And don’t get me started on Kos.
Here’s Digby, for example:
Obviously, things could spin completely out of control. They usually do once the switch on the fighting machine is turned on. But for now, Obama’s keeping it together. We’ll see what happens.
From your link to the blockade wiki:
In March 1993, Israel imposed an overall closure on Gaza with newly built checkpoints; and, from October 2000, Israel imposed a comprehensive closure on the Gaza Strip. When the Al-Aqsa Intifada broke out in September 2000 Israel put trade restrictions on the Gaza Strip and closed the Gaza International [...]
tomallen commented on the blog post Should the Health Care Exchanges Just Automatically Assign Everyone a Plan?
I bet this complicated Rube Goldberg system can be improved by adding another part! Surely the best solution to technocratic neoliberalism is implementing a better formula. *sigh*
tomallen commented on the blog post You’d think he’d know this already, they are called “Sam’s Clubs”
So I guess this is funny because he’s suggesting the warehouses be built in Central America? Because we already have such warehouses in the US — ICE detention centers such as the one Jeh Johnson visited last week in Arizona:
After touring the recently opened center, he said staff told him that some of the immigrants told them they were surprised to be detained.
“This facility … represents proof that indeed we will send people back.”
But without more beds, the department says immigrants caught entering the country illegally will continue to be released while awaiting their deportation and asylum hearings. Right now, they are detained only if there is a place to house them.
The Obama administration has requested emergency spending of $3.7 billion to open more detention centers, hire more immigration judges and take other steps to deal with the border crisis.
tomallen commented on the blog post White House Sending Troops To Iraq On ‘Security Mission’
Also Turkey, Pakistan, Sudan, South Sudan and Yemen.
Great military powers fighting proxy battles in a region of delicate alliances and long-standing grudges. What a brilliant way to mark the centennial of the start of World War I!
tomallen commented on the blog post The “Tea Party” Doesn’t Actually Need to Win Many Elections to Have Influence
Isn’t New York’s WFP basically a way to capture disaffected Democrats and redirect their votes back to the Democratic Party? At least at the leadership level?
tomallen commented on the diary post ND Treasurer: Red Carpet Rollout for Gen. Petraeus Fracking Field Trip “Not Unusual” by Steve Horn.
I don’t see why you’d suggest that Petraeus is blurring the lines between government, finance and industry. For shame! Why, even as I type this, the great general and financier is … attending the secretive annual conference of the Bilderberg Group with other fine members of government, finance, industry, academia and the media — people like [...]
Those interested in more information about the CIA station chief, Gregory Vogel (whose name has been public information for four years and is widely known Kabul) can read more at the Moon of Alabama link.
Vogel was involved in Afghan death squadrons and has hired thousands of Afghani locals as CIA thugs — sorry, “Counterterrorist Pursuit Teams” — who for some reason are unpopular among the citizens.
tomallen commented on the blog post The House of Representatives Validated Edward Snowden
A vote on a crappy, minor reform bill after only 1-2% of Snowden’s NSA documents were redacted and published. Imagine what might have happened had all the documents been disclosed.
tomallen commented on the blog post Careful what you wish for…unless you just wish to stay out of it..
Yes, thank you President Obama for ratcheting up conflicts like Syria and Ukraine to the point of all-out World War III, but not (yet) actually pulling the trigger. You are officially 0.06% less evil than the far-right neoconservatives.
tomallen commented on the blog post When Americans Saw Injustice by the FBI and Did Something About It—A Review of the Film, ’1971′
From the Citizens’ Commission to Investigate the FBI wiki page:
“The complete collection of political documents ripped-off from the F.B.I. office in Media, Pa., March 8, 1971″ was published for the first time as the March, 1972 issue of WIN Magazine (“Peace and freedom thru nonviolent action”), a journal associated with the War Resisters League. The documents revealed the COINTELPRO operation, and led to the Church Committee and the cessation of this operation by the FBI.
In contrast, only 1-2% of the Snowden leaks have been released, many heavily redacted.
tomallen commented on the diary post LIVE STREAM: Thomas Piketty — Is Inequality Inevitable? by Elliott.
I suppose if anyone knows about inequality, it’s the good folks of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, the second richest country in the world (and home of numerous tax shelters.) Tonight they welcome Professor Paul Krugman, whose credibility they just purchased for a quarter million dollars a year.
Joseph Stiglitz (Columbia University), Paul Krugman (Princeton University [...]
C’mon, he has to save *some* money for his 2016 presidential bid.
An astroturf organization funded by a multi-billionaire with high-reaching political ambitions? Gosh, I wonder what will happen next.
tomallen commented on the blog post Young People Are Heavily Aligned With the Democratic Party
A Pew poll a couple weeks ago found that half of the young people surveyed identified strongly with neither major party. (27/17/50 Dem/Rep/Ind.) But it didn’t seem to ask whether the independents leaned Dem or Rep.
A Stanford/UMich poll in 2012 took leaners into account and got 48/36/16 for Dem/Rep/Ind, which looks similar to Gallup.
tomallen commented on the blog post Five Reasons Why Even Long-Shot Marijuana Legalization Bills Matter
Excellent points. Most of these applied as well to same-sex marriage recognition laws as well, in the not-too-recent past. (And in the present in a lot of states.)
Just because something won’t pass immediately is no reason not to keep pushing for it. On the contrary, it’s a reason to push even harder.
Poll analysts and political pundits do two separate things. Analysts like Silver go over data and make relatively objective predictions, trying (I’d guess) to be accurate rather than to lend support to a particular campaign. Pundits, like preachers — or teachers for that matter — start by assuming that they have the answers, and seek to convince others to agree with them, using repetition to hammer their lessons home.
Pundits usually make poor predictors of elections — they have a vested interest in a particular outcome. And far too often analysts try to apply their numerical wonkery to solve political problems and fail spectacularly.
Looks like the shift really started around 2008, when the Great Recession began and the younger generations found themselves out of work but deeply in debt. I suspect this might be slightly connected to the drop-off in support for the mainstream parties.
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