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Posts from ‘February, 2009’

Obama’s Afghanistan Mistake

During the campaign, I had hopes that Obama was making speeches about increasing the U.S. military presence in Afghanistan as a way to toss a bone to the right-wing militarists in this country. I was wrong. Obama is increasing U.S troop levels by 17,000 in Afghanistan, starting in May. Big mistake. I found a very […]

A Cautionary Tale

I own 11.5 acres of wooded land in Floyd County, Virginia. It is what is known as “land locked” – that is, it does not front on a public road. But I have a non-exclusive right-of-way across my neighbor’s land for access. As I posted last fall, I had a driveway built in that right-of-way […]

Now What?

I was a bit apprehensive when I posted the essay by Chris Hedges, for it is a pessimistic, gloomy article that, as several friends wrote me privately, focuses on the probable outcome of our present difficulties if we don’t change. Those who responded said that while they had no difficulty reading gloomy articles, there was […]

YouTube Annotation “Feature”

YouTube has recently added a new “feature” to its product. You can see it on this blog – it looks like graffiti to me. On any video posted, the title of the video and the star rating of that video is superimposed on the picture that you see. When you click on the start arrow, […]

A Troubling Essay by Chris Hedges

While Congress argues over the rescue plan put forth by Obama, the economy continues to decline, by almost any measure used. The following article, which was published on TruthDig, is quite interesting. It is very sobering and, in the words of a friend of mine, it “is probably closer to reality than we wish to […]

This Could Be Interesting …

It appears that General David Petraeus and President Barack Obama have a difference of opinion over the timeline for withdrawal of troops from Iraq. Here is an interesting article, by Gareth Porter, that appeared on the Inter Press Service News Agency website . On April 10, 1951, President Harry Truman fired General Douglas McArthur as […]

Altemeyer on Obama’s Election

For further evidence that low-RWA liberals, moderates, and conservatives should not let their guard down against the high-RWA religious right, here is a portion of an essay posted by Robert Altemeyer, the author of The Authoritarians, on his website. You can read The Authoritarians and the complete essay there, free of charge. I’m not sure […]