• EveningStarNM commented on the diary post Oh my goodness! A public employee got a decent salary! Let’s all freak out! by EveningStarNM.

    2013-03-27 18:54:14View | Delete

    This isn’t that difficult. The money that you use to pay your electric bill could be used for other things, too. But that is totally irrelevant. If we need more money to meet our expenses, then find a way to get it. Oh! I know! Let’s tax the hell out of the rich and give [...]

  • EveningStarNM commented on the diary post Oh my goodness! A public employee got a decent salary! Let’s all freak out! by EveningStarNM.

    2013-03-27 17:02:50View | Delete

    You and justasking are missing the point: Her retirement package is less that what is commensurate in the private sector for someone in a similar position with a similar level of responsibility. I do not understand why people who are ostensibly on the left want to penalize people who work in public service just because [...]

  • EveningStarNM commented on the diary post Oh my goodness! A public employee got a decent salary! Let’s all freak out! by EveningStarNM.

    2013-03-26 22:11:02View | Delete

    I think there is a lot of public outrage about excessive executive salaries and no-bid contracting. But it’s not in the mainstream media’s interest — or, at least, not in the interests of the executives in mainstream media — to report on the public’s outrage. That’s why we don’t hear about it. Unfortunately, the Fourth [...]

  • EveningStarNM commented on the diary post Oh my goodness! A public employee got a decent salary! Let’s all freak out! by EveningStarNM.

    2013-03-26 22:01:39View | Delete

    Gosh. Since you put it that way, maybe we would be spoiling them if we paid public employees 1/50th of what a corporate exec makes. Who knows? Eventually everybody might want a decent salary — and then where would we be?

  • EveningStarNM commented on the diary post Oh my goodness! A public employee got a decent salary! Let’s all freak out! by EveningStarNM.

    2013-03-26 21:57:06View | Delete

    Geez, I guess I didn’t think things through very well. I’d just hate it if the Koch brothers had to work an extra hour in order to be able to afford their new 400-foot yacht.

  • ThumbnailNews has recently broken about the Alameda, CA, County Administrator, Susan Muranishi, who will retire with $420,000 annually from her pension and benefits. While public outrage is widespread, it is, sadly, accompanied by little thought or analysis. One of the problems plaguing our government is a form of corruption called “the revolving door”. A public official who [...]

  • EveningStarNM wrote a new diary post: Will You Help Celebrate ‘Larry Delassus Day’?

    2013-03-15 02:28:19View | Delete

    ThumbnailLarry Delassus was a Navy veteran who lived a quiet life in Hermosa Beach, CA. His neighbors liked him, and he was active in his small community. Unfortunately, he didn’t have much choice in living a quiet life. He had a rare blood clot disease, Budd-Chiari syndrome, that made even the most simple tasks difficult for [...]

  • Thumbnail(Update:Will You Help Celebrate ‘Larry Delassus Day’? “) Most of you have heard the story already. Larry Delassus died in court trying to fight Wells Fargo’s abuse. They made a typo, and even after admitting that they’d made a mistake, foreclosed on him and threw him out in the street the day that he got out [...]

  • EveningStarNM commented on the diary post Why Party Politics Fails by EveningStarNM.

    2013-03-03 19:31:48View | Delete

    I have to disagree with your statement that “the bulk of voters are more conservative than they were in 1976″. First of all, Ford lost mostly because the economy began to falter . It was only late in the campaign that people started to think that Carter would win. Besides, voters has voted for Nixon in the [...]

  • EveningStarNM wrote a new diary post: Why Party Politics Fails

    2013-03-03 17:55:21View | Delete

    ThumbnailJust today, President Obama repeated his call for Republicans’ Holy Grails: Obama wants cuts to Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid . The deal Obama is seeking with Republicans will allow the elimination of cuts in military spending, putting the entire burden of cuts on the middle class and poor. What’s more, Obama is making this offer even though Social [...]

  • EveningStarNM commented on the diary post Clapper v Amnesty: Courts and Congress v Our Constitution by Shahid Buttar.

    2013-02-27 18:33:36View | Delete

    We must not overlook Barack Obama’s role in all of this, as well, putting the entire blame on Congress and the courts. It is, after all, Obama who sought these dramatic extensions of executive authority that subvert the Bill of Rights. He has the authority to curtail his behavior and, apparently, the education to know [...]

  • EveningStarNM wrote a new diary post: Our Options Have Narrowed

    2013-02-27 04:04:38View | Delete

    ThumbnailI don’t know about you, but I’ve come to think of our rights as spelled out in the Bill of Rights to be more important that anything else — more important than the economy, more important than health or love or even sex. The reason that I’ve come to think that is because when our Constitutional [...]

