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Charles M. Blow at The New York Times writes The Fight Over ‘Impeachment Lite’:

But this [suing of President Obama] isn’t about the public’s priorities, not even close. This is about base-voter activation; this is about midterm turnout. The president’s most ardent opposition wants more punishing actions taken. There is an insatiable vengeance-lust for the haughty president who refuses to bend under pressure or fold under duress.

He must be brought to heel. He must be chastened. He must be broken. So, House Republicans are throwing the red meat into the cage.

E.J. Dionne Jr. at The Washington Post sees one good thing in Paul Ryan’s stale ideas on poverty—which is that it would be only an experiment in a few states:
Ryan gave a well-crafted address at the American Enterprise Institute in which the centerpiece sounded brand spanking new: the “Opportunity Grant.” The problem is that this “pilot program” amounts to little more than the stale conservative idea of wrapping federal programs into a block grant and shipping them off to the states. The good news is that Ryan only proposes “experiments” involving “a select number of states,” so he would not begin eliminating programs wholesale. Thank God for small favors.
Below the fold are more pundit excerpts.

The Editorial Board of The New York Times makes the case to Repeal Prohibition, Again, that is, to repeal the ban on marijuana. Admirable if a few decades late, but the board's views have yet to trickle down to the employment policymakers at the Times, who will continue to drug-test prospective hires, including tests for marijuana, which a spokeswoman says matches current law and would say no more:

It took 13 years for the United States to come to its senses and end Prohibition, 13 years in which people kept drinking, otherwise law-abiding citizens became criminals and crime syndicates arose and flourished. It has been more than 40 years since Congress passed the current ban on marijuana, inflicting great harm on society just to prohibit a substance far less dangerous than alcohol.

The federal government should repeal the ban on marijuana.

There are no perfect answers to people’s legitimate concerns about marijuana use. But neither are there such answers about tobacco or alcohol, and we believe that on every level — health effects, the impact on society and law-and-order issues — the balance falls squarely on the side of national legalization. That will put decisions on whether to allow recreational or medicinal production and use where it belongs — at the state level.

David Sirota at In These Times writes Retirees Get Cross-Checked by Stadium Subsidies:
As states and cities grapple with budget shortfalls, many are betting big on an unproven formula: Slash public employee pension benefits and public services while diverting the savings into lucrative subsidies for professional sports teams.

Detroit this week became the most prominent example of this trend. Officials in the financially devastated city announced that their plan to slash public workers' pension benefits will move forward. On the same day, the billionaire owners of the Detroit Red Wings, the Ilitch family, unveiled details of an already approved taxpayer-financed stadium for the professional hockey team. [...]

The budget maneuvers in Michigan are part of a larger trend across the country. As Pacific Standard reports, “Over the past 20 years, 101 new sports facilities have opened in the United States—a 90 percent replacement rate—and almost all of them have received direct public funding.” Now, many of those subsidies are being effectively financed by the savings accrued from pension benefit reductions and cuts to public services.

Alex Holt at The Nation writes No, Millennials Are Not All Libertarians:
As Washington falls deeper into a pit of corruption, Silicon Valley presents itself as a meritocratic utopia. A recent Deloitte survey puts this issue in stark relief: in many areas of public life, such as education and healthcare, millennials believe that businesses have a more positive impact than the government.

Although I can understand why millennials are so drawn to Silicon Valley, watching my generation absorb the high-tech mindset is deeply troubling. Behind the happy talk of empowerment through connectivity lies a more sinister reality. The techno-libertarianism that pervades the Bay Area may be driving innovation in certain areas and enabling the acquisition of private wealth, but it comes at a high cost to the public, transferring power away from government and toward these new companies and the individuals who run them. Pushing back against this corrosive ideology, and redirecting young Americans’ entrepreneurial drive to help reform our broken political institutions, will be one of our generation’s defining struggles.

Diana Wagman at The Los Angeles Times writes A mother's Southern discomfort:
My daughter, Thea, a cellist, is spending the summer in Montgomery, Ala. She was thrilled to land a job there playing in the orchestra at Montgomery's Shakespeare Festival.

But the whole idea of it made me nervous. I couldn't stop thinking about how, 53 years ago, my older brother David left our mother's house in Maryland to spend part of his summer in Montgomery challenging Jim Crow.

The first bus of Freedom Riders to make the journey that summer had been set on fire, and when the riders could finally escape, sheriffs and the Ku Klux Klan were waiting for them with baseball bats, iron pipes and bicycle chains. The second bus had been brutally attacked as well, and the white riders were beaten with particular ferocity and then turned away from the local hospitals. My brother was scheduled to go in the next wave.

