The association in this 200-home subdivision 270 miles southwest of Denver has sent a letter to her saying that residents were offended by the sign and the board “will not allow signs, flags etc. that can be considered divisive.”
The subdivision’s rules say no signs, billboards or advertising are permitted without the consent of the architectural control committee.
Fortunately, the board of directors relented, in part due to massive outcry. But the board’s president still had no trouble saying that the sign was seen as a Satanic symbol. Apparently, it’s okay to hang Christian crosses on your home in the US, but as soon as you put up a symbol associated with another religion, free speech stops applying to you.
Some EU member states knew about and consented to the CIA’s locating secret prisons on their soil (via Appletree). It’s not a new development that Poland and Romania cooperated with the US, but apparently there are additional culprits, and Poland and Romania are refusing to cooperate with the European investigation.
The report follows months of investigation by a special committee of MEPs led by an Italian, Claudio Fava.
“Many governments co-operated passively or actively (with the CIA),” said Mr Fava, quoted by AFP news agency.
He accused top EU officials including foreign policy chief Javier Solana of failing to give full details to MEPs.
The report echoed allegations made in June by the Council of Europe – Europe’s leading human rights watchdog – that European states were complicit in illegal CIA operations as part of the US-led “war on terror”.
Belledame has yet another depressing post about sex-negativity, judgmentalism, the oppression olympics, and the need of some radical feminists to attack everyone whose sexual practices they don’t like. The highlight – or possibly lowlight – of her post is a quote from Catharine MacKinnon about gay rights:
These suspicions about the male supremacist nature of the privacy right were furthered by another thing some of us noticed. That was that the freedom of the penis to engage in anal penetration in the name of privacy had become a priority issue for women under the banner of “gay and lesbian rights,” without connecting a critique of homophobia with a critique of misogyny.
I keep telling myself to write that damned post about the radical tendency to totalize things. Mostly I’ve been thinking not just about radicals who totalize their pet movements and attack everyone who has the temerity to agitate for something other than The Cause, but also about radicals who try to fuse all radical movements together but end up only becoming more extreme (good blogospheric examples of the latter are Chris Clarke and PunkAssBlog).
Ezra’s sidebar led me to a superb article demonstrating the difference between economic populism, which my commenter Yoram Gat conveniently defines as “taking money from the rich and giving it to the poor,” and economic nationalism, which involved taking money from poor countries and giving it to rich countries.
There is an important distinction to be made between economic populism and economic nationalism. Many of Tuesday’s Democratic victors stressed familiar populist themes: corporate misbehaviour and tough times faced by working people. Al Gore ran in 2000 as an economic populist and so, implausibly, did John Kerry in 2004. Raising the minimum wage (which Republicans foolishly failed to do before the election) is a classic populist position. Opposing Bush tax cuts for the wealthy is another. But in places where Democrats made their most impressive inroads this year, one heard a distinctly different message of economic nationalism. Nationalism begins from the same premise that working people are not doing so well. But instead of blaming the rich at home, it focuses its energy on the poor abroad. The leading economic nationalist today is probably Lou Dobbs, who natters on against free trade, outsourcing, globalisation and immigration on CNN.
The most prominent nationalist candidate this year was Sherrod Brown, who unseated incumbent Senator Mike DeWine in Ohio, a state that has lost 200,000 manufacturing jobs since George W. Bush became president. Mr Brown is the author of a book called Myths of Free Trade: Why American Trade Policy Has Failed. Here is a snippet from one of his television advertisements: “Sherrod Brown stood up to the president of his own party to protect American jobs, fighting against the Mexico and China trade deals that sent countless jobs oversees” [sic - Alon]. For some reason, economic nationalists never seem to complain about job-killing Dutch or Irish competition. The targets of their anger are consistently China and Mexico, with occasional whacks at Dubai, Oman, Peru and Vietnam.
Directly from Ezra comes this explanation of the difference between sensible centrism, and waffling masquerading as sensible centrism. Ezra has consistently attacked the media and the punditry for trying to split the difference on economic issues even when the facts are squarely on the left (e.g. on health care), and the Democratic Party for listening to the said pundits even when polls suggest taking the standard liberal position would be popular. Now he says,
What’s necessary here is, silly as it may sound, to separate ideas perceived as centrist (say, on the economy, policies seeking to achieve equity aims through market mechanisms) and what Atrios would call “wankery,” the deployment of such ideas to undercut more useful solutions or marginalize progressive voices. Guys like Sebastian Mallaby, Robert Samuelson, and David Broder make a play at pushing marginally useful, technocratic ideas as a way of dismissing progressive ones. In these instances, the idea is subordinate to its perceived position on the ideological spectrum.