Hold Fast

A Blog by Matt Browner Hamlin

Hold Fast - a blog by Matt Browner Hamlin

Entries from November 2008

Happy Thanksgiving

November 27th, 2008 · Comments Off

I’ll mostly be eating and spending time with family and friends the next three days, so posting will be light. Have a happy Thanksgiving everyone!

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Tags: Meta

Jane Hamsher on Maddow’s Show

November 26th, 2008 · Comments Off

Jane Hamsher goes on Rachel Maddow’s show to talk about Obama staffing decisions regarding Bob Gates and John Brennan. Jane and Rachel put forward what is probably the best analysis on TV of what’s happening with the Obama administration and the online progressive response to some picks that run contrary to who his online supporters […]

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Tags: Barack Obama · Blogs

Continuing Prosecutions for Bush Era Crimes

November 25th, 2008 · Comments Off

Ari Melber makes a great point about outstanding questions of how the Obama administration will be able to restore the rule of law and prosecute those responsible for a number of civil liberties violations, war crimes, and anti-American acts. The immunity crowd has one more card to play. Crimes committed on behalf of national security, […]

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Tags: George W. Bush · Rule of Law

Conservativism with a Socialist Twist

November 25th, 2008 · Comments Off

Or is it socialism with a conservative twist? Most of the terms are relatively good for Citigroup and its existing shareholders. While the bank had to reduce its dividend to a penny, it is getting money from the government relatively cheaply. The preferred shares that the government is buying, for example, carry a relatively small […]

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Tags: Economy

Tibetan Special Meeting Outcome

November 25th, 2008 · Comments Off

The Tibetan community’s Special Meeting in Dharamsala, India has concluded. The 600 delegates from around the Tibetan exile community, including a number of very recent refugees, have voted to continue with the Dalai’ Lama’s Middle Way posture towards China, but called for a re-evaluation if China continues to be non-responsive. Rangzen, or independence, — the […]

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Tags: Tibet & China

Lhadon in the Irish Times

November 22nd, 2008 · Comments Off

Clifford Coonan of the Irish Times has a piece on the Special Meeting in Dharamsala, India that will help determine next steps for Tibetan government policy towards China. Lhadon Tethong of Students for a Free Tibet is quoted heavily in the piece: Tibetans wanted a stronger response to China, including the introduction of a deadline […]

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Tags: Tibet & China

Lhadon & Tendor on BoingBoing

November 21st, 2008 · Comments Off

Lhadon Tethong and Tenzin Dorjee of Students for a Free Tibet are interviewed by Xeni Jardin of Boing Boing via video chat. Lhadon and Tendor are currently in Dharamsala, India, taking part in the Special Meeting called by the Tibetan Government in Exile to discuss the future policy towards China. It’s a very interesting interview […]

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Tags: Tibet & China

Tribute to a Felon

November 20th, 2008 · 2 Comments

Imagine a scenario where Ted Stevens never was indicted nor convicted of seven felony counts of corruption. Then imagine that Mark Begich beat Stevens in the election for the US Senate seat and today was Stevens’ last day in the Senate. It would look EXACTLY the same as what we’re seeing today in a world […]

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Tags: Democrats · Republicans

Shorter Harry Reid

November 20th, 2008 · Comments Off

Shorter Harry Reid: The simple fact that Ted Stevens has a friend named Daniel Inouye proves that it’s impossible that he is a convicted felon.

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Tags: Democrats · Republicans

Be Nice to Shannyn Moore

November 20th, 2008 · Comments Off

Shannyn Moore writes a long note to Keith Olbermann for breaking up with her — to the extent that he’s been bashing Alaska and happily turning his back on Sarah Palin’s constituency. It’s a true homage to Alaska and the fight for progressive values that has gone on there during the state’s history. Here’s a […]

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Tags: Blogs