This article is fascinating reading as regards the rightward Overton Window "success" of the last 45 years. People talk about turning the clock back to the Clinton years, but really we should turn the clock back further, to the early Nixon years. We didn't know how good we had it. Read more about Richard M. Nixon - Lion of Liberalism
... and Republicans aren't racists.
There were energetic shouts of “Aye!” and “Nay!” as a Puerto Rican party functionary—Zoraida Fonalledas, the chairwoman of the Committee on Permanent Organization—took her turn at the main-stage lectern. As she began speaking in her accented English, some in the crowd started shouting “U.S.A.! U.S.A.!” Read more about The Sky is Plaid
I hope this gorgeous video makes your day brighter.
The Dukes of the Stratosphear were an XTC experimental project, using 1960's period equipment and instruments. Tom McKeon is the animator and did this for fun as a vanity project. Read more about Retro lo-fi Friday
There's an old sailor's superstition that the rats know to leave a sinking ship:
"Expatriation makes the most sense when asset values are historically low and tax rates are historically low. Her timing may have had something to do with that," tax attorney David S. Miller of Cadwalader, Wickersham, & Taft LLP said.
Seriously, that was the actual headline. They don't even bother to hide it anymore.
Here is a visual for you:
So it's no surprise that, behind closed doors, Republicans are high-fiving about today's lousy jobs numbers which were the worst in a year. Only 69,000 jobs were created in May and the unemployment rate ticked up to 8.2%.
I mean, I even forgot to do an anniversary last year myself, and any way, that is just so 2008 and sooooooo boooooooorrrrrrriiiiiiiiiiinnnnnnngggggggggg. YAaaaaaaaaaawwwwwwwwwwnnnnnnnnnnnnnn,
Anyway, to go through the motions, here's a snip of Scott Horton in Harper's on the tenth anniversary of Gitmo and where things stand now: Read more about "One Year Gitmo" Apologists, Please Read - Three Years Later Edition
Correntewire I mean.....
Stephen Pinker's recent book "The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined" examines the statistics of violence finding that contrary to popular belief, violence rates of all kinds have declined through determinable human history. Read more about Violence Advocates Buck Historical Trends
Sure, 16-year old Tariq Aziz may have been a responsible, personable and soft-spoken adolescent, but he was no Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, now was he? Neither was his 12-year old cousin, Wahid Khan. Read more about Tariq Aziz Was No Nobel Peace Prize Laureate*
So the entire time we thought we were at war with the Taliban, and even Al Qaeda, we were really at war with our "ally" Pakistan. Well, at least now we know. And they know we know. And we know they know we know it, which is probably still not enough to make this bullshit stop.
Seriously, you are going to want to watch all twelve installments of this two-hour BBC documentary, explaining the real motivations and backstory for the events in that region for at least the last 10 years.
From the BBC: Read more about Our War With Pakistan