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  • washunate commented on the blog post Andrew Sullivan To Quit Blogging

    2015-01-29 11:18:47View | Delete

    Awesome post!

  • Sad all around.

    Too bad President Obama is powerless to stop this with the Republicans running everything these days.

  • washunate commented on the blog post The Real Winners Of The Recovery: The Superrich

    2015-01-05 10:43:57View | Delete

    It’s nice to see approaches like this that show this is a methodical, long-term trend. The tribal Red vs. Blue warriors like to look for convenient temporary villains to distract attention, but the problem is that the entire system has been looting productive work for decades.

    If anyone hasn’t seen the UCSC link, it’s one of the best resources for looking at wealth inequality. What really stands out is that it’s not just the top .1% – the inequality is at every rung of the ladder. The top 1%, the top 5%, the top 10%, the top 20%, no matter how you slice it, there’s a huge gap between them and the bottom 99/95/90/80.

    Even if you completely exclude the top 1%, the next 19% own many multiples of the entire net worth of the bottom 80%.


  • Of course Obama has the power. The President is the only person with the power, in fact, because that’s how the Controlled Substances Act was written four decades ago. It was one of the core elements of this idea that instead of being governed by laws, we should be governed by decrees.

    Schedule 1 drugs are whatever the Executive Branch decrees them to be.

  • But I thought government spending is always good?

  • washunate commented on the diary post The Economic Agenda for America: A Commentary by letsgetitdone.

    2014-12-07 19:46:31View | Delete

    This reminds me of the article about Warren. I just don’t get these. This isn’t about detailed policy proposals. That’s all academic bubble world talk that is disconnected from what is actually going on, which is that this is all kabuki theater. It’s not that Warren and Sanders and Kucinich and others are bad people [...]

  • I agree it’s nice to feel progress, but I think that’s way too optimistic. We don’t need more studies and information and task forces and commissions.

    Any presidential decree that doesn’t start with, “I’m directing the DEA specifically to deschedule marijuana and more generally am ending the drug war….” simply isn’t a serious effort.

  • washunate commented on the diary post St.Louis police need to STFU and stop killing people UPDATE BELOW by Masoninblue.

    2014-12-01 10:38:31View | Delete

    I particularly enjoyed this part of the saga, back in October, when Roorda specifically and the union generally took it upon themselves to smear a black kid that had been chased down and killed by an off-duty cop. Because clearly in America, charging the police is a lethal offense. I mean, sorry, running form the [...]

  • washunate commented on the diary post St.Louis police need to STFU and stop killing people by Masoninblue.

    2014-12-01 10:25:55View | Delete

    FYI, Roorda has been one of the more inflammatory voices on these matters over the past few months. He’s a great example of the intersection of disgrace that leadership has become in criminal justice, unions, local government, and the Democratic party in many of our major metro areas. I love the paternalistic contempt that drips [...]

  • washunate commented on the blog post FDL Going on Hiatus

    2014-12-01 10:17:09View | Delete

    Good luck and best wishes. Keep us posted as you can.

  • washunate commented on the blog post Questions from Ferguson

    2014-11-25 14:51:38View | Delete

    FYI, I agree those are good rhetorical questions. I think it’s worth noting there are specific substantive answers to them, as well. They are a part of the general trend of what to do with Millennials who are a massive generation yet are almost completely locked out of the halls of formal power – and that’s what is nationally (and internationally) relevant, but at the same time, each specific incident is flavored by the particular local situation.

    In this case, the prosecutor got his panties in a bunch because he got called out by the unwashed masses of second class citizens who forgot what their place is for a moment. He nearly cost the Democrats the County Executive seat for his racism – but only nearly. So after such a close but ultimately victorious election battle, he is openly gleeful to have survived intact and be in a position to shove it down people’s throats.

    It’s the perfect representation of what is wrong with the Democratic Party. It’s not a lesser of two evils. It’s the dominant force in most of our nation’s major metropolitan areas.

  • Jon, your willingness to be polite and charitable continues to be impressive.

    I would be much less respectful of the goals of PPACA. They were nothing short of entrenching a horrible healthcare system at exactly the moment when that entire healthcare system was most vulnerable to massive public desire for meaningful change.

