Federal Judge Puts the Wood to Voter Suppression in Wisconsin

April 30, 2014

U.S. District Judge Lynn Adelman absolutely shreds Wisconsin Republicans’ effort to suppress voting in their state (part of the national electoral strategy on the Right for several years now). In particular part, Judge Adelman points out the state presented zero evidence that the supposed voter fraud, which they claimed was rampant, existed.

As legal analyst Andrew Cohen discusses in this Atlantic piece, the decision will certainly be appealed and could likely be overturned at the appellate level, if not the U.S. Supreme Court, which has already blessed voter suppression via ID laws.

Cohen also links to some very good work done by journalist Jane Mayer on the subject, and the Brennan Center has extensive research into the pile of lies that are the foundation for voter suppression laws.

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Molly Ball, The Atlantic, Goes Yard on the Myth of Privatization

April 24, 2014

During one of their debates in 2012, Mitt Romney said to Barack Obama, “the private sector always does it better.”

That’s Gospel for a certain strain of political thought, but it’s flat wrong. But it has nonetheless driven public policy from many quarters though – despite the glowing promises of cost-effectiveness, savings, and improved service – it often works to the detriment of taxpayers and their quality of life.

In her Atlantic piece, skewers the myth nicely.

There is already a fair bit of information out there on this subject, but it’s nonetheless a message that needs constant repetition.

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Fascinating Conversation: Piketty, Krugman, Stiglitz, Durlauf, and Milanovic on Income Inequalithy

April 24, 2014

Doncha wish you’d been there? Thank goodness for video. Editing’s a bit choppy, but no matter.

Imagine what things might be like if public policy were based on this level of intelligent discourse. Heck, imagine where we’d be if someone with real political power actually listened.

To me, perhaps the most important piece of this is that inequality is not (as Stiglitz stresses) the product of The Invisible Hand of the Marketplace, but by public policy, made, especially at the federal level, more often than not by millionaires.

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Happy 450th Birthday to the Bard!

April 23, 2014

Break out the cakes and ale!

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Hank Aaron becomes baseball’s home-run King

April 8, 2014

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April 8, 1974. I skipped my American Lit class (my favorite) to watch. Tom Verducci of Sports Illustrated, has this remembrance, which includes a link to the video.

A great ballplayer. A great man.

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April 4, 1968

April 4, 2014

Anyone who was alive then doubtless remembers where they were when they heard . . .

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The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Late Night Listening with – and Happy 101st Birthday to – Muddy Waters

April 4, 2014

A great, great artist and inspiration to countless others.

With deepest respect and thanks.

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