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Appomattox, 150 Years Later
Thursday, April 9th is the 150th anniversary of one of the most significant moments in American history, the surrender of Robert E. Lee to Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox Courthouse, Virginia. ...
Jay Elias 04/08/2015 45 59 - -
Curtis Flowers Sentenced to Death After Record 6th Trial
For the first time in American history, the State of Mississippi tried Curtis Flowers for capital murder for the sixth time based on the same evidence. Mr. Flowers was just [convicted and sentenced ...
Jay Elias 06/20/2010 17 39 1 61
It is the Occupation's Fault
There has been a lot of talk since the killing of nine peace activists yesterday by Israeli Sayetet 13 soldiers about who is to blame. The United Nations Security Council has asked for an [...
Jay Elias 06/01/2010 606 455 8 113
US Military Secretly Authorized to Use Special Forces in Iran, Saudi Arabia, and Other Nations
What could possibly go wrong? The New York Times [reports]: The top American commander in the Middle East has ordered a broad ...
Jay Elias 05/24/2010 295 169 1 68
The Essential Importance of Gay Marriage
All too often, the quest for civil rights for LGBT persons in the United States has been pushed to the back burner in recent years. But a recently filed [lawsuit
Jay Elias 04/19/2010 49 47 1 40
Will the Obama Administration Pursue Whistleblowers but not War Criminals?
It isn't every day that the ridiculous hypocrisy of our criminal justice system is exposed so bluntly. The New York Times [reports] this ...
Jay Elias 04/16/2010 52 40 2 43
To Overcome Evil With Good
At today's Good Friday service at St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican, the preacher to the Papal Household, Father Raniero Cantalamessa, [compared
Jay Elias 04/02/2010 23 26 1 36
In Memoriam: Writer/Blogger David Mills
David Mills, one of America's finest writers, journalists, and bloggers, [died] yesterday of a brain aneurysm while ...
Jay Elias 03/31/2010 16 38 - 30
Quote(s) for Discussion: The Battle Of Hampton Roads
At what point shall we expect the approach of danger? By what means shall we fortify against it?-- Shall we expect some transatlantic military giant, to step the Ocean, and crush us at a ...
Jay Elias 03/30/2010 15 11 1 26
Ten Books That Influenced Me
Well, everyone else is doing it, so why not me?
Jay Elias 03/23/2010 173 29 5 65
We Can Still Reform the Fed's Leadership
With the confirmation of Ben Bernanke for a second four-year term as Chairman of the Federal Reserve Board, many Americans who wanted reform of the Fed feel frustrated. Experts and laypeople widely ...
Jay Elias 01/28/2010 16 18 - 32
So What Does the "Freeze" Really Mean?
With the bombshell [announcement] of a freeze in net Federal discretionary spending on many domestic programs tonight, much confusion (...
Jay Elias 01/25/2010 42 32 - 27
A Few Thoughts on Massachusetts and Obama's First Year
In the wake of the Republican victory in the election for Senator in Massachusetts, many puzzling things have been [observed
Jay Elias 01/23/2010 60 21 2 27
The REAL Reason Coakley Won/Lost
While the actual result of the special election for the US Senate from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts is still in doubt, some things are already quite clear, and demand discussion. First and ...
Jay Elias 01/19/2010 39 14 1 26
Regarding the State of our Government
This is the sort of post I hate to write – one lacking a specific topic or issue to tie it together and to make my meaning plain. But I've been asked to address some of these issues by a ...
Jay Elias 01/15/2010 33 42 1 188
R.I.P. Jay Reatard
Memphis garage rocker Jay Reatard, who broke out last year thanks to Watch Me Fall, has [died]
Jay Elias 01/13/2010 23 11 - 31
Terror is not the goal of Terrorism
Amidst the hysteria over the attempted bombing on Christmas Day, a form of misinformation has enjoyed wide acceptance with little pushback. In recent days, it has been said in many places, ...
Jay Elias 01/12/2010 53 29 1 28
"Help!  They are killing me!"
