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Monthly Archives: July 2012

Serial Liar

One of the rules of American politics is that we are not supposed to remember things, at least we are not supposed to remember bad things about Republicans or disparate treatment meted out by the “liberal” media based on the political affiliation of the person being treated. Some of us do remember, though, and one […]

Scalia: don’t blame me, the founders were crazy

Has there ever been a Supreme Court justice quite as crazy as Scalia? Maybe. Has there ever been one that just sort of made it up as he went along quite like Scalia does? I really rather doubt it. Yet the man truly thinks he has some mysterious power to get into the heads of […]

A close legal question-only in 21st century America

I read Dean Baker’s blog religiously. One can argue that he is repetitive, but I think he rightly feels that he must keep repeating himself, since what he has to say, usually so obviously true when you read it, never seems to sink in. It’s not just him, of course. It’s the same for Krugman […]

Top 20

A few days ago the Apple blogs to which I go were abuzz about the fact that Time magazine chose Steve Jobs as one of the 20 most influential Americans of all time. Apparently, the criteria excluded those whose influence was evil (e.g., Rush Limbaugh, who would otherwise be right up there). Of course, this […]

Still worth signing, but where’s their priorities?

Okay, I signed the Daily Kos open letter to the people of Britain, which you can read and sign here. I mean, why not? Anything that might conceivably hurt Romney is worth doing. But I must take issue with this part of the letter: Additionally, we do not share the opinion which Romney expressed in […]

Friday Night Music

I sort of wracked my brain trying to think of a song about someone (think Romney) who keeps putting his foot in his mouth, but couldn’t come up with anything, but I finally found this, which is somewhat apropos. The fact that the first comment on youtube was to the effect that it would be […]

Hey Paul, over here!

Paul Krugman, perceptive as always: Just a quick note: one thing I don’t think has been sufficiently emphasized as we stare a euro disaster in the face is the amount of damage this will do to the overall European political landscape. Across most of the periphery, both sides of the usual political divide have been […]

One small part of the Romney Plan

They truly have no shame: Over a four years period from 2008 to 2011, Corning Inc. was one of 26 companies that managed to avoid paying any American income taxes, even though it earned nearly $3 billion during that time. In fact, according to Citizens For Tax Justice, the company received a $4 million refund […]

Friday Night Music-Romney’s Song

The Future of Education?

Kevin Carey of the Washington Monthly suggests that it's time to rehabilitate an age old educational scam: Deep in the recesses of my spam filter, among phishing lures and ads for unregulated “enhancing” pharmaceuticals, vaguely named online universities occasionally promise to transform my valuable personal and professional accomplishments into a convenient and inexpensive college degree. […]