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  • grayslady commented on the diary post How Many Tanks Can We Take Back Before The Next Ferguson? by spocko.

    2014-08-25 08:56:02View | Delete

    Good suggestion on trading in equipment for something useful–such as bulletproof vests, perhaps. Bad suggestion regarding training: need for training implies that it is okay to have the equipment so long as the police are trained. To the contrary, it is not okay to have this equipment at all. Local citizens need to shame police and [...]

  • grayslady commented on the diary post The Strange Case of Sympathy for Oppressors by BrandonJ.

    2014-08-20 13:02:02View | Delete

    Of those who were interviewed for the surveys, I wonder how many are truly familiar with the facts of the situation. Race continues to be a divisive issue in this country, but the never-ending applause for anything having to do with guns or the military is an equally frightening issue. Nice article, Brandon. Covers points [...]

  • grayslady commented on the blog post The Roundup for August 13th, 2014

    2014-08-14 07:15:07View | Delete

    Good selection of links today, Brandon. Also, appreciate having the links open in a new window–much easier to just close window when finished.

    What happened to FDL yesterday? I was able to pull up the site for about 5 minutes at around 2:00 pm CDT. I thought the reason all of us had contributed money was to prevent that from happening again.

  • Gordon claims Gaza officials and leaders are dishonest by nature, claiming “falsehood and deceit is part of the very fabric of who they are and that will never change.”

    Isn’t this exactly what southern slave owners felt about blacks? Pure racial prejudice, seems to me.

  • A slight correction from Electronic Intifada: Ali received an email from the head of Adult Services at EPL the day before the library tweeted that his talk had been cancelled. Still, just barely time to notify him before announcing the decision on Twitter. For those wishing to protest (and that will include me, as someone [...]

  • These are war crimes, Kevin. The minute the NYT publishes the truth, that means the international community–UN, International Tribunal at the Hague–would have to do something, or forever lose all relevancy. Any criticism of Israel will be immediately turned into cries of anti-semitism by the Israelis and their defenders, politicians will lose funding, smear tactics will be employed. We all know the drill. No one with any authority, it seems, is brave enough to stand up in the face of genocide. Where are the churches? Where are the moral arbiters? Cowering under their beds, apparently.

  • Plus, the program equates leaks to the media with espionage.

    In other words, the the security services view the media as the enemy. This has been clear for some time.

  • What I found most remarkable in reading The Intercept piece is that we never even had a list like this before 9-11. Immediately after 9-11, there were only 16 people on the list; today, there are hundreds of thousands on the list. We are truly an ineffective security state gone insane.

  • grayslady commented on the diary post Worth Fighting For? by David Swanson.

    2014-07-17 17:13:10View | Delete

    Outstanding book review, David. Initially, I wondered what we were doing discussing this work given the background, but you make a compelling case for the story. I’d be interested to know what Mr. Fanning believes is the compelling justification for the Tillman Foundation.

  • grayslady commented on the blog post Demagoguing Feminism for Fun and Profit

    2014-07-15 09:46:44View | Delete

    Jonathon Chait was in diapers when I was marching for the ERA. What he doesn’t know or understand about feminism would fill a book. Meanwhile, since we only have one political party–the corporatist party–Dems and Repubs will play push and pull on emotional issues to attempt to make it seem as though there is a difference. I haven’t bought it for years, and I’m not about to buy it now, regardless who’s shoveling the dirt in my direction.

  • grayslady commented on the blog post The Weekend Roundup for July 11-12th, 2014

    2014-07-14 09:05:13View | Delete

    Not especially interested in articles written in Spanish–or German, Dutch or any other language that I don’t speak or read–unless they are in translation. Online translators are a joke. Assume you’re asking for feedback on that one, Brandon.

  • grayslady commented on the blog post Blessed are the poor…

    2014-07-11 06:15:07View | Delete

    Life is soooo easy when you can’t afford to buy your medications, even with insurance. Or how about not seeing the doctor at all because you can’t afford the co-pay? Yup, we’re living the Life of Riley.

