hard heads soft hearts

a scratch pad for half-formed thoughts by a liberal political junkie who's nobody special. ''Hard Heads, Soft Hearts'' is the title of a book by Princeton economist Alan Blinder, and tends to be a favorite motto of neoliberals, especially liberal economists.

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Saturday, September 24, 2011
I do not know whether Troy Davis's last words to Mark MacPhail's family were true. I do not know whether a possibly credible witness claiming Coles confessed to shooting MacPhail is speaking the truth. But neither does the criminal-justice system. Which is why this is such a travesty.

Susie Madrak - The quality of mercy

Violet Socks - Elizabeth Warren for Senate

Gary Farber - Amygdala

Arthur Silber - Power of Narrative

Amanda Marcotte - The death penalty and our corrupted justice system

Lindsay Beyerstein - Troy Davis and Arguments Against the Death Penalty

Ta-Nehisi Coates - The Utterly Relevant NAACP

Jelani Cobb - The Night They Killed Troy Davis

Ta-Nehisi Coates - Death Penalty Activism

Obama UN address

Wonkblog (Sarah Kliff) - Medicaid quietly dodges deficit-reduction battle

Matthew Yglesias - Today Is A Good Day To Guarantee Loans

Matthew Yglesias - Fantasy Central Banker Draft

Matthew Yglesias - No Stop Till (Full-Employment In) Brooklyn

Andrew Tobias - Israel

George E.: “On TV and radio I run across a good number of commercials by companies wanting to help protect me from the coming economic collapse by offering to sell gold (or silver, or other precious metals) in exchange for my soon-to-be worthless money. However, if these companies truly believe that an economic Armageddon is about to occur, why are they so eager to sell their gold at this time?”

I do think that one opporutunity for progressives to make up some ground on the tea party will come from the collapse of the gold bubble.

HP's ousted CEO will take home $25 million

Coming To America:
King Jaffe Joffer: Semmi, you have disgraced yourself, and you must be punished. Confine yourself to our royal suite at the Waldorf-Astoria.
[to Oha]
King Jaffe Joffer: And see that he puts on some decent attire.
[to the rose bearers]
King Jaffe Joffer: And I want you to bathe him thoroughly.

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