A Promised Land, Barack Obama


A Promised Land is extraordinarily intimate and introspective—the story of one man’s bet with history, the faith of a community organizer tested on the world stage. Obama is candid about the balancing act of running for office as a Black American, bearing the expectations of a generation buoyed by messages of “hope and change,” and meeting the moral challenges of high-stakes decision-making. He is frank about the forces that opposed him at home and abroad, open about how living in the White House affected his wife and daughters, and unafraid to reveal self-doubt and disappointment. Yet he never wavers from his belief that inside the great, ongoing American experiment, progress is always possible.

Nickled and Dimed

“A single Walmart Supercenter costs taxpayers between $904,542 and $1.75 million per year in public assistance money, and Walmart employees account for 18% of all food stamps issued. In other words, those everyday low prices at the chain are, in part, subsidized by your tax money.”

Why Americans are Angry: The Minimum Wage Trap

Vaginal Ultrasound Probes

State mandated vaginal ultrasounds for women seeking abortions???  Oh….the horror.  These Republican want to wrench control over her body from a woman using procedures that amount to torture and rape? http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/feb/22/virginia-governor-uturn-abortion-bill and then there are Santorums  beliefs on birth control http://news.yahoo.com/birth-control-santorum-step-nation-090833653.html  Married couples would be denied birth control in this country—-again?  Old men can get Viagra through insurance policies, often with no co-pay, but this bunch wants to deny birth control to young women or force them to make decades of expensive payments and co-pays.  Why are the child-bearing age young women in the US not up in arms at this attempt by conservative religious and political groups to 
















Great Quote from Howard Fineman on Huffington Post


Great quote from Howard Fineman on Huffington Post, August 16, 2012

Well, for one, Ryan turns out, upon closer inspection, not to be a purifying ideologue, but rather a young, power-hungry, ladder-climbing trimmer — less Ayn Rand and Milton Friedman and more Karl Rove and George W. Bush.

Professor Leiter: Another Great Post and Quote

Another great post and quote from “The Leiter Report”


Robert Hockett (Cornell) writes:

I thought that this passage in the Rand book review was the most accurate of all:

“Rand’s particular intellectual contribution, the thing that makes her so popular and so American, is the way she managed to mass market elitism — to convince so many people, especially young people, that they could be geniuses without being in any concrete way distinguished.” (Fourth full para. at page 8.)

In short, she is the Lumpen-“philosopher” par excellence. My better half was asking me, just as I began to read this review aloud, what could possibly account for the popularity of this ridiculous woman. I hypothesized that it was the way in which she afforded a sort of vicarious self-flattery to narcissistic imbeciles. Then I began reading, and upon finding the just-quoted sentence, smiled with Randian self-satisfaction!