It was February 1, 2007, when Boubacar Bah, a tailor from Guinea, fell and injured his head in the Elizabeth Detention Center in New Jersey. Bah, 52, had been taken into custody by Immigration and ...
Jay Elias 01/09/2010 200 461 6 163
The Torture We Tolerate
Imagine a revolver, lying in front of you on a table. One round is placed in the cylinder and then it is spun. That revolver is held to the head of a child, the trigger will be pulled, and that ...
Jay Elias 01/08/2010 20 46 1 176
"Up In The Air" and the Triumph of Downsizing
With 2009 having come to a close, we are of course inundated with lists of the best films of the year along with the early buzz for the Academy Awards, and near the top of almost every list has ...
Jay Elias 01/04/2010 31 21 1 177
The Price of Velvet
After eight long years of the Bush administration, it was clear to all of us that we wanted to achieve great change in our nation and in our world. Those years were more, to us all, than simply two ...
Jay Elias 12/19/2009 23 8 1 30
Quote for Discussion: We Are Blowing It
New York City is supposed to be a haven for people like me, and I am still getting my ass kicked by the same goons who were kicking my ass in high school. They probably want to kick my ...
Jay Elias 11/06/2009 25 19 1 189
"The point is for them to do what we tell them to do."
In March of this year, Sen. Jim Webb introduced [The National Criminal Justice Commission Act of 2009]. The reason for this legislation, as ...
Jay Elias 11/04/2009 178 468 5 118
Quote for Discussion: John Searle
It is much easier to refute a bad argument than to refute a truly dreadful argument. A bad argument has enough structure that you can point out its badness. But with a truly dreadful ...
Jay Elias 10/08/2009 51 13 1 21
“The Only Thing We Have To Do Is Look the Other Way”
Yesterday, President Obama hosted a [luncheon] with the leaders of 25 Sub-Saharan African leaders in New York. The lunch, ...
Jay Elias 09/23/2009 24 35 2 203
Quote for Discussion: Truisms
The following is one version of the text of Jenny Holzer's art installation [Truisms]. My favorites are in bold. Please let me know which ones you like best,
Jay Elias 09/11/2009 57 12 3 44
Bush Appointee Eviscerates Ashcroft in 9th Circuit Decision
The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals just handed down its [decision] in the case of Al-Kidd v. Ashcroft , and smacked John ...
Jay Elias 09/04/2009 217 681 16 146
Quote for Discussion: Bill James on Steroids
It means that steroids keep you young. You may not like to hear it stated that way, because steroids are evil, wicked, mean and nasty and youth is a good thing, but...that’s what ...
Jay Elias 08/24/2009 35 5 1 8
The Shoah by Bullets
[S]ome scholars argue that those who embraced modernity, or those who embraced the dreams of the Enlightenment set in gear the conditions that allowed the Holocaust to occur. Zygmunt ...
Jay Elias 08/23/2009 99 56 3 42
To Serve and Protect: The State of Policing in America
“When he’s not arresting you, Sergeant Crowley is a really likeable guy.” So, Sgt. Crowley and Professor Gates had a [beer
Jay Elias 08/03/2009 452 435 13 89
Quote for Discussion: Gomorrah
As soon as Linda, one of the girls in our group, saw the dead body slide out from behind the steering wheel, she started to cry and hid behind two of the boys. A strangled cry. A young ...
Jay Elias 08/02/2009 26 9 1 12
Addington the Giant has a Posse (Comitatus) - Cheney Proposed Using Military On US Soil
Top Bush administration officials in 2002 debated testing the Constitution by sending American troops into the suburbs of Buffalo to arrest a group of men suspected of plotting with Al ...
Jay Elias 07/24/2009 329 398 8 271
Why Susie Sells Seashells by the Seashore, and Why It Matters
It seems ridiculous when you first hear it, but it is true. People named Phil are more likely to live in Philadelphia, people born on the third of the month are more likely to live in Three Rivers, ...
