Originally posted on Peoples Geography --- Reclaiming space:
This short essay is pure Vidal, and the vintage is only 1986. It first appeared in The Nation and coruscates with his sharp apprehension and defiance. “Of course I like my country. After all, I’m its current biographer. But now that we’re really leveling with each other [in reference to an exchange with the Podhoretz's], I’ve got to tell you I don’t much like your country, which is Israel. Although there is nothing wrong with being a lobbyist for a foreign power, one is supposed to register with the Justice Department.” Quite. To my knowledge it is not available online, though google books displays a snippet as it appears in one of Vidal’s compilatory books, likely Imperial America: Reflections on the United States of Amnesia.
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Originally posted on PandoDaily:
Earlier this week, Buzzfeed fired writer Benny Johnson for plagiarizing 41 of his pieces from other online sources.
As I wrote yesterday, Johnson made news back in January when he cited anonymous Pentagon sources saying they wanted to kill NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden. With Johnson now fired for dishonesty, we can no longer assume that Buzzfeed had in place sufficient editorial checks to ensure that Johnson’s anonymous sources were legitimate. That doesn’t just put Johnson’s reporting in doubt, but also casts doubt on every serious news story broken on Buzzfeed.
A few minutes ago, Buzzfeed editor Ben Smith responded to my concerns, confirming that there had been an “internal review” over the reporting in Johnson’s stories. “Our internal review didn’t find any evidence of fabrication in this piece,” he wrote.
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Originally posted on Scientia Salon:
I may be in danger of becoming a libertarian. No, not the Rand Paul or even Pen Jillette type (or, worse, a Randian objectivist!). I’m talking of a version of libertarianism closer to the one famously espoused by John Stuart Mill. Mill put forth the idea that there should be little or no restriction on public discourse, on the grounds that bad notions will eventually wither away, defeated in the open marketplace of ideas.
Here is how he puts it in On Liberty :
“There is the greatest difference between presuming an opinion to be true, because, with every opportunity for contesting it, it has not been refuted, and assuming its truth for the purpose of not permitting its refutation. Complete liberty of contradicting and disproving our opinion, is the very condition which justifies us in assuming its truth for purposes of action; and on no other…
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It’s rare to find a strict constitutionalist with a real chance to win an election. Clint Didier, running for Congress in Washington’s 4th district, is just such a candidate.
After an in-depth interview with Clint, I was very impressed by his full knowledge and firm commitment to our philosophy. I’m very confident his voting record will align with Rep. Justin Amash, Rep. Thomas Massie, and retired congressman Ron Paul. Clint will NOT sell out.
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Simply put, if it’s not strictly authorized by the Constitution, Clint won’t vote for it. Here’s an overview of his positions:
- Supports a full audit of the Federal Reserve
- Supports a balanced budget amendment
- Opposes all efforts to increase taxes
- Opposes nation-building
- Supports ending the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan
- Opposes unconstitutional government spying, the PATRIOT Act, and indefinite detention authorized by the NDAA
- Opposes restrictions on internet freedom
- Supports the repeal of Obamacare
- Supports the 2nd Amendment
Now, he just needs the momentum to push him across the finish line in the primary against the establishment Republicans who want nothing to do with true constitutional principles.
Believe it or not, Clint had a successful career as a professional football player, playing for the Washington Redskins and the Green Bay Packers and winning two Super Bowls — but don’t let that turn you off if you’re a Cowboys or Vikings fan!
Following his football career, he moved back home to Washington with his wife and four kids to farm and run his small business. He wasn’t interested in starting another career, and certainly not one in politics. But the 2008 election convinced Clint it was time to get involved and fight back against the big-spending Democrats AND Republicans.
Since 2008, Clint has been actively involved, running for U.S. Senate in 2010. He also carried every county in central Washington, with 60 percent-plus margins in the major counties, in another run for public office in Washington’s 4th district.
Clint is truly a remarkable person. Combining principle with viability is the exact type of candidate you and I must rally behind.
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