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Saturday, June 27, 2009

Employer online monitoring meets resistance - Washington Times

Employer online monitoring meets resistance - Washington Times

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Tuesday, June 23, 2009

What Would You Ask President Obama? » The Foundry

What Would You Ask President Obama? » The Foundry

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Newswise Medical News | Light Therapy May Help in Treating Parkinson's Disease

Newswise Medical News | Light Therapy May Help in Treating Parkinson's Disease

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Newswise Medical News | Some Patients Are Not Notified of Abnormal Test Results

Newswise Medical News | Some Patients Are Not Notified of Abnormal Test Results

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Newswise Medical News | A Urine Test for Appendicitis?

Newswise Medical News | A Urine Test for Appendicitis?

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Poll vs. pol: Richard Burr says numbers lie - Josh Kraushaar - POLITICO.com

Poll vs. pol: Richard Burr says numbers lie - Josh Kraushaar - POLITICO.com

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Projection: It'll be years before jobs return to much of U.S. | McClatchy

Projection: It'll be years before jobs return to much of U.S. | McClatchy

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Economy has adult children and parents becoming roommates | McClatchy

Economy has adult children and parents becoming roommates | McClatchy

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U.S. Open Winner Lucas Glover

U.S. OPEN -- Newsday, 'Golden Glover ... Phil Mickelson's fans cheer and moan ... Giddy middle-aged men were the majority of fans trailing Phil Mickelson Monday at Bethpage Black, cheering on his triumphs and groaning with his slip-ups, all the while holding out hope he could win the U.S. Open. They chanted his name, peered through green-mesh fence covering to get a better view or jogged ahead to upcoming holes. They were oblivious to the deep patches of muddy ground or the beer spilling out of their plastic cups as they watched in awe. ... When Mickelson missed a chance to birdie the 18th, several fans in the grandstand headed for the exits. For a record fifth time, Mickelson would be second at the Open, finishing two shots behind Lucas Glover.'

White House Council on Automotive Communities and Workers

BREAKING - Today in Perrysburg, Ohio, Vice President Biden will announce the creation of the White House Council on Automotive Communities and Workers, which will be established by Executive Order to be signed by the President today. Larry Summers and Secretary Solis will chair the Council, and Dr. Ed Montgomery will serve as its executive director. From the draft Executive Order: 'Unemployment in the automotive sector in towns and cities across the country has reached levels not seen in decades, with resulting increases in poverty and high home foreclosure rates. The purpose of this order is to establish a coordinated Federal response to issues that particularly impact automotive communities and workers and to ensure that Federal programs and policies address and take into account these concerns.'

Newsweek Reporter Arrested In Tehran

NEWSWEEK.com: 'Among the dozens of people arrested overnight in Tehran was NEWSWEEK reporter Maziar Bahari, who has covered Iran for the magazine for over a decade. Bahari was home asleep at 7 a.m. when several security officers showed up at his Tehran apartment. According to his mother, who lives with the 41-year-old reporter and documentary filmmaker, the men did not identify themselves. They seized Bahari's laptop and several videotapes. Assuring her that he would be their guest, they then left with Bahari. He has not been heard from since. In a statement, NEWSWEEK magazine has strongly condemned the detention of Bahari and called for him to be released immediately. Bahari is a dual Canadian-Iranian citizen.'

PolitiFact | Bogus e-mail is wrong about Pelosi and 'windfall profits' from stocks

PolitiFact | Bogus e-mail is wrong about Pelosi and 'windfall profits' from stocks

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PolitiFact | Bloggers post bogus claim about Obama and military oath

PolitiFact | Bloggers post bogus claim about Obama and military oath

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PolitiFact | Bill O'Reilly called George Tiller "a baby killer" without attribution

PolitiFact | Bill O'Reilly called George Tiller "a baby killer" without attribution

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Monday, June 22, 2009

PolitiFact | Rove's op-ed distorts health study

PolitiFact | Rove's op-ed distorts health study

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PolitiFact | 62 percent support new health care legislation, not Barack Obama's particular plan

PolitiFact | 62 percent support new health care legislation, not Barack Obama's particular plan

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PolitiFact | Hannity junkyard scheme is a clunker

PolitiFact | Hannity junkyard scheme is a clunker

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DHS to Kill Domestic Satellite Spying - Political News - FOXNews.com

DHS to Kill Domestic Satellite Spying - Political News - FOXNews.com

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Sen. Boxer's dust-up with general ignites detractors, blogosphere | McClatchy

Sen. Boxer's dust-up with general ignites detractors, blogosphere | McClatchy

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Blogger Arraigned on State Lawmaker-Threat Charge - Science News | Science

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Does History Really Repeat?

