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A lie can travel halfway around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes.
Mark Twain, (attributed)

James O’Keefe’s NPR video has been well debunked at this point, but the truth is still catching up to the lie. One of the most persistent talking points is the claim that Ron Schiller ( who was not a news reporter or producer) knew he was talking to a group associated with the Muslim Brotherhood. At no point in O’Keefe’s original video – laden with his associate’s narrative – does the fake group calling itself the Muslim Education Action Center (MEAC) say it is affiliated with the Brotherhood. Even if they had, the MB is not a designated terrorist organization. Bush 43 knew and meet with Iraqi government Vice President Tariq al-Hashimi who was and is a member of the Iraq Islamic Party, an offshoot of the Muslim Brotherhood. Some members of al-Hashimi family were murdered by Sunni insurgents. If the Muslim Brotherhood is composed entirely of terrorists ( as many right-wing web sites claim) than why did Bush allow him to stay in office while the U.S. was micromanaging the Iraqi elections and government. Anyone can read the history of the Muslim Brotherhood on Wikipedia. While they are not the last word on the matter the organization has a mixed record. They are officially anti-violence and condemned the attack of 9-11. On the other hand some extremists have splintered off from them and pursued violence – though that violence has been directed at governments in the Middle-East. Republicans are associated with groups who have committed acts of domestic terror such as the Minutemen and Operation Rescue. Knowing this it would be unfair to say that all Republicans are terrorists. Domestic terror is not exclusive to the Right, but according to statistics they commit the largest share of violence. Just recently members of the right-wing conservative militia group in Alaska were arrested for a plot that involved plans to murder public officials.

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One of the biggest lies and biggest cons ever perpetrated on the American public has been the Republican claim they are for small government. According to some popular novels and movies (The Grifters) you cannot con an honest person. Maybe. It does seem that some people easily fall into the big con because they want to believe. Evidence bounces off the true believers, but that does not mean rational people have no affect at all. It is why in the age of the internet, things that happened on Tuesday are already old news, the rational community frequently feels like throwing a shoe at their TV. Despite modern technology and the power of the Tweet, change throughout history has been a Sisyphean struggle. Liars, charlatans, those entranced by overly romanticized heroes, cults of personality, deeply ingrained dogma and cultural myths are intangibles, but they wear better than granite. Dogmatists don’t throw up their arms one day and say, oops, ya got me, I’m a liar, I’m delusional. Rational empirical thought tempered by compassion is the truly long war. It will probably outlast us all. Republicans Embrace Big Government and Unckecked Power – Michigan’s ‘Emergency Manager Law’ Epitomizes State-Level ‘Shock Doctrine’ and As Wisconsin’s attack on workers spreads to other states, so does the historic uprising that began in Madison. I am truly amazed at where some of the power comes from in the war on the middle and working classes – from the middle and working class. Some of them have joined forces with the plutocracy to take away even more of their power, the loss of which they complain about incessantly.

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Human Prejudice Has Ancient Evolutionary Roots

The tendency to perceive others as “us versus them” isn’t exclusively human but appears to be shared by our primate cousins, a new study led by Yale researchers has found.

In a series of ingenious experiments, Yale researchers led by psychologist Laurie Santos showed that monkeys treat individuals from outside their groups with the same suspicion and dislike as their human cousins tend to treat outsiders, suggesting that the roots of human intergroup conflict may be evolutionarily quite ancient.

“One of the more troubling aspects of human nature is that we evaluate people differently depending on whether they’re a member of our ‘ingroup’ or ‘outgroup,'” Santos said. “Pretty much every conflict in human history has involved people making distinctions on the basis of who is a member of their own race, religion, social class, and so on. The question we were interested in is: Where do these types of group distinctions come from?”

Its an interesting paper and their general conclusion may be right, but I don’t think this one study, all on its own, proves the case. One of the reasons it would not seem to be cut and dry is the capacity for humans to be influenced by culture or nurturing. Suspicions of strangers in general, is usually socially approved parenting, but gender, race and other prejudices seem to be taught.

