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How Liberalism Left the Tracks

It is refreshing to have a problem spelled out with clarity and precision, and quite overdo is this critique_of_Liberalism by Tony Judt writing in the London Review of Books. This long article manages to capture the "Strange Death of Liberal America" and position the debacle in the context of larger world forces and near history.

News strained through my progressive filter

As always: no claim to originality, just news items of interest cut and pasted from the "Internets."

 

What liberal media? CNN anchor Tony Harris: "We have to take the president at his word when he says that the problem with Common Article 3, which prohibits outrages against personal dignity, is that it is unclear. And we can't have our interrogators trying to get information that we need to protect this country under a bit of language here that is this vague. We can do better than this." Tony, when I want the uninformed opinion of a talking head, I'll beat it out of you.

"The president wants us to forget the mistakes he's made in Iraq. He says capturing bin Laden isn't a priority for him. And now he's off caught up in a fight with senators of his own party about which kinds of torture we should use. This president just can't or won't keep his eye on the ball. President Bush took his eye off the ball in Afghanistan when bin Laden was in our grasp because he wanted to hurry up and get into Iraq. And now he wants us to forget about Iraq because he doesn't want to take responsibility for all the mistakes he's made in Iraq. The American people have a choice on November 7th. If you think our country is going in the right direction, if you think Iraq is making us safer, vote Republican. If you've had enough and thinks it's time for a change, vote Democratic." -- quoted from a (fictional) congressional candidate.

Why Aren't We Riding Eau Claire Transit??

Well, I have been quiet long enough.

Actually I was getting ready for the start of another exciting year at the University here in Eau Claire. This year will be filled with many issues ranging from the rise in tuition to the allowance of evangelical preachers on the campus mall.
The first issue I think is most important is how many of us are getting to the campus. Parking is a mess. Passes are expensive and many more are sold than there are parking places..(ok, I have no proof of that, however, every time I tried to park with a pass there were 20 or so of us wasting ozone destroying fuel driving around in circles looking for an empty space.)

News bits from the "Internets"

No claims made here to original writing or reporting. These are cut and past bits of interest collected from the Net.

 

How Big Brother watches you Here's a cool thing from Medill Journalism School -- a Flash presentation showing how your personal data can be used by the federal government or analyzed by intelligence agencies. (Yes, Flash can be annoying, as we've been hearing a lot lately; but there are some things, like this, that it can do very well; so give it a whirl.) It reveals how the government uses data mining and what data, from both public records and private data aggregators, is studied, what the privacy rules are and whether they're followed - and outlines "the digital trails we all leave in our daily lives."
That is the question: Who are these people? What do they think he's done a good job at? I'm trying to be fair, but what is he good at? You look at Iraq, you look at Katrina. His appointments, Michael Brown. I don't know where to start. I have Bush Administration Attention Outrage Deficit Disorder. My personal favorite poll number is the President's 2 percent approval rating among blacks. Which is within the margin of error. Which leads to all sorts of mind-boggling possibilities, scientifically: Is it possible that more black people hate the President than are actually alive today? Do you think black ghosts are coming back to hate him? Do you think they can read black sonograms at this point? Are doctors saying, "We don't know if this is a boy or a girl, but we know this baby hates George W. Bush?" --Stephanie Miller

Rural Wisconsin Voting Will Never Be The Same

So -

I just went to vote. I knew we were getting an actual voting machine here in my little town (Downsville). So I went earlier than normal since I had no idea what a mess might be in store between the new voter registration rules and the machines.

This all went fairly smoothly. The local poll monitors knew what they were doing, the machine worked fine, and as far as I can tell all was hunky-dory. I noticed that mostly the younger people seemed to be opting for the (single) voting machine, while the older folks were mostly opting for the paper ballot (which probably explains why I had trouble making up my mind - being somewhere in the middle).

Election Day

If you read this site, odds are I don't need to remind you of this - but I'm going to do it anyway.  Today is election day in Wisconsin.  Please go out and vote. 

I'm tempted to paraphrase Vaugh Meader's The First Family and say "Vote for the Democrat of your choice- but vote".  But that would be crass.  So I won't do it.

Greg Palast Facing Homeland Security Charges - Update

The 9/11 ABC film flap

I wasn't going to say anything about the ABC 9/11 film (The Path to 9/11) that will be running next week. Normally I just can't get behind the idea that we should ask for censorship of anything before it's shown.

But ABC is clearly trying to be the new Fox News from the way it's behaving. They've happily sent screeners of the film to folks like Rush Limbaugh, and various right-wing bloggers. They're sending information about the changes they've made to the same folks (under the table). But they won't send a copy of the film to Bill Clinton, or Madeleine Albright.

If we had an Uppity Award....I would nominate FightingBob Fest!!

Down in Sauk County is a little known festival that attracts progressive voices from all over the United States. I attended the first FightingBob Fest 5 years ago. The place was alive with people of like minds discussing their efforts to stay involved with Wisconsin and the nation. The Fest schedule for this year includes speakers such as Jim Hightower and Amy Goodman. Every year the fest grows stronger.

Hey - Someone Noticed We're Here!

I belong to an organization called NetSquared, which primarily works with people using technology for social change. This afternoon I was looking at the blogs on their site and see this in a blog about Wisconsin.

Finally, Uppity Wisconsin, out of Menomonie, is a project started by Steve Hanson, "in an attempt to promote a discussion of progressive/liberal politics in Wisconsin." The site is based on the Drupal CMS.  It has blogs, Gabbly chat space and aggregates news from various sources.  Check out the case study of Uppity Wisconsin on the Netsquared site, here

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