Category Archives: Quick Hits

“Defense” Department

From Twitter via John Cole: It’s amusing that it’s okay to say “war on drugs” and “war on poverty” but once the military is involved it sure can’t be a war. Link

Bob Herbert’s last column for the NY Times

Losing Our Way: The U.S. has not just misplaced its priorities. When the most powerful country ever to inhabit the earth finds it so easy to plunge into the horror of warfare but almost impossible to find adequate work for its people or to properly educate its young, it has lost its way entirely. Link

Wildly inappropriate

Another reason Jeffrey Immelt, G.E.’s CEO, shouldn’t be the chairman of Obama’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness: General Electric, the nation’s largest corporation, had a very good year in 2010. The company reported worldwide profits of $14.2 billion, and said $5.1 billion of the total came from its operations in the United States. Its American […]

Not so quietly

Correction: Japan was quietly evacuating…

Unanswered questions on Libya

From John Cole: When do we know we have “won?” Who are we protecting? What do we do if Qaddafi survives? What do we do when we figure out the people we are “saving” hate us, just slightly less than they hated Qaddafi? What about civilian casualties? How much is this going to cost? How […]

‘Acute case of The Embarrassments’

IOZ on Obama’s complicity in Bradley Manning’s torture: Here is a fine opportunity to engage in a little free and painless magnanimity, to make vague noises about according decent treatment even to one’s enemies, to blather a bit about America’s committment to the humane treatment of all God’s precious children, to give the poor kid […]

Former Senator Dodd is now a lobbyist

Greenwald sums up the situation: … even Good, Liberal Democratic Politicians like Chris Dodd – who has done some decent things in his career – scamper out of the Senate to the nearest feeding hole … Link

Jon Stewart nails it

According to conservatives, bankers and people making $250,000+ a year shouldn’t sacrifice, teachers should. Because… you know… teachers are living the Miller High Life™. They’ve got it so easy!

12 Cookies

Via Balloon Juice: A Modern Parable: A unionized public employee, a teabagger, and a CEO are sitting at a table. In the middle of the table is a plate with a dozen cookies on it. The CEO reaches across and takes 11 cookies, then looks at the teabagger and says “Watch out for that union […]

Reagan <3 unions

Guess what Republicans! Reagan liked unions. He was even a union boss! Link