Iraq Study Group to Call for Pullback ( or Vietnamization Returns in 2007)

The WaPo reports today: “Study group to call for pullback,” and notes that the Iraq panel does not call for timetable. The Iraq Study Group, which wrapped up eight months of deliberations yesterday, has reached a consensus and will call for a major withdrawal of U.S. forces from Iraq, shifting the U.S. role from combat to support and advising, according to a source familiar with the deliberations. Can you say, Good Morning AGAIN Vietnam? As usual, this administration reapplies the same wrong lessons from 1968. All we need now to complete the trifecta of idiocy is for McCain to say “peace with honor” and come up with a “secret plan for peace”……..get out your tie-die shirts, mood rings, and Jim … Continue reading

Another Media Double Standard: Only Republicans can Nominate Candidates From Their Home Region

OK so the doctrine of preemption didn’t work in Iraq, but I bet it’ll work here. Whether the nominee is Kerry or anybody from the Northeast, I guarantee you’ll hear media pundits (and not just the Rush Limbaughs of the world) say the following: A northeastern Democrat can’t win. Should Republicans nominate a southerner or another Goldwater (i.e. a westerner with strong southern sympathies) the reaction of most media folks will be… silence. Why can’t Dems nominate somebody from their base region? Republicans have only been doing it since the Civil War for chrissake. Don’t believe me, well consider this. From 1860 to 1960 the Republican base was loosely outside the South (Confederacy plus Kentucky and Oklahoma) and was especially … Continue reading

Would the World’s Largest Science Teacher’s Organization Ignore Climate Change Education?

EDITORS NOTE: Today’s Guest Post is from John F. Borowski. John is a science teacher of 26 years whose pieces have appeared in the N.Y. Times, UTNE Reader, Counterpunch, Commondreams and many other sites. The National Teachers Association (NSTA) has spurned 50,000 free DVDs of Al Gore’s “An Inconvenient Truth” and is squandering a golden opportunity to educate tens of millions of youth in the United States! Why? This 55,000- member organization of teachers and scientists could use Al Gore’s film to orchestrate the single most influential educational goal in human history: the awareness and subsequent solving of climate change. There is no denying the escalating list of climate change evidence: from the potential extinction of Polar bears and retreating … Continue reading

The Rich Get Richer, The Poor Get Whataburger

Cross Posted From Article of Faith: Anyone else shocked at the competing stories this morning in the Times about rich and poor in America? Gilded Paychecks: “The opportunity to become abundantly rich is a recent phenomenon not only in medicine, but in a growing number of other professions and occupations. In each case, the great majority still earn fairly uniform six-figure incomes, usually less than $400,000 a year, government data show. But starting in the 1990s, a significant number began to earn much more, creating a two-tier income stratum within such occupations.” They are referring to those in academia, lawyers, medical doctors, etc. And just when it’s easy to say “those bastards, I bet I could be pulling fifty times … Continue reading

Blogger Highlight: Oh, Come On! News From The War On Christmas?

Todays Blogger Highlight comes from Dizzy Dezzi. This may be one of the most insane things that I have heard of in quite some time. Today’s dose of s.t.f.u. goes to some of the residents of a home owners association in Pagosa Springs, CO! Apparently some dolts have a problem with the following decorative wreath: Colorado Subdivision Bans Peace Wreath After Residents Say Sign Is Anti-Iraq Protest Or Symbol Of Satan… DENVER – A homeowners association in southwestern Colorado has threatened to fine a resident $25 a day until she removes a Christmas wreath with a peace sign that some say is an anti- Iraq war protest or a symbol of Satan. Some residents who have complained have children serving … Continue reading

Small yellow bus of Republican quotes

Hop on aboard Republicans, continue your trip to the school of hard knocks. I deserve respect for the things I did not do.—Dan Quayle El Salvador is a democracy so it’s not surprising that there are many voices to be heard here. Yet in my conversations with Salvadorans… I have heard a single voice.—Dan Quayle It’s wonderful to be here in the great state of Chicago.—Dan Quayle Republicans have been accused of abandoning the poor. It’s the other way around. They never vote for us.—Dan Quayle Bring them on.—George W. Bush I believe a marriage is between a man and a woman.—George W. Bush I don’t see how you can lead this country to succeed in Iraq if you say … Continue reading

State Initiatives to Lift the Working Poor

Many states are raising minimum wages and their own Earned Income Tax Credits Recent wage gains and two consecutive months of falling prices, especially for gasoline, have raised real average hourly earnings, which should finish positive for 2006, as described here. There will be attempts to claim credit for this good news for low-wage workers. If the president or any other federal official tries to take the credit, we should be skeptical. The real credit goes to a select group of state governments, whose efforts to raise minimum wages and earned income tax credits have made significant strides to raise low-income workers above the poverty line. The president and Republican-led U.S. Congress had nothing to do with it. According to … Continue reading