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  • Can you imagine the typical cold crossing the Atlantic or waiting long hours in line at Ellis Island? I figured it was huddled to keep from freezing.

  • I disagree - if we're going to talk to Muslims and Charles Murray, we might as well talk to Wofrum. Though we might want to delay it until everyone's vaccinated and fumigated.  But no book signing - I draw the line at book signing.

  • Don't talk to him, people. He just wants to show you his dog pictures again.

  • Great post. Thanks for reminding us of the true reason for the statue.

  • I haven't even looked at the numbers to tell you the truth.  More of the truth, I have been out of the loop for a while now on what is going on - long story, which includes not having access to a computer (writing blogs on my phone was just too much of a hassle as one might imagine) -...

  • Nice.

    Have always loved Lady Liberty and always cringed at that excerpt of Lazarus's poem. Describing the individuals and families who had the hope and fortitude to leave their familiar worlds for an unknown new one as 'huddled masses' just sounds wrong.

     

  • Thanks for the additional info on this particular contretemp.

    I haven't read Murray myself though I keep thinking I should since he is so controversial. I shared his letter after seeing it and noticing that what happened to him was similar to what happened to Malik. Also remembered...

    by EmmaZahn 2 hours 39 min ago in Freedom to Defend...
  • I commented on 1 fairy tale-ish line that detracted from the post. Didn't discuss the post overall.

  • Breaking News ...  My haiku submission has been selected as a finalist for the New York Times Haiku Challenge. Should know in a couple of days if it made the final cut.  

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  • I agree, TRK.  But I'm hoping that even with gerrymandering many Republican voters will begin to see the GOP's malevolent agenda and vote their own best interest. I intend to start breaking down how the GOP is distorting the tern "socialism" to get people to vote...

  • It is interesting that all but one appreciates your post.

    On a more serious note, the GOP will become more desperate over time. This summer the National Action Network...

  • Actually the email of the president is a good idea if it really means postponing and preparing - i.e. to debate or engage fully and deeply with research, not just hearing for the first time.

    I think someone like Charles Murray could be very dangerous for an untrained mind tempted by easy...

    by PeraclesPlease 12 hours 23 min ago in Freedom to Defend...
  • One of the letters, which Murray himself praised for starting to research and find direct works by him rather than SPLC excerpts or misquotes.

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    by PeraclesPlease 12 hours 25 min ago in Freedom to Defend...
  • No, you just have crap memories and I'm correcting you, odd since you love Obama so much.

    Altgeld Gardens was before Obama went to Harvard, not after.

    Wattree's mixing up Obama as a community worker, with Obama coming out of his law degree & settling in Chicago....

  • Did I miss something? 

  • Unions have had a difficult time of it for the last thirty some years.  I personally feel they will make a come back.  I have watched the local service unions work their butts off in these last few elections here locally.  That make a big impression on the local poor community....

  • Good for Sotomayor.  I hope she continues to be a thorn in his side.  He is out of step with the country.  These are only short term victories for his white privileged class. These rulings of his are not going to stand the test of time.  The GOP can't seem to hold their...

  • Did you say something?

  • We will see more of this in this term.  Problem is with the House.  It will be hard to pick enough of them off in this election cycle because of gerrymandering.  Because of all the effort Obama has made we will see the GOP loose ground in 2016.  

  • Here's the Times lead piece:

    In a fractured decision that revealed deep divisions over what role the judiciary should play in protecting racial and ethnic...

  • Interestingly, Justice Breyer also concurred because he found that Michigan voters could trump unelected university officials in effecting state policy on affirmative action.

  • Bumped into another one:

    Charles Murray: An open letter to the students of Azusa Pacific University | AEIdeas

    I was scheduled to speak to you...

    by EmmaZahn 17 hours 41 min ago in Freedom to Defend...
  • Clarification--I've not gotten past the case summary yet, but Justice Kennedy read the decision based on his opinion, to which Chief Justice Roberts and Justice Alito joined.  Justice Scalia wrote a concurring opinion, to which Justice Thomas joined, and then the Chief Justice wrote his...

