Fouad Ajami on the U.N. and a Palestinian State

Fouad Ajami wrote the opinion piece below for the Wall Street Journal back in June. It’s still timely a couple months later as Palestine seeks a declaration of statehood from the United Nations this week. While it’s high time that the Palestinian people join the international community and adopt the responsibilities of statehood, Ajami makes a crucial point that achieving statehood takes much more than declarations. >> Link: The … Continue reading Fouad Ajami on the U.N. and a Palestinian State

America’s Deficit and the Debt Ceiling

The United States–its citizens and lawmakers–need to pay careful attention to the effects of our near-term actions. The outcome of not raising the debt ceiling is uncertain–nobody really knows what will happen. But the press is ablaze with information:   The Economist does a nice job of summing up the status of government debt >> Link: America’s deficit: A brief word about the budget deal | The … Continue reading America’s Deficit and the Debt Ceiling

Visual Budget – an Interactive Guide to the Federal Budget

From Information Aesthetics: Visual Budget is a cutting-edge data-visualization web site. It explains all the complicated ins and outs of the US Federal Budget using interactive charts and motion graphics. It is a tool that lets citizens like you and me understand this important issue, armed with the latest most comprehensive facts and figures. It brings a new breadth of knowledge to our political disc … Continue reading Visual Budget – an Interactive Guide to the Federal Budget

A Tale of Two Moralities

From Paul Krugman’s Op-Ed in the New York Times: Yet we have, for the most part, managed to agree on certain ground rules in the abortion controversy: it’s acceptable to express your opinion and to criticize the other side, but it’s not acceptable either to engage in violence or to encourage others to do so. What we need now is an extension of those ground … Continue reading A Tale of Two Moralities

Cross-Dressing Japanese YouTube Music: Only in a California Governor’s Race

Truth is stranger than fiction, and this is proof: a Meg Whitman staffer retweeted an endorsement link. Only Twitter’s 140 character limit cut off the last character of the URL, leading readers not to a message from a sheriff–but to a Japanese man in pink tutu and lingerie playing the bass. “Huh?” you ask. Me too. Let the video speak for itself. >> Link: Whitman campaign … Continue reading Cross-Dressing Japanese YouTube Music: Only in a California Governor’s Race