The day before his trip, David arrived home from college with the two black friends who were going with him. Our next-door neighbors stood in their driveway and stared as the young black men in sport jackets and ties entered our house. My frequent playmate Wayne turned to his mother and said, "Mama, they're colored!" Wayne wasn't allowed to play with me after that, and his parents quit speaking to my mother. [...]

In her Los Angeles public school, my daughter learned a lot about the missions and about the ancient Greeks, but not much about the segregated South. When President Obama was running the first time, I tried to talk to her about how far the country had come. I wanted her to understand how incredible it was that we would be helping to elect the nation's first non-white president. But she — and her Latino boyfriend — only shrugged.

I am glad race seems unimportant to her and her friends, but I worry that they don't fully understand.

Jonathan Freedland at The Guardian writes Israel’s fears are real, but this Gaza war is utterly self-defeating:
An old foreign correspondent friend of mine, once based in Jerusalem, has turned to blogging. As the story he used to cover flared up once more, he wrote: “This conflict is the political equivalent of LSD – distorting the senses of all those who come into contact with it, and sending them crazy.” He was speaking chiefly of those who debate the issue from afar: the passions that are stirred, the bitterness and loathing that spew forth, especially online, of a kind rarely glimpsed when faraway wars are discussed. While an acid trip usually comes in lurid colours, here it induces a tendency to monochrome: one side is pure good, the other pure evil – with not a shade of grey in sight.

But the LSD effect also seems to afflict the participants in the conflict. They too can act crazy, taking steps that harm not only their enemy but themselves. Again and again, their actions are self-defeating.

Start with Israel – and not with the politicians and generals, but ordinary Israelis. Right now they are filled with the burning sense that the world does not understand them, and even hates them.

Rami G. Khouri at The Daily Star of Lebanon writes Go to the roots when addressing Gaza:
The Palestinian-Israeli conflict has experienced recurring and increasingly vicious bouts of violence because the rights and interests of the Palestinians have consistently been neglected in favor of the rights of Israelis to their own secure state. This lopsided situation that favors Zionist over Palestinian Arab interests has been consistently supported by the major Western powers, reflected this week in the American cease-fire proposal that satisfied Israeli aims much more than Palestinian demands.

As long as this situation persists, it will be impossible to secure a credible short-term cease-fire or to start addressing the deeper underlying issues that define the century-old conflict between Zionism and Arabism.

Henry Giroux at Truthout writes Killing Machines and the Madness of Militarism: From Gaza to Afghanistan:
The apostles of militarism offer jobs to the public that engage in the production of organized violence; they preach war as a cleansing solution, while they sanitize language of any meaning, erasing the suffering, misery, and horror inflicted by their drone missiles, jets, Apache helicopters, and bombs. All that has to be invoked are the words "collateral damage" or "military necessity" and the death-laden actions produced by the new militarists disappear into the dark vocabulary of authoritarian doublespeak. War is no longer a source of alarm, but pride, and it has become an organizing principle of many societies. Informed by a kind of primitive tribalism, militarism enshrines a deadly type of masculinity that mythologizes violence and mimics the very terrorism it claims to be fighting.  Militarism and war have not only changed the nature of the political order but the nature and character of American life.

When children are killed by Israeli missiles while playing on a beach in Gaza, the horror and sheer brutality of the murderous act is wiped away by the crude argument that such needless slaughter is a military necessity. There is no defense for killing children, regardless of whether it is done by the Israeli state, the United States, Hamas, or anyone else.

John Judis at The New Republic writes Who Bears More Responsibility for the War in Gaza?
ike almost all conflicts that have occurred in Israel, this latest war in Gaza has provoked a furious debate. Was Israel’s ground and air assault on the Gaza Strip justified by Hamas’s rocket attacks? Or were Hamas’s rocket attacks a justifiable response to Israel’s arrest of hundreds of Hamas supporters and officials? I am not going to defend Hamas’s charter, which describes Israel and the occupied territories as an “Islamic Waqf,” nor its strategy of hurling rockets at Israel, but I am also not going to defend Israel’s response. What matters to me, and what is often ignored, is the overall moral and political context in which this and past conflicts have occurred.

Israel is one of the world’s last colonial powers, and the Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza are its unruly subjects. Like many past anti-colonial movements, Hamas and Fatah are deeply flawed and have sometimes poorly represented their peoples, and sometimes unnecessarily provoked the Israelis and used tactics that violate the rules of war. But the Israeli government has continued to expand settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem and to rule harshly over its subjects, while maintaining a ruinous blockade on Gaza. That’s the historical backdrop to the events now taking place.

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  •  What rules of war? They're fighting a guerrilla (9+ / 0-)

    war. War implies that there is an equal chance of winning. I don't see that. I see the US army vs the Indians. The Indians were exterminated & placed in ghettos called reservations. Israel's problem is they have no allies but for us & they're surrounded.

