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Robert Hass, former poet laureate of the U.S., was among the teachers and students brutalized by UC Berkeley cops on the very site where the Free Speech Movement was born 50 years ago. More here.

Chain of Fools

The NYT columnist ruffled George Will’s feathers on “This Week”:


“I have a structural hypothesis here,” [Paul] Krugman told ABC’s Christiane Amanpour Sunday. “You have a Republican ideology, which Mitt Romney obviously doesn’t believe in. He just oozes insincerity, that’s just so obvious. But all of the others are fools and clowns. And there is a question here, my hypothesis is that maybe this is an ideology that only fools and clowns can believe in. And that’s the Republican problem.” More here.

Marathon fatalities are uncommon, but that doesn’t make what happened today any less sad:

Officials confirmed that a 21-year-old Asian male collapsed at the finish line, while a 40-year-old white male collapsed a quarter of a mile before the finish line. Both men were taken to Hahnemann University Hospital and pronounced dead of apparent heart attacks. More here.

Before training for a marathon, see your doctor.

Tonight

Sunday, Nov 20 | 9 pm eastern | 6 pm pacific |McJoan is back with emptywheel.  Joan McCarter and Marcy Wheeler discuss developments of the week, highlighting issues neglected or misrepresented on the Sunday morning broadcasts,  drawing from their work of the prior week and the wickedly funny Bobblespeak Translations. Worth tuning in for Culture of Truth on the Most Outrageous Moment from the Sunday morning talk shows. Follow @JoanMcCarter @emptywheel. Listen live and later on BTR

Me and the devil and a Dallas church

Blues great Robert Johnson’s songs include “Me and the Devil Blues” and “Cross Road Blues,” which explains how he sold his soul to Satan in return for guitar skills.

It looks like some Christians in Texas are at a crossroads, too. They’ve bought a building where Johnson recorded his final batch of songs, and will use it to preserve his legacy. It’s next to a building the church uses to serve the homeless. More here.

You and me Sunday driving

George plays bass, but not on a bass guitar.

Class warfare

of what happened on Friday, in broad daylight, in America. I’m sorry, but can anyone out there explain to me why this cop shouldn’t face assault charges, and why the chancellor of UC Davis shouldn’t immediately be fired?

This is not America

David Bowie:

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