  • I'm on it. Thank you, TRK.

  • I had actually forgotten that from "Dreams From My Father" 

    I think he is just looking to pick a fight over nothing because he dislikes you.

  • Wall Street Reforms and Consumer Protection

    41. Ordered 65 executives who took bailout money to cut their own pay until they paid back all bailout money. http://huff.to/eAi9Qq

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  • "We didn't yet have the power to change state welfare policy, or create local jobs, or bring substantially more money into the schools," [Obama] wrote. "But what we could do was begin to improve basic services at Altgeld--get the toilets fixed, the heaters working, the windows...

  • The conversation is long overdue. I suggest that a committee be appointed to insure that the format of said conversation is agreed by all.

  • The media seems to like to saddle up the goats for the GOP 2016 rodeo. The country is moving along with out the corporate held main stream media and the GOP.  

  • What is predictable from the media is the identification of a maverick Republican with new ideas to drive the party and the country forward. McCain was a maverick. Ryan was the bold budgetary maverick. Now the media is building up Rand Paul after Rubio and Cruz went bust. 

  • Bundy can't run his cattle over the dessert anymore.  He is now isolated to his ranch. His estate will have to pay the fines and fees in the future.  The courts will settle the rest of it. BLM can confiscate his cattle at the rail head if they want. This threat of loosing the...

  • Thanks for this list.

    I think we need to spend more time on some of the positive things that have been done.  Some of this was long over due.  The media spends too much time chasing the bat shit crazies around for sound bites.  I did a search this week end to find news...

  • Right, and here's the thing... I'll freely gore the Moses ox, if that ox happens to trample in my yard.  But so far, it has stayed in its own pen.  It's the Islamist ox who is out there threatening newspaper editors over political cartoons and threatening Ali for her...

    by Michael Maiello 21 hours 3 min ago in Freedom to Defend...
  • I don't understand. I've hung out in the US with North Africans and Pakistanis, chatting every day in cafés and bars. I had an Iranian landlord. My local grocer was Libyan. There are large Muslim populations in LA, New York, Detroit, elsewhere. There are Muslims on every...

    by PeraclesPlease 21 hours 25 min ago in Freedom to Defend...
  • But given the options available to the editor of the Harvard Law Review, it was a financial sacrifice. That was the message of Wattree's post.

  • "imply that Obama did something negative." - no I did not. It just wasn't the Robin Hood action Wattree portrayed it as.

  • The releases are great

    Isn't amazing that Huckabee and Fox News is viewing a criminal like Bundy as a hero? These cowards were going to put women in the front to act as cannon fodder. Disgraceful. Plutocrats like Bundy have seen their wealth increase under the Socialist Obama and...

  • LOL

  • You are being silly. Did Obama take a less lucrative route? Yes.

    Did Obama physically install or repair heaters? No.

    Was that the true implication of what Wattree wrote? No.

    Did he work with organizations that aided the poor? Yes.

    Was working with these organizations...

  • "Are you bothered by poetic license" - I'm bothered by the continual distortion of facts. When the GOP does it, you're none too thrilled. Me, I don't...

  • Ernst Röhm of the exclusive gay SturmAbteilung (SA or Brownshirts) led one of the most thuggish massive organizations of modern times, culminating in Kristallnacht. I imagine there are other examples, but I'm not silly enough to tie being gay to being violent. Nor am I silly enough...

    by PeraclesPlease 22 hours 46 min ago in Freedom to Defend...
  • It is a good start.  Also the Monday announcement forces the media a way from the Nevada stand off.  One of the six prisoners that was pardoned in December was released last week in Tallahassee.  The coverage of her coming home was preempted because of the Bundy stand off.  I...

  • So that is what irritates you? Seems a trivial issue.

    After Columbia, 

    After four years living in New York City, Obama moved to Chicago to work as a community organizer. He worked for three years from June 1985 to May 1988 as director of the Developing Communities Project (DCP...

  • But this is also why the offending "exception" is not necessarily offensive and doesn't necessarily mark an inconsistency.

