31 Dec 2010

Ideology Means Little to Those Intent on Corporate Welfare

Sadly, the actions of politicians in Washington are often more about ripping off the public to benefit a handful of well-connected and extremely wealthy donors while having little to do with any form of actual ideology or governing philosophy. In fact, nearly identical schemes to enrich large corporations at the expense of the public are used by both parties. The parties then take turns pretending this policy design is an outrage against conservatism or liberalism.

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31 Dec 2010

UN Chief Fears Resumption of Civil War in Ivory Coast

I’m interested in the Ivory Coast story because of a) the past inability for a peaceful transition of power on the African continent, which is a serious foreign policy problem, and b) the potential for mass death. Ban Ki-moon, the Secretary General of the UN, raises the threat of the second.

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31 Dec 2010

What FDL Writers Foundation Means to Me, and to You

Please support the FDL Writers Foundation with a tax-deductible gift today. You’ll thank yourself later, when the next project arrives and FDL writers are there, giving you a front-row seat as you are present at the creation of a new media paradigm.

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31 Dec 2010

Manning And Assange Did Not Commit A Crime

Whistleblower sources and the journalists who publish the classified information that they receive from them, form an inseparable and indivisible conjunction at the intersection of the Freedom of Speech and Freedom of the Press Clauses of the First Amendment and the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment and the selective prosecution rule. In other words, there is a sacrosanct relationship that must be protected between whistleblowers seeking to inform the public about government misconduct by revealing classified information to journalists and the journalists who acquire that classified information and publish it in service to the public’s right to know what its government is doing.

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31 Dec 2010

Ideology Means Little to Those Intent on Corporate Welfare

Sadly, the actions of politicians in Washington are often more about ripping off the public to benefit a handful of well-connected and extremely wealthy donors while having little to do with any form of actual ideology or governing philosophy. In fact, nearly identical schemes to enrich large corporations at the

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31 Dec 2010

Some End of the Year Cluelessness

So here we are on the last day of 2010. Because New Years Day is on Saturday this year, a lot of people have the day off, joining all of us who are members of the long term un/underemployed in watching the world go by. But I can’t let the day go without highlighting a couple of end of the year news dump articles in today’s NY Times.

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31 Dec 2010

Eleven for ’11: Ten Big Things to Watch in 2011 (and One You’ll Be Compelled to Watch Like a Car Wreck)

It’s worth mapping out what will be the biggest stories to chronicle in 2011, what I’ll be looking toward. I’m not at all surprised that this list includes only one actual set of legislation from Congress; the action will occur elsewhere next year.

So here’s the list of 10 (plus one), in a sort-of descending order of importance.

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31 Dec 2010

We’ll Take a Cup of Kindness Yet

That lesson will be learned, it will be learned very well in the years to come. So keep the faith, keep telling the truth, it will finally be heard, it will finally be believed, it will set us all free. That Cup of Kindness will be passed among us, it will not be bought and sold, it will be shared, and all will drink from it. Corporate capitalism will be gone from this world, it’ll be as gone as the divine right of kings, it’ll be stone-cold dead and buried a mile deep in an unmarked grave on the dark side of the moon.

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31 Dec 2010

Stop the D.C. attack on the $2.2 trillion Social Security Old Age, Disability and Survivors INSURANCE Trust Fund

The public needs to be educated as to the FACTS about the $2.2 trillion Social Security Old Age, Disability and Survivors Insurance Trust Fund. This Insurance Trust Fund has always been separate from the federal budget, administered and deducted from your check separately; and it has absolutely nothing to do with the federal deficit. Therefore, the 4% premium reduction in the Obama-GOP tax package should be repealed and removed as it is not a tax.

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31 Dec 2010

Obstreperous Me

Today is your last chance to make the Baby Appel cry. I don’t win…I break out the Malkin Cheerleader video. Then nobody wins. Except gravity.

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