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November 20, 2011

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Clarice

It's in my DiL's hands JiB.

narciso

Ah, JiB, you're making me think of the subtitle for that JOM cookbook.

Jack is Back!

narciso,

Lots of money in lying. Especially if it is believable and can be made into a movie. In literature it is called fiction. In politics it is called history.

Benjamin Franklin

At least you're harmless and mostly, prevarication-free when you talk food.

I feel confident the recipes shared have at least one ingredient left out. But you probably don't see that, as a lie. It's a function of your
mindset.

caro

DrJ took me on a cultural tour of his beautiful town when I visited a few weeks ago. I think this sculpture was his favorite.

Photobucket

So glad you had a great day,DrJ!

Thanks for your post,Joan.

Clarice, a real keeper this morning.

Captain Hate

JiB, we're travelling to NYC for Thanksgiving with the Hatettes and Hater-tot; all I know is that Mrs H will be preparing her sage/onion/celery/bread stuffing (everybody likes it but I've been pining for a cornbread/sausage alternative) and will make a pumpkin pie.

A number of years ago my French friend gave me a 96 Sauternes and told me to save it for a special occasion. Since the son-in-law will be relocating to California after the start of the year and this might be the last time we all get together easily, along with the first Thanksgiving for the hater-tot I think this qualifies.

Benjamin Franklin


Too funny. They squabble about their next Presidunce, but the Secretary of State is a lock!

Report for the Next President from the USS National Review
November 16, 2011 8:50 A.M.

By Kathryn Jean Lopez

"Litmus test for GOP nominee? John Bolton as secretary of State. He happens to be a speaker on the boat this week, and his fellow cruisers seem pretty certain he’s the man for that job, if applause here are any indication."

Benjamin Franklin

http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/283302/report-next-president-uss-inational-reviewi-kathryn-jean-lopez

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Thomas Collins

JiB, in the morning I am doing my usual thing of delivering Thanksgiving meals to the elderly through the Little Brothers Friends of the Elderly Program. This year my oldest and her hubby have invited us to the hubby's parents' house in Needham. The oldest is cooking turkey, my wife is making her delicious spinach squares (no mention yet of devilled eggs, which my wife or my oldest often prepare and which are yummy), and I'll probably be called on to bring the libations, the appetizers (I unapologetically buy metch and Armenian string cheese and mohammara and hummus and Armenian cracker bread from Eastern Lamejun instead of making the appetizers), and to make a green salad (my green salads are the best, with plenty of lemon and lime juice, and spices mixed in with the veggies). There is usually also sweet and mashed potatoes, gravy, cranberry sauce, string beans with almonds, pumpkin pie, Haagen Dazs rum raisin and vanilla ice cream, and pecan pie on the menu, but because this is the first time my oldest and her hub are doing it, I suppose there might be some surprises.

jimmyk

Happy Birthday, DrJ!

Echoing caro, great Pieces this morning, Clarice.

Hopefully we'll all be in a cheerier mood tomorrow. Must be the pressure of family visits coming up.

Thomas Collins

JiB, in the morning I am doing my usual thing of delivering Thanksgiving meals to the elderly through the Little Brothers Friends of the Elderly Program. This year my oldest and her hubby have invited us to the hubby's parents' house in Needham. The oldest is cooking turkey, my wife is making her delicious spinach squares (no mention yet of devilled eggs, which my wife or my oldest often prepare and which are yummy), and I'll probably be called on to bring the libations, the appetizers (I unapologetically buy metch and Armenian string cheese and mohammara and hummus and Armenian cracker bread from Eastern Lamejun instead of making the appetizers), and to make a green salad (my green salads are the best, with plenty of lemon and lime juice, and spices mixed in with the veggies). There is usually also sweet and mashed potatoes, gravy, cranberry sauce, string beans with almonds, pumpkin pie, Haagen Dazs rum raisin and vanilla ice cream, and pecan pie on the menu, but because this is the first time my oldest and her hub are doing it, I suppose there might be some surprises.