    As you pointed out elsewhere, exponents of the Islamic faith have been some of the most violent people of recent times and violent in the...

    by Peter Schwartz 23 hours 7 min ago in Freedom to Defend...
  • Why is polygamy "coercion" or "harm"?

    by PeraclesPlease 23 hours 14 min ago in Freedom to Defend...
  • You are partly right on the hypocrisy angle.

    I think she starts with Islamophobia as the problem and then sees less hypocrisy as a solution to that problem, in particular.

    Less hypocrisy could be a solution if people found themselves disliking their own hypocrisy--though people...

    by Peter Schwartz 23 hours 17 min ago in Freedom to Defend...
  • I think if you can show that no consent was involved--man on dog--or coercion or harm was involved--polygamy--you have a case to make.

    The latter isn't black and white, but it isn't just arbitrary, either.

    by Peter Schwartz 23 hours 29 min ago in Freedom to Defend...
  • Does that sound anything like "But he didn't do that. Instead, he went quietly back into the community and went to work helping people to get their heaters fixed. ...

  • At least you see it as the hypocrisy that Malik is railing against.

    I'm not sure I agree it's a "non-solution solution" to get people to be less hypocritical. Getting people to accept gays is tougher than a law to uphold gay rights, but over the last decade the amount of...

    by PeraclesPlease 23 hours 47 min ago in Freedom to Defend...
  • "But seriously, allowing gay marriage doesn't mean that the straights in the hood have to start engaging in anal sex, etc. So where's the, ah,...

    by PeraclesPlease 23 hours 57 min ago in Freedom to Defend...
  • Quite pertinent, thanks.

    by PeraclesPlease 1 day 6 min ago in Freedom to Defend...
  • This post seems pertinent to the discussion.
     
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    by EmmaZahn 1 day 16 min ago in Freedom to Defend...
  • Mayhem is a favorite of mine, too. 

    About the rest of the post, is the $26 billion the whole package or will states that usually bear the lion's share of unemployment insurance risk be required to do anything?

    And some math inspired by the numbers shown:

    $26 billion...

  • Ali for one is a documented liar, an issue you ignore - she claimed gang rape to get Dutch residence. Her tactics such as filming the Koran written on her nude are nothing like Glenn Greenwald, who argues as a lawyer and is not gratuitously insulting.

    PS:...

    by Peter Schwartz 1 day 55 min ago in Freedom to Defend...
  • The other problem for her is partly practical.

    Someone DID invite Ali. Someones DID object to the invitation. Others objected to the objection and so on.

    But who is inviting homophobes to speak?

    You can't object to homophobes speaking unless they've invited to speak...

    by Peter Schwartz 1 day 1 hour ago in Freedom to Defend...
  • Here is her article from your link:

    "LONDON — The defense of free speech often hides a multitude of sins. Since Brandeis University...

    by Peter Schwartz 1 day 1 hour ago in Freedom to Defend...
  • Here is the full context of Obama's activity from Wikipedia

    Obama directed Illinois Project Vote from April to October 1992, a voter registration drive, officially nonpartisan, that helped Carol Moseley Braun become the first black woman ever elected to the Senate.[52]...

  • She doesn't say "don't argue back"- she encourages speaking up. She says, "don't speak up for 1 phobe's free speech and fall silent for the other phobes". How many times must this be said?

    She is NOT encouraging people to...

    by Peter Schwartz 1 day 2 hours ago in Freedom to Defend...
  • No, sorry--you're wrong.

    First, he didn't write anything until he was questioned.

    Second, I was one of the few who actually read the article he linked to and read the links in that article, including the methodology. From the start.

    Third, he did start to write about...

    by Peter Schwartz 1 day 2 hours ago in Freedom to Defend...
  • "Wattree is correct that he had multiple options." - thank you for pointing out the part that I didn't disagree with. That really changes my whole...

  • Well to continue on with the conversation you have so grandly introduced to us/me, let's have that conversation, and let's include some other conversations that we have had in the past.

    I am so glad we had this conversation, I feel better. 

