Archive for July 11th, 2010

July 11, 2010

Quote of the Day

by thefulllidvmg

“…we can’t know what’s in any candidate’s head.  Anyone who tells you that they’re certain that Palin is “really” just in it for the money, or is “really” power-crazed and only cares about getting elected, is actually just guessing.  My advice: anyone who tells you they’re sure about stuff like this is someone to usually skip”, said Jonathan Berstein when discussing Sarah Palin and the 2012 elections.

I think this quote is notable for many subjects, both within social studies and outside of it.

July 11, 2010

Some Fringe Bills

by thefulllidvmg

TNR digs up some far right bills from across the USA. Some of them that TNR digs up do not make sense or they do not make the Conservatives look dumb (which may of been TNR’s objective):

Iowa

The GOP “oppose[s] any effort to implement Islamic Shariah law in this country.” I have yet to see a bill in Congress—or the Iowa legislature—that would legalize caning or stoning. Also, percentage of Iowans who are Muslim: less than 0.5.

July 11, 2010

For the Introverts

by thefulllidvmg


The Simple Dollar has a list of 50 things to do for the inward-leaning ones:

32. Start a natural collection or sketchbook.All that’s required to start a natural collection – or a notebook that collects observations – is an interest and a willingness to investigate. Like rocks? Start collecting and identifying particular samples. Birds? Make some sketches or take some photographs. There’s no limit to what you can observe and record in the natural world. You can observe people, too, or automobiles – the possibilities are endless. Here are some tips for getting started with a natural collection.

33. Organize your collection(s). Speaking of collections, one wonderful solitary activity is organizing your currently-existing collections. Go through your collection of CDs, DVDs, trading cards, books, political buttons, or whatever item you collect and put them in a reasonable order. Along the way, you’ll find all sorts of little things to do to pique your interest, simply from your personal enjoyment of the things you’ve collected.

18. Tour your neighborhood on foot. Most neighborhoods have many interesting secrets and things to enjoy and observe on foot. Just head out of your front door and wander wherever your spirit takes you. You’ll likely find all sorts of interesting things on your journey – places you didn’t know about before, interesting landmarks, beautiful sights, and perhaps an interesting free thing to pick up along the way.

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July 11, 2010

Arizona v. Fed, Ctd.

by thefulllidvmg

Gallup has a poll:

As You May Know, the U.S. Federal Government Yesterday Filed a Lawsuit Against the Arizona Immigration Law. Do You Favor or Oppose the Federal Government's Lawsuit to Prevent the Arizona Immigration Law From Taking Effect? Do You Favor/Oppose the Lawsuit Strongly, or Not Strongly?

July 11, 2010

Raising Money’s Stigma

by thefulllidvmg

Brad Griffin says that both sides should look beyond the bottom line of money when it comes to missions oriented work:

I don’t know about you, but I get uncomfortable when people talk about raising money for ministry.  It raises my heart rate.  It rubs me the wrong way.

Maybe it’s because those words—“raising money”—get it all wrong.  When the focus is on the bottom line—getting cash—we miss a host of opportunities.  We miss the opportunity to cultivate a relationship with donors that honors their humanity as much as their gift.

And I’m curious to know: What words and images help you get beyond the stigma of “raising money” in ways that make you and others feel more connected?

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July 11, 2010

Meet the Don

by thefulllidvmg

Jonathan Cohn provides a nice post with many links on Don Berwick, the director of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). This is worth a full read.

July 11, 2010

Reforming Social Security

by thefulllidvmg

A push is growing on both sides of the political aisle to raise the age for those seeking to receive Social Security:

Social Security was created in 1935 with a retirement age of 65, but since then life expectancy at that age has increased by about six years, according to the National Center for Health Statistics.

Today the full Social Security benefit retirement age is 66 for people born from 1943 to 1954. It then increases by two months for each birth year (66 years and two months for those born in 1955, 66 and four months for those born in 1956 and so forth), until those born in 1960 or later get full benefits at age 67.

Raising the age eventually to 70 could prove to be politically acceptable because it wouldn’t have an immediate social impact, but it would demonstrate that politicians are resolute enough to mend one of the government’s most popular social programs and to tackle the national debt.

July 11, 2010

Arizona v. Fed

by thefulllidvmg

It is thought that the Federal Government will overturn Arizona’s immigration bill, noting that the Federal Government is the one to decide immigration for the nation:

The Constitution authorizes Congress to set a “uniform rule of naturalization” and says the laws of the United States are the “supreme law of the land.” The Justice Department cites this basic provision in arguing why the Arizona law should be declared “invalid, null, and void.”

In one famous case, the Supreme Court in 1941 threw out a Pennsylvania law that required aliens to carry an “alien identification card.” The state has no such authority, the justices said.

In recent years, some states and cities have sought to enforce restrictions on illegal immigrants on the basis that the federal government had failed to enforce the existing laws.

Most of those efforts have failed. A federal judge in Los Angeles blocked California’s Proposition 187 from taking effect in 1994 on the grounds that it regulated immigration. The state dropped its appeal before the case was decided by an appellate court.

Three years ago, a federal judge blocked Hazleton, Pa., from restricting rentals of housing to illegal immigrants.

July 11, 2010

Goodbye Lebron James

by thefulllidvmg

Cleveland is dismantling his “witness” banner, while some of the Cleveland area may be dismantling soon after.

July 11, 2010

When I am Reading

by thefulllidvmg

I am finding myself to be more critical in what I read, especially from online sources such as the Wall Street Journal. The Editorial section drips with ideological lingo as if I was reading out of a academic textbook (a really out of touch one). Throwing words and phrases around such as bureaucratic hurdles and  highly debated opinions such as lowering taxes and government pork money keeps private sectors healthy and people working complicates conversations to the point of them being coated with ideological vitriol and out of touch from reality. I put the WSJ back into my Reader in an attempt to keep my readings broad and diverse. I see similar antics on the Left, mind you. I guess at this point in my life I can handle the Left’s antics a little more or just not much from the WSJ.

July 11, 2010

The Rule of Law within the USA

by thefulllidvmg

Greenwald points out the issues seen over the past several years:

* If you torture people or eavesdrop on Americans without the warrants required by the criminal law, you receive Look-Forward Imperial Immunity.

* If you shoot and kill unarmed rescuers of the wounded while occupying their country and severely wound their unarmed children sitting in a van — or if you authorize that conduct – your actions are commended.

* If you help wreck the world economy with fraud and cause hundreds of millions of people untold suffering, you collect tens of millions of dollars in bonuses.

* If you disclose to the world evidence of war crimes, government lawbreaking, or serious corruption, or otherwise embarrass the U.S., you will be swiftly prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law and face decades in prison.

As was true for Ellsberg, the issue isn’t that Manning is being prosecuted; the issue is the extreme disparities in how such decisions are made and what that reveals about the objectives and priorities of those responsible for these decisions.

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