Tuning Out the Democrats →
sarahlee310: blissandzen: A professional polling CEO, married to a Democratic Congresswoman, on why people prefer Democratic ideas but vote for Republicans. Worth the read. Agree with blissandzen. Now let’s hope our Democratic leaders read as well.
Republicans aren’t just radicalized, aren’t just pursuing an extreme agenda, and...– Extortion politics: a new form of governing (via ryking)
Republicans — and even some Democrats — think that the Obama administration...– Ezra Klein (via soupsoup)
And then there are the reported terms of the deal, which amount to an abject...– Paul Krugman, The President Surrenders - NYTimes “Huge win for Obama: Across the board spending cuts in trigger would not take effect until 2013 — when Bush tax cuts expire.” - @StevenTDennis Krugman writes that Obama “surrendered last December.” But as I wrote here, Obama was the clear winner...
"Anyone who claims we don’t have class warfare in...
thepoliticalpartygirl: - Meg, of Cognitive Dissonance
If my fellow Democrats and all those progressives wanted to govern without...– Clinton Counterfactuals | Talking Points Memo (via apsies)
If this is going to be a Christian nation that doesn’t help the poor,...– Stephen Colbert RANTINGS OR CATHARSIS? Power of the Written Word: Thoughts on our “Christian nation”
In your hands, my dissatisfied fellow-countrymen, and not in mine, is the...– Abraham Lincoln: First Inaugural Address (via apsies)
What both of those great politicians understood by then was that there may be...– Christopher on Abraham Lincoln, Stephen Douglas and Barack Obama Rhetorical Parallels Between Lincoln, Obama - The Daily Beast
The rhetoric in 1860, as now, was essentially about throwing off the burden of...– Rhetorical Parallels Between Lincoln, Obama - The Daily Beast (via apsies)
Star Wars vs Harry Potter
Didn’t like a bill? Delay didn’t care – it was your job to vote for the...– This is why the tea party thinks they can screw with Boehner, and why they are right. (via megancarpentier) Or “Boehner is a spineless jerk.” (via drunkengenius)
if Obama invoked the Fourteenth Amendment to raise the debt ceiling...– How Would The Supreme Court Rule On Obama Raising The Debt Ceiling Himself? | The New Republic
Heating Your House With A Hard Drive - The Dish |... →
Although winter is still a ways off, Microsoft Research has proposed a novel idea: install a computer server where a heater would normally go. The exhaust air from servers is between 104 to 122 degrees Fahrenheit: Channeling that excess heat could turn a regular old server into a “data furnace” that keeps homeowners warm in the winter, dries their clothes and heats their shower water. …...
The simplistic Big Idea that defines today’s Republican Party is that taxes are...– Eugene Robinson (via alcaniglia)
House Committee passes bill requiring your ISP to... →
missshirley: There’s a contact-your-representative-in-opposition form at the link.
Fifth-Year Senior: Why Making High School Longer... →
girlwithalessonplan: infoneer-pulse: After four years of high school, you were probably pretty ready to graduate. But what if you could have earned college credit if you stayed for a fifth year? Students in Maine might soon get the option to do just that. In order to ensure that the state is truly preparing the workforce of the future, governor Paul LePage followed up on a campaign promise...
On the one hand, much of Wall Street is insisting that the whole fight is...– Stan Collender. Quote For The Day II - The Dish | By Andrew Sullivan - The Daily Beast
So while presidential candidates always move to the middle–George W. Bush was a...– Barack Obama, the Great Triangulator | Swampland (via apsies)
It's all academic, anyway, right?
alcaniglia: One of the complaints from Republicans about the proposal in the Senate is that it counts approximately $1 Trillion in savings from ending the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. It doesn’t count because the President already intends to end those wars anyway. It’s not a real cut because even though the money is on the books to be spent, they don’t intend to spend it, so not spending it...
It's not so funny now, is it?
jayrosen: Ron Suskind in the New York Times, October 17, 2004 In the summer of 2002, after I had written an article in Esquire that the White House didn’t like about Bush’s former communications director, Karen Hughes, I had a meeting with a senior adviser to Bush. He expressed the White House’s displeasure, and then he told me something that at the time I didn’t fully comprehend — but which I...
America’s political parties are entrenched precisely because getting major...– What Problem Would A ‘Radical Centrist’ President Solve? | ThinkProgress
Most Americans, regardless of political party, don’t understand how we can ask a...– President Obama on the debt-limit compromise (via athivee)
Violence and Christianity
liberal-life: Christians are often reluctant to see the connections between their religion and extreme violence. They will dismiss it as “madness” rather than confront the Christian element directly. As a woman interviewed in Oslo observed, “If Islamic people do something bad, you think, ‘Oh, it’s Muslims,’ ” she said. “But if a white Protestant does something bad, you just think he’s mad....