    The Israelis have acted in bad faith including using the US MSM as a propaganda tool. They can't hide the facts on the ground because of the Internet & other real news. Getting rid of Hamas may create someone nastier in their place.

    I voted Tuesday, May 6, 2014 because it is my right, my responsibility and because my parents moved from Alabama to Ohio to vote. Unfortunately, the republicons want to turn Ohio into Alabama.

    by a2nite on Mon Jul 28, 2014 at 04:43:33 AM PDT

  •  Marijuana (0+ / 0-)

    Even if there are no legal penalties for the use of marijuana, I am all for employeers keeping their marijuana tests of employees.

    Today's equivalent of the Roman bread and circuses is NFL and beer, and to that mix we want to add pot?

    While no legal penalties will remove the great injustice of incarceration of so many people, the legalization of pot will simply make America continue its slide in world rankings as its people become even more narcissist and self-indulgent.

    •  Bullshit. (16+ / 0-)

      Do some research before you spout this kind of BS. Unless you mean military, pilots, engineers on trains, public safety officers this is a crock.  

      •  Decrease in Productivity? (0+ / 0-)

        I won't agree with Arun about pot being a slippery slope to narcissism and self-indulgency. On the other hand, with the possible exception of some artistic occupations, I'd be concerned about the general productivity of workers if they were partaking on the job (not that they all would, just because it's legalized, but there'd be an increase). I suppose we'd have some scientific research on this issue if Congress hadn't banned it 40 years ago. Anyone know of any out of Europe?

        "Inequality is the root of social evil." ― Pope Francis

        by GoodGod on Mon Jul 28, 2014 at 05:16:58 AM PDT

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        •  I'm thinking that it's already snuck in there. (3+ / 0-)
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          And may have been more in there back in the "hey, dude" '70s.

          "If this Studebaker had anymore Atomic Space-Age Style, you'd have to be an astronaut with a geiger counter!"

          by Stude Dude on Mon Jul 28, 2014 at 05:22:38 AM PDT

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          •  No doubt many Kossacks have researched it (2+ / 0-)
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            on their own. My research was limited to the 70s. My straight A HS grade average dropped a bit. Then again, I was living in Asia and the potency (and frequency) was high.

            "Inequality is the root of social evil." ― Pope Francis

            by GoodGod on Mon Jul 28, 2014 at 05:34:11 AM PDT

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            •  My first college roomy was another case in point. (0+ / 0-)

              Dude got high every day that I knew him. Finished a degree then a law degree and passed the Texas bar.  Within a few years he was the District Attorney in an out of the way county in Texas.  Within about ten years of that he was appointed to a federal judgeship.  He's now #3 in a cabinet position (I'll  let you guess which) in DC. He's also a good husband and father of a couple kids, and has been married to the same lady for 35 years.

              It didn't seem to hurt HIS productivity much.

        •  Much like drinking on the job (11+ / 0-)

          And can be treated much the same way. You don't need to have random tests to see if you've had a drink in the last couple weeks to handle on the job drunkeness. You don't need those tests to handle smoking pot on the job either.

          The Empire never ended.

          by thejeff on Mon Jul 28, 2014 at 05:28:56 AM PDT

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          •  Yeah, but, (0+ / 0-)

            alcohol (and cocaine) dissipates quickly from the system. THC is detectable for weeks and weeks after you take a toke or two.

            "He went to Harvard, not Hogwarts." ~Wanda Sykes
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            by OleHippieChick on Mon Jul 28, 2014 at 08:42:57 AM PDT

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            •  That's the point (or part of it) (1+ / 0-)
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              If you can handle people drinking (or coming in drunk) on the job, you can handle people smoking on the job (or coming in high). You don't have to and shouldn't worry about them toking up in the evenings or weekends or anytime they're not working for you.

              That doesn't mean some won't try to push testing because they can detect it, but it means it's not a legitimate concern.

              The Empire never ended.

              by thejeff on Mon Jul 28, 2014 at 08:59:50 AM PDT

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        •  Well. I know many (11+ / 0-)

          productive people who smoke pot regularly.  I believe from my life time observations that it increases productivity and sanity for many who partake.  If you knew everyone in your lives who partake in weed you would be shocked.  I do not.  Never liked it.  But I can see no harm in it at all.  Those who abuse it would abuse some other substance because they have an illness to do so.
               The positives of mj far out weigh the negatives and no one will ever convince me otherwise because the ptb have been lying about it for ever and the fact that they with hold it's healing and life saving properties from ill people is the sickest thing I have ever seen.  

          Everyone! Arms akimbo! 68351

          by tobendaro on Mon Jul 28, 2014 at 05:30:10 AM PDT

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      •  Haha! (0+ / 0-)

        The best way to be unpopular on dailykos while remaining within the "liberal umbrella" is to be against pot.

