9.30.2011

The Paradox of Rick Perry (for Republican Voters)


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On the one hand, Texas Governor Rick Perry has presided over more executions than any governor in U.S. history. Good.


On the other hand, Governor Perry has repeatedly reaffirmed his support for a program that grants an in-state tuition discount to the children of illegal immigrants and for opposing the building of a fence along the U.S border with Mexico. Bad.

Who are you really, Rick Perry? Republican America wants to know.

9.26.2011

Russian politics explained




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Saturday’s announcement of Vladimir Putin’s plans to run for the presidency in 2012 was widely expected and will return the current Russian prime minister to the post he held from 2000-2008, before handing the reins to handpicked successor Dmitry Medvedev. It is likely Medvedev will return to the prime minister position he held during the second half of Putin's presidential term. The job swap, which most observers think will be approved by Russian voters, likely will see the less-than-dynamic duo of Putin and Medvedev rule Russia from 2000-2024.

Russian politics: one from column A and one from column B





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Saturday’s announcement of Vladimir Putin’s plans to run for the presidency in 2012 was widely expected and will return the current Russian prime minister to the post he held from 2000-2008, before handing the reins to handpicked successor Dmitry Medvedev. It is likely Medvedev will return to the prime minister position he held during the second half of Putin's presidential term. The job swap, which most observers think will be approved by Russian voters, likely will see the less-than-dynamic duo of Putin and Medvedev rule Russia from 2000-2024.

9.25.2011

Ve haff vays of making you Amerikan!


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For nearly a decade, immigrant-friendly Arizona sent officials to classrooms across the state to monitor teachers' ability to speak "proper" English. A federal investigation of possible civil rights violations prompted the state to change its policy, which many felt was a form of discrimination.

9.23.2011

Death Row Is Not a Dinner Party

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Explaining that you can't make an omelet without breaking a few eggs, Mao Zedong said, "A revolution is not a dinner party." 

But following the refusal Wednesday by death row prisoner Lawrence Russell Brewer to eat the elaborate "last meal" he had requested, Texas corrections officials have decided to end the practice of granting prisoners last meal requests. 

Meaning Texas will no longer be breaking any eggs at the request of inmates scheduled for execution.

That's showin' 'em, Texas.

9.19.2011

Who You Gonna Call?


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Last Friday, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base was "locked down" after reports a gunman was on the loose. Six hours later, "No gunman or weapon was found," said Col. John Cherrey, 355th Fighter Wing commander, in a two-minute live statement to the press that evening.


Following the ridiculous and outrageous detention and strip search a week ago of Shoshana Hebshi and two other dark-skinned travelers who were flying to Detroit, it's easy to imagine Osama bin Laden laughing heartily from his watery grave off the coast of Pakistan. 


Let's get a grip, people.

9.13.2011

Cool Japan


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The Japanese government has just unveiled a "Cool Japan" logo. Meaning unknown.

I've done my own version above.

9.11.2011

September 11 ... and every other day



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As a native New Yorker, with family and friends who live in the city, I have steered clear of 9/11 on this blog. I had 9/11 fatigue by around the 10th time I saw the television replays of the planes crashing into the World Trade Center from the safety of my hotel room in Shanghai that day. I couldn't watch any of the 9/11 movies or TV specials, and at this point I think there's not much more to be said. 

Except that yesterday I thought about the victims of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, and the 2004 attack on a school in Beslan, Russia. And the train bombings in Madrid in 2004. And the nightclub bombing in Bali in 2002. And the terrorist attacks in Mumbai in 2008. And the thousands of attacks that have killed tens of thousands of Iraqis over the past ten years.

Who mourns these deaths, except the friends and families of the victims? Who mourns the many, many thousands who have been wounded and maimed? 

9/11 is not just a day for Americans. Nearly 400 people from other countries lost their lives on that day as well, including 66 Britons, 47 Dominicans, 41 Indians, 28 Koreans, 24 Japanese, 24 Canadians and many others, including from Switzerland, Ghana, Jamaica, China, Peru, New Zealand, Mexico, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Portugal, Brazil, France and El Salvador. 

And since that day, civilians have been killed by terrorists on every day of the year, year after year.

Thought for the day ...


[A short note: The above image is made from a photograph taken by Michael Yon. I didn't have a chance to ask Michael for permission to use the mage before posting, but an email is in his inbox and I hope he'll give me his blessing. Michael's story of the photograph is here, and I'm very sorry to say that the little girl – Farah – in Major Mark Bieger's arms did not make it. One of the many thousands of victims of global terrorism.]

9.10.2011

Perry for President


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In the Republican presidential candidate debate the other night, Rick Perry was asked about the 234 death row inmates whose executions he'd approved during his tenure as Texas governor ... "more than any other governor in modern times". 

Perry was unable to respond immediately due to the huge round of applause the crowd gave to the news that a frontrunner for President of the United States has been such a success at delivering what he termed "the ultimate justice". 

Jon Stewart said it best and simplest in the above linked clip: "Holy fuckballs."

Morning Commute


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9.06.2011

Supreme Advisers


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Monday Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda named former prime ministers Yukio Hatoyama, Naoto Kan and Tsutomu Hata 'supreme advisers' to the ruling Democratic Party of Japan. Not an auspicious start to his prime ministership, really.

9.04.2011

The Case for Title Case


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The federal government is demanding that New York City change its 250,900 iconic street signs from the all-caps style used for more than a century to ones that capitalize only the first letters. At $110 per sign, it will cost the state $27.6 million, according to city officials.


Thanks, R!

9.01.2011

China and the Dalai Lama

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 “We can live without religion and meditation, but we cannot survive without human affection.”
 – the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso
 
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