What Europe thinks of America
- the Guardian newspaper has a light-hearted look at the way Europe and America perceive each other. Also amusing is something they wrote for Dubya; 'The World: A Primer'
What the Pentagon has lost
The American spy plane carried very sophisticted andf important snoopware...did they destroy what they could before landing?
The link between Reagan's party and Clinton's persecution After power itself, conservative Republicans have wanted nothing more than to round out the 20th century with the ledgers balanced. They needed a Democratic Richard Nixon and a Republican Franklin D. Roosevelt.
Tom Teepen makes a pretty good case here. Clinton wasn't Nixon, and Reagan sure as hell wasn't FDR.
US China relationship risked by brinkmanship
, says a new analysis. White House advisers on China policy grow hawkish, but may not have a well-worked out strategy for dealing with China in this new light. Beijing loses patience, and coincidental events may force a crisis. Allies are expressing concern; everyone expects choppy waters through the fall economic summit. And that was written two weeks ago.
If they're bad now, how much worse are they today
? Is there an even hand on the keel?
Critical review of the U.S. military.
As someone with an interest in the military (my brother is a fire-controlman on the guided missile cruiser Vella Gulf
), I like to see someone taking a serious look at what the future will bring on the warfare front. Maybe it'll help us avoid things like this(1)
(1): Mogadishu, Somalia
(2): Sinking of H.M.S. Prince of Wales and Repulse
A giant loophole in McCain-Feingold will give oil companies a total exemption
from all its propsed spending restrictions. This is levelling the playing field?
for the 'American Civil War was fought over states' rights' crowd.
U.S. Supreme Court to review death penalty for retarded.
Regardless of what you think of the death penalty for people of normal(?) mental capacity, can you believe that they are just starting to reconsider this now?
A $21 Trillion Tax Cut
And you thought the Democrats hated President Bush's tiny $1.6 trillion tax cut. James Ostrowski offers a $21 trillion tax cut and thinks the government could be fund through voluntary donations. I'm a small-government guy, but even I don't think you can fund the government via PayPal
Here's your reparations money, now shut up!
Another POV in the slavery reparations debate: From the conservative National Review
, an argument that paying off black Americans would be worth it "if they could no longer play the race card."
More nasty facts
about what goes into our food. Do a search on the page for 'dead cats'.
(My apologies for posting something old. I'm so shocked I couldn't help it
Is the Consitution a "living" document?
Following "Scary" Scalia's arguments, the Dread Scott decision was a wise and appropriate one, right?
Palm Beach Butterfly Ballot Reportedly Cost Gore
"The newspaper said the ballot confusion also hurt President George W. Bush; 1,631 people voted for both Bush and Buchanan, whose hole was directly under that of Bush"
.... AWAY, AWAY
- site for what looks like an interesting film on the Confederate flag debate. Be sure to check out the video clip.
News about Florida from England
Information from BBC that the US media never picked up.
conducted a pretty extensive poll about the state of the country ranging from taxes to energy concerns to the Golden Dollar. I got the phone call to participate in the poll on Saturday and the questions were thought provoking and relevant...here are the results.
'Industry pumped in a record 696 million dollars
to elect George W. Bush and a GOP Congress. The Mother Jones 400 reveals the nation's top contributors -- and what they expect in return.'
The donors complain in this article about how much they have to shell out. Are their complaints legitimate? Is this simply the cost of doing business? Is this the way campaigns should be funded?
US Census not to be adjusted for undercounts.
(NY Times, req'd registration)
Many political strategists, Democrats and Republicans alike, say that reliance on unadjusted population figures favors Republicans in the drawing of Congressional districts, since, they say, adjustment through statistical sampling would add to customarily Democratic neighborhoods most of those who have been uncounted.
They visited my home/office four times and never once brought the Long Form. Damnation.
The House has passed the bankruptcy reform bill
that Clinton vetoed at the end of the last session. I'm mildly optimistic that it won't pass the Senate, given that the Democratic vote in the House was split. But should we be worried at all? At first glance
, it doesn't seem like a bad idea. But so many consumer groups are against it, and it seems to benefit credit card companies while hurting individuals, so I'm inclined to think we should leave things as-is. Especially since personal bankruptcies are down and credit card issuers' profits are up. Anyone know more about this?
The Election Story Never Told
On it’s face, this article is about corruption in Florida before the election. It is still basically an known story in the US, but it is very popular in Britain. Also of note is the continued record of a lazy corporate media refusing to do any sort of journalistic legwork.
Trailer Trash get their own website.
Those living in doublewides get their own community
. Slow to load but an enjoyable read.
The Bush Pardons
More pardon fun!... An interesting flip side to the pardon coin.
Pot criticises kettles for chromatic similitude.
