Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Monday, December 22, 2008
A night view from a base camp near Mount Everest
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
There are several interesting items in this week's Time Magazine along with the following!
Barack Obama: 2008 Person of the Year from Time Magazine
"In the waning days of his extraordinary year and on the cusp of his presidency, what now seems most salient about Obama is the opposite of flashy, the antithesis of rhetoric: he gets things done. He is a man about his business — a Mr. Fix It going to Washington."
Young Republicans Seek a New Kind of Party from the Christian Science Monitor
"Reflecting an Obama age, they want more diversity and pragmatism, less partisanship."
Committing War Crimes for the 'Right Reasons' (Glenn Greenwald) from Salon
"Those defending Bush officials by claiming they acted with good motives are invoking the same rationale used by every war criminal and aggressor."
Obama Charm Offensive sways Republicans from The Hill
"Some of these Republicans, who are poised to represent their party on issues ranging from the economy to healthcare to homeland security, say it is the most aggressive outreach from an incoming president that they can remember."
Hurled Shoes: Bush's Epitaph (Robert Scheer) from the Nation
"That an Iraqi journalist, whose family had been victimized by Saddam Hussein and who was kidnapped by insurgents while attempting to work as a TV reporter, came to so loathe the American president, as does much of the world, should serve as the final grade on the Bush administration."
Between Obama and the Press from the New York Times Sunday Magazine
"There was a sense among Obama’s communications team that not only did they have a gifted candidate to ride but also that they had figured out new ways to maximize their advantages."
Obama's Inaugural Ceremony from the New York Times
"Aretha Franklin and Dr. Rick Warren, an evangelical minister of the Saddleback Church, are among the select group of people who will participate in Barack Obama’s inaugural swearing-in ceremony on Jan. 20."
The Green House from Slate
"For President-elect Barack Obama, the sagging economy is the gift that keeps on giving. First, it helped get him elected. Now it's giving him a mandate to spend more than he ever could under normal circumstances."
Obama Preserves Political Capital for Stimulus Plan from the Wall Street Journal
"Barack Obama's transition team is resisting Bush administration overtures to coordinate more on the financial-sector rescue, convinced that neither the lame-duck President George W. Bush nor the president-elect has the clout to win a smooth congressional release of more bailout funds."
Lemmings on Wheels (Eugene Robinson) from the Washington Post
"It may be that General Motors, Chrysler and Ford are lumbering, Jurassic beasts that deserve their looming extinction. But only a free-market fundamentalist, a lunatic or a Senate Republican -- perhaps that's redundant -- would conclude that now is the moment to hasten Detroit's demise."
Flying Shoes Create a Hero in Arab World from the Washington Post
"In hurling footwear and insults at President Bush, Muntadar al-Zaidi expressed what relatives said were his own frustrations with American policy in Iraq and made himself into an overnight celebrity in the Arab world."
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
As Economy Falters, Obama's Goodwill Grows from the New York Times
Saturday, December 13, 2008
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Obama Won't Play from Daily Kos
Monday, December 8, 2008
Mr. Kristol's FIRST appearance on this website! He actually had something vaguely insightful to say!
"I can’t help but admire some of my fellow conservatives’ loyalty to the small-government cause. It reminds me of the nobility of Tennyson’s Light Brigade, as it charges into battle: “Theirs but to do and die.” Maybe it would be better, though, first to reason why."
Naming Hillary: 'May be One of Obama's Great Achievements'" from the Financial Times Deutschland [from Germany in English]
"If Gates supervised the withdrawal from Iraq after having organized Bush's deployment of additional troops and Hillary negotiates with the mullahs in Tehran, who could accuse Obama of lacking the needed toughness?"
Meet Obama from The Root
"The News: Barack Obama reminds Americans that it's okay for presidents to be smart, thoughtful and authoritative. "
The Obama Phenomenon: A Forum from the Organization of American Historians Newsletter
Some of these articles are interesting and there's quite a range of opinion put forward.
Sunday, December 7, 2008
Rumsfeld Nemesis Shinseki to be Named VA Secretary from AMERICAblog
John Arovosis has a great take on Shinseki's appointment yesterday.
"You have to give the Obama people credit. They are quite adept at slipping the knife in slowly."
NEWS NUGGETS CARTOONS! from Bob Geiger
The Deluder-in-Chief from the New York Times Editorial Board
"It was skin crawling to hear him tell Mr. Gibson that the thing he will really miss when he leaves office is no longer going to see the families of slain soldiers, because they make him feel better about the war."
The Real Generation X (Tom Friedman) from the New York Times
"What book will our kids write about us? “The Greediest Generation?” “The Complacent Generation?” Or maybe: “The Subprime Generation: How My Parents Bailed Themselves Out for Their Excesses by Charging It All on My Visa Card.”"
Obama Pledges Public Works on a Vast Scale from the New York Times
"Mr. Obama’s remarks showcased his ambition to expand the definition of traditional work programs for the middle class, like infrastructure projects to repair roads and bridges, to include new-era jobs in technology and so-called green jobs that reduce energy use and global warming emissions."
‘Partisan’ Seeks a Prefix: Bi- or Post- from the New York Times
"President-elect Barack Obama can already boast one striking accomplishment: persuading partisan, ideological adversaries to see him in a less partisan, less ideological light."
The Real Bill Ayers (William Ayers) from the New York Times
"IN the recently concluded presidential race, I was unwillingly thrust upon the stage and asked to play a role in a profoundly dishonest drama. I refused, and here’s why."
Snapshots from a Time of Change from the Los Angeles Times
"On the eve of Barack Obama's presidency, excitement mingles with economic turmoil."
Spying on Pacifists, Environmentalists and Nuns from the Los Angeles Times
"Investigators, the files show, targeted groups that advocated against abortion, global warming, nuclear arms, military recruiting in high schools and biodefense research, among other issues."
World, Don't You Worry (Howard Fineman) from Newsweek
"By hiring and associating with well-known, well-respected figures, Obama is saying to investors: It's safe to come back. America knows what it's doing."
The Starving States (Howard Fineman again) from Newsweek
"It's not yet Christmas, and Obama was not elected to be Santa Claus. But the talk leading up to Inauguration Day has assumed the air of a Dickensian orphanage, with the inmates shouting, "more please!" They are entitled: they are starving.""
Obama's Manna (E.J. Dionne) from the Washington Post
"Obama's luxury is that the economic demands of the moment almost perfectly coincide with his political interests. With even conservative economists urging Obama not only to cut taxes but also to spend and spend and spend some more, he has an opportunity to keep a whole raft of political promises all at once."
Regret-Me-Nots (Eugene Robinson) from the Washington Post
"Remember that long-ago news conference when George W. Bush couldn't think of any mistakes he had made? Unbelievably, he still can't."
Friday, December 5, 2008
Team of Heavyweights (Henry Kissenger) from the Washington Post
ELECTION DAY NUGGET!
I missed this one the day after the election.
Churches Across America Reflect on Obama Election from the Chicago Defender
"Jubilation, pride and relief permeated pews and pulpits at predominantly Black churches across the country on the first Sunday after Barack Obama’s election, with congregrants blowing horns, waving American flags and raising their hands to the heavens."
Thursday, December 4, 2008
Michelle is Every Woman's Model from the Standard [of Kenya]