raybeckerman commented on the blog post The Liberal Outrage Toward Brown University Students Who Shut Down Lecture by NYPD Chief
Ray Kelly never hesitates to deny freedom of speech to others. E.g., when the Republican National Convention took place in NYC, he was okay with corralling huge numbers of people… some of them peaceful protesters, some of them simply passersby… and arresting them. During Occupy Wall Street the police under his supervision engaged in numerous dastardly deeds…. corralling peaceful protesters & pepper spraying them for no reason at all… directing protesters to go on the Brooklyn Bridge roadway, and then surrounding them and arresting them en masse…. at the request of banks arresting people for closing their accounts. When there were protests against war in Iraq he engaged in all kinds of police misconduct.
So I can’t get too worked up about it. Live by the sword, die by the sword.
raybeckerman commented on the diary post Alicia Keys and the Power That Music Holds for Communities by BrandonJ.
Good for Alicia Keys. Just because you may disagree with some things a country does politically doesn’t make it ok to boycott it. If that were the test, then performing artists should boycott the United States. There seems to be a double standard. Were Alicia Keys boycotting Palestinian areas because of Palestinians’ human rights violations, [...]
raybeckerman commented on the blog post Obama Has Stopped Trying to Play Nice With the GOP
I’m not persuaded that this means he’s going to stop sucking up to GOP in congress. This is really minor stuff.
raybeckerman commented on the blog post Syrian Government Says Attack By Israel A ‘Declaration Of War’
It is irresponsible to write an article like this and fail to mention that Syria “declared war” against Israel decades ago, and has never withdrawn that declaration.
raybeckerman commented on the blog post KY Sen: Clintons Try to Keep Ashley Judd From Taking on McConnell
Screw the Clintons and other Machine politicians. Ashley Judd is great, and she will kick McConnell’s butt.
Anyone else will lose.
raybeckerman commented on the blog post Another Insider Declares Deal Was Made to Stop Public Option
I don’t disagree with anything in your article but the headline is quite misleading….
The head of HCAN was not an “insider”.
An “insider” would have been someone working for Obama.
raybeckerman commented on the blog post American Citizen Anwar al-Awlaki Assassinated in Yemen
I don’t know the facts of the case, but if the guy was engaged in making war against the United States, I don’t see how his US citizenship, or due process rights that would attach to criminal proceedings, come into play, nor do I see why it is any more an “assassination” than any other killing of an enemy in war.
What do you mean you “don’t have time to analyze it”? Then what business do you have writing an article you expect people to read headlined “The American Jobs Act, Summarized”? Why didn’t you find someone who did have the time?
raybeckerman commented on the blog post Ideology-Obsessed GOP Knowingly Courted Political Disaster with Vote to Privatize Medicare
I don’t think they’re “ideological” at all.
They’re corrupt, and do what is in the best interests of their corporate overlords.
The insurance industry has paid them to try to cripple Medicare, and that’s what they are trying to do. [notice I said "are", not "were"]
raybeckerman commented on the blog post Video: Police Brutality Against Col. Ann Wright at Quantico Rally for Bradley Manning
I don’t see it as a convincing showing of police brutality. Sorry.
raybeckerman commented on the diary post President Obama Gets Leading Proponent of Social Security Privatization and Bubble Economy to Tout Budget Deal by Dean Baker.
I made a similar point in blog post about yesterday’s “perfect storm”, A perfect storm: Bernie Sanders & the People vs. Reagan, Obama, Clinton & “mainstream media”
Obama clearly has the ability to get on track.
His presidency is in some ways reminiscent of JFK’s. JFK despite his wit, demeanor, and charisma, wasn’t doing much for liberal policies.
Shortly before his death, he did get on track, and would have achieved much had he lived.
The people who provided the strong base for Obama’s election are still here. We provided that base because Obama’s campaign rhetoric meshed with our values. If he starts bring his policies into synch with his campaign rhetoric, we will all be thrilled.
And his late mother, presently rolling over in her grave, will smile broadly.