Probably because of some persistent pockets of naive neurons, that remain unscathed by modern life, I consider the corruption of the SCOTUS in the 21st century shocking, Chamber Of Commerce’s Top SCOTUS Litigator Admits Justices Give Special Treatment to Chamber

While the Chamber of Commerce has recently tried to downplay the favorable treatment it receives from the Supreme Court, its own top lawyer admitted a few years after Roberts joined the Court that the justices give his client special treatment:

Carter G. Phillips, who often represents the chamber and has argued more Supreme Court cases than any active lawyer in private practice, reflected on its influence. “I know from personal experience that the chamber’s support carries significant weight with the justices,” he wrote. “Except for the solicitor general representing the United States, no single entity has more influence on what cases the Supreme Court decides and how it decides them than the National Chamber Litigation Center.”

Phillips’ confession, and the Posner study’s conclusion, corroborates other data showing the Roberts Court’s favoritism towards corporate interests.

In our three branch system of democracy, each branch is supposed to serve its part of a system of checks and balances. In reality the SCOTUS is the ultimate check. It has no oversight per se. Justices can be impeached for bad behavior, but what constitutes bad behavior is not clear on doing the bidding of special interests. Unless there is proven some quid pro quo for a ruling. Impeachment guidelines are defined in Article II, Section 4: “The president, vice president and all civil officers of the United States, shall be removed from office on impeachment for, and conviction of, treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors.” Samuel Chase was the only Justice ever impeached, but he was acquitted. Justice Abe Fortas voluntarily resigned when he was found to be a paid consultant to a convicted criminal. Quite a few lower federal court judges have been charged with crimes, like bribery and corruption, and impeached. The SCOTUS seems to be largely and unfortunately, self policing in regards to ethics.

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The clowns on the Right put on a little modern kabuki theater. People resign, fainting spells ensue and gotcha’s are tallied. All over more edited video tape that would make the Politburo’s Ministry of Propaganda proud, Did NPR Exec. Really Call Tea Partiers Racist? And if he did, when did telling the truth become scandalous. That’s right being truthful has always been given short shift.

In reality, the unedited video shows Schiller was attributing that sentiment to two Republicans who he spoke with (the portion O’Keefe omitted is bolded):

SCHILLER: I won’t break a confidence, but a person who was an ambassador — so a very highly placed Republican — another person who was one of the top donors to the Republican Party, they both told me they voted for Obama, which they never believed they could ever do in their lives. That they could ever vote for a Democrat, ever. And they did, because they believe that the current Republican Party is not really the Republican Party. It’s been hijacked by this group that is

“AMIR MALIK”: The radical, racist, Islamophobic, Tea Party people?

SCHILLER: Exactly. And not just Islamophobic but really xenophobic.

That’s pretty damning.

It is very difficult to tell the extreme Right from the extreme Left. One of the traits that keeps America’s Right in the proto-fascist column is their rabid fetish for eliminationism. I can’t say I’m even a fan of NPR. Their opinion/commentary tends to be either right of center or of the meaningless milquetoast Beltway Village variety.  More here – NPR Scandal Reversal: The Raw Footage Shows Something Else

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The First Liberal – How Montaigne made us modern

Liberalism, at its core, is not so much a doctrine as a disposition, a habit of mind, and it’s compounded of two principal elements: An abhorrence of cruelty and a sense of the provisional nature of human knowledge. These two currents run through Montaigne’s own sensibility, and to see how distinctive it was, it helps to recall the times. Sarah Bakewell, who’s particularly good at situating Montaigne in his period and place, offers a clear summary of the religious strife that raged during his life, including the infamous Massacre of St. Bartholomew, when thousands (or perhaps tens of thousands—no one knows exactly how many) were massacred in Paris and the provinces.

So Montaigne was urging toleration at a time when you could be burned at the stake for an error in theology. “It’s putting one’s conjectures at a rather high price, to burn a man alive for them,” he wryly observed, taking aim, in a single shot, at overconfidence and at cruelty, which he termed the “ultimate of the vices.”

