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  • Oregon commented on the diary post Should Labor Boycott Charlotte? by Amy B. Dean .

    2012-09-01 18:28:43View | Delete

    Oh yeah, that’ll show those Democrats… teach them to every try to pull a swing state over into their column. Let’s only go where we already have strength! Never advance into enemy territory. If we did we’d have to eat the tainted food of that foreign land, use those non-union laborers, etc. etc. Here’s a [...]

  • Oregon commented on the diary post The Demographics of America’s Governors: Religion by inoljt.

    2012-08-31 13:53:50View | Delete

    Momentarily excited to see that we Jews controlled a vast swath of territory in the Pacific Northwest, I asked around, and looked around, and must report that there is no evidence whatsoever that Gov. Kitzhaber is, or has ever claimed to be, Jewish. I certainly never heard such a thing! Oregon Jews would have heard, [...]

  • Oregon commented on the blog post The Chances of Driving Rush Limbaugh Off Commercial Radio

    2012-03-06 13:49:58View | Delete

    And then come the companies who want to be associated with Rush at his new discount rates!


  • Oregon commented on the blog post GOP’s War on Voting Continues with Virginia

    2012-02-07 13:14:59View | Delete

    You know, I know that this whole thing is a Republican effort to disenfranchise people. But as a good government socialist I have to say that it makes good rational bureaucratic sense that every citizen have a verifiable ID, and shame on the left if we don’t work to make this happen, either nationally or in every state.

    The problem with this legislation is how it’s being implemented and for what purposes. But get out the vote requires that party’s know who everyone is, where they are, what challenges the face in voting, and that we work to make sure that they overcome those challenges. Organization requires…. being organized. I’d rather see the left jumping on this bandwagon, and pushing it toward a national ID system (franchised in all likelihood to the states for administration), and making the wing nutters uncomfortable as all hell… than to just oppose it because of how and why it is being raised now.

    Here in Oregon the whole ID thing seems pretty trivial, especially if you tend to stay at the same address over the years. They just mail the ballot to you, confirming your address in the process, and you sign the ballot and mail it back, confirming your identity in the process, after a fashion.

    But a national database, or 50 distributed databases, of US citizens, together with their current voting status, current insurance status and other useful details for getting along in life, just seems like simple common sense to me, and something to aim for as a policy goal, and something to make the right crazy with in a useful way as we do it.

  • Oregon commented on the diary post How Do You Know When You’ve Become a Terrorist State? by Scarecrow.

    2011-09-30 14:12:37View | Delete

    I think he’s done a little more than “call for armed struggle.” And while courts are free to make determinations, in matters of war and peace they pretty much defer to Congress, which pretty much defers to the President, who seems reasonably to have judged this person to be someone who was deserving of death. [...]

  • Oregon commented on the diary post How Do You Know When You’ve Become a Terrorist State? by Scarecrow.

    2011-09-30 11:45:04View | Delete

    This statement seems all wrong. “…this strikes me as the same argument we use to describe how terrorism works. The strategy of the terrorist, we’ve been repeatedly told, is to terrorize, to strike fear in the enemy’s hearts, to immobilize the enemy through fear. So who is the enemy and who is the terrorist in [...]

  • Oregon commented on the diary post The Threat and the Picture That May End Obama’s Presidency by Scarecrow.

    2011-08-03 23:38:00View | Delete
  • Oregon commented on the diary post The Threat and the Picture That May End Obama’s Presidency by Scarecrow.

    2011-08-03 19:25:38View | Delete

    Since we’re all so convinced that he’s done, and since we all agree that a principled if futile gesture is at least as valuable as an unprincipled but practical gesture… … who are we supporting for the primary challenge? And is it really impossible that there would be a serious candidate? Sure it could further [...]

  • Oregon commented on the blog post Obama Wants There to be “Hostages”

    2011-07-08 11:58:13View | Delete

    I think this is more like throwing the steering wheel away. The option still exists of course (you’ve got a spare one under the seat), but you are pretending that you don’t so that the collision seems more likely.

    If you still can avoid the crash, then the Republicans have an incentive to both crash the cars, and then let you rescue things with the 14th amendment… and then they can try to impeach you for that too.

    But if you proclaim that you won’t use it, then the crash becomes more deadly. You are encouraging negotiation.

    That is all separate from the fact that I don’t trust Obama to protect my interests.

  • Oregon commented on the blog post Crumbling Institutions, Crumbling Economy

    2011-06-19 10:14:28View | Delete

    The most basic problem here involves personal career paths of high and mid level bureaucrats, and our willingness to establish a “strong state” that is the economic, institutional, social equal of those whose economic activities it regulates. I call such a state a Democratic Socialist state.

    Unless talented individuals face an exciting rewarding and challenging career in government service as regulators, planners and participants in the economic life of the country…

    Unless top salaries are limited by regulation and by taxation in the private sector…

    Unless a career with the State (local or federal) is at least as rewarding and dynamic a life path as a career in the private sector….

    … unless all of that is the case, talent, money and capital will drain away from the state and toward the private sector, which will begin to buy legislatures, hollow out regulations and regulatory agencies, and ultimately drown the State in the bathtub.

