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Let’s not kill all the lawyers

It’s a month old, but Gary Farber at Amygdala has a most informative post on the problems with the U.S. killing American citizens without offering any proof. You know, besides the fact that the Constitution says pretty fucking clearly that we can’t!

Cops

They really do get the best of both worlds now, don’t they? They get to routinely brutalize civilians without anyone ever getting to retaliate with military weapons.

Is this a great country, or what?

Occupy Oakland

Being cleared out now. Members of interfaith community being arrested:

Nepotism

Well, if you’re going to hire the offspring of an ex-president, at least it’s someone intelligent who can string two sentences together without giggling.

But since I’ve also read rumors Chelsea Clinton is thinking of running for Congress, this would amount to a campaign giveaway – if true.

Neutered

Pretty good point:

Morris Davis speaks bluntly about some of President Barack Obama’s policy decisions.

“There’s a pair of testicles somewhere between the Capital Building and the White House that fell off the president after Election Day [2008],” said Davis, an Air Force colonel who spent two years as the chief prosecutor of Guantanamo military commissions, during an interview at his Washington, DC, office over the summer and in email correspondence over the past several months. “He got his butt kicked. Not just with Guantanamo but with national security in general. I’m sure there are a few areas here and there where there have been ‘change,’ but to me it seems like a third Bush term when it comes to national security.”

Davis is “hugely disappointed” that Obama reneged on a campaign promise to reject military commissions for “war on terror” detainees, which human rights advocates and defense attorneys have condemned as unconstitutional.

Go read the rest.

Generational divide

Great piece at C&L about how the Republicans are trying to pit the generations against each other over Social Security and Medicare:

Still be around

Uncle Tupelo:

See you sometime

Joni Mitchell:

Windfall

Damn, this is so good. That’s why it’s one of my favorite songs! Son Volt:

Smoke ring for my halo

Kurt Vile:

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