I don’t know that Montaigne was the first liberal or that even most of his philosophical ideas were original. He was a Renaissance figure and as such was rediscovering the classic Greek philosophers ( those besides Aristotle) who influenced much of his world view. The essay is first rate other than that omission. The author also suggests that Montaigne’s style would have been made him a good blogger.

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If current events were a physicists experiment we would learn that the wealthiest 2% are easily put upon, of weak constitutions and can bear no sacrifice, but the working poor cannot be burdened enough. They are in fact America’s pack animals, able to handle any load, Michigan’s GOP Gov. Slashes Corporate Tax Rate by 86 Percent, Hikes Taxes for Working Poor

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This is part of a multi-page interview and difficult to get just one good snip out of. I recommend reading the whole interview, “Shock Doctrine” Unleashed by Right-Wingers in Wisconsin and Throughout the Country

AMY GOODMAN: Republican Governor John Kasich, going back to his old haunt. He was a commentator for a long time for Fox and, before that, a conservative congressman.

NAOMI KLEIN: You know, the reason why this isn’t working and why people are so outraged by it and why they’re in the streets and we’re finally seeing the resistance in this country that we have seen in Europe, with this chant, “We won’t pay for your crisis,” that really started in 2008 in Greece and spread to Italy and France and England—and, you know, the rest of the world has been waiting for the United States to—you know, how much are Americans going to take of this? It seems that Americans were willing to say, you know, “We will pay for your crisis, and would you like a tax break with that?” Right? And finally, they went too far. And so, that resistance is finally happening.

And this attack on collective bargaining, the reason why people won’t take it is precisely because they understand that this is not shared pain. It is not being shared equally. The people who created the crisis in the first place are not sharing the pain. And the injustice of this response is so blatant. This isn’t just any economic crisis. This tactic has worked. And this is, you know, what I’ve tracked over a 30-year period, that it is really easy to use an economic crisis—people panic, hyperinflation, issues like that. In the ’90s, when Newt Gingrich was Speaker, it was possible for him to argue that the source of the budget crisis really was so-called entitlement programs. You cannot do that in this moment in history because everybody understands that the crisis was created on Wall Street, it was created through speculation and greed, and a decision was made to bail out the bankers with public money and to pass the bill on to the public. And they’re seeing the bonuses back. They’re seeing the outrageous salaries. They’re seeing corporations not paying their taxes. And it’s just too unjust. It’s just so morally outrageous. And then to turn on the television and talk about everybody sharing the pain? I mean, people are just not that stupid. Thankfully.

Like many of the Right’s conspiracies, this one to not just disempower the middle-class and working poor, is not secret. It is right out there in the open. To some degree it works because the Right has been able to convince a chuck of the working class that unions are getting something other workers are not. Non-union workers, instead of buying into the Right’s divide and conquer tactics should be asking themselves how they can be more empowered. To not have an arrangement with your employer that is is one of master and wage slave. There are no John Galts who can single handedly run a successful business. They need workers either directly or indirectly to make their products or provide their services. They need workers to haul their products. They need workers to respond to the needs of their customers. By all means a tip of the hat to entrepreneurs. But creating a new product or service is actually the easy part. Doing the day to day paper pushing, truck driving, nail hammering, chemical analyzers and bed pan dumping requires workers. Workers who should be thought of as partners, not adversaries to be beaten down, used and taken advantage of. The Republican model of business is akin to the way royalty ran their properties in medieval Europe.

From the pharaohs of ancient Egypt to the self-regarding thugs of ancient Rome to the glorified warlords of medieval and absolutist Europe, in nearly every urbanized society throughout human history, there have been people who have tried to constitute themselves as an aristocracy. These people and their allies are the conservatives.

