SDB Evening News Reads for 090111: The Youngs of Tifton…War, what is it good for and Catfood Commission Part 2 and a quarter?
Posted: September 1, 2011 Filed under: Afghanistan, Anti-War, Barack Obama, Democratic Politics, Federal Budget and Budget deficit, Foreign Affairs, Iraq, Libya, Republican politics, SDB Evening News Reads | Tags: Super Committee, Super Congress
Good late afternoon!
Today is the first day of September, and there is a feeling in the air…Can you feel it? A tingle of dumbassery with a hint of feeble ineptitude and just a splash of pettiness. Alright, let’s get on with it.
Obama versus Boehner on jobs speech date: Who’s the adult? – CSMonitor.com
Is anybody being an adult here?
Yes, Mr. Obama accepted a date change with little comment. But he – or his scheduler – is the one who set the whole tiff-haha off in the first place.
Yes, Speaker John Boehner asked the president to pick another day, rather than saying flatly that the House was going to be washing its hair on Sept. 7. But his move was still unprecedented – no speaker has turned down such a request, ever, the Senate Historical Office told The New York Times.
Well, we have this to say about that.
First, we don’t think most voters will find this as depressing as pundits did. That’s because the fight was over before they even knew about it – not everybody gets Politico’s Twitter feed, after all. Plus, they already think Washington is full of kindergartners wearing ties.
Second, the White House messed up, big time. If they were trying to stomp on the GOP debate, it was petty. If they weren’t, it was incompetent. Somebody should have checked (maybe via Politico’s Twitter feed!) and seen if that date was already taken.
You can read the second page if you like, in the words of Ignatius J. Reilly…ho hum.
The Super Cat Food Commission Part 2 and a quarter, the smell of Friskes… is getting prepared to have that meeting of the minds. Super Committee Gets Ready for Its First Hearing – Dan Friedman & Billy House – Politics – The Atlantic
The six Democratic members of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction met by conference call Wednesday to discuss political strategy and administrative plans, aides said.
The Democrats discussed logistics, including meeting schedules and a timeline for their work, said one aide. They also continued talks on their strategy “for working with Republicans to come together around a balanced and bipartisan plan,” said the aide.
The conference call follows a meeting on Tuesday among the six committee Republicans. The 12-member super committee was created as part of a deal to raise the federal debt ceiling. The law requires the panel to meet by Sept. 16 and recommend by Thanksgiving cuts worth $1.5 trillion over 10 years. If its recommendations are not adopted, spending cuts worth $1.2 trillion over 10 years would be automatically imposed. Half of those would target defense spending, while entitlements would be mostly exempted.
I thought the next two links seem to play off one another so pointedly. The first is an image of one soldier in silhouette. We’re Still at War: Photo of the Day for September 1, 2011 | Mother Jones
US Army Sgt. 1st Class Robert Russell uses his weapon’s scope to secure an area during a bridge inspection in Zabul province, Afghanistan, Aug. 22, 2011. Russell is a platoon sergeant assigned to the Provincial Reconstruction Team Zabul’s security force. US Air Force photo by by Senior Airman Grovert Fuentes-Contreras.
Which brings us to the next link, the first Month Passes With No U.S. Soldier Killed in Iraq – NYTimes.com
Under increased pressure from the United States, an Iraqi crackdown on Iranian-backed Shiite militias has helped produce a previously elusive goal: For the first time since the American invasion of Iraq, an entire month has passed without a single United States service member dying.
The milestone is particularly remarkable because it comes after 14 troops were killed in June, making it the most deadly month for the Americans in three years, and it has occurred amid a frightening campaign of suicide bombings and assassinations from Sunni insurgents that killed hundreds of Iraqis, resurrecting the specter of the worst days of sectarian fighting.
“If you had thought about a month without a death back during the surge in 2007, it would have been pretty hard to imagine because we were losing soldiers every day, dozens a week,” said Col. Douglas Crissman, who is in charge of American forces in four provinces of southern Iraq and oversaw a battalion in Anbar Province during the troop increase. “I think this shows how far the Iraqi security forces have come.”
How many years have we been at these wars?
Another quickie: Mike Luckovich: Moammar and Dick – Truthdig
And lastly, when we see the Super Committee getting ready to screw the poor, working and middle classes…take a moment to reflect on the image below from one of my favorite sites, Shorpy. The Youngs: 1909 | Shorpy Historic Photo Archive
January 22, 1909. Tifton, Georgia. “Family working in the Tifton Cotton Mill. Mrs. A.J. Young works in mill and at home. Nell (oldest girl) alternates in mill with mother. Mammy (next girl) runs 2 sides. Mary (next) runs 1½ sides. Elic (oldest boy) works regularly. Eddie (next girl) helps in mill, sticks on bobbins. Four smallest children not working yet. The mother said she earns $4.50 a week and all the children earn $4.50 a week. Husband died and left her with 11 children. Two of them went off and got married. The family left the farm two years ago to work in the mill.” Photo and caption by Lewis Wickes Hine.
That is it for me today. Since it is Thursday, my son and daughter are playing and cheering for the Panther’s. So I am writing this on the fly, please be sure to post lots of links in the comments.