    For the state to create a just and well regulated society, it must be committed to its own survival, and it must be committed to attracting and rewarding talent, so that being a high level bureaucrat is at least as prestigious and significant a role as being a CEO or executive Vice President in a major corporation.

    Unless we attack the myth of the private sector as the source of all creativity, by committing ourselves to creative active initiatives in the economic sphere by the State, we will continue to doom the State to its eventual hollowing out and subservience to the private sector.

    The right has it’s dream of the disappearing state. Where are the leftists who articulate what should be our dream of a strong, dynamic regulatory state… not one that controls every aspect of private initiative, but one that is firmly and irrevocably committed to overseeing, directing and regulating private economic activity, and that demonstrates that commitment by paying for the very best talent, and by extracting rents (taxes) sufficient to ensure its economic predominance within the society as a whole?

    Where are they? Well I’m here, stuck out in Oregon, so my opinions ain’t gonna amount to a hill of beans in Washington. All the bureaucrats in Washington are just biding their time before they jump over to their real money careers in the private sector. All the congressional staffers are just doing the same. Nobody believes in the federal government or in the strong state at all, as far as I can tell. And that means Grover Norquest is still winning, and the people are still losing.

    Happy Father’s Day!

  • Oregon commented on the blog post Late Night: The Potential Upside of a Rogue Weiner

    2011-06-10 20:06:21View | Delete

    Thanks, I’ll put it my calendar, see if I can make it. I’m in NE pdx.

  • Oregon commented on the blog post Late Night: The Potential Upside of a Rogue Weiner

    2011-06-10 19:47:57View | Delete

    Weiner’s sin is not lewd pictures but stupidity. We’re talking Palin level stupidity. Is it too much to want a progressive politician with enough simple common sense to understand that he is a public figure whose every move will be watched.

    Obviously he has the power psychosis that some drives men into politics and into women’s pants… power seeking and sex seeking seem hopelessly entangled in this mean old world… but does it have to be that way?

    Weiner is a huge disappointment because he has been unforgivably stupid. Hard to take a man seriously who doesn’t understand how the Twitter works and the implications of being caught trysting there, virtually or actually. Seriously. This is disqualifying stupidity.

    I don’t care if NY wants him or not. I just know that I have become a whole lot less interested in anything he has to say, because behind whatever seeming wisdom may leak from his mouth, stands a man who doesn’t have the brains to understand Twitter.

  • Oregon commented on the blog post In Thomas Drake Case, Protected Doesn’t Mean Protected

    2011-06-01 16:18:38View | Delete

    Dance with the devil, don’t be surprised when he steps on your toes.

    Once you decided to work for the NSA….

    It’s a post-legal world baby.

  • Right. The Democrats would need to stand up and say (1) we believe in the state; (2) The state’s job is to assure external and internal security, provide health care, and protect the poor and the old, and to educate the young; (3) we will collect taxes through a progressive taxation at a level needed to do this; (4) we will foster the private sector to insure the economic growth needed to maintain the tax base.

    Problem is that I’d sure vote for that… but I don’t know if anyone could make that case and get elected in Utah, Missouri, Alabama …. or anywhere. Maybe Oregon and Vermont. Maybe. Maybe not.

  • I don’t think the terms of your assertion even make sense. A “mole” is a person who has burrowed inside a government or other organization. If Lamo was being paid to monitor or spy on the hacker world I don’t see how he can be called a mole. If however you are saying that he [...]

  • I learned a lot from the Frontline video. Lamo’s dilemma seems pretty obvious… once he was made party to secret information doesn’t he have a legal dilemma of his own? I hear people are upset with him, but if I had just been handed information about a national security issue that I had no familiarity [...]

  • Oregon commented on the diary post Why Liberal Sellouts Attack Prophets Like Cornel West by cmaukonen.

    2011-05-24 11:42:54View | Delete

    What would democratic socialism look like? There would be a large corporation called, say, “The US Department of Commerce”. It’s CEO would be appointed by the President and approved by Congress. All corporations and business entities over a certain size (10 employees, 100 employees?) would be subsidiaries of USDC. They would be chartered as corporations [...]

  • Oregon commented on the blog post Why Did the Torture Apologists Come Out of their Caves?

    2011-05-06 15:11:38View | Delete

    I think the answer here is fairly obvious. The right wing always wants to be the master of violence. That’s the brand. It’s about machismo. It’s about maintaining the basic frame of “Republicans are men, Democrats are women.” It’s about the gendering of politics. It’s about appealing to the id.

    The Republicans have to be, in their political DNA, more violent than the Democrats.

    So where can they go after a Democrat assassinates or otherwise kills the biggest terrorist of our era?

    How can they show that they are all of that and MORE?

    Naturally they go for a policy that some Democrats (too few) oppose.

    They are trying to reestablish the Republican brand, wounded by Obama’s successful mission, that’s all, so that when you need to vote your inner violence in 2012, you will have no doubt who represents you.

    It’s smart politics. Clever politics. Admirable, in a perverse way. It has nothing to do with how best to extract information. It’s all about who is more willing to inflict pain, use violence, make the bad guys hurt, etc. There are many many people for whom that is the deepest underlying factor in politics. Who is tougher?