Kashmir Family Aid is an Oregon-based nonprofit founded by author and telecommunications executive Sam Carpenter. The group funds secular schools in the Kashmir region in an attempt to combat poverty and, thereby, reduce the number of people from the region entering violent radical groups. TAP spoke with Carpenter about his goals and role in the region.
Daniel Strauss: How will secular education counter terrorism?
So what was with that whole green background during McCain's speech last night? Josh Marshall's readers at TPM found that the background was the lawn of one Walter Reed Middle School in Los Angeles' North Hollywood neighborhood which further raises the question 'Was it supposed to be Walter Reed Hospital?' The middle school's name may just be a coincidence since the school has made cameos in both tv shows and movies including:
It's getting hard for a political journalist to keep track of all the scandals surrounding Sarah Palin -- and she's only been John McCain's VP pick for six days! Here's a list, though I can't promise it'll still be accurate by the time you read it:
Which potential GOP VP would be a good counter to Biden? Politico has an interesting article assessing each of McCain's vice presidential prospects. The article recognizes the strengths and weaknesses (mainly weaknesses) of Mitt Romney ( too rich -- together Romney and McCain are worth $35 million), Joe Lieberman (too Democratic and he's worked closely with Biden on labor issues and abortion rights), and Tom Ridge (an advocate of abortion rights, and he's got some questionable lobbyist ties). That leaves Tim Pawlenty, who Politico portrays as a walking talking-point -- incapable of doing anything but spouting Bush Administration rhetoric.
I suppose if we are thinking about turning our country over to the second Carter term — or the first McGovern — it shouldn't surprise anyone to see Russia go into its Afghanistan mode ... or Czechoslovakia ... or Hungary ... or (as Roger reminds us) Georgia.