  • Ali for one is a documented liar, an issue you ignore - she claimed gang rape to get Dutch residence. Her tactics such as filming the Koran written on her nude are nothing like Glenn Greenwald, who argues as a lawyer and is not gratuitously insulting.

    Summers' "argument" was...

    by PeraclesPlease 1 day 2 hours ago in Freedom to Defend...
  • Glenn Greenwald came to the United States and wasn't killed by jack-booted masked thugs.

  • Perhaps Ms. Kohn can join with CNN in suggesting how the Klan can rebrand itself to make its views more palatable.

  • Bullshit, I was just noting you were going off the rails rather than reading the fucking piece he actually wrote, and that your trying to decipher some sinister motive was going nowhere, which is where it went - over a set of 20 comments or so. Yes, mine was said in whimsy, but you didn't...

    by PeraclesPlease 1 day 3 hours ago in Freedom to Defend...
  • She doesn't say "don't argue back"- she encourages speaking up. She says, "don't speak up for 1 phobe's free speech and fall silent for the other phobes". How many times must this be said?

    "...

    by PeraclesPlease 1 day 3 hours ago in Freedom to Defend...
  • Actually, with LULU, I was proven right by what LULU said himself--twice--as the conversation went along and he felt comfortable saying, or starting to say, why he was interested in the article.

    You opined that maybe the study simply caught his fancy--but he said that he posted it because...

    by Peter Schwartz 1 day 3 hours ago in Freedom to Defend...
  • Why don't you try not psychoanalyzing and simply take her words at face value? Maybe she can accept phobes speaking as long as it's not inciting violence - is that so strange?

    "Absolutist" is sarcastic when the people are absolute only about 1 group & not the rest....

    by PeraclesPlease 1 day 3 hours ago in Freedom to Defend...
  • Here is a take on how Fox has normalized racist and xenophobia from a blogger at TPM.Fox makes it easier to express views that were previously considered unacceptable. Ms. Kohn ignores that role.

  • It was disappointing to read that Bloomberg has gone from trying to launch a third political party to dictating to using mothers to guilt people into behaving as he thinks they should. From appealing to reason to appealing to authority to appealing to emotions. Definately a downward spiral...

  • Just pre-ordered your book Kindle edition and tweeted it!  Looking forward to learning a little more history. Nice website you have for it, too.

     

  • Holder and Obama have made changes in federal sentencing laws and in eligibility  for Presidential clemency.

  • I would have to look at her article again more closely, but I actually don't think she says to tolerate the speaker no matter what. This is PP's view of what she's saying, not hers.

    She mocks that view a bit by calling the people (who stood up for Ali when the invitation was...

    by Peter Schwartz 1 day 3 hours ago in Freedom to Defend...
  • Holder and Obama are making a gallant effort to change drugs laws in the United States. There is much more to be done. 

  • Yes, of course.  Most of our speech is meant to influence the world.  Most of it won't. Some of it might.  But if somebody's speech intends to change the world in ways you do not like (if, for example, somebody's speech demands that nobody stencil the Koran on their...

    by Michael Maiello 1 day 5 hours ago in Freedom to Defend...
  • One of the points that is sometimes overlooked in discussions about freedom of speech is its connection to sources of power and coercion. IOW, its social context.

    Without always saying so, advocates of unfettered free speech assume (argue for) a sort of Hyde Park Speaker's Corner...

    by Peter Schwartz 1 day 5 hours ago in Freedom to Defend...
  • This happens everyday in the United States, from my experience I think that Liberal/Progressives are far more respectful. Ms. Kohn needs to tell her Conservative friends to be more respectful

    I have a Conservative acquaintance who flatly states that he views Obama is a liar. Another cites...

  • I can't get the formatting right on my iPad, but here is a graph noting that deportations of immigrants has not gone up under Obama. Deportations have gone down. 

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  • Given that Obama was editor of the Harvard Law Review, Wattree is correct that he had multiple options. In fact the University of Chicago recruited him by offering him time to write his first book. Obama focused on voter recruitment prorams like Project Vote. He let people like...

