Fareed Zakaria article in Newsweek, "Beyond Bush"

    The cover story of the new edition of Newsweek (June 11, 2007) features an article by Fareed Zakaria, editor of Newsweek International, frequent contributor to The Washington Post and numerous other prominent publications, author of several books including The New...
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    Warrior Joe and the Boots on the Ground: "When are we going to get out of here?"

    ~Geez ... At least he was dressed to look the part.I hope he had plenty of sunscreen . . .Read on . . .BAGHDAD, Iraq - Spc. David Williams, 22, of Boston, Mass., had two note cards in his pocket...

    Choice snippets from The Ugly American

    (from the book, written in 1958, not the far inferior movie, where the Ambassador MacWhite character played by Brando is not much like the Ambassador MacWhite portrayed in the book) pp. 108-109, Philippine Minister of Defense Magsaysay to Ambassador MacWhite:...

    Movie rec: "Half Nelson"

    In portraying a caring, unorthodox, in many ways effective inner-city high school history teacher with a drug problem, Ryan Gosling does about as good a job of acting as anyone I've seen in a long time. He completely sold that...
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    The State of the Nation's Health ... by Maggie Mahar

    From an article in the Dartmouth Medicine Magazine in the Spring of 2007http://dartmed.dartmouth.edu/spring07/print/atlas.php The State of the Nation's Health The U.S. spends more on health care than any other nation. Does that money buy what it should? Not according...
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    Aristotle Chimes in on the Immigration Debate

    Well, actually he doesn’t, but he said some things worth considering, I think. And they came to mind as I read Nathan Newman’s entry, What looks like a Crappy Immigration Deal. I’m going to come to this in my usual...
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    Aren't We All Working Class?

    I hiked about three or four miles down a bike path converted from an abandoned rail spur this afternoon, with the object of visiting my next door neighbor. I could have visited him by walking the thirty plus feet from...
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    One Soldier's First Hand Opinion on the News Coverage

    ~ Here at the cafe, there has been much bandwidth used and keystrokes struck related to complaints of the news coverage or lack thereof of the ground truth from Iraq. Following is one lone soldier's personal take from his first...
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    Aristotle Meets Goldilocks

    I do O.K. with Aristotle. Modern philosophers, especially the more mathematical ones sometimes give me the heebie-jeebies. I noticed a few years ago that Aristotle has an affinity to Goldilocks. For him, the Virtuous Mean lay between extremes of deficiency...
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    Patron: Eumenides? Tailor: Why, Euripides?

    Have the groans subsided yet? One hopes to be forgiven, eventually. The university at which I work requires a core history/political studies course of all freshmen, the faculty for which are provided by the history and political science departments. As...
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    To Blog or Not to Blog?

    Hamlet like, I’ve tossed this idea back and forth in my mind for some time now. Do I have anything of interest to put before the readers at TPM Café? Am I obsessive enough to keep at it? Is my...

    Imus discussion on Meet the Press...

    I suffer from insomnia, and on some sleepless occasions, disgusted with the "cute news" with the O'Brians on CNN, I'd turn the tv to the Imus show - it aired between 2:30AM and 6AM on the West coast. There were...

    Palestinian Unity Prime Minister Haniyeh (Hamas) on C-Span

    C-Span will be carrying a speech by Ismail Haniyeh, Prime Minister, Palestinian Authority, Hamas Party. He'll be speaking about the new coalition government. The program will be aired on C-Span1 on Wed. March 21 at 6:09 AM EDT, and lasts...
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    The TPM "Apologists for the Scumbags" ... the MSM and Valerie Plame

    ~ Small snippets of press and pundit quotes related to the previous status of Valerie Wilson Plame: Washington Post editorial: “The trial has provided…no evidence that she was, in fact, covert.” [Washington Post, 3/7/07]Mort Kondracke: “I frankly don’t think since...
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    Valerie Wilson to Appear Before Waxman Committee!

    ~ Coming March 16No telling what's going to shake out during the hearing. What with the Wilson civil suit pending, in addition to that which the CIA affords Ms. Wilson to speak openly about in relationship to her past CIA employment,...
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    Russia

    Following artappraiser's example on China, here are some excerpts, links and notes on Russian activity of interest. ...

    U.S., Iraq propose diplomatic talks w/ Iran, Syria AND New Iraqi oil law

    This new change seems to indicate an abrupt about face in U.S. policy. It's about time that the Bush administration started heeding the recommendations of the Iraq Study Group, but it remains to be seen whether this will be a...
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    Cooked Intel & Torture Abuse: So the 'Stovepipe' Stops Where?

    1600 Pennsylvania Avenue? Today, on the normal Friday news-dump, the latest findings come out of the inspector general's office of the Pentagon claiming "...that prewar intelligence work at the Pentagon, including a contention that the CIA had underplayed the likelihood...
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    04/22/2009: More to Add to the Stove-Pipe

    .Some new info for the ... Stove-Pipe . . . McClatchy: Bush Admin Used Torture To Look For Saddam-Qaida Link Citing an anonymous intel source and a new Senate report, McClatchy reports the Bush Admin strongly pressured interrogators to use...
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    More Material to ^Crib^ to Slam the Boomers over their Heads

    .During the week of January 23 through the 27th., in various threads some high level beefs and diatribes were discussed surrounding the "boomers of the sixties" and specifically the Vietnam/ demonstrations/ '68 Chicago Democratic Convention riot issue -- If any of the detractors of...
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    How Did Jerry Ford Really Feel About Iraq?

    . Lost within all the front page headlines related to the passing of Gerald R. Ford was this little tidbit of a byline from Bob Woodward. It was an interview conducted in 2005 that had been embargoed until after Ford's...
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    Did SFCWallace head out to re-enlist for the 'Big Surge'?

    . Little trip back in the time machine to September 16 ... Don't you all just miss the apoplectic admonitions from the ol' authoritarian apologist like this one here?Why Democrats lose #426 Oh! And don't overlook his famous last words...
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    Will Newt Crash the Grand Old Party?

    . As we have all noticed, it wasn’t but 24 hours after the election results that the major media outlets began their anointing of the 2008 presidential contenders. And of course, we have all been clued into the three main...

    Leaving (soon) on a Jet Plane

    Next month my wife and I are moving ourselves and our two kids to Tbilisi in the country of Georgia for around 20 months. Folks here know that country has been in the news a bit lately, with last weekend's...

    Robert Kagan (today's WashPost): "More Leaks, Please"

    From Kagan's column, the first sentence reads: "It's too bad we won't get to see the full National Intelligence Estimate on 'Trends in Global Terrorism' selectively leaked to The Post and the New York Times last week. Indeed. Out with...

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