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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. ...
|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 ...
|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 [...
|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 http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/25/world/25military.html?hp]: The top American commander in the Middle East has ordered a broad ...
|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 http://www.nclrights.org/site/...
|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 http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/16/us/16indict.html?hp] this ...
|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 http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/03/world/europe/...
|In Memoriam: Writer/Blogger David Mills
David Mills, one of America's finest writers, journalists, and bloggers, [died http://www.eclectique916.com/2010/03/31/with-a-heavy-heavy-heart-david-mills/] yesterday of a brain aneurysm while ...
|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 ...
|Ten Books That Influenced Me
Well, everyone else is doing it, so why not me?
|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 ...
|So What Does the "Freeze" Really Mean?
With the bombshell [announcement http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/26/us/politics/26budget.html?hp] of a freeze in net Federal discretionary spending on many domestic programs tonight, much confusion (...
|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 http://www.dailykos.com/storyonly/2010/1/23/829239/-MA-Poll:-Voters-Are-...
|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 ...
|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 ...
|R.I.P. Jay Reatard
Memphis garage rocker Jay Reatard, who broke out last year thanks to Watch Me Fall, has [died http://www.rollingstone.com/rockdaily/index.php/2010/01/13/memphis-garage-rocker-jay-reatard-dead-at-29/]
|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, ...
|"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 ...
|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 ...
|"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 ...
|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 ...
|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 ...
|"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 http://webb.senate.gov/email/criminaljusticereform.html]. The reason for this legislation, as ...
|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 ...
|“The Only Thing We Have To Do Is Look the Other Way”
Yesterday, President Obama hosted a [luncheon http://www.rttnews.com/Content/Policy.aspx?Id=1073813&pageNum=2880_3035_1] with the leaders of 25 Sub-Saharan African leaders in New York. The lunch, ...
|Quote for Discussion: Truisms
The following is one version of the text of Jenny Holzer's art installation [Truisms http://mfx.dasburo.com/art/truisms.html]. My favorites are in bold. Please let me know which ones you like best,
|Bush Appointee Eviscerates Ashcroft in 9th Circuit Decision
The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals just handed down its [decision http://www.ca9.uscourts.gov/datastore/opinions/2009/09/04/06-36059.pdf] in the case of Al-Kidd v. Ashcroft , and smacked John ...
|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 ...
|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 ...
|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 http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/...
|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 ...
|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 ...
|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, ...
|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 http://radgeek.com/gt/2008/05/16/women_and/], written a little more than a year ago by Rad Geek over at ...
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 ...
|Biden: The US Will Not Stop Israeli Strike On Iran
Nice going, [Joe http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2009/07/05/us/AP-US-US-Iran-Israel.html?_r=1]! Vice President Joe Biden seemed to give Israel a green light for military action to ...
|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, ...
|"In private, Le Pen is also a nice person"
President Obama needs our support. Monday, French President Nicolas Sarkozy made [headlines http://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/01/world/middleeast/01mideast.html?_r=1&ref=world] by asking Israeli Prime ...
|"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 ...
|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 ...
|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 ...
|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. ...
|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. ...
|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 ...
|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 ...
|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,
|Obama, Brooks, and Lebanon
Today’s New York Times features a column by [http://www.nytimes.com/2008/05/16/opinion/16brooks.html?hp David Brooks] wherein Brooks claims that Obama’s statements about the current ...
|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, ...
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, ...
|Something Else Bush Stole From Us
Today, the sad news has broken: there will not be democracy, or freedom from despotism in [http://www.nytimes.com/2008/04/16/world/africa/16zimbabwe.html?hp Zimbabwe]. The call by ...
|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 ...
|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 http://www.nytimes.com/2008/03/17/business/17fed.html?hp] ...
|Midtown Manhattan Crane Collapses
A large construction crane at 51st Street and 2nd Avenue has [collapsed http://www.nytimes.com/2008/03/15/nyregion/15cnd-crane.html?hp]. Local authorities have reported at least two people are dead,
In 1917, the legal prostitution district of New Orleans, the infamous “[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Storyville Storyville]”, was shut down over the strong objections of the city by the ...
|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,
|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 ...
|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 http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/us/AP-Joe-...
|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 ...
|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 ...
|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 ...
|Being the Change You Want To See
As Meteor Blades has so eloquently [explained http://www.dailykos.com/story/2008/2/8/24726/67223], those of us who are troubled by the direction the site has taken due to posts and posters which are ...
|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 ...
|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 ...
|The Audacity of Responsibility
[January 17, 2007 http://www.cbsnews.com/blogs/2008/01/18/politics/fromtheroad/entry3726679.shtml]: At the end of the event, a man yelled out to Obama that he will be a better president ...
|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 ...
|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 ...
|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 ...
|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 ...
|Taking a Look at the Mitchell Report
The following is a list of every baseball player whose name is listed in the Mitchell Report:
|Understanding the Subprime Crisis: A Narrative, Part Two
Part Two: John Meriwether and the rise of Arbitrage In the [first http://www.docudharma.com/showDiary.do?diaryId=2825] entry of this narrative, we paid attention to the story of Lewis ...
|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 ...
|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 ...
|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.
|On Dying Free: An Open Letter to Sen. Charles Schumer
Recently, in a remarkable [essay http://www.nybooks.com/articles/20836] for the New York Review of Books, famed Russian biophysicist and political activist Sergei Kovalev wrote: I ...
|Ron Paul and the Democrats We Deserve
So, yesterday, Republican Ron Paul raised [$4.07 million http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2007/11/05/paul-supporters-raise-27-in-a-day/index.html?hp], in a Guy Fawkes Day fundraising stunt. That ...
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 ...
|Anarchism and the Fire Department
In my last [post http://www.dailykos.com/story/2007/10/27/191633/40] in my “Quotes for Discussion” series, I posted quotes from both 19th Century and current anarchists. In response, ...
|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 ...
|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 ...
|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 ...
|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. ...
|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 ...
|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 ...
|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, ...
|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 ...
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 ...
|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 ...
|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 ...
|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 ...
|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, ...
|There is Nothing to Win in Iraq
I know that many of us, when President Bush spoke two weeks ago of [Iraq and Vietnam http://video.on.nytimes.com/index.jsp?fr_story=4f948cd3a7aa6d83b6bb320b13ea423bb2c7861e&rf=fr_std], were ...
|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 http://www.womensenews.org/article.cfm/dyn/aid/1265/
|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 ...
|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 ...
|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 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Anaconda]. Anaconda was the ...
|Michael Vick to plead guilty
Well, it is official : NFL quarterback Michael Vick will plead guilty to Federal charges for being ...
|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 ...
|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:...
|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 ...
|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. ...
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