The tactics of conservatism vary widely by place and time. But the most central feature of conservatism is deference: a psychologically internalized attitude on the part of the common people that the aristocracy are better people than they are. Modern-day liberals often theorize that conservatives use “social issues” as a way to mask economic objectives, but this is almost backward: the true goal of conservatism is to establish an aristocracy, which is a social and psychological condition of inequality. Economic inequality and regressive taxation, while certainly welcomed by the aristocracy, are best understood as a means to their actual goal, which is simply to be aristocrats. More generally, it is crucial to conservatism that the people must literally love the order that dominates them. Of course this notion sounds bizarre to modern ears, but it is perfectly overt in the writings of leading conservative theorists such as Burke. Democracy, for them, is not about the mechanisms of voting and office-holding. In fact conservatives hold a wide variety of opinions about such secondary formal matters. For conservatives, rather, democracy is a psychological condition. People who believe that the aristocracy rightfully dominates society because of its intrinsic superiority are conservatives; democrats, by contrast, believe that they are of equal social worth. Conservatism is the antithesis of democracy. This has been true for thousands of years.

The defenders of aristocracy represent aristocracy as a natural phenomenon, but in reality it is the most artificial thing on earth. Although one of the goals of every aristocracy is to make its preferred social order seem permanent and timeless, in reality conservatism must be reinvented in every generation. This is true for many reasons, including internal conflicts among the aristocrats; institutional shifts due to climate, markets, or warfare; and ideological gains and losses in the perpetual struggle against democracy. In some societies the aristocracy is rigid, closed, and stratified, while in others it is more of an aspiration among various fluid and factionalized groups. The situation in the United States right now is toward the latter end of the spectrum. A main goal in life of all aristocrats, however, is to pass on their positions of privilege to their children, and many of the aspiring aristocrats of the United States are appointing their children to positions in government and in the archipelago of think tanks that promote conservative theories.

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The Grant Museum contains some of the world’s greatest natural history collections. Charles Darwin once took some instruction there. It has moved and reopened, Moving the Grant Museum

3) While we were closed we still had to fulfill all of our university teaching with the collection. The first job was to rescue these specimens from the pile of flooded material, before they were sent off-site. The we could pack everything else. This meant that over the course of Summer 2010 all 68,000 specimens in our care were packed and moved, most of them for the second time in a year.

4) With the stores drying out and the collection safely housed elsewhere, we could return to rebuilding our Museum in the wonderful Edwardian former Medical Library in the Rockefeller Building. This room is lined with well over 100 book cases that we were to fill with specimens. In addition, a large structure was built to house our cases we brought from the Darwin, including those from the 1851 Great Exhibition at Crystal Palace.

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Part of Diego Rivera mural Building of a City at SFAI

English sculptor Clifford Wight is shown in the rust shirt sharpening a chisel and that is sculptor Ralph Stackpole in the cap and goggles. There is a Stackpole sculpture outside the San Francisco Stock Exchange. You can see the entire Rivera mural at the San Francisco Art Institute here.

Glenn W. LaFantasie makes a good case for James Buchanan ( our 15th president) in this essay, Who’s the worst president of them all? When it comes to who least deserves to be honored today, it’s a close call between the 43rd and 15th presidents

What really mattered to him, however, was the prospect of finding a judicial, rather than a congressional or a presidential, solution to the sectional issue of slavery. Going beyond accepted political bounds, and ignoring the principle of separation of powers, Buchanan had used his influence to sway a Northern Supreme Court justice to side with the Southern majority in a pending case, Dred Scott v. Sandford. When he delivered his inaugural, Buchanan already knew the outcome of that case, although in his address he deceitfully alluded to the forthcoming decision by saying of the Court: “To their decision, in common with all good citizens, I shall cheerfully submit, whatever this may be.” Two days later, Chief Justice Roger B. Taney issued the most infamous decision in the history of the U.S. Supreme Court — an opinion holding that Dred Scott, a slave who sued for his freedom because he had lived with his master for a time in a free state, was not free; that no slave or black person could be a citizen of the U.S.; that Congress had no power to exclude slavery from a territory; and that the slavery exclusion clause of the Missouri Compromise of 1820 was unconstitutional. The opinion did not resolve the sectional controversy as Buchanan and the Taney court had hoped. Instead, it produced thunderous outrage throughout the North. In the South, of course, the decision was cheered. But Northerners saw the court’s action as a partisan ploy.

