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  •  I'm an alum too, and while I am always in favor (7+ / 0-)

    of basic courtesy, Ray Kelly has forfeited that right. Had Richard Nixon shown up on campus while I was at Brown -- well, Nixon was too savvy to ever consider such a thing. Sometimes, making a strong point with a protest like this serves a much higher purpose than would a polite reception to allow pseudo-academic self-promotion by someone who has done immense harm.

    I'm only thankful that Obama had the good sense not to nominate Kelly for DHS. I have little doubt that the clarity with which decent progressives in this country made their feelings known -- much as these students did -- helped ensure that Obama did not make such a horrendous mistake.

    •  If LBJ showed up? (1+ / 0-)
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      Explaining how Nixon was going to cause the widespread rise of Communism by reversing the USA's ever-increasing presence in Vietnam/secret wars?

      Would Brown U have given him a pass.
      "Solid."  Due to Civil Rights?
      Or called him out, for sending young men of color, to a foreign land, to shoot young men of color?

    •  The fact that he wanted to for even a second (2+ / 0-)
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      totally floors me.

      Any authoritarian in a storm, huh?

      Glad he thought better of it.

      I tried to go online to find a similar bear head...but when I searched “Big Bear Head” it gave me a San Diego craigslist ad entitled “Big Bear needs some quick head now” and then I just decided to never go on the internet again.--Jenny Lawson

      by SouthernLiberalinMD on Wed Oct 30, 2013 at 07:30:12 AM PDT

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      •  I didn't mean at all to imply that he wanted to -- (0+ / 0-)

        I very much doubt that would ever have crossed his mind, especially given Nixon's well known paranoia. I was just using that as an example.

        •  Um, thought I was responding to the idea (1+ / 0-)
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          that Barack Obama wanted Ray Kelly for head of DHS. Which apparently did cross his mind, at least for a second.

          I tried to go online to find a similar bear head...but when I searched “Big Bear Head” it gave me a San Diego craigslist ad entitled “Big Bear needs some quick head now” and then I just decided to never go on the internet again.--Jenny Lawson

          by SouthernLiberalinMD on Wed Oct 30, 2013 at 02:55:32 PM PDT

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          •  Ahhh, yes, sorry. Obama gave pretty strong signals (1+ / 0-)
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            that he was considering Kelly for DHS:

            WAPO, July 18

            New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly would be “well-qualified” to run the Department of Homeland Security, Obama said in an interview with Univision’s affiliate in the New York/New Jersey area. Obama said the commissioner “might be very happy where he is.” If Kelly isn’t, though, Obama said he’d want to know about it. “I think Ray Kelly is one of the best there is,” Obama said.

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