        I'll just make two general remarks.  If some corporation was introducing a non-pot product with half the toxicity of marijuana, the "liberals" would be up in arms against it.  The fact is that "liberals" have a special love affair with pot and are unable to be objective about it.

        A second point is that no matter what you give an oppressed people or disadvantaged group, who are behind the average in income, wealth, educational achievement and are above the average in negative indicators, they nevertheless are going to have to work harder than average and achieve more than the average, for a few generations, in order to catch up.  There is simply no way around that hard reality.  Alcohol, tobacco, pot, are distractions from this just as much as lead in the environment or guns.

        In this sense, I have come to believe that most - not all, but most - "liberals" are more in love with their ideology than with the people the ideology is allegedly supposed to help.

        I think some developing countries "get" it.  I don't think liberals dealing with less developed people in their own developed countries "get" it at all.


        •  Toxicity of marijuana? (2+ / 0-)
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          WHAT toxicity???

          The republicons moan, the republicons bitch. Our rich are too poor and our poor are too rich. Ferguson Foont

          by Josiah Bartlett on Mon Jul 28, 2014 at 09:36:34 AM PDT

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        •  "liberals" unable to be objective? (0+ / 0-)

          according to you, who makes ridiculous, unsupported and subjective claims about marijuana making people narcissistic and unproductive?
          We "get it", you think you should dictate other people's personal behavior for their own good, in an attempt to help the more downtrodden improve their lot in life and achieve what you perceive as "liberal" goals.  Not sure how denying such people employment based on your idiotic and supported notions of the supposed harms of marijuana helps to improve the lives of the poor and developing nations.  But then, I'm not nearly as ignorant as you obviously are.  

          you can shit on my face but that doesn't mean I have to lick my lips

          by red rabbit on Mon Jul 28, 2014 at 01:08:06 PM PDT

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        •  Hey jerkoff, (0+ / 0-)

          I'm a retired USAF lieutenant colonel who flew Mach 2+ F-111 fighter bombers for a career, before I went on to be a DoD Program Analyst for another career.  I maintained a top secret/SCI security clearance for over 30 years, and fought for my country on three separate occasions.  How much of a wild eyed, drug crazed  liberal do you think I am?

          I am against testing (outside of some narrow career fields like the one I was in) just because "you can."  When it comes to the liberty to be free from unreasonable search and seizure of people's bodily fluids, you dumb fvck conservatards are always on the wrong side.

    •  Pot is more passive than beer or the NFL. (7+ / 0-)

      I actually think it can cool off some people who are prone to bad behavior, but I could be wrong.

      •  What gets me is this (10+ / 0-)

        If the cops really cared about drunk driving there'd be checkpoints at the exit of every NFL parking lot.  But I guess since the patrons of NFL games (really all sporting events now) tend to be higher income folks, there's not much concern about the high percentage of people driving away from those stadiums abjectly drunk.

        And you (Arun) think pot would make this worse? First of all, I don't think any cannabis legalization would permit open use in public.  Second, I'm pretty sure all sports stadiums these days are smoke free environments, so people couldn't just spark up there anyway.

        As for decrease in productivity (GoodGod) - I think there are probably a number of people who are high on their jobs now, and it'll fall into the same category as alcohol.  Most workplaces don't allow you to bring your fifth of Jack to the office, and frown on the 3 martini lunch.  I would be surprised if there was any discernible effect, especially with the several decades old trend of squeezing more and more productivity from employees.

    •  We should test people for sugar consumption. (14+ / 0-)

      Id have no problem banning people who eat sugar from the workplace. Sugar is the most dangerous and addictive thing Americans consume, costing far more in lives and productivity than marijuana does. By orders of magnitude.

      It isnt America's potheads that are bringing it down. Its the fat slobs hooked on sugar.

      •  Test for sugar? (0+ / 0-)

        It's almost impossible not to consume some amount of sugar, such as the sugar in fruit, whose sugar content is outweighed by the fiber in the fruit.  So the fruit is actually good for you and the sugar is not fattening.  If you want a test for refined sugar, I have no idea how, once it's ingested, a test could be devised to tell one type of sugar from another.

        "All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing" - Edmund Burke

        by SueDe on Mon Jul 28, 2014 at 10:47:12 AM PDT

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    •  Oh yes, that terrible "slide in world rankings" (3+ / 0-)

      Perfectly accurate rankings generated by the Flying Spaghetti Monster himself and so therefore beyond question.

      The American testing industry are the people generating this precipitous slide in world rankings. And what solutions do the propose to address this slide they've discovered? Why American students must spend less time learning in class and more time doing test-prep and taking tests!

