Friday, April 18, 2008

It's the Economy Stupid

The following is how a Reuters article, written by Paul Eckert today, began:
In 1992, Bill Clinton used the phrase "it's the economy, stupid" to win the White House amid a recession. Sixteen years later, his wife Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama are fighting for the Democratic presidential nomination by promising relief from more hard times.

Here's how it should have begun:
In 1992, Bill Clinton used the phrase "it's the economy, stupid" to win the White House amid a recession (Thanks to Bush I). Sixteen years later, his wife Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama are fighting for the Democratic presidential nomination by promising relief from more hard times. (Thanks to Bush II)

Friday, April 11, 2008

Daily Show's John Oliver Rips FOX News

Must watch videos for any one who think FOX is not all that bad. And every one else :). It showcases how the main hosts flipped their positions from clinton admin to bush admin. Check them out.




Thursday, April 10, 2008

Bush Screwed up American Middle Class

There is a new pew poll that came out yesterday. Here are a few ways Mr Bush screwed Middle Class Americans:
  • Fewer Americans now than at any time in the past half century believe they're moving forward in life.
  • For decades, middle-income Americans had been making absolute progress while enduring relative decline. But since 1999, they have not made economic gains.
  • For the past two decades middle-income Americans have been spending more and borrowing more. Housing has been the key driver of both trends.
  • Most middle class adults agree with the old saw that the Republican Party favors the rich while the Democratic Party favors the middle class and the poor.

Iraq: Six Months At A Time

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Instant Runoff Voting

This is how Voting should be done!
From Hendrik Hertzberg a primer:
Instant runoff voting, as you (being a reader of this blog) probably know, eliminates the “spoiler” effect in the one-winner elections standard in the United States; guarantees that the winner has at least grudging support, of a majority; and guarantees that a candidate whom most voters really, truly don’t want can’t get elected. The way it works is this: (a) You list your choices in order of preference. (b) If someone gets an outright majority of first choices, that’s it. (c) Otherwise, there’s an “instant runoff”—the biggest loser gets dropped from the counting and his or her voters’ second choices get counted along with everybody else’s first choices. (d) Repeat (c) till someone has a majority, though this is almost never necessary. I.R.V. is used in Australia and Ireland, where voters like it fine, and in several American cities—including Burlington, Vermont.

Friday, April 4, 2008

Ban and Un-Ban

India lifts a Ban:
A critically acclaimed Pakistani film on Islam has been released across cinemas in India.

It is the first Pakistani film to get a wide commercial release in India in over four decades.

Khuda Kay Liye (In the Name of God) focuses on the lives of Muslims after the 11 September 2001 attacks on the United States.

Officially, India and Pakistan have banned each other's films since going to war in 1965.

Afghanistan enforces a ban:
The Afghan government has told private television stations in the country to stop broadcasting Indian soap operas.
:
There are six Indian soap operas running in Afghanistan, providing vital revenue for TV stations, but they have been criticised for being un-Islamic.

A television show broadcast recently which showed Afghan men and women dancing together at a movie awards ceremony caused uproar in parliament

Drink Tandoori Chicken

Would you like to drink an entree which is also an exotic Indian Delicacy? eww!!


(From Amit)