Saturday, April 02, 2011

I've Been Meaning To Do That

An advertisement from Northrup Grumman on the Washington Post political news page this morning urges me to MODERNIZE THE E-8C JOINT STARS.

I hadn't realized that mine were out of date. I was wondering where to find service. Not in Olympia, I am sure.

Fortunately, I found the handy link allowing me to contact my elected leaders. No doubt that will keep my E-8C Joint Stars modernized.

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Coin of the Realm

Quarterly fund-raising reports are in:
Michelle Bachmann’s strong first quarter showing comes on the heels of her raising $13.5 million for her 2010 campaign, by far the largest total compiled by any House challenger or incumbent for a single election.

Sounds like a business, doesn't it? Probably because it is a business.

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Monday, March 28, 2011

I Know What I Am

Quiz: What Kind of Liberal Are You?

My Liberal Identity

You are a Peace Patroller, also known as an anti-war liberal or neo-hippie. You believe in putting an end to American imperial conquest, stopping wars that have already been lost, and supporting our troops by bringing them home.

Take the quiz at Political Humor

The internets tell me so.

h/t to Jim Yeager at Mockinbird's Medley

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Choosing Libya

The rebellion in Libya is a supreme test of my deeply-held beliefs, forcing me to choose between my inherent support for people seeking justice and challenging ruling elites and my strong distrust of foreign military interventions by the US and its western allies. Juan Cole's "An Open Letter to the Left on Libya", lays out the circumstances and rationales that make the foreign intervention in Libya the best of some bad choices. Cole's logic impeccably follows the logic of Norman Graebner and is, for me, convincing.

The Libyan revolution/civil war may yet turn out ugly for all concerned but we can't know that now. We do know that the intervention evened up the odds between the sides and prevented Gaddafi from going on a house to house killing spree in Benghazi.

That's worth something.