Archive for January 13th, 2011
NEW YORK (The Borowitz Report) – Impressed by his speech at the University of Arizona last night, the Fox News Channel today took the extraordinary step of naming President Barack Obama an honorary American.
“Let’s face it, he’s earned it,” said Fox host Glenn Beck. “I don’t care where he came from, he’s one of us now.”
Naming President Obama an honorary American was only one of a series of conciliatory moves made today by what promises to be a kinder, gentler Fox News.
A network spokesman said that starting this week, Fox would air one minute of civil discourse every Sunday at 4 AM.
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In the days since the massacre in Arizona, the mainstream political media (and much online discussion) have zeroed in on one question: Did the uncivil political discourse (with violent imagery) of the Glenn Becks, Rush Limbaughs and Sarah Palins of the world create an environment that encouraged or allowed an unhinged character to go on a shooting spree aimed at a Democratic congresswoman.
I would like to focus on a related question: Are the right wing pundits telling the truth?
The reason for my approach is that whether or not the toxic political environment influenced Jared Loughner, it is important to recognize that for the last two years, the right wing media has employed a concerted strategy to elicit in their listeners/viewers anger and a sense of delegitimization of the government (whether literally, in the form of the birthers, or ideologically, with false claims of socialism, or in practice, with false accusations of unconstitutionality and corruption that fly in the face of history and the record). And to do so largely by making baseless charges.
And when I listened and read as these right wing purveyors of venom rejected the claim that their incendiary rhetoric might have spurred an unstable individual to action, I was struck by how, once again, their approach to the issue was to make baseless charges rather than engage on the issue.
For example, Rush Limbaugh declared:
But it was just one year ago that Limbaugh said (in reference to the economy):
Want a more recent example? On January 10, 2011, after the shooting, Limbaugh said this about claims that violent right-wing rhetoric might have influenced Loughner:
“Don’t kid yourself. What this is all about is shutting down any and all political opposition and eventually criminalizing it. Criminalizing policy differences at least when they differ from the Democrat (sic) Party agenda.”
So Limbaugh asserted last year that the government is at “war” with the American people, and he claimed days ago that the Democrats want to criminalize dissent (continue reading…)
Before you get to where you are going, it is good to know where you have been.
2010 was an amazing year for us and saw the launch of the Fear No ART Chicago TV show on PBS’ WTTW, along with the launch of the Fear No ART Chicago Web Series on FearNoARTChicago.com.
In the next few weeks, I will post some of the highlights from 2010, as well as our new artist webisodes for 2011.
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This weekend Americans will observe the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr. and mark the 50th anniversary of President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s farewell address, perhaps the most significant presidential valedictory in modern times.
What do these two giants of American history have in common?
Both rang the alarm about an unchecked military establishment devouring a disproportionate amount of the federal budget at the expense of pressing domestic needs.
Given the current defense budget — at $725 billion — is at its highest level since World War II in inflation-adjusted dollars and double what it was in 1998, their warnings remain all too germane today.
Eisenhower’s farewell speech, delivered on January 17, 1961, was most notable for his warning about the “military-industrial complex”: the “conjunction of an immense military establishment and a large arms industry.”
“In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex,” he said. “The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist.”
He called for the country to maintain a balance among national priorities (continue reading…)
However you want to spell or pronounce it, this beneficially altered version of milk could save your life, or at least prolong it! There’s a wealth of nutritional goodness to be had here, but the real treasure trove is the unique presence of live bacteria, which exert the most amazing influence over your digestive tract and thereby your entire well-being.
Yoghurt has probably been around almost since the first herders decided that stealing a cow’s milk was a clever notion. The thickened product of dairy and bacteria combined has been an essential part of various cultures’ culinary vocabularies for millennia, in a plethora of forms — drinks, desserts, marinades and more.
The two major nutritional contributors are calcium and an array of B-vitamins. The B-vitamins provide their usual benefits, but it’s the calcium that stands out. Numerous studies have indicated that calcium-rich dairy foods can make a significant contribution to lowered body fat; and yogurt in particular has been shown to increase fat oxidation after meals, thereby increasing fat loss (continue reading…)
SundaySky, Tel Aviv/New York-based start-up with 50 employees, using no video camera or production staff, will produce 1.4 million video clips this month for a range of big retail and real estate corporate customers including Overstock.com and the History Channel.
The company pulls customer data into a customized template which creates videos with movement, music, narration and graphics and video. This is all done automatically.
Most of the clips we have seen have little original video, but are a sort of multi-media presentation and are surprisingly well done.
