TarheelDem

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  • TarheelDem commented on the diary post Big Media Companies, “What are they afraid of?” by spocko.

    2014-10-31 20:40:38View | Delete

    Sinclair tried the same thing with TV local newscasts. Local political coverage and a lot of state political coverage has disappeared from the local stations owned by the Wall Street media (which is rapidly becoming most of them). I remember 2-min reports on every city and county council meeting in the major city and often [...]

  • TarheelDem commented on the diary post Big Media Companies, “What are they afraid of?” by spocko.

    2014-10-31 20:34:58View | Delete

    Mark Knoller ‏@markknoller 10h10 hours ago On Air Force One, Pres Obama negotiates no press gaggle for @PressSec in exchange for “Death by Chocolate” Cake for press pool.

    Most transparent President exposing media inaction. Media tattling on each other. White House communications staff using cake and withdrawal of access as carrots and sticks. (Where are the [...]

  • TarheelDem commented on the diary post Big Media Companies, “What are they afraid of?” by spocko.

    2014-10-31 20:21:10View | Delete

    Paddy Chayefsky certainly showed all his scars in “Network”. He did work for Philco Playhouse on NBC during the storied “Golden Age of TV”. By 1976, TV had left that Golden Age behind. No more original teleplays or edgy content. We are well beyond that requiem for TV. No more “What Makes Sammy Run”, “Marty”, “Flowers [...]

  • TarheelDem commented on the diary post Give me your huddled masses yearning to breathe free… by wendydavis.

    2014-10-31 19:37:18View | Delete

    Once the idea of rehabilitation got replaced with warehousing, no one was good with operating prisons. Once mental health hospitals (formerly called asylums) were closed and community mental health services did not materialize, prisons became the default custodians with guards untrained in dealing with mental illness. Once politicians saw how much these prisons were costing, [...]

  • TarheelDem commented on the diary post Reflections on Halloween by Ohio Barbarian.

    2014-10-31 18:14:04View | Delete

    I almost forgot. My wife’s other prop was her “spell book” (a dictionary). Kids loved the bad joke.

  • TarheelDem commented on the diary post Reflections on Halloween by Ohio Barbarian.

    2014-10-31 17:53:01View | Delete

    At least since the 1950s (my earliest memories) Halloween has been the ultimate fall capitalist (er, merchants) harvest festival and the star of the second month in the secular school liturgical year. All of this religious concern trolling has been around for only the last 25 or 30 years in the Carolinas as best I [...]

  • The state secrets privilege is a judicially created rule of evidence, not a doctrine of sovereign immunity or non-justiciability,”

    This is an excellent first step. And being a judicially created rule of evidence, a judge can dismiss it as a valid privilege of a democratic government. A judge such as the one who does not think the defense counsel’s request is necessary to the case, by the way. This judge is trying to split the difference instead of striking down the government’s attempt to deny due process and accountability.

    The judge has stated that the state secrets doctrine is a privilege that the judiciary extends to the executive out of deference for what exactly? National security is the claim, but as US vs. Reynolds shows even the originating case never was about national security but dodging accountability to the family of a contractor killed in an aircraft accident.

  • TarheelDem commented on the diary post Louisiana health officials deserve a Darwin Award for catastrophic stupidity by Masoninblue.

    2014-10-31 14:35:52View | Delete

    Are they going to shut down one of the premier tropical disease research centers at Tulane U. as well?

    That little bit of Jindal grandstanding is facepalm stupid and pulling it at the last minute risks sabotaging the conference altogether. How can they quickly make other arrangements?

    Just so a politician can “look tough”.

  • TarheelDem commented on the diary post Give me your huddled masses yearning to breathe free… by wendydavis.

    2014-10-31 13:30:05View | Delete

    My FB friends already got that blast. Big data at work. The kerfluffle at First Look is interesting in that The Intercept folks have built some temporary independence out of it. Pareene just set himself up to get canned loudly and boldly. I bet there will be some interesting investigative reporting on what Omidyar was [...]

