Sunday, August 11, 2013

Terrorism; some food for thought

Conversation That is some serious insight:

Tom Lowenthal @flamsmark
Terrorism is an auto-immune disease. Attacks themselves are of little overall consequence, but our response is devastatingly destructive.
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Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Cassandra Gekas

Interesting article over at VTDigger:

Persuaded to run, then left out in the cold? Gekas takes it all in stride.

About the Democratic candidate for VT Lt. Governor.

She got 40% to the incumbent (Republican) Phill Scott's 57% (unofficial numbers) - which is pretty amazing, given that no one expected her to go anywhere, and she had very little support from her party, and certainly not from the Governor (Peter Shumlin, D).

I hope we'll be seeing more of her in the future.

We have work to do

OK; most elections called and the campaigns (mostly) over.

NOW: We - ALL OF US - have work to do.

Everyone who's bitter and mean-spirited: We'll be ignoring you; we don't have time for that nonsense - and we do NOT negotiate with terrorists.

Everyone who's willing to come together to discuss and come up with solutions to our many challenges - and I do mean EVERYONE - let's get to work!

Friday, January 20, 2012

SOPA/PIPA: Letter to Patrick Leahy, Senator, Vermont

As Franklin said: "Those who would give up Essential Liberty, to purchase a little Temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety."

And to whom do SOPA/PIPA purport to extend Safety? Not producers/creators, but the big business dinosaurs who think there's money in it. These dinosaurs that realize, finally, that they're nearly extinct, and are desperately hoping to delay it.

Ask creators like "Weird Al" Yankovitch ("Don't Download this Song") and Louis CK (making millions from his latest direct offering) - they can make a great living, being paid by consumers of their works - without the dinosaurs and their frantic tantrums.

In this country, we have a great tradition of *not* throwing out the baby with the bathwater.

With SOPA/PIPA we have, on one side, rich dinosaurs whining about being richer; and on the other side, millions of voices that will be stifled if those dinosaurs use these overbroad provisions.

Yes; we *certainly* must have a discussion about issues like piracy (which is *not* free speech) - however the current SOPA/PIPA discussion is too poisoned to be productive.

The choice is clear - SOPA/PIPA are bad legislation and must be dropped, completely.

It is particularly troubling to me that you continue to support PIPA, even now.

Worst of all, using the sadly typical right-wing tactic of belittling those on the other side - such as your statements on VPR's "Vermont Edition" recently.

This is not the Pat Leahy that I've voted for. And this is not in the proud Vermont traditions that you've upheld - at least, in the past.

Pardon my directness - however, this is even more important than SOPA/PIPA.

Please have the courage to reflect on your many years of service to Vermont and the country - and see that this service leads you in a different direction.

Thank you.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Wrong path - a letter to Speaker Boehner

Speaker Boehner -

I appreciate that you opened last night by saying you represent the entire House; all parties.

However that was the last reasonable thing you said; the rest was bashing and ill serves both you and the American people.

You allow yourself to be held hostage by the most radical members of your party - and by so doing, abdicate your responsibilities and endanger the country.

It's *long* past time to reach some compromise and move *on* - to all the other crises facing this country.

Lead, follow, or get the hell out of the way!

- Marc

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Republican double standards

Yet another, in a long list, of Republican double standards:

Republicans say "No extension of unemployment benefits unless you can show how you're going to pay for it."

But in the same breath "We must not allow the Bush tax cuts to expire." - with absolutely nothing said about how to pay it.

So, when Republicans say "We can't possibly afford X.", remember the trillions and trillions of dollars they've spent on things they never once stopped to think how to pay for, because "it's important".

So, let's discuss just what's important *and* how to pay for it.

Some things are indeed critical enough to borrow for - and especially then, we must discuss how we'll eventually pay for them.