Sarah originally claimed back in 2008 that if Obama was elected president, considering his stance on the Russian invasion of Georgia, that it would probably tempt Russia to invade Ukraine.
The invasion of Georgia happened on Bush's watch; are we then ready to blame it on the weakness, malfeasance, ineptness, or (choose your own word) of the Bush administration for Putin's invasion of Georgia?
When foreign countries (and foreign entities in general) do bad things, the right-wingnuts are quick to blame it on the Democrats in power. I don't remember any Democrats blaming 9/11 on Bush, or Beirut on Reagan.
But as soon as something bad happens, Democrats are immediately tarred as "weak," and that weakness is blamed for emboldening or enabling the bad guys.
Obviously, Ukraine is right next to Georgia, and may arguably be in a more critical strategic position geographically, so her comment -- "What's next? The Ukraine?" -- was, as I said, far from astute geo-political analysis.
And, by the way, Sarah Palin could not even finish a single term as governor of even Alaska, of all places.
So, please! Spare us your disparaging remarks about the relative competence of Palin over Obama.
As the half-governor of Alaska, she was in over her head; as a VP candidate (one catastrophic event away from the presidency), she was a nightmare waiting to happen.
She is one of the reality characters on the series, Faux"News," and she has no other aspirations beyond playing herself, for which she is more than amply compensated.
March 6, 2014 at 9:57 a.m.
March 6, 2014 at 9:16 a.m.
Sarah Palin's "prediction" about the current Russia-Ukraine "scenario" was tantamount to predicting the rising of the tide in Boston Harbor -- the question was (and is), what would she or Mitt do about it?
Predicting the obvious, on the one hand, and proposing a response, on the other, are, well, two different things.
Anyone have any clue regarding the losers' solution to the crisis?
March 3, 2014 at 9:14 p.m.
Another good reason to keep the jail cells full!
Corrections Corporation of America and other for-profit prison businesses need to keep those cells full, and we need shovels on the roads!
Maybe we can think up a few more high crimes and misdemeanors to get the jail populations to the point where road-gang bosses have their "pick of the litter," as they say!
(Does anyone else smell the little stinkies called "conflict of interest" here? It's bad enough that we're turning over what used to be societal responsibilities to the private, for-profit sector, regardless of the implicit conflicts of interest; but now, here we go, using a prisoner labor force in non-emergency projects. Bad idea, people. Bad, bad idea.)
March 3, 2014 at 9:03 p.m.
Should have hired Bill Decatur, from RISD, when they had a chance, as I said back in April:
"The Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) is annually ranked as one of the top art schools in the United States. U.S. News & World Report ranked RISD first amongst Fine Arts programs, above Yale University and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Within subdivisions of Fine Arts, the school was ranked 1st in Fashion Design, graphic design, interior Architecture design, glass, and industrial design, 2nd in jewelry design, and printmaking; and 3rd in ceramics, multimedia, painting, photography, and sculpture."
YSU has a prestigious music school and a respected engineering program; Decatur is familiar with Ohio, having worked at Ohio U. and Akron.
Come on, guys! Totally bad mistake hiring Dunn over Decatur.
I said it then, I'll say it now.
March 3, 2014 at 2:32 p.m.
Division 1 football is NOT a profitable business, anywhere, and especially at YSU, at least not in the "free enterprise" sense of the way we use the term "profitable business."
To say otherwise is to ignore the hidden costs of big-time college football programs, which, at YSU at least, are reported to cost each and every student $500/year in tuition and fees.
Left to fend for itself the way true free enterprises are supposed to work, nothing about a university -- not football, or the library, or baseball, or basketball, or the engineering school, or the music school, or the school of business -- has anything to do with profit-making.
So, urge the hiring of Jim Tressel as Pres all you like, but please, if you want people to take you seriously, don't try to make the case that, because he ran a successful FB program, he is, somehow, qualified to administer the university as a whole.
March 2, 2014 at 10:42 a.m.
The Pell Grant program is a "give-away," without a doubt. We give it away, yes, and we give it to ourselves.
How is this possible? How, by giving it away, do we give it to ourselves? Seems contradictory, or, at least, counter-intuitive, or a paradox, or maybe an oxymoron. Am I engaging in language games here? Is this simply more liberal looney-ism?
No. Far from it, on all counts.
By supporting young people as they strive for higher education, through Pell grants and Perkins loans and Stafford loans and, in this state, Ohio Instructional Grants, and all the myriad loans and grants and scholarship programs that exist to aid students, we put our money where our mouth is regarding the whole point of liberal democracy -- that by removing barriers and opening the doors to achievement and advancement we present opportunity to the widest possible base of the population, many of whom may be prevented, sometimes by no more than accident of birth, from achieving and being all they can be and achieve.
That is the hope of liberal democracy -- everyone gets a chance to realize their fullest potential. And society, as a whole, benefits from that in countless ways from the countless contributions that these people make, especially from those whose humble beginnings may have excluded them from fully participating.
Sure, it's a gamble. When I support these programs I'm gambling, with my tax dollars, that some kid out there among the millions of anonymous kids, will get an education, and then come up with the next breakthrough that will, in turn, benefit me and mine. Happens all the time. Needs to happen more.
By giving, we get, a fact proven time and time again.
So try to overcome your cynicism about "government handouts" -- the potential returns far exceed the costs.
February 27, 2014 at 1:54 p.m.
This, and the other story about thieves stealing guns from a home in Boardman, are exactly why guns in a home are dangerous, rather than a source of safety or protection.
February 26, 2014 at 12:20 p.m.
Another pointless rant full of distortions, red herrings, and false equivalencies by the master of right-wingnut agit-prop, T. Sowell himself.
Like Chris Christie, Sowell dismisses the struggle for economic justice with glib reductions to absurd notions about equality and "fairness," as if anyone at all is advocating that everyone should be equal.
Nobody is saying that.
To blithely dismiss concerns about growing income inequality (measured, documented, and reported widely) and the systemic narrowing of opportunity in American society underlines the grouchy myopia of Sowell's point of view. Sowell should, at the very least, try to understand his opposition before he criticizes; but it's always easier to caricature your opponent before skewering him, right?
February 26, 2014 at 12:57 a.m.
@dontbeafool: Think of a new school as up-dating the community, the way one updates one's home; think of it not as something for the kids, but something for you, yourself, because it is for you -- one of the prime ways home-buyers and home-builders judge the desirability of your community, and in that sense it directly affects the value of what is probably your biggest asset, your home.
When you vote for community improvements, such as new schools, you vote for things for yourself, to protect the expensive assets you've invested time and money in over the years.
A "Yes!" vote for a new local public school is a "Yes!" vote for yourself.
So, forget about "doing it for the kids;" do it for yourself. Exercise a little enlightened self-interest for a change, instead of reverting to self-sabotage.
Do yourself a favor -- build a new school in your community.
While you're at it, get involved in the planning stage to see that it becomes the center of your community that it could be.
February 26, 2014 at 12:36 a.m.