Fine with me, it’s not like the left ever acts civil to begin with. (NY Times – Paul Krugman) Last week, President Obama offered a spirited defense of his party’s values — in effect, of the legacy of the New Deal and the Great Society. Immediately thereafter, as always happens when Democrats take a stand, the civility police came out in force. The president, we were told, was being too partisan; he needs to treat his opponents with respect; he should have lunch with them, and work out a consensus. …Which brings me to those calls for a bipartisan solution. Sorry to be cynical, but right now “bipartisan” is usually code for assembling some conservative Democrats and ultraconservative Republicans — all of them with close ties to the wealthy, and many who are wealthy themselves — and having them proclaim that low taxes on high incomes and drastic cuts in social insurance are the only possible solution. This would be a corrupt, undemocratic way to make decisions about the shape of our society even if those involved really were wise men with a deep grasp of the issues. It’s much worse when many of those at the table are the sort of people who solicit and believe the kind of policy analyses that the Heritage Foundation supplies. So let’s not be civil . Instead, let’s have a frank discussion of our differences. In particular, if Democrats believe that Republicans are talking cruel nonsense, they should say so — and take their case to the voters. And after the Giffords shooting Krugman was one of the first to blame it on “right-wing rhetoric.”
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By now we all have heard about the rash of violent storms and tornadoes that struck the deep south yesterday. Especially hit was North Carolina. Both U.S. Army Base Fort Bragg and U.S. Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune were hit and sustained injuries and property damage. Milblogger This Ain’t Hell is reporting both bases were closed to non-essential personnel today. As some of you have read my comments in the past I have connections to several young U.S. Marines serving on multiple deployments. Some of them had their deployment orders bumped by days and months just before the “kinetic operation” in Libya with NATO. I heard late last night from the wife of a U.S. Marine Staff Sergeant who lives off base outside Camp Lejeune, N.C.: Dan just called us to make sure we were ok, since there were two tornados that hit the base right by our house. He let his Marines call their wives first before he called us. Some of them maybe staying with me for a little while since the base housing got hit pretty bad. So, I may have some company for a few days … It was mainly just a quick call to make sure we were alright. On the ship I guess there were a lot of rumors about where the tornados hit and how bad things were… “Dan” and his guys are still in transit on a ship and have not yet been told exactly where they are heading. Thoughts and prayers go out to everyone affected by the horrific weather, and the aftermath of clean-up and rebuilding. Special prayers to our brave military and their families patiently waiting at home for them amid this disaster. As tough as our troops are they must feel so helpless being so far away when their families need them. Last month my Hawaii-based Staff Sgt. “son-in-law” deployed in Afghanistan and his men were worried about their families in the post-Japan earthquake and tsunami when Hawaii had their tsunami warning. Our troops’ sacrifice is unsurpassed, but we must also remember their families’ sacrifice. Please keep all of them in your prayers, and contact The American Red Cross if you can help. Thanks, guys. (Cross-posted at Chandler’s Watch and Babalu Blog )
GREEN BAY, Wis. (WTAQ) — Police in Green Bay are looking into a burglary at an office used by a group seeking to recall Democratic State Senator Dave Hansen. Authorities say it most likely happened between 5 p.m. Thursday and 8 a.m. on Friday. In an e-mail, group organizer David Vander Leest says petitions, t-shirts and a computer were taken from the office at 1136 West Mason Street. Vander Leest also blamed the incident on the “opposition of Recall Dave Hansen.” How convenient, last week the group announced they had enough petitions to recall Dem Sen. Dave Hansen. GREEN BAY, Wis. (WTAQ) — The “Recall Dave Hansen” committee says it has collected enough signatures to initiate a new election. The group says it has collected 15,000 signatures. Dave Vander Leest from Green Bay has been leading the charge and expects to file the paperwork next week. Vander Leest says he started the recall effort because he was “irritated that they were making heroes out of Senators leaving the state and going AWOL.” Vander Leest says Tea Party groups along with conservative minded people helped with the effort. To initiate a new recall election, the group needed 13,852, which represents 25% of the number of people who voted in the last election. HT: Anon
The rise of Salafist Islam continues to gain strength. Cairo (DPA) — Thousands of conservative Muslims protested in the southern Egyptian province of Qina Friday against the appointment of a new Christian governor. Witnesses said the protesters, mostly observers of the conservative Islamic Salafist movement, threatened to bar Emad Mikhail, the new governor, from entering the province. The previous governor, whom Mikhail will replace, was also Christian. Qina has seen sectarian strife in the past. Late last year, dozens of Christians and Muslims were arrested in the province after nearly a dozen homes were burnt in clashes between members of the two religions. Residents said fighting erupted last year when it was discovered that a Coptic Christian man was dating a Muslim woman from the same southern town.