The clips are hosted and published on a SundaySky player. They are search optimized.
“Living,” Dynamically Updated Videos — Video Advertising Next
When the clips are produced, they remain “living” — meaning they can be updated with new price and other information (continue reading…)
The words of President Obama, Speaker Boehner, and members of both parties in Congress ring true, because they are true. If our prayers are answered and Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) stages a full recovery and continues her public life, she may well become America’s leading symbol, voice and practitioner of the higher standard of politics that most Americans yearn for.
When I hear the strong and sincere words of personal and professional respect for Gabrielle Giffords from her Republican colleagues in the Congress, I wonder whether this episode could become more than a fleeting moment, and begin a larger and lasting movement in our political life.
Let’s end the hatred, the vindictiveness, the character assassination and personal destruction that has sadly become central to our political life. Let’s end the attacks on the patriotism of political opponents and the Americanism of political adversaries.
Let’s consider how the career of Gabrielle Giffords, and the good will she inspires from political supporters and opponents alike, makes her so quintessentially American and so classically heroic.
If there is good news in this sad and sorry affair, it is that we may soon be discussing the first speech Gabrielle Giffords will make when she returns to the floor of the Congress, to a standing ovation from both sides of the aisle.
Gabby Giffords was surrounded in her district by the most ugly aspects of our modern politics (continue reading…)
Why Peace Is the Business of Men but Shouldnt Be A Modest Proposal for the Immodest Brotherhood of Big Men
Crossposted with TomDispatch.com.
Looking for a way out of Afghanistan? Maybe it’s time to try something entirely new and totally different. So how about putting into action, for the first time in recorded history, the most enlightened edict ever passed by the United Nations Security Council: Resolution 1325?
Passed on October 31, 2000, more than a decade ago, that “landmark” resolution was hailed worldwide as a great “victory” for women and international peace and security. In a nutshell, SCR 1325 calls for women to participate equally and fully at decision-making levels in all processes of conflict resolution, peacemaking, and reconstruction. Without the active participation of women in peacemaking every step of the way, the Security Council concluded, no just and durable peace could be achieved anywhere.
“Durable” was the key word (continue reading…)
By Deepak Chopra and Annie B. Bond
Law of Least Effort
When you struggle against this moment, instead of knowing that this moment is as it should be, you’re actually struggling against the entire universe. Instead, you can make the decision that today you will not struggle against the whole universe by struggling against this moment. This means that your acceptance of this moment is total and complete (continue reading…)
Nearly a year ago, Meloed sat stunned as a doctor told her she was pregnant. For the second time in weeks, her world was collapsing around her.
The news should have been happy. But, the 7.0 magnitude earthquake that hit Haiti on Jan. 12, 2010, changed everything for the new bride.
“I was in my house (continue reading…)
In order for credit card companies to continue making the kind of revenue they’re used to, they have typically turned to higher penalty fees. There has been a great increase in popularity over the years for high penalty fees that are meant to catch users off guard — and this is likely caused by competition. In order to win this battle of the fees, companies are figuring out what fees consumers are mentally acknowledging and which they are subconsciously blocking. So if a company is better than its competitors at defining this difference, they are able to make their credit cards seem more user-friendly, without interrupting their flow of revenue (continue reading…)
Here’s a great idea for teens: Donate your gently used jeans at any Aropostale store in the U.S. and Canada and know that they will be given to teenagers who are homeless. The fourth annual Teens for Jeans Campaign – sponsored by Aropostale and DoSomething.org – is hoping to collect its one millionth pair of jeans during this year’s drive. And, to kick things off, the clothing retailer will donate 10,000 pairs of brand new jeans (continue reading…)
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IN TODAY’S RADIO REPORT: Australia is drowning… so is China… so is Brazil; EPA smackdown on Mountaintop Removal coal mining; Still more on the BP Oil Disaster in the Gulf … PLUS: It’s official: 2010 was the hottest year on record … (continue reading…)
Food and agriculture policy always comes down to money: how federal dollars will be prioritized and spent. If anyone needed reminders of this dynamic, 2010 provided at least two.
The lesson to be drawn from both is very simple. If “civilians” (as in taxpayers) don’t stand up in politically significant numbers to demand different priorities, the farm subsidy lobby and other vested interests will maintain their iron grip on spending for programs that those in the good food movement don’t like. At the same time, the entrenched lobbies will slash or block the investments in healthy eating and conservation that sustainable farming advocates embrace.
Lesson 1: School lunch eats into food stamps.
