A collection of opinionated commentaries on culture, politics and religion compiled predominantly from an American viewpoint but tempered by a global vision. My Armwood Opinion Youtube Channel @ YouTube I have a Jazz Blog @ Jazz and a Technology Blog @ Technology. I have a Human Rights Blog @ Law
Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Bernice L. McFadden - Black writers in a ghetto of the publishing industry's making
Sorting Myth and Reality in Climate Policy - Dot Earth Blog - NYTimes.com
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Civil rights organizations question nominee Elena Kagan's record on race
Monday, June 28, 2010
Obama still pressing immigration - Scott Wong - POLITICO.com
Justices Say Gun Rights Apply Locally - NYTimes.com
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Supreme Court held Monday that the Constitution's Second Amendment restrains government's ability to significantly limit "the right to keep and bear arms," advancing a recent trend by the John Roberts-led bench to embrace gun rights.
Sunday, June 27, 2010
Op-Ed Columnist - War, Timeout, War, Time ... - NYTimes.com
Friday, June 25, 2010
News Analysis - The President Reasserts His Authority - NYTimes.com
Thursday, June 24, 2010
Op-Ed Columnist - What’s Second Prize? - NYTimes.com
George F. Will - McChrystal had to go
Gates and Mullen Disappointed With McChrystal - NYTimes.com
For his part, Admiral Mullen spoke of the pre-eminence of civilian control of the military.
“We do not have the right, nor should we ever assume the prerogative, to cast doubt upon the ability or mock the motives of our civilian leaders, elected or appointed,” Admiral Mullen said. “We are and must remain a neutral instrument of the state, accountable to and respectful of those leaders, no matter which party holds sway or which person holds a given office.” More...
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Predicting an end to Roe v. Wade - POLITICO.com Print View
Op-Ed Columnist - What’s Second Prize? - NYTimes.com
Editorial - President Obama and General McChrystal - NYTimes.com
Monday, June 21, 2010
A Coup for the Cool One
Sunday, June 20, 2010
Republican Study Committee (RSC) - The Caucus of House Conservatives
Chicago-Style Political Shakedown
Washington, Jun 16 - Republican Study Committee Chairman Tom Price (R-GA) issued the following statement after the White House announced it had reached a deal with BP to require the oil company to place $20 billion into an escrow fund to pay claims filed against the company in the wake of the Gulf oil spill.
“We all agree that BP should be held fully responsible for its complicity in the oil tragedy in the Gulf,” said Chairman Price. “In fact, BP has already begun paying claims. Any attempt by the company to sidestep that responsibility should be met with the strongest legal recourses available. However, in an administration that appears not to respect fundamental American principles, it is important to note that there is no legal authority for the President to compel a private company to set up or contribute to an escrow account.
“BP’s reported willingness to go along with the White House’s new fund suggests that the Obama Administration is hard at work exerting its brand of Chicago-style shakedown politics. These actions are emblematic of a politicization of our economy that has been borne out of this Administration’s drive for greater power and control. It is the same mentality that believes an economic crisis or an environmental disaster is the best opportunity to pursue a failed liberal agenda. The American people know much better.” More...
Both the Republican Study Committee statement and Representative Joe Barton's statements speak for themselves.
Saturday, June 19, 2010
How Illegal Immigration Hurts Black America
Kagan emails show N.Y. state of mind - Josh Gerstein - POLITICO.com
Friday, June 18, 2010
Editorial - A Bad Day for BP and Mr. Barton - NYTimes.com
News Analysis - Obama’s Twist of BP’s Arm Stirs Debate on Frequent Tactic - NYTimes.com
I think President Obama should be receiving more credit than he has for standing up for the average American against the very powerful interests of big business. In less than one and one half years in office he has stood up to the large Wall Street banks, the automobile titans GM and Chrysler, the health care industry and now BP. What American president since Roosevelt has had such a strong record of supporting the common interest instead of caving in to corporate greed? If the so called "Tea Bag Party" followers would look at the Obama record and not remain sidetracked by narrow-mindedness, bigotry and foggy headed thinking they might see that Obama's use of big government power actually has served their real interests. Remember that statutorily BP is only obligated to pay of maximum of seventy-five million for damages caused by their oil spill. Under pressure from the Obama administration they have committed to a minimum of twenty billion dollars. Granted even more money will probably be required to make injured parties whole. In spite of this fact Obama achieved a remarkable success this week. America should take note.
John H. Armwood
Thursday, June 17, 2010
BP Set's Aside 20 Billion Dollars
"The Tea Party" and Race
BP chief faces Congress - Jake Sherman - POLITICO.com
Editorial - BP Begins to Ante Up - NYTimes.com
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
BP Agrees to Set Aside About $20 Billion for Spill Claims - NYTimes.com
Anne Applebaum - The oil spill isn't Obama's Katrina
News Analysis - With Call to Arms, Obama Seeks to Shift Arc of Oil Crisis - NYTimes.com
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Editorial - From the Oval Office - NYTimes.com
Obama Speaks To The Nation
President Barak Obama spoke live to the nation tonight, from the oval office, to address concerns which have arisen as a result of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. The president outlined steps which his administration has already taken to handle the disaster and plans which his administration has put in place for the near future. Early on in his approximately fifteen minute speech Obama assured the nation that B.P. would be held responsible for the costs of the damage resulting from the spill. In his most forceful statement he said that B.P. would have to set aside a sum of money, managed by an independent third party, to pay out damages to injured parties. There will be more to come as reaction to the speech pours in.
