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Lenny Bailes
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Today appears to be a day when Democrats frustrated with media coverage of the election are indulging themselves with sarcasm.  Digby at Hullabaloo is expressing her exasperation in tones slightly less sharp than Atrios at Eschaton.  I intend to vote mostly for Democratic propositions (and candidates), but I'm not their audience today. (I might go for some Green-based propositions.  I'll see, tomorrow. The bloggers I read most of the time are asking for justice with their irony. I hope they (and the U.S. public) get it.
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I thought I was in too much of a funk to care about comics fanboy stuff; but leave it to Alan Moore to draw me back in with his amazingly compelling writing, just as he's done in the past. The recently published screed on Pádraig Ó Méalóid's blog, titled "Last Alan Moore Interview?" is fascinating reading -- particularly for someone who's read a lot of comic books written by Alan Moore and Grant Morrison. 
Given no other source material, it would be easy to fall completely under the sway of Moore's compelling rhetoric in this. 

http://slovobooks.wordpress.com/2014/01/09/last-alan-moore-interview/comment-page-1/#comments

But, I couldn't buy into Alan's dismissal of Grant Morrison as a no-talent hack, whatever personal business has passed between him and Morrison. After reading through a bunch of reader comments, I was motivated to click on a response by some of the individuals Alan roasts so devastatingly in this piece.

http://comicsbeat.com/the-strange-case-of-grant-morrison-and-alan-moore-as-told-by-grant-morrison/

If you compare this article with Moore's interview, you'll find contradictory statements concerning matters of fact. I'm not scholar enough to resolve them.

Plus, I didn't buy DC's "Before Watchmen," but I was genuinely touched by Darwyn Cooke's work in it -- despite my belief that Alan had the right of it in asking that DC not publish the series. 

Life is complicated

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Chicago public school teachers are on strike. The average annual salary for their teachers is $70,000, according to this news story, which also compares this salary with what some rich public officials make. ((http://www.cepr.net/index.php/blogs/beat-the-press/the-pay-of-chicago-school-teachers-and-selected-others?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+beat_the_press+%28Beat+the+Press%29)

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This story points out that the school buildings are in bad shape. (http://thinkprogress.org/education/2012/09/11/828761/chicago-school-experience/?mobile=nc)

$70,000 a year is more than I've ever made on a job. It's a good idea to point out the disparity between what teachers (who serve the future by educating children) make and what politicians make. But the issue of getting the schools in shape for the teachers to do a good job is also important, in my opinion.

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Elizabeth Warren replies to Chris Christie, the Republican Keynote speaker, with truth. Go Elizabeth! (Link courtesy of The Sideshow - www.sideshow.me.uk.)
http://www.businessinsider.com/elizabeth-warren-has-slammed-chris-christies-keynote-speech-in-a-huge-way-2012-8

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There's very little that Obama's campaign might do that would persuade me to vote for a Green Party candidate instead of him; but this comes close:
http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/OTUS/romney-killed-bin-laden-implies-obama-campaign-ad/story?id=16227942

Q, "What? You mean you don't think Obama should have ordered Bin Laden's death?"

A. This is a problematical issue. Obama apparently made the decision that it was not worth the risk to the lives of the Seals team to instruct them to offer Bin Laden a chance to surrender, first.

I don't feel competent to challenge this decision.

If one holds to the position that Bin Laden's instigation of mass murder was an international crime rather than an act of war, then the problem of neutralizing any threat Bin Laden might still pose to our safety might be mitigated by the fact that U.S. Law has always stood for the principle of giving even mass murderers the right to surrender to justice before applying lethal force to apprehend them. If it had been possible, I believe that the capture and public trial of Osama Bin Laden might have been a significant healing force for our country and for the citizens of the world. It might have repaired some of the damage done by the Bush/Cheney administration to this country's reputation in the world, and also to the spirit of international law and justice that allows us all to live as civilized human beings.

That said, maybe offering Bin Laden the chance to surrender without risking the lives of the Seals was a practically impossible scenario.

As a fan of Western Civilization and International Law, I think it's a horrible idea to brag about killing Bin Laden to try to gain votes to win an election.

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Study: Gingrich tax plan would worsen deficit
By STEPHEN OHLEMACHER, Associated Press–3 hours ago
WASHINGTON (AP) —

The tax plan by GOP presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich would provide big tax breaks to the rich and blow a huge hole in the federal budget deficit, according to an independent study released Monday.

https://encrypted.google.com/search?hl=en&gl=us&tbm=nws&btnmeta_news_search=1&q=gingrich+tax+plan&oq=gingrich+tax+plan&aq=f&aqi=&aql=&gs_sm=e&gs_upl=458l3658l0l3984l0l0l0l0l0l0l0l0ll0l0

Let us not talk falsely now ....
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