Ignoring the clamor of criticism from the North, Buchanan nestled into the White House by surrounding himself with advisors who told him what he wanted to hear rather than what he needed to know. The new president lived in a bubble, despite the fact that the nation was beginning to crumble around him. During his first year in office, an economic depression (referred to as the Panic of 1857) hit the country and persisted for his entire term in office. With striking ineptitude, Buchanan failed to deal with the economic crisis in any effective manner, which only helped to increase bitterness between Northern commercial interests and Southern agrarians. Spouting his philosophy of limited government, he told the public that the government lacked the power “to extend relief” to those hardest hit by the depression. As he promised to reduce the federal debt and all government spending, Buchanan nevertheless oversaw during his one term in office a growth in federal spending that amounted to 15 percent of the budget in 1856. When he left office, Buchanan handed over a $17 million deficit to Lincoln.

There are quite a few parallels between Buchanan and Bush 43. Presidents tend to live in a bubble, There is almost an inevitability about it. But there are bubbles and then there are bubbles like thick cement echo chambers. The kind of self justifying echo chamber  Buchanan and Bush lived in. LaFantasie does think, as many historians do that Bush 43 has been the worse president in their lifetime and Bush usually makes the top five worse of all time. The CIA is required by law to review classified documents and release those that are no longer considered vital to national security interests, to fulfill requests by way of the FOIA ( Freedom of Information Act- The CIA’s FOIA site). As time goes by we’ll be seeing even more about the Bush-Cheney era. Besides that there are bound to be more revelations from administration and government insiders. So those rooting for Bush 43 to be designated the worse president may yet see your predictions come to pass.

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The newest official meme. The three trillion-dollar debacle that was the Iraq war, the loss of about three trillion dollars in national wealth due to the housing bubble and Wall St malfeasance are not to blame for the current state of the economy, the federal deficit or individual state budget problems. Those high ticket items combined with the conservative determination not to rise any revenue to pay for their off the chain binge spending from 2000 o 2008 also being ignorable factors. I know adults, reality based thinkers and the last liberal Republican living in an undisclosed location in New England, think those facts are hard to ignore, but ignored they are. Republicans and Democrats alike have decided our current financial situation and projected future problems are all due to the meager safety net – derisively refereed to as entitlements. The nation is broke, damn it and it is those thread bare entitlements that are to blame. There is No Budget Crisis in Wisconsin, New Jersey, Florida, Indiana, Michigan or Ohio. The Crisis is Our Unwillingness to Make Rich Pay Their Share

U.S. corporations are sitting on $2 trillion in cash — trillion, not billion. The same people who shipped millions of jobs overseas, caused the financial crisis, and pay themselves multimillion-dollar bonuses every year are now sitting on a mountain of cash. Yet both state and local governments feel the need to give them more tax cuts. To what end? So they can create more profits and sit on bigger piles of cash, so they can play monopoly as they buy each other out, or so they can give themselves even bigger bonuses? There is no indication that they are interested in doing anything to spur the economy.

In December we heard the Republicans tell us that people making over $250,000 per year couldn’t afford a 4 percent tax increase, and it would be terrible for the economy to increase their taxes. Thirty years ago they were paying 70 percent in taxes. Now they pay half that, but a 4 percent increase is just too much to bear.

Now we are told that state workers making $40,000 to $60,000 per year are stealing the state blind. The same workers who for the last two years have taken over a 3 percent pay cut in the form of furloughs are now told they haven’t sacrificed enough. Now they must forfeit 7 percent or more of their pay, and give up their right to negotiate their future. What is appalling is the state workers were willing to give up the money to help out the state. All they asked was to keep their right to negotiate. Yet the wealthiest in our country aren’t willing to give up anything to help our country out of the financial mess they created.

