Republicans are VERY bent out of shape over Rep. Alan Grayson's exposition [2:27] of their health care plan.
They have not, to my knowledge, refuted his assertion however.
She goes on to point out that the Pakistani army has proved it can and will control the Taliban -- when Pakistanis support that effort and this proud army is not seen as acting as a U.S. stand-in. Moreover she points to polls showing the declining approval for aggressive Islamists throughout the Muslim world. Her entire argument is well worth reading.
Go read all of Jones' article.
I'm instinctively skeptical, but let's hope he's right.
I was more than a little taken aback by this assertion.
Reports like this make it hard to credit Barney Frank's description of who is important to Congresspeople.
The financial system was (is?) a massive GIGO house of cards. GIGO is computer slang for "garbage in; garbage out" -- false premises interacting with poor information to yield false and meaningless results. Yet smart people were paid so handsomely to keep it going that most had little incentive to question it.
During the Savings and Loan bust of the early 90s, over 1000 U.S. bankers went to jail for fraud. This time around ... just Bernie Madoff.
There's no shortage of Cassandras predicting that last fall's plunge could happen again. It does seem a democratic (small d) necessity to try to get a handle on this stuff -- and for that Fool's Gold is the most lucid resource I've come across.
Will the Obama administration, despite pretty protestations such as the President just made at the U.N., be the subject of the next torture report?
Helping people live healthy lives -- as opposed to doing things for/to them -- doesn't add up to profits for doctors (who aren't paid for the time it takes), for hospitals (gotta keep beds full to pay for the new wing), or for insurers (who make their money out of extorting cash from healthy people and getting rid of sick ones). The odds are good that any money providers spend on preventive health care services today will only hurt their own immediate bottom line. Some other medical entity will have to bear the costs of the absence of prevention years in the future.
Although Marshall doesn't really say why, he fears this bunch were more competent and hence more of a real threat.
According to Hasan, prior to being picked up by ICE, he had been a legal resident of the U.S since the 1980s, had earned two degrees and held a good job. He is married to a U.S. citizen who has joined him in Pakistan with their two children. The family desperately hopes to return to the United State, feeling completely unmoored and unsafe in Islamabad. Hasan still thinks the US is "a great country. Americans are the best people ..."
My sense is that Trumka is right: Obama does seem to grasp how people who work for a living feel. And that in itself feels novel.
And here's a tidbit that casts a different light on the struggles within churches over marrying same gender couples.
Flunder calls this "forward-looking." I think I'd call this caring realism, an instance of upholding human connection and compassion over legalism. The real question is why does this seem unexpected good sense to find in a church?
And Flunder unflinchingly demands that churches in her tradition cop to the complexities of gender identities.
You don't have to have belonged to Flunder's tradition to make that observation; any experience of a broad community is likely to have included similar realities, if we'd only look at them. She makes me wonder how much of our belief that gender roles reflect solid actualities requires willfully choosing not to look at what is located right in front of us.
The Taliban may or may not be popular, but they are not foreign occupiers. It is impossible to believe that continued U.S. application of force will subdue people who simply fight the invader, distinguishing little between one sort of infidel intruder and the next.
The framing that sets Obama apart:
This guy legitimates that there is a left that has something to say, that is within the discussion of possible options. Pathetically, this is an advance. Someday, if we organize, the powers that be will have to listen.
Enough with quaking in paralyzed fear ...
Much of the punditocracy smirks at Obama supporters' naivete -- why they actually believe a politician; how sweet! There is something peculiarly morally foul about mocking innocent hope -- the in-crowd is stinking from its own decay these days.
Okay -- that sounds more like what we can expect.