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Resolutions for journalists

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George Skelton has a column in the L.A. Times today in which he leads with, "Gov. Jerry Brown should resolve to...", "Here's a resolutions list for legislators...", "...for voters", etc. He made two points that resonated with me:

Resolutions for journalists:

Focus less on the scratching and clawing of candidates and more on the substance of their policy proposals, if any. Less handicapping of horse races and more probing of program plans.

Declare a moratorium on the overused words "historic," "crisis" and "reform." Especially the last. Every crackpot idea is not a reform. Not all motion is progress.

That resolution is sure to be quickly broken.

Focusing on the substance of candidates' policy proposals has been an oft-posted topic-slash-wish of mine. The news [sic] media loves the horse race, but doesn't spend nearly enough time discussing in much depth what the candidates' positions are. For example, as I mentioned here, I've heard more than a few liberals say they're throwing their support to Ron Paul because of his anti-war, pro-drug legalization talk, which makes me think they must be unaware of the rest of his platform due to the lack of coverage. Maybe they haven't bothered to do any research of their own, because why would a liberal support an anti-choice, anti-1964 Civil Rights Act presidential hopeful?

As for the word "reform"... well, I've written about that before, too. Just because some politician wants to change existing law, that doesn't necessarily mean "reform". In fact, the GOP often wants to move backwards, not forwards. Many are dying to turn back the clock, repeal a few real reforms, and put this country in reverse until they revert to a time when "equal rights" meant white men were "more equal" than anyone else.

"Not all motion is progress." Bingo.

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Harry Reid Expects Vote on Resolution Approving Libya Operation

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Just a quick FYI via Roll Call:

A bipartisan group of Senators pressed ahead Tuesday with a resolution that would grant Congressional approval to the military action that President Barack Obama ordered in Libya this year.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) indicated to reporters that a vote would happen, but not before the chamber’s scheduled adjournment for its Memorial Day recess. [...]

Under the 1973 law, the president is generally supposed to end military force within 60 days unless lawmakers authorize further action. The Libya operation began March 21, and Obama sent Congressional leaders a letter Friday, the day of the deadline, to request their support for the United States’ continued work with the NATO operation.

See how we're standing down?

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Breaking: U.N. approves no-fly zone over Libya

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Via an L.A. Times email alert:

The U.N. Security Council has approved a resolution to impose a no-fly zone over Libya and authorize "all necessary measures" to protect civilians from attacks by Moammar Kadafi's forces. The vote late today was 10-0 with five abstentions, including Russia and China.

Proposals for a no-fly zone or other military action had faced strong resistance in recent weeks from traditional U.S. allies, such as Germany, as well as Russia and China. But council members have grown increasingly worried about a looming humanitarian disaster in Benghazi.

More soon at http://www.latimes.com.

More via a NY Times email alert:

The United Nations Security Council approved a measure on
Thursday authorizing "all necessary measures" to protect
Libyan civilians from harm at the hands of forces loyal to
Colonel Muammar el-Qaddafi.

The measure allows not only a no-flight zone but effectively
any measures short of a ground invasion to halt attacks that might result in civilian fatalities. It comes as Colonel
Qaddafi warned residents of Benghazi, Libya, the rebel
capital, that an attack was imminent and promised lenient
treatment for those who offered no resistance.

Read More:
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/18/world/africa/18nations.html?emc=na

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L.A. Times' list of wishes for 2011

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Every year, the L.A. Times publishes a New Years wish list. On that list are some cool entries, some silly ones, some with which I disagree, and others I like to share with you.

Here are a few of their wishes I thought you'd appreciate:

For California lawmakers to pass, and the governor to finally sign, a bill mandating that the state get a third of its power from renewable sources by 2020. That's already state policy, but not law, as it should be.

For single-digit unemployment.

For the incoming crop of "tea party"-backed GOP freshmen in Congress to realize that governing means more than saying "no" to everything.

For a significant reduction in U.S. troops in Afghanistan this summer.

For Supreme Court rulings in favor of the healthcare reform LAW and against Proposition 8. Because these are our wishes, not our predictions.

For President Obama to finally make good on his promises to close the Guantanamo Bay detention center and put accused terrorists on trial in civilian courts.

For Obama to resubmit the names of judicial nominees whose appointments were unfairly blocked by Republican opponents in Congress.

For construction of new mosques to be as culturally acceptable in the United States as the building of churches or synagogues.

For the primary campaign season for the 2012 national elections to begin as late in the year as possible. The 2008 campaign (which stretched back to nearly 2006) went on far too long.

For Shepard Fairey to create another iconic art piece that inspires young people to care about politics and social issues (without violating anyone's copyright).

Here's one of my own: For the Tee Vee Machine to eliminate infotainment dee jays and replace them with actual informed, competent, diligent reporters, anchors, and good old fashioned investigative journalism.

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Dennis Kucinich to force vote on withdrawing troops from Afghanistan

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The New York Times reported this yesterday:

The Obama administration is increasingly emphasizing the idea that the United States will have forces in Afghanistan until at least the end of 2014, a change in tone aimed at persuading the Afghans and the Taliban that there will be no significant American troop withdrawals next summer.

Dennis Kucinich had a thing or two to say about that. This is the kind of drum beat I can support:

Kucinich said Wednesday that he will force a vote via privileged resolution at the beginning of the next Congress on ending the war in Afghanistan by the end of 2011.

"The withdrawal of our troops must be driven by Congress, not the corrupt president of Afghanistan," the Ohio congressman said in a statement.

Peace.


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Senate committee approves New START treaty amid concerns over Russian cheating; DeMint a no-show for vote

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I get e-mails. This one is from Josh Rogin in the form of a link to an article he wrote. In part:

The Senate Foreign Relations committee approved a resolution to ratify the New START nuclear reductions treaty with Russia on Thursday, overcoming objections by Sen. James Risch about new top secret intelligence and after reaching a compromise over strategic posture with Sen. Jim DeMint.

The vote was 14-4, with all Democrats voting to approve the resolution along with Republican Sens. Richard Lugar (R-IN), Bob Corker (R-TN), and Johnny Isaacson (R-GA). Sens. James Inhofe (R-OK), John Barrasso (R-WY), Roger Wicker (R-MS), and Risch voted no.

South Carolina's DeMint, whose attempt to add language on missile defense to the resolution was the focus of intense backroom negotiations, did not return from a break to attend the final vote. Since he did not tell ranking Republican Lugar which way he wanted to vote, his expected no vote was never entered.

Lugar and Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) praised the committee's approval of the resolution and Kerry said he would not rule out holding a Senate floor debate and vote before the November elections.

But a Senate leadership aide ruled it out, telling The Cable, "There's no way we can do it this month, they don't have the 67 votes yet (needed for full Senate ratification)."

He has a lot more, so pay him a visit here.

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