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Monthly Archive: December 2011

Dec 21 2011

Book Review: With Liberty and Justice for Some by Glenn Greenwald

This is an infuriating book. There were many times during last weekend when I was reading it that I wanted to hurl it against the wall though I am not by nature prone to such dramatic displays of emotion. The reason is not the usual one, which is that one hates the book. It is …

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Dec 20 2011

Mitt Romney loses one veteran’s vote

At a recent campaign stop at a coffee house in New Hampshire, Mitt Romney spotted a man wearing a veteran’s cap. Since candidates love to pander to veterans, Romney glommed on to him but it was not quite what he expected. Listen to what the Vietnam veteran says after Romney leaves. video platformvideo managementvideo solutionsvideo …

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Dec 20 2011

Baby Jesus gets company

For fifty years, Loudon County courthouse in Leesburg, VA had just a crèche and a Christmas tree on the grounds. [I]n 2009, a courthouse-grounds committee, concerned about a growing number of requests to use the public space, decided that Loudoun should ban all unattended displays on the property. Public outcry was fierce and emotional. Residents …

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Dec 20 2011

Israel, US, and WikiLeaks

Bradley Manning, alleged Wikileaks leaker, is finally getting his day in court, even if it is just a military court that does not allow for the full exercise of rights that civilian courts have. One overlooked aspect of the WikiLeaks releases is what it says about US subservience to Israel’s interests. For example, recall the …

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Dec 19 2011

Matt Damon goes undercover to promote reusable water bottles to children

Dec 19 2011

Happy Anniversary to Baxter, the Wonder Dog!

He became part of our family six years ago today and is resting up before the partying in his honor begins.

Dec 19 2011

Some thoughts on Christopher Hitchens

Christopher Hitchens undoubtedly died well, by which I mean that he faced his terminal illness with dignity, not falling into either one of the common twin traps that snare people who are told they have a serious terminal illness, that of maudlin sentimentality of the ‘why me?’ variety or fake bravado that he would defeat …

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Dec 19 2011

Film review: Hot Coffee

I just saw Hot Coffee, an excellent and disturbing award-winning documentary about the concerted effort by big corporations that, under the banner of ‘tort reform’, seek to deprive people of their right to sue them for the damage they inflict. See the film’s website for more information and for the interview that director Susan Saladoff …

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Dec 18 2011

Grandparents

Strange as it may seem to some people, gay couples react to the news of becoming grandparents pretty much the same way as heterosexual couples do. Explain to me again why we should not let gay people adopt children?

Dec 18 2011

Lawrence Lessig on campaign finance reform

The corrupting influence of money on politics in the US is pervasive and entrenched. I had never found any proposed solution that satisfied me. The catch with federally funded campaigns, which is favored by many reformists, is that while it might reduce the influence of lobbyists and big campaign donors, it also tends to favor …

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