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KT Tunstall:

10,000

Troops to be brought home from Afghanistan. That is to say, 10%. Remember when everyone said they had to vote for him because he would have theoretically voted against the war?

Uh huh.

Orwellian

Infrared transmitter that will disable the video recording function on iPhones at concerts. Gee, I wonder how long before they’ll use it against protesters or victims of police brutality?

The three wings of the Republican party

The crazies, the corporatists… and the Democrats. Drew Westen:

First, apologists for the president and the Democrats rightly claim that their hands are tied: the Republicans just won’t let them pass any legislation that might move the economy forward, so their only tools are ineffectual ones such as tax cuts and exhortations to the business community to invest.

But what this account leaves out is that this state of affairs is entirely of the Democrats’ creation. Had the White House and the supermajorities the president started out with for two years simply done what the voters asked them to do — and what the House actually did do with remarkable speed in 2009 — the Democrats’ hands would not be tied today.

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Second, by running scared and adopting Republican talking points on economics, Democrats have created a self-fulfilling prophecy. Listening to the same pollster-industrial complex that advised them in 2002 to support George W. Bush’s trillion-dollar unfunded bloodbath in Iraq, Democrats have joined with Republicans in offering massive giveaways to millionaires and billionaires and then telling working and middle class Americans that the sky is falling and we (they) have to tighten our (their) belts. Democrats inside the tightened beltway (with the exception of a strong contingent in the House and a dozen or two Senators) appear to have become convinced by the new conventional wisdom in Washington, that Americans aren’t really concerned as much about jobs as they are about the deficit.

If you stop and think about it for a moment, that notion is absurd on the face of it. Is it really possible that Americans who have lost their jobs or fear losing them are more worried about an abstraction — the budget deficit in Washington — than about the realities of their lives – that they face a budget deficit around their own kitchen table at the end of every month when they’re trying to pay their rent or make their mortgage payment on their rapidly depreciating home?

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That brings us to the third reason so many Democrats have created a third wing of the Republican Party: because they’re competing for the same corporate money, which leads them to support the same policies. The major difference between Republicans and Democrats is that virtually all of the Republicans are quite comfortable being bought because it fits their ideology, whereas most of the Democrats who are beholden to one industry or another are conflicted about it – but not conflicted enough to pass a fair elections bill when they had the chance last year that might have taken away some of the advantages of incumbency but restored integrity to our electoral system.

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Americans need a choice again between two parties, not between two strains of Hoover Republicanism.

Is torture holy?

These are the kinds of corners into which Southern Baptists paint themselves.

Volunteers

I’m looking for readers to do reviews for progressive policy non-fiction books. I don’t like to take review copies unless I’m actually going to read them, but I don’t have much time these days. Any volunteers?

Huntsman

So some of the progressives I know are a little freaked out that Jon Huntsman sounds more liberal than Obama. What do you think?

Should Democrats take our vote for granted? Would it do any good to put a Republican in the White House?

The real Michelle Bachmann

Rolling Stone does a much better job than the Times.

The next wave of multi-national goodness

Privatizing water supplies for profit. We do not currently pay for water in the U.S., contrary to popular belief; we pay for water treatment. You are assessed a fee based on how much water you use, and it’s the estimated cost of treating it so it can be used for drinking, cooking, etc.

This would be above and beyond. Trust me, in a time of global warning, the fight won’t be over oil but water.

Private prisons

Would it surprise you to know they lobby to get more people put in jail for even lesser offenses?

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