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Another gem in the fine tradition of hard-hitting investigative journalism (as seen today in the elevator on my way to work):

In other news:
  • Blue-ribbon panel finds that the Earth revolves around the Sun
  • Ground-breaking study concludes “The sky is blue.”
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Recently we marveled at the right’s position against reading Miranda rights to terrorism suspects who are American citizens.

Yesterday Matt Yglesias made some broader points, which seem to cast this in a clearer light:

One really important thing that I think’s gone missing from the debate over Miranda warnings and terrorism suspects is that the orthodox conservative view is that Miranda was wrongly decided and ought to be overruled. Conservatives don’t think terrorism suspects should get Miranda warnings in roughly the same sense that conservatives don’t think terrorism suspects have a constitutional right to have an abortion. Ramesh Ponnuru confirms that here.

In fact more generally, I’m not aware of any significant controversy on any subject wherein conservatives side with the rights of criminal defendants of any kind. Which is just to say that the debate is tending to be miscast. The people who think criminals defendants should have meaningful, judicially enforceable rights think those same rights should apply to terrorism suspects. The people who don’t think terrorism suspects should have meaningful rights take a dim view of all such rights claims.

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I am really loving this little Brit minx:


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This poignant quote from John Cole (w/r/t that horrid police pot raid) sparks in me a question:

I’m wondering at what point Americans are finally going to have enough of this shit. They cut pensions slightly to keep the nation from going completely broke in Greece, and they are fire-bombing shit in protest. Here, unless you are a member of the elite you are a third class citizen, subject to any number of abuses to your life, property, and dignity, and no one seems to care or is too preoccupied.

So, when did Americans become such a placid, mewling, apathetic mass of perpetually tranquilized sheeple? I mean, sure, the teabaggers are all en fuego right now over shit that they dreamed up at a paranoid Klan meth party; but what about the true fundaments of pique and outrage that drove a country to so riotously rise up to protest, e.g., the Vietnam War?
Was the reign of George W. Bush and all its wildly illegal excesses just too much for us to handle? Is the media to blame?
I truly don’t get it.
In my opinion, a country with a population that has lost its fundamental sense of justice and outrage is no longer a democracy – it’s a reality TV game show.


One of the constant banes of my existence, Comcast, has won the coveted “Golden Poo” award for being the “The Worst Company In America”. It couldn’t have happened to a shittier company (because there are none!*).

After four rounds of bloody battle against some of the most publicly reviled businesses in America, Comcast can now run up the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art and hold its hands high in victory — it has bested everyone else to earn the title of Worst Company In America for 2010.

In a three-day, knock-down, drag-out bout with Ticket “Apollo Creed” Master, the little cable company that could showed just how badly their horrendous service, exorbitant costs, throttled internet and plans to acquire NBC Universal have ticked the Consumerist readers.

* I’m talking about customer-facing companies. Not shadowy megaconglomerates like B.P., Blackwater or Halliburton, k!?

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I really do hope that there are some eager, well-endowed, buttrape-prone demons waiting in hell for the state-sanctioned, jack-booted thugs who perpetrated this atrocity:

SWAT team breaks into home, fires seven rounds at family’s pit bull and corgi (?!) as a seven-year-old looks on.
They found a “small amount” of marijuana, enough for a misdemeanor charge. The parents were then charged with child endangerment.
So smoking pot = “child endangerment.” Storming a home with guns, then firing bullets into the family pets as a child looks on = necessary police procedures to ensure everyone’s safety.

All this over a small, misdemeanor-class stash of weed.
America! Fuck yeah!