is this, like, irony, or more in-house cognitive dissonance?

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FROM THE SEATTLE TIMES (Au­gust 6, 2013, page A4): “Tal­iban se­cretly talking to Kabul gov­ern­ment.” That’s present tense “talking,” meaning it’s sup­pos­edly hap­pening now! Is this, like, an ex­ample of some form of As­so­ci­ated Press, in-house irony? I mean, if it’s in every news­paper in the world that has an AP line, then it ain’t all that “se­cret,” is it? READ MORE

everybodys rights are everybodys business!

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BLEEDING HEART LIBERAL PETITION TIME: I  just signed an­other petition—a gay teacher get­ting fired from a Catholic school for mar­rying his partner—and added a per­sonal state­ment to the body of the gen­eral pe­ti­tion. I said, “Every­bodys rights are every­bodys busi­ness!” (Yeah yeah yeah the apos­tro­phes are missing but it’s more ef­fec­tive on the ‘Net this way …)

So, did I just coin a new slogan for the ‘new left’ of the new cen­tury? READ MORE

is THIS an example of cognitive dissonance?

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ANOTHER AMAZING HEADLINE from The Seattle Times (Au­gust 6, 2013, page B4): “Pot con­sul­tant ad­vises, warns City Council.” And what do we find? Cog­ni­tive dis­so­nance?

“Mark Kleiman, a UCLA pro­fessor and head of BOTEC Analysis, told council mem­bers on Monday that INCREASED law en­force­ment against il­legal dealers could be helpful to the state’s new legal recre­ational mar­i­juana system—even if that en­force­ment leads to short-term racial dis­par­i­ties in pros­e­cuting cases.” READ MORE

let’s cut to the chase on the cause of crime everywhere

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SO IT’S NOT BIG CITIES and big city folk; it’s NOT the ex­plo­sion of post-WWII births, many un­planned if not ac­tu­ally un­wanted (that is, the ‘baby boom’); it’s NOT crack co­caine; it’s NOT the pen­chant for blacks to just go on out there and be a hood in the hood; and it’s def­i­nitely NOT Sa­tanic mes­sages back­masked into heavy metal record­ings, vi­o­lent video games, down-and-dirty porn, or reading comic books as a child. READ MORE

what if we raised the minimum wage to $12

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YEAH YEAH YEAH! We all know the rant about how the cor­po­ra­tions would just pass the cost of the in­creased wages onto their cus­tomers (That’s you and me, son. That’s an us!) and we would all be … well, you know! So, let’s use the world’s largest non-government em­ployer as an ex­ample, here’s the down­side:

If every Wal­mart in the US paid every em­ployee a min­imum wage of $12 an hour and in turn passed that cost onto their cus­tomers, it would in­crease the total cost of an av­erage buying spree at Wal­mart by—are you sit­ting down?—all READ MORE

zombie farmers don’t let their dead status get in the way of government handouts

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WHAT THE HEY?!? “Mil­lions in sub­si­dies go to dead farmers” goes the header in The Seattle Times on July 31, 2013. Well, like who needs a good old-fashioned fed­eral gov­ern­ment, taxpayer-funded sub­sidy more than a dead farmer? After all, he’s bloody dead! Who’s gonna run the farm if he’s not there?

Ac­tu­ally, these dead farmers could still be run­ning their farms—if they are zom­bies. READ MORE

guilty guilty guilty but of what?

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SECTION 4 OF THE VOTING RIGHTS ACT OF 1965 sub­jected the voting laws in ju­ris­dic­tions with a his­tory of dis­crim­i­na­tion to Jus­tice De­part­ment scrutiny. This act was a pos­i­tive part of the Johnson legacy that is too often for­gotten be­cause of Viet Nam. Al­most im­me­di­ately fol­lowing this de­ci­sion, sev­eral states—mostly Southern, mostly al­ready noted for racism—moved to begin al­tering ex­isting laws so that they would make voting more dif­fi­cult for people who don’t vote a cer­tain way. READ MORE

it cant happen here (who could imagine that they would freak out in washington, dc)

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OUR LOVELY SENATORS IN DC voted 81-18 to ap­prove in­terest rates for loans to Amer­ican stu­dents who want to fur­ther their education—and per­haps, just maybe com­pete for a de­cent job in the ever-expanding ‘global economy. “Senate OKs student-loan interest-rate for­mula / Rates to drop on coming school year but may go up later.”  The new rates are 3.9% for un­der­grad­u­ates, 5.4% for grad­uate stu­dents, and 6.4% for those re­ceiving plus loans. READ MORE

an open letter to president obama

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FOUR DAYS AGO, on Wednesday, July 24, 2013, the Drug En­force­ment Ad­min­is­tra­tion, an arm of the fed­eral government—and there­fore, an arm of the Pres­i­dent of the United States—raided four med­ical mar­i­juana dis­pen­saries in the Puget Sound area. There are now nine­teen states that have le­gal­ized med­ical mar­i­juana, in­cluding the three states that make up the west coast on the US. READ MORE