Archive for March, 2011
I am not a witch.
I just wanted to get that out of the way right up front, lest I be accused of lacking objectivity when I talk about Carole A. Smith, who is indeed a witch and has suffered quite grievously as a result. The entire story of Carole Smith’s firing as a TSA security screener is too long and complex to summarize here, so I urge you to read the article and form your own opinion.
About two weeks ago, this site had the beginnings of a discussion about whether a form of laissez-faire capitalism, with regulation only to prevent trust formation and to ensure transparency, could avoid delving into crony capitalism.
Regulation of commerce can be represented as a continuüm. On the least restrictive end is economic anarchy, a world of pure caveat emptor. On the other end is monarchic economic control, even more centralized than Soviet communism, where all commerce is controlled by a single person.
Meanwhile, back in Wisconsin…things just keep getting crazier. Now we have the bizarre story of Carlos Lam, a deputy prosecutor for Johnson County, Indiana, who e-mailed Governor Walker to advise setting up a “false flag” operation. This would have been a staged “attempted assassination” of the governor in order to erode public support for the unions.
As Josh Marshall notes, it’s interesting that the prosecutor offering this helpful suggestion cites his 18 years’ experience in Republican politics as a bona fide for giving such advice.
And now an appeals panel has sent the recently-signed collective bargaining law to the Wisconsin Supreme Court.
From where I sit, it looks as if the governor’s Excellent Union-Busting Adventure is going to prove very, very costly to the GOP, and the effect will linger well into 2012. Do we have any refugees on the ground out there who can give us a clearer picture of the current mood in Wisconsin and neighboring states?
- He must be student of history.… (tagg-lines.com)
- On the Lam: Indiana Prosecutor Resigns After Suggesting That Wisconsin Governor Fake Attack To Frame Unions (jonathanturley.org)
- Indiana Prosecutor Resigns After Suggesting Fake Assault On Gov. Walker To Disredit Unions (businessinsider.com)
- Prosecutor Suggested Fake Attack on Wis. Governor (foxnews.com)
- Wisconsin Court Race Turns Into A Political Dogfight (npr.org)
Joseph Maraachli, born January 22, 2010, suffers from the Classic Infantile form of Sandhoff disease. The thirteen-month-old has been in a vegetative state since last fall, has minimal brain function, and will inevitably die sometime within the next two years. Until earlier this month, Joseph was being kept alive on a respirator in a Canadian hospital in London, Ontario. On February 17, when he developed the need for a tracheotomy, his doctors decided it would be both cruel and futile to subject him to the surgery, and opted to remove him from the respirator, an action planned for February 21 (in a sad irony, the day is celebrated as “Family Day” in much of Canada). At that point an American priest and several “right-to-life” groups, as well as Fox News, intervened at the urging of the child’s parents and managed to have Joseph relocated to Missouri, where he had the tracheotomy performed this week. He will remain under skilled nursing care until his death.
2012 Contender Series: Tim Pawlenty
This issue of the Contender series will be a little different from past installments. It will concentrate on impressions and reactions. I confess, I will be unabashedly partisan. I have lived with this man as Governor of my state. I want others in the nation to understand what is being presented to them.
The basic facts about Tim Pawlenty are pretty straightforward. (more…)
I’m speaking of the president’s style, which seems to be getting a lot of unwelcome attention lately. And I’m not referring to his personal style, which is generally impeccable. I can’t remember when America has had such a graceful and elegant president. The man never seems to put a foot wrong (an attribute he shares with all babies everywhere, who never look awkward no matter what position they’re filmed in). This is an eminently photogenic president. I’ve only seen him look less than elegant on one occasion, and that was his regrettable first pitch at the Nationals’ opening day last year…(shudder)…a moment best forgotten by baseball fans.
But in recent days there’s been a fair amount of concentration on the president’s governing style…and not just from the right, either. Ruth Marcus caused quite a stir this month when she accused Obama of running a “Where’s Waldo” presidency:
For a man who won office talking about change we can believe in, Barack Obama can be a strangely passive president. There are a startling number of occasions in which the president has been missing in action—unwilling, reluctant or late to weigh in on the issue of the moment. He is, too often, more reactive than inspirational, more cautious than forceful. (more…)