Let us say we agree with the premise that, if an officer has a suspicion that someone is criminally present in this country due to a bunch of 'reasonable' criteria like race and je ne sias qua intuition, the officer may accost said person and require said suspicions to be disproven on pain of arrest and deportation.

Since we agree with this, clearly it is also reasonable that officers should also demand proof of immediate good behavior from anyone who might look like they fit the profile of a crazy white right wing revolutionary (who, by the way, seem far more likely to shoot at police officers than an illegal immigrant).

I think we need to demand that the federal government protect us from those criminals! I mean, it is okay if a few innocent tea-baggers have a bad day in this process, think of the security of the rest of us!
Is there an effective liberal-friendly way to improve a city which is broke and crime ridden? I am actually looking for cites of success rather than theory or instances where it should have worked but for some small detail.

In particular I have been looking for examples of mayors who improved their city's reputation for safety and fiscal well being but I haven't found many positive examples. Giuliani's effect on NYC is notable, but the tough on crime police tactics ended up lots of claims of civil rights abuses, and I have heard that his solution for homelessness and poverty was "to give everyone a one-way ticket to Albany".

LA's Mayor Bradley was incredibly popular, but I don't know enough about what LA's trajectory was commercially and crime-wise was before and after his tenure. Also there was that whole police brutality issue brought to light by the Rodney King beating as well as the riots. The 80's were known for gang wars and the War on Drugs, the long lasting effects of which are currently plaguing us weren't existent when he came to office.
Let me see if I understand this. Folks with greater savvy please correct me.

The difference in cost to AT&T (and the other companies) from the health care reform bill is because they are losing tax exemption on money the government has given them to defray the cost of Medicare.

Because the government is no longer not taxing them on money they didn't spend, they are potentially going to have decrease the coverage they give to their retired employees.

If I have this correctly: any bets on how long it is going to take one of the big name right-wing pundits to claim that this socialist health care reform is actually depriving the hard-working elderly of their health coverage while completely ignoring that the equally socialist medicare and how much he government is already funding it is at the crux of the problem.
For those who don't follow the news:

Yes, we are still in a war over in there in that hot, dusty, dry place. Since 2003 there have been 5,341 US military fatalities in Afghanistan and Iraq. (CNN gives a higher number). I failed to to find a good number for the number of Iraqis and Afghanis killed. Even the numbers for those who died by violence varies from under 100,000 to over a million, and those numbers don't take into account deaths due to things disease and lack of medical care caused by the destruction.

Iraq just had a presidential election, votes are still being counted. There have been a few accusations of fraud but the UN has seen no sign of it.

Happier and in the states: Obama is proposing to overhaul No Child Left Behind. While I am excited by this, given that it includes an actual increase in federal education spending I can't imagine it won't get the same bullshit treatment by Congress that health care has been. <snark>"Oh noes, this might actually be successful and good for the country which would make our party look bad, can't have that!" (Also, it is being proposed by a black dude of all horrific and scary things)</snark>

While not nationally noteworthy, apparently, I have been following the news about sick and dying brown pelicans. It isn't just a problem in California. Seeing pelicans puts me in a better mood. In flight they are such graceful birds, out of flight.... not so much. The belly-flop thrashing production that is a water landing almost always has me laughing.
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New Boss is not the same as the Old Boss.

Old regime policy. New regime:Obama has promised to sign this into law

And while I am not entirely happy with the upholding Bush policy about the polar bears, but this is is reassuring.
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New Boss is not the same as the Old Boss.

Old regime policy. New regime:Obama has promised to sign this into law

And while I am not entirely happy with the upholding Bush policy about the polar bears, but this is is reassuring.
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Comments, please, on your takes of the industries and how they served people before and after deregulation:

The American Telecommunications Company (for you young ones, Ma Bell used to be strictly reigned by the FCC)

Energy companies in California (partial deregulation) and Texas (total deregulation except for a few counties).

Any other notable instances that I am missing?
Comments, please, on your takes of the industries and how they served people before and after deregulation:

The American Telecommunications Company (for you young ones, Ma Bell used to be strictly reigned by the FCC)

Energy companies in California (partial deregulation) and Texas (total deregulation except for a few counties).

Any other notable instances that I am missing?
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( Jun. 7th, 2009 10:44 am)
While I am notably not a fan of the Twitter phenomena, I do understand its utility as a social networking device and thus as a amazing meter for social trends. I even understand its use for giving fans a sense of connection with their idol of choice.

However, it really isn't the best medium for delivering intelligible political critiques. Incomplete words, SMS abbreviations , and general spelling fail is, maybe, forgivable between preteens. But from a member of the House Finance Committee? Were I either a Republican or one of Grassley's constituents, I would be deeply ashamed.

(A quick looks shows that both both Britnney Spears and Paris Hilton have fewer spelling errors and more cogent tweets than Grassley)
estro: (speculum)
( Jun. 7th, 2009 10:44 am)
While I am notably not a fan of the Twitter phenomena, I do understand its utility as a social networking device and thus as a amazing meter for social trends. I even understand its use for giving fans a sense of connection with their idol of choice.