Now, on the one hand, it's refreshing that the US State Department acknowledges the human rights abuses of allies such as Israel; but this annual catalogue of the world's foibles smacks just a little of sanctimonious short-sightedness
But I'm torn on this one: are such state-sponsored surveys
a useful basis on which to judge the "ethical" basis of foreign policy, or are they propaganda exercises, designed to direct attention away from domestic failures and to paper over the hypocrisies
Through rose-tinted spectacles?
It's media waffle for a quiet news day, and comes on the back of a wave of nostalgia, but Reagan's "victory" in this latest poll feels like the triumph of selective memory, and of the desire to reassociate the presidency with jelly-bean eating. (FDR trails in fifth, and there's no mention of Woodrow Wilson, though Carter and Nixon get a look-in.) Which makes me wonder: does the US have a clear sense of its history, as far as Presidents are concerned?
Republicans plan energy bill
"Legislation to be introduced next week by the Senate energy committee chairman would pay billions of dollars in subsidies to the energy companies, which gave generously in last year's campaign." More here.
The official newspapers of staples.com gets huffy about integrity.
Back in 1999 the L.A. Times produced a special section praising the Staples center and sort of forgot to mention that they were splitting the ad revenue with Staples. At the time their management was pretty upfront about tearing down the wall between news and advertistisement. Now they've decided to act like journalists again. However, I'm not so sure that what this guy did was all that unethical. Maybe it is. Maybe it isn't.
at Bush's policy and cabinet. Scary.
A British writer's view of the recent American election
We report. You decide. An issue that will not go gently into that good night.
Is the US really entering a recession?
Even with recent layoffs, the last time unemployement was this low before 1999 was 1970. And maybe a recession is not such a bad idea
, what with spending outmaching saving in recent years. [more inside]
Overwhelming majority favors keeping "Star Spangled Banner".
Not fresh (1998 poll) but the topic has come up here several times recently. (more inside)
Georgia approves a new state flag,
which should displease just about everyone (historians, civil rights leaders, residents that call it "the war of northern aggression"). It looks like design-by-committee
, in which everyone compromises to the point of utter pointlessness. It's certainly hideous, redesign contest anyone?
Christian States of America according to President Dubya. Government should
not fund international family-planning groups
, but should
fund faith-based programs
. Someone please pinch me so I can
wake up and discover this is just a bad dream.
So, who are you going to vote for?
Yes, it's that time again, as the 2004 presidential campaign gets underway! The Des Moines Register
asked registered Iowa Democrats to declare their favorites. Who are you supporting?
Statement of Senator Feinstein
opposing John Ashcroft. I hope he doesn't get in. A friend of mine told me he saw some "Roe v. Wade is dead" demonstrators on TV outside the capitol building and the first thing he thought was Triumph of the Will had descended upon Washington.
Powell wants to scrap most US sanctions
(IHT via Robot Wisdom
) Is this a good idea? We've talked before on here about the damage sanctions can do. But is it a good idea to dismantle them in such a wholesale way? The primary motivation seems to be economic.
One nation or two?
An interesting critique from afar of wehre our nation might be heading, given two separate and distinct cultures
Global Trends 2015
A paper published “under authority of the Director of Central Intelligence.” In which, we find the CIA believes “US global influence [will] wane” and that countries which “fail to benefit from globalization, are prone to internal conflicts, and risk state failure.”
I can see Uncle Sam pointing and saying “Shapen up, or else
Tom Alciere Resigns
- As a followup to the thread
from a few weeks ago. This is the newly-elected New Hampshire Representative who advocated cop-killing and wife-beating.
*sniff* I'll miss the funny lil' guy.
William Safire in the NY Times
: "...to attribute racism to Ashcroft, who appointed more black judges than any Missouri governor and whose wife is revered for her years of teaching at mostly black Howard University, is to admit the bankruptcy of his opposition."
Petition Against Ashcroft
Yet another anti-Ashcroft site. Complete with a petition and scary Ashcroft quotes
Gay Legislator in Deal to Leave U.S. Army Reserve
He came out and stood up for Gay rights in the AZ Legislature...KUDOS to the U.S. Army Reserves for seeing the wisdom in giving him his HONORABLE discharge. BUT...
Note to GWB
Here's an easy, cheap way to improve the quality of education, and (ahem) get a grasp on world geography. Also a good lesson on how linked we all are. Maybe there's a foreign policy lesson here too. . .
Iraq to Donate $94 Million to Poor Americans
But more interestingly - disregarding the donor, would the US ever accept such a donation? (How could we admit a need for charity at home when we send billions in aid abroad?)
And what's next? We're not of a mindset to accept foreign meddling. What about UN relief efforts? International peacekeeping forces?