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malthaussen's Journal
malthaussen's Journal
January 21, 2012

Republican Necrophilia

Just a thought for all those Dems who think Newt is the preferrable candidate against Mr Obama this year: the Republican Party has shown an amazing ability to resuscitate presumed-dead candidates. Consider Mr Nixon and Mr Reagan, both of whom were washed-up has-been laughingstocks, but who won election against a single-term Democratic president and were subsequently re-elected by record-setting landslides. Mr Gingrich fits this profile exactly.

I submit it would be in the best interests of the United States if Mr Gingrich does not appear on the ballot this November, however much it might be to the advantage of the Democratic Party.

-- Mal

January 16, 2012

Trial of Penn and Mead: OWS in 1670?

Came across an account of this trial in an old pamphlet, and reading it reminds me of what OWS is facing in the fight for freedom of speech and assembly. William Penn and William Mead were haled into the Old Bailey for "making a tumultuous assembly," and steadfastly defended their rights as Englishmen to free speech. So did the jury, which led the judge to imprison both the defendants and the jury. The account of the trial is a quick read, and actually very funny, if one can keep up with the 17th century style. Some of the passages are quite eloquent.


-- Mal

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