Thomas Collins

And of course stuffing. How could I forget stuffing.

Clarice

Thanks caro and jimmy.

TC that sounds grand.

Benjamin Franklin

http://www.balloon-juice.com/


DES MOINES — The Republican candidates for president (with the exception for Mitt Romney who declined and Jon Huntsman who wasn’t invited) met at a large church here Saturday night for a debate aimed at Iowa’s social conservatives.

For the most part, the debate stood our for its focus on doom, gloom and widespread Christian persecution. Except for the part when Rick Santorum, Herman Cain, Michele Bachmann and new frontrunner Newt Gingrich teared up under some personal questioning from Frank Luntz. That was different.

daddy

Thanksgiving Meal?

I'm doing the chicken and the other guy's doing the fish.

Or maybe I'm' doing the fish and he's doing the chicken, I can't exactly remember.

For drinks it'll be lousy coffee and can's of Diet Coke or Diet Pepsi, (whatever they stick in the cooler), or maybe just bottled water if they forget to put on Cokes.

Bon appetit:)

Benjamin Franklin

Until the cock crows at least twice. Pepper spray is healthy.

http://patriotboy.blogspot.com/2011/11/maintaining-order-since-32-ad.html

Benjamin Franklin

"How could I forget stuffing."

lol

Benjamin Franklin

All You Need to Know about Newt

http://www.angrybearblog.com/
The Gingrich health center’s support for such a mandate was part of an “Insure All Americans” plan that appears to have disappeared from the center’s Web site Thursday..


See that there is nothing here
http://www.healthtransformation.net/cs/insure_all_americans

But it is still here

narciso

That repast is particularly impressive ,TC,

Benjamin Franklin

If the Dems wanted a rational discussion, all they have to do is come to JOM. The ripeness of logic and comity is intoxicating.


http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/

"But a deal would have required Republicans accept some tax increases. Indeed, the basics of a debt-reduction deal have always been painfully obvious: Dems would accept spending cuts, Republicans would accept new revenue, and the two sides would haggle over the ratio.

Except that proved impossible, not only because Republicans refused to consider any tax increases on any one, but because those same Republicans actually decided to use the super-committee process as a vehicle to push for more tax cuts — which necessarily would have created more debt, not less, and make the goal harder, not easier, to reach."

Cecil Turner

They wouldn't have any truck with a schmuck named 'cecil'.

Ben, Ben . . . I was supportin' ya, buddy. With evidence and everything. The professor case does not hold water. (Convincing, too, I might add.)

Benjamin Franklin

Well thank yer small favors for Philly...


http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/attytood/

"The shocking episode, which took place after the cops had ripped down tents belonging to students supporting the Occupy Wall Street movement, was captured on videos that quickly went viral, and sparked outrage from coast to coast.

“This is what happens when authority is unaccountable and has lost any sense of human connection to a subject population,” wrote the Atlantic’s James Fallows, a former speechwriter for President Jimmy Carter. He wondered how Americans would react if similar images were broadcast out of Syria or China, and he compared photos of the event to those of civil rights protesters fire-hosed by Birmingham’s Sheriff Bull Connor in 1963.

“It doesn’t look good,” said David Klinger, a former Los Angeles police officer who now teaches criminal justice, specializing in the use of force, at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Klinger stressed that he wasn’t familiar with the protocols of the campus cops — but he wondered why they didn’t try hauling them away first.

The uproar at the campus just outside Sacramento — the two cops who fired the pepper spray are now on “administrative leave” (sound familiar, Penn Staters?) and there are widespread calls for university chancellor Linda Katehi to resign — is arguably the worst episode of what could charitably be “overpolicing” since the Occupy movement started, but it’s not an isolated incident.

In recent days, we’ve seen police fracture the skull of an Iraq War veteran in Oakland with a tear gas canister, campus police at Berkeley striking peaceful protesters with batons, and officers in New York City arresting credentialed journaliststrying to cover the raid of Zuccotti Park.

