the Big Three “to make sure the economy doesn’t collapse.” Thus did Bush concede that protectionism, if a critical U.S. industry is in peril, must trump free-trade ideology. For in offering the bailout to GM, Ford and Chrysler, Bush, by omission, excluded BMW, Mercedes, Honda, Toyota, Nissan and Hyundai — though all operate auto plants here in the United States and all are feeling the same sales slump.


SECer: Under Cox, Subpoena Power For Probes Harder To Obtain

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on December 27th, 2008 5:35 am by HL

SECer: Under Cox, Subpoena Power For Probes Harder To Obtain
In his statement released last week in response to the SEC’s failure to catch Bernard Madoff’s alleged “$50 billion ponzi scheme”, commission chair Chris Cox lamented his staff’s failure, during previous investigations, to seek subpoenas to compel Madoff to provide…

‘Whistle-Blower’ Complaint Latest Twist In Ted Stevens Case
It’s now been about two months since Ted Stevens’ conviction on seven counts of making false statements on his Senate financial disclosure forms, and there’s yet another twist in the case, this time in the form of new allegations of…

The Daily Muck
A witness in Sen. Ted Stevens’ (R-AK) trial says he wouldn’t have testified if he had known he had no immunity. Despite previously stating he had no deal with the Justice Department, welder David Anderson now says otherwise in a…


Sex and Money: Are Women Regulators Different?

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on December 27th, 2008 5:33 am by HL

Sex and Money: Are Women Regulators Different?
It is hard not to notice that two of the regulators who stand out for doing the right thing in this incredible financial mess are women.

Don’t Blame Pop Culture For Teen Misbehavior
Poverty and family abuse — not TV or the Internet — are the causes of teen violence, drug and alcohol abuse, and unplanned pregnancy.

Sex and Money: Are Women Regulators Different?
It is hard not to notice that two of the regulators who stand out for doing the right thing in this incredible financial mess are women.

Leaving Las Vegas: Are Americans Ready to Put Cataclysmic Consumption and Hedonism Behind Them?
Will we finally accept the public policy and lifestyle changes that the real world now requires? Or will "Viva Las Vegas" always be America’s motto?

Dope Menace: The Sensational World of Drug Paperbacks
Famed for their campy kitsch, gloriously bad writing and outlandish misinformation, drug paperback books embodied seductive cultural taboos.


No Preconditions, Redux

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on December 27th, 2008 5:32 am by HL

No Preconditions, Redux
First time tragedy, second time farce, fifth (sixth, etc.,) time, repetition compulsion. This morning on the radio, Israel’s wake-up: Benny Begin, the son of Menachem, now high on the Likud list, is warning about Olmert’s negotiations with Syria: “There must…

What Every Child Knows
Over 8o Qassam missiles landed in areas bordering Gaza over the past 24 hours. Nobody should doubt how insufferable this is. But what should Israel do? Every child knows that you are attacked because the other person doesn’t realize you…

The Problem is Not Executive Compensation or Greed
During the auto bailout thread, JohnW1141 made the point that my discussion was focusing on “Wall Street” and “corporations” instead of the executives.? As he argues, “Wall Street, Corporations, Banks, etc. are abstract words that I think most of the…


Laws to Track Sex Offenders Encouraging Homelessness

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on December 27th, 2008 5:31 am by HL

Laws to Track Sex Offenders Encouraging Homelessness
LOS ANGELES — Upon release from state custody, Ross Wollschlager began an intensive search for a home, one that abided by the restrictions imposed on convicted sex offenders in California — and, in various versions, by about 30 other states. Obliged by law to return to Ventura County, the…

Obama and Family Venture Out in Hawaii
WAIMANALO, Hawaii, Dec. 26 — President-elect Barack Obama interrupted what has been a reclusive Hawaiian vacation Friday by taking his daughters and a caravan of family friends to a marine amusement park and to a mobbed shopping center.

Like Many States, Ohio Reaches for A Lifeline
COLUMBUS, Ohio — As the economy sputters and tax revenue plummets, governors and mayors across the United States are lining up to ask President-elect Barack Obama and the new Congress for hundreds of billions of dollars to plug holes in their budgets, arguing that services will suffer and…