August, 2013 archive
Reg Henry is concerned about a rush to war.
Egged on by criticism at home that he had appeared weak — forever the fear of America’s leaders — President Obama in June approved some arms shipments to the Syrian rebels, although it’s not clear if any were delivered.
That had the makings of a mistake anyway. A moderate rebel in Syria might be someone who allows you a blindfold before he chops your head off. If amnesia did not have such a national hold, we might remember that arming the Mujahideen when the Russians occupied Afghanistan seemed like a good idea at the time, but the blowback gave us Osama bin Laden and his pals.
The same critics who urge Mr. Obama to war now will be urging him to more war later.
It appears that we can’t learn from history.
Hell, we can’t even learn from the present.
Addendum, Later That Same Morning:
PoliticalProf talks sense.
For all practical purpose, flat.
Jobless claims in the week ended Aug. 24 dropped 6,000 to 331,000 from a revised 337,000 the week before that was higher than initially reported, the Labor Department said today in Washington. The median forecast of 50 economists surveyed by Bloomberg called for a drop to 332,000.
The number of people continuing to receive jobless benefits dropped by 14,000 to 2.99 million in the week ended Aug. 17. The continuing claims figure does not include the number of Americans receiving extended benefits under federal programs.
The four-week moving average, a less-volatile measure than the weekly figures, rose to 331,250 last week from 330,500 the previous week.
Bloomberg’s “experts” were pretty close.
As my old boss used to say, “Even a blind pig finds an acorn once in a while.”
Out on the Left Coast, some Native American folks want to build a new casino.
Others claim that it will ruin their (no doubt gated) communities.
Who’s behind the opposition?
Why, natch, it’s not the neighbors. It’s an astro-turf campaign.
It’s the other casino (in concert with the world’s biggest casino, the one in Lower Manhattan).
Dan Morain reports:
It appears to be the sort of underdog undertaking that would warm Hiram Johnson’s heart, except it’s not. Wall Street, hardly a bastion of direct democracy, is financing the campaign, along with a rich tribe that owns a nearby casino and could lose market share if the North Fork band opens a casino.
Brigade Capital Management, a secretive investment house, dumped $261,100 into the campaign to qualify the referendum earlier this month. Two other New York investment firms chipped in $89,000. Table Mountain casino, a 30-minute drive from Madera, gave $350,000, the start of a campaign that will cost millions.
This sounds like classic Abramoff.
Politeness must be learned young.
Another student mentioned the gun to a Jordan Hill Elementary School teacher, who found the gun Tuesday afternoon, according to Judy Parker, spokeswoman for Griffin-Spalding County schools. The teacher brought the backpack and gun to the principal, who called police and the child’s parents, Parker said.
I lived near and drove in Philly for a quarter century.
This is old news.
It occurs to me that the silly and stupid fuss over Miley Cyrus’s silly and stupid performance at the MTV awards is emanating from persons who think Hannah Montana is real.
After I drafted this (you really don’t think I spend all day on this stuff, do you?), I stumbled over an interesting and reasonably sane conversation on this topic at Delaware Liberal.
Addendum, the Next Day:
This article puts the ruckus into a cultural and historical perspective that seems sensible.
Instead, they try to trump women’s rights by playing the Weiner card. (Wait for it–it’s right at the end of this short clip.)
Because, when you cut through the “family values” rhetoric, it’s all about wiener über Frauen.
Via Mother Jones.
Because it worked so well the last time.
Don’t go there.
It’s a lose-lose situation, yet another endless war.
Despite the glorious delusions of the war faction (none of whom, it should be noted, would actually be in harm’s way), we are not the Omnipotent States of America.
If the Great and Glorious Patriotic War for a Lie in Iraq and its companion piece in Afghanistan have proved nothing else, they have proved that.
These folks are always willing freely to sacrifice other persons’ children for their fantasies of potency. Why don’t they just buy themselves some Viagra?