Thursday, April 30, 2009
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Is Swine Flu A Stigma On Mexicans In New York?
Monday, April 27, 2009
One opponent expressed horror at Koh's willingness to examine U.S. law with a "decent respect to the opinions of humankind."
Critics would do well to consider that phrase's origin: the Declaration of Independence.
Koh's respect for international law and the experiences of other peoples does not deny the greatness of America and our Constitution; it affirms it."
Saturday, April 25, 2009
The Treasury issued its Stress Test methodology.
Friday, April 24, 2009
THIS IS YOUR FATHER'S PAT BUCHANAN
No one who has followed Pat Buchanan over the years will be surprised by him using a questionable term like "scrub stock" to describe non-white foreigners. Well, no one outside of DC, at least. The real issue is why Buchanan's jingoistic nativism has not disqualified him as a member of the elite punditry who gets to spend hours each week playing the cranky old uncle on MSNBC.
Late Update: TPM Reader TL takes exception:
Why does David Kurtz let Pat Buchanan off so easily? Labeling him as merely a "nativist" is tantamount to a slap on the wrist, and in light of the over-the-top, inflammatory innuendo in his article could even be perceived as a strange nod of agreement. ...
Pat Buchanan ... was born in 1938 and understands full well the meaning of "blood-and-soil" and "scrub stock." His article is an endorsement -- even embracing -- of full blown Naziism, and the worst of Naziism (if there can be such a thing).
It's not the "dip" into an "obscure racist phrase" (in TPM's words) that is so disturbing -- it's the use of three phrases and the ideology behind them, tied together in one article, that rise to a level I've never witnessed in recent mainstream political discourse: "blood-and-soil," "scrub stock," and "(m)ost Americans remain visceral patriots. It's in their DNA."
This rises to a level that would likely, ironically, put Buchanan in prison in today's more enlightened Germany, but might have earned him an officer's commission in the SS in 1938, the year he was born.
Thursday, April 23, 2009
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Monday, April 20, 2009
Sunday, April 19, 2009
Saturday, April 18, 2009
Released by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Legal Counsel, April 17, 2009.
An 18-page memo [PDF], August 1, 2002, from Jay Bybee, Assistant Attorney General, OLC, to John A. Rizzo, General Counsel CIA.
A 46-page memo [PDF], dated May 10, 2005, from Steven Bradbury, Acting Assistant Attorney General, OLC, to John A. Rizzo, General Counsel CIA.
A 20-page memo [PDF], dated May 10, 2005, from Steven Bradbury, Acting Assistant Attorney General, OLC, to John A. Rizzo, General Counsel CIA.
A 40-page memo [PDF], dated May 30, 2005, from Steven Bradbury, Acting Assistant Attorney General, OLC, to John A. Rizzo, General Counsel CIA.
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Newton told us something about equal and opposite reactions. The net result of that principle when a Mercedes C300 crashes head on into a Smart Car - at 40 mph (80 mph closing speed) - the Mercedes slows by 27mph and the Smart Car goes into reverses speed at 13mph.
Sunday, April 12, 2009
Monday, April 6, 2009
PRESIDENT OBAMA: I believe in American exceptionalism, just as I suspect that the Brits believe in British exceptionalism and the Greeks believe in Greek exceptionalism. I’m enormously proud of my country and its role and history in the world. If you think about the site of this summit and what it means, I don’t think America should be embarrassed to see evidence of the sacrifices of our troops, the enormous amount of resources that were put into Europe postwar, and our leadership in crafting an Alliance that ultimately led to the unification of Europe. We should take great pride in that.
And if you think of our current situation, the United States remains the largest economy in the world. We have unmatched military capability. And I think that we have a core set of values that are enshrined in our Constitution, in our body of law, in our democratic practices, in our belief in free speech and equality, that, though imperfect, are exceptional.
Now, the fact that I am very proud of my country and I think that we’ve got a whole lot to offer the world does not lessen my interest in recognizing the value and wonderful qualities of other countries, or recognizing that we’re not always going to be right, or that other people may have good ideas, or that in order for us to work collectively, all parties have to compromise and that includes us.
And so I see no contradiction between believing that America has a continued extraordinary role in leading the world towards peace and prosperity and recognizing that that leadership is incumbent, depends on, our ability to create partnerships because we create partnerships because we can’t solve these problems alone.