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Ten years ago this week the U.S. House of Representatives passed a $1.3 trillion tax cut bill that was ultimately signed into law by President Bush two months later - 48 days after he entered office. This was Bush’s crowning mom… Read full post »
The last few weeks have brought out the “crazies” on the floor of the Arizona legislature. Here are some highlights:
Arizona Birther Bill (HB 2544)&nb… Read full post »
Last Friday, the Spanish National Court agreed to continue its investigation into Guantánamo torture allegations made by a Moroccan-born Spanish resident. This is in addition to another ongoing Spanish court case (updated here) brought against six U.S. Department of Justice/… Read full post »
Yesterday, U.S. regulators issued the first new deepwater drilling permit since the moratorium was lifted in October. Noble Energy is expected to restart drilling at its Santiago Prospect deepwater platform this month. Work had ceased at the Santiago site in June/… Read full post »
Salt River Fields at Talking Stick - Scottsdale, AZ
The great game of baseball has begun for 2011. One of the benefits of living in Arizona is being able to attend spring training – Cactus League – games on a regular basis.
Yesterday, I watched the Ar… Read full post »
Exxon Valdez Redux
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What are the long-term consequences of the BP oil spill?
If the Exxon Valdez disaster in 1989 is any example, there will be little consequences for the oil company, but significant long-term negative consequences… Read full post »
shouldn’t throw glasses.
This is a rather unique stone house in the mountains of Fafe in Northern Portugal. It was built between giant granite boulders in the early ‘70s by Victor Rodriquez. Victor wanted something that would blend in with the… Read full post »
Winner – 2011 Top Wingnut Award
Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker
Finally! The wingnut spotlight has been taken off of Arizona.
The people of Arizona would like to congratulate Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker for going "above and beyond" the expec… Read full post »
Mahler conducted the New York Philharmonic
Carnegie Hall – February 21, 1911
It has been a century since Gustav Mahler conducted his last concert. It was at Carnegie Hall in New York. He had been advised by his physician not to perform that evening because of a high fe/… Read full post »
as seen by the Spy Masters
This has been a banner book-release month for spy books. Not books about spies. But rather, books written by spies. Two former CIA operatives, Bruce Riedel and Michael Scheuer, have just released books covering their views o… Read full post »
Once in the early ‘70s, I attended an Up With People event at the Oakland Coliseum. I wasn’t necessarily a big fan. In fact, I was more inclined to attend anti-war rallies on campus or Doobie Brothers' concerts in the Bay Area a/… Read full post »
Just when you think that the leaders of Arizona could not demonstrate a higher degree of lunacy, they always manage to come up with something crazier. Today, the AZ Legislature introduced a new bill (SB 1433) that essentially allows Arizona to decide for… Read full post »
February 9, 1964
This date in Beatlemania history is important because it was the first time that The Beatles perfomed live on Ameican TV. Ed Sullivan had The Beatles on for three consecutive Sundays, beginning with their 2/9/64 performance (above) in New York City.
Ano… Read full post »
Four million people left their homes.
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We seem to have forgotten that the conflict in Iraq caused a large portion of their population to leave their homes to escape the sectarian violence that erupted during and after the invasion. … Read full post »
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The Italians are currently obsessed with the sexual escapades of their prime minister, Silvio Berlusconi. The front pages of Italian newspapers and the lead news stories on Italian TV have been dominated by the Berlusconi sex scandal for several w/… Read full post »
".No one knows what he doesn’t know, and the less a man knows, the more sure he is that he knows everything."
Joyce Cary, English Author (1888 – 1957)
Donald Rumsfeld will release his memoir “Known and Unknown” next week. The ti/… Read full post »
Last week’s World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland was somewhat subdued compared to prior years. You may remember two years ago when the forum was dominated by concerns over military action in the Middle East. That event took place shortly after the Gaza War,… Read full post »
As viewed by its neighbors
The English language newspapers in the Middle East have presented some interesting “regional” concerns about the protests in Egypt. Following is a summary of the points made in articles written recently in local newspapers in Lebano… Read full post »
Now that Arizona has gained national recognition for having the laxest gun laws in the nation, our state lawmakers are looking to take this a step further by arming our college professors.
Until now, only one state (Utah) has allowed guns to be ca… Read full post »
In a crossword puzzle
The village media continually insist that Obama needs to move to the center. But, what isn’t mentioned is that this “Center” has been continually moving “Right.” This is not to say tha/… Read full post »
January 8, 1964
I declare “War on Poverty”
One year ago today SCOTUS ruled in favor of the Corporate Elite in their Citizens United v. FEC decision. After three decades of careful planning, Ronald Reagan’s puppet masters had finally managed to realize their ultimate corporate dream – electoral co/… Read full post »
The Military Industrial Complex
50 years ago this week, President Dwight D. Eisenhower warned America of the dangers presented by the Military Industrial Complex. He said:
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Remember David Addington?
This picture, taken from the rogues’ gallery of the Bush administration, is that of an extremely slippery character. David Spears Addington was the primary behind-the-scenes force in the creation and… Read full post »
It’s hard to believe that twenty years have gone by since the start of Operation Desert Storm. It was late evening on January 16, 1991 that President George H. W. Bush announced the beginning of the air bombardment of Baghdad.