whitewidow

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  • Thank you, dday, your analysis and insight has been invaluable. I will miss my daily fix, but I wish you the best of luck in future endeavors. Keep fighting the good fight.

  • whitewidow commented on the blog post Another Secret OLC Opinion: This One on Information Sharing

    2011-03-20 10:31:48View | Delete

    OT but wondering if folks here have seen that Northwestern fired David Protess of Innocence Project:

    http://bit.ly/hIDum6

    http://bit.ly/i9JnQm

    Also, related to electronic privacy, interesting patent application by MySpace. (I didn’t discover this, Chris Hayes tweeted)

    http://bit.ly/fW9XIe

    Security and Monetization Through Facial Recognition in Social Networking Websites

  • Wow. It’s always refreshing to hear unvarnished truth.

    Related: Good reporting in The Nation about “Communications Monitoring Units” at prisons in Marion and Terre Haute.

    http://bit.ly/eYMwKM

    Gitmo in the Heartland

  • whitewidow commented on the blog post Playing God with Bradley Manning

    2011-03-11 08:02:21View | Delete

    Important reporting in The Nation.

    Gitmo in the Heartland
    http://bit.ly/eYMwKM

    Eight days after CCR filed suit, the BOP suddenly gave notice of a proposed rule titled “Communication Management Units.” In it the Obama administration kept the Bush-era communication restrictions while broadening their scope. While the 2006 proposed rule was limited to people with “an identifiable link to terrorist-related activity,” the Obama-era rule can be applied to “any inmate,” including “persons held as witnesses, detainees or otherwise.”

  • Many individual revelations in the diplomatic cables have been important, but when you see what the big picture looks like, even when only 2m or so of the cables have been published, it’s clear what our “diplomacy” is actually about:

    1)Protecting and furthering the interests of powerful corporations above all other considerations

    2)Arms and military equipment sales

    This is not news to many who pay attention, but when you see it illustrated over and over, along with the hypocrisy and betrayal of democracy and “American Values” it’s pretty stunning in scope.

  • whitewidow commented on the blog post Sister Sara, RIP

    2011-01-17 10:02:39View | Delete

    RIP

    So sad. I had so much admiration for Sara. So much lost with her passing. Funny, I had thought about her and wondered how she was doing just a couple of days ago. I would be content if I could live my life with 1/1000th of her kindness, intelligence and purpose.

  • whitewidow commented on the blog post James Risen’s MERLIN Source Arrested

    2011-01-06 14:20:23View | Delete

    Crikey. By the time I finish reading the DOJ press release you already have analysis and a time line compiled and posted. Guess that’s why you get the big bucks:)

    from DOJ press release

    characterizing the classified information in a false and misleading manner as a means of inducing the author to write and publish a story premised on that false and misleading information;

    How clever. They can simultaneously deny the truth of the leak while also denying the action is “whistleblowing”.

  • whitewidow commented on the blog post Merry Christmas

    2010-12-24 22:15:41View | Delete

    Merry Christmas, edub. Enjoy yourself, you deserve it.

  • Here’s what jumped out at me from that interview:

    The problem is, how are we dealing with our medium-term debt and deficit, and how are we dealing with our long-term debt and deficit? And most of that has to do with entitlements, particularly Social Security and Medicaid.

    Gah. Third rail? Third party.

  • whitewidow commented on the blog post Republican Grassroots Support for Tax Cut Deal Wavering?

    2010-12-09 14:37:49View | Delete

    Quick, everyone over to RedState and post comments about lazy unemployed and ethanol bailouts.

  • whitewidow commented on the diary post The Arrogance of Democratic Insiders toward Progressives by merlin1963.

    2010-12-09 13:39:15View | Delete

    The White House and Dems all are deathly afraid that if they do anything at all that liberals like, they will be called “lefties” and “tax raisers”. They are either completely cowed by the right wing machine, or are using it is a convenient excuse, or both. We know, of course, that there is nothing [...]

  • whitewidow commented on the diary post Lawrence O’Donnell and the Rancid Cultist Rump Dead Enders by Jane Hamsher.

    2010-12-09 13:22:20View | Delete

    Remember when Larry “You’ve never been in the room when legislation was written, I have” O’Donnell stated absolutely and unequivocally that the health care bill would not pass? Last night he made the same type of statement, when he declared that this bill will pass, and that liberals weren’t serious about opposing it and would [...]

  • That’s $1,371 ave per person for the plebes, $27,708 ave per person for the fat cats.

  • Yes, it would be nice if voters would like more at the evidence of what a politician has actually done, versus what they say.

    Things like paling around with Lieberman and Blue Dogs.

  • Check this out that Dave Weigel dug up from the primary wars, too.

    http://slate.me/gJxbCr

    Barack Obama is no Muhammad Ali. He took a walk every time there was a tough vote in the Illinois State Senate. He took a walk more than a 130 times. That’s what a shadow boxer does. All the right moves. All the right combinations. All the right footwork. But he never steps into the ring.

    Video at the link.

  • Keith’s was fun in his usual bombastic style, but I though Rachel’s segment on “First You Win” was extremely powerful stuff. She said that Obama could be on his way to irrelevance if he doesn’t get better at negotiating, basically by turning the famous statement on it’s head.

    First you win
    Then they fight you
    Then they laugh at you
    Then they ignore you

    Seriously good stuff. She also called him “baseless”, in every sense of the word.

  • Grover Norquist loves the tax plan.

    So if Obama is working with Grover Norquist, does that make Obama a firebagger now?

  • whitewidow commented on the blog post Eight Predictions About Obama’s Tax Cut Deal

    2010-12-07 15:33:22View | Delete

    I’m not sure how much a threat ending the filibuster is when Republicans are set to take over.

  • whitewidow commented on the blog post The Other Major Deal: Doc Fix Extension

    2010-12-07 10:51:12View | Delete

    It may not be as hard to enforce as you think. For example, here in MN, if you are in the Minnesota Care health care program, which is for people who are low income but not poor enough to qualify for straight General Assistance Medical care, you are already required to notify MN Health Services within 10 days of a change in income, or anything else that would effect your eligibility status or monthly co-pay amount.

    If you don’t do that, you can be charged with obtaining benefits through fraud.

    Unless you don’t file taxes, they will find out if your income increased.

    Republicans here already want to drug test people who get any kind of assistance. I’m sure they can come up with some creative enforcement methods. It will be expensive, but at least nobody “undeserving” will get any goodies.

  • Glad you posted on this, that is an incredible good post by zunguzungu. I hope it gets read widely.

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