Hold Fast

A Blog by Matt Browner Hamlin

Hold Fast - a blog by Matt Browner Hamlin

Entries from September 2008

Two New Palin/Couric Clips

September 30th, 2008 · 6 Comments

I just saw two new snippets from CBS’s Katie Couric interviewing Sarah Palin. Needless to say, they’re disastrous. First, in a clip that clearly is pulled straight from the image of Sarah Palin that America is getting to know and fear, she is unable to name a single newspaper or magazine she regularly reads. I [...]

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Tags: Sarah Palin

Don’t Ask for the New Deal, Ask for the Share Our Wealth Campaign

September 30th, 2008 · 3 Comments

Digby has a great post on the need for Democrats to take the opportunity to proactively push a progressive policy agenda in the wake of current economic turmoil. The Paulson plan and $700 billion for Wall Street has all the hallmarks of conservative shock doctrine: step into a crisis and put through an aggressive policy [...]

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Tags: Economy

Counter-Fast for Equality

September 30th, 2008 · Comments Off

Via David Dayen at Calitics, some good progressive folks out in California have responded to the anti-equality “Yes on Prop 8″ campaign’s ill-formed relay fast against gay marriage with their own relay fast in an effort to blow up the weak tactics coming from the religious right. Proposition 8 would ban marriage equality in California. [...]

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Tags: Human Rights

Schadenfreude Qua Economic Solution

September 29th, 2008 · 1 Comment

Brad at Sadly, No! has an intriguing solution to the financial crisis: Were I to structure a rescue package for the economy, it would involve locking up the CEOs of financial firms in pillory stocks and letting Americans hurl rotten vegetables and feces at them for $20 a pop. Assuming all 300 million Americans hurl [...]

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Tags: Economy

Goodfellas

September 29th, 2008 · Comments Off

My friend and former co-blogger Antonino D’Ambrossio has a great article up at SleptOn about how Wall Street firms are seeking to rake American taxpayers over the coals after taking all they could from the economy for years. Here’s a snippet: In Martin Scorsese’s now classic film Goodfellas, there is a scene where wiseguys Henry [...]

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Tags: Economy

What Happened in East Turkestan?

September 29th, 2008 · Comments Off

Before the start of the Olympics there was widespread attention to a bombing and attack in Kashgar, East Turkestan (Chinese: Xinjiang). The only reports of the bombing came from Chinese state media, which even then included contradictory and varying accounts of what had happened. No foreign media was reported from Kashgar on the attack and [...]

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Tags: Tibet & China

And We’re Back…

September 29th, 2008 · Comments Off

After a six month hiatus, I’ll be posting on Hold Fast again. Stay tuned…

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