Leadership & Sacrifice, Then and Now...

Truman, October 5th, 1947:

Truman Calls On Nation To Forego Meat Tuesdays, Poultry, Eggs Thursdays
...This will help feed starving Europe and cut our meat bills at home.
Bush, December 20th, 2006

This war on terror is the calling of a new generation; it is the calling of our generation. Success is essential to securing a future of peace for our children and grandchildren.
...I encourage you all to go shopping more.


The Background of Immigration 'Experts'

Amid the most recent immigration debate on Capitol Hill, many of us for the first time met a whole new group of spokespeople arrayed against immigration. But did we really meet them—or just the face they would like the mainstream press to see?

It turns out that many anti-immigrant leaders have backgrounds that should disqualify them from even participating in mainstream debate. What is sad is they manage to get the American press to quote them without ever noting their bizarre and often racist beliefs.

It's all here.

Newsweek Nails Greenspan in One Thought:

Greenspan: His book praises Clinton, knocks Bush over fiscal responsibility. So why didn't he stop those tax cuts?

Romney Campaign Add?

From Slate (sorry about the real add that plays before it)...

Must Read: "The Day Louis Armstrong Made Noise"

Shortly before Mr. Armstrong’s concert, Mr. Lubenow’s editor sent him to the Dakota Hotel, where Mr. Armstrong was staying, to see if he could land an interview. Perhaps sensing trouble — Mr. Lubenow was, he now says, a “rabble-rouser and liberal” — his boss laid out the ground rules: “No politics,” he ordered. That hardly seemed necessary, for Mr. Armstrong rarely ventured into such things anyway. “I don’t get involved in politics,” he once said. “I just blow my horn.”

But Mr. Lubenow was thinking about other things, race relations among them. The bell captain, with whom he was friendly, had told him that Mr. Armstrong was quietly making history in Grand Forks, as he had done innumerable times and ways before, by becoming the first black man ever to stay at what was then the best hotel in town. Mr. Lubenow knew, too, that Grand Forks had its own link to Little Rock: it was the hometown of Judge Ronald Davies, who’d just ordered that the desegregation plan in Little Rock proceed after Gov. Orval Faubus of Arkansas and a band of local segregationists tried to block it.

Read the rest here.

Quote of the Election Cycle...

From Krugman the Great (quoting Ezra Klein)...

“The Republican vision is for a world in which the sick and dying get to deduct some of the cost of health insurance that they don’t have — and can’t get — on their taxes.”

From MSNBC's First Read...

As the NBC/WSJ poll shows that Republicans want someone with a different approach than Bush, is McCain's latest criticism of the president -- that he should have encourage enlistment instead of shopping after 9/11 -- a good way for McCain to separate himself while still supporting not withdrawing from Iraq?
Of course Bush encouraged shopping over service, you go with what you know...
Aug. 18, 1973: Unsigned memo from Killian entitled "CYA," states that Staudt is "pushing to sugar coat" Bush's officer evaluation. Memo also states: "I'm having trouble running interference and doing my job." Adds that "Bush wasn't here during rating period and I don't have any feedback from 187th in Alabama. I will not rate."

Jazwiec and Crime Reporting

I'm sure we have all seen the story about Jazwiec's alleged victimization:
Jazwiec said he talked to the man at length to try to calm him and at one point gave him a beer. After being in the house "probably an hour," the man left with a computer and an iPhone, Jazwiec said. He said no one in the family was hurt.
Now, Jazwiec runs a technology company... You think he would know that if someone steals your phone, you report it right away. SO IT CAN BE TRACKED... you do not wait one week to cooperate.

As we learned in the news recently:
Authorities found the Maple Valley woman after detecting the general location of her cell phone Thursday morning, then searching along Highway 169 near Renton, southeast of Seattle, the route she took home from work.
I believe that the understatement of the month is:
"There are serious questions as to the veracity of this report at this point," D'Amato wrote in an e-mail Tuesday to neighborhood residents, many of who had been rattled by Jazwiec's statements.


Something to remember as we watch current events in Burma/Myanmar

While Bush is talking tough on Myanmar/Burma, here is something to remember:

Bush Campaign Gear Made in Burma
His campaign store sells a pullover from nation whose products he has banned from being sold in the U.S.

The official merchandise Web site for President George W. Bush's re-election campaign has sold clothing made in Burma, whose goods were banned by Bush from the U.S. last year to punish its military dictatorship.

Quote of the day!

Jeffery Hall is a good example of ugly architecture, all concrete and lots of peeling paint. The building consists of three floors above ground and three floors below ground.

Clicking on this link will take you to a picture gallery of Jeffery Hall, a building on Queen's University...


Lena's In!

WI State Sen (and Vice Chair of the DPW) Lena Taylor has declared her candidacy for Milwaukee County Exec:

State Senator Lena Taylor today filed the paperwork required to run for Milwaukee County Executive in next spring’s critical elections, vowing to “restore balance, integrity, and fiscal accountability for the Milwaukee residents who depend on public service — and the taxpayers who foot the bill.”

Go get him!