One place that’s so far been spared any controversy about police tactics has been Philadelphia, where some 62 Occupy protesters have been arrested so far in acts of civil disobedience. In each case, protesters who locked arms and refused to move — exactly as happened in Davis — were simply pulled away and booked without injury or incident.

Clarice

Schoen and caddell say Obama should give up the run and turn the reins over to Hillary

http://nationaljournal.com/2012-presidential-campaign/democratic-pollsters-obama-should-abandon-run-for-second-term-20111120

Benjamin Franklin

"The professor case does not hold water"

When you cold-cock DoT, I will thank you for your support.

(Another) Barbara

Are you guys just warming up for family fights around the Thanksgiving tables or what?

That comment made me realize that this will be the first Thanksgiving in at least a decade where there will be conservatives only at our house and table. Didn't plan it, but oh the happiness that realization brings. Guess we could fight about football instead, but the emotions won't be as profound. Glory Hallelujah!

Benjamin Franklin

Let us Pray.....


http://www.cnn.com/2011/11/20/politics/super-committee/index.html?eref=rss_topstories&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+rss%2Fcnn_topstories+%28RSS%3A+Top+Stories%29
"
Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Arizona, reiterated the GOP mantra that Bush-era tax cuts should continue and entitlement spending be cut. Democrats are keen on letting the Bush-era cuts expire for the highest-income Americans in 2012.
"In Washington, there are folks who won't cut a dollar unless we raise taxes," he said on NBC's "Meet the Press."
"If you want to get serious about the deficit our country has to grow economically," Kyl said. "You can't grow if you raise taxes in the middle of a recession."
Meanwhile, an interfaith group held a prayer vigil Sunday in Lafayette Park near the White House to urge Congress not to make budget cuts that would likely impact the poor.
"We gather this time with an audacious purpose and that is to ask God ... to move the hearts of policy makers that they will act and make decisions with compassion and fairness," the Rev. Dr. Michael Kinnamon, general secretary of the National Council of the Churches of Christ, said in leading the crowd in prayer.
Similar vigils will be held this week in Los Angeles; Richmond, Virginia; Philadelphia and Dallas.
While the 12-member panel's deadline for a final vote is Wednesday, any blueprint must be made available 48 hours in advance of a committee vote and must be accompanied by a Congressional Budget Office analysis scoring how much it would reduce deficits."

Minimalist Poster

what's with "occupying" Bloomberg's house?

https://twitter.com/#!/occupywallstnyc/status/138341158970597376

daddy

Just watched the Chris Matthews video.

I don't trust Matthews at all and I think he's damning Obama on purpose for an ulterior reason.

My take is that he sees the re-election trouble Obama is in and he wants Obama to bail so somebody else, probably Hillary, can step in and win.

If his ploy doesn't work and Obama stays in there, Matthew's will wind up voting for O all over again, praising his gifts as a wonderful politician, and will engage whole heartedly in destroying the Repub opposition to Obama,

Clarice

The Schoen , Cadell polling explains why that party hack Matthews is bad mouthing the man who once caused his leg to tingle.

Benjamin Franklin

Joe Walsh...not the lead guitarist for Eagles. More like the lead
in 'The Producers'


http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2011/11/20/rep-joe-walsh-veterans-at-occupy-wall-street-protests-are-anti-american/

" “But its an anti-American, well funded left wing effort that may disrupt a lot of things next year, but they are clueless when it comes to what this country is all about and the rest of the country ought to educate them.”



Walsh, a tea party favorite in Congress, added that even veterans at “Occupy Wall Street” protests around the country were anti-American because they advocated “socialist solutions.”

narciso

Well goes without saying, daddy, he's beem taking medication for that tingle, there was a time before the brain slugs took their toll,
that he didn't seem like such a hack,

Jim Rhoads a/k/a vnjagvet

All I know for sure what we're having TG is what I'm making. Roast turkey, oyster and traditional stuffing (yes stuffing, not dressing) and gravy, cranberry relish, cranberry sherbet, Cope's dried corn pudding and bourbon/mince pie.

