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Peter Attwood

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  • Putin's Winning Hand in Syria, as Turkey Apologizes and Obama Deals
    • Great idea! The US, which under international law has absolutely no right to do such a thing, would get to find out how effectively the S-400 can shoot down US planes and missiles. And we would all get to see whether such fighting between US and Russian forces would be limited or whether it would eventually go nuclear.

      All that fun is certainly worthwhile in order to pursue the removal of Bashir al-Asad. It should be quite a show. Don't forget the popcorn!

  • The GOP, Race and Ted Nugent: If you won't Denounce Nazi Insults, What does that Say about You?
    • We do need to hold the "treason" word, just as "terror" would benefit from some definitional rigor.

      Unfortunately, it's built into the national DNA to define certain people as subhuman - notably Indians and black people -so as to justify robbing or killing them, so Nugent is being very American indeed. This heritage won't be fixed by denying or minimizing it.

  • Dear Pres. Obama: Dissent isn't Possible in a Surveillance State
    • Where Obama has displayed perfect consistency for over five years on the national stage is in giving us marvelous-sounding talk while doing exactly the opposite all the time. It's not failure to get things done in the face of opposition; as you document here, when he is easily able to roll back the growing police state, he nevertheless systematically extends it and single-mindedly acts to make dissent impossible.

      That's not yielding to the pressure of opposition. It's doing exactly what he wants to do, and his consistent method is to put people to sleep by talking in the exactly the opposite way to which he acts.

      I remember a football coach in 5th grade solemnly telling us that to know what a player is going to do you don't listen to his mouth or pay attention to his gestures. You watch his legs.

      Only thing I remember. This advice holds good everywhere, and especially in understanding Barack Obama and what to expect him to do.

  • How Unreasonable Searches of Private Documents Caused the American Revolution
    • Rather than celebrating these freedoms, it seems more fitting to mourn their loss - a consequence, I'm convinced, of so long denying them to others.

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