Archive for ‘Windowsill Readings’

July 5, 2011

Nightly Reading

by Vince Giordano

Enjoy this long read by Frank Rich (former NY Times columnist, highly recommended) in the New York Magazine. Topic:

Obama’s Original Sin

The president’s failure to demand a reckoning from the moneyed interests who brought the economy down has cursed his first term, and could prevent a second.

June 6, 2011

Evening Reads

by Vince Giordano
  1. Does serving as First Lady count as executive experience?
  2. Discerning the differences between loyalty, patriotism, and looking to transform your city or nation.
  3. Tired of hearing quasi-religious political platforms that serve the interests of “killing our enemies” or benefiting the filthy rich? Check these out.
  4. Refocusing the education reform discussion.
  5. A bipartisan discussion on the extension of the PATRIOT act.
April 28, 2011

For Your Birther Reading Pleasure

by Vince Giordano

I give you a slew of reads to satisfy (or challenge) your birther tastes.

Jan Brewer, governor of Arizona, says enough is enough:

In an interview with CNN’s John King, Brewer called the issue a “huge distraction” and said that doubters have failed to offer any proof that President Obama was born outside the country.

“It’s just something I believe is leading our country down a path of destruction, and it just is not serving any good purpose,” Brewer said, calling it a distraction from the much more pressing issue of the economy.

“I think we really just need to move on,” Brewer continued. “Everybody’s had two years to prove, if they wanted to, that he was not born in Hawaii. They haven’t come up with any of that kind of proof.”

Kevin Drum sees the power in xenophobic talking points:

This is why last summer’s Fox-fest of xenophobia — Shirley Sherrod, the Ground Zero mosque, the New Black Panthers, anchor babies, liberation theology, etc. etc. — was so effective. It’s also why all the birther nonsense is so powerful. Without the constant drumbeat of racially charged crap from the likes of Limbaugh and Glenn Beck and Dinesh D’Souza, it might just be a fringe curiosity. But with it, it gets a patina of intellectual support that turns it into a dangerous and mainstream belief.

Everybody involved in this pretends to be outraged if you point out what they’re doing. But anyone with a pulse can see what’s going on. And guess what? Summer is coming! There’s no midterm election in the offing, so maybe Fox News will decide to cool it on the xenophobia front this year. But then again, maybe not. Nobody on the right really called them out on this last year, and there doesn’t seem to be any real limit to their shamelessness. So maybe they’ll try it again. It seems to be pretty good for ratings, after all.

David Frum goes in for the kill on birtherism and laments the current state of the GOP:

Any last lingering doubts that maybe, perhaps, a pregnant Stanley Ann Dunham in the summer of 1961 boarded a propeller plane from Honolulu to Los Angeles, then from Los Angeles to New York City, then from New York City to Gander, then from Gander to London, then from London to Nairobi – and then repeated the trip backward a few weeks later – all so that her baby could acquire Kenyan nationality – those doubts are definitively squelched, as they should have been three years ago.

Now the more haunting question: How did this poisonous and not very subtly racist allegation get such a grip on our conservative movement and our Republican party?

I know there will be Republican writers and conservative publicists who will now deny that birtherism ever did get a grip. Sorry, that’s just wrong. Not only did Trump surge ahead in Republican polls by flaming racial fires – not only did conservative media outlets from Fox to Drudge to the Breitbart sites indulge the birthers – but so also did every Republican candidate who said, “I take the president at his word.” Birthers did not doubt the president’s “word.” They were doubting the official records of the state of Hawaii. It’s like answering a 9/11 conspiracist by saying, “I take the 9/11 families at their word that they lost their loved ones.”

Finally, on a slightly different note, DiA proposes removing the “born in United States” clause from the Constitution:

My 69-year-old father was born and raised in Saskatchewan. In his twenties, he became an American citizen by serving in the U.S. Army. He became a policeman in Missouri, and subsequently served the public as the chief of police in two Iowa towns for upwards of 30 years. What’s the point of keeping Americans like this out of the Oval Office? When the rubber hits the road, they might sell us all out to Ottawa? To the Indonesians? What? It seems to me that any worry about divided loyalties can be more than adequately debated and decided within the electoral process. I don’t think Arnold Schwarzenegger or Arriana Huffington would make a very good president, but the idea that they’re ineligible simply because they first saw light in foreign lands strikes me as, yes, un-American.

January 8, 2011

Weekend Reading

by Vince Giordano

I have been out all day, was out last night for a holiday party, and haven’t had any desire to check my Reader. Here are some links for reading from the past day:

Is it OK to cheer for Michael Vick?

A man in the town I went to college was arrested and received 8 taser jolts.

The ACLU hones in on efforts to alter the 14th amendment.

January 3, 2011

What I Am Reading: Online and In My Hands

by Vince Giordano

I have to start somewhere in my Google Reader. So far, about 500 unread posts await me along with 48 starred items to read later. Here are some of the starred goodies:

What’s up with Chris Christie since the winter blizzard pummeled New Jersey?

The collapse of the 2010 New York Giants is receiving comparison status to the New York Mets.

Ezra Klein put out some really interesting pieces. First, one on inequality with charts, unemployment “hysterisis“, how valuable a good night of sleep really is, and a New Year’s resolution for our American government: lose weight and get fit.