Jay Elias 07/21/2009 68 33 2 18
Quote for Discussion: Rape and the Invisible Fist
Few blog posts have ever had as strong an impression upon me as [Rape and the Invisible Fist], written a little more than a year ago by Rad Geek over at ...
Jay Elias 07/10/2009 119 31 2 23
This morning, three New York City police officers have been wounded by gunfire. A civilian woman has been shot in the arm by police. What led to this? A group of six NYPD officers opened fire in ...
Jay Elias 07/08/2009 218 43 3 19
Biden: The US Will Not Stop Israeli Strike On Iran
Nice going, [Joe]! Vice President Joe Biden seemed to give Israel a green light for military action to ...
Jay Elias 07/05/2009 503 118 3 46
Quote for Discussion: On Liberty
Happy Independence Day! Growing up, on the Fourth of July, my Grandfather read John Stuart Mill's On Liberty to my brother and I. In that spirit, below is the the summation of Chapter 2, ...
Jay Elias 07/04/2009 10 11 - 8
"In private, Le Pen is also a nice person"
President Obama needs our support. Monday, French President Nicolas Sarkozy made [headlines] by asking Israeli Prime ...
Jay Elias 07/01/2009 202 197 2 112
"It is about decency."
There are few things in the realm of the political world which are so difficult to speak about as the tragedy in Israel and Palestine. Both Jews and Palestinian Arabs rank among the most brutalized ...
Jay Elias 06/27/2009 326 387 8 63
Move On Over, Or We're Going To Move Over You
Move on over, or we’re going to move over you I turned thirty-two years old today. And one week from today, I will do something I have never done before: cast my vote for the winning ...
Jay Elias 10/28/2008 24 27 2 14
Who Really Pals Around With Terrorists?
Five weeks before I was born, a handful of blocks away from my parents' apartment on Conneticut Avenue in Northwest Washington D.C., terrorists detonated a car bomb. The bomb killed Chilean ...
Jay Elias 10/11/2008 55 59 7 247
Lies, Damned Lies, and Damnation
According to the U.S. Army, Private First Class LaVena L. Johnson was killed by a self-inflicted gunshot wound from a rifle on July 19, 2005. She was found in the tent of a military contractor. ...
Jay Elias 09/02/2008 20 38 1 27
Our World Can Be Different
I've said a lot, here in these pages, about the nuances of government policy, and power. I've said a lot about how difficult it is to change things, and poorly we understand the task ahead of us. ...
Jay Elias 08/28/2008 11 15 1 -
Color Me Unimpressed
Barack Obama has just chosen a Vice Presidential candidate who has spent much of his career trying to put folks like Barack Obama behind bars. Right now, the news folks are all falling all over one ...
Jay Elias 08/22/2008 103 27 2 33
Infinite In All Directions: An Essay On "Generation Kill"
The war is real, the ultimate reality show, and we don't get to watch it, because we forgot to create checks and balances on the cooption of the fourth estate, because in the days of the ...
Jay Elias 08/21/2008 21 40 3 251
Politics is the Mind-Killer: An Essay on the Nature of Fandom
In the time of the Roman Empire, civic life was divided between the Blue and Green factions. The Blues and the Greens murdered each other in single combats, in ambushes, in group battles,
Jay Elias 08/17/2008 54 15 2 -
Obama, Brooks, and Lebanon
Today’s New York Times features a column by [ David Brooks] wherein Brooks claims that Obama’s statements about the current ...
Jay Elias 05/16/2008 41 25 1 19
Truth Versus Reconciliation
The following post contains mild spoilers for the film "Forgetting Sarah Marshall" . There is a scene in the (very entertaining) film Forgetting Sarah Marshall where the protagonist, ...
Jay Elias 05/04/2008 36 11 1 4
Passing Over
Tonight we do service, taking the day as a convocation to that which led us out of bondage. We are meant to know and to understand that it is a service that we do, and not a celebration, ...
Jay Elias 04/19/2008 18 12 1 6
Something Else Bush Stole From Us
Today, the sad news has broken: there will not be democracy, or freedom from despotism in [ Zimbabwe]. The call by ...
