My almost-13-year-old son, Drew, was very upset to hear that Tsarnaev had received the death penalty. So am I, and this essay by Eileen McNamara sums up the reasons.
Who does he blame?
a. Himself. Assuming that someone else would save him in an emergency was selfish and childish.
b. Congressional Republicans from the 1990s who killed single payer health coverage. Single payer would have meant he always had coverage.
c. Congressional Republicans from the 1990s who created the core design of Obamacare.
d. Current Republicans in his state, who blocked a federally funded Medicaid expansion that would have covered him.
e. Obama and Democrats, who bent over backwards to try and ensure this wouldn't happen.
If you guessed "e", you're right. http://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/business/health-care/health-care-challenge-blog/article20696283.html
That's why we can't have nice things. There is a Republican base who, if their Republican representatives literally showed up at their door and kicked the in the genitals, would somehow blame Democrats for their crotch pain.
(Via http://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/just-shake-your-head )
[B]low me down if the Yanks are back to boasting. More than a decade after “Mission Accomplished”, General Paul Funk (in charge of reforming the Iraqi army) has told us that “the enemy is on its knees”. Another general close to Barack Obama says that half of the senior commanders in Isis have been liquidated. Nonsense. But it’s worth knowing just how General Pierre de Villiers, chief of the French defence staff, summed up his recent visits to Baghdad and Iraqi Kurdistan. Iraq, he reported back to Paris, is in a state of “total decay”. The French word he used was “decomposition”. I suspect that applies to most of the Middle East.
#ft #mideast #greatreporting #journalism
Why was this person not permitted even to take notes in the gallery?
Why is DC denied the ability to spend its own tax revenues in ways that it believes (and which other locations have shown) would best benefit its citizens?
Why do we permit Congress to overturn DC's properly passed democratic (with a small 'd') legislation? It makes a mockery of the GOP's vaunted arguments about local control.
Why isn't this getting more coverage in the mainstream media?
“I’m angry because of everything we go through,” Watson said, “You killed my man Freddie. … You really dragged my man who was already out. You’re shooting people out here for nothing. ... We got a mayor who don’t do shit about it.”
Vittert admonished, “We have to watch the language,” and then Watson translated it, Airplane-like, directly from “jive.” “We have a mayor who isn’t doing anything about it.”
“You’ve obviously had a run-in with the police?” Vittert ask-accused. Sure, Watson said. “They hit me with three bean bags.”
Back in the studio, Megyn Kelly was either incredulous or titillated: “Let’s see the injuries.”
And so, Watson lifted up his shirt to reveal three different bloody wounds, with Vittert’s disembodied and ghostly-white hand pointing helpfully into the frame.
“Oh, wow. There you go, Megyn.”
- Kent State University
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