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Sat Apr 20, 2013 at 05:34 PM PDT

Things I don't understand

by debagger

Here is a list of things I don't understand, questions I'd like answers to, and miscellaneous things that make no sense to me about the official and media accounts of the events surrounding the Boston marathon bombing.

I haven't linked to anything below but you can find it all easily enough, reported throughout the mainstream new media. None of this is culled from conspiracy websites.

I don't purport to have any answers and I am not trying to create sympathy for these young men, or in anyway minimize the utter horror of what happened in Boston. But the official story doesn't make any sense, on any level.

These shots of people celebrating in the streets worries me. Politicians are calling for this kid to be tried as an enemy combatant. His Miranda rights are being debated. We need to be very careful.

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Larry the Republican head of household comes home after being fired and announces to his family, "we have a revenue problem, we're going to have to go without some things and tighten our belts for a while".

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Sun Apr 10, 2011 at 11:45 AM PDT

The Unwilling

by debagger

I am a lifelong progressive, born in the late sixties and raised by two baby boomers who would have been called "hippies" at the time. I come from the heartland Midwest: blue collar, beef and corn fed on one side, activist Protestant intellectuals on the other.

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Sat Aug 28, 2010 at 12:04 PM PDT

I Have A Scheme

by debagger

Beck's speech today, translated into English

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Sat Apr 10, 2010 at 09:25 AM PDT

My CPA, Teabagger

by debagger

When I sat down with my accountant to go over the damage for this year's tax liability, I knew politics might come up. Over the years we had talked briefly on various issues and I knew enough of his perspective to know we were philosophical opponents. During the Bush administration he made passing remarks about his support of the war in Iraq. As racist white men often do when alone with other white men, he had tested the waters with me with anti-Hispanic, anti-immigrant references. I was well aware of his shirt-on-sleeve conservative "Christianity" which clearly had nothing to do with the teachings of Jesus. Each time these topics would come up, I would tactfully disagree and shift the conversation away. To my mind he was of the confused and ignorant faction of the right (vs. the willfully evil crowd). I'd come home and discuss it with my wife, who each year would insist I fire him and find another CPA. And each year I'd think about it but procrastinate and decide it was not worth the hassle to start all over with a new accountant: I see him once a year and even if he was a political idiot, I was hiring him to do taxes, not represent my personal values. But this year's meeting changed all that.

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Tue Mar 16, 2010 at 05:32 PM PDT

Confrontation and Change

by debagger

Last night I watched a documentary called The War at Home about resistance among American youth during the Vietnam era.

I am the child of young parents who were among that generation, born in the late sixties, and I cannot help but compare that era to ours.

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Wed Jan 20, 2010 at 04:41 PM PST

There is No Superman

by debagger

No Tooth Fairy. No Easter Bunny. No Count Dracula, no Bigfoot, no Santa Clause, no Loch Ness Monster.

And there is no progressive Democratic party.

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Thu Sep 17, 2009 at 11:10 AM PDT

Teabaggers Shifting Their Rhetoric

by debagger

On-the-ground reporting is coming in that in response to charges of racism, the Teabaggers are shifting their strategy.

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Mon Sep 14, 2009 at 09:03 AM PDT

There is no denying

by debagger

that race is an arrow in their quiver that they use with precision. The puppet masters in the GOP aren't so much concerned with race as the core issue as they are cognizant of it as a weapon that draws blood quickly. It sows chaos on the left and infects rage in the right. Their core issues - and this cannot be repeated enough - are money and power.

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