1. Bring back the broadcasting Fairness Doctrine, abandoned in 1987.
2. Reverse Citizens United.
3. Reward fact-checking. Protect whistle-blowers.
One of the most useless appeals to conscience I have ever seen. Cardinal Dolan's bowels of compassion must be curiously void. What more appropriate spokesperson could be found for the modern-day Republican party? As the fellow said, “They have their reward” (and to hell with them, as I'd add).
Empire State Building gunfest. Enough. Disarm those bastards. Or put a free six-shooter in the hands of every man, woman and child. In the second case, I'm selling out and moving to a civilized country.
Like the US, France contains a goodly number of loose screws obsessed with racial hatred or resentment toward immigrants. Unlike the US, France is a place where it's hard to get your hands on genuinely lethal firepower. But just as Johnny Halliday took a leaf from Elvis's book, so too, in the South of France, a couple of drunks were inspired by the Zimmerman 'stand your ground' incident to go shooting at Arabs in the street. They claimed to have been insulted and threatened by the gaggle of teenagers whom they peppered with buckshot. A judge found their claims unconvincing and put them away (Monsieur, four years; Madame, who was helping to reload, two). Their friends set up a support page on Facebook and went trolling for donations, again following the Florida example. Read all about it in Libé (reporting by Alice Geraud).
You know, I said all those years ago that torturing terrorism suspects was a bad idea, because it comforted our enemies, because it debased our country's reputation, and because it banalized violence against people who couldn't hit back. Now, with “Delaware doctor arrested for waterboarding daughter, 11” I have the unpleasant duty of announcing that the chickens have, as usual, come home.
This is kind of sublime, in the sense of an infinite regression, or what Hegel called a “bad infinity”... OK, with that quotation I know I have y'all in the palm of my hand. Yes. The newspaper that can never figure out how to explain that somebody is lying goes deep into the background about whether lying occurs, by asking people whether it is they or rather their opponents who lie, and then throws up its hands at the ineffability of it all. “What is truth?”
“Ecrire est précisément cette contradiction qui fait de l'échec d'une communication une communication seconde, parole pour autrui mais parole sans l'autre.” R. Barthes, “Tables rondes” (Oeuvres complètes, 1:803). “Writing: exactly this contradiction that turns the failure to communicate into another kind of communication, speech for another but speech without the other.”
I proposed today that the University of Chicago should return to Division I football, from which we've been absent since 1939. Rather than playing the game, we'll go directly to arguing with the refs.
I anticipate reading that after throwing out US universal healthcare on some originalist reasoning, the honorable justices of the Supreme Court will announce that they henceforth will accept no healthcare for themselves that was not current in 1784. Hold the anaesthesia, pack on the leeches.