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Media Should Be Challenging Arguments For War, Not Baying For Blood

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Washington’s elite media, as usual, is doing its job exactly wrong.

They are baying for war.

Pundits and reporters are seemingly competing for who can be more scornful of President Obama for his insufficiently militaristic response to the brutal Sunni militants who call themselves the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.

They are gleefully parsing Obama’s language for weakness, and essentially demanding a major military assault — while failing to ask the tough questions about what if any good it could actually accomplish.

It’s not just that the lessons of the abject failure of the press corps in the run-up to war in Iraq seem to have been forgotten. Watching post-invasion reality in the region should have made it clear to anyone paying any attention at all that America is not omnipotent, and that military action kills not just enemies but innocent civilians, creates refugee crises, can spawn more enemies than it destroys, further destabilizes entire regions, and alters the future in unanticipated and sometimes disastrous ways.

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In a nation that considers itself peaceful and civilized, the case for military action should be overwhelmingly stronger than the case against. It must face, and survive, aggressive questioning.

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In the absence of a coherent opposition party or movement, it’s the Fourth Estate’s duty to ask those questions, and demand not just answers, but evidence to back up those answers.

The press corps shouldn’t be asking: Why isn’t Obama sounding tougher? It should be asking: What is he considering, and why the hell does he think it has any chance of working?

I asked a few experts who I respect and trust to propose some of the specific questions that the Obama administration should have to answer. (As I wrote in my inaugural blog post, one of my goals here it to serve as a megaphone for people who a) know what they’re talking about and b) have gotten things right in the past.)

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Retired Army Col. Douglas Macgregor, now a military scholar and author, summed up his questions in three words: “Purpose? Method? Endstate?”



Sam Stein

The Debate Over What To Do About ISIS Isn't Much Of A Debate

Posted: 09/03/2014 3:49 pm EDT Updated: 09/04/2014 10:59 am EDT

WASHINGTON -- The predominant feature in the debate over what, exactly, the U.S. should do about the threat of the Islamic State is that there really isn't much of a debate.

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“It seems unlikely that U.S. military action, even if assisted by surrogates on the ground, can ‘kill’ ISIS. At best, we will be able to significantly reduce its capabilities. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, but then what?” said Andrew Bacevich, a professor at Boston University who was an outspoken critic of the Iraq war. “If the basic problem is instability — a problem extending far beyond Iraq/Syria, of course — then the big question is what if anything the U.S. and its allies can do to restore stability to the region. That’s where the debate ought to focus. I don’t get much sense of people taking on that issue, perhaps because it is truly a daunting one.”


Michael Katz, 75, Who Challenged View of Poverty, Dies

Source: New York Times

Michael Katz, 75, Who Challenged View of Poverty, Dies


Michael B. Katz, an influential historian and social theorist who challenged the prevailing view in the 1980s and ’90s that poverty stemmed from the bad habits of the poor, marshaling the case that its deeper roots lay in the actions of the powerful, died on Aug. 23 in Philadelphia. He was 75.

His wife, Edda Katz, said the cause was cancer.

Professor Katz, who taught history at the University of Pennsylvania for the last 36 years and was a founder of its urban studies program, wrote more than a dozen books chronicling public welfare policies in the United States from the start of the republic through the 20th century.

The limited success of those efforts, he said, argued for adoption of a universal minimum-standard-of-living policy, sometimes known as the guaranteed minimum income. (Its supporters, on both sides of the political spectrum, included President Richard M. Nixon.)

Michael B. Katz marshaled the case that poverty's deeper roots lay in the actions of the powerful.
Professor Katz’s best-known books, “In the Shadow of the Poorhouse: A Social History of Welfare in America” (1986) and “The Undeserving Poor: From the War on Poverty to the War on Welfare” (1990), examined American policy as it evolved from the poorhouses of the 18th century to the humanitarian reforms of the Progressive era; from the heavy-handed 1920s prescriptions for curing “behavioral dysfunction” in the poor (inspired by Freud) to the broad-based social safety-net measures of the New Deal.

Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/05/us/michael-b-katz-historian-who-challenged-views-on-poverty-dies-at-75.html

Breaking: Former Va. Gov. Bob McDonnell Found Guilty in Corruption Trial

Source: CBS News

@maddow: RT @PostRoz: Bob McDonnell guilty of 11 counts--all corruption counts.

@BreakingNews: Ex-Virginia Gov. McDonnell found guilty on 11 counts in corruption case; wife guilty of 8 counts - @washingtonpost http://t.co/hFqgbIRV8k/s/LQFU

Former Gov. Bob McDonnell found guilty in corruption trial

Sep 4, 2014 3:05 PM

Former Gov. Bob McDonnell, R-Va., and his wife, Maureen, have been found guilty on multiple counts of conspiracy, corruption and bribery, according to various news reports.

The McDonnells were indicted in January and charged with accepting more than $165,000 in gifts and loans from Jonnie Williams, the CEO of Star Scientific Inc., in exchange for promoting Williams' anti-inflammatory vitamin supplement called Anatabloc.