  • Maybe I read my calendar wrong, but it seems to me that Wikileaks was a little late for April 1st — unless July 28 is some kind of special day?

    If we do what the right-wing does, why should anyone care what we say?

  • So if Wikileaks is a media organization that wants to be taken seriously and needs to maintain its integrity and credibility, then this was a stupid move. On the other hand, if Wikileaks is an activist organization whose primary interest is in getting the issues it supports heard by the public, then its credibility may be less important than the publicity — especially if its looking for donations from a similarly rebellious audience.

    However, Mr. Gozstola’s apology for Wikileaks must be discounted for two reasons:

    First, the one thing that Wikileaks has always needed was public trust in order to gain public sympathy when they were victimized. While they may still have the sympathy of an audience that doesn’t care much about its reputation, any hopes that Wikileaks may have had of gaining the trust and sympathy of the wider public are probably futile. Their opponents, who have much more powerful voices in the media, will be able to spin this against Wikileaks simply by telling the truth.

    The second reason that apologies for Wikileaks must be discounted is that there is one person who is not being talked about in the context of this hoax who must be: Julian Assange.

    His mother says that he’s sick and needs medical attention. He is also trying to gain the sympathy of the President of Ecuador and of the Ecuadoran people. He is in a desperate struggle against the most powerful country on the planet, an enemy that seeks to crush him by any means available.

    In an attempt to gain sympathy from its loyal fans — a very tiny part of the public — Wikileaks has thrown Assange under the bus, very likely eliminating any chance he has of avoiding extradition to the United States. This hoax can easily be used against him. President Correa faces stiff international pressure to not grant Assange asylum. Wikileaks has just made it very easy for Correa to avoid that pressure and to escape any consequences he might otherwise have suffered from his left.

    We want our heroes to be different from the “other side”. We want them to be honorable and honest as well as effective. But when someone lies in order to make their case — and, at its root, this action by Wikileaks was a lie — then they automatically lose the debate. The political left is inherently honest.

    I won’t be praising Wikileaks anymore.

  • EveningStarNM commented on the diary post Why The Liberal Justices Voted To Not Hear Montana’s Challenge To Citizens United by EveningStarNM.

    2012-07-01 22:42:54View | Delete

    Perhaps you don’t understand what the Supreme Court does. When they say that a law restricting corporate bribery is unconstitutional, that means that passing another law to do the same thing would also be unconstitutional. So why would you want to pass more laws that do what has already been ruled unconstitutional? Unless you have [...]

  • EveningStarNM commented on the diary post Why The Liberal Justices Voted To Not Hear Montana’s Challenge To Citizens United by EveningStarNM.

    2012-07-01 22:39:17View | Delete

    It is a certainty. First of all, the five judges who formed the majority in Citizens United stayed execution of the Montana ruling last February before they were briefed. They did not want that ruling to take effect. I provided links. You should read the information available. Roberts, Alito, Scalia, Thomas, and Kennedy want money [...]

  • EveningStarNM commented on the diary post Why The Liberal Justices Voted To Not Hear Montana’s Challenge To Citizens United by EveningStarNM.

    2012-07-01 22:31:15View | Delete

    I think everyone knows (who is paying attention) that Breyer, Sotomayor, Kagan, and Ginsberg opposed the Citizens United ruling. Their dissents in that case were pretty vehement, as far as Justices go.

    Have you asked yourself what the five Justices in the majority might have done if they’d had an opportunity to make things worse?

  • EveningStarNM commented on the diary post Why The Liberal Justices Voted To Not Hear Montana’s Challenge To Citizens United by EveningStarNM.

    2012-07-01 11:20:31View | Delete

    That’s interesting logic. But citizens’ outrage is pretty meaningless right now. It’s not like the politicians really give a damn about it. And if Citizens United had been strengthened, our outrage would mean even less to them. We are too easily manipulated by our fears, and as long as they have the money, they will [...]

  • EveningStarNM commented on the diary post Why The Liberal Justices Voted To Not Hear Montana’s Challenge To Citizens United by EveningStarNM.

    2012-07-01 11:14:39View | Delete

    So what would have happened if the Court had heard the case? I hope you’re not suggesting that there might have been a snowball’s chance i Hell that the five right-wing nutjobs would have weakened Citizens United and not used the opportunity to strengthen it. Forget about the Court. It’s a done deal. There’s nothing [...]

  • EveningStarNM commented on the diary post Why The Liberal Justices Voted To Not Hear Montana’s Challenge To Citizens United by EveningStarNM.

    2012-07-01 11:10:14View | Delete

    “Pathetic fungus”? Why are you being so kind to them? It’s their fault that we won’t be able to expand Medicare to everyone. After all, it was liberals who took the Heritage/Republican mandate and made it their own.

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