Call me a Pollyanna if you wish. (I've been called much worse.) But I think the Pooh-Bahs of Punditry and various other political prognosticators are missing the full import of the psychological effect that the killing of Bin Laden will have on America. The country has been suffering from a form of mass PTSD since 9/11.
You never think about getting old. Never. And once again this proves that there really is very little difference between gays and straights. The young people of any sexual orientation all live as if they will be eternally young, eternally desirable, and eternally beautiful. Reality check.
Since the tragic suicide of college freshman Tyler Clementi after being publicly shamed and humiliated when his roommate broadcast a sexual encounter he had with another man, the mainstream media and the Internet have been pouring out story after story about other recent suicides of other gay youths, one as young as eleven years old. The common thread has been the issue of bullying in schools, colleges, and, for that matter, everyday life.
Teens and pre-teens who realize that they are gay are immediately put into a state of fear. A fear born out of the other realization that being gay means they will face the approbation of their churches and synagogues, the taunting and harassment from their classmates and peers, and the ultimate fear which is that their parents will reject them. Is it any wonder that so many LGBT youths have considered or even attempted suicide? And will the Tyler Clementi's tragedy be the turning point? If history holds true, I doubt it.
The Shirley Sherrod fracas is just the latest high-volume, over-blown, misinterpreted, misrepresented, totally fake media frenzy to occur since before and since Barack Obama ran for and was elected president. And it will most assuredly not be the last.The great gaping maw that is the 24/7 news cycle must be fed constantly. Like the giant man-eating plant in Little Shop of Horrors. And there is certainly no bigger Little Shop of Horrors than Fox News.
Sarah Palin creates word controversy, compares herself to Shakespeare
Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin defended her newly-created word today, then compared herself to Shakespeare in the realm of coining new terminology.
The word was "refudiate" - it was unclear if she meant refute or repudiate - and she first used it last week on Fox News's Hannity show when she called on President Obama and his wife Michelle to "refudiate" the NAACP's suggestion that the Tea Party movement was racist.
By today, "refudiate" had popped up again. In a tweet addressing the Ground Zero mosque controversy, Ms Palin wrote: "Ground Zero Mosque supporters: doesn't it stab you in the heart, as it does ours throughout the heartland? Peaceful Muslims, pls refudiate."
Then came a fourth tweet, apparently acknowledging her language tussle: "'Refudiate,' 'misunderestimate,' 'wee-wee'd up.' English is a living language. Shakespeare liked to coin new words too. Got to celebrate it!"
Just how 'political' is Glenn Beck?
Glenn Beck says there’s nothing political about the Aug. 28th rally in Washington he’s organizing with a veterans group and which he has named "Restoring Honor."
But Sarah Palin will be a main speaker, congressmen such as Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) are helping with fundraising and two of the main engineers of the tea party movement – FreedomWorks and Tea Party Patriots – are offering volunteers as well as logistical advice.
The rally and Beck’s increasing political forays have made him an object of suspicion among some conservatives, even as they acknowledge his influence and potential importance as a spokesman.
"The conservative movement is still split on Glenn and whether he’s doing it for himself or doing it for the movement," said Erick Erickson, founder of the influential conservative blog Red State.
That's been one of the rallying cries of the so-called "Tea Party" movement which while claiming to be a grass roots uprising of angry voters is, in actuality, the banding together of the worst fringe elements of the far right of the Republican Party. When you have someone like Richard Mellon Scaife who is one of the richest and radical right promoters pouring millions into this little engine that could, you know its a scam. And while the true believers refuse to acknowledge it, the entire "movement" has been co-opted by former Texas congressman Dick Armey and his band of con men and hucksters eager to make a killing on this latest crop of suckers and dupes.
I found it singularly amusing watching the big talking heads on CNN and MSNBC last night offering their positively correct analysis of why Arlen Specter went down in defeat to Joe Sestak. I was amazed that each and everyone of them blamed President Obama for not rushing into Pennsylvania in the last few days to fire up the base to vote for Arlen. They made much out of Obama's flying over PA on the way to Ohio like it was Bush peering down at the devastation wrought by Hurricane Katrina. So aloof, aloft, and unconcerned. But I never bought the party line that the Democrats welcomed Specter eagerly and with open arms. It was raw politics that motivated them, not any love for old Arlen.
"Change you can believe in" on education, health, energy, climate change, Iraq, immigration, Wall Street, and Guantanamo Bay. Barack Obama ran for president on all of that, he won on it, and now he's trying to get it done.
He hasn't changed. But the country that elected him has. We seem to have lost our collective nerve.
But here's the thing. Whether you thrive on risk or not, whether you approve of Obama or not, whether you love our government or hate it, change is coming. We're already in a global race to lead on energy and other technology. We're already under pressure to produce a highly educated, top-notch workforce, to reduce our spending on everything from health to the military, to increase our exports and pay off some of our debt. Change is coming. We ought to get out ahead of it and try to shape it to our liking.
The arrests of members of a Michigan-based "Christian" militia group should convince doubters that there is good reason to worry about right-wing, anti-government extremism -- and potential violence -- in the Age of Obama.
I put the word Christian in quotes because anyone who plots to assassinate law enforcement officers, as a federal indictment alleges members of the Hutaree militia did, is no follower of Christ.
there has been explosive growth among far-right, militia-type groups that identify themselves as white supremacists, "constitutionalists," tax protesters and religious soldiers determined to kill people to uphold "Christian" values.
Congressional Republicans rallied Tea Party activists to oppose the health-care legislation on the verge of being approved by Congress even as party leaders began to look beyond Sunday's vote to campaigning against the reform in the fall elections.
There are probably some truly noble-minded citizens in this country who have considered or will consider running for elective office on the municipal, state, or federal level with the sole purpose of advancing, nourishing, and sustaining the commonweal. Alas, they are destined for a terribly rude awakening if and when they make such an effort. From the moment they announce their intention to run for office, he or she will immediately be besieged by the special interest groups, the corporate lobbyists, and all those who need to have a politician in their back pocket.