• Good work as always kevin. I do have a quibble with the Mayor’s statement that voting would fix things in Fergusion. Want change, vote it in. Somebody should tell Obama..

    I think having the police live in the town they are policing is a smart move. Good pay and training are also important. Its hard to shoot someone you saw grow up no matter how “scary” they are. Its also why foreign occupations almost never work out well, which sounds increasingly like what Ferguson is.

  • Obama has to ignore it. He could stop have stopped it at any time, so he is as responsible as anyone. One thing Democrats aren’t good at is taking responsibility (who is?). Plus, he needs this to blow over so future protests can be handled the same.

    The local politicians might have to deal with the political backlash. Time will tell if they are sincere. The national governance structure has a lot invested in making sure the surfs don’t get too uppity. For them its not about racism or militarization, its about dissent which can not be tolerated.

  • I have a question. Does it surprise you to get questions or push back when you report on these things. As if its all old news and needn’t be covered, or if its “inconvenient” for whatever political flavor of the day need be protected. I imagine that most people, especially those here, are very supportive but I wonder some times if that is really the case. I’d bet a $100 that no one here would make comments about your work if it were still the Bush Admin. Do you find the professional left as hypocritical as I imagine them to be? Just curious. Great work, btw.

  • fritter commented on the blog post The Circle of Strife

    2014-07-24 08:15:54View | Delete

    For every over the top offensive reaction, somewhere there’s an equally offensive counter-reaction, and then a just as offensive counter-counter reaction will occur somewhere else.

    I expect a certain amount of partisan hackery, but are you really equating the deaths of hundreds of people with destruction of property? Seriously?

    As if there is some balancing act going on here where anti-semites can run to paris to make up for any oppression Israel commits. The people dieing and the people rioting are totally different people. Just like the paris shopkeepers aren’t the ones pulling the trigger in Gaza. There’s no balance here, just destruction and suffering.

    Tribalism is far more damaging than any other ideology. Thanks for pointing that out,.. again. /s

  • An armed rebellion on US soil aimed at destroying the United States for the purpose of retaining and expanding black slavery is entirely equivalent to extra-judicial executions of Americans (and others) on foreign soil.

    I guess if you were in China you’d be telling us there was a threat to government property by anyone in the way of a tank.

    rocketscientist has a point. We’ve ignored the Constitution in the past especially for non-whites. Where he is wrong is that it’s never been a good idea no matter what justifications were used for it. The whole idea of a Rule of Law is that it always applies to everyone equally. Government is worthless without that. RS is using tribalism to deal with some cognitive dissonance. Its the tribalism that leads to the wrong conclusion i.e. justifing the murder of thousands of innocents to protect “unity”.

    So you can either stick to your principles or go down the path of countless countries (Germany, Russia, Italy, etc.) and yes we’ve (USA) been here before many times.

  • fritter commented on the blog post Terror Alert! Teenager Arrested for Online Jihadi Romance

    2014-07-08 12:42:29View | Delete

    Maybe she’s just got a kick-ass knack for sarcasm. Either this is a poor misguided child who probably needs mental help (not jail), or my future soul mate and bearer of many children.

    Anyone who has the balls to tell the FBI

    she was training in military tactics through a non-profit youth group called the U.S. Army Explorers and that she hoped to share what she learned with Islamic jihadi fighters.

    deserves a medal. For what, doesn’t matter, how about Irony for a start.

    I’m afraid the end result is that we’ll witness just how idiotic a jury and our justice system can be. Maybe there should be a medal for that…

  • fritter commented on the blog post Funny how all that works

    2014-07-07 07:13:01View | Delete

    Ohh, the Evils of the Republican “base”.

    Please, make fun of the rednecks all you want, but don’t confuse it for anything more than mental masturbation. If you can find a way to feel excited about the suffering of others, well that’s probably a good survival skill that will come in handy. There is certainly plenty of suffering in store for us all.

    Just don’t think it will actually help anything. Holding on to your old partisian schtick isn’t going to accomplish anything and it never was. You can write as many of these Diaries as you want. Until the majority of us see the corrupt 2 party system for the scam it is, we are doomed. You’ve had control of congress and the executive and the 99% are still as screwed as we’ve always been.

    One post after another about how dumb those Repubulicans are, how gullible.. Gullibility is not limited to the South my friend. Its doing the same thing again and again, but expecting different results.

  • Yes, ma’am!

    Give everyone someone to hate if you want them to love you. I think its a sign of the stressful times we live in that such educated people can be fooled so easily just by giving them an outlet for their anger. All you have to do is justify their irrational rage, and they’ll love you for it.

    Left, right, and center. We all need someone to hate and fear. It seems that there isn’t much of a “line in the sand” that we wouldn’t cross for tribalism’s sake. The comments here, the articles itself even, show that to be true.

  • He *IS* the worst President. Any rational actor would have to conclude that. It is only deeply delusional partisans that can defend him.

    Murder without trial. Illegal wars of aggression. Illegal / Unconstitutional .. just about every thing. Reagan liked his death squads, but he at least pretended to not know about the particulars. Obama, like Stalin, perfers a hands on approach. His economic policies are crap. I can’t of anything good about the man in balance. Any decency he might have is far outweighed by the sheer evil he inflicts here and abroad.

  • fritter commented on the blog post Poll: Immigration Seen as a Good Thing We Want Less of

    2014-06-27 08:12:50View | Delete

    Its not incoherent, at least in this case. There are many things that are “good” but should be moderated. Food, alcohol, water, etc. What I see are two charts that say we like immigrants and see the benefits they bring but we think the rate of immigration is too high currently. Given the economic situation I don’t find that particularly surprising.