Four of the five Jagettes will team up to make mashed potatoes (both varieties) and will bring everything else -- veggies, salad appetizers, other deserts, etc, including wine. (One Jagette, husband and daughter are spending TG with his family.)

After that, it's playing the beached whale on the den floor watching football with the guys while the Jagettes gab amongst themselves and clean up the kitchen. Even the feminists among the Jagettes enjoy the routine.

Since I cooked, I don't have to clean up:>)

rse

Jim & OL-

Thanks for that AR. I don't think it's as all over as you because the language from that annual report dovetails with what I have read or heard from several other major corps plus several university presidents.

In fact I wrote in my notes this summer that, similar to having it in the AR, the extent to which the speaker was neither hiding nor comprehending what he was detailing meant that it is the accepted wisdom at those summits we don't get invited to.

We know what we are dealing with. We know how the story has historically ended. These connected guys think this is business. Yes. But not with a long term scenario that benefits most.

CC is the story that we have to use to start our way back. You should see what I downloaded yesterday on this issue. "These are certainly bad ideas for the individual student but how profitable this mandate will be for each of us vendors". " Oh. We need to change education in this way because this is what business says they need".

(Another) Barbara

BF:"The Alpha's hate me mainly, because they generally have no answer to my posts, and becauseI diminish their imagined powers over other posters here. I am a constant reminder that they aren't the sharpest knives in the drawer, and that upsets them."

Try to imagine the person who could write a paragraph like that.

I would not be able to, except that I've imprudently invited one or two of them to Thanksgiving dinner in years past. Not this year, thank you, Lord.

Benjamin Franklin

That's not 1%, but 1/10th of one percent. Slackers.....

http://news.yahoo.com/top-0-1-nation-earn-half-capital-gains-172647859.html

Cecil Turner

Indeed, the basics of a debt-reduction deal have always been painfully obvious: Dems would accept spending cuts, Republicans would accept new revenue, and the two sides would haggle over the ratio.

Well, obviously. Except, that pesky little law says that if they don't come to an agreement, then they just implement cuts. So, obviously, the whole point of the supercommittee was to make everyone agree on tax hikes, and only the eeeeevil republicans are to blame for it failing, so the Dems need to renege on the agreement to avoid those terrible cuts.

Pleeeease send smarter lefties.

Benjamin Franklin

"I would not be able to, except that I've imprudently invited one or two of them to Thanksgiving dinner in years past. Not this year, thank you, Lord."

You should be grateful for the respite from boredom.

Jim Rhoads a/k/a vnjagvet

For anyone who can count, the only way in the long run government can provide a safety net for the poor and infirm is for it to get its financial house in order now.

For anyone who can count it is obvious eliminating the Bush/Obama tax cuts will not raise enough revenue to make a dent in our government's fiscal problems.

Rick Ballard

Clarice,

The pollsters have run out of reference points due to polling being in its infancy in '32. Perhaps they really would love to get rid of their albatross but his albatross isn't going anywhere unless the Supremes bury it.

Benjamin Franklin


"Pleeeease send smarter lefties."

You can't handle the one you've got. You must have a death wish.

Clarice

If I were Hillary I'd pass up any WH dinner invitations, Rick. Just saying.

Cecil Turner

Try to imagine the person who could write a paragraph like that.

Imagine? He's right here. (And vastly amusing, in an eyerolling sort of way.)

The troll's trick, by the way, is to post multiple facially plausible posts off-topic, which makes one dig for supporting data, and a general reluctance to clutter threads makes for non-responses. Not so effective on an open thread (for those who have nothing better to do, and hey, I have the day off and I'm bored).