Jay Elias 04/15/2008 10 23 2 151
No on Clinton: It's the economy, stupid.
This is a tough post for me, as I have tried very hard to not criticize the candidacy of Sen. Hillary Clinton for President. But considering the current economic crisis in America, particularly in ...
Jay Elias 03/25/2008 27 19 2 4
Bear Stearns and the N-Word: Nationalization
Today, the United States will do something which it hasn’t done since the New Deal: it will nationalize a corporation. [Bear Stearns] ...
Jay Elias 03/16/2008 65 55 3 9
Midtown Manhattan Crane Collapses
A large construction crane at 51st Street and 2nd Avenue has [collapsed]. Local authorities have reported at least two people are dead,
Jay Elias 03/15/2008 55 33 1 29
On Prostitution
In 1917, the legal prostitution district of New Orleans, the infamous “[ Storyville]”, was shut down over the strong objections of the city by the ...
Jay Elias 03/14/2008 70 24 1 30
An Open Letter to the News Directors of America
To whom it may concern; It is clear to all of us, regardless of political inclination, that the scandal surrounding New York Governor Elliot Spitzer is huge news. It will be covered in excruciating,
Jay Elias 03/11/2008 11 26 1 11
How Sen. Clinton Loses Debates
During last night's debate, Sen. Clinton once again tried to make an electoral issue out of Louis Farrakhan's endorsement of Barack Obama, and the honor given Farrakhan by Obama's church for his ...
Jay Elias 02/27/2008 64 25 2 6
Fighting for the Elderly: In Memoriam, Vunies High
You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough. ~ Boxing legend Joe Louis Vunies High, 95, was found [frozen to death
Jay Elias 02/20/2008 31 22 1 44
Poll: Would You Vote Obama as a third party candidate?
First of all, a disclaimer: this is just something that occurred to me. I do not endorse this idea, nor do I endorse Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination for President. I ...
Jay Elias 02/15/2008 121 6 1 8
On Labor and Sports
OK, so first of all, I know this isn't the most important issue in the world. But having just gotten to the end of one labor dispute, seeing this post today brought up issues which are several of ...
Jay Elias 02/14/2008 7 4 1 2
An Open Letter to Senator Charles Schumer
To the honorable Senator Schumer, Hello sir! It is unlikely that you know who I am, although I have written to you before and even once had the pleasure of working with your daughter. But I hope ...
Jay Elias 02/10/2008 35 54 2 -
Being the Change You Want To See
As Meteor Blades has so eloquently [explained], those of us who are troubled by the direction the site has taken due to posts and posters which are ...
Jay Elias 02/08/2008 24 15 3 -
A Short Comment on Clinton and Obama
A lot of you have strong, impassioned reasons why you feel that I and others should support Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama for the Democratic party’s nomination for President. Some of you ...
Jay Elias 02/01/2008 24 23 1 5
I Beg You...
I know that with the Presidential primaries in full swing, with deeply contested races in both parties, that the news is dominated by this, as is our community here. It is to be expected that other ...
Jay Elias 01/23/2008 193 873 12 46
The Audacity of Responsibility
[January 17, 2007]: At the end of the event, a man yelled out to Obama that he will be a better president ...
Jay Elias 01/20/2008 79 48 1 14
Respice post te, hominem te memento
Look behind you, and remember that you are human. Such were the words spoken to a Roman General, on the occasion of his triumph, spoken to him by a slave riding behind him on a chariot drawn by ...
Jay Elias 01/13/2008 37 61 6 147
On the Theory of Comparative Advantage
One thing I find is a constant experience in my life, as well as a major thread in human history, is that nearly everything I and we believe is untrue. For example, I believe that I am sitting on a ...
Jay Elias 12/26/2007 94 11 1 12
Understanding the Subprime Crisis: A Narrative, Part Three
Part Three: The Rise of Long-Term Capital Management and the Superportfolio This is an extremely compressed version of the story of Long-Term Capital Management, perhaps the most written ...
