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PORTSIDE  April 2011, Week 5

PORTSIDE April 2011, Week 5

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REWIND - A Week of Quotes & Cartoons

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REWIND - A Week of Quotes & Cartoons

SUNDAY

Quote of the Day
April 24, 2011

'It is the responsibility of the State to defend
national independence and sovereignty, values in which
the Cubans take pride, and to continue securing the
public order and safety that make Cuba one of the
safest and most peaceful nations of the world, without
drug-trafficking or organized crime; without beggars or
child labor; without the mounted police charging
against workers, students and other segments of the
population; without extrajudicial executions,
clandestine jails or tortures, despite the groundless
smear campaigns constantly orchestrated against us
overlooking the fact that such realities are, foremost,
basic human rights that most people on Earth can't even
aspire to.'

Cuban President Raul Castro Ruz
Central Report to 6th Party Congress
April 18, 2011
http://tinyurl.com/3qwd4o4
(Full Text)

Toon of the Day
http://tinyurl.com/3krxvbe
Wrong Side of History
Gary Tradeau
(Click on image to enlarge)

MONDAY

Quote of the Day
April 25, 2011

'Standard & Poor's, the self-righteous credit-rating
agency, has a damn lot of nerve. It provoked scary
headlines by solemnly threatening to "short" America.
That is, downgrade the credit-worthiness of US Treasury
bonds unless Congress and the president oblige
creditors by punishing the citizenry with severe budget
cuts. What a load of crap.

'The headline I would like to see is this: "S&P Execs
Face Major Fraud Investigation, Take the Fifth Before
Federal Grand Jury.'

'William Greider
The Nation
April 20, 2011
http://tinyurl.com/3l5ox7e

Toon of the Day
http://tinyurl.com/3ogb4jt
Bank Failures
Ed Stein

TUESDAY

Quote of the Day
April 26, 2011

'In an op-ed for the New Hampshire Union Leader,
Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney attacked
President Obama for a "peacetime spending binge," as
pointed out by Greg Sargent. From the Op-ed:

    Barack Obama is facing a financial emergency on a
    grander scale. Yet his approach has been to engage
    in one of the biggest peacetime spending binges in
    American history. With its failed stimulus package,
    its grandiose new social programs, its fervor for
    more taxes and government regulations, and its
    hostility toward business, the administration has
    made the debt problem worse, hindered economic
    recovery and needlessly cost American workers
    countless jobs.

'This is a frightening level disconnection from reality
from the guy that is supposed to be the most sensible
of the Republican candidates.

'What I find even more troubling than Romney's
incredible ignorance is that this remark wasn't some
offhanded comment at a town hall, but was in a clearly
planned op-ed directed at likely Republican primary
voters.'

Jon Walker
Fire Dog Lake
April 25, 2011
http://tinyurl.com/3nbdb58

Toon of the Day
http://tinyurl.com/3co845z
Afghan Prison
Jeff Danziger

WEDNESDAY

Quote of the Day
April 27, 2011

'We're tired that our friends have not been willing to
stand up and fight back on our behalf with the same
ferocity, the same commitment that our enemies have in
trying to destroy our members' rights. Quite frankly,
our enemies are trying to kill us as a labor movement
and union trying to represent workers and help the
middle class.'

Harold A. Schaitberger, president
of the 300,000-member International
Association of Fire Fighters, saying
he was dismayed with Democrats in
Congress for not fighting harder
against Republican budget cuts and
efforts to weaken unions in more
than a dozen state
legislatures.

New York Times
April 27, 2011
http://tinyurl.com/3joueoo

Toon of the Day
http://tinyurl.com/3ulky6p
He's... Well You Know...
Tony Auth - Philadelphia Inquirer

THURSDAY

Quote of the Day
April 28, 2011

'I don't think he was ever in the room with the
president and me when I would follow the president from
a national-security meeting and tell him precisely what
was going on in that room. We tended to do it
privately.'

Former Secretary of State Condoleezza
Rice when asked to comment on former
Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld's
assertion that she "almost never
wanted" to dissent to President
George W. Bush.

New York Times Magazine
April 26, 2011
http://tinyurl.com/3ltzw3x

Toon of the Day
http://tinyurl.com/3pnvt5m
Original Libertarian
David Horsey - Seattle PI

FRIDAY

Quote of the Day
April 29, 2011

'It is powerful, but it is deluded and self-delusion
runs deep in the US. Even the smart people at MIT,
where so much US innovative technology originates, buy
the cultural assertion that their success is all about
individual entrepreneurship and brilliance; the
cumulative trillions of US government grants are a
side-show. Too few see growing federal debt as the
necessary flipside of the banking crisis. The state is
cast as the public enemy, not its friend.

'The rows may feel as if they do not concern ordinary
Americans and, as before, the politicians will find a
compromise as the constitution compels them to. This
time, though, there is more sulphur in the air. The
US's problems are real; there is a fork in the road. It
took searing depression to break the self-delusion in
the 1930s. It may take disaster again to disabuse the
American majority of the idea that the motley crew -
Palin, Trump, Murdoch and Fox News, Paul Ryan, US
bankers and shock jocks - are not on the side of
reason. Until then, beware. A superpower that has lost
its grip on reality is very dangerous indeed.'

Columnist Will Hutton
The Guardian (UK)
April 24, 2011
http://tinyurl.com/3g9f9pt

Toon of the Day
http://tinyurl.com/3hubm8f
One of Us
Rob Rogers

SATURDAY

Quote of the Day
April 30, 2011

'Donald Trump is still playing to suspicions of
President Obama. And it's no longer theoretical. It's
theological. For the detractors, truth is no longer
dependent on proof because it's rooted in faith: faith
that American exceptionalism was never truly meant to
cover hyphenated Americans; faith in 400 years of
cemented assumptions about the character and capacity
of the American Negro; and faith that if the president
doesn't hew to those assumptions then he must be alien
by both birth and faith.

'This is how the moneyed interests - of whom Trump is
one - want it. That is how sleight of hand works:
distract and deceive. They need this distraction now
more than ever because the right's flimsy fiscal
argument - that if we allow fat cats to gorge, crumbs
will surely fall - is losing traction.'

Columnist Charles M. Blow
New York Times
April 30, 2011
http://tinyurl.com/3je82o4

Toon of the Day
http://tinyurl.com/3apvo76
Boehner Understands
Ted Rall

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