However, it really isn't the best medium for delivering intelligible political critiques. Incomplete words, SMS abbreviations , and general spelling fail is, maybe, forgivable between preteens. But from a member of the House Finance Committee? Were I either a Republican or one of Grassley's constituents, I would be deeply ashamed.

(A quick looks shows that both both Britnney Spears and Paris Hilton have fewer spelling errors and more cogent tweets than Grassley)
Although this information comes from the CIA World Factbook (so, theoretically an official and reputable source), I am very surprised and a bit dubious of the numbers. This doesn't mean that the information is inaccurate, it could be more of a reflection on what the media I read says about the outside world.

Unsurprising:
  • Poor African countries have a very high mortality rate.

  • Afghanistan has over double the mortality rate of the United States.

    Much more surprising to me:
  • Iraq has a lower mortality rate than the US.

  • The West Bank and the Gaza Strip both have a lower mortality rate than Israel, which in turn has a lower rate than the US.
  • Japan and the United Kingdom have a higher mortality rate than the US.
  • Although this information comes from the CIA World Factbook (so, theoretically an official and reputable source), I am very surprised and a bit dubious of the numbers. This doesn't mean that the information is inaccurate, it could be more of a reflection on what the media I read says about the outside world.

    Unsurprising:
  • Poor African countries have a very high mortality rate.

  • Afghanistan has over double the mortality rate of the United States.

    Much more surprising to me:
  • Iraq has a lower mortality rate than the US.

  • The West Bank and the Gaza Strip both have a lower mortality rate than Israel, which in turn has a lower rate than the US.
  • Japan and the United Kingdom have a higher mortality rate than the US.
  • ...which is good, given than my neighborhood was close to ground zero for some violent protests.

    I am glad I missed it, but I am kinda pissed that it is happening now:

    All you folks protesting, I have finally watched the video. It was brutal and really looked absolutely unnecessary. No, it should not have happened, and no it should not be treated lightly.

    But I have to question: where has all your outrage been for every other homicide? Why the fuck aren't any other of the young black men killed last year or who will be killed this year worth your action? If you really care about some poor black kid's life, what are you doing to prevent another one from being shot? Not just by a police officer but by some other poor black kid...
    ...which is good, given than my neighborhood was close to ground zero for some violent protests.

    I am glad I missed it, but I am kinda pissed that it is happening now:

    All you folks protesting, I have finally watched the video. It was brutal and really looked absolutely unnecessary. No, it should not have happened, and no it should not be treated lightly.

    But I have to question: where has all your outrage been for every other homicide? Why the fuck aren't any other of the young black men killed last year or who will be killed this year worth your action? If you really care about some poor black kid's life, what are you doing to prevent another one from being shot? Not just by a police officer but by some other poor black kid...
    I am pretty darn sure that this is a political snark rather than a sincere request:

    Porn Industry Requests Federal Bailout

    Sent to me by one of my bosses. (which also makes me happy, not quite work appropriate employers FTW)
    I am pretty darn sure that this is a political snark rather than a sincere request:

    Porn Industry Requests Federal Bailout

    Sent to me by one of my bosses. (which also makes me happy, not quite work appropriate employers FTW)
    I didn't have a high opinion of the folks who buy into GOP rhetoric, but now I am actively afraid of them. These beasts are my fellow countrymen? Fuck that noise. As infeasible as it actually is, my hopes that California will secede are rekindled.
    I didn't have a high opinion of the folks who buy into GOP rhetoric, but now I am actively afraid of them. These beasts are my fellow countrymen? Fuck that noise. As infeasible as it actually is, my hopes that California will secede are rekindled.
    I am really not sure why the Obama campaign still seems to have representatives in Bay Area. Even before the DNC the number of "Hope" and "O" signs far out numbered any other nominee hopeful's; now Obama imagery is practically omni-present.

    When General Lafayette returned to the US for a visit in 1824, he was confronted with his name or image not only on banners, but on vases, plates, sashes, and on even women's gloves. While gloves are out of style and t-shirts and hats are expected, I have seen an Obama belt buckle and lots of DIY Obama-themed bracelets. I am half-expecting to see someone sporting an Obama-grill one of these days.

    All and all, this is far preferable to my world being filled with McCain shwag... but still.
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    I am really not sure why the Obama campaign still seems to have representatives in Bay Area. Even before the DNC the number of "Hope" and "O" signs far out numbered any other nominee hopeful's; now Obama imagery is practically omni-present.

    When General Lafayette returned to the US for a visit in 1824, he was confronted with his name or image not only on banners, but on vases, plates, sashes, and on even women's gloves. While gloves are out of style and t-shirts and hats are expected, I have seen an Obama belt buckle and lots of DIY Obama-themed bracelets. I am half-expecting to see someone sporting an Obama-grill one of these days.

    All and all, this is far preferable to my world being filled with McCain shwag... but still.
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