dsquib

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  • dsquib commented on the blog post Emanuel Thrown Off Chicago Mayoral Ballot By Appeals Court

    2011-01-24 11:36:50View | Delete

    Hope my alderman Waguespack can take a stab in 4 years time. Too much is made of “corruption” in Chicago (it’s not that much worse than anywhere else) but the entrenchment is truly awful. Anyone with any remotely new ideas gets nowhere.

  • dsquib commented on the blog post Emanuel Thrown Off Chicago Mayoral Ballot By Appeals Court

    2011-01-24 11:32:55View | Delete

    I was kinda hoping he’d win, seeing as the rest of the candidates are shitty anyway, and the winner is sure to have an awful time of it.

  • Personally speaking I would rather our military take in only those who do not believe our life on Earth is some kind of elaborate “test” for a life beyond, and ultimately disposable under the right circumstances. But hey that’s jut me. :-)

  • dsquib commented on the blog post Lesson Of The Day From The Joe Klein School Of Journalimism

    2010-11-26 19:22:27View | Delete

    Mea culpas are often revealing, especially when the way the person sees their fault and its origins differs from the way their critics do. Clearly, Joe Klein’s outlook hasn’t changed, nor his philosophy, so we can easily anticipate that should Joe still be working when President Palin is sworn in he will be ready to swallow whatever her first great project may be.

    Perhaps the flip side is of those on “the left” who cheered on the war in Iraq, most instructively Matthew Yglesias, who is praised, rightly I suppose, for his mea culpa, yet I’ve seen no evidence to suggest he really learned WHY he made the mistake he did, what fault of character led him in that direction, and that he has intended to rectify that. Joe Klein on the other hand thinks he understands why he made the mistake he did, but is more than ready to make it all over again for the very same reasons.

  • dsquib commented on the diary post Compromise on Social Security and Medicare? Why My Center-Left Friends are Wrong by Dean Baker.

    2010-11-20 16:53:17View | Delete

    Or it may be similar to the health care/health insurance industry compromise. You cut the public option and drug reimportation and we won’t attack health care reform directly*.

    * we’ll get the Chamber of Commerce to do it for us!

  • dsquib commented on the diary post Compromise on Social Security and Medicare? Why My Center-Left Friends are Wrong by Dean Baker.

    2010-11-20 16:38:46View | Delete

    com·pro·mise –noun 1. a settlement of differences by mutual concessions; an agreement reached by adjustment of conflicting or opposing claims, principles, etc., by reciprocal modification of demands. What is the compromise? We accept cuts to important social programs at the worst possible time in return for what exactly? What are the Republicans conceding? What is [...]

  • dsquib commented on the blog post Tinfoil makes the real crimes dissipate into the ether

    2010-11-15 03:03:44View | Delete

    And even when you look at mainstream opposition to the Iraq and Vietnam War, what do they hinge on? Did “anti-war” Obama denounce the Iraq War as an immoral, destructive crusade causing directly or indirectly the death of hundreds of thousands of innocent people? No, he criticized the effort as a “strategic error” that took our “eye off the ball” of the other war in Afghanistan. The same is true of Vietnam today, even. Criticism almost hints at some kind of “Wilsonian” naive idealism. Our intentions were noble, but unrealistic, we overestimated the will of lesser nations to be as great as us.

    “If we have to use force, it is because we are America! We are the indispensable nation. We stand tall, and we see further into the future.” Madeleine Albright

  • dsquib commented on the blog post Tinfoil makes the real crimes dissipate into the ether

    2010-11-15 02:40:21View | Delete

    Conspiracy theories that posit one single person or a small group of people as puppet master(s) always seem to gain more following than those that seem to hint at something institutional, or cultural, even. The power and appeal is simplicity, all we need do is stop just one wealthy Jewish liberal benefactor, and our problems disappear! But a conspiracy theory that suggests mass, albeit uneven, culpability, we do not want to know about.

  • dsquib commented on the diary post Obama playing games with the War in Afghanistan by Josh Mull.

    2010-11-11 18:16:25View | Delete

    Who dealt the biggest blow to DADT? The Log Cabin Republicans. Which party gave the greatest support to California’s marijuana legalization initiative? The Republicans. The Democratic party is a joke. We can only withdraw from Afghanistan once we can be absolutely SURE it will not hurt Obama’s reelection chances. That’s the sort of moral bankruptcy [...]