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Archive for the ‘Justice’ Category

Canadian civil liberties question -OR- The consequences of going about one’s business during a global summit while wearing a forest-camo t-shirt

June 27, 2010

The context: What’s described below happened a few minutes ago (about 3:25–I’m writing this at about 3:50), as I was walking down Yonge on my way from the Queen streetcar to the Go Bus terminal at Union Station, intending to catch the 3:40 back to Markham. I’m wearing a forest-camo tee, new jean shorts, Blundstones […]

Sully preaches

August 25, 2009

Cheney was too long with the ring of power. Sullivan responds with what his assistant blogger Chris Bodenner aptly labels “a barnburner.”  Sample: King is right, of course, that the difference between what Bush authorized and the new revelations is non-existent. There is no moral or legal distinction between subjecting someone to 960 hours of […]

9/11 conspiracists circle Ground Zero

August 15, 2009

I’m in New York now and I needed to buy shoes today. My uncle’s boyfriend—who I’d had lunch with—recommended I check out the department store “Century 21” down by the WTC site in lower Manhattan (a very good recommendation, incidentally). Anyway, I decided to walk down from 17th and found my way to the WTC […]


July 24, 2009

Most articles indignant about Obama’s comment that officer Crowley—who recently arrested the Harvard prof. Henry Louis “Skip” Gates Jr.—acted stupidly conveniently omit certain details about the altercation (I’ll get to Drudge’s links in a second). What we know… From Richard Thompson Ford at Slate: Still, the larger problem wasn’t that Crowley considered Gates’ race in […]

2:30 a.m.

July 18, 2009

As a six and a half foot male I’m not used to being concerned walking alone at night. I still remember the surprise of realizing how different that experience is for women; being constantly aware that every sound of footsteps could herald a rapist, that any shadow could be hiding one. I get some of […]

Chuck Todd ain’t no punk…

July 16, 2009

…and respect for that, but showing up isn’t winning the fight. In this fascinatingly raw debate Glenn Greenwald gives him the space to make his arguments and defend himself in long sentences and paragraphs. He comes off as having a terrible case of Stockholm syndrome (or, as Greenwald has and would argue, a case of […]

Bill Moyers interviews a dissident 20y health insurance industry veteran

July 11, 2009

Check it out here. Bill Moyers is the man. One exchange: BILL MOYERS: You told Congress that the industry has hijacked our health care system and turned it into a giant ATM for Wall Street. You said, “I saw how they confuse their customers and dump the sick, all so they can satisfy their Wall […]

Stamping CLASSIFIED on Dreams from My Father

July 10, 2009

From MSNBC: McLEAN, Va. – The federal government’s most secure prison has determined that two books written by President Barack Obama contain material “potentially detrimental to national security” and rejected an inmate’s request to read them.Ahmed Omar Abu Ali is serving a 30-year sentence at the federal supermax prison in Florence, Colo., for joining al-Qaida […]

Last words

July 8, 2009

Got this off of Reddit. Morbid but fascinating. “We all know what really happened, but there are some things you just can’t fight. Little people always seem to get squashed. It happens. … There is no man that is free from all evil, nor any man that is so evil to be worth nothing.” —David […]

The passion of the intra-Israeli debate on West Bank settlement

July 7, 2009

A news report from Israel’s Channel 2: Via Reddit.