Political scientists Partha Chatterjee and Ernest Gellner had two very different opinions about nationalism. Chaterjee argues for different kinds of nationalism in his writing while Gellner asserts only one kind of nationalism with specific characteristics. Both Chatterjee and Gellner’s models stipulate the need for state-education and communication systems that were used to propagate Arab nationalism. Chatterjee’s explanation of a state which opposes any sort of imperialist interference was not originally intended for the Middle East model, but fits as well. Gellner’s theory about a power inconsistency between the people and the ruler fits Arab nationalism, but his argument about a potential “cultural duality” between the people and the ruler does not. Chatterjee makes an argument about an altogether new form of “anticolonial nationalism” opposed the traditional European nationalism which most appropriately fits Arab nationalism while Gellner makes a generalized model into which Arab nationalism only partially fits.
If you're on the east coast, you might have heard of a little storm called Irene. Compared to previous weather wallops the US has been struck with, it's not all that drastic of an incident, but it still was cause for a number of evacuations and other preparedness methods. And now, as the storm hits the coast, Fox News is calling for an end to the National Weather Service.
Mitt Romney is the only other candidate to have professed a belief in the human impact on climate change. briefly touching on that fact during his New Hampshire announcement in May. Of course, it didn't get as much press because it coincided with Sarah Palin's infamous mystery bus tour, but it nonetheless further separated him from many of his Republican compatriots. What's astounding here is that, according to a University of Michigan study done in March, 74% of American believe that human impact on climate change is a problem. (This is also the study that made people switch from calling the phenomenon "global warming" to "climate change") Romney, true to form, may just be following a data trend among constituents, but evidence from his governorship show him passing comprehensive climate change protection legislation while in office.
When fear takes the limelight from courage, when justice is threatened by the forces of conservatism, when the fate of the nation hangs in the balance, the democratic base of America need only call upon...
The Obama 2012 Super Squad!
Made up of a team of dedicated campaigners, the Super Squad is here to battle democracy's greatest nemesis. No, not theocratic terrorists. Not law-circumventing ultra-capitalists. Bureaucratic paper-pushers with more respect for rules and regulations than the nuances of life? No! The Super Squad is here to combat the true enemy of the democratic process: The fact that reasonable, informed people tend not to vote as consistently or with as much solidarity as the mix of extremists, the ill-educated and the elderly that make up much of the Republican base! President Barack Obama has assembled a crack collection of outreach specialists to address this dire political climate for his new initiative, Project Vote. Roll call!
I don’t think that I’m going out on a huge limb when I say that Michele Bachmann is America’s third most hated person--Sarah Palin and Lindsey Lohan are in a dead heat for first place. But Michele Bachmann is gaining ground with every insipid word that escapes from her mouth.
And she might be a spy. Or worse. Hear me out.
When you use words it helps to know what they mean. Any high school English student who's wrestled with the difference between "affect" and "effect" or who's tried to use "loath" as an adjective can tell you that. And when you're publicly discussing global politics on your campaign track, it especially helps to have a firm grasp on which countries exist and which countries used to exist but no longer do. Our future ruiner of the free world, however, doesn't exactly see why this sort of knowledge is important.
I knew I'd be getting grief from my so-called political opponents for spending a few days in Martha's Vineyard this month. I mean, it's not like I've been working my ass off on little to no sleep for the entire summer thanks to the GOP's thoroughly manufactured "debt crisis" malarkey. These people have been waging war on me to the detriment of the entire nation and now they're just trying to wear me down by disturbing my latest attempt to actually get some rest. Not that their attacks are all that effective. Donald Trump, if anyone ever listens to that jerk anymore, insists that I take more vacations than anyone he's ever heard of. Apparently he was in a coma for the entire G.W. Bush presidency. You know, the guy who took over 100 days of vacation in three years as President, the guy who remained on vacation while New Orleans drowned? And Mitt Romney... he's having a grand old time trying to negotiate the gaffe minefield I've set up for him by vacationing in his home state. Good luck with that one, you life-size Ken doll. The joke's on them, though, because I'm not really on vacation. No, I've got bigger things up my sleeve.
In Iowa last week, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney made a statement similar and just as horrifying as “Soylent green is people!” An Iowa group affiliated with the Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement asked Romney why he didn’t support raising taxes for large corporations, but rather favored taxing lower-and middle-class people. Romney replied, “Corporations are people, my friend.” He went on to say, “Everything corporations earn ultimately goes to people. Where do you think it goes?”
Yikes. Romney didn’t do well in the Ames Straw Polls in Iowa, either, and certainly didn’t improve his image as a cold-hearted businessman with this statement. But he was legally correct. Corporations are people in the legal sense. Since 1886, corporations have had the same rights and privileges as people under the law. Also, “everything corporations earn ultimately goes to people” is technically true—a corporation’s earnings do go to people.