  •    A lot of people aren't swayed by facts or reason, but some are.  You can sometimes get results by providing people with information, or pointing out the flaws in their thinking.  Wattree seems to prefer vituperation(as do a great many right-wingers, probably a majority...

  • BTW 

    Have previous comments been removed?

  • Civil conversations between Liberals and Conservatives occur everyday. The idea that Liberals are yelling at Conservatives in the workplace or restaurants is ridiculous. It is likely that Conservatives who do not accept climate change, evolution, etc will not alter their views when faced...

  •    She wasn't talking about the "truth", she was talking about things like tolerance, civility, and rational discussion. While I admit I don't have a great deal of tolerance for conservatives(although far more than Wattree has), I think it is often better to try to...

  • "when Obama graduated from law school he could have gone to work as a law clerk for the Supreme Court, or pursued wealth by going into any one of the top law firms in the country...Instead, he went...

  • That was what my enter key did.  Resistance was having the same trouble also.  Then I noticed he was able to make paragraphs again and I asked.  His son told him to use google chrome.  I down loaded chrome from google and have not had any trouble since. I also could not...

  • Thank you, TRK, Michael. I'm going to have to do something, because if I hit "Enter," absolutely nothing happens. Michael, I use those little dots between my paragraphs routinely now, because of formatting  problems all over the internet. Many sites will fuse an article...

  • And, of course, by controlling philanthropy, the wealthy will decide who is worth of help and who is not.  The wealthy will decide what they have to do to get that help. The wealthy will decide what causes society should pursue.  It's an extension of private power, packaged like a...

  • Thank you, Richard, TKR. The people who can't see through the Republican scam have to be purposely evading reality, because no one can be that stupid. None are so blind as those who refuse to see. 

  • Listened a bit to Tom Ashbrooke's On Point this evening on this very topic.

    One of the challenges is that the facts--e.g., do gun laws reduce gun violence, do NRA members want background checks--have been completely muddied.

    Unless you sit down and pore through the stats, you...

  • What a GREAT album cover shot.

    An art form that's gone the way of the dodo byrd.

    by Anonymous PS (not verified) 1 day 21 hours ago in Know the Truth, and the Truth Shall Set You Free
  • Hmm...They must of found someone in their own ranks.    

  • Good review of how inept the GOP is.  Right now I am very optimistic about this fall's election.  Push back to GOP policies is still growing.  Thanks for the quick look at their track record. 

  • This is a point I want to make in a separate post on this blog.

    The point of a lot of speech is to motivate action, not just to spout off, or discuss.

    To persuade with a view to changing minds with a view to changing how people act.

    by Anonymous PS (not verified) 1 day 21 hours ago in Freedom to Defend...
  • They pulled the listing right after reading my resume....could this be true??

    by jollyroger 1 day 21 hours ago in Republicans Finally Create a Job
  • There really isn't much to change besides the vest...Those are my "work" clothes, and not from my lawyer days....(That's why there's no bottom half--this is a family friendly blog...)

    by jollyroger 1 day 21 hours ago in Republicans Finally Create a Job
  • Awwww.

    The job you tried to view is no longer active on this site.

    Durn it. Do you think they found someone to fill the job? Or did they get a little nervous?

     

  • Most likely he'd insist on us referring to him as the Executive Director Formerly Known As JR.

  • This is just a nice, sweet argument with graphs...

    Nice goin Eric!

    Remember when Mitt would develop 12 million jobs over four years?

    Maybe, if everyone is paid three bucks an hour!

    I just pray that President Obama, or under President Obama, he hits some magic job...

  • You can see the video that the Justice Dept has just released with AG. Holder's announcement on Hufpo.  I could not find it on you tube. 

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/04/21/...

  • Eich didn't voluntarily step down - he was pressured to step down and took the obvious step. Coerced by the community is more accurate.

    "Loathsome" is actually an opinion. Different people have different opinions on this issue - as can be seen by the position you (& I)...

    by PeraclesPlease 1 day 22 hours ago in Freedom to Defend...

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