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Ethics? We don't need no damn ethics.

Started by Neal. Last reply by Chris Feb 15. 11 Replies

House Republicans secretly vote to gut Office of Congressional EthicsLet's get this party started! …Continue

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Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion - Unless you live in Indiana.

Started by Neal. Last reply by Chris Jan 15. 18 Replies

Indiana, being the Alabama of the north, is front and center this week. Governor with presidential ambitions Mike Pence signed into law the "Religious Freedom" act. Basically vilified by all those who are part of the thinking human race, it is just…Continue

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The IPA and the Heartland Institute

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Institute of Public Affairs.And Heartland Institute Link.From the AU's ABC.Last week's revelations about the Heartland Institute, probably the most…Continue

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The Proceeds of Corruption

Started by Davy. Last reply by Stephen Mar 2, 2014. 17 Replies

This is inside the former President of Ukraine Victor Yanukovich's residence.Here is another link to it from Lvivcafe.com  here …Continue

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China Launches Hypersonic Missile Test, Downplays Fears

Started by Davy. Last reply by Lester Unega Waya Jan 19, 2014. 1 Reply

China's recent test of a hypersonic vehicle should not unduly alarm the United States or any other nation, Chinese military officials say.The test of China's new "…Continue

Michigan Senators Write God Resolution

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False News about Saudi Arabia & GCC

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This Thread will be like filter for the news & videos about Saudi Arabia & GCC because there are a lot of false news about Saudi Arabia & GCC lately. I think this thread will help clarify many things ...Continue

Finally - Paul Ryan’s Worst Nightmare Comes True as Bernie Sanders Is On The Budget Committee

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Democrats finally getting a little feisty. This should send a message to the tea party crazies, "you bitches are done."By: Jason EasleyFriday, October 18th, 2013, 3:28 pmmore from Jason Easley…Continue

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Comment by Michel on March 27, 2011 at 11:54am
Animated map of protests and uprisings around the world from Dec 2010 to March 2011.
Comment by A place called Doone on March 27, 2011 at 5:17am
Comment by A place called Doone on March 26, 2011 at 12:16pm

Is Our College Graduates Working? 

Your depressing chart of the day:

 

 

Maybe someone should do something.

Comment by A place called Doone on March 25, 2011 at 3:16pm

Redistribution, 19th Century Style

Daniel Walker Howe explains that counterinsurgency has been difficult for a long time:

The Seminoles in Florida Territory proved the most difficult of the southeastern tribes to expel. Willing to fight for their homes, they put up a resolute resistance and benefited from a remote defensible bastion and the assistance of runaway slaves. A treaty consenting to Removal, extorted from a group of Seminoles in 1833 when they visited Oklahoma, was repudiated by the tribe but accepted as binding by the administration. In December 1835, a hundred soldiers under Major Francis Dade were annihilated by a combined force of Indians and blacks. When Jackson left office in March 1837, the federal government had undertaken a serious war effort, and the fate of the Seminole tribe was still unresolved. Before it was through, the government would spend ten times as much on subjugating the Seminoles alone as it had estimated Removal of all the tribes would cost.

I always think it’s strange that people have this conception of the United States as a country built on laissez faire somehow. “Send in the army to kill the Indians and take their land” is kind of the ultimate big government program. The land was then sold (often at sub-market rates) and the revenue helped finance both the army and the transportation infrastructure needed to make the whole thing work.

Comment by A place called Doone on March 25, 2011 at 12:34pm

The Obama Effect

Those who accuse him of "weakness" are living in past paradigms. And little wonder, since most of them grew up in a different paradigm. But soft power matters as much as hard power in promoting US interests and values. And on that score, the promise of Obama's election (that I argued for here) is being fulfilled:

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Ezra notes:

In 2007, the world preferred the bureaucrats running the authoritarian Chinese government to the people in charge of the American government. Today, they don’t. In fact, they don’t prefer the leadership of any major power to ours.

That kind of American exceptionalism - based on reality, not theological myth - is the kind of exceptionalism we should be cheering on.