A Historian's view of Obama (He is a Harvard Professor and a Rhode Islander)


 

Lest you think it was written by some right-wing kook, David

Kaiser is a respected historian whose published works have

covered a broad range of topics, from European Warfare to

American League Baseball. Born in 1947, the son of a diplomat,

Kaiser spent his childhood in three capital cities: Washington

D.C., Albany, New York, and Dakar, Senegal. He attended Harvard

University, graduating there in 1969 with a B.A. in history. He

then spent several more years at Harvard, gaining a PhD in

history, which he obtained in 1976. He served in the Army Reserve

from 1970 to 1976. He is a professor in the Strategy and Policy

Department of the United States Naval War College and has

previously taught at Carnegie Mellon, Williams College and

Harvard University. Kaiser's latest book, "The Road to Dallas ",

about the Kennedy assassination, was just published by Harvard

University Press.


 


 

Dr. David Kaiser


 

"My friends, we live in the greatest nation in the history

of the world. I hope you'll join with me as we try to

change it." - Barack Obama


 

History Unfolding

I am a student of history. Professionally, I have written

15 books on history that have been published in six

languages, and I have studied history all my life. I have

come to think there is something monumentally large afoot,

and I do not believe it is simply a banking crisis, or a

mortgage crisis, or a credit crisis. Yes these exist, but

they are merely single facets on a very large gemstone

that is only now coming into a sharper focus.


 

Something of historic proportions is happening. I can sense

it, because I know how it feels, smells, what it looks

like, and how people react to it. Yes, a perfect storm may

be brewing, but there is something happening within our

country that has been evolving for about ten to fifteen

years. The pace has dramatically quickened in the past two.


 

We demand and then codify into law the requirement that our

banks make massive loans to people we know they can never

pay back? Why?


 

We learned just days ago that the Federal Reserve, which

has little or no real oversight by anyone, has "loaned" two

trillion dollars (that is $2,000,000,000,000) over the past

few months, but will not tell us to whom or why or disclose

the terms. That is our money. Yours and mine. And that is

three times the $700 billion we all argued about so

strenuously just this past September. Who has this money?

Why do they have it? Why are the terms unavailable to us?

Who asked for it? Who authorized it? I thought this was a

government of "we the people," who loaned our powers to our

elected leaders. Apparently not.


 

We have spent two or more decades intentionally

de-industrializing our economy. Why? We have intentionally

dumbed down our schools, ignored our history, and no longer

teach our founding documents, why we are exceptional, and

why we are worth preserving. Students by and large cannot

write, think critically, read, or articulate. Parents are

not revolting, teachers are not picketing, school boards

continue to back mediocrity. Why?


 

We have now established the precedent of protesting every

close election (violently in California over a proposition

that is so controversial that it simply wants marriage to

remain defined as between one man and one woman. Did you

ever think such a thing possible just a decade ago?) We

have corrupted our sacred political process by allowing

unelected judges to write laws that radically change our

way of life, and then mainstream Marxist groups like ACORN

and others to turn our voting system into a banana

republic. To what purpose?


 

Now our mortgage industry is collapsing, housing prices are

in free fall, major industries are failing, our banking

system is on the verge of collapse, social security is

nearly bankrupt, as is medicare and our entire government.

Our education system is worse than a joke (I teach college

and I know precisely what I am talking about) - the list is

staggering in its length, breadth, and depth. It is

potentially 1929 x ten... And we are at war with an enemy

we cannot even name for fear of offending people of the

same religion, who, in turn, cannot wait to slit the

throats of your children if they have the opportunity to do

so.