  • washunate commented on the blog post Jonathan Cohn Rewrites History for Jonathan Gruber

    2014-11-19 10:29:52View | Delete

    I love that update. Cohn is caught and called out for either being conned himself or for being part of the con. So his response is not to question his underlying assumptions, but rather, to rewrite the specific passage talking about HHS contract disclosure.

    It’s just beautiful.

  • washunate commented on the diary post Laura Gottesdiener: A Tale of Two Cities: Post-Bankruptcy by Tom Engelhardt.

    2014-11-19 10:16:20View | Delete

    It’s interesting starting with RoboCop, because by the 1980s, the process of urban decay was already irreversible in the early outliers like Detroit and St Louis. I think that’s what’s easy to forget about it – this wasn’t future talk. The population had already moved. As Alice describes above, the rail system had already been [...]

  • washunate commented on the diary post Who Says Ferguson Can’t End Well? by David Swanson.

    2014-11-19 09:17:41View | Delete

    David, I’m not sure you actually answer your headline question, though? This isn’t a struggle between some workers and a factory owner. This is the systemic oppression and targeting of citizens by government itself. The legal system itself is the problem. There is no compromise or reconciliation there so long as the government itself likes [...]

  • washunate commented on the blog post Officials in Ferguson Prepare for Darren Wilson Verdict

    2014-11-18 10:12:47View | Delete

    @bluedot: That’s a loaded question :) Interesting factoid, if he’s driving east/west, he probably actually goes just north of Ferguson, since taking I-270 across northern St Louis is generally faster than going south through downtown. Not sure if there’s room for a truck, but it looks like there’s an ice cream stop at the old train depot:


  • washunate commented on the blog post Officials in Ferguson Prepare for Darren Wilson Verdict

    2014-11-18 08:33:13View | Delete

    @ThingsComeUndone: on the comment about moving to Ferguson, Saint Louis has a very unique housing history. It long predates the collapse of the housing market in the 2000s. STL is one of the core cities of urban decay, an early outlier. The white flight happened many decades ago, and it is much further west (and south). What you see in Ferguson specifically, and ‘NoCo’ (North Saint Louis County) more generally is more accurately thought of as black flight. It is black families wanting to raise kids in ‘bedroom communities’ away from the drug war and its associated problems in the more urban parts of the metro area. That’s part of why Ferguson has struck such a chord. It’s not an urban area. It’s the suburbs (and really, pre-suburbs: these were towns of their own and the metro region grew to them). It’s the County Police, not the City Police. But a rare American suburb, since a majority of the population is black, not white. Also helps explain the prosecutor’s issues. He’s from Kirkwood, which is in the southwestern part of Saint Louis County, on the other side of Clayton (the county seat) from Ferguson. This has been a bit of a wake-up call for white people in North Saint Louis County, since the response from STL County Police and the MO Highway Patrol communicated quite clearly what West County and South County thinks of North County as a whole. (Don’t bother looking those up on a map – they are all in the county of Saint Louis, not to be confused with the city of Saint Louis, and are useful shorthand since one of the lingering consequences of STL urban decay and white flight and associated decades of racist housing policy is the massive hodgepodge of tiny municipalities that dot STL County)

  • washunate commented on the blog post Officials in Ferguson Prepare for Darren Wilson Verdict

    2014-11-18 08:04:20View | Delete

    @ThingsComeUndone: The issue of the prosecutor recusing himself has been one of the more fascinating areas of this. Potential jurors are struck from cases if they have even remotely had a situation kinda-sorta similar to the incident in question. Basically, being the victim of a violent crime is a lifetime ban from serving on a jury. Yet for prosecutors, there is no bias. They’re SuperHumanRobots.

  • washunate commented on the blog post Officials in Ferguson Prepare for Darren Wilson Verdict

    2014-11-18 07:58:15View | Delete

    It’s interesting how much effort has gone into preparing people slowly for what has been a non-event in thousands of previous cases (the non-prosecution of officers in officer involved shootings). That acknowledgment by the establishment that things are changing is excellent proof that things are changing. I find it particularly hilarious that having a gas mask and a bulletproof vest are now signs that you area violent criminal. I mean, you’re supposed to just lie down and let the police shoot you. It’s the American way.

  • washunate commented on the blog post Democrat’s Demographic Fatalism Facing Critiques

    2014-11-17 15:48:24View | Delete

    Great post. The Dems had a tantalizing shot at demographics in the 1990s. But they decided instead to do pretty much the exact opposite of what said demographics believe.

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