Comment by A place called Doone on March 24, 2011 at 10:17pm

Chart of the Day: Who Are the Rebels?

| Thu Mar. 24, 2011 10:15 AM PDT

So who are the Libyan rebels that we're now supporting in their fight against Muammar Qaddafi? Mark Thompson reports that a lot of them are the same folks who were fighting us in Iraq four years ago:

A West Point analysis of the foreign fighters involved in the increasing carnage showed that the nation sending the most militants to Iraq from August 2006 to August 2007, was, on a per-capita basis, Libya....Drilling down into the data, the December 2007 examination from the U.S. Military Academy's Combating Terrorism Center showed that nearly all of the Libyan fighters came from the northeastern part of the country [Darnah and Benghazi in the pie chart above], which is where the rebels we are now helping hail from. It's a small sample, but something to keep in mind.

Just another data point to tuck into the back of your mind as all this stuff unfolds.

Comment by A place called Doone on March 24, 2011 at 8:24am

SHIA V. SUNNI IN THE ARAB WORLD

Bruce Riedel in The National Interest:

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Seen from the Arabian Sea the winter of Arab discontent that toppled dictators has turned into a spring of civil war and outside intervention. The Saudi-UAE intervention in Bahrain and the French-British-American intervention in Libya have diametrically opposite goals but both will set in train new waves of change and unrest. Old American alliances in the region are shifting, perhaps even shattering. For the United States, the region's unprecedented changes pose huge challenges. Priorities are key.

The Arab revolt is rooted in youth bulges and dictators. For the 60 percent of Arabs under thirty years of age (the median is twenty-six), there are no jobs and thus no marriages. India has almost the same demographics but is a democracy with 9 per cent growth in annual GDP. Most Arabs have neither. The 2011 redress is really revolt. Only at the extremes of the Arab world—Oman and Morocco—have Arab leaders offered true reforms. King Muhammad and Sultan Qabous have the confidence and legitimacy to promise sweeping reforms. Now we will see if they can deliver. The rest of the Arab autocrats have chosen to stand pat and offer minimal change.

The Saudis goal in Bahrain is clear; no revolution in the gulf monarchies especially by Shia. They intervened in Bahrain to back anti-Shia Sunni hardliners led by the Prime Minister who has ruled since 1961. The aim: to marginalize reformers like the American-backed Crown Prince. The Saudis sent a clear message to the two Shia republics in the gulf, especially Iran but also Iraq, that they will not tolerate Shia takeovers in Bahrain or the Kingdom's eastern province. They also sent a message to Washington: Bush naively gave Iraq to the Shia, Obama won't do the same to Bahrain.

More here.

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Comment by A place called Doone on March 23, 2011 at 10:55pm

From the Balloon Juice Blog

 

What can brown do for you?

Steve M. finds a key figure in Obama’s re-elect numbers: 66% of Latino voters say they are likely to vote for him, only 16% say they’d vote for a Republican. Overall, 47% say they’d vote for him, 37% say they’d vote for a Republican (these kinds of polls have huge numbers of undecideds). Obama won the election by seven points, so his “lead” here is slightly larger than it was in the 2008 election results. When you go through the figures you see what’s mostly going on: he does almost exactly the same among all groups (losing the white vote by 11, he lost it by 12 in 2008, for example), except for a 14 point increase among Latinos.

One caveat here: the overall sample was only 1500 people, so the number of Latinos in it was small enough that the margin of error is large. Still, this is a striking finding and it shows why Democrats will continue to have big advantages in presidential elections (where the proportion of non-white voters is elevated, relative to midterms) until the Republicans figure out how to appeal to Latino voters.

Personally, I don’t think Marco Rubio could do this all by himself, but if Republicans lose a reasonably tight presidential election in which they lose the Latino vote by 40 plus points, I’m sure they’ll take a good hard look at him in 2016.

Comment by Adriana on March 23, 2011 at 8:36pm
The first openly gay presidential candidate in the US is a Republican, Fred Karger (link)
Comment by A place called Doone on March 23, 2011 at 6:57pm

Where The Poor People Are

A new report from Andy Sumner at the Center for Global Development looks at the fact that thanks to economic growth in some poor countries, most poor people now live in middle-income states rather than poor .... Specifically:

This is a reminder that if I ran American foreign policy, I’d be constantly asking “what can the United States do to help poor people in India?” That’s an area where the potential humanitarian gains are gigantic and where there’s strategic value in reenforcing cultural and political affinities with India. Somewhere at the nexus of interests and ideals is the fact that India vs China in economic performance is kind of a proving ground for liberal democracy.

 
 
 

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