 

And finally, we have elected a man that no one really knows

anything about, who has never run so much as a Dairy Queen,

let alone a town as big as Wasilla , Alaska . All of his

associations and alliances are with real radicals in their

chosen fields of employment, and everything we learn about

him, drip by drip, is unsettling if not downright scary.

(Surely you have heard him speak about his idea to create

and fund a mandatory civilian defense force stronger than

our military for use inside our borders? No? Oh, of course.

The media would never play that for you over and over and

then demand he answer it. Sarah Palin's pregnant daughter

and $150,000 wardrobe are more important.)


 

Mr. Obama's winning platform can be boiled down to one

word: Change. Why?


 

I have never been so afraid for my country and for my

children as I am now.


 

This man campaigned on bringing people together, something

he has never, ever done in his professional life. In my

assessment, Obama will divide us along philosophical lines,

push us apart, and then try to realign the pieces into a

new and different power structure. Change is indeed coming.

And when it comes, you will never see the same nation

again.


 

And that is only the beginning.


 

As a serious student of history, I thought I would never

come to experience what the ordinary, moral German must

have felt in the mid-1930s. In those times, the "savior"

was a former smooth-talking rabble-rouser from the streets,

about whom the average German knew next to nothing. What

they should have known was that he was associated with

groups that shouted, shoved, and pushed around people with

whom they disagreed; he edged his way onto the political

stage through great oratory. Conservative "losers" read it

right now.


 

And there were the promises. Economic times were tough,

people were losing jobs, and he was a great speaker. And he

smiled and frowned and waved a lot. And people, even

newspapers, were afraid to speak out for fear that his

"brown shirts" would bully and beat them into submission.

Which they did - regularly. And then, he was duly elected

to office, while a full-throttled economic crisis bloomed

at hand - the Great Depression. Slowly, but surely he

seized the controls of government power, person by person,

department by department, bureaucracy by bureaucracy. The

children of German citizens were at first, encouraged to

join a Youth Movement in his name where they were taught

exactly what to think. Later, they were required to do so.

No Jews of course.


 

How did he get people on his side? He did it by promising

jobs to the jobless, money to the money-less, and rewards

for the military-industrial complex. He did it by

indoctrinating the children, advocating gun control, health

care for all, better wages, better jobs, and promising to

re-instill pride once again in the country, across Europe ,

and across the world. He did it with a compliant media -

did you know that? And he did this all in the name of

justice and.... change. And the people surely got what they

voted for.


 

If you think I am exaggerating, look it up. It's all there

in the history books. So read your history books. Many

people of conscience objected in 1933 and were shouted

down, called names, laughed at, and ridiculed. When Winston

Churchill pointed out the obvious in the late 1930s, while

seated in the House of Lords in England (he was not yet

Prime Minister), he was booed into his seat and called a

crazy troublemaker. He was right, though. And the world

came to regret that he was not listened to.


 

Do not forget that Germany was the most educated, the most

cultured country in Europe . It was full of music, art,

museums, hospitals, laboratories, and universities. And

yet, in less than six years (a shorter time span than just

two terms of the U.S. Presidency) it was rounding up its

own citizens, killing others, abrogating its laws, turning

children against parents, and neighbors against neighbors.

All with the best of intentions, of course. The road to

Hell is paved with them.


 

As a practical thinker, one not overly prone to emotional

decisions, I have a choice: I can either believe what the

objective pieces of evidence tell me (even if they make me

cringe with disgust); I can believe what history is

shouting to me from across the chasm of seven decades; or I

can hope I am wrong by closing my eyes, having another

latte, and ignoring what is transpiring around me.


 

I choose to believe the evidence. No doubt some people will

scoff at me, others laugh, or think I am foolish, naive, or

both. To some degree, perhaps I am. But I have never been

afraid to look people in the eye and tell them exactly what

I believe-and why I believe it.


 

I pray I am wrong. I do not think I am. Perhaps the only

hope is our vote in the next elections.


 

David Kaiser

Jamestown, Rhode Island

United States