    •  oh noes, the pot will ruin us! (2+ / 0-)
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      I'm not sure I've seen a more ridiculous anti-pot statement outside of Reefer Madness.  
      You're totally ignorant regarding the harmfulness of pot(pretty much nil, regardless of your bullshit beliefs re narcissism), and the number of productive people who already use the harmless drug.  But you want to prevent people from getting a job if they fail a drug test for pot, when the tests show positive even for someone who may only smoke on a weekend over the course of two or three months?  
      I got a better idea, take your ignorant and baseless opinion and shove it up your ass.  You sound like someone who works for either the pharmaceutical industry, a drug testing company, or a standardized testing company.  I can't imagine why you would otherwise favor such a harmful policy of preventing qualified people from obtaining employment.  

      you can shit on my face but that doesn't mean I have to lick my lips

      by red rabbit on Mon Jul 28, 2014 at 08:12:18 AM PDT

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  •  take your yoga off the mat (3+ / 0-)
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    sharing a meditation after a class on yogic philosophy

    in this post which I ask you to read


    "Don't ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive and go do it, because what the world needs is more people who have come alive." - Howard Thurman

    by teacherken on Mon Jul 28, 2014 at 04:45:55 AM PDT

  •  I curse GOD for the fn joke (3+ / 0-)
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    that is Paul Ryan.
    Gee, thanks, God, &*^%$.
    Why, God, you must be Mr. Funny.

    "He went to Harvard, not Hogwarts." ~Wanda Sykes
    Teh Twitterz, I'z awn dem.
    Blessinz of teh Ceiling Cat be apwn yu, srsly.

    by OleHippieChick on Mon Jul 28, 2014 at 04:46:26 AM PDT

  •  Racisim in the eyes of today's youth... (18+ / 0-)

    Ms Wagman states:

    I am glad race seems unimportant to her and her friends, but I worry that they don't fully understand.
    They don't fully understand.

    Although I'd seen The Butler in the theater, I recently rented it from Redbox to watch again.  A few days later I viewed CBS' 50 Years, Civil Rights and around the halfway point it struck me that not only do my grandchildren have no idea the horrors that generations of blacks have endured, but frankly my own children had no idea of the depth of the nightmare that ensured after President Johnson signed the bill in July 1964.  I've since decided that I will purchase The Butler and ask my children to watch it and allow the older grandchildren to watch it as well.  I can think of no other movie/program that can present that era accurately and still have a PG13 rating.

    As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. John F. Kennedy

    by JaxDem on Mon Jul 28, 2014 at 04:54:44 AM PDT

    •  My dumb generation (8+ / 0-)

      The late Boom, missed seeing Jim Crow and the proverty before the Great Society. Instead we grew up with third hand retold horror stories of Welfare queens and 'verse 'scrimination....

      "If this Studebaker had anymore Atomic Space-Age Style, you'd have to be an astronaut with a geiger counter!"

      by Stude Dude on Mon Jul 28, 2014 at 06:17:40 AM PDT

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    •  Books can help, too! (2+ / 0-)
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      Speaking as a white middle-class(ish) millenial who grew up in the midwest - my eyes were opened by reading two books:

      The Autobiography of Malcolm X
      Blood Done Sign My Name

      They both do a fantastic job of taking the conventional wisdom of the civil rights era (e.g. Northern Whites good, Southern Whites bad) and turning it on its head. I learned a whole lot from those books and recommend them whenever I can.

      ‎"The world is my country, all mankind are my brethren, and to do good is my religion." - Thomas Paine

      by jobobo on Mon Jul 28, 2014 at 07:24:50 AM PDT

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    •  Have you read Ta-Nahesi Coates' article, (5+ / 0-)
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      The Case for Reparations?

      Two hundred fifty years of slavery. Ninety years of Jim Crow. Sixty years of separate but equal. Thirty-five years of racist housing policy. Until we reckon with our compounding moral debts, America will never be whole.

      If trees gave off WIFi signals, we would probably plant so many trees, we would save the planet. Too bad they only produce the oxygen we breathe.

      by skohayes on Mon Jul 28, 2014 at 07:27:05 AM PDT

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      •  No, I haven't read it, but I've seen her name (3+ / 0-)
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        a lot.  Thanks for the recommendation and link, I've bookmarked so I can read it later.

        I'm currently reading Devil in the Grove which I began late last year and loaned to my attorney son-in-law in Atlanta.  They brought it back when they were here on the 4th so I've picked it up again.  

        Devil in the Grove is the winner of the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction.

        Arguably the most important American lawyer of the twentieth century, Thurgood Marshall was on the verge of bringing the landmark suit Brown v. Board of Education before the U.S. Supreme Court when he became embroiled in an explosive and deadly case that threatened to change the course of the civil rights movement and cost him his life.

