… Despite promises to close Guantánamo and reverse the illegal policies of the Bush administration, President Obama has attempted to legitimize them. He has signed an executive order formalizing indefinite detentions at Guantánamo, resumed illegitimate military commissions, and refused to hold U.S. officials accountable for torture. …
Last February, a 19-year-old, self-described sixth-generation Iowan stood before an Iowa legislative panel to argue against a state constitutional amendment. The teenager, Zach Wahls, stood up at the podium and gave a three-minute speech about his life in a two-mothers home. …
… I’ve been a Republican all my adult life. I have worked on the editorial page of The Wall Street Journal, at Forbes magazine, at the Manhattan and American Enterprise Institutes, as a speechwriter in the George W. Bush administration. I believe in free markets, low taxes, reasonable regulation, and limited government. I voted for John McCain in 2008, and I have strongly criticized the major policy decisions of the Obama administration. …
I can respect that.
I’m a fiscal conservative myself. Unfortunately the USA has no Party that’s proven itself fiscally conservative.
But what the Republicans have done since the rise of the Tea Party movement is simply wrong. And terribly wrong for the USA.
Historians will look back on this era as one of the low points of American history, especially if Obama wins again and they get another 4 years.
When this lying, evil scumbag is the voice of moderation in the field of candidates, you haven’t got much to choose from.
It’s worth reading David Frum … before you go on FOX TV and call him a closet Liberal.
… apologies for all the (delicious) dead animals on this blog of late. Yet here are more creatures put in pain for our pleasure.
I’d avoided the usual Japanese tourist “attractions” — fish markets … until Hokodate.
At that seaport it’s near impossible for a passerby to avoid the cruelty zoo.
Crabs and squid seem to object more strenuously than the rest.
The shark tried to make a run for it.
Let’s say you believe in trying to reduce global warming. Like this guy:
… There’s not a single person who’s done more to fight climate change than Bill McKibben. Through thoughtful books, ubiquitous magazine contributions, and, most notably, the founding of 350.org (an international non-profit dedicated to fighting global warming), McKibben has committed his life to saving the planet. For all the passion fueling his efforts, though, there’s something weirdly amiss in his approach to reducing greenhouse gas emissions: neither he nor 350.org will actively promote a vegan diet. …
… as a recent report from the World Preservation Foundation confirms, ignoring veganism in the fight against climate change is sort of like ignoring fast food in the fight against obesity. Forget ending dirty coal or natural gas pipelines. As the WPF report shows, veganism offers the single most effective path to reducing global climate change. …