ralphbon commented on the diary post Would a White Girl Be Prosecuted for a Botched Science Experiment? by Jesse Lava.
Soon to be adapted as a Robert Ludlum novel: The Glotfelty Overreach.
ralphbon commented on the blog post Saudis Explicitly Warned U.S. Intelligence Agencies About Tamerlan Tsarnaev
A big X2 on the skepticism. The Daily Mail article is based on a single unnamed Saudi source. That’s it. It’s very much in the Saudis’ self-interest to portray themselves as vigilant partners in the GWOT. DHS and the White House deny the Saudi source’s claims. I don’t trust anyone here — the source, the newspaper, or the US government.
The lack of skepticism in the title and text of this blog post, and most of the comments I scanned, is unwise barring some kind of corroboration.
ralphbon commented on the blog post Obamacare Grows Less Popular and Less Well Understood
FYI, the study of medical bankruptcies highlighted in the article you link to was co-authored by now-Senator Elizabeth Warren, along with longtime single-payer advocates Himmelstein and Woolhandler.
ralphbon commented on the diary post NY AG concerned his ‘private’ concerns are communicated by others by acmerecords.
ralphbon commented on the diary post Saturday Art: The Joys of Watching Young People Mature as Musicians by EdwardTeller.
Thanks, ET, and congrats to the amazing sax player and the other young champion. I’m gobsmacked at the richness of your experiences, between composing, teaching, activism, and raising a dog with the good sense to take a dump in Sarah Palin’s yard.
I was surprised when I signed the petition that it hadn’t yet hit its target 20,000 signatories. Promoting this post to the front page of the Mother Ship would help, as would coordination with one of those Brian Sonenstein mass emailings. Just saying.
Signed, with the following comment:
You previously awarded the Nobel Peace Prize to Barack Obama based on no action he had ever actually taken but merely because he was not George Bush. We now know that Obama is in fact worse than Bush by virtue of his reckless and provocative use of extrajudicial killing, expansion of [...]
This essay is a genuinely important document and deserves to go not just viral but pandemic.
Only Nixon could go to China.
Only Obama could go to Orwell.
And maybe you’re right that at this moment only a movement initiated by people of color can nudge us back to, if not justice, at least clarity.
It could have been the capstone on one of the most successful and substantive careers in modern American politics.
Consequential, yes; substantive, no.
ralphbon commented on the diary post Apostrophe Abuse Is Never Right and Other Observations by Phoenix Woman.
I strongly second the peeve about use of “that” in place of “who” or “whom,” although special dispensation must be granted Stephen Sondheim (“But worse ‘n that / A person that / Titillates a person and then leaves her flat / Is crazy, / He’s a troubled person, / He’s a truly crazy person himself.”) [...]
ralphbon commented on the blog post Department of Justice Attacks Frontline As Lanny Breuer Resigns
I would like to know if Eric Holder was approached and declined to speak on camera for the Frontline piece. Breuer is abominable, but Holder (and ultimately Obama) was his boss and thought Breuer was doing a heckuva job.
Maybe someone with Photoshop chops could find a shot of Bush congratulating Brownie post-Katrina and swap in Holder and Breuer’s faces. “Heckuva job, Lanny!”
Also nice project for someone with time would be a scorecard infographic (unless it already exists):
eyebrow: Obama/Holder’s DOJ
LH col subhed: Zeal
RH col subhed: Negligence
No shortage of righteous whistleblowers, Aaron Swartz, etc., etc. for the Zeal column, no shortage of banksters, torturers, etc., etc., for Negligence.
ralphbon commented on the diary post These Dead Children Had Names: In Memoriam…And the Living Under Drones Report by wendydavis.
Recc’d with extreme prejudice. Thanks, Wendy. Eds: This SO deserves to appear on the Mother Ship’s front page.
Teddy, bravo, and I agree we have a brief window to harness public opinion to ramp up gun control advocacy to the Australian level. Buy ‘em back, and melt ‘em down to build playgrounds.
You wrote a key tag line right here: Illegal to own, not just to buy.
We need concerted, complementary communication strategies to create a juggernaut of advocacy for a full-bore (ahem), macho, take-no-prisoners (i.e., confiscatory) approach to gun control. I dropped a couple of ideas in this regard, in this comment to a Spocko post, including the following:
How about a little macho jiu jitsu to push for a real, 100-proof, hair-on-your-chest assault weapons ban with zero tolerance for “grandfathered” weapons? That’s what they got in Australia, mate! Are we going to let Australia out-macho us on the gun-control front? Forgive me, forgive me, forgive me, but who do you want writing your assault weapon legislation: Diane Feinstein or Crocodile Dundee?
In the process, we need to marginalize two broad groups of people who stand in our way: gun fetishists and wimpy politicians like Feinstein offering ineffective measures like “bans” that don’t actually ban. They’re all part of the problem. I say “marginalize,” by the way, not “shame” — I couldn’t a shit whether they’re capable of shame or any other emotion, or what their thought processes may be. The only emotions and thoughts I care about are those of the great majority of Americans who, I’m convinced, completely agree with the thrust of this diary. They need to know they’re not alone, and they need to feel their political oats.
Aaron Swartz and millions of others did it on SOPA, and SOPA — bad as it was — didn’t directly abet the killing of children. That gives us a big leg up already versus the gun fetishists and their cowardly abettors.
Bill Black’s piece on Jacob Lew is essential reading. I have to say that while substantial swaths of the progressosphere are reveling with self-satisfied amazement at their power to influence who says a prayer at the inauguration, we can’t do shit about Obama appointing another Wall Street hack as Treasury Sec’y…or to get mainstream media to pay attention to the dangerous stupidity of this appointment, rather than doing puff pieces on Lew’s loopy signature.
ralphbon commented on the diary post Wake Up Progressives: The Trillion Dollar Coin Can Be Game-Changing! by letsgetitdone.
So to analogize with the 2009 fights over HCR and the PPACA, PPCS is the SP of MMT whereas the TDC is merely the MSM’s precompromised PO.
Spocko, I’ve been waiting for your first post-Sandy Hook diary, and your insights are, as ever, non-trivial. I know I have no right to be critical, since I have not been active in this cause. But as I look down the roster of organizations and actions, I wonder, Where’s the damn scorched-earth campaign? There were public-safety [...]
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