• I follow what you say about the use of the word ‘romantic’. I am now convinced that there is a significant percentage of the current Ukraine’s fighting forces and political leadership that have ‘romantic’ visions of restoring a new version of Nazi-ism to what they believe  is a country that only...

    • NYT according to interviews with two dozen people, including members of Mr. Foley’s family, witnesses to his time in captivity, his colleagues and a network of consultants who tried to win his release.


      by artappraiser 5 days 16 hours ago in No jury would convict.
    • The binary electoral system is the reality.

      Working with it is what we have to do, irrespective of our feelings/hypotheses.

      Improvement is thus set up to happen, if at all, as a matter of degree rather than instantaneous change.

      And there is a problem inherent in the...

      by Austin Train 6 days 6 hours ago in Stranger in a Dagland
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    • There are several pix actually.

      There is a picture of a 9.4 lb blob of flesh crying like a person finding herself in hell. hahahah

      Then 'they' wrap her up like an Amerindian Squaw might wrap up her baby.

      Grandma is holding the new baby.

      Then there are two pix of...

    • I would argue that the binary electoral system is an effect rather than the cause. The cause, IMNSHO, is our voting system. What we need is some sort of ranked voting system so as to allow instant run-offs. That way, you can vote that you prefer President Sanders, then President Clinton, then...

      by Verified Atheist 6 days 7 hours ago in Stranger in a Dagland
    • The WaPo article presumes a more intellectual usage of the word "romantic" than the way that word is used in pop culture.  Basic fascist ideology was most definitely romantic, growing out of the 19th century romantic movement. The symbolism is all romantic. Hence the strong association of Nazism...

    • deleted duplicate.

    • Ukraine’s ‘Romantic’ Nazi Storm TroopersThe U.S. mainstream media’s deeply biased coverage of the Ukraine crisis – endlessly portraying the U.S.-backed  coup regime in Kiev as “the good guys” – reached a new...

    • Well, of course, the "rubber meets the road" with nullification when the jury instructions are given.   

      Even though there is apparently a common law right for a juror to refuse to return a guilty verdict (as opposed to the prior proven/not proven) where the juror refused to find...

      by jollyroger 6 days 12 hours ago in No jury would convict.
    • What we see is the combination of a binary electoral system with the matters of degree built into humanity. 

      As we are set up, one or the other of the two major participants in an election will win.  Third parties muddy the waters, and more often than not function as spoilers, drawing...

      by Austin Train 6 days 13 hours ago in Stranger in a Dagland
    • It all depends on who you ask. I recall suggesting that jury nullification would be the correct thing in Bradley Manning's case. He had absolutely broken a law although it was ignored that he had done so in adhering to other laws which should have been over-riding. He broke the law in the...

      by LULU (not verified) 6 days 14 hours ago in No jury would convict.
    • Compelling numbers, to be sure.  Of course, once one has been snatched, one's concern for tomorrow's unfortunate is somewhat likely to be eclipsed by the way that impending death concentrates the mind.


      I suppose this is the typical conflict between policy and the personal.

      by jollyroger 6 days 16 hours ago in No jury would convict.
    • The French have been highly successful in freeing their hostages by paying ransom. So successful, in fact, that now 1/3 of all hostages taken are French:

      Of the fifty-three hostages...

      by Verified Atheist 6 days 17 hours ago in No jury would convict.
    • Yeah..I'm someone who thinks it's quite possible that Obama was not personally involved in the decision to threaten the parents with prosecution if they attempted to raise the ransom.

      by Flavius 6 days 17 hours ago in No jury would convict.
    • I think you give the admin. too much credit--for one thing, many hostages have been successfully ransomed, for amounts in the 1-3 million dollar range, often (to the annoyance of our government and that of Britain) government funded.  I don't think the motivation was fear of a double cross....

      by jollyroger 6 days 17 hours ago in No jury would convict.
    • There is now way that I, as a juror, would vote to convict anybody for paying a ransom to save a loved one.  Many judges would not let such an action eve reach a jury.  Pursuing such prosecutions is both heartless and dumb.

      That said, I can see why the administration has been so ham...

      by Michael Maiello 6 days 19 hours ago in No jury would convict.
    • The removal of Maliki.  

      by Resistance 6 days 20 hours ago in No jury would convict.
    • Phyllis Bennis (who knows this shit cold) paints a picture of what it would mean NOT to lose our heads...

      we need a new partnership...with Iran

    • were there an impulse within the administration to re-enter the fray, seeking thereupon an unfolding atrocity to energize an otherwise war weary public, maybe. 


      That, however, is not a description of Obama's administration, at least not at the highest and therefore most...

      by jollyroger 1 week 29 min ago in No jury would convict.


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