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May 4th 2009 10:30PM Condi Rice is an embarrassment. A professor doesn't get so obviously ruffled by student questions, as she did. The "do your homework" effort to humiliate the student only made her look inappropriately defensive. And we all know what she had to be on the defensive about.
I particularly liked how she forced the student to answer her question but was not willing to do the same for the second student. Then there was the hostile deflection, "If you weren't there, you can't imagine." What a cheap shot at a student.
In other words, instead of saying "we made decisions under certain circumstances. We may have made ones you agree or disagree with, but we had to make them at a moment when we were extremely worried," she had to try and embarrass the student.
She failed to act like an adult, which makes sense given who she worked for during her time in office. But it also makes sense given that she tries the Nuremburg defense "I just passed on the authorization" that any fool knows is no defense.
How low can you go, America, when your Sec. of State cannot have a civil conversation with a student, because she was part of an administration that may have had the country's best interests in mind but knew very well what they were doing was illegal under US and international law.
Aug 23rd 2008 1:50PM Some who posted obviously are not familiar with South Central, LA or you would know that the last thing South Central needs is a warehouse! As if there aren't a gazillion of them already. This community garden is one of the best things I've seen come out of South Central, and to sell this piece of land to a developer, just because the developer contributed to the mayor's campaign has nothing to do with "minorities" or "that's what it means to live in a city." It's called corruption fools.
I love how people who do not live anywhere near where these events occur pontificate about the people who actually did the work of self-help--a community that has been ravaged by economic changes, redistribution of taxes toward the very rich in the US, but who did something positive to counteract those facts. And what do they get? Some right-wing racist wackos who don't know anything about South Central spouting off on a blog.
Here's a thought--if you don't like the garden, don't eat anything from it. In other words, if you don't know what you're talking about, try to spew your racial resentment someplace else. Like on a KKK website, for example.
Aug 13th 2008 2:19PM LK2279 would like to live under fascism. She should move to Russia.
Aug 13th 2008 2:17PM We are not "at war" against terrorism. We are in a enormous quagmire of our government's own making. Again, European security is better. The reason it's better is that you don't see it, because it's real security, not bogus acts that lack any kind of minimal sense. There is no reason for this guy to have been arrested, none whatsoever. Even if the flight attendant had said, "you have to use the restroom in back," and pointed the way, which is HER JOB, then this would be a different story. She didn't, because she didn't feel she had to. And she didn't feel she had to, because the man was "dark." And she thought in that situation she could throw her weight around. Well that's fine, but it's against the law. That is what's left of the law in this country.
He'll have his day in court, and mark my words he will win, because the flight attendant and the airline screwed up in this case.
Aug 13th 2008 12:11PM The difference between the preacher's wife and this guy has nothing to do with ethnicity or race. The preacher's wife pushed a flight attendant, moron. This guy didn't assault anyone. It is racial profiling, and it's disgusting and stupid. Does anyone really think that if there were terrorists that were stupid enough to try and FLY ANOTHER PLANE into buildings (if we get hit again it's not going to be by the same method, duh), they woudn't disguise their appearance? Anyone heard of plastic surgery or changing the color of your face with creams and bleaches?
What's going on re: the TSA and airplane security is key stone cops stuff. It has nothing to do with making us safer. Europe does have more stringent security, and the way you know it is that you don't see and experience it at every turn. What we have is the govt's refusal to admit that they were responsible for 9/11, that they let the intelligence go, etc. And now we are all paying for their mistakes with inane "security" measures that are an excuse for every unconscious fear to get played out thousands of feet in the sky.
This man should get a good lawyer and sue the pants off Southwest Airlines. With any luck, the rest of us would see some semblance of common sense and sanity come back to flying on a U.S. carrier. But I'm not holding my breath.
Aug 11th 2008 2:49PM The flight attendants were not out of line by asking her to cover, and the woman wasn't out of line by refusing. This human conflict should not end up in a court of law. Being asked to cover while you're breastfeeding in sight on a plane cabin, as distinct from being in a bathroom (I think a woman should be able to breastfeed in a bathroom; it's private for god's sake) is simply not necessary. Yes, the baby needs to be kept quiet for the sake of passengers' sanity, but frankly, if you can't fly with your kids and do basic things that flight attendants ask you to do (especially on a second request), than you need to not fly or leave the kids with a relative or homesitter. The way parents demand all kinds of nonsense to accomodate their children has gotten completely out of hand. Some requests are reasonable. Sitting parents with children, some noise from kids, that's all within reason. But thinking your loud conversation with your child is endearing to everyone within fifty feet is not and is a sign of over-indulgence (interestingly mostly of themselves--i.e. I'm a parent. Get out of my way. I have rights. Blah Blah Blah) on the part of parents. Children will not suffer from discipline and not being indulged, but parents aren't really interested in their children in these situations but what's good and convenient for them.
It's gotten way out of hand in America.
Aug 5th 2008 1:04PM Ron Suskind is a professional journalist, not a wild eyed "radical." He is credible, and no one really is surprised by this revelation, except those who want to live in la-la land about Bush and Cheney. There is plenty, and I mean plenty, of evidence that they fabricated things to get the country into Iraq. They wanted to do it before 9/11 occurred. Nothing was done while the Republicans held Congress, but it's been two years since the Democrats took over, and nothing much has been done. Why? Because in some cases, like the warrantless spying on Americans, Democrats were co-conspirators with the Republicans and Bush administration.
There is an enormous gap between our political "leaders" on both sides of the aisle and what they can get away with, and the rest of us shmeels who pay their salaries. We are irrelevant to them, because the only thing they understand is money for campaigns, special interests, and their own patronage system in which they hand out favors to those who pay.
Our political system is broken, and you can tell, because when you point this out, people will defense our government by saying, "we're better than China." China? It used to be that democracies were considered an exclusive club, but today as the Bush administration with Congressional complicity destroys the rule of law, we are now comparing ourselves to China in the same way Israel compares itself to Saudi Arabia.
And anyone who thinks Obama is going to come in like a knight and turn it all around doesn't see the depths to which this country has sunk over the past eight years.
Jul 27th 2008 6:32PM whiners like Bartoshevich are neocons, not Democrats. They can't bear the thought of a candidate who doesn't want to bomb Iran back to the stone age. These are brittle dumb people who do not have the best interests of the U.S. in mind. The propaganda that the Democratic party's base won't go for Obama because he's too "inexperienced," is just another way of saying he isn't enough of a war monger for them.
Jul 14th 2008 5:16PM Some people have drunk a hell of a lot of koolaid here.
Jul 14th 2008 12:45PM Americans, including progressives, have lost their sense of humor. It went out the door with 9/11 and has continued ever since. It's obvious that this is a joke, and a funny one at that. Plus, it's intended for those who read the New Yorker, not Jim Bob with an eighth grade education. (Sorry Clinton supporters for that one--sue me!) This country used to value freedom and the idea that citizens were robust adults, as the Founding Fathers conceived. Now, we're a bunch of ninnies who are afraid of our own shadow and think irony is "elitist." Yawn. What a big bore.