President Obama proposed adding an average of a billion dollars a year ($10 billion total) to the school lunch program as part of the Child Nutrition Act reauthorization (continue reading…)
Will there be copycats?
Will parents let their children attend political rallies anymore? Will Congress ever come to our corner again?
We witness another impromptu festival of American violence, this one in front of a Tucson Safeway. One more place that used to be safe and ordinary, suitable for children, is suddenly, for one random moment, a free-fire zone. A 9-year-old girl who wanted to learn how government works is among the half dozen dead. Democratic Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, shot in the head, fights for her life.
What do we do now, other than shrug, shudder, grieve?
A few days later, one priority — one — remains standing in the wreckage (continue reading…)
Everything I am reading these days on financial issues points to some serious reckoning soon to come, especially because of – as the folks at Third Way are calling it – foreclosure-gate. The Massachusetts Supreme Court ruling in the Ibanez case, along with a growing body of cases where the banks and/or their servicers have been ruled against in foreclosure cases, and even the banks’ lawyers are being castigated in court by judges for bringing in made-up paperwork, is causing a growing sense of panic among the biggest banks that hold the most mortgages. Spokespeople for the banks are talking bravely, trying to dismiss the situation as some minor paperwork errors, but everyone who has been paying attention to the situation fears that there are really big consequences afoot. The plain fact is that over the last decade, in their overwhelming rush to make bigger and bigger profits from trading in the bubble-driven real estate securities market, the banks ran roughshod over the home mortgage and title system that had served this country (and England and many others) quite well for hundreds of years – and they made a serious mess of it (continue reading…)
A New York man who says a rat bit his penis during a jail stay may sue county officials, a judge has ruled.
Peter Solomon, who said he later had to endure a course of rabies jabs, says jailers knew the ward in which they placed him was infested with rodents.
He says the jail was negligent and mistreated him because he is black.
Lawyers for Nassau County sought to have the suit dismissed. Among other arguments, its experts said they saw no evidence of serious injury (continue reading…)
The world's largest microchip-maker made a net profit of 3.4bn (2.1bn) in the last three months of 2010, up from 2.3bn a year earlier (continue reading…)
“There is nothing more tragic than to sleep through a revolution.”
The revolution Dr. King spoke of in his speech at the National Cathedral in 1968 was one of the most transformative of the 20th Century — the painful transition from a racially divided America to an America stitched together, however roughly. But the sentiment holds true for every revolution.
Today, there’s another revolution underway — a revolution that is restructuring America’s energy future. It’s changing the way we work and live (continue reading…)
Sometimes, if you really don’t know how you feel about a topic, reading how both sides argue it can help. There is a deluge of heated rhetoric regarding the Arizona shooting tragedy. Emotions are high. Yet seeing how people make their cases can give one valuable insight as to who stands where (continue reading…)
Originally published on Turnstyle, a project of Youth Radio.
By Nishat Kurwa
That’s our question for reporters who are referring to Jared Lee Loughner as the “22-year-old college dropout” who shot U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.
It’s been reported that Loughner dropped out of Pima Community College after being suspended (continue reading…)
President Obama’s speech on Wednesday evening had all the elements: a subject of national concern, a setting of family and famous, including the astronaut husband of the critically wounded congresswoman, the president’s wife and a former Supreme Court justice. A native American offered prayers, a genuine hero who came to the aid of Gabrielle Giffords spoke briefly before the president did, and a full hall of mostly young Arizonians was a supportive audience.
Obama has proven his skills at oratory, yet sometimes he has seemed academic, or too cool. But at this time and this place it all came together.
And the reason it did, I feel, is that the speech was authentic.
Not once during the minutes Barack Obama spoke of the murders and the loss did I ever feel that this speech had an agenda other than to honor those who died, and to use their sad deaths to spur us to become a better country.
Hyperbole was minimal (continue reading…)
Pete was laid off from a position he had been in for 15 years. The good news was he had an interview next week and just needed a little advice on interviewing. We scheduled him in and put him through a mock interview.
At the end of the mock interview we asked him what he was making at his last job (continue reading…)
by Catherine A. Traywick, Media Consortium blogger The Tucson shooting that left Representative Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) critically wounded and 6 others dead last Saturday wasn’t explicitly motivated by Arizona’s polemical stance on immigration. Nevertheless, the tragedy bears a number of weighty implications for immigration issues both in Arizona and across the nation. Contextualizing political violence Pima county sheriff Clarence Dupnik was among the first to discuss the shooting within the context of Arizona’s heated immigration battles (continue reading…)