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Hmm. In Light of Petraeus Resignation, Interesting Advice Column Letter from NYT Back in July

@Asher_Wolf
Letter in the @NYTimes advice column - interesting in light of Petraeus’ resignation http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/15/magazine/a-message-from-beyond.html … (Second from the top.)

https://twitter.com/Asher_Wolf/status/267109433748885506

From Chuck Klosterman's ethics advice column:

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/15/magazine/a-message-from-beyond.html?_r=0

MY WIFE’S LOVER

My wife is having an affair with a government executive. His role is to manage a project whose progress is seen worldwide as a demonstration of American leadership. (This might seem hyperbolic, but it is not an exaggeration.) I have met with him on several occasions, and he has been gracious. (I doubt if he is aware of my knowledge.) I have watched the affair intensify over the last year, and I have also benefited from his generosity. He is engaged in work that I am passionate about and is absolutely the right person for the job. I strongly feel that exposing the affair will create a major distraction that would adversely impact the success of an important effort. My issue: Should I acknowledge this affair and finally force closure? Should I suffer in silence for the next year or two for a project I feel must succeed? Should I be “true to my heart” and walk away from the entire miserable situation and put the episode behind me? NAME WITHHELD


Don’t expose the affair in any high-profile way. It would be different if this man’s project was promoting some (contextually hypocritical) family-values platform, but that doesn’t appear to be the case. The only motive for exposing the relationship would be to humiliate him and your wife, and that’s never a good reason for doing anything. This is between you and your spouse. You should tell her you want to separate, just as you would if she were sleeping with the mailman. The idea of “suffering in silence” for the good of the project is illogical. How would the quiet divorce of this man’s mistress hurt an international leadership initiative? He’d probably be relieved.

The fact that you’re willing to accept your wife’s infidelity for some greater political good is beyond honorable. In fact, it’s so over-the-top honorable that I’m not sure I believe your motives are real. Part of me wonders why you’re even posing this question, particularly in a column that is printed in The New York Times.

Your dilemma is intriguing, but I don’t see how it’s ambiguous. Your wife is having an affair with a person you happen to respect. Why would that last detail change the way you respond to her cheating? Do you admire this man so much that you haven’t asked your wife why she keeps having sex with him? I halfway suspect you’re writing this letter because you want specific people to read this column and deduce who is involved and what’s really going on behind closed doors (without actually addressing the conflict in person). That’s not ethical, either.

REST OF COLUMN AT LINK

Washington (State) Counties Drop Marijuana Misdemeanor Possession Cases in Light of Vote

Source: CNN


08:19 PM ET
Wash. counties drop marijuana misdemeanor possession cases in light of vote

The prosecutor's offices for two Washington counties - including the one that contains Seattle - announced today they will dismiss 175 misdemeanor marijuana possession charges, days after the state's voters legalized the drug.

The dropped cases all involve arrests of individuals age 21 and older for possessing one ounce or less of marijuana.

Washington state voters passed Initiative 502 on Tuesday, thus legalizing and regulating the production, possession, and distribution of cannabis for people ages 21 and older.

The initiative is set to take effect December 6, though King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg decided to act before then.

"There is no point in continuing to seek criminal penalties for conduct that will be legal next month," Satterberg said in a news release.

Read more: http://news.blogs.cnn.com/2012/11/09/washington-county-drops-marijuana-misdeanor-possession-cases-in-light-of-vote/comment-page-1/

Top Ten Best (& Worst) Educated States & How They Voted

Grabbed from Neal DeGrasse Tyson's Facebook Page:

Telling Abigael "Bronco" Won the Election



http://abcnews.go.com/m/blogEntry?id=17682717

Jilian Fama
49 minutes ago

Abigael Evans, the crying four-year-old also known as 'Bronco Bamma' girl, has wiped away her tears now that the election is over. It seems that she is happy with the results, or perhaps just happy that the whole thing is over.

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Evans said that she posted the second video to show her daughter in a good mood.

