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Piling on

The morality police are leading the purge. I just called Allyson Schwartz’s office (she’s my representative) to complain about this. Meh.

I said I was sick of the way Democrats didn’t back their own members, that nobody made David Vitter resign even though HE broke the law. I said I didn’t care what pictures of what were floating around, that Anthony Weiner was one of the few Democrats in Congress who stood up for progressive policies and that I was just disgusted at how Dems were piling on.

Of course, now he’s history.

Her phone number is 202/225-6111.

UPDATE: As if this couldn’t be any more of a circus, turns out Weiner’s wife is pregnant.

No. Such. Thing.

As global warming. None. It’s all just one big coinky dink.

Last night’s show

With Nicole Sandler of Radio or Not was very stimulating! We talked at length about Anthony Weiner and what it means for Democrats; why Democrats are so resistant to building coalitions; and we also got into police brutality.

You can listen here.

3 Way Street

A look at why bikes and cars collide:

3-Way Street from ronconcocacola on Vimeo.

Fringeology

Steve Volk is one of a handful of reporters I respect, and I guess he has enough integrity that he can take an honest look at paranormal events. I really want to read this book.

Yep

Glenn Greenwald:

This is just pure mucking around in the private, consensual, unquestionably legal private sexual affairs of someone for partisan gain, voyeuristic fun and the soothing fulfillment of judgmental condemnation. And in that regard, it sets a new standard: the private sexual activities of public figures — down to the most intimate details — are now inherently newsworthy, without the need for any pretense of other relevance.

Do you fucking believe that?

[T]he need for smart investments that help America win the future must be balanced with the need to control spending and reduce the deficit.

“Win the future,” otherwise known as “WTF?”

Call your senators today. Tell them you don’t give a shift about the deficit, you want a jobs bill.

Rock stars

Bill and Keith!

Ellsberg: All Nixon’s crimes now legal

Via Juan Cole, this striking interview with Daniel Ellsberg of Pentagon Papers fame:

These days, when you find yourself thinking about Richard Nixon, what comes to mind?

[Ellsberg]: Richard Nixon, if he were alive today, might take bittersweet satisfaction to know that he was not the last smart president to prolong unjustifiably a senseless, unwinnable war, at great cost in human life. (And his aide Henry Kissinger was not the last American official to win an undeserved Nobel Peace Prize.)

He would probably also feel vindicated (and envious) that ALL the crimes he committed against me–which forced his resignation facing impeachment–are now legal.

That includes burglarizing my former psychoanalyst’s office (for material to blackmail me into silence), warrantless wiretapping, using the CIA against an American citizen in the US, and authorizing a White House hit squad to “incapacitate me totally” (on the steps of the Capitol on May 3, 1971). All the above were to prevent me from exposing guilty secrets of his own administration that went beyond the Pentagon Papers. But under George W. Bush and Barack Obama,with the PATRIOT Act, the FISA Amendment Act, and (for the hit squad) President Obama’s executive orders. they have all become legal.

There is no further need for present or future presidents to commit obstructions of justice (like Nixon’s bribes to potential witnesses) to conceal such acts. Under the new laws, Nixon would have stayed in office, and the Vietnam War would have continued at least several more years.

Is it just me, or do you, too, find this more newsworthy than Anthony Weiner’s weiner?

Revolution in the air

Students, as always, are on the cutting edge:

Any real revolution in Paris has to include the storming of the Bastille. Which explains why 200 young demonstrators are sitting in the shade of the trees at Place de la Bastille on this Thursday evening, wondering how to go about staging such a revolution.

Their numbers had already swelled to more than 2,000 by the Sunday before, when they had occupied the entrance to the Bastille Opera and half the square. But then the police arrived with teargas and, since then, have kept strict watch over this symbolic site.

The protestors are trying to create a movement to rival the protests in Madrid and Lisbon. They want tens of thousands of young people to march in the streets of Paris, calling for “démocratie réelle,” or real democracy. They believe that there is also potential for such large-scale protest in France, with youth unemployment at more than 20 percent, precarious working conditions and what feels like a constant state of crisis.

“Until now, our problems were always seen as individual problems,” says Julien, a 22-year-old physics student who has joined a group called Actions. “You were told that if you couldn’t find a job, it was your own fault. Perhaps we are now experiencing a change taking place, and that we are joining forces to form a pan-European movement against this system.”

If only more people here understood this.

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