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Tuesday, November 10, 2009 - 12:24am

I subscribe to a free service that delivers, in their words, "eclectic little excerpts delivered to your email every day." It's called Delancey Place and I really enjoy the diversity and depth of the entertaining, informative, and thought provoking material they send. Today's email really hit me hard. The article quoted from a report by Jill Lepore (in the November 9, 2009 New Yorker) utilizes research and theories formulated by author Richard Roth to explain why the United States has the highest homicide rate of any affluent democracy.

Since the article is not yet up on the site (the archive lags the emails by several weeks) I am going to quote it here with attribution as noted above. I ask you to think about the last paragraph in context of the many problems we addition to violent crime.

Stan @
Thursday, August 13, 2009 - 7:33am

than government. At least that's what The GOP and others of our lobbyist bought-and-will-continue-to-be paid-for members of Congress and Blue Dogs will always say. No more Big government! Regulation is bad! Let the free market rule! Well, that's horse-hockey!

Stan @
Wednesday, July 29, 2009 - 3:33pm

Just as they've done by delaying enactment of the laws controlling the financial/credit-card sector, and in yet another display of utter contempt for their constituents, Congress will head home without delivering substantive progress towards solving our staggering health care problems.

Stan @
Wednesday, June 17, 2009 - 4:56pm

I've not much to say except to point you to this diary by NYCEVE on DKos. I am stunned that Senator Hagan would take this stance. I called Hagan's office and whoever answered said Senator Hagan hadn't yet decided whether or not to support a public option.

Stan @
Monday, April 13, 2009 - 3:42pm

Below is the text of an email I received today from the North Carolina Conservation Network. It's almost impossible to believe anyone would actually consider asking for or allowing this to happen. Almost...simply because the people we elect seem to be capable of anything.

Due to the public health risks, it is currently illegal in North Carolina to inject treated sewage into our groundwater. However, this week the state legislature is likely to begin committee hearings and could vote on a measure to unravel this public health protection.

Stan @
Friday, November 9, 2007 - 11:18am

When I was in Vietnam so many years ago (artillery) I sometimes wondered what I would do if I thought I was going to be captured. Stories of torture and atrocity were common place and I wondered whether or not I could withstand such things. It never came to that, but there were times I was pretty scared.

I've read the accounts of many who were captured and tortured. While I know the hope of returning to their loved ones and home sustained those brave soldiers, I also know somewhere in their minds they were also comforted and rebelliously sustained knowing they held the high moral ground and that their captors would someday be punished for their crimes.

Stan @
Saturday, November 3, 2007 - 9:50pm

After reading A's post on KOS and after reading Justing's post regarding Dole/Hagan/Neal...and more importantly, the comments, I started to wonder what it takes to get people upset enough to do something about the Democratic Party, it's leadership, and the Democrats we've elected who don't represent our interests.

-frontpaged by R.P. someone beat me to it

Stan @
Friday, September 21, 2007 - 8:57am

The Wilmington Star-News has a great editorial this morning that reads in part:

Beverly Perdue, a simple maid from the mountains whose modesty and virtue propelled her to the dizzy heights of the lieutenant governor's office, has been shocked to learn that a top aide to Treasurer Richard Moore used a state computer and a false name to ask for information, apparently in hopes of embarrassing her somehow.

Stan @
Friday, August 3, 2007 - 10:24pm

Well, Almost! Would you believe that all (but one) of our Congressional Representatives voted the same on a recent Amendment to the the Farm, Nutrition, and Bioenergy Act of 2007? First, I couldn't believe that Republicans and Democrats would actually agree on something, and then I started to wonder why. Follow me below the fold for the details...