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  • 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.

  • a non-traditional second marriage, (does that mean he married his sister or a farm animal?)

    Absolutely divine. One of the funniest comments I’ve seen in ages. Thanks. I needed a good laugh.

  • The question as to whether an Executive Order exists on this issue was pretty well answered by Hayden himself when he was interviewed on the recent PBS special. He said that the President asked him, after 9-11, what he would like to do at NSA, without being limited by what was or wasn’t legal. Hayden has spent his entire career trying to shift blame for any objectionable–or illegal–activities by attempting to transfer the guilt to someone else, rather than admitting that he, specifically, was involved in requests to abuse the Constitution. In the PBS interview, he admitted that the President said he would take care of the “legalities”;all Hayden had to do was tell Bush what he (Hayden) wanted.

  • Gee, Radoslaw, why don’t you tell us what you really think….

  • WND? Home of Pam Geller, among other? If you want anyone to take your comments seriously, I’d find another source.

  • Yes, that’s right up there with Van Buren’s description of the chicken processing factory that was undercut by frozen chickens from China and the beekeeping proposal to Iraqi women who had no interest in keeping bees.

  • Thank you. That explains a lot. We’re back to the Rumsfeld days it seems.

  • Wasn’t the Bahamas a central point for drug trafficking at one point, also? Could be drug enforcement, as well as economics, now that we know NSA has “customers” among other US agencies.

  • Anand, welcome. Has Afghanistan been strictly a DoD operation or has Dept of State been involved? Juan’s introduction reminded me so much of Peter Van Buren’s account of the total waste of money by State in Iraq. Thanks.

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