October, 2011 archive
Dick Polman muses on the Republican fascination with ignorance as a plank in their platform:
The downside, however, is that Cain is profoundly uninformed about the fundamentals of civic and political life. He may have a silver tongue, but there’s a Grand Canyon between his ears.
I suppose Cain’s supporters consider that an asset. But I consider it disturbing, for instance, that Cain would go on Meet the Press and declare, “I’m not familiar with the neoconservative movement.”
For his information (assuming that knowledge is still important), the neoconservatives have been driving Republican foreign policy since the late 1970s, arguing that America should aggressively export democracy, even at the point of a gun. The hawkish movement was particularly active early in the last decade, when it helped propel us into Iraq, at a current cost approaching $1 trillion. But it’s immaterial to Cain whether he knows the movement or not, because, in his words, “I don’t believe the war in Iraq was a mistake.”
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In an effort to provide a hands-on lesson in civic responsibility, New Smyrna Beach High School teacher Jill Cicciarelli simply wanted to register 50 of her students to vote. But what began as a routine exercise in democracy could result in Cicciarelli facing thousands of dollars in fines for violating a new state law that needlessly complicates voter registration. In their zeal to suppress the vote to gain a political advantage, Gov. Rick Scott and the Republican-controlled Florida Legislature have made it a crime for high school teachers to help students register to vote and prepare them for a life of civic engagement.
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The investigation began in September when county police were alerted by Wismer’s grandmother that she planned to sell her newborn baby for $15,000 and use the money to go to Disney World, according to police.
Wismer posted plans to sell the baby on Facebook, authorities said.
I was never tempted to sell one of my kids, though there were times when I would have been willing to give them away . . .
First-time jobless claims decreased by 2,000 to 402,000 in the week ended Oct. 22, Labor Department figures showed today in Washington. The median forecast of economists in a Bloomberg News survey called for a drop to 401,000. The number of people collecting unemployment benefits fell in the prior week by 96,000 to 3.65 million, the fewest since September 2008.
No doubt putting more money in Goldman’s Sacks will fix this.
Friedhild Miller, 42, won the money on the German version of “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” on Monday. On Tuesday, a few hours before she was due to show up for work as a secretary in a car transport firm, she was sacked by her employer, named only as Salvador S., with a text message saying “you don’t really need money at the moment and I’ve got none to give away.”