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That allowing a dog in the courtroom could be considered an infringement of the defendant’s rights.

Know your enemy

In this case, those who would impose the Christian fundamentalist version of sharia law (and seriously, everyone should read this):

Once Christians are in charge, according to Gary North, rather than turning the other cheek to our enemy, we “should either bust him in the chops or haul him before the magistrate, and possibly both.” North adds, “It is only in a period of civil impotence that Christians are under the rule to ‘resist not evil.’”

How far would the Reconstructionists go? North, writes, “The question eventually must be raised: Is it a criminal offence to take the name of the Lord in vain? When people curse their parents, it unquestionably is a capital crime (Exodus. 21:17). The son or daughter is under the lawful jurisdiction of the family. The integrity of the family must be maintained by the threat of death. Clearly, cursing God (blasphemy) is a comparable crime, and is therefore a capital crime (Leviticus. 24:16).”

The emperor has no clothes

Dylan Ratigan gets furious with Obama:

But let’s keep this in mind: We need to differentiate the desire for a strong leader with the desire for a so-called strongman – which is the kind of thing that leads to fascism. We need to do the work of democracy ourselves and stop leaving all the power in the hands of politicians.

Dem wins

In New Hampshire special election:

Democrat Bob Perry has won a special election held Tuesday to fill a vacant New Hampshire House seat, according to New Hampshire Democrats.

Perry, a former state rep, beat Republican opponent Honey Puterbaugh 2,110 to 1,517, according to numbers provided by the New Hampshire Democratic Party.

Perry took five of the six towns in Strafford County House District No. 3, a Republican-leaning district where the GOP will hold seven of the eight seats, Perry being the one exception.

The race is viewed as a bellwether on how the state is being run and a win for either candidate was viewed as a victory for their party.

“Bob Perry’s victory tonight is a complete and total rejection of Republican House Speaker Bill O’Brien’s reckless job-killing agenda,” said New Hampshire Democratic Party Chair Raymond Buckley. “In a historically Republican district, New Hampshire voters turned out in the middle of summer to send a loud and clear message to the out-of-control Republican majority. Its relentless attempts to make cigarettes cheaper but college more expensive, slash women’s health care, and kill jobs by taxing hospitals must stop immediately. “

On the hook

Think about how much cheaper it would have been if the UK hadn’t shoved “austerity” down their country’s throat.


Joe Stiglitz:

When the recession began there were many wise words about having learnt the lessons of both the Great Depression and Japan’s long malaise. Now we know we didn’t learn a thing. Our stimulus was too weak, too short and not well designed. The banks weren’t forced to return to lending. Our leaders tried papering over the economy’s weaknesses – perhaps out of fear that if we were honest about them, already fragile confidence would erode. But that was a gamble we have now lost. Now the scale of the problem is apparent, a new confidence has emerged: confidence that matters will get worse, whatever action we take. A long malaise now seems like the optimistic scenario.

Greg Palast

How he was set up by Piers Morgan.


Won 1, lost 2, one still up in the air. But it’s from Waukesha, where our favorite election official is playing games with the totals.

Burnin’ street

Joe Strummer and the Mescaleros:

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Street fighting man

Mick et al:

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