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Saturday, April 28th, 2012

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  1. #1 |  albatross | 

    I have every confidence that our bombing, invasion and occupation of Iran will be done with the same care and cleverness (and honesty with the American people about the costs and setbacks) that we have seen with our wars in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, Yemen, and Libya.

  2. #2 |  albatross | 

    Aresen:

    Yeah, I think I’ve seen some variant on the “light at the end of the tunnel” story about a dozen times now–what we were doing before was all wrong, but now we have the right general and strategy, and there are some (cherry picked, preliminary) signs of success. And six months or a year later, the same story, but with new cherry-picked preliminary signs of success, new words used to decribe the new counterinsurgency strategy (inevitably some combination of buying off one set of bloodthirsty warlords while blowing up another set, along with a couple feel-good cosmetic stuff and an interview with a woman happy to emerge from the 13th century all the way into the mid-14th century, but with better weapons). We’re about due for another one of these rashes of stories soon, I think.

    If media organs had memory, they would point out that this is the Nth time we’ve been within a couple Friedman units of success in Afghanistan. But of course they don’t, so we get the same damned story.

  3. #3 |  Juice | 

    Yes, they do. And a huge part of the reason why is that the federal government has created a buyer’s market with college loan subsidies.

    Seller’s market?

  4. #4 |  contrarian | 

    Private schools spend much less money per pupil than public schools. Look it up. Washington D.C. spends more money per student than any big city in the country, and it’s one of the worst public school systems.

    The DC budget is here: http://cfo.dc.gov/cfo/frames.asp?doc=/cfo/lib/cfo/budget/fy2013/FY2013_Volume_3_Chapters_Part_2.pdf

    The DCPS budget for 2012-13 is $802 million. Projected enrollment is 47,174. That works out to $17,000.89 per pupil. A boatload of money, to be sure. Highest in the country. The DC charter school system is separate, they have a budget of $490 million for 31,768 students, or $15,424 per student. Again, a lot of money.

    But put that in perspective. I send my kids to private school in DC. Tuition is over $32,000 per year. Actual spending per student is around $37,000 per student, with the rest made up by fundraising and income from the endowment.

  5. #5 |  Boyd Durkin | 

    > And so it begins.

    MUST protect Israel at all costs because…DON’T YOU ASK WHY!

    Not the only reason the criminally insane US will murder Iranians, just one of the biggest.

  6. #6 |  Boyd Durkin | 

    Porn producers in Simi valley should send over a few hundred gay porn vids first. Then, shoot and send over a couple hundred more gay cop porn vids followed by a few hundred…you get the point.

    Not that there is anything wrong with gay porn…not…at…all.

  7. #7 |  Boyd Durkin | 

    Sometimes a military buildup is the best way to avoid a war, its a common tactic that has been used from before recorded history – it is often effective.

    Lol. I need a best friend who is this good at being an apologist.