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Digest for September 29th

Here are some of the people writing about some of the stuff I wish I had time to write about, for September 29th from 12:37 to 14:03:

  • WoodMoor Village Zendo: Counting on Greed – It strikes me that the crisis we are seeing unfolding before our eyes, not just on Wall Street by the way, but everywhere this financial crisis reaches, signals something that ought to be clear to Republicans and Democrats, and any other political ideologue: we can't count on greed to get to compassion, kindness, social justice, etc. And yet, counting on greed has been the underlying assumption of so much economic policy and social tinkering. To be sure, Capitalism might require competition and a certain mercenary attitude, but I also think along with Herman Daly, Paul Hawken, and David Korten, that we can work to build wealth rather than just profit, that we can be successful (individually and socially) without making everything just be an exercise in greed.
  • The Bilerico Project | Palin’s Religious Affiliations — Time to Ask the Hard Questions – Is it too much to ask show-hosts on prime-time TV news to do their jobs? They should ask Palin questions like: "Is it true that you're associated with revivalist pentecostal elements who are training a so-called Joel's Army to take dominion over the U.S.?"
  • Broken Down. / Queerty – It must be so easy being an anti-gay social conservative. Rather than analyzing cause and effect, all they have to do it point a finger at the lavender set. Remember how we "caused" Katrina? Well, the same can be "said" about Washington Mutual's collapse last week.
  • : The Rich Are Staging a Coup This Morning …a message from Michael Moore – Let me cut to the chase. The biggest robbery in the history of this country is taking place as you read this. Though no guns are being used, 300 million hostages are being taken. Make no mistake about it: After stealing a half trillion dollars to line the pockets of their war-profiteering backers for the past five years, after lining the pockets of their fellow oilmen to the tune of over a hundred billion dollars in just the last two years, Bush and his cronies — who must soon vacate the White House — are looting the U.S. Treasury of every dollar they can grab. They are swiping as much of the silverware as they can on their way out the door.
  • Palin Problem by Kathleen Parker on National Review Online – As we’ve seen and heard more from John McCain’s running mate, it is increasingly clear that Palin is a problem. Quick study or not, she doesn’t know enough about economics and foreign policy to make Americans comfortable with a President Palin should conditions warrant her promotion. …Palin’s recent interviews with Charles Gibson, Sean Hannity, and now Katie Couric have all revealed an attractive, earnest, confident candidate. Who Is Clearly Out Of Her League. …Palin filibusters. She repeats words, filling space with deadwood. Cut the verbiage and there’s not much content there. Here’s but one example of many from her interview with Hannity: “Well, there is a danger in allowing some obsessive partisanship to get into the issue that we’re talking about today. And that’s something that John McCain, too, his track record, proving that he can work both sides of the aisle, he can surpass the partisanship that must be surpassed to deal with an issue like this.” …If BS were currency, Palin could bail out Wall Street herself.
  • The Numbers . . . – Jack & Jill Politics – Cautiously optimistic . . . that’s how I’d characterize Obama’s chances at this point. Obama has a lead and it’s growing. The trends are in his favor. That, coupled with increased voter registration bodes well for the blue team. Again . . . it’s ours if we want it. Which is why I stand by my slogan for the 2008 campaign: This ain’t the time to get cute.
  • Feministe – In defense of the sanctimonious women’s studies set. – Yeah, you read that right: A politician is creating economic incentives for poor people to have fewer children, and for rich people to have more. I support making sterilization and all other form of birth control free and accessible, so that they truly are voluntary — but paying poor women $1,000 to tie their tubes doesn’t sound like “voluntary” birth control to me. It sounds like coercion. And it sounds like racist coercion.

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