My friends in the Charlotte NC area, check out the The Second Annual Charlotte Book Fair @ The Wadsworth Estate on Sat., Oct. 5, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Free online chapters of Civil War book
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WTF? All this hate over a damned book review? I guess what I'm wondering these days is this: Is there anyone left out there who is remotely sane and can react intelligently to what is actually in an article? Oh, I forgot, those folks avoid wingnut-encrusted comments sections like the plague.
It's a shame, really, how one-note singers with some nonsensical ax to grind or another have wrecked comment sections everywhere, ruining what could have been places for real discussions rather than flame-fests and virtual toilets where nutcases and obsessives go to purge their bile.
Brice hits the nail on the head. Obama is simply John Edwards with a tan, and Grooms and the other Obamanoids simply imbeciles for not seeing it.
If Grooms is really committed to Obama, I suggest he enlist in the Army and strap himself to a drone. For (his) God (Obama) and Country, y'know.
There’s a sucker born every minute. Add Ron Suskind to that bandwagon.
Suskind attributes Obama’s inexperience to his being easily conned by his cabinet. Fact is, it is Obama along with his cabinet of merry men and women who are conning Mr. Suskind and the rest of the public. What looks like cluelessness, ineptitude, and inexperience is by design. The powers that be – the ones who decide who we get to vote for – vetted Obama long ago and deemed him the perfect front for the empire’s quest for totalitarian world domination. Obama’s biracial black face and smooth talking skills would act to silence relevant dissent. This is working out perfectly as those who’d normally criticize/challenge/question do so tepidly, or more often, not at all. This leaves the usual right wing boogeyfolk who can be dismissed as racist.
Said silence allows the empire to enact an agenda benefitting imperial powers and corporate coffers while impoverishing everyone else. This scenario is also doing quite well as we have:
-perpetual wars/covert ops that enrich the military/security complex;
-legislation presented as helpful to the people but in reality is written by industry to benefit said industry that is ripping off the people (see: healthcare and financial “reform”);
-decimation of civil liberties here at home;
-extrajudicial killings; torture/secret prisons/indefinite detentions;
-no-strings bailouts for bankster class responsible for worldwide financial collapse.
Mr. Grooms writes that now Obama is coming out swinging as a man that will protect us from financial predators. Really? Why was Elizabeth Warren, who appeared to want to enforce tough actions against financial malfeasance, dumped from the president’s proposed financial regulatory reform group? Why is his attorney general busy pushing laughable WMD-ish lie about Iran plotting to kill Saudi ambassador, yada yada while Wall Street financial terrorist kingpins committing real crimes go unpunished?
Obama’s jobs bill is a classic example of the con man in action. Jobs were issue #1 since day one of his administration. Instead of coming out swinging with the mother of all job creation proposals in 2008, we got a stimulus band aid when a tourniquet was required. Why did Obama wait over 2 years to propose a major jobs plan that could have been easily passed with his Democratic congressional majority in 2008? His administration frittered away 2 years continuing BushCo wars, bankster bailouts, and civil liberty decimation but nothing of substance on the jobs front. This insured a loss of Democratic seats in the midterms. Now, Obama “gets busy” with a jobs plan that will face uphill battle against a Republican Congress. How convenient. Wait until re-election season to roll out a plan you know will face uphill battle in Congress. When it doesn’t pass, you can woo voters buy placing blame on Republicans for not passing the bill. If Obama really gave a good god damn about jobs, he’d have: 1) put forth bill in 2008; 2) selected cabinet members who were passionate about jobs creation; 3) not have named a former GE exec who presided over massive layoffs and outsourced work as Jobs Czar; and 4) not propose another band aid bill won’t provide even half the jobs needed to keep up with those already or being lost now.
Suskind scratches his head at the hiring of Geithner and Summers. Typical sucker train of thought. Wall Street gave more cash to Obama campaign than any other candidate in 2008. Big surprise that a Wall Street lackey-in-chief would hire other lackeys to do the bidding of the bankster class.
With the concern about cutting federal spending, there might be a possibility of closing some of those foreign military bases. It would be easier to close foreign bases than those in the US, which contribute to the local economy.
