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There are many, many things wrong with the police response in Ferguson (aggressive racism, local government mismanagement, lack of crowd-control training, general idiocy,  etc.)  One of the most obvious problems, though, is the fact that the police (like many, many other local police forces) been given military-grade equipment by the Pentagon.  

This isn't just a problem in high-profile riots: when SWAT teams roll up in APCs to bust a suspected small-time pot dealer, or find someone who missed a meeting with a parole officer, it sends (usually poor, minority) communities the message that they are the enemies--and encourages the police to think of them that way as well.

According to the Huffingtion Post the program has been suspended in the wake of what's going on in Ferguson (, but it needs to be ended permanently, and the weapons sold through it recalled.

Please consider signing this White House petition to end the Pentagon-sponsored militarization of local police forces:


Tue Jul 22, 2008 at 08:32 PM PDT

John McCain, American Doormat

by theophilus

There isn't much to say here, except: wow.  I suppose that after all the time McSurge has spent hyping the war, for Maliki to announce that he preferred the Obama plan sure ought to make him feel like a doormat.  But I never thought that his campaign would actually celebrate the fact by selling...McCain doormats:

McCain doormat

P.S. I know it may be tempting to buy one for that extra-muddy doorway.  But please resist the gag.


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Yes, Frog-gate.  I wish I could put a "snark" tag on this, it is so intensely absurd.  Alas, it is also true.  Senator Clinton has lied about boiling frogs.  And it is actually relevant...

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Just watched the CBC video about the NAFTA memo in the diary by mattw, and I am really steamed.

For anyone else who feels likewise, here is the contact info for the Canadian Prime Minister, Stephen Haper:

Phone Number
(613) 992-4211

Fax Number
(613) 941-6900

Email Address

Mailing Address
The Right Honourable Stephen Harper
Prime Minister of Canada
Office of the Prime Minister
80 Wellington Street
Ottawa, ON
K1A 0A2

Now that the truth is getting out, I think it will help Obama if we keep this story alive, and start demanding answers for what happened.  In particular, I'd be curious to hear someone report on what connections Harper has with the Republicans...

My parents live in a gated condo complex in the DC area, and are friendly with the gatehouse guard, a Vietnam vet who served in the Navy Seals and in the Marines.  The fellow, who is in his early 60's, was in special units that had lifetime call-up provisions.

Well, now the Marines have called him up.  For combat operations.  In Fallujah.

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Last week I pointed out that this community has a problem--we are being treated more and more like cult members, especially since Markos has risen more to national prominence.  I suggested that it might be helpful if we could (ask Markos to) rename the site, and while there was a range of responses, the general sentiment in both the poll and the comments was negative, so as promised, I am shutting up about the site name change.

I was originally going to just leave it there, but David Brooks insulted all of us in his latest column by calling us "rabid lambs" who blindly follow orders from the "Keyboard Kingpin". This needs some sort of response.

So here's my question: how do we fight back against the cult charge?

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Thu Jun 22, 2006 at 01:08 AM PDT

Rename Daily Kos

by theophilus

I love Markos.  I think that the tone he has set for this site, his management of it, and even his marketing of it have been smart and professional, and I think he has done a great service to progressives and the nation.

That said, this site has outgrown Markos.  It's time for a name change.


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I've been wondering--why use the NSA in particular to do the spying on Americans?  It would be the perfect agency to use to spy on as many people as possible.....

(more on the flip)

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If the Plame leak investigation results in any indictments or even in any serious criticism of the administration (and how can it not?), then we all know what the Republican strategy will be: blame the messenger. Denounce Patrick Fitzgerald as a partisan hack.  Do to Fitzgerald what Delay is lamely trying to do to Ronnie Earle.  No doubt, the RNC has got an oppo research team working to dig up dirt on Fitzgerald now.

We need to be prepared with counter-arguments, before the investigation winds up.  Number one: if Fitzgerald is such a partisan Democrat, why didn't he announce something before the election last fall?  After all, he had been working for over a year at that point, and could surely have said a lot to damage Bush.

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The thing that upsets most of us on the Left about Harriet Miers isn't her conservatism, since she has no record and no one knows whether she really is a conservative or not.  What bugs most of us is that she is another example of the eternal Bush cronyism.

Therefore, we shouldn't be attacking her (letting her on the court might be a good gamble for our side); we should be using her confirmation hearing to attack Bush cronyism.

How to do this?  Secret strategy on the flip...

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In the aftermath of the Brown resignation, it is now clear to the whole country that Bush does not mind appointing incompetents who are politically loyal.  Some MSM commentators have wondered publicly how many other Michael Browns there are in this administration.  But the MSM is not going to pursue this on their own: there are thousands of political appointees in the federal government, and no MSM outlet has the resources to do a thorough investigation of them all.

I think that that is our job.

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