  • TarheelDem commented on the blog post Top Ten Govt Things to Be Afraid of for Halloween

    2014-10-31 12:32:01View | Delete

    Heh.

    Yep. Be afraid and cower.

    And let the adults of the deep state handle this. How? You don’t want to know.

  • TarheelDem commented on the diary post Give me your huddled masses yearning to breathe free… by wendydavis.

    2014-10-31 10:40:45View | Delete

    Sorta says “We’ve got another way to deal with the demographic change coming that might force a change of our ideology.” doesn’t it. Ethnic cleansing is always the settler colonialists’ last refuge, isn’t it. If it can be accomplished through political pressure and subterfuge, all the better. If not, there are sterner measures. Given the [...]

  • TarheelDem commented on the diary post Give me your huddled masses yearning to breathe free… by wendydavis.

    2014-10-31 10:31:37View | Delete

    CCA’s business model locks in break-even with the contractual bed mandates. That means that governments formally or informally act as agents with other governments to fill those empty beds with what are essentially sub-lets to other jurisdictions. Or deliver new prisoners from their own streets. Pretty much regardless of CCA’s performance because part of the [...]

  • TarheelDem commented on the blog post Analysis: Estimating the Size of D.C. Marijuana Market

    2014-10-31 10:20:52View | Delete

    Does that estimate include Congress or not?

  • TarheelDem commented on the diary post Give me your huddled masses yearning to breathe free… by wendydavis.

    2014-10-30 19:57:51View | Delete

    Slavery never dies in this country, does it.

  • TarheelDem commented on the diary post Give me your huddled masses yearning to breathe free… by wendydavis.

    2014-10-30 19:56:01View | Delete

    It’s not a victory unless the legislature changes. Although, keeping Thom Tillis out of DC has been a huge priority. Hagan’s the unfortunate accidental beneficiary.

  • TarheelDem commented on the diary post Give me your huddled masses yearning to breathe free… by wendydavis.

    2014-10-30 19:19:26View | Delete

    CCA is one of the worst manifestations of the privatized infrastructure trend. And it depends on keeping politicians hyped up about crime and illegal crossings to keep the cash flow coming. (Don’t think that ISIL-ebola-Obama-Guantanamo terror chant from GOP ads wasn’t about immigration without mentioning the word, and seemingly the ruse has worked.) One of [...]

  • TarheelDem commented on the diary post On Doug Henwood’s piece about Hillary Clinton by cassiodorus.

    2014-10-30 13:29:04View | Delete

    Third parties are not useless. Eugene Debs, among others, proved that a century ago.

    Third parties that see their campaign not as winning but a being a trim-tab for a major party alignment through sending a message have proved themselves over the past 40 years to be useless.

  • Smells like protecting a cut-out or covering for a foreign propaganda operation, doesn’t it?

    State secrets, as I’ve said many times since 2012, are corrosive of democracy. Public acknowledgement of the primacy of state secrets over justice in domestic civil suits is unheard of until now. And state secrets as a formal legal doctrine in the US did not exist until 1954.

    Our best hope is a judge who understands the danger of unlimited state secrets. Our probability of getting a judge like that is not high. Not the least because they know their communications are being swept up in the NSA dragnet too.

  • TarheelDem commented on the blog post U.S. Postal Service Spying on Americans Without Oversight

    2014-10-30 10:40:20View | Delete

    Of course, what do you think the Amerithrax attack was intended to do?

  • TarheelDem commented on the diary post On Doug Henwood’s piece about Hillary Clinton by cassiodorus.

    2014-10-30 07:02:41View | Delete

    Yes, indeed. Focus on the mechanics and ignore the need for political conversation. That seems to win for third parties every time, doesn’t it. Focus on the period between the filing date and election day and ignore the continuous development of party support and candidate selection. Face rebuilding a party from scratch every two years. [...]

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