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From neocons to crazy-cons

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  • Once the conservative movement was about finding meaning in private life and public service. But it has undergone a shift toward demagoguery and hucksterism.
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  • Homegrown Democrat
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David Klinghoffer, Los Angeles Times

Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Ken Mitchell

Once, the iconic figures on the political right were urbane visionaries and builders of institutions — like William F. Buckley Jr., Irving Kristol and Father Richard John Neuhaus, all dead now. Today, far more representative is potty-mouthed Internet entrepreneur Andrew Breitbart, whose news and opinion website, Breitbart.com, is read by millions. In his most recent triumph, Breitbart got a U.S. Department of Agriculture official pushed out of her job after he released a deceptively edited video clip of her supposedly endorsing racism against white people.

What has become of conservatism? We have reached a point at which nothing could be more important than to stop and recall what brought us here, to the right, in the first place.

Buckley's National Review, where I was the literary editor through the 1990s, remains as vital and interesting as ever. But more characteristic of conservative leadership are figures on TV, radio and the Internet who make their money by stirring fears and resentments. With its descent to baiting blacks, Mexicans and Muslims, its accommodation of conspiracy theories and an increasing nastiness and vulgarity, the conservative movement has undergone a shift toward demagoguery and hucksterism. Once the talk was of "neocons" versus "paleocons." Now we observe the rule of the crazy-cons.

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Homegrown Democrat ~ Garrison Keillor, reviewed in Progressive Book Club
A funny, smart, charming reminder that the Right doesn't own the concept of "heartland values."

War leaks show Obama following Bush policies

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  • Everyone is asking me for one terrible event in one point in time--like a massacre of 500 people. But what's more important is the vast sweep of war crimes over the last six years."--Julian Assange, founder of Wikileaks
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  • WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange: "Transparent Government Tends to Produce Just Government"
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Press TV

Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Lydia Howell

The US has condemned the leak of documents on the Afghan war.

Leaked US military documents detail how American-led NATO forces in Afghanistan have killed or wounded hundreds of civilians in unreported incidents.

The documents leaked by the whistle-blower website Wikileaks say some of the casualties are caused by airstrikes, but a large number is the result of troops shooting unarmed drivers or motorcyclists allegedly to protect themselves.

The documents also detail many other disputed incidents causing civilian deaths that have been omitted from daily military reports.

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WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange: "Transparent Government Tends to Produce Just Government", Amy Goodman, Democracy Now!
Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Lydia Howell
We spend the hour with Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, talking about the biggest leak in US history: the release of more than 91,000 classified military records on the war in Afghanistan.

Long-Term Economic Pain

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  • Simply stated, more and more families are facing utter economic devastation: completely out of money, with their jobs, savings and retirement funds gone, and nowhere to turn for the next dollar.
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  • Reich and Krugman Agree: The Government Needs to Forget About the Deficit and Fix Unemployment
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  • Krugman: US "Depressed Economy" Could Last 5 Years
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Bob Herbert, New York Times | NY

Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Lydia Howell

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Bob Herbert

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The pain coursing through American families is all too real and no one seems to know what to do about it. A rigorous new analysis for the Rockefeller Foundation shows that Americans are more economically insecure now than they have been in a quarter of a century, and the trend lines suggest that things will only get worse.

Rampant joblessness and skyrocketing medical costs are among the biggest factors tearing at the very fabric of American economic life so painstakingly put together in the early post-World War II decades.

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The analysis was done by a team of researchers led by Professor Jacob Hacker of Yale University. They created an economic security index, which measures the percentage of Americans who experience a decrease in their household income of 25 percent or more in one year without having the financial resources to offset that loss. (Major medical expenses were counted as a decrease in available income.)

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The team’s findings were grim. Simply stated, more and more families are facing utter economic devastation: completely out of money, with their jobs, savings and retirement funds gone, and nowhere to turn for the next dollar.

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Reich and Krugman Agree: The Government Needs to Forget About the Deficit and Fix Unemployment, Susie Madrak, Crooks and Liars
Krugman says if we don't do something about this, not only will the human costs will be high but our economic growth will be depressed for a long, long time.

Krugman: US "Depressed Economy" Could Last 5 Years, Associated Press, Huffington Post
Krugman said that while economic indicators from around the world are improving, they suggest that the pace of economic decline has only slowed.

The Emmer Campaign: Lies, Pandering


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Everyone, including Emmer, is entitled to their opinion, but not their facts.

David Culver, Twin Cities Daily Planet

Republican Tom  Emmer's  gubernatorial campaign is a string of lies and pandering, a regular runaway political freight train. It's only under those terms that his campaign makes sense.

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I'm not talking about misstatements of fact, misunderstandings, differences of opinion, not knowing at the time, fibs, or any of the other euphemisms we use for not telling the truth. I'm talking about plain, unvarnished, bald-faced lying and it's companion, pandering, done for personal gain.

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Four examples, two of each, will prove my point.

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