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To highlight the hubris of thinking that Iraq would become a Democracy within a few years we need look no further than how the Northern United States brought Democracy to the Southern United States by way of the Civil War. It's taken more than 150 years and counting to establish the laws and cultural acceptance necessary for a truly democratic society to exist, and this in a country that was connected to ours, spoke our language, and shared a core identity.

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Tue Nov 19, 2013 at 11:57 AM PST

Who the Hell is Rep. Tom Brower (D)?

by paxpi

Answer: Five-term State Rep. Tom Brower (D) and Americas newest anti-homeless vigilante. He has, no joke, taken to the streets with a sledge hammer to smash shopping carts that could be used by the homeless. He said he has "not actually taken a cart from a homeless person" but then he has only been at it for two weeks. What happens when his supply of "unattended shopping carts" is depleted? Will he go looking for the stronger, harder fix of actually confronting homeless people with a sledgehammer?

He said, and this a a state Rep. i.e. a guy who is paid by the public to enact laws:

"I got tired of telling people I'm trying to pass laws, I wanted to do something practical to help clean up the streets."

On a related note, Hawaii has the largest homeless population in the country "but rather than build more shelters or offer more services for the poor, lawmakers  approved $100,000 over the next two years to offer one-way flights off the islands to any of the state’s estimated 17,000 homeless persons."

Link to story inside.

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Fri Oct 18, 2013 at 10:34 AM PDT

The Lesson for Republicans is

by paxpi

...that Obama could have done this to them at anytime since 2010 and before. He could have called their shenanigans, played hard ball, "destroyed the GOP", and hurt their pride at any time. That he has now demonstrated that he has had this power gives more wait to the fact that he has bent over backwards to try and work with them. He's tried to "raise them right", but alas, there is only so much that one can do. Sooner or later you need to cast them off into the harsh world to succeed or fail on their own. Let's see if these brats can take this lesson to heart. They should proceed with much caution going forward.


I was walking into Ashmont Station (Red line. Right on dot ave. You know, dot? Southie? fahgetit). Anyhow, I saw two guys and a pregnant women holding up big blue "Obama voters for Brown" signs. I remembered Brown's accusation that Warren pays actors for her ads so I approached them and asked "Are you for real"?

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People ramping up expectations for Obama need to stop it. It is Romney who needs an EPIC win Tuesday. Given the voting reality in Ohio (we are reality based, fact based, right?) it is Romney who needs to give a perfect 10 debate performance. Obama just needs to show up and be himself. The nation has decided they don't like Romney. It's the same narrative as all along. No amount of Republican spin seems to be changing that fact.

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"So take that order, start adding up electoral votes until you hit 270. You're going to find a pivot state: a state that if Obama holds he wins and that if Romney can reach he wins, and that state has been Ohio for virtually the entire election cycle. It means that if Romney can get all the states up to that point, he can win this election. But that includes Florida and Virginia on top of Ohio and those are three big hurdles and that means on the flip [side] that all Obama has had to do is hold one of those states. Just one of those main three states, and that's what's been giving him that edge this entire time."

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Tue Oct 02, 2012 at 08:05 AM PDT

Romney has two sets of books

by paxpi

One set of books for the one percenters and one set of books for the rest of us.

That's the meme. I'm done here. Go Warren!


Everyone, let's build a long list of famous people with native american blood. I'll get things kicked off with 5 minutes of googling. I can tell you, this mine is deep and filled with people you would not expect.

   The point here is that you can't tell by "just looking" at them. You need to dig into family history, often folklorish, to discover the truth.

Let's get Googling!


Where should we put this pie?

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Tue Oct 11, 2011 at 10:34 AM PDT

News of OccupyBoston's death exaggerated

by paxpi

I just went down to Dewey square on my lunch break expecting an empty lot and a confused somber gathering of Occupiers. What I found was the thriving community of Occupiers I had taken my young daughters to see on the previous Sunday. I don't consider myself out of the loop and even I was confused by the reporting around the police action that took place in the wee hours of Tuesday morning.

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Thu Sep 15, 2011 at 12:27 PM PDT

RFC: Women & Followership

by paxpi

I've been doing some reading and am thinking of doing some research on the topic of gender dynamics in leadership. The abstract is below. I'd appreciate any references to material I should follow up on or comments people would like to make on the ideas below or their own personal views/experience on the matter.

All the best,

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Wed Aug 10, 2011 at 05:30 AM PDT

Wisconsin: You're leading the Nation

by paxpi

Pacific WWII wasn't lost at Pearl Harbor nor was it won at Midway. It was a long committed struggle. Rejoice in your gains and fight on against the losses. What you do next will have a huge impact in 2012. You're a guiding light, you're not alone, and I can tell you that this family is reworking it's budget to help you guys with whatever comes next!

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Shoveling piles of cash accumulated by someone else into the greedy hands of a shadowy few is easy. Fundamentally restructuring society for the betterment of the many is hard. To those who criticize Obama for not being as effective for the Left as Bush was for the Right it's time to recognize how the differences in agenda relate to the effort and strategies involved.

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