• comment on a post Independence Day Open Thread over 4 years ago

    I think we have a different definition of "free."

    Without universal free healthcare and education, I don't think we are, in fact, free. 

    My take is more that it is a constant struggle to live up to the ideals that Declaration has enshrined and not that we have necessarily achieve them.

    The Declaration of Independence is without a doubt one of the greatest political manifestos ever written. That's why I celebrate the 4th for its universality not for the birth of a country that may yet not endure.

  • on a comment on The Nuclear Option over 4 years ago

    I'm not advocating such a procedure but my understanding is that the Russians have used the technique to seal wells in Siberia. 

    It's not an "Internet idea". Matt Simmons is not a gadfly. 

  • on a comment on On James Carville over 4 years ago

    Couldn't agree with you more. As campaigns have become more expensive, the Democratic party has lost its way becoming increasingly a party that puts corporatist interests ahead of the general interest.

  • on a comment on On James Carville over 4 years ago

    Long time parties in other parts of the world are facing extinction but alas here in the US we continue to cling outmoded dinosaurs.

    You are buying into a frame that the establishment wants to buy into: the GOP or the GOP-lite.


  • on a comment on On James Carville over 4 years ago

    Bernie Sanders told me last year that he felt that progressives refuse to do the hard work of local politics and pin too many of their hopes on Washington. He said the better avenue was at the local level so your point is well taken.

  • on a comment on On James Carville over 4 years ago

    Here's the trailer:


    Let me see if I can find the full documentary. 

    The Mockus campaign hit a wall when doubts were cast over whether he was an atheist, whether he was Chavista, whether he would extradite Uribe. The disinformation campaign is the same that was waged against Reyes Villa in 2002. It has Carville written all over it.

  • on a comment on On James Carville over 4 years ago

    I don't know what the solution is but I see the problem. 

  • on a comment on On James Carville over 4 years ago

    Marcy Winograd is the other great hope in the June cycle. I hope Halter wins. Incredibly important.

    That 7m piece is classic.


  • on a comment on On James Carville over 4 years ago

    I've been thinking about this for quite some time. I'm hopeful that Halter and Winograd will win their primaries but ultimately I'm not convinced that a big tent party is in the interests of progressives. 

    We're too diluted.  

  • Oh how easily deceived you are.

    Körst spoke the truth hence he is out of job.

  • It's the countries least responsible for global climatic change that will pay the greatest costs. Kiribati and the Maldives will likely be gone in a century. Bangladesh could lose a third of its land to encroaching water. Then again we could lose Miami and New Orleans.

  • True, that was always a worry.

    I'll add more to the post but the surprise is not that Santos finished first but rather that he finished 25 points up.

    In Bogotá, Santos won twice as many votes as Mockus. That was wholly unexpected and it's going to be difficult to overcome.

    A quick takeaway, a political machine matters. Mockus won in just two departmental capitals and in one of those the Greens actually have a get out the vote operation. Elsewhere they don't.

  • 4PM Central.

    Colombian elections are always held on Sundays and the polls are open from 8AM to 4PM local time worldwide.

    It took me 30 seconds to vote. The San Francisco consulate was packed. The only difference from previous occasions was the lack of demonstrators.

  • well the number that jumps out at me is the 14.7 million voters. That number is awfully low by at least 1.3m.

    I haven't seen any demographic breakdown as yet just geographic.

  • on a comment on Imagine if they hadn't lied over 4 years ago

    according to Nestor Kirchner (the ex-President of Argentina), GWBush told him point blank that war is the engine of the economy.


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