11 Sep 2011

Ten Years After 9/11, Aviation Security Still Hysterical

(photo: veganstraightedge) The tenth anniversary of the September 11th attacks had aviation security officials on edge. They were so edgy they scrambled fighter jets and deployed the bomb squad for a couple that was probably having sex in the airplane bathroom. A Frontier Airlines flight from Denver to Detroit was

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11 Sep 2011

The Terrorism Issue That Wasn’t Discussed

[T]the news and infotainment media have predictably framed the discussion by the question of how successful the CIA and the military have been in destroying al Qaeda. Absent from the torrent of opinion and analysis was any mention of how the U.S. military occupation of Muslim lands and wars that continue to kill Muslim civilians fuel jihadist sentiment that will keep the threat of terrorism high for many years to come.

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11 Sep 2011

Sunday Late Night: and… Exhale

Behind us, then, this last and greatest anniversary: perhaps? Without forgetting the victims or disrespecting their loved ones — might it be? Can we now move on?

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11 Sep 2011

Obama Jobs Bill Con-Job – only benefits for rich and corporate will pass

Obama has as job one destroying Social Security and Medicare, and as job two destroying the return of the Clinton tax rates – but both can be summarized as a job one of making US rich and corporate happy. These are Getting into the Super Committee Bill: Cutting the employer

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11 Sep 2011

Robert Reich – A healthy dose of truth-telling

I’m a democratic socialist. It’s always a dangerous business traveling in my circles when I give a nod to someone who once ranked way up there in a Democratic administration. Sometimes, however, it’s warranted. Robert Reich spoke at a conference in Minnesota yesterday entitled “Summit for a Fair Economy”. There’s

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11 Sep 2011

Thomas Friedman Thinks the Tea Partiers Are Extremists of the Left

Thomas Friedman is once again orthogonal to reality. In his column today he urges a “grand bargain” where the Republicans abandon extremists of the right and agree to tax increases and Democrats abandon extremists of the left and agree to cut Medicare and Social Security (euphemistically referred to as “entitlements”).

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11 Sep 2011

The Fed Warms to More Monetary Easing

Thoughts turn to monetary policy, and yesterday we saw at least some movement toward some action on that front. In addition to Charles Evans of the Chicago Fed talking unusually rationally about the crisis of high unemployment, Ben Bernanke hinted at more steps.

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11 Sep 2011

Immigration Debate

There has been a lot of talk about immigration and undocumented immigrants in particular. People often are very passionate about this issue and it seems that they come down strongly on one side or the other, either a welcoming attitude or the reverse. Our nation’s policies of late have been

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