18 Sep 2009

Health Care: Dividing and Conquering The Barbarians At The Gates

What has struck me forcefully about the so-called “health care debate” is how little actual issues debate there has been. And how much orchestrated noise from paid operatives has been ginned up to distract the public from the real prize: real reforms. Bill Moyers has a profile up on Dick Armey’s Freedomworks astroturf extravaganza that needs viewing far and wide.

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16 Sep 2009

Exhale

Slovenian landscape via bslmmrs. Lovely.Taking a little time off today to take care of some things. Hope everyone has a wonderful day.

Drop me a note on what’s on your mind or catching your eye in the news in the comments.

And take a little time to enjoy life and exhale a bit…

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15 Sep 2009

Gitmo Lawyer Says Detainee Treatment Mirrored Own Torture Training; Harsh Treatment Tears “Fabric of Who We Are”

PBS Now recently interviewed Lt. Col. Stuart Couch on our treatment of detainees and the dangers of the slippery slope of torture. Couch is incredibly honest and open in the interview, and it makes for some compelling viewing.

As Couch Says:

We cannot compromise our respect for the dignity of every human being.

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15 Sep 2009

Tortured Logic: Dangers Of The Slippery Slope

PBS Now recently interviewed Lt. Col. Stuart Couch on our treatment of detainees and the dangers of the slippery slope of torture. Couch is incredibly honest and open in the interview, and it makes for some compelling viewing. As Couch Says: “We cannot compromise our respect for the dignity of every human being. And that goes to somebody that is alleged to have committed heinous crimes against citizens of this country. That doesn’t change the immutable characteristic that they’re still a human being, and it’s a slippery slope that in the name of national security we decide to compromise that.”

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14 Sep 2009

Has Anyone Asked Alice?

Every single time the name Alice Fisher appears in a potential DOJ corruption story? My spidey sense goes off. In this particular case, with the intersection of Alice Fisher, Jack Abramoff, Robert Coughlin and the DOJ’s vaunted criminal division? That’s where it starts getting interesting…

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12 Sep 2009

Sesame Street: Tackling Tough Economic Times Together

Sesame Street has always been out in front of issues that kids want and need to talk about, but that parents might think are above their heads.

I can recall watching the show as a kid and picking up cues about racial tolerance and how bigotry can hurt someone’s feelings. Or giving to others instead of being greedy.

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12 Sep 2009

Saturday Potluck

There is something about the quiet calm of the people in the foreground and the curious winding road in the background that drew me to this photo. The composition is beautiful, and the colors are stunning.
But it is the Razor’s Edge searching feel to the seated person in the picture that truly draws me in and makes me want to stay there.

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12 Sep 2009

Pull Up A Chair…

‘Tis the season. No, not that one. The bowl full o’ jelly man isn’t due for a few more months. It’s apple season. That joyous time of year when I start craving spiced cider and apple crisps and spending time with my family at a u-pick-em orchard.

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12 Sep 2009

Pull Up A Chair…

‘Tis the season. No, not that one. The bowl full o’ jelly man isn’t due for a few more months. It’s apple season. That joyous time of year when I start craving spiced cider and apple crisps and spending time with my family at a u-pick-em orchard.

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11 Sep 2009

Sesame Street: Tackling Tough Economic Times Together

Sesame Street has always been out in front of issues that kids want and need to talk about, but that parents might think are above their heads. I can recall watching the show as a kid and picking up cues about racial tolerance and how bigotry can hurt someone’s feelings. Or giving to others instead of being greedy. What loss feels like after a loved one passes away. Or how it is our differences which make each of us the person we are…even little furry monsters.

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