Search Wikipedia for US military bases abroad, for a list. There are 39 in Germany, more than any other European country, which suggests that they are left over from the Cold War.
E-mail your congressman!
She sounds as confused as most do at her age. The book will be an interesting read.
Seems authentic (always via comedy). Just think about the judgment in our democracy about elected women/men. How many women have had to deal with cookie baking (Clinton), the greater responsibility of motherhood--financially, socially, professionally, perks they might get from being married to a politically important man candidate,and the distorted culpability they face inseparably in politics/business/some on-the-rise churches/the arts, in being married to a chosen one. I will give this a serious read, as best I can. Of course, I cannot claim objectivity. Lynn K. Varn
Yes...I get it. Beck is not a scholar, he's a showman and self promoter taking his props at will when it suits him. Who cares? Liberal hacks do this too.
To argue that you somehow can't separate people from their ideas, that its all or nothing...is stupid. Paine was a propagandist and his pamphlet "Common Sense" enjoyed great success because it echoed ideas opposing a badgering tyranical government that were already in circulation. Loyalists to the crown despised its ideas...so in a contemporary context its easy to see why big gov libs loyal to Obama's political philosophy likewise don't like his critics...i.e. Beck. Some of Paine's other ideas...e.g. about religion...not so popular. what does this have to do with the ideas in "Common Sense?" Nothing.
Its all political theatre. I haven't read Beck and I doubt I'll read Zaitchik...but I have read "Common Sense." Others should skip the fufu and proceed straight to the primary document itself and make up their own minds whether or not it's ideas resonate with a present application for us.
After all, Paine was a freethinker too. He was a deist but not an atheist. Engage the ideas, not some second hand opinion about them from either the left or the right.
How about the asshole who's been ruining (that's ruining, not running) the country the past 7 years? Is that bad enough for you? Thanks again to Frank Griffin for giving the official Faux News viewpoint on everything.
Harry rocks! Check out the website folks....
Press release Dated 5/1/2007:
Since the first season of SciFi Channel's original television series The Dresden Files ended its run in mid-April, an avid fan base has been actively campaigning for a second season of the show through online petitions, discussions in various online forums, and letters and postcards to SciFi Channel executives.
The Dresden Files, starring Paul Blackthorne as Chicago private investigator and wizard Harry Dresden, is based on the popular books by author Jim Butcher and features fast-paced, unique stories that blend the best of traditional detective work with the supernatural...as well as just enough humor and wit to make things more interesting.
The show, which also stars Broadway veteran Terrence Mann as Harry's ethereal assistant Bob and Valerie Cruz as Chicago police detective Lt. Connie Murphy, has won numerous fans due to its clever mixture of drama, comedy and edge-of-your seat suspense.
The Save Harry Dresden website contains contact information for SciFi Channel executives, as well as letter-writing tips to help fans get their letters started. For those who want to do more, the site also offers contact information for the show's producers and advertisers; a link to dresdenfiles.org's online petition; and downloadable flyers that can be printed and posted in bookstores and other places where Dresden Fans are likely to gather.
Overseas fans who want to participate in the campaign, but aren't sure that their letters will reach the SciFi channel in time, may submit their pleas for renewal to the website: all overseas letters are being printed out and forwarded to the appropriate SciFi executives and to the show's producers. In the first 14 days of the campaign, letters have poured in from around the world -- Portugal, the Netherlands, Argentina, Taiwan, Australia, Norway, New Zealand, Japan, Brazil, Canada, and the United Kingdom -- proving that Harry Dresden's fan base isn't limited to the United States.
Enthusiastic reviews of the show posted in the website's guestbook by visitors are also being sent along to the powers that be. What are fans saying about the show?
"...the series has a perfect blend of mystery, fantasy, comedy, and a touch of romance." --Carlos Jackson
"Every episode is better than the previous one." --Angel Arthur
"I adore the series...it's as witty and entertaining to watch as the books are to read." --Kiya Wolfe
SciFi Channel's own site dedicated to the program includes a very active discussion forum, which currently boasts more than 20,000 individual messages on over 600 topics.
While the first run of The Dresden Files may be over, fans can go to iTunes and download the entire season as another way to show their support for the show.
just wanted to say thanks, adam, for the review. made my night! scott
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