Hold Fast

A Blog by Matt Browner Hamlin

Hold Fast - a blog by Matt Browner Hamlin

Entries from May 2009

Travel Day

May 29th, 2009 · Comments Off on Travel Day

So no posting…other than to concede the obvious, that Bill O’Reilly is a psychic and we on the Left really do see white men like me as a problem. I can’t wait to see what Olbermann has to say about this one…

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Tags: Meta

Razing Kashgar

May 28th, 2009 · 2 Comments

Sadly, it looks like China is going to take a major step in destroying Uighur culture and the world (and specifically the global media) will not say a word in protest. The cultural genocide of the Uighurs is a clear path to ending the Uighur desire for freedom from Chinese occupation for East Turkestan. Obviously […]

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Tags: Tibet & China

Stupid Attacks

May 28th, 2009 · Comments Off on Stupid Attacks

Suzy Khimm is listed by The New Republic as a “reporter-researcher.” I haven’t yet waded through her three page article on Chris Dodd and his coming perilous reelection campaign to judge her overall ability as a reporter, but by the second paragraph it’s pretty easy to see that she’s not a researcher. Khimm writes: Today, […]

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Tags: Chris Dodd · The Media

Sonia Sotomayor

May 26th, 2009 · Comments Off on Sonia Sotomayor

Obviously this is a very exciting and historic day, as President Obama is poised to name Sonia Sotomayor as his pick to replace Justice Souter on the Supreme Court. Sotomayor is by all accounts a brilliant jurist who has displayed a sterling sense of how the law works throughout her long and diverse career. Tom […]

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Tags: Judiciary

Educating on Employee Free Choice, Part 35

May 22nd, 2009 · 1 Comment

A great piece by a single mom and Army veteran in support of the Employee Free Choice Act is running today in the Anchorage Daily News.

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Tags: Labor

Good Dodd News

May 21st, 2009 · Comments Off on Good Dodd News

Yesterday Chris Dodd’s Credit CARD Act passed overwhelmingly. It’s a victory for regulation of an industry run amok and will provide a great deal of protection for consumers from predatory lending practices and usurious rates. The Hartford Courant calls it a “big win for Dodd.” Former Ned Lamont campaign manager, Tom Swam, has a great […]

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Tags: Chris Dodd

More Clarity

May 20th, 2009 · Comments Off on More Clarity

I’ve never been a fan of Jesse Ventura, but he really owns rightwing hack Elizabeth Hasselbeck on The View. What makes Ventura so powerful in this clip is that he is absolutely clear about what he believes and does not waiver from his absolute rejection of torture. Hasselbeck looks like the fool that she is […]

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Tags: Rule of Law

Making Sense

May 20th, 2009 · Comments Off on Making Sense

Alan Grayson is probably the freshman Congressman who has most impressed me. The man works his ass off and takes his position seriously. He’s conducted some of the most grueling examinations of the administrators bailouts at Treasury and recipients of bailout money. Now, in an interview in Vanity Fair, Grayson is making sense on Iraq. […]

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Tags: Democrats · Iraq

Attacking Dodd From the Right

May 19th, 2009 · Comments Off on Attacking Dodd From the Right

TParty at My Left Nutmeg has a great post on the newly-announced challenge to Senator Chris Dodd from a Democrat named Merrick Alpert, a former Enron and PG&E employee, who is running against Dodd from the right and without any stated agenda besides personal attacks.TParty writes: Unfortunately, from all initial appearances, Merrick Alpert’s just-announced campaign […]

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Tags: Chris Dodd · Elections

More On Cheney

May 19th, 2009 · 1 Comment

Following a previous post, it’s worth highlighting Jonathan Landay’s remarkable investigative reporting for McClatchy that confirms that Bush-Cheney ordered torture for political purposes. Then-Vice President Dick Cheney, defending the invasion of Iraq, asserted in 2004 that detainees interrogated at the Guantanamo Bay prison camp had revealed that Iraq had trained al Qaida operatives in chemical […]

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Tags: Rule of Law