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I Can’t Think! , The Twitterization of our culture or how constant input gives many of us a techno brain freeze

So much for the ideal of making well-informed decisions. For earlier generations, that mean simply the due diligence of looking things up in a reference book. Today, with Twitter and Facebook and countless apps fed into our smart phones, the flow of facts and opinion never stops. That can be a good thing, as when information empowers workers and consumers, not to mention whistle-blowers and revolutionaries. You can find out a used car’s accident history, a doctor’s malpractice record, a restaurant’s health-inspection results. Yet research like Dimoka’s is showing that a surfeit of information is changing the way we think, not always for the better. Maybe you consulted scores of travel websites to pick a vacation spot—only to be so overwhelmed with information that you opted for a staycation. Maybe you were this close to choosing a college, when suddenly older friends swamped your inbox with all the reasons to go somewhere else—which made you completely forget why you’d chosen the other school. Maybe you had the Date From Hell after being so inundated with information on “matches” that you chose at random. If so, then you are a victim of info-paralysis.

The problem has been creeping up on us for a long time. In the 17th century Leibniz bemoaned the “horrible mass of books which keeps on growing,” and in 1729 Alexander Pope warned of “a deluge of authors cover[ing] the land,” as James Gleick describes in his new book, The Information.

I was around and was very aware of decision-making, and the responsibility of gathering information and making decisions, before Twitter or texting came along. It did not seem much easier back then, than it does now. I confess I’ll shut down any distraction from e-mails to coworkers, if it all starts to get on my nerves. Most people think there will be consequences. You’re friends will stop liking you. Some are even concerned complete strangers will not like them. There are ways to take an instant mental retreat without seeming rude. Establish the necessity for such breaks as part of your personality – having lots of people establish this rule makes it the new culture. Intrusions or actually unrealistic expectations of immediate response to every text are rude. Maybe even needy in non-emergencies. The expectations of the Twitter generation are destined for a backlash. Not all of everyone’s moments belong to others. Don’t intrude on my day dreams. Day dreams are underrated as relaxation, a way to recharge and a way to tap into new ideas. Not everything that happens  requires that someone else has an opinion. Does anyone really want the opinion of someone who is always connected, but never reflective .

The books analogy seems a stretch. If you read a book that you really take an interests in you have to digest it. Turn around the thoughts, actions, emotions, characters, philosophy and loads of details in your mind, than you can discuss it. If you can find someone who is willing to listen.

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I don’t like to write about Israeli-Palestinian issues. There are other bloggers and magazine writers who cover the subject much better than I could. There being an exception to every rule this post about the current leader among potential Republicans presidential candidates caught my eye. Sure, Democrats and Republicans frequently only give lip service to the two state solution, but in theory it is a reasonable solution. Not for Mike Huckabee,   Rev. Mike Huckabee-Style Foreign Policy

He says that Jews have the right to rule “the place that God gave them,” and that the Muslim world ought to find some other spot for squatters on the Chosen People’s land. “The Jewish people have indigenous rights to the land in which they occupy and live and it goes back not 60 years or 80 years but it goes back 3,500 years.” What’s more, in true God expert style, he vilified everyone who disagrees with him as racist: “To tell Jewish people, ‘You cannot live here, you cannot raise your children here,’ this is the true racism, this is apartheid,” said Huckabee. “I cannot imagine as an American being told that I could not live in certain places in America because I was Christian, or because I was white, or because I spoke English.”

The place that a god gave them? That requires a little knowledge of ancient and modern geography. As the writer of this article notes it is best not to dismiss Huckabee’s opinions on religious matters as pandering to certain right-leaning fundamentalists. Huckabee has been fairly consistent in acting on his beliefs when he could as governor.

There are many concepts in the Bible that are a little vague or ambiguous, but the borders of Israel isn’t one of them. Genesis explicitly states that:

In the same day the Lord made a covenant with Abram, saying, Unto thy seed have I given this land, from the river of Egypt unto the great river, the river Euphrates: The Kenites, and the Kenizzites, and the Kadmonites, and the Hittites, and the Perizzites, and the Rephaims, and the Amorites, and the Canaanites, and the Girgashites, and the Jebusites.