        In 1949, Florida’s orange industry was booming, and citrus barons got rich on the backs of cheap Jim Crow labor. To maintain order and profits, they turned to Willis V. McCall, a violent sheriff who ruled Lake County with murderous resolve. When a white seventeen-year-old Groveland girl cried rape, McCall was fast on the trail of four young blacks who dared to envision a future for themselves beyond the citrus groves. By day’s end, the Ku Klux Klan had rolled into town, burning the homes of blacks to the ground and chasing hundreds into the swamps, hell-bent on lynching the young men who came to be known as “the Groveland Boys.”

        It is far to mild to simply call it heartbreaking and I find I have to put it down and leave it be for a few days before I can read further.

        I like the movie The Butler for my children and older grandchildren because they will devote 1.5 - 2 hours to a movie and not several weeks to a book.  Plus the movie is based on a true story and accurately depicts many types and levels of discrimination as well as the drive to change things vs unwillingness to rock the boat that was present between parents and their children.  It did a very good job of describing and yet just showing small, somewhat sanitized glimpses of the violence that was prevalent at the time.  The facts are there without use of graphic violence which is why I believe it would be a good choice for my grandchildren.  

        As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. John F. Kennedy

        by JaxDem on Mon Jul 28, 2014 at 09:05:02 AM PDT

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        •  That book sounds very good (1+ / 0-)
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          I'll have to see if there is a Kindle version!  
          I had the same problem (with having to put the book down periodically) with a book called "Fiasco" by Thomas Ricks, about the beginning of the Iraq war.

          If trees gave off WIFi signals, we would probably plant so many trees, we would save the planet. Too bad they only produce the oxygen we breathe.

          by skohayes on Mon Jul 28, 2014 at 11:22:09 AM PDT

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        •  She is a He. (0+ / 0-)

          I am a Liberal. I am not a Progressive. If you are a Progressive you are part of the problem, not part of the solution.

          by LemmyCaution on Mon Jul 28, 2014 at 02:33:27 PM PDT

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  •  Doesn't sound like alot. (3+ / 0-)
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    Additionally, 50 percent of
    Millennials surveyed want to work for a
    business with ethical practices.
    But this sounds better than the diary post implies:
    Millennials say government has the
    greatest potential to address society’s
    biggest issues
    but are overwhelmingly
    failing to do so. Almost half felt
    governments were having a negative
    impact on areas identified as top
    unemployment (47 percent),
    resource scarcity (43 percent) and income
    inequality (56 percent).
  •  "We need to stop playing politics with this."..... (2+ / 0-)
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  •  EJ Dionne is a village sucker; the Ryan plan will (11+ / 0-)

    be expanded nationwide as it shows "success" as deemed by the evil elected teapublicans.

    Poor working Amercans have been reduced to serf status by the evil 1% & their evil minions. Since being a serf is voluntary, we can't really call it slavery.

    Evil in America is winning.

    I voted Tuesday, May 6, 2014 because it is my right, my responsibility and because my parents moved from Alabama to Ohio to vote. Unfortunately, the republicons want to turn Ohio into Alabama.

    by a2nite on Mon Jul 28, 2014 at 04:58:48 AM PDT

  •  Today's NYTimes Editorial Calls for Passing (7+ / 0-)

    the Senate Bill as modified by Senator Patrick Leahy reining in the NSA (to some degree at least):

    The Senate is about to begin debate on a bill that could, at long last, put an end to the indiscriminate bulk collection of Americans’ telephone records and bring needed transparency to the abusive spying programs that have tarnished the nation’s reputation.

    The bill, to be introduced on Tuesday by Senator Patrick Leahy of Vermont, chairman of the Judiciary Committee, is a significant improvement over the halfhearted measure passed by the House in May. That legislation was notable for putting even Republicans on the record in opposition to the broad domestic spying efforts of the intelligence agencies, but its final version was watered down at the insistence of the White House.

    Mr. Leahy said at the time that he wanted to write a stronger bill, and, after negotiating with the White House, he has.

    Also Front paged here and Diaried yesterday here.
    •  Coming from the guy who still pushes blue slips. (0+ / 0-)

      I have very little confidence in anything Leahy does.

    •  The only thing that will do this (0+ / 0-)
      ...a bill that could, at long last, put an end to the indiscriminate bulk collection of Americans’ telephone records and bring needed transparency to the abusive spying programs that have tarnished the nation’s reputation.
      is to completely abolish the NSA, transfer all the agency's employees to different federal jobs far from the east coast, and blow up that building in Utah where all the already-amassed information is stored.  We could practice the agency's demise on the CIA.

      "All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing" - Edmund Burke

      by SueDe on Mon Jul 28, 2014 at 11:13:43 AM PDT

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  •  Sports stadiums pay for themselves (3+ / 0-)
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    In Europe virtually all sports stadiums are publicly funded. It's usually right-wing American economists who criticize public funding of stadiums because they don't want the government involved in anything.