Benjamin Franklin

She's just a victim of all these dirty fucking hippies....


http://gawker.com/5861197/uc-davis-students-creepy-powerful-protest-against-pepper+spray-chancellor

After video of UC Davis police officer Lt. John Pike's shockingly nonchalant use of pepper spray against peaceful, passive protestors went viral yesterday, chancellor Linda Katehi scheduled a press conference for the afternoon. Students were refused entry and began to chant and protest outside the building; Katehi refused to leave for three hours, because "the crowd outside was perceived to be hostile." It was. But it wasn't violent: Here's Katehi leaving the building, finally, after the sun had set, given a wide berth by the hundreds of students who had gathered there, each of them staring on in silence. It's as creepy as it is moving. [The Second Alarm]

Benjamin Franklin

"hey, I have the day off and I'm bored)."

You normally write like you're bored. How is today different?

narciso

I mean you start a plea for abuse, I mean a polemic that begins with this statement, and
then segues to supporting evidence from Laura Tyson, and the scary thing is this fool writes for Forbes;

Capital gains are the key ingredient of income disparity in the US-- and the force behind the winner takes all mantra of our economic system. If you want even out earning power in the U.S, you have to raise the 15% capital gains tax.

daddy

Beauty of a column today Clarice.

Loved JMH's comment about having it as a sort of Cliff's Notes for battle at her dinner-party tonight. Ha!

Cecil Turner
Walsh, a tea party favorite in Congress, added that even veterans at “Occupy Wall Street” protests around the country were anti-American because they advocated “socialist solutions.”
Hey, is the troll suggesting all us veterans can't be anti-American? Do we even get to have our votes count? Well, not in New York (at least if the pols get their wish).
Benjamin Franklin

Oh. You're OK with THIS kind of occupation. Doesn't bother you one bit.


http://www.truthdig.com/cartoon/item/occupy_congress_20111119/

narciso

The illustration of category error,


http://legalinsurrection.com/2011/11/brian-leiter-is-upset/comment-page-1/#comment-290733

Neo

From the department of I never knew that ...

After a particularly horrible episode of baggage pilferage and tool theft, I made the decision to never again fly with an unlocked bag. However, all "TSA compliant" locks tend to be rather awful and provide little to no real security. It was for this reason that I now choose to fly with firearms at all times. Federal law allows me (in fact, it REQUIRES me) to lock my luggage with proper padlocks and does not permit any airport staffer to open my bags once they have left my possession.

Cecil Turner

Oh. You're OK with THIS kind of occupation.

No, I think we should rid Congress of Reid, Pelosi, and all the hangers-on. In fact, you should be happy, because well begun is half done, right?

Benjamin Franklin

This is the 'FACT' based Party...rumors always trump reality.

Just ask the trollops of JOM.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/when-it-comes-to-e-mailed-political-rumors-conservatives-beat-liberals/2011/11/17/gIQAyycZWN_story.html

narciso

So why did they not name his chosen name in the previous story;

http://atlasshrugs2000.typepad.com/atlas_shrugs/2011/11/all-american-muslim-new-york-city-police-arrest-muslim-terror-suspect-plotting

Benjamin Franklin

" I think we should rid Congress of Reid, Pelosi,"

See wapo above. lol. Because corruption is a democratic issue.

Republicans have forgiven themselves, therefore; NO XORRUPTION

Benjamin Franklin

CORRUPTION

Benjamin Franklin

Pleeeeaase, send smarter Righties.

narciso

Except Kerry's wealth has been proven mot recently by Schweitzer's researcher, one of those who vouched by John Kerry, Wade Sanders,
turned out to have issues of his own, and so on and so on. Sometimes samizdata is all the gets past the Journolist,

Cecil Turner

Republicans have forgiven themselves, therefore; NO [C]ORRUPTION

Y'all had two years of complete control. The results speak for themselves. Trying to blame it on others is weak. (And a list of e-mails, none of which I've ever seen? Very compelling.)

narciso

Farhi's the same person that took him how many months to correct the record on Gingrich

Benjamin Franklin

Speaking in Cubano pidgin is no substitute for Spanglish.

