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PORTSIDE November 2012, Week 3

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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
November 11, 2012

'The combination of America's internal focus, the
post-Arab awakening turmoil and the exhaustion of
Palestinians means Israel can stay in the West Bank
indefinitely at a very low short-term cost but at a
very high long-term cost of losing its identity as a
Jewish democracy. If Israelis want to escape that
fate, it is very important that they understand that
we're not your grandfather's America anymore. '

Columnist Thomas Friedman
New York Times
November 11, 2012
http://tinyurl.com/arheukn

Toon of the Day
http://tinyurl.com/atd4bxa
Corporate Vote
Jen Sorensen

MONDAY

Quote of the Day
November 12, 2012

''I don't know how seriously to take the buzz about
appointing Erskine Bowles to replace Timothy
Geithner. But in case there's any reality to it, let's
recall his record. Mr. Bowles, like others in the
deficit-scold community, has indulged in scare
tactics, warning of an imminent fiscal crisis that
keeps not coming. Meanwhile, the report he co-
wrote was supposed to be focused on deficit
reduction - yet, true to form, it called for lower
rather than higher tax rates, and as a "guiding
principle" no less. Appointing him, or anyone like
him, would be both a bad idea and a slap in the face
to the people who returned President Obama to
office. '

Economist Paul Krugman
New York Times
November 12, 2012
http://tinyurl.com/a24bxsm

Toon of the Day
http://tinyurl.com/apsvblf
Roving
Jim Morin - Miami Herald

TUESDAY

Quote of the Day
November 13, 2012

'We are still on a complete fighting posture because
we knew we had to win the politics in November and
then on the economy in December. For the
progressives who threw ourselves on hand grenades
for the president over the past 24 months and
especially the past six months, we are not going to
be happy at all if he turns around and takes a
chainsaw to Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security
in pursuit of some misguided so-called grand
bargain.'

Van Jones, co-founder of Rebuild the
Dream, noting that none of the progressive
political institutions have "demobilized"
since the election.

Huffington Post
November 13, 2012
http://tinyurl.com/aywjovo

Toon of the Day
http://tinyurl.com/axxcsj8
Meltdown
Tom Toles - Washington Post

WEDNESDAY

Quote of the Day
November 14, 2012

' Petraeus's Icarus flight began when he set himself
above President Obama.

'Accustomed to being a demigod, expert at polishing
his own celebrity and swaying public opinion,
Petraeus did not accept the new president's desire to
head for the nearest exit ramp on Afghanistan in
2009. The general began lobbying for a surge in
private sessions with reporters and undercutting the
president, who was trying to make a searingly hard
call.

'Petraeus rolled the younger commander in chief
into going ahead with a bound-to-fail surge in
Afghanistan, just as, half a century earlier, the C.I.A.
had rolled Jack Kennedy into going ahead with the
bound-to-fail Bay of Pigs scheme. Both missions
defied logic, but the untested presidents put aside
their own doubts and instincts, caving to
experience.

'Once in Afghanistan, Petraeus welcomed prominent
conservative hawks from Washington think tanks.
As Greg Jaffe wrote in The Washington Post, they
were "given permanent office space at his
headquarters and access to military aircraft to tour
the battlefield. They provided advice to field
commanders that sometimes conflicted with orders
the commanders were getting from their immediate
bosses."

'So many more American kids and Afghanistan
civilians were killed and maimed in a war that went
on too long. That's the real scandal. '

Columnist Maureen Dowd
New York Times
November 14, 2012
http://tinyurl.com/anuugo8

Toon of the Day
http://tinyurl.com/a6x5zeo
Big Secret Bucks
Mark Fiore

THURSDAY

Quote of the Day
November 15, 2012

''This is primarily about Netanyanu* shoring up the
right-wing of his base. And once again it is
Palestinians, this time Gazans, who will pay the
price. The question that remains is whether the
U.S.-assured impunity that Israel's leadership has
so long counted on will continue, or whether there
will be enough pressure on the Obama
administration and Congress so that this time, the
U.S. will finally be forced to allow the international
community to hold Israel accountable for this latest
round of violations of international law.'

Phyllis Bennis, a fellow of the
Institute for Policy Studies
and of the Transnational Institute in
Amsterdam
The Nation
November 14, 2012
http://tinyurl.com/azzzxdx

* Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

Toon of the Day
http://tinyurl.com/ax5bqru
We're It
Tom Toles - Washington Post

FRIDAY

Quote of the Day
November 16, 2012

'"There is no fiscal cliff! What we're facing is an
obstacle course within a manufactured crisis that
was hastily thrown together in response to inflated
rhetoric about our federal deficit. Don't
misunderstand me. I don't for a moment think that
America's deficit is not a long-term problem. It is,
but it's not our short term crisis. But all the deficit
chatter has distracted us from our real crisis-the
immediate crisis of 23 million unemployed or
underemployed workers, a crumbling national
infrastructure, an under-supported manufacturing
sector, all of which require significant federal
investments, all of which will allow our economy to
grow out of this crisis, instead of digging us further
in.'

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka
November 16, 2012
http://tinyurl.com/ay77c8x

Toon of the Day
http://tinyurl.com/bot5dha
The UnReal World
Tom Tomorrow

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SATURDAY

Quote of the Day
November 17, 2012

'Gaza, after all, is a very small place. Pick a point,
any point, along its 25-mile coastline, and you're
seven or so miles - never more - from the other
side. The other side is where my grandparents were
born, in a village that has since become someone
else's country, off limits to me. You call it Israel. I
call it the place where the bombs come from. One
thundered to earth just now, as I was writing this. '

Lara Aburamadan, freelance
photographer and a student
of English language and
translation

New York Times
November 17, 2012
http://tinyurl.com/dxxnh4k

Toon of the Day
http://tinyurl.com/b9yhgj4
Over the Cliff
Stuart Carrlson

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