From June, 2012. It's interesting for me to re-read this in post-2016 Democratic primary world. June 4, 2012: What do we do with Obama's drone war? From the New York Times: Mr. Obama is the liberal law professor who campaigned against the Iraq war and torture, and then insisted on approving every new name on … Continue reading It’s Okay To Assassinate the Families of Suspected Terrorists, Just Don’t Waterboard Them First
As an Ursinus alum, I'm bummed my alma mater didn't make this list. But Muhlenberg College ranks right up there with Boston College, Boston University, NYU, USC, Georgetown, Yale and other marquee-brand schools on a new list of America's hottest colleges. That's hottest as in "the place to be." I've been saying for years that … Continue reading Muhlenberg is one of America’s Hottest Colleges
Have you seen this report last month from the CDC? Has anyone? This 28-year study, which began in 1980, purports to show that death by poisoning is the leading cause of death from injury in the United States, and that 90 percent of these fatal poisonings are caused by drugs (both legal and illicit). Opioid … Continue reading How Bad is Our Drug Problem?
Paul Krugman Mellencamp has finally uttered the words. We're in a Depression. His Sunday NYT piece, "Depression and Democracy," is here. Elsewhere, Leonard Cohen has shared about Depression and Depression: LC: Well, you know, there’s depression and depression. What I mean by depression in my own case is that depression isn’t just the blues. It’s … Continue reading Paul Krugman and Leonard Cohen on Depression and Depression
"The fact that one can no longer discern when reforming entitlements was easy and when it was difficult and whether or not the super committee is more likely to make things better or worse is a measure of just how awesomely dysfunctional our system has become. Fortunately, we have an easier-to-grapple-with "Biden gaffe" to distract … Continue reading Deconstructing Biden
A good friend engaged me about this via email this week. I think it's just about beyond question that our national political structures are utterly, fundamentally broken at the macro level. A broad survey leaves little to the imagination: special interests, Big Whatever...in too many ways our politicians are not our own and are accountable … Continue reading How Broken Are Our Politics? Will Gen X Save The World?
I think this is a fantastic assessment of President Obama's basis of preemption in Libya. It calls everyone out on the carpet and ends with this: And for those Democrats who are either cheering on or grimly supporting the president's actions...there's a reason why the biggest fans of last night's speech were hawks like William Kristol: … Continue reading Is This War Preemptive? Is Libya Sovereign? Do Words Mean Things?