Open thread for night owls: Procrastination—Is delaying hard work is all about our moods?
Derek Thompson at The Atlantic writes The Procrastination Doom Loop—Delaying hard work is all about your mood. An excerpt:When I woke up this morning, I had one goal: Finish this article by 11 a.m.
So, predictably, by the time it was 10 a.m., I had made and consumed two cups of coffee, taken out the trash, cleaned my room while taking a deliberately slow approach to folding my shirts, gone on…
President Bush declared Iraq a ‘catastrophic success’ ten years ago
The disastrous U.S. invasion of Iraq wasn’t just an American war of choice. As much as anything else, it was a war of talking points. Designed, as President Bush once explained, to “catapult the propaganda,” the tried and untrue sound bites about “the smoking gun that could come in the form of mushroom cloud,” about Saddam seeking uranium in Africa, about being “greeted as liberators,” about an…
To fight ISIS the West must do more to integrate potentially alienated Muslims
People who feel a part of the national community do not join ISIS.
It is disturbing, to say the least, to hear that an American was killed fighting for ISIS, and that, depending on which estimate one reads, anywhere from a few dozen to three hundredAmericans may have likewise joined up. Even more disturbing is that there are “twice as many” British Muslims serving in combat with ISIS than there…
Quick question for white conservatives: Is it ever NOT okay to shoot dead an unarmed black man?
Among the many profoundly disturbing aspects of the shooting death of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown by white police officer Darren Wilson has been the reflexive reaction of white conservatives in the media. Whether it was the quickly debunked lie that Brown had damaged Wilson’s eye socket or the utterly irrelevant question of Brown’s use (like millions of other American teens) of…
Daily Kos Elections Power Rankings: The Governors (Back to School Edition)
For the fourth month in a row, Florida’s Rick Scott sees his re-election near the top of the Power Rankings.
If we wanted to give an alternate title to the Power Rankings this month (“back to school”, from a calendar perspective, made the most sense), we could have selected from two worthy options.
This could have been:
Daily Kos Elections Power Rankings: The Governors (Revenge of the Primary…
‘Stuck in the past’ on women? Play offense, say GOP strategists
GOP solution? ignore this and blame the poor.
“We have to quit sitting back and taking it on the chin. I think we have to play offense on this.”
–Katie Packer Gage, Republican strategist
Two conservative groups did a study about the attitudes of women voters toward the Republican Party. As reported to Politico, the results were thoroughly unsurprising: the study, which combined both focus…
Thank you President Obama for not yet having a ISIL strategy in Syria
ISIS / ISIL is a problem that requires intelligent action devoid of shooting from the hip
President Obama got into hot water with the media this week. He was transparent and told the truth. “I don’t want to put the cart before the horse,” President Obama said. “We don’t have a strategy yet.”
What is so bad about that statement? It…