The jury reached the verdict after three days of deliberations.

Read more: http://www.cbsnews.com/news/former-gov-bob-mcdonnell-found-guilty-in-corruption-trial

@ABC: BREAKING: Joan Rivers has died at age 81, daughter confirms in statement to @ABC News. http://

Source: ABC News

@ABC: BREAKING: Joan Rivers has died at age 81, daughter confirms in statement to @ABC News. http://t.co/qj3rKD9x31

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Median Incomes Fell for All But Richest in 2010-2013, Fed Says

Source: Bloomberg News

Median Incomes Fell for All But Richest in 2010-2013, Fed Says

By Victoria Stilwell and Craig Torres
September 04, 2014 2:00 PM EDT

Only the rich saw their incomes benefit from the economic recovery during 2010-2013, as earnings stagnated or fell for all others, a report from the Federal Reserve showed today.

Median income adjusted for inflation rose 2 percent to $223,200 for the wealthiest 10 percent of households from 2010 to 2013, the Fed said today from Washington in its Survey of Consumer Finances. The bottom 60 percent saw the biggest declines.

The improvement in consumer finances has become increasingly stratified during the recovery, thanks in part to gains in the stock and housing markets that have been boosted by the Fed’s unprecedented stimulus. Meanwhile the labor market has been slower to progress, with wages remaining stagnant for many workers, aggravating the disparity in income.

The report “reveals substantial disparities in the evolution of income and net worth” since 2010, Fed economists wrote.

Read more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-09-04/median-incomes-fell-for-all-but-richest-in-2010-2013-fed-says.html

United States Counterterrorism Chief Says Islamic State Is Not Planning an Attack on the U.S.

Source: Foreign Policy

United States Counterterrorism Chief Says Islamic State Is Not Planning an Attack on the U.S.


The United States' senior counterterrorism official said on Wednesday that there is "no credible information" that the militants of the Islamic State, who have reigned terror on Iraq and Syria, are planning to attack the U.S. homeland. Although the group could pose a threat to the U.S. if left unchecked, any plot it tried launching today would be "limited in scope" and "nothing like a 9/11-scale attack."

Read more: http://complex.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2014/09/03/counterterrorism_chief_says_islamic_state_is_not_planning_an_attack_on_america

Scalia Once Pushed Death Penalty For Now-Exonerated Inmate Henry Lee McCollum


Scalia Once Pushed Death Penalty For Now-Exonerated Inmate Henry Lee McCollum

Ed Mazza The Huffington Post 09/02/14 09:29 PM ET
A North Carolina death row inmate exonerated by DNA evidence on Tuesday was once held up by Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia as an example of someone who deserved to die.

When the court declined to review an unrelated death row case out of Texas in 1994, Justice Harry A. Blackmun issued a dissenting opinion arguing that capital punishment is cruel and unusual, and therefore unconstitutional.

Scalia answered back with an opinion of his own:

"For example, the case of an 11-year-old girl raped by four men and then killed by stuffing her panties down her throat," Scalia wrote in Callins v. Collins. "How enviable a quiet death by lethal injection compared with that!"

He was referring to Henry Lee McCollum, who at the time had already been on death row for 12 years. McCollum's conviction was overturned on Tuesday when DNA evidence implicated another man in the case.


TOM TOMORROW: Reality Collapse

Oldie but Goodie repeat this week from 2010:

DAILY KOS LINK: http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/09/01/1325422/-Cartoon-Reality-collapse

BREAKING: Restrictive Texas Abortion Law Blocked by Judge

Source: Associated Press

@AP: BREAKING: Federal judge blocks Texas law that would stop abortions at majority of facilities statewide.

Restrictive Texas abortion law blocked by judge

Aug 29, 2014 5:55 PM EDT
A federal judge has blocked a Texas law that would stop abortions at majority of facilities statewide.

Story developing ...

Read more: http://www.cbsnews.com/news/restrictive-texas-abortion-law-blocked-by-judge

‘Sons of Guns’ Reality Show Star Will Hayden Arrested for Rape of Daughter


‘Sons of Guns’ reality show star Will Hayden arrested for rape of 11-year-old child

By David Ferguson
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 11:24 EDT

The star of the Discovery Channel’s reality show Sons of Guns was arrested Tuesday on charges of aggravated rape of his daughter.

According to FoxNews.com, the East Baton Rouge, Louisiana Sheriff’s Department confirmed that Hayden is accused of raping his 14-year-old daughter in a series of assaults that began with him taking her virginity at the age of 11.

TMZ reported that Hayden’s daughter is backing up the allegations, claiming that her father forced her to participate in oral and vaginal sex “almost daily” for the past three years.

When asked why she didn’t report the sexual assaults earlier, the girl said that she was afraid her father would hurt her.

“Don’t tell them nothing,” he reportedly told her, “because I’m all you’ve got.”

Sons of Guns is a five-season reality program that centers around Hayden’s business, Red Jacket Firearms, which sells, builds, designs and repairs guns. Red Jacket specializes in weapons fabrication and modification.

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