Oh ... isn't he just darling! The 300-lb+ kitty who gets bottle-fed by his "Dad." The owner needs to have his head examined. See the Tiger Nugget below from the Daily Mail.
Obama's Iraq (Michael O'Hanlon & Ian Livingston) from Foreign Policy Magazine
"With U.S. combat troops out, the country remains fragile. But the drawdown has gone much better than anyone expected."
The Gulf War at 20: Its Lessons Today (Richard Haass) from the Daily Star [of Lebanon in English]
"The United States has used military force numerous times for a range of purposes. Today, the US is working to extricate itself from a second conflict involving Iraq, trying to figure out a way forward in Afghanistan, and contemplating the use of force against Iran. So the question arises: What can we learn from the first Iraq war, one widely judged as a military and diplomatic success?"
Chinese Labor Strife Frames Larger Fight Over Ideology (Editorial) from the Japan Times
"Not only have these labor disputes played havoc with major manufacturing facilities in many parts of the country, they have also brought to the fore a serious dispute within the Chinese Communist Party as to how to reconcile workers' demands for higher wages with the need to maintain high economic growth."
AP Report: US Wasted Billions in Rebuilding Iraq from the Associated Press via Raw Story
"Hundreds of abandoned, incomplete projects as US hands off to Iraqis."
Flood Tides In Pakistan (Steve Coll) from the New Yorker
"So far, the Obama Administration has displayed the right instincts in responding to the deluge in Pakistan. But many challenges remain."
St. Peter and the Minarets (Harvey Cox) from the National Interest
"In this encyclical, Benedict declares that the whole Church (and this obviously includes priests and bishops) should be involved in working for structural change, especially to nurture peace, to prevent the degradation of the planet, and to combat economic injustice and inequality."
Orange County is No Longer Nixon Country from the New York Times
"This iconic county of 3.1 million people passed something of a milestone in June. The percentage of registered Republican voters dropped to 43 percent, the lowest level in 70 years."
The Billionaires Bankrolling the Tea Party (Frank Rich) from the New York Times
"All three tycoons are the latest incarnation of what the historian Kim Phillips-Fein labeled “Invisible Hands” in her prescient 2009 book of that title: those corporate players who have financed the far right ever since the du Pont brothers spawned the American Liberty League in 1934 to bring down F.D.R."
Obama, Beck and America (Michael Tomasky) from the Guardian [of the UK]
"They believe government strangles their liberty. I guess they really believe, as Beck put it, that "we are on the side of individual freedoms and liberties and, damn it, we will reclaim the civil rights movement." The two problems here are, first, that while they think they owe government nothing, they actually owe government a great deal."
As Tea Partiers Descend on Washington, Ideological Divides Apparent Between Grassroots and Organizers from the Washington Independent
"What they do agree on is God is the answer,” Beck said near the end of the rally. Speaker after speaker lamented the current state not of politics, but of culture: America needs a return to tradition, to the ideas and ways of the founding fathers."
It's Witch-Hunt Season (Paul Krugman) from the New York Times
"The last time a Democrat sat in the White House, he faced a nonstop witch hunt by his political opponents. Prominent figures on the right accused Bill and Hillary Clinton of everything from drug smuggling to murder. And once Republicans took control of Congress, they subjected the Clinton administration to unrelenting harassment ... Now it’s happening again — except that this time it’s even worse"
New Frog is Right on the Money from the National Geographic News
"An adult male of the new species is about the size of a pea. Their size makes them hard to spot, but fortunately for scientists, these mini-frogs have a loud croak."
Meet Panjo, Bengal Tiger, Who Raids the Fridge, Sleeps on the Sofa, and is Fed Milk fromthe Bottle from the Daily Mail
"Bengals may be fearless predators when in their natural environment, but Panjo is more at home playing with Goosey Fernandes and his adopted family at thier home near Pretoria, South Africa."
This guy is nuts.
AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY NUGGET!!
The Uprooted: Chronicling the Great Migration (Jill Lepore) from the New Yorker
"Wilkerson has taken on one of the most important demographic upheavals of the past century—a phenomenon whose dimensions and significance have eluded many a scholar—and told it through the lives of three people no one has ever heard of."