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War! Who is it good for?

War! Who is it good for?

Absolutely everybody! — in the War Biz, that is. And some of them are willing to admit it on the record. Fortune: Presenting his vision for expanding the confrontation with the terrorist group ISIS in a speech to the nation on Wednesday night, President Obama outlined a program of intensified airstrikes designed to keep American troops away from the danger on the ground. So defense analysts are pointing to a pair of sure-bet paydays from the new campaign: for those making and maintaining the aircraft, manned and unmanned, that will swarm the skies over the region, and for those producing the missiles and munitions that will arm them. They seem positively gleeful that the specter of austerity has been countered…

Hibernating: Ruthless People

I was surfing the YouTubes looking for video to feature on this week’s Hibernating post and discovered my favorite scene (I’ve Been Kidnapped By KMart) from one of my favorite movies:  Ruthless People featuring the fantublous Bette Midler, Danny Devito, Judge Reinhold, and Helen Slatter. Of course, that got me surfing more and I came up with the following clips to share with ya: The Trailer Another of my favorite scenes involves a subplot in the movie:  Carol (Anita Morris), Sam’s mistress, knowing Sam’s plan to kill Barbara, secretly intends to blackmail him with the help of her handsome but not-so-smart boyfriend Earl (Bill Pullman). Knowing Sam plans to dump his wife’s body, Carol has Earl lie in wait with…

Monica Wehby Targeted by Far-Right Refuseniks

Monica Wehby Targeted by Far-Right Refuseniks

As I predicted, Monica Wehby’s late-and-untimely endorsement by one marriage-equality Oregonian has cost her support within the far-right precincts of the GOP. Along with the only two out gay Republicans seeking Congressional office this year, Jeff Merkley’s hapless opponent has been designated “wrong on critical, foundational issues of importance.” No one is surprised that the two out gay GOPs and a female GOP have been chosen by the National Organization for Marriage [Discrimination] (NOM), the Family Research Action Council and CitizenLink: these far-right organizations will urge Oregonians, Californians and Bay Staters to refuse to cast ballots for (respectively) Wehby for US Senate and Carl DeMaio and Richard Tisei for Congress. Did I mention the two men are uncloseted homosexuals? And…

Is texting the Secret Service’s secret vice?

Is texting the Secret Service’s secret vice?

Cell phones are ubiquitous, and people seem to use them in the oddest places, to their own and others’ detriment. But does their use jeopardize the security at the White House, most recently last Friday when an intruder made it all the way into the residence before being stopped? Craig Crawford reports that indeed it might: …maybe the agents were too busy playing with their cell phones, as described in this letter to the head of the agency’s White House Security Detail sent a while ago from a friend and former DEA agent Michael Grimes: “I am writing to you about what I see as a lapse in physical security surrounding the White House. I am a retired federal agent…

MacArthur Genius Mary L Bonauto

MacArthur Genius Mary L Bonauto

Very exciting news today from our friends at the John D and Catherine T MacArthur Foundation, as follows. Mary L. Bonauto is a civil rights lawyer whose powerful arguments and long-term legal strategies have led to historic strides in the effort to achieve marriage equality for same-sex couples across the United States. The Civil Rights Project Director at Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) since 1990, much of her early work focused on adoption and parenting, censorship, hate crimes, and discrimination in jobs and public accommodations. Mindful of the risks of loss and political backlash when social reform litigation advances ahead of public understanding, Bonauto and her GLAD colleagues initially pursued an incremental, state-based strategy to secure government marriage…

Why doesn’t Lindsey Graham run for President?

Why doesn’t Lindsey Graham run for President?

Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) has firmly held foreign policy views, of the neo-con hard line interventionist variety. He, alone among those spoken about as candidates for the GOP nomination for the presidency next cycle, has actually served his country in the military, as a JAG officer. He’s the most experienced, outspoken and not-aged-out member of the Republicans’ interventionist caucus: if there’s a problem, Senator Graham wants it bombed back into the stone age. Less experienced potential GOP candidates, especially in the foreign policy arena, are talked up by the media all the time: Walker, Kasich, Christie, Carson, Perry, Jeb!, Pence, Rubio, Paul. And yet you hardly ever hear anyone mention that Senator Lindsey Graham, who eloquently represents the “we’re all…

Use of Body-Worn Cameras by Police: The White House Responds

Use of Body-Worn Cameras by Police: The White House Responds

Response to Your Petition on the Use of Body-Worn Cameras By Roy L. Austin, Jr., Deputy Assistant to the President for the Office of Urban Affairs, Justice and Opportunity in the Domestic Policy Counsel. Since the officer-involved shooting death of Michael Brown on August 9, the nation and the world have borne witness to unrest in the city of Ferguson, Missouri. Across the country, there has been a demand for answers about the circumstances under which Michael was killed, and a demand for solutions. The petition you added your name to — proposing a law that would require all state, county, and local police to wear a camera — is potentially one such solution. Thank you for adding your name,…