  • grayslady commented on the blog post The Roundup for July 10th, 2014

    2014-07-11 06:11:29View | Delete

    Brandon, small request: If you are going to link to the Onion, you could you please note that parenthetically. Possibly I’m the only one, but I rarely find the Onion pieces humorous or worthwhile and would prefer to skip those. Thanks.

  • grayslady commented on the diary post U.S. Out of Germany by David Swanson.

    2014-07-10 17:36:22View | Delete

    Superb article.

  • grayslady commented on the blog post The Roundup for July 9th, 2014

    2014-07-10 07:40:47View | Delete

    The smart people were never on Facebook. Many bloggers, small businesses and large businesses thought that Facebook presented free advertising–cheapest way to reach out to new “customers”. Didn’t work out that way. Any “company” that exists solely on Facebook isn’t going to be taken seriously as a legitimate enterprise. Twitter is about as worthless.

  • There are several problems contributing here: 1) We in Illinois, who, on the whole, despise guns, lost our battle as the last state to prevent concealed carry; 2) A recent study showed that the majority of guns coming into Illinois are coming from out-of-state. We are surrounded by red-neck crazies in Iowa, Wisconsin, Indiana and Missouri, who make it easy for anyone to buy a gun and transport it across state lines. 3) Historically, the directions from city hall have been to geographically contain the violence and basically let the gangs wipe each other out. This concept was recently repeated by Illinois Senator Mark Kirk, but the bleeding hearts seemed horrified. Unfortunately, most of these gang members–and their families–are way beyond redemption. 6) This is primarily a black issue, not hispanic. Hispanics headed for the northern suburbs a long time ago. 7) According to a former high level Chicago attorney who was politically well-connected, going back to the Daley days, the white businessmen cut a deal with black political leaders that no black would ever be mayor again after Harold Washington. The trade-off was that black “leaders” would get their piece of the financial pie as long as they would go along to get along. Consequently, Chicago, and even some of the close-in suburbs, have the most corrupt black representatives anywhere in the country. As long as they can make useless speeches in City Hall and ride around in their limousines, they don’t care if their constituents are toast. 8) Karen Lewis, the black head of the Chicago Teacher’s Union, is the only decent black spokesperson who gives a damn about Chicago’s kids. Even so, the gangs are truly write-offs. She can only try to influence children in the school system. Unfortunately, if you listen to a black Chicago schoolchild speak, they are barely comprehensible.
    Sorry to have to be so brutal, but I’ve lived in the Chicago area all my life, and I think we may be beyond the point of no return. Back in the 1970s, adults who came through the Chicago school system were literate, intelligent, engaged adults. No more. Everything else is a reflection of the lack of honest education and a sell-out by the black political leaders and churches.

  • grayslady commented on the diary post Dairyland to Petrostate: Wisconsin Oil-By-Rail Routes Published for First Time by Steve Horn.

    2014-07-08 19:01:27View | Delete

    As someone who lives a little over a mile from the train tracks in Grayslake where these trains come through, this scares the heck out of me. What can we do? Please offer some names of groups fighting this–if any–etc.

  • Thanks for the update, Kevin. I knew Binney and Drake were testifying but I wasn’t sure when. If you can obtain an English translation of the live blog, please post it or a link to it.

  • Kevin, as someone from Chicago you must know all too well that the situations you describe facing these children–parental abuse, gang violence–are problems we have in abundance right here, let alone Central America. If we can’t even make life better for our own citizens, what are we doing by letting in more youngsters who will likely end up in the same sort of environment that many of our young people already face here? The difference being that the Central American children will have the additional handicap of not speaking English when they arrive.

    No, the questions raised by OFG and others don’t indicate heartlessness. They indicate common sense. Of course the children should be respectfully treated, rather than chained together, but I, for one, want to see our own children have healthy alternatives and half-way decent futures before I start worrying about children all over the world who are suffering. These are legitimate issues that should be worked out by all the UN nations rather than by individual countries.

  • grayslady commented on the blog post Facebook And BuzzFeed Violating User Privacy

    2014-06-30 14:53:04View | Delete

    No need to regulate Facebook. Just make them irrelevant and drive them into bankruptcy, which is where they belong. From the beginning, it was clear that no sane person should join Facebook. It is all so juvenile and so totally lacking in privacy.

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