Hold Fast

A Blog by Matt Browner Hamlin

Hold Fast - a blog by Matt Browner Hamlin

Entries from May 2010

Deficit Hawks Should Be Honest

May 28th, 2010 · Comments Off on Deficit Hawks Should Be Honest

Of course it isn’t shocking that the deficit hawks that want to cut Social Security don’t give two wits about the damage the BP oil spill causes to future generations and the costs that today’s actions are incurring for them. Sarcastic cynicism aside, Dean Baker is right when he writes, “[deficit hawks] just want to […]

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Tags: Economy · Environment

Obama Should Listen to Obama

May 27th, 2010 · Comments Off on Obama Should Listen to Obama

State Senator Barack Obama, on Bill Clinton’s pursuit of bipartisanship, in 1996: “On the national level, bipartisanship usually means Democrats ignore the needs of the poor and abandon the idea that government can play a role in issues of poverty, race discrimination, sex discrimination or environmental protection,” Mr Obama said. Yep, this is right. I […]

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Tags: Barack Obama

Critical Perspective?

May 27th, 2010 · Comments Off on Critical Perspective?

It’s great that an anonymous oil industry insider writes to TalkingPointsMemo to say he thinks BP is doing a swell job, but should the rest of us care? Yes, having someone who understands it beyond reporters for the Times or CNN provide perspective is useful. But we are at a point where industry experts have […]

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Tags: Environment

You’d Think…

May 26th, 2010 · Comments Off on You’d Think…

You’d think that there would be a greater sense of urgency out of the administration and Congress to help stop the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and hold BP accountable. But there just isn’t one, at least not to the extent of it manifesting itself in action, results or accountability.

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Tags: Environment

The Dalai Lama Talks with Chinese Citizens

May 25th, 2010 · Comments Off on The Dalai Lama Talks with Chinese Citizens

This is incredibly interesting. On May 21st the Dalai Lama held an hour-long question and answer session, a “free dialogue,” with Chinese citizens. The event was organized by Chinese intellectual Wang Lixiong and questions were submitted through Twitter and ranked on Google Moderator. Chinese authorities shut down the page in China, but hundreds of questions […]

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Tags: Tibet & China

A Lot In A Little

May 24th, 2010 · Comments Off on A Lot In A Little

My good friend and former co-blogger Austin sends along this dissection of a piece from Ezra Klein that is so sharp that I feel the need to post…Take it away Austin: Ezra Klein just published a post that has so much going on in it that exemplifies the state of the world, US politics, and […]

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Tags: The Media · Tibet & China

Can’t Get No Satisfaction

May 24th, 2010 · Comments Off on Can’t Get No Satisfaction

As Eric Boehlert points out, it should not be surprising to anyone that when Clark Hoyt, public editor of the New York Times, responds to the paper’s horrendous reporting on Dick Blumenthal’s military record that he would defend the paper and excuse admitted mistakes. I don’t know Hoyt’s politics or why it is that he […]

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Tags: The Media


May 20th, 2010 · 1 Comment

There’s been a big uproar going on all week about the New York Times Page One, above the fold expose on CT Senate candidate (and current Attorney General) Dick Blumenthal’s apparent misstatements on his military service record. Blumenthal volunteered to serve in the Marine reserves during the Vietnam era, but never served overseas. The Times […]

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Tags: The Media

Post-Primary Thoughts

May 19th, 2010 · Comments Off on Post-Primary Thoughts

Greg Sargent writes: While anti-incumbent sentiment was no doubt a factor in the stunning upset of Arlen Specter and the forcing of Blanche Lincoln into a runoff, isn’t it also possible that many Dem primary voters, even moderate ones, simply opted for the candidate who better represents mainstream Democratic positions? Yes. It’s hard to frame […]

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Tags: Elections

ICT Report on 31 Imprisoned Tibetan Writers, Bloggers & Intellectuals

May 18th, 2010 · Comments Off on ICT Report on 31 Imprisoned Tibetan Writers, Bloggers & Intellectuals

The International Campaign for Tibet has released a long report on the recent crackdown by the Chinese government on Tibet writers, bloggers, intellectuals, and dissidents, leading to thirty-one high-profile individuals being jailed for thought crimes. The report looks at the recent explosion of Tibetan writing and cultural growth (something that Tenzin Dorjee of Students for […]

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Tags: Tibet & China