Political Blog Weekly: 1 May 2009

Torture

"Why Torture Is Not a ‘Policy Difference’"
Originally published:  30 April 2009
Submitted by:  U.S. Common Sense
Summary:  Examining the arguments in favor for torture and historical rules and statements against it.

"Dick Cheney Is Right"
Originally published:  25 April 2009
Submitted by:  U.S. Common Sense
Summary:  Explaining how Cheney is right to ask the Obama Administration to release more of the CIA documents.

"Torture is in the Eye of the Beholder"
Originally published:  28 April 2009
Submitted by:  U.S. Common Sense
Summary:  Exploring the contradictory degrees of punishment for similar crimes and violent acts in our society, and comparing that to "torture."

"The Real Torture Debate"
Originally published:  29 April 2009
Submitted by:  U.S. Common Sense
Summary:  Examining the current debate over torture and exploring what the real question on the topic should be.

"President Obama: Blind Faith Versus Analysis"
Originally published:  1 May 2009
Submitted by:  U.S. Common Sense
Summary:  Arguing the "time sensitive" point in the argument between enhanced interrogations and more kinder and gentler methods.

First 100 Days

"First 100 Days"
Originally published:  30 April 2009
Submitted by:  U.S. Common Sense
Summary:  Reviewing some of the comments out there against President Obama.

"One Hundred Days"
Originally published:  29 April 2009
Submitted by:  U.S. Common Sense
Summary:  Reflections on seven issues faced by Obama over the first 100 days of his term.

"Obama’s First 100 Days: The Good" "… The Bad" "… The Ugly"
Originally published:  28 April 2009
Submitted by:  U.S. Common Sense
Summary:  A three-part review of the first 100 days of the Obama Administration (three links in the title).

Arlen Specter

"Specter Now a Democrat"
Originally published:  28 April 2009
Submitted by:  U.S. Common Sense
Summary:  Looking at Specter’s decision to change parties and what impact that will have on the political spectrum.

"The Specter of Defeat"
Originally published:  29 April 2009
Submitted by:  U.S. Common Sense
Summary:  Reviewing the impact of Specter switching parties from Republican to Democrat.

Swine Flu

"It’s Silly to Blame a Porous Border for Swine Flu in US"
Originally published:  26 April 2009
Submitted by:  U.S. Common Sense
Summary:  Examining the effects of an open market on the spread of disease in the world.

"Confined Spaces"
Originally published:  30 April 2009
Submitted by:  U.S. Common Sense
Summary:  Reviewing the comments made by Biden regarding Swine Flu, and how it is accurate even if it isn’t politically correct.

Homeland Security

"The Gadsden Flag"
Originally published:  30 April 2009
Submitted by:  The Right Wing
Summary:  Reviewing the history of the Gadsden Flag and the symbols and phrases used in association with the flag.

"Radical Fanatics Are A Threat To America’s Safety"
Originally published:  27 April 2009
Submitted by:  U.S. Common Sense
Summary:  Comparing left wing and right wing extremists to each other, and covering what might be the warning signs of future violence.

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Miscellaneous

"The Emperor has no Clothes … and no Condom"
Originally published:  20 April 2009
Submitted by:  U.S. Common Sense
Summary:  Examining the argument about government-provided contraception and how we can reduce the number of unwanted pregnancies.

"Chrysler Files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy"
Originally published:  30 April 2009
Submitted by:  U.S. Common Sense
Summary:  Looking at the details of the Chrysler bankruptcy and why it should have happened a long time ago.

"As California Goes, So Goes The Nation…"
Originally published:  30 April 2009
Submitted by:  U.S. Common Sense
Summary:  Looking into the upcoming special election in California, and the impact Tea Party protestors might have on the outcome.

"The Supreme Court: Awaiting The Green Martian Nominee"
Originally published:  1 May 2009
Submitted by:  U.S. Common Sense
Summary:  Commenting how the Supreme Court nomination process has less to do with competency and more about political correctness.

"Can The Democrats Lose By Winning?"
Originally published:  30 April 2009
Submitted by:  U.S. Common Sense
Summary:  Looking how having total control over the Federal Government might turn people off to the Democrats and lead to Republican victories at the polls.

"Putting a Check on Unions"
Originally published:  30 April 2009
Submitted by:  U.S. Common Sense
Summary:  Examining the background of Card Check and how support for it in Congress appears to be waning.  

"Climate And Energy Bill Hanging By A Thread"
Originally published:  1 May 2009
Submitted by:  U.S. Common Sense
Summary:  Looking how some support is softening for energy and climate reform, and the impact of "doing too much too soon" has on the legislation.

Foreign Policy

"Pakistan follows US orders, now they will be paid"
Originally published:  28 April 2009
Submitted by:  U.S. Common Sense
Summary:  Looking at the offensive against militants in Pakistan, and the aid package the US is planning to provide.

"Policy in Afghanistan"
Originally published:  29 April 2009
Submitted by:  U.S. Common Sense
Summary:  Looking at the issues within Afghanistan, and what approach we should take to meet our goals.

Housing Relief Act

"Senate Rejects Bankruptcy Relief For Homeowners"
Originally published:  1 May 2009
Submitted by:  U.S. Common Sense
Summary:  Looking at the Senate action towards the proposed bankruptcy.

"Senate Defeats Durbin Bankruptcy Judge Mortgage Modification Amendment to Save Homes Act"
Originally published:  30 April 2009
Submitted by:  U.S. Common Sense
Summary:  Looking at the details of the Durbin amendment and the practice of "cramdown" by bankruptcy judges.

"All Carrot, No Stick"
Originally published:  29 April 2009
Submitted by:  U.S. Common Sense
Summary:  Looking at the ramifications of removing the "cramdown" provision from the Helping Families Save Their Homes Act of 2009.

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