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Jeff Rosenzweig: Stormy Monday, 8/18/14
At the behest of Attorney General Eric Holder, the body of Michael Brown will be autopsied for a third time this week as federal and state investigations into his fatal shooting by police officer Darren Wilson continue. Tensions between protestors and police in Ferguson, Missouri showed little sign of abating over the weekend, despite Governor Nixon’s declaration of a state of emergency and imposition of a curfew.
More at: http://www.democratsforprogress.com/2014/08/17/stormy-monday-81814/
Posted by DemocratsForProgress | Sun Aug 17, 2014, 11:58 PM (1 replies)
Jeff Rosenzweig: Paradise Lost
“As above, so below,” says a venerable precept of esoteric thought. A modern addendum might be, “And it gets even worse farther down.”
More at: http://www.democratsforprogress.com/2014/08/16/paradise-lost/
Posted by DemocratsForProgress | Sat Aug 16, 2014, 01:44 PM (1 replies)
Walter Rhett: Surround and Surrender
A favorite couplet of W.H. Auden explains much of the world’s confusion:
More at: http://www.democratsforprogress.com/2014/08/13/surround-and-surrender/
Posted by DemocratsForProgress | Wed Aug 13, 2014, 05:02 PM (0 replies)
Jeff Rosenzweig: Stormy Monday, 8/11/14
Hostilities intensified over the weekend as assorted anti-American theocrats, terrorists and heavily armed extremists – Republicans, in other words – ratcheted up their rhetoric against President Obama’s latest efforts to help Iraq’s faltering government defeat Islamic State insurgents. If you opted not to spend part of Sunday watching foreign policy luminaries like John McCain and Peter King tell the nearest TV camera just what a mess the President has made of Iraq, you probably won’t be shocked to learn that they believe it’s a terrible mess indeed. Really terrible. Very terrible. Terribly terrible. What a refreshing change from the Bush era, when Republicans strenuously insisted that criticism of the Commander-in-Chief during wartime is inappropriate; nowadays they deem it inappropriate not to be screeching about every decision and announcement emanating from the Oval Office.
More at: http://www.democratsforprogress.com/2014/08/11/stormy-monday-81114/
Posted by DemocratsForProgress | Mon Aug 11, 2014, 03:00 AM (0 replies)
Walter Rhett: Mean Reigns
Mean reigns: its banner rises above the poor and the suffering and the global violence that bombs homes and threatens children and that seems to incite mobs and nations to reflexively attack the weak and completely ignore the trampled moral view, missed political opportunities and lost economic progress.
More at: http://www.democratsforprogress.com/2014/08/06/mean-reigns/
Posted by DemocratsForProgress | Wed Aug 6, 2014, 03:05 PM (0 replies)
Walter Rhett: Eat Your Lunch and Don’t Hold Your Breath
An old Revolutionary War tale begins with a meeting between a British officer and the legendary Swamp Fox, the American officer Francis Marion. As an act of hospitality, Oscar, Marion’s manservant, prepared a dinner of sweet potatoes baked in the campfire’s hot coals.
More at: http://www.democratsforprogress.com/2014/07/30/eat-your-lunch-and-dont-hold-your-breath/
Posted by DemocratsForProgress | Wed Jul 30, 2014, 08:39 PM (0 replies)
Jeff Rosenzweig: Stormy Monday, 7/28/14
Monday, at long goddamned last, the travesty that is the Department of Veterans Affairs might be moved a giant step closer to getting fixed, when a joint Congressional committee announces its roadmap to reform. Among a number of major changes, largely at the instigation of co-chair Senator Bernie Sanders, the committee is expected to recommend a significant increase in funding for additional medical professionals, something likely to cause some Congressional Republicans to balk, given how they much prefer throwing borrowed trillions at creating wounded veterans rather than, you know, spending millions to treat them.
More at: http://www.democratsforprogress.com/2014/07/28/stormy-monday-72814/
Posted by DemocratsForProgress | Mon Jul 28, 2014, 03:43 AM (1 replies)
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)