Submitted by amberglow on Wed, 01/07/2009 - 5:46pm
New Study Shows Prop. 8 Success “Not Personal” --
If you live in California and are a Republican, attend church at least once a week, hold socially conservative views, and are 65-years-old or older, you most likely voted "Yes" on Proposition 8 to repeal marriage equality for your gay and lesbian neighbors. In addition, you are most likely male and probably even know someone, or are related to someone, who is gay or lesbian—but you still supported Prop 8. Read below the fold...
Submitted by amberglow on Sun, 01/04/2009 - 8:33pm
Submitted by amberglow on Sat, 01/03/2009 - 7:30pm
Gandhi, his Grandson, Israel, and the Jews --
... what did Mahatma Gandhi actually think of the idea of Israel, and of the fate of the Jews of his time?
As it turns out, M.K. Gandhi engaged in sustained conversation with Jewish intellectuals of his day—many of whom were dismayed by the great man's insistence, for example, that Jews in Germany should have willingly "offered themselves to the butcher's knife." Read below the fold...
Submitted by amberglow on Mon, 12/29/2008 - 11:14pm
Posing as a Bidder, Utah Student Disrupts Government Auction of 150,000 Acres of Wilderness for Oil & Gas Drilling --
... While many environmental groups launched campaigns to oppose the sale of the land, one student in Salt Lake City attempted to block the sale by disrupting the auction itself. Twenty-seven-year-old Tim DeChristopher posed as a potential bidder and bid hundreds of thousands of dollars on parcels of the land, driving up prices and winning some 22,000 acres for himself, without any intention of paying for them. Read below the fold...
Submitted by amberglow on Tue, 12/23/2008 - 7:02pm
The inescapable and ubiquitous Christmas songs, specials, etc -- and how us Jews helped create and embed them, have fought against them, and how some deal with it now -- fa-who dor-ay, fa-who dor-ay, ...
The white Christmases that Irving Berlin dreamed of weren't the earliest ones he used to know. ... watching his neighbors burn his family's house to the ground in a good old-fashioned, Jew-hating pogrom. Read below the fold...
So it's no surprise that when Berlin got around to writing his great Christmas song in 1941, nearly half a century after his family had fled the shtetl of Mohilev for New York's Lower East Side, it was flatly devoid of Christian imagery. It is, for all that, a religious song. ...
Submitted by amberglow on Sat, 12/20/2008 - 1:15pm
Submitted by amberglow on Tue, 12/16/2008 - 9:39am
Quite a list here of who he's meeting with and learning from, and those supposedly "sensible Republicans" are far outnumbered by the usual warmongering criminal ones -- but all is not lost: he's actually read 2 whole books by non-warmongers! (but not spoken to them or met with them or asked them for advice)
A World of Issues Waiting, Obama and His Foreign Policy Squad Brush Up --
... Besides reaching out to Mr. Scowcroft, Mr. Obama has also called former Secretary of State George P. Shultz, a Reagan administration official who is known in some foreign policy circles as the father of the Bush doctrine because of his advocacy of preventive war. It is unclear what the two men talked about. Read below the fold...
Submitted by amberglow on Sat, 12/13/2008 - 10:47am
Submitted by amberglow on Sat, 11/22/2008 - 3:00am
2025: the end of US dominance --
the National Intelligence Council global trends review is out, and contrary to 2004's rosy view of 2020-- still dominated by US and with oil to burn--the new forecast sees things very differently. (pdf link to full report at bottom article) Read below the fold...
Submitted by amberglow on Fri, 11/14/2008 - 4:29pm
Submitted by amberglow on Thu, 11/13/2008 - 7:35pm
Submitted by amberglow on Tue, 11/11/2008 - 8:49am
Submitted by amberglow on Fri, 11/07/2008 - 10:27am
Meet the new Ari/Scottie. A little history on Obama's new press sec'y--his role in destroying Dean while working for Kerry, reviving the "lincoln bedroom" against Clinton, and other totally Rovian and "old politics" methods. So far, we have Gibbs and Emanuel and Axelrod -- 3 old-school, old-politics, attack dogs. Who's next? Read below the fold...
Submitted by amberglow on Thu, 11/06/2008 - 3:41pm
Submitted by amberglow on Thu, 10/30/2008 - 2:50pm
Not so much so far--in Florida, at least.
"... younger voters have shifted heavily toward the Democratic Party during the past four years.
But as yet -- in either Central Florida or the state as a whole -- a surge of younger voters hasn't materialized.
Though a bit more than 10 percent of all voters are younger than 25, fewer than 6 percent of early voters fit that category. Similarly, voters 25 to 34 years old are 14.4 percent of the electorate -- but just 9.5 percent of those who voted early. ..." -- Orlando Sentinal analyses the early voting figures in all of Florida -- Battle for Florida: Blacks turn out in droves, but few young people have voted Read below the fold...