"I got a lot of flak from people for posting the first YouTube video so I thought it would be good to just put up another video of her happy and in a good mood rather than responding directly to the criticism."

"I wanted to show her again and show everyone how cute she is…I wanted to show her in a good mood. She rarely cries," said Evans.

Last month, a video of the tot tearfully telling her mother she was "tired" of both presidential candidates, became a viral video sensation. The clip has over 15 million views on YouTube since it was posted Oct. 30.

"Abigael talks about Mitt Romney and Barack Obama all the time," her mother told ABC News after the first video became popular. "She always says that Obama is the president and that Mitt Romney is a bad guy who just wants money and wants to be the president."

He's Kicking Ass as 2nd-Term Obama.

Shrewd and tough and dignified. (Listening to his comments just now.)

Paul Krugman: "How far should Obama go in accommodating GOP demands? My answer is, not far at all."

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/09/opinion/krugman-lets-not-make-a-deal.html

Let’s Not Make a Deal

By PAUL KRUGMAN

Published: November 8, 2012

To say the obvious: Democrats won an amazing victory. Not only did they hold the White House despite a still-troubled economy, in a year when their Senate majority was supposed to be doomed, they actually added seats.

Nor was that all: They scored major gains in the states. Most notably, California — long a poster child for the political dysfunction that comes when nothing can get done without a legislative supermajority — not only voted for much-needed tax increases, but elected, you guessed it, a Democratic supermajority.

But one goal eluded the victors. Even though preliminary estimates suggest that Democrats received somewhat more votes than Republicans in Congressional elections, the G.O.P. retains solid control of the House thanks to extreme gerrymandering by courts and Republican-controlled state governments. And Representative John Boehner, the speaker of the House, wasted no time in declaring that his party remains as intransigent as ever, utterly opposed to any rise in tax rates even as it whines about the size of the deficit.

So President Obama has to make a decision, almost immediately, about how to deal with continuing Republican obstruction. How far should he go in accommodating the G.O.P.’s demands?

My answer is, not far at all. Mr. Obama should hang tough, declaring himself willing, if necessary, to hold his ground even at the cost of letting his opponents inflict damage on a still-shaky economy. And this is definitely no time to negotiate a “grand bargain” on the budget that snatches defeat from the jaws of victory.

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Well. This has to stop...

MORE AT LINK

New Nate Silver: "...this won’t be the last election when most of the swing states turn blue."

http://fivethirtyeight.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/11/08/as-nation-and-parties-change-republicans-are-at-an-electoral-college-disadvantage

November 8, 2012, 4:15 PMComment

As Nation and Parties Change, Republicans Are at an Electoral College Disadvantage

By NATE SILVER

Two more presidential elections, 2016 and 2020, will be contested under the current Electoral College configuration, which gave Barack Obama a second term on Tuesday. This year’s results suggest that this could put Republicans at a structural disadvantage.

Based on a preliminary analysis of the returns, Mitt Romney may have had to win the national popular vote by three percentage points on Tuesday to be assured of winning the Electoral College. The last Republican to accomplish that was George H.W. Bush, in 1988. In the table below, I have arranged the 50 states and the District of Columbia from the most Democratic to the most Republican, based on their preliminary results from Tuesday. Along the way, I have counted up the number of electoral votes for the Democratic candidate, starting at zero and going up to 538 as he wins progressively more difficult states.

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Had the popular vote been a tie – assuming that the margin in each state shifted uniformly – he would still have won re-election with 285 electoral votes, carrying Colorado and Virginia, although losing Florida and Ohio.

In fact, had Mr. Romney won the popular vote by two percentage points, Mr. Obama would still have won the Electoral College, losing Virginia but holding onto Colorado.

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If the parties continue down the same paths, however, this won’t be the last election when most of the swing states turn blue.

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Reuters Analysis: Obama May Now Seek to Make Deeper Mark on High Court

http://mobile.reuters.com/article/idUSBRE8A708520121108

Analysis: Obama may now seek to make deeper mark on high court

WASHINGTON | Thu Nov 8, 2012 1:03am EST

By Joan Biskupic

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama's election victory on Tuesday may give him the opportunity to deepen his liberal imprint on the U.S. Supreme Court.

