Archive for March 12th, 2012

Excerpts of The Fundamentalist Threat to U.S. Liberty


afghanistan (Photo credit: The U.S. Army)

By: Henry A. Giroux

“Those governing the United States no longer have a moral compass or a democratic vision, nor do they have a hold on the social values that would engage modes of governance beneficial to the broader public. Governance is now in the hands of corporate power and the United States increasingly exhibits all the characteristics of a failed state. As many notable and courageous critics ranging from Sheldon Wolin to Chris Hedges have pointed out, American politics is being shaped by extremists who have shredded civil liberties, lied to the public to legitimate sending young American troops to Iraq and Afghanistan, alienated most of the international community with a blatant exercise of arrogant power and investment in a permanent warfare state, tarnished the highest offices of government with unsavory corporate alliances, used political power to unabashedly pursue legislative policies that favor the rich and punish the poor and perhaps irreparably damaged any remaining public spheres not governed by the logic of the market. They have waged a covert war against poor young people and people of color who are being either warehoused in substandard schools or incarcerated at alarming rates. Academic freedom is increasingly under attack by extremists such as Rick Santorum; homophobia and racism have become the poster ideologies of the Republican Party; war and warriors have become the most endearing models of national greatness; and a full-fledged assault on women’s reproductive rights is being championed by the current crop of Republican presidential hopefuls and a not insignificant number of Republican governors. While people of color, the poor, youth, the middle class, the elderly, LGBT communities and women are being attacked, the Republican Party is supporting a campaign to collapse the boundaries between the church and state, and even liberal critics such as Frank Rich believe that the United States is on the verge of becoming a fundamentalist theocracy.”

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Cryptoquote Spoiler – 03/12/12

no one is an island

no one is an island (Photo credit: neotint)

No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent.”   —   John Donne

(” . . . a part of the main;
if a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe
is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as
well as a manor of thy friends or of thine
own were; any man’s death diminishes me,
because I am involved in mankind.
And therefore never send to know for whom
the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.” 

I wish our political, military and corporate leaders would study this passage/poem/meditation.  Far too many acting independently . . . selfishly.  Be well, and do good . . . for the whole, friends.)   —   YUR

Jumble Spoiler – 03/12/12

English: Harvey Levin in April 2010.

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Visual Description:  Cabbie hoping he doesn’t have to make like the stork.


Clue/Question:  When she needed to get to the hospital in a hurry, she called a cab to . . .


(The second pregnancy themed Jumble in the last few days!  Coincidence?  I don’t think so, but the guys aren’t sharing anything with us, just yet.  Things have definitely progressed pretty quickly, though.  All the way from Lamaze class to the ride to the hospital, in just a few days.  Hmm.  Maybe it’s time for yer uncle to put a call into cousin Harvey Levin?!?!  One thing is fairly certain, the expectant mommy’s hospital/doctor is within the Thirty Mile Zone.  Okay.  Now I’m just babbling.  The clue words were well jumbled, but not terribly difficult to figure out.  I really love the word “horrid” and I’m pleased to announce that it is the newest word to make the ralis95 clue word database.  But wait!  HORRID does not join the club alone.  No.  Surprisingly, the common “letter” is making it’s clue word debut, today.  Who’da thunk it?  Not I said the fly!  The answer letter layout was nice and cryptic, today.  Hooray!  No giveaway!  Better hurry up guys.  Looks like the meter is running, and her water could be about to . . .  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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