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  • That wraps it up and probably wraps up all forms of protest for the foreseeable future.

    For those of us who just happened to be in DC when it was occupied after King’s death, the scene in Boston was terrifying. If you’ve seen any video of those “voluntary” house searches, you’ll notice that being under 30 and in Watertown was a dangerous combination.

  • While we’re waiting and waiting and waiting, it’s obvious families have been forced to look at their own private defense systems and second guess decisions they made in the past. We don’t need Congress to enact a nationwide effort that would allow people to turn in the guns and ammunition they already have. A week or a month of monitored purging, so to speak, where we understand the weapons will be destroyed, not redistributed, will act as a first step. People could take them to police stations or even have them picked up. It will take some money and resources to put this together, but it could be done quickly.

    Yes, yes, I know gun sales are up but so is gun doubt. It’s time to honor the second part of that equation.

  • entendre commented on the blog post NBC News Correspondent Richard Engle Missing in Syria

    2012-12-17 15:24:20View | Delete

    I’ve worried about his safety for a long time, but especially since the death of NYT reporter Anthony Shadid in February, again in Syria. Engel has been exceptionally dedicated, as was Shadid.

  • entendre commented on the diary post Writing on Shooting: Over Five Years Later, What Has Changed? by Gregg Levine.

    2012-12-15 17:39:38View | Delete

    Agreed that we need a new constitution. Other countries adopt new constitutions without revolutions, yet we can’t even have a conversation about considering the idea.

    Why? That’s not a rhetorical question; I’d really like to understand how the US got this way.

  • entendre commented on the diary post A Modest Proposal in Support of the Second Amendment by Ohio Barbarian.

    2012-12-15 17:23:29View | Delete

    The Second Amendment is glaring evidence that our entire Constitutuion, the oldest on the planet, is not adequate for the current century. Trying to fix it through interpretation isn’t the answer; nor is adoration of the founding fathers.

  • entendre commented on the diary post This Is What the Occupy Revolution Looks Like! by wendydavis.

    2012-11-07 07:16:20View | Delete

    Great post — for post-election.

  • entendre commented on the diary post Final Presidential Debate: Jill Stein is Debating Gary Johnson Right Now Live by normanb.

    2012-11-05 20:37:35View | Delete

    She did a great job.

    I’ll cast my vote with a good deal of pride tomorrow and sadness at the same time that more people didn’t hear her.

  • entendre commented on the diary post Final Presidential Debate: Jill Stein is Debating Gary Johnson Right Now Live by normanb.

    2012-11-05 20:18:09View | Delete

    She’s saying all that right now.

    I’m impressed by the lack of “I” from Jill, unlike all the others we’ve heard from the past year. She says “we” and “Green.” She keeps going back to the platform.

  • entendre commented on the diary post Final Presidential Debate: Jill Stein is Debating Gary Johnson Right Now Live by normanb.

    2012-11-05 20:18:09View | Delete

    She’s saying all that right now.

    I’m impressed by the lack of “I” from Jill, unlike all the others we’ve heard from the past year. She says “we” and “Green.” She keeps going back to the platform.

  • For substance about climate change and all the other issues. . .
    http://freeandequal.org/live/

    The last presidential debate between Stein and Johnson.

  • entendre commented on the diary post Occupy Sandy Relief Efforts on the Ground in New York by Phoenix Woman.

    2012-11-03 09:25:52View | Delete

    Thanks, Phoenix Woman, I too was thinking about writing a diary to call attention to Occupy Sandy Relief efforts. The donation total pales in comparison to what others have on hand —— take a look at their website and you can see where they are, what they need, where they already have enough volunteers, and [...]

  • While we’re talking about Oliver Stone, let me recommend South of the Border for very recent history/present in South America. Stone was obviously enjoying himself with leaders the mainstream media love to revile.

    I’m sure 1491 and 1493 have been mentioned before. 1491 and 1493 by Charles Mann serve as solid foundations because they deal with economic and ecological history rather than merely political history. I hated my history classes because they told so little of the story; they never got to how we were impacting this planet, for instance. I’m reading the Columbian Exchange now, the book that inspired Mann’s investigation and research. These three books together create a deeper and wider understanding of history than I’ve ever encountered before.

  • entendre commented on the diary post Matt Stoller vs. Peter Coyote and the Case Against the Case for Obama by cassiodorus.

    2012-10-31 12:32:29View | Delete

    Speaking of voter suppression, I have read that the Democrats removed right of representation for DC citizens from their platform this year — not even providing lip service anymore. I had convinced myself that maybe at the very least DC citizens could become full citizens under the Obama administration, but, nope, just like single payer [...]

  • entendre commented on the blog post How You Know When There Have Been Too Many Campaign Ads

    2012-10-31 12:08:18View | Delete

    For days I’ve been asking why children have to be exposed to the big divide between the parties —– abortion and rape?

    Enough to send any kid off the deep end. What are we thinking?

  • Now that would be progress.

    Would be a hell of a lot cheaper than those coronations of the years past.

  • It’s our duty to “become the media” (as Jello Biafra said long ago) instead of hoping they’ll change their ways.

    Thanks, Kevin — will forward to everyone Iknow.

  • entendre commented on the blog post A Master of Analogy

    2012-10-31 07:45:22View | Delete

    The people who are going to be hurt most are those who have lost their jobs (cleaning the toilets at the casinos, for instance) and those who were renting. A friend asked how we can help those people who lost their houses to fire in Queens; I can assure you that insurance will cover even their daily living expenses starting immediately. My brother’s family lost their home in one of the big Colorado fires this summer —- absolutely nothing from FEMA but lots of immediate help from local people and big churches (not sure which ones, but they trucked in items and even labor, heavy duty clean-up labor). The Red Cross was great for immediate help. Most of all, though, their insurance covered everything from day one.

    For people without insurance or who didn’t own much to begin with and have lost their jobs on top of everything else, we have to be more creative than food drives.

  • Kevin, have you noticed that Obama says he needs four more years but yet never asks us to vote for a Democratic Congress?

    Democrats are much more loyal to him than he will ever be to them. All the markings of an abusive relationship.

  • Margaret, do you have some reason to believe your vote will be the deciding vote in this election?

    Also, do you believe Jill Stein could actually be elected?

    Because I almost always vote third party, I obviously haven’t been voting for winners. Apparently if people do vote for a winner, then there is some trickle down effect that occurs so the voter feels as though something good happened, despite all the evidence to the contrary. Maybe some identification with power?

    Kevin, looks as though we could use an article about how the electoral college works. I wish we could cast those blank ballots as the voters did in Saramago’s Seeing —- the best book ever about the whole farce.

  • entendre commented on the diary post People, This Democratic and Republican Thing Ain’t Working by Kurt Sperry.

    2012-10-24 20:06:03View | Delete

    Wendy, you now, we are so unfamiliar with straight talk like the BAR article, that the actual words are shocking. I know what you mean . . . I think that all the time but don’t dare say it, especially in print. But I wish I had.

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