"No people will tamely surrender their Liberties, nor can any be easily subdued, when knowledge is diffused and Virtue is preserved. On the Contrary, when People are universally ignorant, and debauched in their Manners, they will sink under their own weight without the Aid of foreign Invaders." --Samuel Adams

Monday, February 28, 2011

Mary Meeker's Definitive Guide To The American Public Debt Crisis
by Mamta Badkar
Kleiner Perkins partner Mary Meeker analyzes America as a corporation in an epic presentation, "USA Inc.: A Basic Summary of America's Financial Statements." Meeker says USA Inc. is on a parallel course to GM before its bankruptcy. Only through drastic cost-cutting can our country bounce back -- like GM has done in the past two years.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

The DOJ's Creeping War on Whistle-blowers
by Glen Greenwald
...Those pretty words [of Obama's campaign platform] have given way to the most aggressive crusade to expose, punish and silence "courageous and patriotic" whistleblowers by any President in decades. As the Federation of American Scientists' Steven Aftergood put it, "They’re going after this at every opportunity and with unmatched vigor"...
More: War on Whistlebolowers Intensifies     Obama Signs Temporary Extension of Patriot Act [Again]

Friday, February 25, 2011

Pelosi Edits Honorary Resolution...on Pelosi
..."You think I'm kidding," Christine Pelosi added, to surprised laughter from the room. The proposed changes, she indicated, came out of a discussion with her mother...

Thursday, February 24, 2011

White House Meets Lobbyists Off Campus
by Chris Frates
...It allows the Obama administration to keep these lobbyist meetings shielded from public view — and out of Secret Service logs kept on visitors to the White House and later released to the public...
More business as usual: Boeing Won Air Tanker Contract Due to 'Chicago Politics'

Monday, February 21, 2011

Remembering Our Presidents
This Presidents Day, A Lesson In Greatness
by Michael Ramirez
...Presidents Day is a good time to reflect both on the accomplishments of presidents past and on the lessons of history. It's also a time to honor our truly great presidents: George Washington, the father of our country; Abraham Lincoln, the great emancipator; and Ronald Reagan, the great communicator...
Unrest and the Libyan Military
Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi has ordered the Libyan air force to fire on military installations in Libya, according to what the BBC has characterized as a reliable source. Al Jazeera has suggested that air force fighters have opened fire on crowds of protesters...
More: Clashes in Tripoli

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Federal Deficit on Track for a Record This Fiscal Year
by Stephen Dinan
President Obama's budget, released Monday, was conceived as a blueprint for future spending, but it also paints the bleakest picture yet of the current fiscal year, which is on track for a record federal deficit and will see the government’s overall debt surpass the size of the total U.S. economy...

Monday, February 14, 2011

Egypt: The Distance Between Enthusiasm and Reality
by George Friedman
...What we see is that while Mubarak is gone, the military regime in which he served has dramatically increased its power. This isn’t incompatible with democratic reform. Organizing elections, political parties and candidates is not something that can be done quickly. If the military is sincere in its intentions, it will have to do these things. The problem is that if the military is insincere it will do exactly the same things...

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Mexico's Gun Supply and the 90 Percent Myth
by Scott Stewart
...There has clearly been a long and well-documented history of arms smuggling across the U.S.-Mexico border, but it is important to recognize that, while the United States is a significant source of certain classes of weapons and ammunition, it is by no means the source of 90 percent of the weapons used by the Mexican cartels, as is commonly asserted.

Sunday, February 06, 2011

No John 3:16 at Super Bowl

by Drew Zahn
...Fixed Point [Foundation] released a statement criticizing Fox's decision: "It seems one can advertise just about anything else. Few movie trailers are deemed too violent or beer commercials too sexual for primetime. But religious messages, particularly Christian ones, well, that's just too controversial"...

Friday, February 04, 2011

Social Media as a Tool for Protest

by Marko Papic and Sean Noonan
Current conventional wisdom has it that social networks have made regime change easier to organize and execute. An underlying assumption is that social media is making it more difficult to sustain an authoritarian regime — even for hardened autocracies like Iran and Myanmar — which could usher in a new wave of democratization.