Archive: September, 2011
I'm not sure, but I think President Obama is discussing last December's Eagles' blizzard cancellation fiasco:
"I mean, there are a lot of things we can do," Obama said. "The way I think about it is, you know, this is a great, great country that had gotten a little soft and, you know, we didn't have that same competitive edge that we needed over the last couple of decades. We need to get back on track."
(....and Women, too.)
I could not agree more either with the Los Angeles Times op-ed, quoted above, or with the scathing piece by legal eagle Jonathan Turley that runs underneath:
Obama failed to close Guantanamo Bay as promised. He continued warrantless surveillance and military tribunals that denied defendants basic rights. He asserted the right to kill U.S. citizens he views as terrorists. His administration has fought to block dozens of public-interest lawsuits challenging privacy violations and presidential abuses.
I was curious to see if one of my favorite Internet writers, Salon.com's Glenn Greenwald, would have an opinion on the #occupywallstreet protests. He does, and it's a doozy. I want to particularly highlight this point below:
Personally, I think there's substantial value even in those protests that lack "exit goals" and "messaging strategies" and the rest of the platitudes from Power Point presentations by mid-level functionaries at corporate conferences. Some injustices simply need anger and dissent expressed for its own sake, to make clear that there are citizens who are aware of it and do not accept it.
You could make the argument that the Tea Party movement is the most potent force in American politics today. After all, the evidence is everywhere -- especially in Washington, where Republican lawmakers pushed the previously-unheard-of, tea-flavored notion that disaster aid for hurricane victims can only be paid for by cutting social programs. That was advocated by the same Tea Party faction, swept into office last fall, that has scuttled any talk that higher taxes -- even on millionaires and billionaires who thrived in an era of working-class decimation -- could ever be part of the Beltway's obsession with debt reduction. From making support for generally accepted global warming science melt faster than an Arctic glacier, to folks cheering the death penalty and then booing a gay solider serving in Iraq at GOP presidential debates, the anti-government, anti-science, anti-knowledge 26 Percenters of the Tea Party Movement have been the angry tail wagging the confused dog of American politics for the last 30 months. Right?
Yes, you could make that argument.
A lot of folks have been talking about pepper spray and how it was deployed by the NYPD against some of the Wall Street protesters this weekend. Down here in Philadelphia, I was a little alarmed to see this story today:
HOMICIDE detectives are investigating how a 48-year-old man died in SEPTA police custody after officers sprayed him with pepper spray Friday night.