There can’t be much doubt that the river of Egypt is the Nile. As shown on the map, the territory from there to the Euphrates would encompass all of today’s Syria and Jordan, and huge chunks of Egypt and Iraq as well – including most of the Iraqi oil fields, which must be why God placed them there. What this particular mapmaker overlooked, though, was the list of peoples God put under Jewish control. We don’t know much today about the Perizzites, but we know a lot about the Hittites, and what we know tells us that God gave the Jews control over lands extending all the way north into central Turkey.

Does Rev. Huckabee really mean to expand Israel’s borders from Cairo to Basra to Ankara?

Unfortunately there are people who are ready for a U.S. foreign policy which includes executing, in whatever ways Huckabee would decree – endless war and squandering even more American financial resources, to create an Israel with the geographic borders defined. Why? Not because right-wing fundamentalists in the U.S. have suddenly discovered a love of Jews ( theologically most still believe Jews are doomed to eternal damnation), but because the territory of Israel is the launching pad for the end-times. You can’t have the launch pad occupied by Muslims.

Horse sculpture by Doug Owen. You can visit Mr. Owen’s site here. It’s in flash with a book you can flip through as he takes you through the process of finding the discarded metal he uses to make his horses.


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The wallpaper is cute, but actual gum popping is generally considered rude. How to Chew Gum Politely.

The History of Chewing Gum and Bubble Gum

The ancient Greeks chewed mastiche – a chewing gum made from the resin of the mastic tree.

In 1848, John B. Curtis made and sold the first commercial chewing gum called the State of Maine Pure Spruce Gum.


Saturday school may also be assigned for simple infractions which are continuously repeated offenses such as chewing gum, tardiness, and hall violations.

Chewing gum and helium experiment

Using the law of hydrostatics, the driving force must be at least equal (as can be seen in a certain part of the video) to the weight of the man with the balloon..

Video does not always tell the whole story.

This is not a misguided feminist rant against men, How man ‘lost his penile spines’

Scientists believe men once had small spines on their genitalia such as those found in chimpanzees, cats and mice.

Analysis of the genomes of humans, chimpanzees and macaques indicates that a DNA sequence thought to play a role in the production of these spines have been deleted in humans, but has been preserved in other primates.

It suggests another genetic deletion may have led to the expansion of specific regions of the human brain.

The penile spine may have evolved to remove “mating plugs”. These plugs are deposited by some the male of some species to displace material other males have placed in the female genital tract. A strategy evolved to prevent other males from fertilizing the female they had already mated with. The spines have their positive and negative attributes. Evolution is not a race towards perfection but rather, in this case, a race for the best reproductive strategies. Why don’t human males have penal spines anymore. Their assignment to the evolutionary dust bin may have coincided with our cultural evolution. Which brings us to the scientific debate about culture and psychology’s effects on physical adaptations. Y’all can discuss that among yourselves, because I’m not going to dive into that can of coelomates today. Not having a spine makes the male less sensitive thus lasting longer before copulation. There is not much practical reason to delay copulation in terms of procreation, but there is a cultural incentive to do so. Delay increases the time of physical intimacy and may have played a role in creating or promoting stronger emotional bonds between male and female humans.

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Stopping collective bargaining in and of itself would not save Wisconsin or any other state money – unless elected officials are afflicted with some disease which renders them incapable of saying no. On the other hand gaming parliamentary rules will lead to court challenges which will cost the state money. Wisconsin GOP Anti-Union Vote Violates State’s Open Meetings Law

Last night, Wisconsin GOP lawmakers called a surprise conference committee meeting and then rammed an anti-union bill through the state senate. Yet, by forcing the bill through without legally required public notice, the senators may have ensured that the bill will be declared void.

If the courts do not declare the legislation void, it is my understanding pro labor legislators and unions will challenge the law in court. Like all Republicans Gov. Walker is obviously a genius when it comes to priorities. Maybe he can get his buddies, the Koch brothers to pay the state’s legal bills.