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I have to wonder just what Newt Gingrich is really thinking . This is a guy I always managed to respect and admire even while i disagreed with him and his policies but with his over the top over reaction to the Sherry Sherod case, his over the top irrational response to the near ground zero Islamic mosque cultural center and now this naked "racial animus" (David Frum’s phrase) he’ jumped the shark and needs to be thrown in the same pile as some of the other irrational crazies and paranoid lunatics on the right such Michelle Bachman and worthless pandering players such as Sarah Palin.

Just what did Gingrich do? I’ll refer you to David Frum’s article: Gingrich: Obama Wants Whitey’s Money for an explanation of the depth of the absurdity of Gingrich (and D’Souza’s cover story in Forbes which Gingrich was affirming).

A couple of years ago here I published a short list of Conservatives I Like (but don’t necessarily agree with) and Therefore Listen To, Gingrich has managed to strike himself off that list.

For more on Gingrich and D’Souza you might also want to read:

I’m sure there will be more on this over the coming week or two.


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We get the news yesterday that the "Republicans Cut 500,000 Jobs Out of Stimulus Package"

Brilliantly put from the Economist Dean Baker in The TPM Cafe

"Trying to save money on stimulus, is like finding a short cut for your jogging route. We can do it, but it undermines the whole point of the effort."

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People who know me personally will know that for a while now I have been saying that the U.S. has taken a path in the last seven years as far as world leadership is concerned that has put us on the same path that the Great Britain, once the world’s great super power, followed in the last century and we will probably all watch China rise to the fore in the next century.

Robert Roy Britt, the Managing Editor of LiveScience writes about it this article:

Will China Become the No. 1 Superpower?

As the world focuses on China during the Olympics and keeps a watchful eye on Russia’s military moves in Georgia, there is an underlying expectation — and for some, fear — that China is poised to become the world’s new No. 1 superpower.

In fact, a good number of people in many countries believe the torch has already been passed.

In Japan, 67 percent of the people think China will supplant the United States as the world’s premiere superpower, according to a recent Pew Research Center survey. Fifty-three percent of Chinese see that as their fate.

"Most of those surveyed in Germany, Spain, France, Britain and Australia think China either has already replaced the U.S. or will do so in the future," according to the Pew report released in June.

In the United States, hope reigns: 54 percent of Americans doubt China will win out.


Four elements of a superpower

A superpower "is a country that has the capacity to project dominating power and influence anywhere in the world, and sometimes, in more than one region of the globe at a time," according to Alice Lyman Miller, a research fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University and an associate professor in National Security Affairs at the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School.

Four components of influence mark a superpower, Miller says: military, economic, political, and cultural.


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What do yo think? Where are we going and why have we headed that way?

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In the spirit of bipartisan cooperation and understanding I came up with this list of Conservatives voices I "like" and enjoy listening to (even though I don’t necessarily agree with them) because they present logical rather than just emotional partisan arguments. In other words listening to them my head doesn’t necessarily explode:

…to name a few. I also once enjoyed reading the late Jeane Kirkpatrick and I often read and still read William F. Buckley’s & his National Review. My late father was a big fan of Barry Goldwater so I’ve read both material about him and by him.

So far I’ve managed to resist publishing my list of the conservatives I can’t stand, think are repulsive and vulgar, and think aren’t worth listening too but it will be coming one of these days.


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