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Walter Rhett: Bombs, Beds and Benefits
Bad, bad stuff going round. A dangerous mystique. Macabre riddles and atomized vapors of blood. Thieving from the dead. Justifications without prayers. Turning the smiling children back to the vipers nest. Turning the rivers into toxic stew. Paying billions for doubling down on cheating and walking away free. Dropping the no-knock tradition of bombing to provide five minutes of pre-terror before the incoming kills the noncombatant outgoing, the grandmothers and their grandchildren. Strikes at invisible, unseen weapons and munitions that never go off—are we too stupid to have common sense? Where are the secondary implosions? Only dead civilians exploding. Only the dead silenced. The lies go on. Like drones. Mid-air explosions. Loud. They hurt our ears and brains. Bad stuff: death, lies, and theft. The wholesale breach of universal taboos.
More at: http://www.democratsforprogress.com/2014/07/23/bombs-beds-and-benefits/
Posted by DemocratsForProgress | Wed Jul 23, 2014, 01:56 PM (0 replies)
Jeff Rosenzweig: Stormy Monday, 7/21/14
Monday, the President will sign two executive orders aimed at eliminating discrimination against gay and transgendered government and contract workers, an action which the Administration claims will affect (positively) up to 28 million members of the United States workforce. But, you know, it’s not like there’s a dime’s worth of difference between the parties or anything…
More at: http://www.democratsforprogress.com/2014/07/21/stormy-monday-72114/
Posted by DemocratsForProgress | Mon Jul 21, 2014, 01:41 AM (1 replies)
Walter Rhett: Republican Obstruction Gives Way to Reduction
Along with Republican obstructionism, add another wedge-based, ideological power tool: reductionism. Reduce every incident of the magnitude of the world’s greatest tragedies to a simple formula of failure and lay them neatly at the President’s feet.
More at: http://www.democratsforprogress.com/2014/07/16/republican-obstruction-gives-way-to-reduction/
Posted by DemocratsForProgress | Wed Jul 16, 2014, 01:11 PM (0 replies)
Jeff Rosenzweig: Stormy Monday, 7/14/14
Afghanistan has begun an audit of all ballots cast in its infamous June 14 presidential runoff, following white-knuckle weekend negotiations in Kabul refereed by Secretary of State Kerry. The audit process is expected to take weeks. Despite supervision by an international team of monitors, further allegations of cheating and corruptions leveled by the Abdullah and/or Ghani factions won’t be even mildly surprising. It’s taken nearly 13 years, but we’ve finally succeeded in altering Afghanistan from a totalitarian theocracy into, well, Florida.
More at: http://www.democratsforprogress.com/2014/07/14/stormy-monday-71414/
Posted by DemocratsForProgress | Mon Jul 14, 2014, 02:19 PM (0 replies)
Walter Rhett: The Painful Lives of Our Youngest Pawns
What does a grown man feel as he kicks and punches a child viciously in the head? What fear or anger propels the blows? Doesn’t the thud against the bone make his stomach sick? Is politics so sick with our own vitriol that we beat and kill our children and feel dead? That instead of stopping, we spread beatings and killings and harm to children who are not our own?
More at: http://www.democratsforprogress.com/2014/07/09/the-painful-lives-of-our-youngest-pawns/
(Warning: Disturbing image near the end of the article.)
Posted by DemocratsForProgress | Wed Jul 9, 2014, 01:36 PM (1 replies)
Jeff Rosenzweig: Stormy Monday, 7/7/14
The Republican National Committee unveiled a new fundraising gimmick over the weekend, and this week’s sales figures might provide a handy gauge for just how far gone Republicans currently are. The RNC will reward a $27 donation with a t-shirt bearing the slogan “I MISS W.” The GOP somehow being unaware of that whole universally known red versus blue symbolism thingie, you can have any color you want as long as it’s blue. Though I wonder if a rejected alternate slogan was “I’M STILL WITH STUPID,” I suppose “I MISS W” is close enough. It’ll be an effective way to telegraph to people that they should cross the street if they see you coming, but I’ll bet the RNC could raise way more money by modifying the slogan to “I MISSED W” and adding an image of a shoe to the design. Or a pretzel.
More at: http://www.democratsforprogress.com/2014/07/07/stormy-monday-7714/
Posted by DemocratsForProgress | Mon Jul 7, 2014, 01:24 AM (3 replies)
Walter Rhett: Freedom Isn’t Protected; It’s Practiced
Think above the noise. Blot out the video images and the inane questions about fault, authority, notification, gangs, judges, hearings, surges, resources, executive action. Find the quiet within yourself.
More at: http://www.democratsforprogress.com/2014/07/02/freedom-isnt-protected-its-practiced/
Posted by DemocratsForProgress | Wed Jul 2, 2014, 02:18 PM (0 replies)
Jeff Rosenzweig: Stormy Monday, 6/30/14
The Supreme Court might get the week off to a terrible start with a bad decision in Harris v. Quinn, which could hobble the right of public sector unions to act as sole representatives of their membership, and/or a bad decision in Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby, which could open a mile-wide “religious conscience” loophole in Obamacare requirements that for-profit corporations furnish particular birth control services under employee health plans.
More at: http://www.democratsforprogress.com/2014/06/30/stormy-monday-63014/
Posted by DemocratsForProgress | Mon Jun 30, 2014, 02:25 AM (0 replies)
Walter Rhett: How Black Voters Decided Mississippi’s Republican Senate Run-Off
Listening and ordering too many songs from Amazon of Cape Verdean music as I sipped a single source Ethiopian coffee delivered by United States Postal Service (USPS) from Durham’s legendary wholesaler, Counter Coffee, I began to think about how the world is organized. Then I turned to the Republican run-off after their primary for one of the Senate seats in Mississippi.
More at: http://www.democratsforprogress.com/2014/06/25/how-black-voters-decided-mississippis-republican-senate-run-off/
Posted by DemocratsForProgress | Wed Jun 25, 2014, 07:02 PM (1 replies)
Jeff Rosenzweig: Stormy Monday, 6/23/14
In a primary season that has already seen the odious Eric Cantor kicked to the curb by voters for not being quite odious enough, it’s probably smart to take nothing for granted. Charlie Rangel certainly isn’t, despite the latest poll showing him up by double digits over rival Adriano Espaillat mere days before tomorrow’s vote in the New York 13th. If he wins, Rangel might want to mend some fences with the New York Times, which endorsed Espaillat last week.
More at: http://www.democratsforprogress.com/2014/06/23/stormy-monday-62314/
Posted by DemocratsForProgress | Mon Jun 23, 2014, 07:34 PM (0 replies)