You can live your lives or live your fears

To those who think this meme, in some way, is a serious suggestion as to how any nation should respond to terrorism anywhere, I have a serious question.

bombs for ISIS

Where are these armaments of conventional war to be directed, Paris?

At least one of the attackers was a French citizen.

The Western world seemed to pay no attention to the 40 people killed and more than 200 injured in two separate suicide bombings in Beirut the day before the Paris attacks. So, should we bomb Beirut?

Maybe we can use this map? It presumably gives us all of their locations. Should all of this territory just be leveled, believing that the continuation of the so-called – and so-well-marketed – “War on Terror” will suddenly lead to peace? Where’s the evidence that that approach is working or ever has?

What am I missing?

Doesn’t more war driven by greater and greater fear simply mean that the terrorist are accomplishing their mission?

Adam Gopnik’s piece in the New Yorker yesterday sums it up well for me.

 But there is also a will in France, familiar to New Yorkers, not to be annihilated, not to be turned by terrorism into a citizenry that can no longer recognize itself. New Yorkers learned that you can live your lives or your fears, and that it is always wiser to live your lives. 

No, I don’t have some magic answer. I just know that it’s not going to be found in fear or war.

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The strawmen that define the #GOP

This Education Week article, “Education Continues to Struggle for Airtime in GOP Debates,” might be behind a paywall, so let me just offer 2 fun facts from it and end with my own conclusions about what it has to tell us about the level of desperation and insincerity that informs the current state of Republicanism.

GOP-Debate-Milwaukee-blogCaveat: No I didn’t watch last night’s GOP debate. I saw the previous one, and one was enough for me. This post is simply meant to make sure their b.s. doesn’t go unchallenged and unacknowledged. Paragraph captions below are mine. The italicized text that follows is taken verbatim from the article.

Ted Cruz’s ‘Rick Perry’ Moment

“At one point during the debate, which was hosted by Fox Business News and the Wall Street Journal, Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas listed the five agencies he’d like to eliminate. He named the Commerce Department twice, but didn’t say that he would also like to shutter the U.S. Department of Education. Did he change his mind about getting rid of it, or just forget to mention ED?

“It seems he forgot to mention it. His campaign tweeted this during the debate:

Cruz tweet

Rubio ‘Welding Together’ Lies

“Higher education fans got a couple of quick nods, mostly courtesy of Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, who reiterated his support for vocational education as a possible alternative to college.

“For the life of me, I don’t know why we stigmatized vocational education,” Rubio said. “We need more welders and less philosophers, welders make more money.” (For the record, welders make about $36,671 annually, while newly minted philosophy majors get about $39,000.)

The Strawmen That Define the GOP

First and for the record, no one I know stigmatizes vocational education.

I’m a graduate of a high school vocational-technical program. I went to college and earned associate engineering degrees which, by all accounts, are meant to be vocational. I didn’t earn a baccalaureate degree until just a few years at the age of 45.

So, to Marco Rubio and any conservative out there making the claim that liberals and Democrats are supposedly ‘stigmatizing’ vocational education, please go ahead and kiss my ass.

It was this EdWeek article and a recent Salon piece that has me asking this question yet again:

Will the poor and middle class Americans who think they’re Republicans ever learn that “their” party has nothing but disdain and disregard for them?

The GOP’s entire identity is built on duping Americans into believing in the existence of imaginary strawmen that exist only in the impenetrable Fox News/conservative AM radio/Breitbart/Glenn Beck bubbles.

spendingJust look at how they still call Democrats the taxers-and-spenders when every bit of data proves the opposite.

Listen to how they talk about the so-called out-of-control, tax-and-spend, Kenyan-born, liberal Muslim terrorist occupying the White House now. You know? The same president who drones more people and deports more people and who got more money from Wall Street than any of his predecessors ever have.

Yeah. That guy.

The same one who shrunk the Republican deficit he inherited by $1 trillion.

That’s a 1 followed by 12 zeros.

It’s a thousand million.

It’s $1,000,000,000,000.00

It’s how many reasons there are for being against the entirety of the Republican Party and anyone who claims to represent it……..unless, of course, you’re comfortably above the $340,000.00 it takes to be in the One Percent.

Wake up, America. The Republican Party of the present day exists only if you believe their lies.


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Mass Mobilization To Stop The #TPP Announced for DC Nov 14-18 #FallRising #StopTPP #NoTPP


By Staff,
November 5th, 2015

A mass mobilization in Washington, DC from November 14th  to 18th has been announced to begin the next stage of the campaign to stop the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).  The TPP was made public 10 days from the actions.

The protest, co-sponsored by 59 organizations, is being spearheaded by Popular Resistance and Flush The TPP and includes environmental, human rights, labor, climate change and good government groups. They have been organizing this mobilization for months knowing that the TPP would be made public around this time.

Sign and share this petition to congressional leadership opposing the TPP.

(full article)

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It’s bad. 

There will be a mass mobilization Nov. 14 through 18 in Washington to begin the push to block the TPP.(

Rising up to stop the TPP is a far, far better investment of our time and energy than engaging in the empty political theater that passes for a presidential campaign.“The TPP creates a web of corporate laws that will dominate the global economy,” attorney Kevin Zeese of the group Popular Resistance, which has mounted a long fight against the trade agreement, told me from Baltimore by telephone. “It is a global corporate coup d’état. Corporations will become more powerful than countries. Corporations will force democratic systems to serve their interests. Civil courts around the world will be replaced with corporate courts or so-called trade tribunals. This is a massive expansion that builds on the worst of NAFTA rather than what Barack Obama promised, which was to get rid of the worst aspects of NAFTA.”


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How is it possible that I agree with Goldwater while today’s conservatives don’t?

I realize that this will make some people uncomfortable and perhaps even angry.

It needs to be talked about.


Every thinking person regardless of political persuasion, party affiliation, or religious leaning knows (or should know) the following to be true.

Religion has no place in our politics.

The Founders enshrined that ideal into the Constitution.

Today, there is one and only one party ignoring this. One.

The Republican Party.

Goldwater warned us about American Evangelicals usurping the GOP. They have spent the last 5 decades convincing American conservatives that somehow Christians are being persecuted and discriminated against in America.

That, of course, is nonsense.

Now we have Republican presidential hopeful, Ben Carson, openly talking about how Muslims should be excluded from the presidency while The Donald openly mocks Carson for his Seventh Day Adventism.

Even *some* at Fox News get this. (Most, for sure, do NOT!)

This is why I firmly believe that today’s Republicans – both the politicians and those Evangelical Americans who support them – must be called to account publicly for wanting to violate a fundamental aspect of our democracy.

I never thought I’d say it, but I agree with what Goldwater said on this issue and with this passage in particular:

“I am warning them today: I will fight them every step of the way if they try to dictate their moral convictions to all Americans in the name of ‘conservatism.'”

Wouldn’t it be great if Republicans everywhere took the same stance as Goldwater?

Imagine that.

Me, a dyed-in-the-wool liberal yearning for a Goldwater Republican.

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