andreww

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  • andreww commented on the diary post Zimmerman Verdict: Not Guilty — Livestream by Elliott.

    2013-07-14 17:16:26View | Delete

    It was poor judgment to have a gun, but perfectly reasonable to shoot a 16 year who weighs about 100 lbs less than you in the heart?

  • andreww commented on the diary post Zimmerman Verdict: Not Guilty — Livestream by Elliott.

    2013-07-14 17:13:46View | Delete

    I know I wouldn’t shoot him in the heart. I don’t how exactly I would react, but I know I wouldn’t shoot to kill.

  • andreww commented on the diary post Zimmerman Verdict: Not Guilty — Livestream by Elliott.

    2013-07-14 16:28:55View | Delete

    No material evidence necessary? Just a “feeling” and some scrapes?

  • andreww commented on the diary post Zimmerman Verdict: Not Guilty — Livestream by Elliott.

    2013-07-14 16:26:19View | Delete

    How was “carrying a gun” a mistake? It’s perfectly legal under Florida law. What I don’t see is the evidence that is sufficient to recommend deploying a gun at an unarmed man’s chest.

  • andreww commented on the diary post Zimmerman Verdict: Not Guilty — Livestream by Elliott.

    2013-07-14 15:56:29View | Delete

    What I don’t fully understand is what is the threshold for determining it’s okay to deploy deadly force as self -defense? Would one punch by Martin have crossed the threshold? It appears that, in this case, the threshold for unleashing deadly force was having one’s head rubbed or smacked against concrete. In other cases what [...]

  • andreww commented on the diary post Yes, Congress and the President are responsible for the surveillance state by danps.

    2013-06-16 06:34:02View | Delete

    How many times have Americans voted out the party in power because of real and perceived abuses? It happens all the time. Yet, every time it happens, the same rightward march continues. What would these folks who want Americans to “look at themselves in the mirror” have us do? I know what I would do: [...]

  • Let’s be truthful: the only people who were honest with Americans about what Obamacare would do were Republicans. Yes, they threw in a bunch of dishonesty to go with the honesty, but they–accidentally, opportunistically, whatever–gave Americans the truth: most Americans are going to be made more financially/existentially vulnerable with the passage of this bill.

  • Yves Smith seems to be engaging in hand waving. She’s unconvincingly conflating efficacy and advocacy for justice. I have no doubt that White is effective, but like her work at P&D, she is going to be taking her marching orders from a corporatist administration; it’s going to take a hell of a lot of advocacy, gumption, and fire to stand up to Obama, much less deliver some heads on platters. That may not be entirely White’s fault, but without that profile, color me unimpressed with this pick.

    Don’t really follow the strange red herring Yves throws in there about Warren. I have no opinion about Warren, really, but in real sense, Warren has much greater latitude in defying Obama/Wall Street. I’m sure she won’t buck them, but she’s much more likely to, IMO.

  • andreww commented on the blog post Late Night: Is That All There Is?

    2013-01-19 07:46:10View | Delete

    Also, if you pay attention,only centrist types use the phrase “rein in entitlement spending” with frequency. Elected Republicans say simply, “cut out of control spending.”. That’s a world of difference. The latter refers to spending targeted to black people and squishy spending like education et al. The former is spending for white aunt Maude in central Missouri.

  • andreww commented on the blog post Late Night: Is That All There Is?

    2013-01-19 07:28:07View | Delete

    I don’t follow Walker’s sense of Obama’s strategy, but mine has consistently been: Obama has been thwarted again and again in his quest to get Republicans to join him in a grand bargain. The Rep aim has been to deny Obama any kind of bragging rights, cutting entitlements is definitely less important to Reps than it is to Wall Street Democrats. You know this because on the rare occasions that O has shown genuine frustration and anger, it’s been about the failure to a achieve entitlement cuts in a grand bargain. The other time was when Blanche Lincoln got primaried.

  • andreww commented on the blog post The Freedom of No Plausible Bipartisan Agenda

    2013-01-17 09:52:07View | Delete

    Honestly, I wish the Democrats would nominate a blueblood instead of an apple-polisher like Obama or Clinton. Bluebloods seldom need the ego boost of serving corporate masters. Or, at any rate, they would be okay with the status quo and wouldn’t feel the need to *constantly* pull toward corporatocratic utopia.

  • andreww commented on the blog post The Freedom of No Plausible Bipartisan Agenda

    2013-01-17 09:26:45View | Delete

    It’s what Jon is saying, plus a heaping helping of “pay no attention to the shitty, still-stalled-out economy.” He knows his legacy is going to be pinned to the economy, and he knows he’s not even going to be able to inflate a bubble without some Republican cooperation, so he’s grasping at anything to glue in his presidential scrapbook.

  • andreww commented on the blog post Obama To Announce New Gun Proposals Today

    2013-01-16 09:56:10View | Delete

    Pay no attention to those 12.2 million unemployed….

  • andreww commented on the blog post Countdown to Fiscal Cliff Bill

    2013-01-02 17:05:57View | Delete

    It took Ezra Klein less than 12 hours after passage of the bill to break out the pompoms (after having criticized it while it was unfolding ). Chait and Yglesias have been a little slower to suit up.

  • andreww commented on the blog post Latest on the Fiscal Cliffage

    2013-01-01 17:39:48View | Delete

    As soon as communism fell, it was checkmate on the hoi polloi. Twenty three years of capitalism laying on the gas. Don’t know where the breaking point is.

  • andreww commented on the blog post Latest on the Fiscal Cliffage

    2013-01-01 17:34:10View | Delete

    Of course it will. The only thing worth watching for is how long the breath-pause after passage before Klein, Chait, Yglesias and the rest of the scribblers start reframing this round of shock doctrine (after having criticized it in the making).

  • andreww commented on the blog post Latest on the Fiscal Cliffage

    2013-01-01 17:26:50View | Delete

    The point isn’t that Reid’s some kind of principled hardass, just that Biden/Obama are well to the right of an already-right-leaning Reid.

  • andreww commented on the blog post Video: Alan Simpson Does Gangnam Style Austerity Dance

    2012-12-05 17:40:12View | Delete

    Alan Simpson’s parents should rise from the dead and drink battery acid for what they’ve wrought.

  • The victory of John of Patmos over John the Evangelist. I think most Americans know this country and this world is going to hell in a hand basket, and are simply riding the collapse down on creature comforts. Higher things, perhaps correctly, are not worth it. Nevertheless, one must continue to fight, even without hope.

  • E Patton’s argument is predicated on the belief that poor folk don’t know that Twinkies are bad for you. Which is nonsense. People eat stuff that they know is bad for them. Whatever’s stocked on the end caps at Sam’s and shuts the kids up is what they’re going to buy. I think Dayen was simply pointing up a universally accepted belief that Twinkies et al are profoundly bad for you, a fact not lost on the third shift nursing home worker. No need to throw up barriers where none exist.

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