Take an English Composition class

Cecil Turner

C'mon Dana, give us something witty. Something we don't have an answer for. Or at least something slightly clever. That's not a bridge too far, is it?

Benjamin Franklin

"Trying to blame it on others is weak"

Holy Crap! Is there a smattering of conscience there? Or is it my
liberal penchance for 'hope'?

Yup. Naivete.

Cecil Turner

Dude, that's a non-sequitur. Try again, slowly.

narciso

Did he ever point out how pitiful Dana Milbank's screed on Glenn Beck turned out,
well don't answer that:

http://fairspin.org/read/3496

Ignatz

So, anyone note the vast difference, post "experiment" vs pre "experiment"?
Me neither.

Benjamin Franklin

"Something we don't have an answer for."

So far, I'm batting 1000. You? Back to the Farm.

Benjamin Franklin

Iggy;

Your sponsor is calling you.

narciso

Sometimes he is simply not that smart, how he missed out, replacing Larry King, is bewildering;

http://newsbusters.org/blogs/ken-shepherd/2010/02/02/wapos-paul-farhi-dismisses-blind-side-trite-movie-magic-negro

Benjamin Franklin

'non-sequitur."

conscience?

Cecil Turner

Remember, y'all won the 2008 elections because the GOP was "in power" (despite not holding Congress, which apparently didn't matter). Then the recovery fizzled, due to brain-dead liberal policies, and now you guys want to pretend it's somebody else's fault. Again, weak.

Cecil Turner

Dana, "kicking ass" in his own mind, for . . . almost two hours.

Benjamin Franklin

"Again, weak."

Again. Boring. Find someone you can defeat with your pedestrian linguistic skills.

Cecil Turner

Linguistic skills? This has nothing to do with language. You can't even follow a basic argument. Congressional control has been in the hands of Democrats for over five years now (totally or partially). You post a cartoon about Congressional corruption and don't get the fact that it hits mainly Democrats.

Cecil Turner

C'mon Dana, you're boring me.

jimmyk

So why did they not name his chosen name

Wait, so it wasn't someone upset about healthcare?

Benjamin Franklin

i guess you guys fucked up. DoT left his marching orders for you and you failed in your mission to 'clean things up for the tidy crybaby'

I feel sorry for you when he returns. Perhaps I could put a good word in for you. Send him to me. I'll deal with his Majesty.

narciso

You never can tell, jimmy, but it seems not, besides he is so far behind the times, he is the 99,

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2011/11/20/what-occupy-harvard-should-tell-liberal-elite-parents-on-thanksgiving.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+thedailybeast%2Farticles+%28The+Daily+Beast+-+Latest+Articles%29

Benjamin Franklin

and language has nothing to do with pedestrians. Moron.

Cecil Turner

That's all you got? Even you can't think that was devastating. Hey, no problem. Every troll has a bad night under the bridge now and then. Sleep the day away, try it again tomorrow evening.

narciso

AS Kirk put, in the best film in the series;
'I'm laughing at your superior intellect'

Ignatz


Walter Russel Meade seems to get a lot wrong in this column on China
but it's pretty interesting nonetheless.

Ignatz

Special for Captain Hate;Meghan McCain sick of not being taken seriously

narciso

It's just a flesh wound'

http://www.verumserum.com/?p=33764#comment-2573362

Benjamin Franklin

:try it again tomorrow evening.:

Wilting so soon? No problem. With posters like you I can dish it out all day long. It's as easy as chewing gum while walking.

http://zenhuber.blogspot.com/

The best political joke of the election season so far has been Mitt Romney’s assertion that we should let Israel dictate our Middle East Policy. Jesus at the temple, Mitt; catch up. Israel has had undue influence on our policies in that part of the world since its inception in 1948. Since the neocon/Likudnik cabal came into power with the pseudo-election of young Mr. Bush in 2002, Israel has been leading our Middle East policy around the potty wand.

