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  • bystander commented on the blog post Obama Just Raised Taxes On The Middle Class

    2013-01-01 11:55:13View | Delete

    re: this just in

    He’s got such an investment in this stance that there is no going back. Ever. Cannot ignore sunk costs. The more inclined he is to browbeat, the more inclined I am to shake my head in wonder. Takes energy to hold that position in the face of all the evidence to the contrary. Amazing…and, imo, pitiable.

  • bystander commented on the blog post Acknowledgements

    2012-12-21 14:12:34View | Delete

    Thanks, David, for your careful attention and analysis of the mounds of “stuff” coming at you across the transom. I always felt like I was getting the real deal and the bottom line on those issues you wrote about. I relied on, and trusted your voice. It’s going to be a very difficult voice for me to replace.

    I listened to your interview with Sam Seder. Your reasons for letting go of this blog, the current nature of the left blog world, and its various audiences was extremely interesting. And, for those reading who have 30 or so minutes, I highly recommend it (begins about 0:30:39). I even took notes!!

    Best wishes going forward. I do hope you undertake some long form writing on subject of particular interest to you and will be keeping track of @ddayen to see where those pieces might occur.

    If you were amendable to a suggestion, a long form piece on the fracturing/splintering within the left blog world that you referenced in your interview with Sam, what it might reflect, and where it might lead would be a particularly interesting piece to read.

    Thanks for everything!

  • bystander commented on the diary post David Ignatius, Civics Expert by Barry Eisler.

    2012-12-14 07:23:50View | Delete

    I’d add a question, donbacon, why is torture illegal? Perhaps, the answer to that question is where – or, on whom – the burden of “proof” resides.

  • bystander commented on the diary post David Ignatius, Civics Expert by Barry Eisler.

    2012-12-14 07:21:21View | Delete

    Conor Friedersdorf does a better job of making your argument, but I remain unpersuaded in this context. And, I am unpersuaded because, as we observe, torture is already illegal and yet retains the status of “policy” which many are free to debate. I could accept illegality as the baseline premise were it not for all the [...]

  • bystander commented on the diary post David Ignatius, Civics Expert by Barry Eisler.

    2012-12-13 17:56:10View | Delete

    It’s hard to imagine anything (beyond Obama’s spurious “ban” itself) that could better cement in the public mind the notion that torture is a policy choice, not a crime.

    The Bush/Cheney administration offered a lot of ballast to the notion of torture as a policy choice. And, as a policy choice, it is most easily argued [...]

  • Precisely. Well said, David.

    Your loss here at FDL is just going to be huge.

  • bystander commented on the blog post A Programming Note

    2012-12-06 07:18:52View | Delete

    Ah, gee… I’m really sad to read this.

    Wishing you an enlightening journey. May the wind be at your back all the way.

    Please offer a forwarding address when you have one.

  • bystander commented on the blog post Outsourced

    2012-06-04 17:34:51View | Delete

    So, TBogg, how does this happen?

    The best thing that can happen is for the government to pump billions into the economy that gets to the people who will then spend it. Jobs will only come when demand for goods and services increase, but the only way to get congress to go for increased spending is to get them to act like greedy little pigs and garb some for their constituents.

    I know how it doesn’t happen. It doesn’t happen when partisan Democrats support any candidate for election or reelection with a Big-D party affiliation, irrespective of their stated priorities or political histories. It doesn’t happen when the Democratic Party’s infrastructure fails to get behind challengers to incumbent Democrats who vote more like Republicans than Democrats. It doesn’t happen when the Democratic Party Machine abandons Democratic challengers to Republican Governors (see Wisconsin). It doesn’t happen when any criticism of any Democrat is met with the mocking diatribe, and ad hom epithets, that used to greet the folks who criticized Bush.

  • bystander commented on the blog post Outsourced

    2012-06-04 11:14:24View | Delete

    pique

    I believe you meant, pique.

  • bystander commented on the blog post Outsourced

    2012-06-04 09:46:01View | Delete

    When the doctrine of allegiance to party can utterly up-end a man’s moral constitution and make a temporary fool of him besides, what excuse are you going to offer for preaching it, teaching it, extending it, perpetuating it? Shall you say, the best good of the country demands allegiance to party? Shall you also say it demands that a man kick his truth and his conscience into the gutter, and become a mouthing lunatic, besides? -Mark Twain

  • bystander commented on the blog post The Roundup for March 12, 2012

    2012-03-12 18:30:19View | Delete

    Should they just install an actual revolving door between Capitol Hill and K Street at this point?

    Don’t they already have high speed rail?

  • bystander commented on the diary post Jumping the Young Lady by hotdog.

    2012-03-02 13:15:50View | Delete

    Don’t jump until after the gun has been fired, and then only in support of our glorious leader…

    Yep. ‘Bout sums it all up, right there.

  • Well, yes, it is. So, congratulations on getting that report for your publication. But, it does prompt me to wonder if your mo with sources (who might, or might not be vulnerable) is influenced by stories like Liptak’s in the NYT:

    eg;

    “I was told in a rather cocky manner” by a national security representative, Ms. Dalglish recalled, that “the Risen subpoena is one of the last you’ll see.”

    She continued, paraphrasing the official: “We don’t need to ask who you’re talking to. We know.”

  • re: LTC Davis’ report, I’m curious how the Rolling Stone acquired it… although I don’t expect you to share that. It’s quite a coup for the Rolling Stone, regardless.

  • Wut?!?!?!? You say there are 20 groups on the list, but I’m only counting 19. Did I run out of fingers or is my abacus defective? And Occupy Oakland didn’t make the cut? Interesting.

  • bystander commented on the diary post Countering Komen’s BS: Letters to the foundation by Presumptuous Insect.

    2012-02-01 18:54:57View | Delete

    Oh, Jeeze…

    The Komen Syndrome

  • bystander commented on the diary post Countering Komen’s BS: Letters to the foundation by Presumptuous Insect.

    2012-02-01 18:45:44View | Delete

    ondelette, I understand the point you’re trying to make. It’s a genuinely *decent* point; as in decent human beings make those kinds of points. But, imo, Komen is as much about Komen as it is about a cure. The piece that sat me down and made me think, Okay. Enough. was this one by Mary Elizabeth Williams , [...]

  • bystander commented on the diary post Countering Komen’s BS: Letters to the foundation by Presumptuous Insect.

    2012-02-01 17:22:13View | Delete

    Kate Sheppard at Mother Jones adds a bit more.

  • bystander commented on the diary post Countering Komen’s BS: Letters to the foundation by Presumptuous Insect.

    2012-02-01 17:02:50View | Delete

    TBogg!!

    Based upon what I’m seeing and hearing, women see the Komen people as the bad guys because they’re the ones who threw out their partner in order to sleep with wingnuts for strictly political and, more importantly, not medical reasons. If I’m in the marketing department at Komen… I’m pissed. I’ve spent years developing a highly [...]

  • bystander commented on the diary post Countering Komen’s BS: Letters to the foundation by Presumptuous Insect.

    2012-02-01 14:45:20View | Delete

    Give ‘em hell, grrl!

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