Saturday, September 19, 2009

A good reversal

My guess is that unless you're a neocon or fellow traveler, scuttling the Bush II era missile "defense" system in Czech Republic and Poland would come across as a good idea. If the survey data is any indication, that would certainly appear to be the perception among the Polish citizenry. As a reminder, as the fine folks residing in the Czech Republic and Poland had no doubt long ago sussed out, the system was not really intended to protect them so much as it was to protect the US from a "threat" that barely existed.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Ignorance

75 percent of Oklahoma high school students cannot name the first US president. That's not exactly encouraging news. I'd also make note that the lack of basic factual knowledge seems to be co-occurring with a lack of critical thinking, a phenomenon that does not bode well.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Overkill

As unsavory as I find your typical tea-baggers' disruptive tactics at town hall meetings, the deployment of sonic canons strikes me as way over the edge (which is how I would describe using authoritarian tactics on an authoritarian movement). The use of military weaponry against civilians is something I simply cannot countenance under any circumstance. Shame on the San Diego Sheriff Department for doing so, and shame on any other police or sheriff's office who would be tempted to do likewise. In the meantime, keep in mind that in the so-called "land of the free" your freedom is reducible to doing what you are told when you are told.