John H. Armwood
Barack Obama's credibility at stake over BP oil spill debt | Environment | The Guardian
Barack Obama's credibility at stake over BP oil spill debt
Setbacks Cloud U.S. Plans to Get Out of Afghanistan - NYTimes.com
Monday, June 14, 2010
Have you seen a green elephant? Palin's "drill, baby, drill" chant has corrupted the modern GOP
Sunday, June 13, 2010
Long Road to Adulthood Is Growing Even Longer - NYTimes.com
Friday, June 11, 2010
North Korean gulag survivor tells of years of hell
Editorial - Marriage, a Basic Civil Right - NYTimes.com
Thursday, June 10, 2010
Majority of Americans Still 'Believe' in Global Warming | LiveScience
"Several national surveys released during the last eight months have been interpreted as showing that fewer and fewer Americans believe that climate change is real, human-caused and threatening to people," said Woods Institute Fellow Jon Krosnick, of Stanford University. "But our new survey shows just the opposite." More...
Can Obama 'control the narrative'? - POLITICO.com Print View
The narrative that President Barack Obama is expected to control is that of his presidency.
That wasn’t a problem for Josef Stalin. And Kim Jong-Il seems to handle it pretty effectively these days. But in a country with a free press and a vigorous political opposition, it’s impossible. That cliché should be retired, the way announcers have stopped saying “the name of the game is third and short.”
This is not to say that Obama has handled the public part of his job with the same skill he showed in his campaign. He hasn’t.
He lost momentum on health care and allowed lies to take hold because of his naive belief that, if he was patient, he could get Republican cooperation. On the oil spill, he hasn’t successfully connected the government he heads with the constituents, who are suffering.
But there are two huge fallacies in the idea that he somehow could control the narrative. The first is “control.” The second is “narrative.” More...
Wednesday, June 09, 2010
Afghan president 'has lost faith in US ability to defeat Taliban' | World news | The Guardian
Lie detectors: the truth and nothing but? | Jamie Horder | Comment is free | guardian.co.uk
What happens when GPS systems cause car crashes. - By Tom Vanderbilt - Slate Magazine
Tuesday, June 08, 2010
Helen Thomas, veteran reporter: why she had to resign | World news | The Guardian
Her fierce questions shocked White House staff; Castro refused to answer her. And now veteran reporter Helen Thomas has had to quit. By Chris McGreal
Fidel Castro was once asked to define the difference between democracy in Cuba and the United States. "I don't have to answer questions from Helen Thomas," the old revolutionary replied.
The grand dame of the White House press corps, who outlasted nine American presidential administrations – and Castro's rule – was finally forced to halt her determined, often opinion-laden questioning and into retirement this week over comments on the issue closest to her heart, the Middle East. More...
Saturday, June 05, 2010
Interracial marriages at an all-time high, study says - CNN.com
Wednesday, June 02, 2010
Editorial - Speaking Up to Stay Silent per Miranda Rights - NYTimes.com
The Miranda warnings remind suspects of their right to remain silent but were never particularly clear on what happens when a suspect actually stays silent. Can the police question the suspect? If so, can they do they so for just a few minutes or as long as they want?
A five-justice majority on the Supreme Court addressed the issue in an opinion on Tuesday, but it did not provide much clarity. This was not a burning issue crying out for the court’s attention, and the justices left so many crucial questions unanswered that it is hard to see how they protected the rights of suspects who do not read complex court decisions. More...
Tuesday, June 01, 2010
Op-Ed Contributor - Israeli Force, Adrift on the Sea - NYTimes.com
By AMOS OZ
FOR 2,000 years, the Jews knew the force of force only in the form of lashes to our own backs. For several decades now, we have been able to wield force ourselves — and this power has, again and again, intoxicated us.
In the period before Israel was founded, a large portion of the Jewish population in Palestine, especially members of the extremely nationalist Irgun group, thought that military force could be used to achieve any goal, to drive the British out of the country, and to repel the Arabs who opposed the creation of our state.
Luckily, during Israel’s early years, prime ministers like David Ben-Gurion and Levi Eshkol knew very well that force has its limits and were careful to use it only as a last resort. But ever since the Six-Day War in 1967, Israel has been fixated on military force. To a man with a big hammer, says the proverb, every problem looks like a nail. More...
Robert Reich: Why Obama Should Put BP Under Temporary Receivership
It's time for the federal government to put BP under temporary receivership, which gives the government authority to take over BP's operations in the Gulf of Mexico until the gusher is stopped. This is the only way the public will know what's going on, be confident enough resources are being put to stopping the gusher, ensure BP's strategy is correct, know the government has enough clout to force BP to use a different one if necessary, and be sure the president is ultimately in charge.
If the government can take over giant global insurer AIG and the auto giant General Motors and replace their CEOs, in order to keep them financially solvent, it should be able to put BP's north American operations into temporary receivership in order to stop one of the worst environmental disasters in U.S. history.
The Obama administration keeps saying BP is in charge because BP has the equipment and expertise necessary to do what's necessary. But under temporary receivership, BP would continue to have the equipment and expertise. The only difference: the firm would unambiguously be working in the public's interest. As it is now, BP continues to be responsible primarily to its shareholders, not to the American public. As a result, the public continues to worry that a private for-profit corporation is responsible for stopping a public tragedy. More...