    I think buying a house is a good thing, but that doesn’t mean I should buy one *today*. As far as polls go, this one might be the most coherent I’ve seen.

  • True, true. Either way he looks like an idiot. Former member of NSA, who apparently have a program to discredit those they disagree with using propaganda and social engineering — either falls prey to same tactics or is too dumb to know he has something to hide.

    If the NWC punishes him for inappropriate pics, considering what the military gets up to these days, I’m afraid the irony may obtain critical mass and unleash untold destruction or at least chuckles from millions of internet users.

  • The irony is not lost on me, but I’m not sure why the college is involved. Whatever kind of douche he wants to be in his personal life, should be private.
    You either confine people to group think, or you don’t. What you feel about him personally shouldn’t enter into it i.e. I’m not sure we should celebrate stifling speech just because he’s an idiot.

  • Refreshment? We feature today a chilled glass of orphan tears.”

    Oh thank God! Most places just serve the tears of recent college grads. I don’t know how people can survive on something so .. so .. Common.

  • But I will say this for certain if she waffles on rape she has lost the election.

    Well at least you have a line that can’t be crossed unlike most Ds these days. That might be a good slogan for her, “The least pro-rape of all the candidates.” Sounds kinda catchy. As long as no one asks if you limit that to well-off American women then I think you’ll be ok.

  • fritter commented on the blog post Why America Can Never Win in Iraq

    2014-06-16 08:22:47View | Delete

    The reason why America can never win the war in Iraq, et al,

    I think the reason we can never “win” the war is because there are two definitions of “win”ing. There is the version that you might describe of a stable, peaceful region.

    Then there is the MIC version that is the total opposite. As long as we are “stuck” spending resources (great profits) to the MIC, thats a win. The incentives for the people in charge are what got us where we are. Its hard for me to see Iraq as a fail for a defense contractor. The 99%, soldiers, and Iraqis don’t really come into the equation.

    Until we change the incentives for the actors in this kabuki, I don’t think we can expect a different result.

  • fritter commented on the diary post About GUNS, what I believe (short version) by Catskillbob52.

    2014-06-16 08:11:50View | Delete

    What is this thing about U.S. Americans and their Gun Fetish?

    I’ve been wondering that myself, so I ask you, what’s with your gun fetish? I get the reactionary fear, the whispers of authoritarianism. What I don’t get is that the solution to a society founded upon violence as a solution to problems here and abroad [...]

  • As much as folks on FDL enjoy going teabagger on President Obama, you do need to admit that at least the torture crap has come to an end under his leadership because he said so and its one of the most honest,transparent administrations ever! Ya know because Obama said so.

    FTFY

  • fritter commented on the blog post How to Communicate Securely with the Media

    2014-06-12 12:23:38View | Delete

    No expert, but my 2c:
    I would be careful to download any of those utilities from someplace else (not home or work) in the case of a true whistle blower. You can bet the farm that the NSA tracks those downloads.
    You can get used equipment cheap, just make sure there’s no easy way to track it back to you (don’t get a laptop from your nephew, then download Tor). Don’t ever use it for anything else. Ditch it, get another, rinse, repeat.

  • fritter commented on the diary post VIDEO: Why Millennials Don’t Vote and What To Do About It {aTV 007} by Dennis Trainor Jr.

    2014-06-10 10:58:04View | Delete

    I had a similar conversation at work. The “laziness” of today’s youth is a frequent topic. Maybe they aren’t lazy, maybe they are just smart. How much do you have to watch your parents throw their lives to the corporate altar for little or no return before you figure out it might not be best [...]

  • I find the comments here particularly depressing. I assume it is tribalism that prevents rational thought but it seems like we should be able to get past this. Names don’t matter so I’ll just address points.

    Someone who is trying “defend” against the shooter with another gun could easily make mistakes and shoot/kill others in the area by accident… and then possibly not even “get” the bad guy shooter. Funny how that might work out.

    In this situation the best you can hope to do it lower the body count. It doesn’t matter if all the students are armed with tasers or machine guns. We end up with a tradegy either way. but lets look at another scenario, good Samaritan pepper sprays the gunman but the wind blows the spray into a crowd of students including the Samaritan. Now blinded and terrified the students are unable to escape and instead make a bigger target for the partly blinded gunman who can still manage to pull a trigger. A student behind the gunman who would have grabbed the gunman when they were reloading now is also partly blinded and mistakenly grabs someone else. etc. etc. The point being once somebody decides they want to die and take a bunch of people with them, you lose. We all lose. Its too late after that to do anything to salvage the situation.

    How the gun industry and its NRA lobbyists brought us to this place where politicians are powerless to do anything about all the senseless violence is a mystery. When did reasonable gun regulation become equated with taking away their guns to the point that there cannot be reasonable gun regulation?

    You live in a a culture steeped in violence since it began. Dare we say one of the most violent governments that has ever existed and a population almost totally desensitized to it. People outside our country must look at the reaction to these mass shootings and think we deserve it.

    Personally I suspect the true reason these POS teabagger/NRA criminals insist on being armed to the teeth is they’ve got it in their feces filled skulls that they’ll be able to win a war against the Federal government. That’s about the stupidest thing imaginable. If it actually comes to that the Fed’s will mow them down like a hot knife though butter.

    Well, scared people, those who see mass shootings “daily” can be expected to want to protect themselves in the deep part of their lizard brains. They might come here and see “the liberals” fantasize about them being mowed down by “the Feds” in the end times. Bet that will help them give up their weapons now..

    The common thread here is fear, us and them. The only way to stop it is to build up trust, help each other, and try to be better, decent, understanding human beings. Trying to control other people rarely works. Lets start with ourselves. Murdering people daily because they are brown, scary, and “different” is probably the first thing we should stop.

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