Sunday, May 23, 2010

The Reaction in review (May 17-23, 2010)

A week's reactions that deserve a second look:

Michael J.W. Stickings, our Editor, is spending some time in the United Kingdom and sends his greetings.  He also posted a couple of excellent features from the Senate Democratic Policy Committee, adding his own comments:  1) "How the Democrats' health-care reform legislation is already improving the lives of Americans" and 2)  "Big Oil, the GOP, and the screwing of the American taxpayer (and the environment)."



By J. Thomas Duffy: "Dances with oil" --
  Duffy's creativity shines in this sardonic post on how Hollywood might save the day with the oil spill cleanup.

By Capt. Fogg: "Let there be -- bacteria" --  Fogg posits why Dr. Craig Venter's scientific breakthrough, regarding the synthetic animation of a cell with chemicals, has escaped the headlines.


By Distributorcap: "The Candidate Doth Protest Too Much" --  DC writes an effective argument against Rand Paul's bizarre Libertarian view that racial discrimination should be allowed under the second (free speech) amendment in the Bill of Rights.

By Capt. Fogg: "The will of the Wasp" --  Fogg concludes that Rand Paul's Libertarian defense of racial discrimination is,"pandering to an audience somewhat less rational than Ron Paul's: to an audience whipped into irrational fury by the basic requirements of civilization; too hungry for revenge against a maturing world and too angry and self centered to give a damn what he can do for his country."

By Capt. Fogg: "Cleanup in aisle 4" --  This outstanding piece of writing summarizes the most outrageous and heartbreaking aspects of the BP oil spill now in the Gulf of Mexico -- spreading fast and killing indiscriminately.

By guest writer Nancy Brune, Truman National Security fellow: "While we were sleeping" --  Noting that other nations are moving aggressively to secure their energy needs for the future, the author leaves us with this question regarding the proposed American Power Act: "We now have before us an opportunity to make America less vulnerable to political instability and volatility in global energy markets. . . Will America [act]?"

By Greg Prince: "Things are looking up" -- This helpful post is a fine analysis of how this week's primary elections are good very news for Democrats.


By Capt. Fogg: "No TEA for me, please" -- Taking on the most apparent "delusions" of the Tea Party, the good Captain makes several good points we all tend to forget.

By Peter Henne, regular guest poster and another Truman National fellow: "Outbidding in Waziristan" --
This very worthwhile post is a fine analysis of the possibility of evolving situations among and within terrorist groups, and of the resulting counter terrorism possibilities.


By Capt. Fogg: "Big Top" -- Fogg wonders aloud whether the GOP's tent will be big enough to shelter Donna/Ed Milo, who is opposing U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz in Broward County Florida's 2010 election.


By Distributorcap: "Poll Dancing" -- This interesting post evaluates the too widespread use by the media of unreliable political polling, along with how we can better discriminate when looking at useful polling information.

By Capt. Fogg: "Kids in cages" -- With compassion and insight the good Captain discusses the recent SCOTUS decision against prison sentences to life without parole for nonhomicide crimes committed as juveniles.


Creature Short Features:  On the Gulf oil spill: 5/23/10 and 5/20/10; on Rand Paul: 5/21/10 and 5/20/10; on financial reform: 5/19/10; and on 2010 elections: 5/19/10.

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