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With his re-election, the retirement of one or more justices in the next four years could preserve the present ideological balance or, more significantly, move the bench to the left.

The court's nine justices are selected for life and their appointments can rank among a president's most enduring legacies.

Four are in their 70s. Two - Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 79, and Stephen Breyer, 74 - are liberals. Two - Antonin Scalia and Anthony Kennedy, both 76 - are conservatives. The biggest shake-up would come if either of the last two stepped down.

A swing in the liberal direction could foster a new receptiveness to campaign finance regulation. The five-justice conservative majority, led by Chief Justice John Roberts, has ruled against such regulation, most notably in the 2010 Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission dispute.

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BRILLIANT Rachel Maddow: "Republicans, Return to the World of Facts"

http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2012/11/07/maddow-asks-republicans-to-return-to-the-world-of-facts

Maddow asks Republicans to return to the world of facts

By Eric W. Dolan
Wednesday, November 7, 2012 23:43 EST

Reviewing the results of the 2012 elections, MSNBC host Rachel Maddow predicted Republicans would need to “pop the factual bubble” that they were living in.

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“Republicans and conservatives really believed this stuff,” Maddow remarked. “I mean, they were talking each other into it, a little bit, but it is not like they were faking it. They were so, so, so sure they would win. They were so sure that these polls must be wrong, and that they must be right. And when the real math of the real world came barreling out of the dark at them last night, they hid from it, they could not believe it.”

But Obama really won, Maddow said. “And he really was born in Hawaii, and he really is legitimately President of the United States, again, and the Bureau of Labor Statistics did not make up a fake unemployment rate last month, and the Congressional Research Service really can find no evidence that cutting taxes on rich people grows the economy, and the polls were not screwed to oversample Democrats, and Nate Silver was not making up fake projections about the election to make conservatives feel bad, Nate Silver was doing math, and climate change is real, and rape really does cause pregnancy sometimes, and evolution is a thing, and benghazi was an attack on us, it was not a scandal by us, and nobody is taking away anyone’s guns, and taxes have not gone up, and the deficit is dropping, actually, and saddam hussein did not have weapons of mass destruction, and the moon landing was real, and FEMA is not building concentration camps, and you UN election observers are not taking over Texas, and moderate reforms of the regulations on the insurance industry and the financial services industry in this country are not the same thing as communism.”

Maddow pleaded with Republicans to accept the “actual, lived truth of the world” instead of believing whatever made them feel good. The liberal MSNBC host said it was important for the country to have a two-party system where both parties had good, albeit different, ideas on how to manage the government.

VIDEO AT LINK

5 Unhinged Right-Wing Reactions to Romney’s Defeat

http://www.alternet.org/election-2012/5-unhinged-right-wing-reactions-romneys-defeat?paging=off

Election 2012 AlterNet / By Laura Gottesdiener

5 Unhinged Right-Wing Reactions to Romney’s Defeat

As the nation celebrates Obama's election, some far right wingers are lashing out.


November 7, 2012 | After the big night, much of the country is celebrating another four years. But some are struggling to cope with the loss of their candidate. Perhaps they should consider mourning outside of the eye of the public.

1. Melodramatic Social Media Users Declare “America died”

In case you were preoccupied with the news of the presidential election, you may have missed the other breaking news story that “America died” last night. At least, that’s some of the wildly hyperbolic claims that were flying around the social media stratosphere last night, as Republican voters took to Twitter to mourn over their vanquished candidate.

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2. Fox News Blames the Media Bias

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All in all, it sounds like Fox News is mad at journalists for doing their jobs, but that should come as no surprise from a network that hasn’t embraced the same standards for journalistic integrity.

3. The National Review Claims Americans Are “Not Equipped” for Liberty

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4. Viva La Revolution!

Donald Trump was so incensed with the outcome of last night’s election that he called for a “revolution” and a massive march on Washington.

REST AT LINK

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