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Let the Pimpslaps Fly

The latest skirmish in Amazon vs Hachette happened while I was on the road, which worked out well for me, as I was forced to spend five days as passive observer to the initial volley and the subsequent Category 5 Opinionstorm. 911 more words


Definition of the Day 8/15/14 -- Assaulting an Officer

ASSAULTING AN OFFICER, ger. The legal charge leveled against an unarmed, 150-pound, half-beaten-to-death or dead citizen subjected to “reasonable force” by uninjured policemen–when the only witnesses to the act are other policemen. 73 more words

United States

The War at Home

Images of warfare abound these days, from Syria, Gaza, northern Iraq…and Ferguson, MO. As Dylan Scott (TPM) notes, the images out of Ferguson have been “harrowing.” “American law enforcement decked out in military fatigues, patrolling the streets in armored vehicles that look like they were plucked out of Afghanistan or Iraq.”  379 more words

Civil Liberties

Women and Religion: An Abusive Relationship

(excerpted from Culture Wars: The Threat to Your Family and Your Freedom, by Marie Alena Castle)

“ was not a friend of the poor. She was a friend of poverty.

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Marijuana: The Political Class vs. Everybody Else

Marc blogged the other day about the New York Times editorial board’s endorsement of repealing federal marijuana prohibition, just months after having rejected that step. Now, this isn’t quite the same as… 452 more words

Civil Liberties

Your must-read on the Probation Department case

As you may have heard, former state Probation Department commissioner John O’Brien and two underlings have been convicted in federal court of charges related to patronage. 164 more words

Boston Globe

Thursday Reads: Towards a More Perfect Union

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The reactionary and wildly creative decisions coming out of the Supreme Court are already having ramifications across the country where women, minorities, and the GLBT community are having to fight for their very basic rights.   2,392 more words

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