I've been wondering about that, too. CBS was supposed to have hired a firm to investigate, but I can't recall any further reporting on the subject. Hmmmm.
@Sandy: In the absence of more police patrols, reduction of gang activity, etc., it's still going to happen to property-owners who will still have to bear the costs of clean-up and feeling somewhat violated - often on a regular basis. The owners of one house near me have re-painted their wall at least three times in the last six months. Still, an ordinance like the one you mention probably would help deter some of it from happening at the margin. In practical terms, it's probably the best solution, though it still seems quite unfair, doesn't it? · 4 hours ago
It is definitely unfair.
I'm a fan of this post, too, but I do question your third conclusion: "We can't do anything about it." I saw big changes in my own city once residents were fined for not cleaning up graffiti on their property. Yes this falls hard on the innocent owners, but quick removal of graffiti discourages the vandals.
The one kind of graffiti I can support is that left by our soldiers. Veteran James E. Toler, for instance, has collected some from Afghanistan.
Great questions, Indaba, and I look forward to comments by knowledgeable Ricochetti. From my un-educated position, I'd suggest that although the Cold War wasn't actually cold (see, e.g., Vietnam), and isn't really over either (I know, it officially ended with the fall of the USSR), seeing the Russian market fall is very pleasant, especially given the weakness of western governments vis-a-vis Russia. Thanks for the data.
I have heard happiness defined as "a long life and a short memory," but one does not want to lose the good with the bad. Thanks.
James of England,
I don't suspect a bribe. It appears that he is being used, either willingly because he genuinely agrees with the Russian position, or because he is naive. He claims that he is not supporting either side, but that does not hold up when one considers what he said in the Ricochet podcast about Russian actions and Ukraine being a "basket case." Were I a libertarian, I would be especially upset.
James Of England
http://voiceofrussia.com/uk/news/2014_02_21/Telling-It-Like-It-Is-Rowdy-PMQs-give-illusion-of-robust-democracy-in-UK-1080/ · 7 hours ago
James is appearing on Russian state owned media to deliver Russian propaganda?
When liberals did this (and do this) we were rightly outraged. This is entirely a different matter to voicing a pro-Putin view on the Ricochet Podcast. I hope that James can appear on a future Ricochet podcast and be given a chance to explain his decision. · 2 hours ago
Right, so he is presumably on their payroll. This is either naive in the extreme or very creepy. Thanks again to Albert Arthur for bringing this up.
I've just listened to some of the Voice of Russia UK podcast that features James Delingpole with Alexander Nekrassov, "former political advisor to the Kremlin," and I am not encouraged. Have a listen (sorry, my link function is quixotic).
You wrote a clear and well-reasoned post, and your position is plain.
On the question of the Russian TV network, I did a little googling and found this. Does anyone know anything about The Voice of Russia UK? The printed script on the Ukraine is not encouraging, to say the least.
Why isn't granting her immunity the next step? Any idea why Issa has not offered it? · 46 minutes ago
Immunity from whom? From what? She has yet to be charged with anything by anyone, all we have are suspicions. · 8 hours ago
She is taking the Fifth. If she is given immunity from prosecution, she cannot take the Fifth and has to testify.
Why isn't granting her immunity the next step? Any idea why Issa has not offered it?
Not that the Cold War was ever really cold.
I'm praying that this is meant to be ironic.
ChrisZ: It's part of the white liberal infantilization of minorities. The former consider the latter to be children, who need guidance, direction, advocacy, and regular expressions of self-esteem-generating approval.
I would add, though, that I feel it's only tangentially related to race. In their different ways, Alan Keyes, Clarence Thomas, and Cornel West all offer "adult" perspectives on religious faith--but that wouldn't earn them standing ovations at the Academy Awards. The phenomenon under discussion here may have deeper roots in class consciousness and paternalism. · 12 minutes ago
I ran into an example of this in 2008 when talking with a reasonably intelligent center-left Dem friend about the Rev. Wright's rants. "Oh, that doesn't mean anything; it's just part of their culture," he rationalized. This from a person who had held local and state office and who changed his party affiliation years ago because of what he perceived as the bad influence of evangelical white Christians in the GOP.
Like. (You've said it all, TCG.)
Judith Levy, Ed.
How about, for example, a movie about a heartbroken man who must, at times of great upheaval, choose between his own narrow interests and his commitment, badly shaken but never shattered, to helping defeat evil and repair the world?
On the Waterfront.
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