Jay Elias 12/23/2007 9 9 2 8
Of Oprah, Conan, and Unions
Recently, there was something of a scandal that took place on several blogs. Accusations were made that Oprah Winfrey, a major supporter of Barack Obama’s candidacy for the Democratic ...
Jay Elias 12/17/2007 75 35 1 10
Taking a Look at the Mitchell Report
The following is a list of every baseball player whose name is listed in the Mitchell Report:
Jay Elias 12/14/2007 74 2 1 -
Understanding the Subprime Crisis: A Narrative, Part Two
Part Two: John Meriwether and the rise of Arbitrage In the [first] entry of this narrative, we paid attention to the story of Lewis ...
Jay Elias 12/09/2007 20 21 5 -
Understanding the Subprime Crisis: A Narrative, Part One
Most people, and most experts, tend to feel that the US economy is in trouble. Many news stories are a significant part of this: the subprime mortgage “crisis”, the falling value of the ...
Jay Elias 12/07/2007 44 43 11 159
Birds Flying High, You Know How I Feel...
Lately, I find it more and more difficult to come and talk to you here. It is hard for me to do so without saying at all times that I feel strongly that we have lost our path, are wandering further ...
Jay Elias 11/27/2007 24 21 1 8
How's That Culture of Corruption Coming?
It is so easy to forget the most basic lessons. Why did the Democrats succeed in such historic fashion in the 2006 elections? The National Exit Poll of 2006 was rather [explicit http://people-press.
Jay Elias 11/15/2007 51 20 2 5
On Dying Free: An Open Letter to Sen. Charles Schumer
Recently, in a remarkable [essay] for the New York Review of Books, famed Russian biophysicist and political activist Sergei Kovalev wrote: I ...
Jay Elias 11/08/2007 44 30 2 154
Ron Paul and the Democrats We Deserve
So, yesterday, Republican Ron Paul raised [$4.07 million], in a Guy Fawkes Day fundraising stunt. That ...
Jay Elias 11/06/2007 49 9 1 7
On Leadership
One of the breed of bonkers, I wouldn't dare to lecture I don't know how to lead, there's got to be somebody better Weak in the kneesy species, dreaming of future faded Seen where the ...
Jay Elias 11/03/2007 26 18 1 3
Anarchism and the Fire Department
In my last [post] in my “Quotes for Discussion” series, I posted quotes from both 19th Century and current anarchists. In response, ...
Jay Elias 10/29/2007 133 9 1 74
Quote for Discussion: Anarchism Editition
In existing States a fresh law is looked upon as a remedy for evil. Instead of themselves altering what is bad, people begin by demanding a law to alter it. If the road between two ...
Jay Elias 10/27/2007 92 13 1 16
Think Differently: An Idea and a Calculus Link
If anything defines the thrust of my postings here, it is a repeated exhortation both to myself and to others to think about things differently.� To me, this is of upmost importance.� Far ...
Jay Elias 10/23/2007 29 14 1 22
Talking About the Wrong Genocide
“We've gathered here to mark the opening of this Holocaust Museum. We do so to help ensure that the Holocaust will remain ever a sharp thorn in every national memory, but ...
Jay Elias 10/22/2007 13 9 1 4
Quote for Discussion: Brandon Friedman edition
Today's quote for discussion comes from our own Brandon Friedman's book, The War I Always Wanted , which I highly recommend, and not just because I think he should be rich and famous. ...
Jay Elias 10/18/2007 26 13 1 8
Can You Convince Me to Support S-CHIP?
I pose this as a direct challenge to the Daily Kos community: can you persuade me to support the recently vetoed bill to expand S-CHIP? Support for this bill, and for an attempt to override the ...
Jay Elias 10/13/2007 265 30 1 16
Quotes for Discussion: Of Politics and People
Many of you may wonder why I have been so dogged with my “Quotes for Discussion” posts over the last year. I usually offer them up without context or commentary, and they are tangential ...
