The Great Expectancy

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Pax Americana continues to crumble before our eyes. The belief that the United States has a divinely-inspired obligation to police the entire world has always been most strongly held among Americans themselves; some of the beneficiaries of this largesse, such as the Vietnamese and most recently the Iraqis, never quite showed the gratitude America felt [...]

The Problem is not The POTUS, but The GOTUS.

Okay, I ought really be shoveling the 4 foot drift blocking my one and only egress from my apartment, but instead I wondered over to Ian’s blog. After reading this post I left this comment.

If Obama were truly a dictator you could lay the blame for the increased income disparity at his feet. However, [...]

Will the Tumbrels Roll in 2014?

At an east coast cocktail party several weeks ago, a reporter asked a CEO what he feared most in regards to the global economy. The billionaire, who asked to remain anonymous, replied, “the guillotine”.

When even the hyper-wealthy are looking anxiously over their shoulder, something is badly wrong with the economic order. For several years [...]

The Debt Machine Grinds to a Very Temporary Halt

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The temporary shutdown of the US government begins tonight. The immediate consequence will be the furloughing of federal government employees who are considered “non-essential”. Some government offices will be operated on shortened hours or closed altogether, as will the national parks. Defense and intelligence agencies will remain open, though perhaps with fewer staff. [...]

Syria: Even if we’re going to win, we’re going to lose

The indiscriminate slaughter of civilians, the killing of women and children and innocent bystanders by chemical weapons is a moral obscenity. By any standard, it is inexcusable and — despite the excuses and equivocations that some have manufactured — it is undeniable…. This international norm cannot be violated without consequences.

- U.S. Secretary of State [...]

Today on “Not Exactly News”: Big Brother is watching us. Who knew?

 

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You’ve been warned: Fear the Black Guy in the White House

In a different time and place, I’d file this under “Too Stupid For Words”. Then I’d forgot about the drooling, knuckle-dragging numbskull behind this mind-numbingly ignorant screed, published as it was in World Nut Daily World Net Daily. WND is where the paranoid and heavily medicated get their conspiracy theories “news.”

Klayman, founder of Judicial [...]

Barack Obama: Community Organizer

People joke about President Obama’s abilities at eleven-dimensional chess. I think that Obama has a long-term strategy, more understandable than eleven-dimensional chess. I also think that it’s quite different from much of what passes for strategy in political Washington.

Obama came into office in January 2009 with an enormous number of problems facing the country. [...]

Dine and Dash Republicans Want to “Leave Without Paying the Check”: Obama

“This is not a complicated concept… . You don’t go out to dinner and eat all you want and then leave without paying the check.”

- President Barack Obama, breaking down the GOP-led debt ceiling debacle.

Related: Pobody’s nerfect.

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The Forward: Mainstream Jewish Organizations Will Not Oppose Hagel Nod

Apparently the contracted services of Lanny Davis and apocalyptic clownshoes agit-prop of Billy Kristol and co. are the tip of a spear with no shaft. As Nathan Guttman of the JD Forward reports, organized Jewish opposition to President Obama’s nomination of Chuck Hagel for Defense Secretary evaporated following yesterday’s announcement:

Most Jewish groups have made [...]

The Deal: Various Responses

Actual legislative language of Senate-passed fiscal cliff deal. ow.ly/gsNPZ

— Bruce Bartlett (@BruceBartlett) January 1, 2013

Zaid Jilani:

Because the payroll tax cut is expiring and the Make Work Pay tax cut is not coming back, most working Americans will also see a tax increase. The most galling thing is that 98 percent [...]

AJE: Gaza: How can the US manage the crisis?

AJE:

To Hamas and other Palestinian groups, the US president sent a strong condemnation, saying there is no justification for “the cowardly acts” of launching rockets into Israel.

To the Israeli prime minister, Benyamin Netanyahu, he sent a message of support and simply urged him to “avoid” civilian casualties.

[As of Friday] around two dozen [...]

de Bellaigue: Sanctions On Iran Cause Economic Strife But Are Not Working

Christopher de Bellaigue on why sanctions on Iran have thus far been, and will likely continue to be, a failure:

The assumption is that the more Iranians suffer, the more their leaders will feel the pressure and either change course or be overthrown in a popular uprising. And yet, there is no evidence to suggest [...]

Waiting For The Other Shoe re: Petraeus: “I’m Telling You There’s More To Do Than With Sex.”

Former CIA operative Robert Baer talks with Piers Morgan re: l’affaire de Petraeus:

I’m telling you there’s more to do than with sex. There’s something going on here which I can’t explain and I think we’re going to find out very soon.

WATCH:

h/t Michael J. Totten

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Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life (Or, The Totally Unskewed View From Romneyland)

When you’re this filthy fucking rich apparently you don’t need pesky contradictory facts getting in the way of your plans for a kick-ass post-victory fireworks display (h/t Kos):

Romney was stoic as he talked the president, an aide said, but his wife Ann cried. Running mate Paul Ryan seemed genuinely shocked, the adviser said. Ryan’s [...]