The latest evidence of our abject obedience to Israel's interests was the latest two-prong offensive against Iran, the most recent operation in a long propaganda campaign aimed at turning the Persian state into a post-modern incarnation of the Evil Soviet Empire.

Benjamin Franklin

"I'm laughing at your superior intellect'

Isn't that a direct quote from Moe Howard?

Cecil Turner

I just want you to feel you're doing well.

Cecil Turner

Get some rest. If you haven't got your health, then you haven't got anything.

Benjamin Franklin

"I just want you to feel you're doing well. "

That's touching, but I don't intend to drop the soap, Sandusky

Cecil Turner

You're just stalling now.

narciso

Oh there's not ammunition to 'shoot so many fish in the barrel,' Alexander Hamilton wept,
and Krugman and Noonan on the same stage, beyond absurd.

Rick Ballard

Ignatz,

Doesn't Meghan have a friend who can explain that full D-cup boobs just don't make up for an empty A-cup brain? She's already been given far more respect than she will ever earn.

Benjamin Franklin

'Stalling' is just another word for Republican 'Leadership'

http://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2011/11/pepper-spray-brutality-at-uc-davis/248764/

Let's stipulate that there are legitimate questions of how to balance the rights of peaceful protest against other people's rights to go about their normal lives, and the rights of institutions to have some control over their property and public spaces. Without knowing the whole background, I'll even assume for purposes of argument that the UC Davis authorities had legitimate reason to clear protestors from an area of campus -- and that if protestors wanted to stage a civil-disobedience resistance to that effort, they should have been prepared for the consequence of civil disobedience, which is arrest.

I can't see any legitimate basis for police action like what is shown here. Watch that first minute and think how we'd react if we saw it coming from some riot-control unit in China, or in Syria. The calm of the officer who walks up and in a leisurely way pepper-sprays unarmed and passive people right in the face? We'd think: this is what happens when authority is unaccountable and has lost any sense of human connection to a subject population. That's what I think here.

Less than two months ago, it seemed shocking when one NYPD officer cavalierly walked up to a group of female protestors and pepper-sprayed them in the eyes. The UC Davis pepper-sprayer doesn't slink away, as his NYPD counterpart did, but in every other way this is more coldly brutal. And by the way, when did we accept the idea that local police forces would always dress up in riot gear that used to be associated with storm troopers and dystopian sci-fi movies?

Cecil Turner

'Stalling' is just another word for Republican 'Leadership'

You're aware, I hope, that the NYPD is run by a rabid Democrat?

narciso

'And now no. 23, the larch'

Benjamin Franklin

"If you haven't got your health"

Excellent health, thank God. Sleep like a baby. That's one of the perqs for a clear conscience.

Benjamin Franklin

" that the NYPD is run by a rabid Democrat?"

And?.......I know it's hard for you to comprehend, but my loyalty is to the Country, not my Party. You ought to try it.

Benjamin Franklin

Nothing to see here. Move along. The bodies are covered in shrouds.

http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/

"Darpa, the Pentagon’s mad-science shop, announced last week that it’s looking to improve on technologies that sniff out biometric signatures like heartbeats from behind walls. Dubbed “Biometrics-at-a-distance,” the program seeks to build sensors that can remotely identify humans from farther away and tell them apart in a crowd.

Seeing or “sensing” human life through walls can be a pretty helpful trick. For troops that have to clear houses in search of terrorists or insurgents, it’s always nice to know what’s on the other side of that door. Picking up “life-form readings” may sound like science fiction straight out of Star Trek, but the Defense Department has been able to do it for years now.

Cecil Turner

And?.......

And that makes your little snark about "Republican 'Leadership'" another non-sequitur, dontchaknow?

Cecil Turner

Nothing to see here. Move along. The bodies are covered in shrouds.

Don't bother me with trifles.

Benjamin Franklin

," dontchaknow?"

Cherry picking again, eh? Your sectored morality play is at it's final Act, donchaknow?

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