Valley Views of the headlines: May 24

Following are six headliners that have many angles. I am including my opinion and would love to hear yours. China Spy row The epiphany that the government of China has been engaged in overt cyber war against all comers is supposed to be shocking. It isn’t. US indignation is supposed to be seen as hypocrisy…

Pope Frankie walking the Monster…

The following text is the much reported on anti-capitalism screed from Pope Francis. Although the full context of the popes exaltation truly encompasses a viewpoint that renewed evangelism should be at the core of the Catholic Church going into the future one cannot help but feel Frankie has indeed ratcheted up his leftist political attitudes….

USS HEAD SHOT good grief…

I hate SecNav Ray Mabus and that is putting it mildly. In a totally insane way most of my hatred of him comes from his ridiculous politically motivated ship naming. Now I’ll readily admit that a majority of the US Navy ships get their names secondary to some degree of political dickering. That said there…

Valley Viewpoints on the News # 1

So there are a few stories that were popular this week and loads of others that failed to reach the masses. Here are my takes on some of those: Syria chemical weapons attack etc.: I am torn on how much of this one I believe. I remedy this by standing firm on the belief nobody…

Edgy or Crappy Editorial Cartoon?

Stumbled across the story of the Sacramento Bee op-ed toon that has Texas Gov. Rick Perry fuming… I find it insensitive but that is wholly due to timing. I find it definitely edgy but can’t shake the feeling there is more agenda driven negativity behind the cartoon than the potential truths that it does indeed…

A topic revisit: Drug Decriminalization

back in 2009 I wrote In2 Drug decriminalization just recently I saw this interesting piece in Der Speigel about the Czech Republics recent history of drug decriminalization. I offer it as well Czeched Out! The winners and losers of Drug Liberalization

An eternal truth about slums.

That image hails from the FDR days when the New Dealers tried to enter the housing debate. The science was and is sound although the New Deal and latter the Great Society folks did more to assure the truth than to defeat it.

What has Washington D.C. become? Here’s an unusual answer….

The city has become, in effect, the Brussels of America. So a wider and wider variety of businesses and organizations must be located there to lobby the government that decides their fate. (According to the Center for Responsive Politics, total spending on lobbying rose from $1.6 billion in 2000 to $3.3 billion in 2011.) These…

The French are fried…

So I’m not a huge fan of France and I’ve definitely been laughing my ass off since they voted in Hollande. Well as things are starting to develop over there I found two articles that speak to the deep fry logic they are embroiled in. Now if you think “Fuck it,it’s France” I beg you…

America at the Crossroads: Party realities crash.

For all of these reasons, Romney is eminently qualified to make the pro-market case. But his campaign, at least up to now, has lacked vision and followed in George W. Bush’s footsteps. Romney’s pragmatic, technocratic approach reassures people but fails to excite them. The Republican base is thus far uninspired, and independent voters fear a…