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Old Posts, Renewed

5 Dec

Here are some most posts, taken from the Archives, that are worth reading for the first time or revisiting for all the good times you had the first time. Enjoy.

The Paradox of Pride: Pride Makes, And Breaks, The Politician

Rosarito and the Drug War

Mexican Television for Dummies

Obama in 2008 Op-Ed: "More" In Afghanistan

1 Dec

He’s never painted himself as a pacifist. You’d know that if you read your print media.

From a NYTimes Op-Ed from July 14th, 2008:

As president, I would pursue a new strategy, and begin by providing at least two additional combat brigades to support our effort in Afghanistan. We need more troops, more helicopters, better intelligence-gathering and more nonmilitary assistance to accomplish the mission there. I would not hold our military, our resources and our foreign policy hostage to a misguided desire to maintain permanent bases in Iraq.

Tip o’ the hat to SelectiveEcho.

Glenn Beck: Obama is a 'Racist'

28 Jul

Just so everyone is clear, this is how race is handled in Washington:

  • If a White man says something about race, no matter what heĀ  meant, that man is called “genuine” and is applauded for not being “restrained by the PC police.” Overall: It’s cool.
  • If a Black or Latino man says something dealing with race, no matter what is said, that man is accused of using the race card and “hating white people” (see example below). Overall: Shame on you, minority.
  • If a Black or Latino woman says something about race (coughSotomayorcough), she is asked ad nauseum what she meant by her statement, is asked to retract it, and is treated twice as worse as if a Black or Latino man had said it. Overall: Who let this woman speak her mind? Fess up!

Got it? Good. Because Glenn Beck will illustrate point 1 and 2 in the following clip.

http://c.brightcove.com/services/viewer/federated_f8/1155201977

Gibbs tackles Birther Conspiracy Theory

28 Jul

Pop quiz: Name the movie Mel Gibson and Julia Roberts were in that made Mel look and sound crazier than in real life….

Forget it. It was a crummy movie, anyway.

The Obama administration now has the birther pebble in their shoe to deal with again. Thanks, Lou Dobbs! Next up, Dobbs will rekindle the accusations made against some women in Salem claiming they were practicing witchcraft. Get the truth out, Lou!

Gibbs addressing this with the press:
http://c.brightcove.com/services/viewer/federated_f8/1155201977

CNN gets it, Lou Dobbs doesn't

24 Jul

Lou Dobbs probably has something in common with The New York Times‘ David Brooks: They both eat their lunch alone. Brooks is different, though, in that he is a thoughtful, reasonable conservative surrounded by a mostly left-of-center NYT staff. Dobbs, well, not so much.

By reintroducing an issue that has already been debunked as a fresh and undealt with accusation is dangerous and irresponsible. As a supposed news anchor, Dobbs is merely peddling paranoia for the sake of ratings, sacrificing whatever shards of credibility he had left. Will CNN do something about it, or will they welcome editorialized news a la FOX News?

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