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Hard to believe the GOP is truly interested in the welfare of the US

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When the GOP offers programs and ideas based on falsehoods, one has to conclude that the GOP is not interested in helping the country out of the mess into which it has fallen. In the NY Times Paul Krugman points out some serious problems in the GOP’s understanding of recent events:

President Obama’s State of the Union address was a ho-hum affair. But the official Republican response, from Representative Paul Ryan, was really interesting. And I don’t mean that in a good way.

Mr. Ryan made highly dubious assertions about employment, health care and more. But what caught my eye, when I read the transcript, was what he said about other countries: “Just take a look at what’s happening to Greece, Ireland, the United Kingdom and other nations in Europe. They didn’t act soon enough; and now their governments have been forced to impose painful austerity measures: large benefit cuts to seniors and huge tax increases on everybody.”

It’s a good story: Europeans dithered on deficits, and that led to crisis. Unfortunately, while that’s more or less true for Greece, it isn’t at all what happened either in Ireland or in Britain, whose experience actually refutes the current Republican narrative.

But then, American conservatives have long had their own private Europe of the imagination — a place of economic stagnation and terrible health care, a collapsing society groaning under the weight of Big Government. The fact that Europe isn’t actually like that — did you know that adults in their prime working years are more likely to be employed in Europe than they are in the United States? — hasn’t deterred them. So we shouldn’t be surprised by similar tall tales about European debt problems.

Let’s talk about what really happened in Ireland and Britain.

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28 January 2011 at 3:04 pm

Man fired by Brooklyn College for thoughtcrime

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The country continues its descent. Justin Elliott in Salon:

An adjunct political science professor was fired Wednesday by Brooklyn College following complaints by a student and a local politician about his pro-Palestinian political views.

The college maintains the instructor, graduate student Kristofer Petersen-Overton, was let go because he did not have proper credentials to teach a master’s level course on Middle East politics. But there’s evidence that other graduate students with the same level of experience as Petersen-Overton have had no trouble teaching advanced courses in the department both in the past and the present.

And now a group of Brooklyn College professors are blasting the administration for undermining academic freedom.

Here is what happened:

Petersen-Overton, a political science student at the CUNY Graduate Center in New York, was looking for a course to teach in the spring, and he heard about an opening at Brooklyn College, which is part of the CUNY [City University of New York] system. Petersen-Overton had a B.A. in political science from San Diego State and a masters in development from a university in Denmark. He has published several articles about Israel and the Palestinians in academic journals and books. He also previously worked at the Palestinian Center for Human Rights, a Gaza NGO, in 2007-08. He started his studies at CUNY in 2009.

He got the part-time adjunct professor’s job at Brooklyn College to teach Middle East politics, a master’s level course that is regularly offered in the political science department. That was in late December. The acting chair of the department, who had hired him, asked Petersen-Overton to send him a syllabus to circulate to prospective students.

That’s when the trouble began.

One student, whose identity is not known, did not like the books in the syllabus. The student complained to the department and also contacted a blogger and Brooklyn College alum, Bruce Kesler. He attacked Petersen-Overton in a Jan. 19. post titled "Gaza Defender Hired To Teach Middle East At Brooklyn College." Kesler criticized Petersen-Overton for being "preoccupied with the Palestinian narrative," for describing Zionism as a "philosophy of separation," and for having published articles on the website Electronic Intifada.

Around that same time, a student (likely the same student) contacted the provost and complained about Petersen-Overton. . .

Continue reading. I hope the guy gets his job back. Or is it the job of the college to ensure that only one point of view is represented?

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28 January 2011 at 2:29 pm

More pepper sauce

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At Whole Foods today I saw red Fresno peppers, and that means pepper sauce. It’s simmering now on the stove: about a quart of red Fresno peppers, stems cut off, 5 large cloves garlic, 1/4 large onion, 4 habaneros (stems removed), 1 jalapeño (stem cut off), and 1/3 cup sea salt: all that in my blender jar, then fill the container with a mix of white vinegar and golden balsamic vinegar. Blend, bring to boil, cover, and simmer 20 minutes.

Then let it sit for 20 minutes, blend again, and bottle. This is in support of the Canadian Vines.

And, of course, for me. Smile

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28 January 2011 at 2:19 pm

Valentine’s Day with an edge

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Kathy Truesdell points out a promotion at Classic Shaving:

Romantics can create an unbreakable bond this Valentine’s Day with distinctive Hearts of Steel gifts crafted of steel and earth elements. markets the finest quality, traditional wet shaving and grooming products available anywhere in the world. Why straight razors and safety razors for Valentine’s Day? Discerning men and women the world over are searching for alternatives to mass produced, drugstore quality shaving products. They are searching for that heart of steel, that gift of lasting value.

“Anybody can grab some flowers and candy at the market; we appeal to the true romantic, those who shave like they mean it,” commented William Lubrano, Owner/Director, Classic Brand, Inc. “We have a treasure trove of products for men and women, from modest to extravagant, and an experienced staff of experts who love to help. For a truly personal gift, we can engrave initials, names, dates or a brief sentiment on many items, including shaving mugs and gift sets.”

Unique Hearts of Steel Valentine’s Day gifts for women from Classic Shaving include:

•    The Feather Artist Club replaceable blade straight razor in pink. This remarkable razor is in a class by itself. The ‘Artist Club RG’ model is cast in solid brass and plated in satin finished chromium. The replaceable blade means no stropping and honing; simply replace the blade from an injector-style dispenser.

•    The Vulfix Ladies Shave set. Bring a little romance into her bathroom with the matching Mach III razor and badger brush in lathe-turned, durable pink resin. Complementing Vulfix English rose-scented shaving cream creates a silky and luxurious lather.

•    Made with the finest natural ingredients, the soaps in the Pre de Provence Guest Soap Medley are quad-milled and enriched with Shea butter. Pre de Provence soaps smooth and nourish the skin with Provincial herbs and oils. This charming sampler contains (9) 0.88 oz. bars in original scents.

For men of any age, Hearts of Steel Valentine’s Day gift selections include:

•    New American-made classics from Hart Steel, an American razor and cutlery company. The new limited edition Gentleman’s Heirloom Complete Straight Razor Set features a tropical Cocobolo wood Hart round-point razor with jimps, an Italian wooden shaving brush, American-made Mountain 2" mahogany strop paired with a matching new world rosewood shaving bowl and soap. Every part of the Hart straight razor is created and assembled in the USA. The steel in all Hart razors is tested to a Rockwell hardness of 63, rendering the sharpest and longest-lasting edge possible. Each razor is hand-crafted from start to finish — a single artisan technician grinds, marks, sharpens and assembles each razor, stamping it with his personal mark of craftsmanship and integrity.

•    For the safety razor fan, The Rosewood Gentleman’s Complete Shave Set is a refined grouping of some of our most beloved items. The double-edge butterfly razor is a hands-down favorite. The set’s foundation piece, a rosewood bowl, is handmade in the USA and complemented by the badger Italian shaving brush.

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Classic Shaving’s been around a long time. I got my first shaving equipment there when I resumed traditional wetshaving.

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28 January 2011 at 2:08 pm

Posted in Daily life, Shaving

I need to use the Progress more frequently

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Loads of lather from the Figaro by using the G.B. Kent BK4. Then my trusty Progress went to work: three very smooth passes resulted in a very smooth face. I need to use the Progress more frequently. A splash of Pashana and I was off for a busy morning (including a visit to The Healthy Way and a rigorous Pilates class).

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28 January 2011 at 12:54 pm

Posted in Daily life, Shaving

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