Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Things to Know - 18 October

 Mike Luckovich cartoon: A new monument


1.  Instead of writing Herman Cain off as the flavor of the month, or brief flash in the pan, his status does have to be treated seriously with due diligence by the media.  In that regard, his foray into the Sunday talk media shows demonstrates that he really does not have it.  Close scrutiny reveals his flaws and his tendency to take simple views and stands and the bad part is that he thinks that is all that is necessary:


2.  While all the hubbub is going on about who is now the Gee Opie's front runner, the basic thrust of evangelical dogma still is entrenched in entrenched right, which loses sight of reason: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/18/opinion/the-evangelical-rejection-of-reason.html?_r=1&adxnnl=1&ref=opinion&adxnnlx=1318911599-2GaTmPvgltzwvySE7ttvcQ&pagewanted=print

3.  Robert Redford, speaks to Obamam through you, to stop the Keystone XL Pipeline.  It also educates you what it is, were it is going, and what it is going to do:

4.  Alabama is now contending with the unintended effects of their xenophobic legislation.   We could also wonder about the effects on their agriculture - probably about the same as in Georgia:

5.  What is really nice about this story is that if more (all?) people who would come into wealth would grant much of it back to the community, then we would not be having these "class war" problems and schools going broke.  On the other hand, then we would have the problem of uneven distribution and we would have great universities, but no support of the health clinic in the intercity (maybe).  So, all  you Libertarians can now praise the system of charity and claim that it all works....but it really does not:

6.  This column by Anne Applebaum of the Washington Post makes some valid arguments, but some false conclusions.  Read it and see where she is right, and where she may be wrong, or missing the point:

Juan Matute

"Civilization is the limitless multiplication of unnecessary necessities."
       -- Mark Twain
"A desk is a dangerous place from which to watch the world."
       -- John le Carre
"Morality, like art, means drawing a line someplace."
       -- Oscar Wilde
"Love is not blind - it sees more, not less. But because it sees more, it is willing to see less."
       -- Rabbi Julius Gordon
"I have too much respect for the idea of God to make it responsible for such an absurd world."
       -- Georges Duhamel

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