Jay Elias 10/11/2007 13 7 1 4
America's War on Minorities
In 1980, an African-American was equally likely to be either living in a college dorm or living in prison. Not anymore. In the last twenty-six years, we have made remarkable progress. Yesterday, ...
Jay Elias 09/28/2007 165 179 9 23
Interesting Federal Budget Observations
The Department of Defense budget for FY2008 is currently under debate in Congress. In preparing for a future entry on the details of the Defense budget, I found a lot of interesting things in the ...
Jay Elias 09/24/2007 38 21 1 140
On Freedom
We can talk all we want about freedom and opportunity, about life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, but what does all that mean to a mother or father who can't take a sick child to ...
Jay Elias 09/20/2007 42 12 1 7
Sen. Obama and Sen. Edwards, this is your best chance
Dear Sen. Obama and Sen. Edwards, Hi. I know we don’t talk much, and I’m sorry about that. I know that I ought to write to the two of you more often, but I understand that the two of ...
Jay Elias 09/12/2007 48 20 1 14
It was the NAZIS all along! I knew it!
Well, sooner or later, they were bound to be this shameless. Haven’t you wondered who had the idea first to destroy the World Trade Center? Where that idea first was conceived, and how that ...
Jay Elias 09/09/2007 107 87 3 14
Pottery Barn asks that in the future, you shop elsewhere
One of the hardest to kill memes about the war in Iraq is the so-called “Pottery Barn rule”. The notion is that we made the mess in Iraq, and therefore it is the responsibility of the ...
Jay Elias 09/07/2007 188 344 6 34
An Open Letter to Senator Reid
“The thing is, it helps when people stand up to them, it gives everyone hope. I used to notice when you did it Harry.” ~ J.K. Rowling Beginning this week, ...
Jay Elias 09/05/2007 223 482 5 27
There is Nothing to Win in Iraq
I know that many of us, when President Bush spoke two weeks ago of [Iraq and Vietnam], were ...
Jay Elias 09/01/2007 202 196 6 16
Feminisms: Gender Disparities in Veterans' Care
More so than at any other time in American history, female soldiers are serving in the front lines of military operations. One out of every [seven
Jay Elias 08/29/2007 81 65 2 -
Sen. Craig: What Will It Take to Legalize Prostitution?
As Sen. Craig becomes the latest elected legislator to be arrested for soliciting, I wonder at what point we can look forward to a push to decriminalize or legalize prostitution in America. And I ...
Jay Elias 08/28/2007 116 40 1 4
The Moral Emptiness of the "I won't vote for Hillary" diaries
So, here’s the thing: I don’t much like Sen. Clinton. Never have. I voted against her in 2000, when she first ran for the Senate in New York. I agree with her on the issues less than ...
Jay Elias 08/26/2007 635 224 5 38
Is Our Generals Cognitively Disabled?
A few of you who know me well may remember that I’ve been working on a project for the last year about [Operation Anaconda]. Anaconda was the ...
Jay Elias 08/26/2007 46 56 4 217
Michael Vick to plead guilty
Well, it is official : NFL quarterback Michael Vick will plead guilty to Federal charges for being ...
Jay Elias 08/20/2007 226 16 1 8
Why the Iraq War Resolution Vote Still Matters
It seems even to me to be almost mean-spirited to bring up the votes of candidates for the Democratic party’s nomination for President on the Authorization for Use of Military Force in Iraq ...
Jay Elias 08/19/2007 51 33 2 7
Christianity and Harry Potter SPOILER ALERT!
The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death. First Corinthians 15:26 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. Matthew 6:...
Jay Elias 08/14/2007 144 15 1 5
Understanding Suicide Terrorism
After Sen. Obama’s well-publicized foreign policy speech last week, it became clear to me that many Americans, including many in this community, remain poorly informed about what the social ...
Jay Elias 08/08/2007 76 23 5 86
In Memoriam: Ingmar Bergman
Antonius Block: I want knowledge! Not faith, not assumptions, but knowledge. I want God to stretch out His hand, uncover His face and speak to me. Death: But He remains silent. ...
Jay Elias 07/30/2007 22 35 1 35
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