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There are more than 1,000 Palestinian prisoners currently engaged in a hunger strike in Israeli prisons, purportedly to protest inhumane conditions, the lack of family visits, and the practice of administrative detention (under which certain prisoners can be held indefinitely without charge, subject to judicial review). Two of these prisoners have refused food for more than 70 days--both members of Islamic Jihad, an organization committed to Israel's destruction and which is responsible for hundreds of Isr [Read more]
I was thinking of writing a short little piece about how impressed and proud I was of the mostly young protesters who I spent time with yesterday in that park downtown next to the Trinity Church. I had just finished an appearance in the bankruptcy court down by Bowling Green, and I was sporting a spiffy blue pin-striped suit, a white shirt, and a lovely bluish white striped tie. So I guess I could easily have been mistaken for a Wall Street banker, but I was dressing as I always do when appearing in strange forums like Article I's bankruptcy courts, and I figured what the heck let me check it out. [Read more]
I am trying to understand and fully respect those who are so fed up with President Obama that they cannot see voting or supporting him next year. I am trying to understand and genuinely respect those who urge us to pursue efforts to challenge Obama in the primaries. But I draw a line in the sand when I read that it doesn't matter whether a Republican or an Obama wins the election next year. That's just wrong and it's dangerous and, respectfully, it is selfish.. [Read more]
So today I started the day out at a defined benefit pension fund meeting for union workers. There was nothing good about it, except that it was sort of a metaphor for so much of what is wrong with our country.
But stuff happens, and life does go on. And when I got back to the office, I saw that my three older children, Samantha, Amy, and Todd had produced a blog, which I link to here. It's about the Chicago Marathon, which each of them is training to run in this October. Please check it out, and tell them Dad sent you over from dagblog.
Life does go on. Chins up!
It is estimated that there are 500,000 children starving to death in Somalia. David Seaton pointed this out to us a few weeks ago and the problem has not and will not go away. There are political issues involving the ongoing war between the Shabab militants and the weak and barely functioning central government, and this has exacerbated the situation in this particular corner of the Horn of Africa during its worst drought in decades. The world's various relief agencies are begging for contributions. And, for the most part, they are not being heard.  [Read more]
This is more like a mass e-mail than a blogpost, but I wanted to express my appreciation for the robust debates and discussions I've been able to enjoy in the recent past. Candidly, I often don't feel qualified to participate in some of the colloquy, but I'm not afraid to sit on the sidelines and learn from folks I agree and disagree with. I am hoping for a return of a few of the regulars who have taken a break over the last month but, in the interim, I think we're on a roll.
Here are the two major issues that I cull from what's been written about: [Read more]
I apologize for my second post in one day, but I thought I would provide dagbloggers with the opportunity to vote in Working America's Bad Boss Contest. The field has been narrowed to six semifinalists. The winner gets a one-week vacation plus $1,000 for travel expenses. I'm pulling for Bad Barista from California, whose boss threatened to fire her for leaving work in an ambulance with heart trouble (only to lose her health insurance a few weeks later). Bad Barista writes: [Read more]
It's been a very busy summer and I have not blogged in a while. But some of the reactions to the Norwegian massacre cry out for brief comment. It is absolutely shameful how people on the left and the right, in blazing knee-jerk fashion, have attempted to shove the as yet unburied bodies of the children who were killed on Friday into their own hideous and narrow-minded worldviews.  [Read more]
Jeffrey Goldberg is my favorite contemporary writer on matters pertaining to Israel and Palestine, Zionism, and Islam-ism versus Islam. He is loathed by many on the left, principally I think because he was a proponent of our intervention in Iraq and more recently wrote an article about how the Iranian nuclear threat might lead to an Israeli attack. But Goldberg is equally loathed by many on the right on matters pertaining to Israel and its right-wing supporters. [Read more]