NYT Prog Agitator Eyes Pulitzer

Paul Krugman saves-creates 'climate of hate'
You know that Republicans will yell about the evils of partisanship whenever anyone tries to make a connection between the rhetoric of Beck, Limbaugh, etc. and the violence I fear we’re going to see in the months and years ahead. But violent acts are what happen when you create a climate of hate. And it’s long past time for the GOP’s leaders to take a stand against the hate-mongers.
(by Paul Krugman in krugman.blogs.nytimes.com)

We're All on Food Stamps Now

Record-setting Obama Doctrine cements the new-normal
The number of Americans receiving food stamps rose to a record 43.2 million in October as the jobless rate stayed near a 27-year high, the government said.

Recipients of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program subsidies for food purchases jumped 15 percent from a year earlier and increased 0.7 percent from September, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said today in a statement on its website. Participation has set records for 23 straight months.

An average of 43.3 million people, more than an eighth of the population, will get food stamps each month in the year that began Oct. 1, according to White House estimates.
(from bloomberg.com via cryptogon.com)

Forward-Thinking Class Warfare Cited

Alinskyite Progs regress to the mean
I am stunned by these progressives' inability to avoid slighting the intelligence of their right-wing counterparts. In his despair, William Musser implies that the tea party movement is nothing more than a corporate conspiracy ("The new right," Jan. 6). He is also convinced that middle-class Republican voters were manipulated last November to injure themselves. Hence, conservatives don't have the ability to perceive what is real and what an elaborate, self-destructive hoax looks like.

What Musser really means is that conservatism is the ideology of the dim-witted. Never mind that conservatives realize that class warfare, while politically expedient, is economically unproductive. So? Lose the snide, forward-leaning terminologies: trust in free market capitalism becomes insidious "corporatism"; anti-gay sentiments become "homophobia" (any person who espouses the belief that the LBGT movement is a subversive one is immediately diagnosed with a mental affliction); even acknowledging America's sworn enemies usually becomes "ethnocentrism" or worse.

The left should be able to offer-up substantive disagreement which does not imbue the right as evil, ignorant or mentally handicapped.

James Harris, Oceanside
(from nctimes.com)

Bonus links:
Summary of Saul Alinsky's 'Rules for Radicals'
• More Saul Alinsky stories: here
'Rules for Radicals' at amazon.com

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Ancient Lost Artifact Uncovered

'Forgotten Constitution' attempted to 'limit' Ruling Class


Basel, UN, Nixon

On this day: January 9
The Jewish population of Basel, Switzerland, believed by the residents to be the cause of the ongoing bubonic plague, were rounded up and incinerated (1349)

The United Nations headquarters officially opens in New York City (1951)

b: Richard Nixon (1913), Joan Baez (1941); d: Houston Stewart Chamberlain (1927)

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