I came across a really neat magazine tonight at the library. If you liked Freakonomics, you may like mental floss.

The Barack Obama / Michael Vick conversation has caught my interest.

I also came across these two intriguing books: All My Bones Shake and Beyond Tolerance. While we are talking about books, I am really being sucked in to Dan Brown’s Angels and Demons book. The short chapters detailing the Hassassin make me want to read more and more! Now that is what a book is suppose to be like!

December 7, 2010

What I Am Reading On This Cold Night

by Vince Giordano

I am sitting in the lovely Giant cafe. I love the environment. It has the cafe feel to it but isn’t over run with people. I definitely feel it is overlooked by the nearby Panera and Starbucks. I even have a bouquet of flowers in a vase on my table. They smell nice!

Anywho, what I am reading tonight:

December 6, 2010

Viewing Wikileaks

by Vince Giordano

The New York Times has a new feature for viewing the cables.

December 5, 2010

The Sound of Trees

by Vince Giordano

The Sound of Trees‘ by Robert Frost is a great poem. I just read it and it riveted through my insides.

I wonder about the trees:
Why do we wish to bear
Forever the noise of these
More than another noise
So close to our dwelling place?
We suffer them by the day
Till we lose all measure of pace
And fixity in our joys,
And acquire a listening air.
They are that that talks of going
But never gets away;
And that talks no less for knowing,
As it grows wiser and older,
That now it means to stay.
My feet tug at the floor
And my head sways to my shoulder
Sometimes when I watch trees sway
From the window or the door.
I shall set forth for somewhere,
I shall make the reckless choice,
Some day when they are in voice
And tossing so as to scare
The white clouds over them on.
I shall have less to say,
But I shall be gone.

Photo courtesy of lambertwm

December 5, 2010

Some Reading for the Next Year

by Vince Giordano

All of these magazines were free. Thanks goes out to the Green Free Library.

December 5, 2010

Sunday Reads

by Vince Giordano
December 2, 2010

Windowsill Readings and Vids

by Vince Giordano
December 1, 2010

Windowsill Readings

by Vince Giordano
  • Is Harry Potter in cahoots with hell?
  • More on the effects of American Exceptionalism.
  • Sharon Angle is still hanging around; she is quoted as saying that she wishes she would of had a more positive campaign (what a load of steaming  bullshit).
  • Joe Scarbough wants the GOP to confront Sarah Palin.
  • Pentagon Study Confirms Discrimination in the Military is Harmful and Unnecessary”, so says the study.
November 30, 2010

Windowsill Reads

by Vince Giordano
  • Some say that America is summed up in this one picture. I disagree. If you consider Georgia, Kansas, and a handful of other states below the Mason Dixon line America, then ok?
  • A list of the top 50 Bob Dylan covers.
  • Another article on America’s military budget continuing to burgeon (119% since 2001, thanks George W. and Barack).
  • Choose America or your spouse.
  • Below is a neat map. It is re-arranged so to match the nation with its number of inhabitants to its suitable sized country. Follow up reax here and here. Look for the nations that stayed in the same spot. 
November 28, 2010

Windowsill Readings for Sunday

by Vince Giordano

Enjoy this large bunch.

November 27, 2010

Holiday Reading and Videos

by Vince Giordano
I meant to post this last night. I ended up seeing the new Harry Potter movie (!). Any who, enjoy the reading and videos and the holiday weekend!
November 24, 2010


by Vince Giordano

Gah, my eyes hurt yesterday. I finished off Shane of the Nation and am looking forward to watching Kozol speak here. Look for as thorough of a book review as I can do in the coming week.

The holiday season is upon us. I am not sure what book I will read next. For the meantime, I am reading the new Atlantic issue and I may pick up one of MJ’s novels.  What are you reading?

November 16, 2010

The Tea Party Nation

by Vince Giordano

David Frum has a worth you read piece in the NY Times Magazine:

Too often, conservatives dupe themselves. They wrap themselves in closed information systems based upon pretend information. In this closed information system, banks can collapse without injuring the rest of the economy, tax cuts always pay for themselves and Congressional earmarks cause the federal budget deficit. Even the market collapse has not shaken some conservatives out of their closed information system. It enfolded them more closely within it. This is how to understand the Glenn Beck phenomenon. Every day, Beck offers alternative knowledge — an alternative history of the United States and the world, an alternative system of economics, an alternative reality. As corporate profits soar, the closed information system insists that the free-enterprise system is under assault. As prices slump, we are warned of imminent hyperinflation. As black Americans are crushed under Depression-level unemployment, the administration’s policies are condemned by some conservatives as an outburst of Kenyan racial revenge against the white overlord.

November 1, 2010

Reads and Watches

by Vince Giordano

For your Monday escape:

Barack Obama was the first president to sit in on the Daily Show.

Andrew Sullivan shows how we skim the headlines, or how they ride over us. He also scratches his head in confusion over Barack Obama’s marriage beliefs.

Finally, Megan McArdle has a fine piece out that wonders which American political party is actually serious about the deficit.

September 18, 2010

Windowsill Readings, Musings, and Laughs

by Vince Giordano

A map here of the largest metro’s in the USA and their performances. More on the ‘great divide” here and here.

A gay soldier says that DADT erodes the strong military lessons each soldier learns.