Put differently, if you are born poor in America you are likely to stay poor in America.
Countries where you have a better chance of pulling yourself up by your bootstraps and making it rich:
If we’re talking upward mobility, and we are, then the American Dream is not only alive and well in other countries, but primarily in the Socialist countries. But let’s go ahead and shrink our working and middle class even more by extending Bush’s tax cuts for the wealthy and balancing that lost revenue with cuts to safety net programs the rest of us use. Viva the United States of Capitalism!
Conservative German Die Welt: “[T]here are few signs of self-doubt or self-awareness in the U.S. … [The Tea Party movement] sees the other side as their enemy. Negotiations with the Democrats, whether it’s about appointing a judge or the insolvency of the United States, are only successful if the enemy is defeated. Compromise, they feel, is a sign of weakness and cowardice.”
The German mass-circulation Bild: “What America is currently exhibiting is the worst kind of absurd theatrics and the whole world is being held hostage… Most importantly, the Republicans have turned a dispute over a technicality into a religious war, which no longer has any relation to a reasonable dispute between the elected government and the opposition.”
French newspaper Le Monde: ”The American politicians supposed to lead the most powerful nation in the world are becoming a laughing stock.”
Chinese state-owned newspaper Xinhua: “Given the United States’ status as the world’s largest economy and the issuer of the dominant international reserve currency, such political brinksmanship in Washington is dangerously irresponsible.”
Or as Bob Cesca commented: “it wouldn’t shock me if China just staged a massive amphibious landing all along the west coast and marched right on in — with mobile tactical nukes aimed at our chubby stupid faces.“
Stay away from organic Egyptian fenugreek seeds / sprouts in Europe (or stay away from anyone who hasn’t):
The death of an Arizona man and five other U.S. cases of severe E. coli infection were caused by the deadly food poisoning outbreak that has ravaged Europe, federal health officials confirmed Friday.
The death of the man, who had recently visited Germany, is the first U.S. fatality connected to the outbreak that has killed 50 in Europe, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
[...] Overall, six cases of confirmed infection with Shiga toxin-producing E. coli 0104:H4 have been confirmed, the CDC said. They include five people who recently traveled to Germany. Another victim likely became ill from close contact with a traveler.
The cause has been tentatively linked to a large shipment of organic Egyptian fenugreek seeds that was distributed to dozens of companies in at least 12 European countries, the European Food Safety Authority said on Tuesday.
Authorities say that sprouts grown from the seed, often used in salads, were responsible for two major outbreaks of a rare strain of E. coli bacteria, known as O104:H4.
June 7, 2011: Chancellor Merkel brought Secretary of State Clinton a gift from home — a framed pic from a German newspaper of both of them, demonstrating that you can’t tell them apart from the neck down.
Here is finally proof that these women like to wear black pants with colorful jackets and hold their hands in front of them (as opposed to straight up over their heads?). Women! (Gawker)
The crisis has renewed concern in other countries about the safety of atomic power. In Germany, Chancellor Angela Merkel said it represented a turning point for the world. She said that safety standards at her own country’s nuclear power stations would now be reviewed. In the United States, Senator Joe Lieberman said Washington needed to put the brakes on the development of nuclear power plants until lessons were learned from what had happened in Japan.
German Pooping Dog — order yours today!
America began honoring veterans in 1926 when Armistice Day was held for the first time to remember the event that ended World War I and honor those who served. That is when the tradition began to hold the ceremony on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, the same time day and month agreement to cease fighting went into effect in 1918 spelling an end to World War I. via
Rachel Maddow reminds viewers that [today] is Veterans Day and highlights Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America as one organization among many that are worth supporting to help U.S. veterans. Video: Remember American veterans
DADT: Repealing the military’s gay ban would result in only “minimal and isolated incidents of risk to the current war efforts,” but a “significant minority” of soldiers remain opposed to the idea, a Pentagon report is expected to say. Full story…
…The White House vehemently denies that there is any change in policy. “The president has been crystal clear that we will begin drawing down troops in July of 2011. There is absolutely no change to that policy,” said Tommy Vietor, a White House spokesman.
Just another installment of the military and Department of Defense/CIA officials’ push to keep the permanent, everlasting war going, brought to you courtesy of the generals and the brass in the Pentagon. They know even the President’s most hard-core supporters (myself included) would withdraw support for him if he continues this war. July, 2011 is a deadline the military doesn’t want to meet, but it’s one they’re stuck with while this President occupies the Oval Office.
Former German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder, who left office in 2005, is disputing a passage in Bush’s new book that claims Schroeder privately offered the president full-fledged support in 2002 should he decide to invade Iraq. “The former American president is not telling the truth,” Schroeder said Tuesday according to the German newspaper Der Spiegel. Full story…
The United States must prosecute former President George W. Bush for torture if his admission in a memoir that he authorized waterboarding holds true, rights group Amnesty International said on Wednesday. Full story…
“Thanks to outsized personalities like Sarah Palin and Christine O’Donnell — as well as recent controversies over immigration and Islam — this year’s midterm elections have attracted more international attention than usual. But as this survey of the foreign press shows, each country seems to have its own unique take on America’s anti-incumbent movement.”
- Not surprisingly, like a majority of Americans, the media in other countries describe the Tea partiers as … insane in so many words: bigoted, Quran-burning extremists, polarizing, an embarrassment and threat to the U.S., angry conspiracy-theorists, and the “Party of No” are just some of the descriptions that have been used internationally.
But the best description comes from an Argentinian correspondent who was dispatched to cover Palin-approved, Tea Party endorsed Christine O’Donnell. The correspondent wanted to “figure out how someone who is “uneducated, unemployed, having a history of tax evasion, who used to practice witchcraft when she was young, who militantly fought masturbation, and who now defends creationism, could unseat the incumbent Republican.“
And, maybe also not a big surprise, Germany seems to be fully on-board with the Tea Party and Herr Beck.
Thirteen percent of Germans would welcome the arrival of a new “Fuhrer,” a new study suggests in what may be the most striking example yet of the rise of right-wing extremism in Europe today.
According to the Christian Science Monitor, more than a third of Germans feel the country is “overrun by foreigners,” roughly 60 percent would “restrict the practice of Islam” and 17 percent believe Jews have “too much influence.”
[...] Coincidentally or not, the same week that the survey was released, Germany’s center-right chancellor, Angela Merkel, declared that Germany’s attempts to build a multicultural society have “absolutely failed.”
Sounds a lot like America’s Tea Party: Germans want their country back too.
There’s going to be a showdown on the Senate floor this week — and we’ll have a chance to do away with “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” once and for all.
Right now, though, it’s not clear we’ll have the votes to win.
That’s because moments after Sen. Harry Reid announced the vote, Sen. John McCain again threatened to stop the bill at any cost. He said he plans to filibuster not just a vote, but even the procedure to bring it up for debate.
“Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” isn’t about politics — it’s about discrimination. And when Republicans defend discrimination of any kind, they need to know that their constituents are watching and ready to respond.
It is up to each of us to let the Republicans who are blocking this vote know that Americans want repeal.
Call Sen. McCain at (202) 224-2235 now, tell him America supports the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” tell him to end his filibuster threat and ask him to stop standing in the way.
As the President has said, we must end this law “because it is the right thing to do.” A majority of Americans agree that those who are brave enough to stand up and serve our country deserve to do so openly.
Please, Tony Perkins, go stand in front of the troops in those countries and tell them all they do is march in parades. I’d love to see them personally show you how completely stupid you are.