Hold Fast

A Blog by Matt Browner Hamlin

Hold Fast - a blog by Matt Browner Hamlin

Entries from August 2009

China Censoring Tibetan Blogs

August 31st, 2009 · Comments Off

Dechen Pemba, writing at Global Voices, reports that the Chinese government has recently shut down a large number of prominent Tibetan language blogs and blog hosting services. Pemba tells us what is particularly suspicious and disturbing about this series of events: Quite alarming to report that all of the most popular Tibetan language blog hosting […]

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Tags: Tibet & China

Dodd’s Eulogy of Kennedy

August 31st, 2009 · 2 Comments

Senator Chris Dodd delivered this speech Friday night at the memorial for Senator Kennedy in Boston. It’s a great tribute from one of Ted Kennedy’s closest friends in the world and a sign of what three plus decades of collaboration can achieve for a nation. Tonight, we gather to celebrate the incredible American story of […]

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Tags: Chris Dodd · Democrats

Honoring Kennedy

August 27th, 2009 · Comments Off

Jake McIntyre at Daily Kos has a very important post that should help shape how we as a country think of Ted Kennedy’s memory and how we seek to honor his life’s work in coming days and years. The emphasis should be on passing legislation on the three areas Kennedy most championed over his career, […]

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Tags: Democrats · Health Care

China Pressuring Taiwan on Dalai Lama Visit

August 27th, 2009 · Comments Off

It’s not surprising that the Beijing government is pressuring the Taiwanese government to rescind their invitation to the Dalai Lama to come visit their country. Despite the fact that the Dalai Lama has visited Taiwan twice in the last twelve years, the Chinese government is now actively waging a campaign against the Dalai Lama. One […]

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Tags: Tibet & China

Ted Kennedy in Sitka

August 26th, 2009 · 1 Comment

Talking Points Memo has posted the video of Ted Kennedy’s April 1968 speech in Sitka, Alaska to the Democratic Convention on the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. and the civil rights movement.

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Tags: Democrats

Memories Adjacent to Ted Kennedy

August 26th, 2009 · Comments Off

I never met Senator Ted Kennedy, though my political life has often run close to him and his work. Last year, when I was working in Alaska for Mark Begich’s Senate campaign, there was a lot of talk about the Kennedy family and the state’s history in presidential elections. John F. Kennedy was the last […]

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Tags: Chris Dodd · Democrats

Depressing

August 25th, 2009 · Comments Off

Glenn Greenwald on what the appointment of a prosecutor to investigate torture by Attorney General really means: As a practical matter, Holder is consciously establishing as the legal baseline — he’s vesting with sterling legal authority — those warped, torture-justifying DOJ memos.  Worse, his pledge of immunity today for those who complied with those memos […]

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Tags: Rule of Law

Steadfast

August 24th, 2009 · Comments Off

Hunter brings the shrill: Thank goodness we’ve kept our powder dry, that’s all I’ve got to say. Thank goodness we didn’t make a big deal over warrantless wiretapping, corporate immunity, the politicization of the Department of Justice, the Blackwater murders, torture, extraordinary rendition, fraudulent rewriting of scientific reports, or blanket false public statements in an […]

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Tags: Democrats · Health Care

Underlearned

August 24th, 2009 · Comments Off

In addition to generally being a shitty columnist who writes uninformed and self-indulgent conservative columns, the New York Times’ Russ Douthat is now making words up.

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Tags: The Media

Wanker of the Day

August 20th, 2009 · Comments Off

Atrios says it’s Marc Ambinder. I believe that is an assumption by activists based on gut hatred of Marc Ambinder.

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Tags: The Media