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Friday, 9/6/13, Public Square

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lies vs truth

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Friday, 6/10/11, Public Square

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Palin-Media Relationship: Co-dependent? Surely not!

Sarah Palin’s battle with the “Elite-Media” has always been  her odyssey, regardless of whatever else she might say.  She needs them; they, to a lesser degree, need her…

Politico nails the relationship here.

Sad, but true…

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Don’t ask questions! That’s negative!

51+CphfeYcL._SL500_AA240_Barbara Ehrenreich is an author of such books as The Hearts of Men which contended feminism ruined the nuclear family; Nickel and Dimed:  On (Not) Getting By in America, where she exposed the stupidity of the poor are poor because they refuse to work.  Her latest book, Bright-Sided:  How the Relentless Promotion of Positive Thinking Has Undermined America, takes on optimism and positive thinking.  She says Americans are simply too damned cheerful, and she ties this to the mortgage crisis, our media, even our religion.

She says that although Americans stress positive thinking more than any other culture, happiness is elusive if you compare us to other countries.

In an interview with Megan Hustad, Ehrenreich said, “it relates to all this work we do to make ourselves be more positive. Positive thinking is imposed on people in a lot of settings. If you’re in the typical corporate workplace, you are exhorted to be positive. You’re told nobody wants to be around a negative person—which could mean somebody who just raises questions now and then, questions like ‘Isn’t our subprime exposure dangerously large here?’ People were fired for that in ’05 and ’07, right up until the end of the housing boom. You just could not say something like that.” Continue reading

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Astroturf Onslaughts: GOP Party of Fools or Dangerous Opponents?

Paul Krugman was commenting on the Tea Parties that the Republicans have been setting up for this upcoming Wednesday.  He seems unsure as to whether he should laugh out loud at the GOP’s shenanigans or to be worried.  Such astroturf tricks have worked well in the past for the Republicans; Krugman recalls the efficiency of the faux riot in Miami-Dade county that stopped the vote in Florida during the 2000 election.  This was not a real “grass roots” protest, but one carefully manufactured by GOP strategists to achieve an end – which they did.  Astroturf activism seems to be big on corporate (or other powerful interests) money, and low on average citizen participation.  The tea parties have been backed by Murdock owned media outlets.

To drive home his point about his mixed feelings on the current embarrassing displays by the Grand old Party, Krugman states:

“But here’s the thing: the G.O.P. looked as crazy 10 or 15 years ago as it does now. That didn’t stop Republicans from taking control of both Congress and the White House. And they could return to power if the Democrats stumble. So it behooves us to look closely at the state of what is, after all, one of our nation’s two great political parties.”

My hope is that Krugman is wrong, because while the GOP may remain crazy after all these years, I sincerely want to believe that the electorate has not.

What do you readers think?

Iggy Donnelly

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