Dissent of the Day

I received secondhand this reply to my post on Clinton’s response to the situation in Egypt: 1. I’d like his explicit definition or explication of “long term concerns for stability in the region.” 2. If we really want the United States not to be dictating to foreign countries what they should do then we should [Read More...]

Is This What Secretary Clinton Really Means?

I have already made my case that Secretary Clinton is saying the right things. In the interest of giving equal time to alternative viewpoints, here is a wholly uncharitable and scathing video which “translates” recent remarks to show that she allegedly “really means” the wrong things: Your Thoughts? [Read more...]

Thoughts On Secretary Clinton’s Response To Egypt

As always when I venture out of my areas of specialization, let me preface all following remarks with the obvious reminder—I am by no means a foreign policy expert or a Middle East expert.  So take the following on the merits of my arguments and bring forth any facts you think I may need to [Read More...]

A Compendium Of Important Links About Tucson And About Political Rhetoric

There is a wealth of stuff out there worth boning up on. This story explains that Giffords is not the only of Palin’s crosshaired candidates to receive vandalism or death threats. Here is a timeline of two and a half years of disturbing, political, gun related statements and behavior coming from the right wing. Bryce [Read More...]

Four Interviews Videos With Joe Zambudio, One Of The Heroes From Tucson

The first video is a phone call, the others are videos: Your Thoughts? [Read more...]

Sheriff Dupnik: “AZ Has Become The Mecca For Prejudice & Bigotry…The Tombstone of the U.S.”

Sheriff Clarence Dupnik speaks out against violent rhetoric and ideologies: Your Thoughts? [Read more...]

Daily Hilarity: Hipster Huck Finn

So, as you have probably heard, there is a new edition of Huckelberry Finn which has replaced all instances of the N-word in the book with the word “slave” to make the book palatable to a number of schools which have avoided using Mark Twain’s classic because of its use of the N-word. Now, here [Read More...]

Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords Shot

Terrifying and infuriating news: Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was shot in the head by a gunman at a public event in Tucson on Saturday. There are conflicting reports about whether she was killed. The Pima County, Ariz., sheriff’s office told member station KJZZ the 40-year-old Democrat was killed. At least nine other people, including members of [Read More...]

Projecting US Pathologies Onto Muslims

Glenn Greenwald offers a mirror for those of us who worry about the elements of theocratic expansionism which are enough a part of the Koran and early Islamic history to be considered potentially dangerous forms of the religion itself on its own terms (and not just of its appropriation by political agents): I’m always amazed [Read More...]