    What the right-wing economists intentionally ignore when evaluating whether a sports stadium pays for itself is (1) that the team wouldn't be there if the government hadn't contributed to the cost of the stadium, and (2) that many of the fans who go to the game would otherwise be sitting at home that night or wouldn't visit the city (the economists always assume the sporting event replaced a movie night or restaurant night, which is patently absurd--no one goes out every night--if you take away the sporting event, that's one les activity).

    Between ticket sales, charter flight fees, hotel room bookings by players and fans, restaurant meals by fans, player income tax, concession tax, etc., that money is coming back. The economists simply don't include it in their calculation because they are right-wingers full of hot air.

    •  But you can't compare them to nothing. (1+ / 0-)
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      It's not like there would be no sports teams if the teams themselves would have to build their own stadiums.

      But, yeah, smaller cities and cities with economically attractive suburbs would probably lose their teams to Foxboro, New Jersey, etc., which would be an economic hit.

      •  Many teams can't afford the cost of stadiums (0+ / 0-)

        These days stadiums cost $500 million to a billion dollars. That's the entire value of most franchises.

        •  Then maybe the stadiums are too expensive? (1+ / 0-)
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          The Empire never ended.

          by thejeff on Mon Jul 28, 2014 at 05:39:48 AM PDT

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        •  They can; they get us to pay by extorting us; (0+ / 0-)

          we pay; the evil owners make the profits.

          I voted Tuesday, May 6, 2014 because it is my right, my responsibility and because my parents moved from Alabama to Ohio to vote. Unfortunately, the republicons want to turn Ohio into Alabama.

          by a2nite on Mon Jul 28, 2014 at 05:51:39 AM PDT

          [ Parent ]

          •  How can a company (0+ / 0-)

            that is worth $500 million afford to build a workplace that costs the entire value of the company?

            If you're saying the owner can build it out of his own pocket, that's not what we expect of any other business. Corporate money is corporate money, no one is asking the Ford CEO to put his own personal money into the cost of all of Ford's office buildings.

            And stadiums are actually used by the public, unlike other business's office buildings.

            •  How can these teams (5+ / 0-)

              Be on the hook for player contracts that are more than the worth of the teams?


            •  Actually, we do expect that of most (0+ / 0-)

              businesses.  Do you really think that the owner pays for a stadium all at once out of his own pocket?  They can do just like any other business and get loans, which they can pay back over the next 20 years or so.  Instead, the owners threaten to take their teams somewhere else, unless the city or state forks over the cash.

              Most of the NFL, MLB teams are owned by individuals or families (Green Bay excepted).  They may be incorporated, but they are closely held and no stock is sold.  

              Team owners share in the overall money coming from television, which amounts to billions.  In addition, they also own the rights to sell the name of the stadium, the concession rights and the parking rights.  By the time the public funded stadium is paid off, they demand a new one, or they'll move the team (again).  In most cases public funded stadiums are a loser for the community.

              Sports stadiums are attended by the public, not generally used by them.  Spare the me the tiny violins playing while I pity the poor team owner.

              "There are times when even normal men must spit in their hands, hoist the black flag, and begin slitting throats." - H.L. Mencken

              by rwgate on Mon Jul 28, 2014 at 05:27:32 PM PDT

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        •  If teams built they're own stadiums (2+ / 0-)
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          they'd be $100 million affairs, financed.

          I'm living in America, and in America you're on your own. America's not a country. It's just a business.

          by CFAmick on Mon Jul 28, 2014 at 08:23:41 AM PDT

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    •  Actually, no (16+ / 0-)

      and the money that "comes back" doesn't come back to the taxpayers. It comes back to the already-wealthy private players. That's why teams (owners) push so hard for these deals -- they get the profits, and the taxpayer foots the bill.

      The Nation has had some good left-wing analyses of some of these arena deals, from people who have no objection in principle to the government engaging in the economy. The arena deals are fleecing the taxpayer to benefit a few oligarchs.

      •  Yeah no (0+ / 0-)

        Ticket tax, hotel tax, concession tax, subway fares, parking tax, gas tax (fans who drive to the game), highway/bridge tolls, player income tax, management income tax, airline seat tax, charter plane landing fee, restaurant/bar tax, etc. goes to the government.

        •  All of which are pricing the middle class (5+ / 0-)

          right out of the ballparks.
          After the new Yankee Stadium was opened in 2009, they were selling tickets behind home plate for $2600 each. When no one was buying them, and the optics of hundreds of empty seats right behind home plate popped up on TV screens, the seats were reduced to affordable rates (but still cost hundreds of dollars).
          You can get nosebleed seats pretty cheaply, but there's parking, concessions are expensive, etc. It's just too expensive.

