DHS ‘monitoring’ #BlackLivesMatter movement

To quote a band I don’t much like, no alarms and no surprises: The Department of Homeland Security has been monitoring the Black Lives Matter movement since anti-police protests erupted in Ferguson, Missouri last summer, according to hundreds of documents obtained by The Intercept through a Freedom of Information Act request. The documents, released by… More DHS ‘monitoring’ #BlackLivesMatter movement

‘A definition of patria as indivisible from personal honor’

Forty years ago, Miami was on fire: On Thursday, December 4, 1975, a man walked into the building holding a cassette recorder that housed a bomb. He made his way to the back of the first floor and up the stairs, and placed the case on a filing cabinet outside the Homicide Office before exiting… More ‘A definition of patria as indivisible from personal honor’

‘The Gov’t of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion

Christians killed Saracens, Jews, suspected atheists, Native Americans, natives of all kinds, Protestants of all kinds (ask the French about the St. Bartholomew massacre). This means Barack Hussein Obama has to explain these things to commentators whose flag worship is more fervent than their knowledge of history? Fuck that. I’m referring to the president’s “National… More ‘The Gov’t of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion

Up to old tricks

Andrew Sullivan has lost his mind again. No matter how much he insists he has learned from his hysterical support of Bush-Cheney and the Iraq war in the early 2000s — I remember when a vulgar and incoherent Cheney quote served as the epigraph for your blog — Andrew Sullivan’s penchant for belligerence for its… More Up to old tricks

‘How does drinking a scotch a critique of drunkenness?’

I post this article because it’s another way to examine my and many people’s obsession with free speech as an absolute — a presumption I’ve held for years without question: The memorial issue of Charlie Hebdo will have a print run of 1,000,000 copies, financed by the French government; so now the satirists have been… More ‘How does drinking a scotch a critique of drunkenness?’

Dirt into diamonds

I tend to be a free speech absolutist, and some of the equivocating I saw on my Facebook wall yesterday after the Charlie murders from fellow liberals infuriated me at the time, but I take their point, especially when this Al Jazeera post clears the air in the correct ways: Reproducing the imagery created by… More Dirt into diamonds

“We have learned that the intelligence community will drive a truck through that ambiguity”

The surveillance bill that the House approved yesterday looked like a victory for the coalition of conservatives who hate Barack Hussein Obama, presidential aspirants, and liberals who believe in protecting civil liberties. But a line from Pulp Fiction comes to mind. The original bill would have limited bulk collection of records to a specific “person,… More “We have learned that the intelligence community will drive a truck through that ambiguity”

“His criminal record shows he did a bit more than daydream.”

Meanwhile Cold War politics continue: There was a time not all that long ago that Santiago Alvarez, a Miami developer, fantasized about swinging an automatic weapon over his shoulder and heading back to Cuba to incite an uprising. His criminal record shows he did a bit more than daydream. A 30-month federal prison stint for… More “His criminal record shows he did a bit more than daydream.”