Monthly Archives: July 2011

John Avalon on the Debt Ceiling Crisis

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2011/07/26/debt-ceiling-crisis-boehner-s-hypocritical-response.html 'As you watch this drama play out over the next seven days, don’t forget that this is an entirely forced fire-drill.  The debt ceiling has been raised more or less automatically in the past—77 times since JFK, including 18 … Continue reading

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Queer Atheist on John Huntsman

Just one more plutocratic political romantic to add to an already overcrowded field of Sclerotic Old White Guys and their surrogates. That Mr. Huntsman is a proponent of Civil Unions is a sop to the Log Cabins and their delusion … Continue reading

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Framing Muslims in Norway

http://harvardpress.typepad.com/hup_publicity/2011/07/framing-muslims-in-norway.html

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David Brooks, Congress In the Lead by Political Cynic

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/26/opinion/26brooks.html?ref=opinion   ‘Some of us like to think big. We thought at the beginning of this debt crisis that it might be possible to reach a Grand Bargain. This deal would make a serious dent in the country’s awful debt … Continue reading

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George F.Will, Congress stands its ground by Political Observer

http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/congress-stands-its-ground/2011/07/25/gIQAmvNsYI_story.html?wpisrc=nl_opinions   George F. Will has been a Republican Party operative since the days of his duel employment by President Reagan and ABC News. While that is old news, indeed, it was a flagrant breach of the public trust, the … Continue reading

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Books of Interest: Imagining Nabokov, Russia Between Art and Politics by Nina L. Khrushcheva

http://yalepress.yale.edu/yupbooks/book.asp?isbn=9780300108866 Corrected I first heard an interview with Professor Khrushcheva on Live From The Left Coast with Ian Masters on KPFK, some years ago. Mr. Masters is an informed and intelligent questioner, he is without doubt the best I’ve listened … Continue reading

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Charles Krauthammer on the Debt Ceiling Battle by Almost Marx

http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/the-half-trillion-plan/2011/07/21/gIQA0gnhSI_story.html?wpisrc=nl_opinions   Here is Charles Krauthammer’s latest collection of statistics proving that President Obama is a liar and that The Republican Party is the Party of Political/Economic virtue.  Should any reader of this bold, even impudent, political essay be at … Continue reading

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George Will’s advice to the Tea Party by Political Observer

http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/sustaining-the-unsustainable/2011/07/21/gIQAI6mtRI_story.html?wpisrc=nl_opinions   ‘The Tea Party, the most welcome political development since the Goldwater insurgency in 1964, lacks only the patience necessary when America lacks the consensus required to propel fundamental change through our constitutional system of checks and balances. If … Continue reading

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David Brooks on The Autonomy of Ideas by Political Observer

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/22/opinion/22brooks.html?_r=1&hp   This Dramaturge, this master of Platonic essences, confects for his readers amusement another installment of The American Political Melodrama set against the imminent collapse of the The Empire’s good faith and credit.  This essay resembles thinking as a … Continue reading

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SPLC Sues Minnesota School District to Protect LGBT Students from Harassment, Hostile Environment

http://www.splcenter.org/get-informed/news/why-were-suing-minnesota-s-anoka-hennepin-school-district

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