          If trees gave off WIFi signals, we would probably plant so many trees, we would save the planet. Too bad they only produce the oxygen we breathe.

          by skohayes on Mon Jul 28, 2014 at 07:40:39 AM PDT

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    •  the team wouldn't be there? (7+ / 0-)

      Where would they be? Assuming that no municipality was willing to offer them a better deal, why would they leave?

      But more broadly, the problem isn't that public funds are being used to build stadiums for private sports teams, it's that all too often, the public gets very little out of the deal.

      Because while it's true that sports stadiums generate revenue, the team's owners know that as well and they take that into consideration when negotiating their deal. Often the deal assumes incredibly optimistic projections about the revenue the new stadium will generate that are never realized.

      Of course, the private owners always seem to meet or exceed their profitability projections even while the local and state governments struggle to make up tax revenue to pay their loans.

      The truth is that public funding for private investment isn't all bad or all good. It depends on the structure of the deal.

    •  It is the paying for it with pension funds (8+ / 0-)

      that is the troubling part. You are taking money from retirees and putting it into something you say will end up paying for itself. Does the money ever find its way back into the pension funds? I think not.

      “We can always count on the Americans to do the right thing, after they have exhausted all the other possibilities.” - Winston Chuchill

      by se portland on Mon Jul 28, 2014 at 06:29:50 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  I think studies have shown the opposite (1+ / 0-)
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      Stude Dude

      I'm living in America, and in America you're on your own. America's not a country. It's just a business.

      by CFAmick on Mon Jul 28, 2014 at 08:23:11 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Mayor Reed of Atlanta refused to bow to stadium... (3+ / 0-)

    Mayor Reed of Atlanta refused to bow to stadium blackmail. The Braves owners wanted a new, skybox-filled stadium paid for by the city, and he said there were too many other priorities. Now the Braves are moving outside the city, being publically financed by some other suckers.

  •  re: Seniors and Stadium/Resturant Tax for Colts (4+ / 0-)
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    Stadium. (R) Mayor of Indianapolis, Greg Ballard, said the additional tax added to the cost of eating out in Marion and surrounding counties would not affect Seniors because they didn't need to be eating out, anyway.

  •  I find it historically interesting... (2+ / 0-)
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    tampaedski, viral

    ...that Jews escaped the pogroms and ghettos of Poland and Germany, only to create ghettos and pogroms in Israel.

    I have no idea what the answer to that mess is. After all, people have been killing each other with more or less enthusiasm in that region for 2000 years. But maybe seeing each other as actual human beings might be a good first step.

    •  As I said before, you can't support Israel (0+ / 0-)

      and not support giving America back to the Indians.  God gave this land to them and we stole it.

      I am a Liberal. I am not a Progressive. If you are a Progressive you are part of the problem, not part of the solution.

      by LemmyCaution on Mon Jul 28, 2014 at 02:48:58 PM PDT

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  •  I wrote up a diary (0+ / 0-)

    On my idea for a Labor Aid or Lady Aid comic: I wrote it up, but didn't get around to posting it because I'd only edited it once instead of thrice and I got cold feet.

    Like I said yesterday, of possiblity of being singled out to be villified by Talk Radio has me spooked. Especially with some dumb stuff that I committed to xerox back in the '80s. It's why I didn't do a Carly Fiorina bashing video in front of the closed Omaha Compaq plant and posted on YouTube back in the '10 election season.

    Maybe that's an overlooked aspect of talk radio, one Sandra Fluke incident spooks 27 other potential Flukes into silence.

    OTOH: I did post thumnails of tomboys and R.U.R. fan-art in last night's WAYWO.

    "If this Studebaker had anymore Atomic Space-Age Style, you'd have to be an astronaut with a geiger counter!"

    by Stude Dude on Mon Jul 28, 2014 at 05:33:43 AM PDT

  •  You mean the mostly White, mostly young, (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    skohayes, viral, wintergreen8694

    mostly male Siliconites have deluded themselves into thinking that they are the masters of the universe and are, once again, blind to their privilege, to their societal and moral obligations, to their interdependence if only with their customers?

    Again...perhaps they need more vacations...


  •  RE Charles Blow's article (8+ / 0-)

    He's correct this is about base turnout. But I think he didn't go far enough.

    In essence, Republicans are using House funds as campaign funds.

    In addition to the direct campaigning, this is allowing right-wing so-called reporters to give free air time to Republicans under cover of "reporting" on this "issue".

    Conservatives are worse than the mafia ever was.

  •  The SF Giants Built Their Stadium Privately (4+ / 0-)
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    Wee Mama, viral, wintergreen8694, chmood

    It's one of the nicest ballparks in MLB. Every big city mayor should hold it up as an example to greedy franchise owners.

    We will never have the elite, smart people on our side. - Rick Santorum

    by easong on Mon Jul 28, 2014 at 07:16:02 AM PDT

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