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  •  You nailed it, Meteor Blades (16+ / 0-)

    Bloomberg is not a friend of our Constitutional freedoms.

    We can have change for the better.

    by phillies on Thu Apr 25, 2013 at 08:32:56 PM PDT

    •  He bought himself an exception to term limits (12+ / 0-)

      in NYC. A creepy creepy man.


      Actual Democrats is the surest, quickest. route to More Democrats

      by Jim P on Thu Apr 25, 2013 at 08:55:21 PM PDT

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    •  alas, it appears as if NOBODY is. (7+ / 0-)

      The whole neocon "New American Century" agenda is bipartisan, and both parties have been steadily shredding our democracy in the name of a never-ending "war on terror".

      "Terrorism" kills fewer people worldwide each year than lightning does, yet here we are as a society peeing our pants over it yet again, and perfectly willing to hysterically dismantle the little that remains of our democracy to "protect ourselves" against  . . . two kids with homemade pipe bombs.

      For a nation that prides itself on its swaggering big superpower bad-assness, we sure do scare easily.

      As a society, we lost our goddamn minds 12 years ago, and never recovered them.

    •  Bloomberg's projection is so obvious (3+ / 0-)
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      JeffW, Nada Lemming, phillies

      "We know there are people who want to take away our freedoms".

      There are indeed, and they're not al Qaeda, who can do nothing but kill us.

      Freedom isn't free. Patriots pay taxes.

      by Dogs are fuzzy on Thu Apr 25, 2013 at 09:59:43 PM PDT

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    •  So saddened by how similar this line of thought is (1+ / 0-)
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      beaky

      like the tea bagger responses to any attempt at gun control. Living in London, I'm glad for both the cameras and the gun control.  I feel safer in the camera areas of London than I do in many of the small cities in the US. Here I know that there is little chance that someone is going to pull out a handgun and mug me out in the open because 1. they don't have easy access to the guns and 2. there's a damn good chance they're going to get caught.
      If the Boston Bombers had been smart and just done their evil aware from the huge number of personal cameras at the finish line, we'd still be looking for them and they'd be headed to NYC, it appears.  I ran the Paris Marathon a week before Boston and was worried about my family (they had just closed the Eiffel Tower the weekend before due to a scare). We're going to have to get used to this and respond effectively. Bloomberg may not be perfect, but at least he's thinking and debating in the open. About half of what the GWB admin did was smart; what was wrong was that they did it in a way to avoid the checks and balances that protect us and explicitly avoid having the open debate. Fire away.

      •  My university sends students to London (1+ / 0-)
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        London is a fine place, but when last I inquired we do warn our students in essence that you are misinformed, that the likelihood of being assaulted, etc, in London is not small relative to the hazard in many parts of the US.  US murder statistics are high, but down the crime ladder In addition, home invasions (burglary of occupied house) are extremely rare  in the US (not unknown).

        We can have change for the better.

        by phillies on Sat Apr 27, 2013 at 09:36:10 AM PDT

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