jexpat

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  • “I don’t know ORI but as a “historian of science” I doubt a teabagger label fits …. firebagger, maybe. :-)”

    Exactly.

    What we’re seeing here is a result of the Obama administration’s resolve to continue the dysfunctional operations of agency after agency- from the SEC, to the MMS, to ______ (pick one) that were so apparent during the Bush years.

  • Obama’s already sent his campaign manager Jim Messina to help with Cameron’s reelection campaign.

  • jexpat commented on the diary post Tom Friedman: No Sixth Amendment For You by Barry Eisler.

    2013-08-15 08:38:41View | Delete

    If the American people were actually “fair minded,” people like Thomas Friedman would long ago have been out of a job.

  • That’s a fishing expedition if ever there was one.

    Hopefully Oregon officials refuse to comply and take the matter before the courts.

  • jexpat commented on the blog post Sunday Late Night: Ombudsman Ends as Pravda Wins

    2013-02-18 05:45:46View | Delete

    That’s right- the earliest reference I could find of mine came here:

    Tue Jun-07-05 09:58 AM

    “Yawn… another smear job from the Pravda on the Potomac”

    That particular forum doesn’t go back much further in its archives for technical reasons but obviously, the moniker had been in use well before then. At least since around the time the Valerie Plame – Novak bit broke.

    Not that it matters who or several coined it- because as subsequent events have shown it to be “true.”

    Including a rather embarrassing incident involving facts uncovered by the Post’s own reporters- and a “less than truthful” contradiction of those facts the very next day on the Post’s Editorial Page. Which incident caused their ombudsman at the time to shut down any further feedback to the paper.

  • jexpat commented on the blog post Sunday Late Night: Ombudsman Ends as Pravda Wins

    2013-02-18 05:42:18View | Delete

    That’s right- the earliest reference I could find of mine came here:

    Tue Jun-07-05 09:58 AM

    “Yawn… another smear job from the Pravda on the Potomac”

    That particular forum doesn’t go back much further in its archives for technical but obviously, it had been in use well before then. Probably since around the time the Valerie Plame – Novak bit broke.

    Not that it matters who or several coined it- because as subsequent events have shown it to be “true.”

    Including a rather embarrassing incident involving facts uncovered by the Post’s own reporters- and a “less than truthful” contradiction of those facts the very next day on the Post’s Editorial Page. Which incident caused their ombudsman at the time to shut down any further feedback to the paper.

  • jexpat commented on the blog post Sunday Late Night: Ombudsman Ends as Pravda Wins

    2013-02-17 21:12:06View | Delete

    Hey!

    I’ve been using the term Pravda on the Potomac for almost decade now!

    Nice to see that it’s catching on.

    Dean Baker would no doubt approve.

  • A sad state of affairs when American newspapers like the Times and broadcasters like PBS have no problem whatsoever enabling and publishing serial liars like Brooks. Or George Will. Or pick ‘em. It’s gotten so bad that lies about arithmetic are deemed not only acceptable- but something to be promoted and rewarded. Even about [...]

  • jexpat commented on the blog post Sunday Late Night: Look Who Has a Middle East Opinion!

    2012-11-26 06:56:14View | Delete

    Unless you’re Dean Baker, the words “in this morning’s Washington Post” are a slap upside the head sort of clue to move on without wasting time.

    Dr. Baker of course reads the laughable crap published there- and rebuts it, so we don’t have to.

    Major props for that.

  • jexpat commented on the diary post Michael Gerson Has Trouble with Numbers and Is Jealous of Those Who Don’t by Dean Baker.

    2012-11-06 07:23:52View | Delete

    Gerson’s a pravda err… Post lackey. ’nuff said.

  • jexpat commented on the diary post Conservatives Blaming Romney’s Pre-Existing Stall (and Looming Loss) on Sandy by Phoenix Woman.

    2012-11-06 07:18:19View | Delete

    See that drop after the 1st debate?

    That’s where Obama the grand bargainer turned up. One might hope (though not realistically expect) that he and his administration and advisers might have learned something from that.

  • Fat chance of that, oh cynical one.

    Unlike America, Australia has:

    A. An independent judiciary;

    B. Among the strongest economies in the developed world;

    C. Never went into recession after the global financial Crisis because of the Rudd government’s substantial and exceptionally well timed and targeted stimulus (policy makers listened to progressive macroeconomists);

    D. No Australian banks failed- and are among the strongest in the world;

    E. The nation is set to return to a post stimulus surplus next year (with the addition of cool infrastructure investments like a world leading national broadband network and carbon pricing system).

  • I get your argument, and I put nothing past the fundies- but the 13th Amendment is very specific on the point (no room for “interpretation” here):

    Section 1. Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.

    Of course, Americans can- and have created an impressive gulag with a substantial racial component… no reason why they can’t expand it with ever increasing types of crimes and draconian punishments, provided that they’re willing to pay for it.

  • “What is to stop Christian’s then from demanding that the US return to slavery? It was after all a Biblical concept.”

    The 13th Amendment for starters.

  • What a crackpot legal argument.

    This one’s got slippery slope written all over it.

  • jexpat became a registered member

    2012-07-19 17:27:17View | Delete