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Armchair theorist, poet, and occasional IT manager, Sascha B. is equipped with a Master's Degree in Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Texas, and is not afraid to use it. His work has been published by the University Press of America, Edwin Mellen Press, University of Texas Press, and a variety of small journals nationwide. He is also the proprietor and baker for 3141 Pie, of which you should eat many.

The Deal

I stopped blogging in 2013, when life overtook me. My father became ill and died shortly thereafter, and my mother was left with increasing dementia. I became the primary caregiver, and now orchestrate my mother's care and our family estate.

Now, I am coming up for air again.

Looking for the next book to read. All suggestions welcome.

My reading list is over here.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Is This How They Appeal?

TPM brings us the latest commercial from the GOP courtesy of Michael Steele, RNC chair:
"The Democrats are accusing us Republicans of trying to delay and stonewall their government takeover of health care. You know what? They're finally right."
At least they aren't lying about it anymore, or hiding behind a curtain of false "fiscal responsibility".

Fiscal responsibility my ass. Who's the last fiscally responsible GOP pol we've seen in Washington? It's been a long time....


In an rather muddy article on today's Status of the Teaching Profession 2009 report, it is stated that
"Those who do become teachers are well versed in their subject matter, but often lack other critical skills to succeed, the researchers said."
Which makes sense. But they seem to have missed the trend that this is the case with pretty much all fields, and all education.

Professionally and otherwise, I see a wealth of incoming talent full of focused specialized knowledge, but little or no ability to apply any breadth of understanding to that body of knowledge, and frequently a lack of more heterogeneous critical thinking skills. Lots of knowledge, little wisdom.

I don't think this is a new problem, just one that is exacerbated by both our ongoing re-factoring of higher education into vocational training, and the relentless devaluation of classical liberal arts style literacy.

Go ahead and read the article. It was apparently written by one of the types of folks I'm talking about.

The Answer

The basic reason for the economic meltdown and Great Recession?
Global Warming denialism?
War profiteering in Iraq, the Health Care debacle, and more?

It was articulated almost a century ago.

By a Socialist.
“It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends on his not understanding it.”

Upton Sinclair, I, Candidate for Governor: And How I Got Licked. 1935

Lieberman Plans To Scuttle Health Care Reform

Bad Senator.

Bad Politician.

Bad Person.

Bad Jew.

On the first: His job is to represent the people, not his wife's business interests. On this he is contra.

On the second, a politician should always be looking to bolster support, not to burn bridges; Lieberman is like a walking talking grandstanding pack of matches.

On the third, to exacerbate the pain and suffering of millions is simply a nasty act, especially when driven (as his actions all too clearly seem to be) out of spite.

On the last: It is written that God has given the Jews a choice, between blessings and curse, between life and death, between sustenance and destruction; and therefore to choose life. Choose blessings. Choose sustenance.

Mr. Lieberman appears to have gone the other route.