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Month: August 2011

Obama Deserves Credit for Libya Success

Obama Deserves Credit for Libya Success

The apparent defeat of Muammah Gaddafi‘s loyalist forces by a Libyan rebel alliance supported by NATO is a stunning success for the United States, NATO and most of all President Obama. Unfortunately he’s getting little of the credit he deserves. Obama took the politically risky decision to involve a war-weary America in actively supporting a populist Libyan rebellion that otherwise would have been crushed by the better trained and equipped loyalist forces of Gaddafi. In this he received tepid support…

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Republicans Want to Raise Taxes on the Middle Class

Republicans Want to Raise Taxes on the Middle Class

Republicans, led by Eric Cantor, want to let the temporary 2% payroll tax reduction implemented by congress last year expire at the end of this year.   The 2% payroll tax cut is a reduction of the amount employees pay into Social Security from 6.2% to 4.2%.  I can’t say I fully support this tax cut in the first place, but it was sold as an economic stimulus measure designed to put more money in the pockets of wage earners who would spend…

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Sexy Supermodel Linda Evangelista’s Love Child is Expensive

Sexy Supermodel Linda Evangelista’s Love Child is Expensive

If you are going to have a secret love affair with a sexy supermodel, be careful not to get her pregnant, because child support payments can be very expensive. That’s Linda Evangelista.  She had a secret affair with Salma Hayek‘s husband, French tycoon Francois-Henri Pinault.  Linda gave birth to their love child, Augustin James, in October 2006.  It wasn’t until July 2011 that the New York Post reported Fracois Pinault was the father. Evangelista is  now asking Pinault to pay $46,000 per…

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George McGovern asks why Republicans Hate America so Much

George McGovern asks why Republicans Hate America so Much

George McGovern wrote an open letter to Barack Obama for the September issue of Harper’s Magazine.  His letter asks Obama to step up and lead America by introducing bold initiatives like President Roosevelt did to revive the economy and build up the middle class. McGovern describes a major hurdle in in Obama’s path that Roosevelt did not have to overcome: Like Roosevelt, President Barack Obama has inherited a serious economic crisis, but in his first two years in office he…

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Warren Buffett calls for Congress to Raise Taxes on the Rich

Warren Buffett calls for Congress to Raise Taxes on the Rich

Warren Buffett has not been paying enough income tax for the past decade and he’s had enough freeloading.  In a column published in today’s New York Times, he makes a strong case for congress raising taxes on the super rich. While the poor and middle class fight for us in Afghanistan, and while most Americans struggle to make ends meet, we mega-rich continue to get our extraordinary tax breaks. Some of us are investment managers who earn billions from our daily labors…

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London’s Burning Dial 999

London’s Burning Dial 999

Oh God save history God save your mad parade Oh Lord God have mercy All crimes are paid When there’s no future How can there be sin We’re the flowers in the dustbin We’re the poison in your human machine We’re the future, your future From “God Save the Queen” by the Sex Pistols, 1977 And you may ask yourself:  Does any of this column written by Mary Riddell for The Telegraph sound at all familiar to us Americans? It…

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Capsula at KEXP Barbecue August 6, 2011

Capsula at KEXP Barbecue August 6, 2011

Capsula flew in from Bilbao, Spain to play an hour-long set at the annual KEXP Barbecue on Saturday, August 6, 2011.  Capsula’s members are: Martin Guevara: guitar/vox/effects, Coni Duchess: bass/vox, and Ignacio Villarejo: drums/percussions.  Their name is the Spanish word for capsule, and they took their name from David Bowie’s song “Space Oddity.” Their website describes them this way: “They love guitars, fuzz, distortion. They sound like mars, dreaming hawaii, a karate fight, flower crowns, vulcano, caramel, gigant waves, turtles…

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Koch Brothers Tamper with Wisconsin Senate Recall Vote

Koch Brothers Tamper with Wisconsin Senate Recall Vote

I learned about this story last night while watching The Colbert Report.  The Koch Brothers fund the Americans for Prosperity PAC that was responsible for sending absentee ballots to Democrats in districts that are voting to recall Republican state senators.  The instructions to recipients of the packets say to mail the ballots by August 11th which is two days later than the August 9th deadline.  Americans for Prosperity claimed it was a “typo.”  Right… and then instructions also include incorrect…

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