“[Herman Cain’s position that he] is personally anti-abortion but believes it’s “not the government’s role … to make that decision” — began to register with conservative Iowa activists. “That is a pro-choice position,” Bob Vander Plaats, a social conservative leader in Iowa, told The Huffington Post.”—Herman Cain’s Abortion Comments Roil Iowa Republicans
“You’re a writer, you can sit in a room and write — it’s what you do — and if the neighbors are wacko trash-heads, then write about them. Nothing bad ever happens to a writer; everything is material.”—Kiss of death - Writers and Writing - Salon.com (Garrison Keillor)
"Family background of kids does not really seem to matter in their aggressive behavior. Instead, what really matters is where they are located in the school hierarchy," Faris said. He said he believes the patterns, "arise in a wide range of schools across the country regardless of what community they may be in."
The study made two breakthroughs that give Faris reason for hope. The first discovery is that aggressive behavior, on the whole, does not actually work to elevate kids’ social status. “We’ve found that by-and-large, on average, the more aggressive you are, it doesn’t have an effect on how likely you are to climb the social ladder later on.”
The second discovery is that behavior is contagious. When students are aggressive, there’s a higher likelihood that their friends will become aggressive….”There’s also the possibility that positive behaviors can also spread through social networks and that kids may be more likely to intervene in bullying situations if they see their friends stepping in to stop things, or if they see their friends discouraging that kind of behavior.”
“We, as Americans, may not have common goals. We do, however, have a common enemy. That enemy is the corruption of Congress. The single fact that most all of us agree about is that our Congress is bought, and our politics, corrupted. Not the buying of quid pro quo bribery. Congress is not criminal. But you don’t have to be a criminal to be corrupt. The corruption that is our Congress is in plain sight. It is legal, indeed, protected by the First Amendment. It is the bending and contorting to feed the fundraising frenzy that occupies the majority of the life of too many in Congress. And everyone — from Bill O’Reilly to Jon Stewart — should be able to agree that this corruption is at the root of the problems facing this Republic. And that until we remedy this corruption, this Republic will remain lost.”—Lawrence Lessig: #OccupyWallSt v2: What Cross-Partisanship Must Mean
“Not all the Republican candidates are at war with science. Last month, former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman tweeted to all the world, “To be clear. I believe in evolution and trust scientists on global warming. Call me crazy.” Such sentiments have left Huntsman with about one percent support among likely Republican voters, far behind the anti-science candidates. Clearly, Huntsman’s problem is that he’s not crazy enough.”—Why I’m an Independent: Commentary: No place for science in GOP presidential field - KansasCity.com