Hold Fast

A Blog by Matt Browner Hamlin

Hold Fast - a blog by Matt Browner Hamlin

Entries from August 2010

Sort of Odd?

August 31st, 2010 · Comments Off on Sort of Odd?

Adam Serwer, writing at Greg Sargent’s place, writes: It’s sort of odd that in an election where Democrats are doing badly because they failed to do more to revive the economy, they’re foundering for a message while facing opponents who are promising to do even less. It is something more than sort of odd. It’s […]

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Tags: Economy · Elections

Songs About Tibetan Unity

August 31st, 2010 · Comments Off on Songs About Tibetan Unity

High Peaks Pure Earth has posted translations of two popular Tibetan songs about unity by prominent Tibetan musicians. Here’s a piece of the analysis: Both songs share the same topic of unity amongst Tibetans but are markedly different in style. Whilst these two songs indicate that Tibetan identity and unity amongst all Tibetans were themes […]

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Tags: Tibet & China


August 30th, 2010 · Comments Off on Beck-a-Palooza

I watched almost all of Glenn Beck’s “Restoring Honor” rally this past Saturday from the comfort of my living room. I’m not a conservative Christian and am obviously not the target of his speech, but it struck me as phenomenally long, rambling, and incoherent. There was no arc to it. The only takeaway in this […]

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Tags: Republicans · Sarah Palin

Scott McAdams

August 27th, 2010 · Comments Off on Scott McAdams

Steve Aufrecht of What Do I Know? shot this video of Alaska’s Democratic Senate nominee Scott McAdams in Anchorage on Wednesday. McAdams is the mayor of Sitka, Alaska, and though he isn’t widely known across the state like a couple other Alaskan mayors, he is the real deal. Dave Weigel at Slate asks a good […]

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Tags: Democrats · Elections

Chinese Police Shoot Tibetan Protesters, Killing 4, Injuring 30

August 27th, 2010 · Comments Off on Chinese Police Shoot Tibetan Protesters, Killing 4, Injuring 30

This first broke earlier this week on Phayul, but Radio Free Asia now has more details. Chinese security forces opened fire on a crowd of Tibetans who were peacefully protesting in Palyul county. The Tibetans were protesting ” the expansion of a gold mining operation they say is harming the environment.” The shooting took place […]

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Tags: Tibet & China

Bad Bai

August 26th, 2010 · Comments Off on Bad Bai

Matt Bai is back and playing his best Adam Nagourney role of concern trolling Democratic politics and policies. This time his target is Social Security and, not shockingly, Bai adopts conservative deficit hawk talking points which are devoid of any basis in reality in order to make the case that any Democrats who oppose Social […]

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Tags: Economy · The Media

Of Cows & Simpson

August 26th, 2010 · Comments Off on Of Cows & Simpson

Keith Olbermann had a great segment last night on Social Security Deficit Commission co-chair Alan Simpson and his bizarre email rant attacking a Social Security and its beneficiaries as “a milk cow with 310 million tits.” Simpson has since offered a non-apology apology and the White House has said they will keep him on the […]

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Tags: Economy


August 25th, 2010 · Comments Off on Un-American

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg: “To implicate all of Islam for the actions of a few who twisted a great religion is unfair and un-American.” …Also, check out Tom Tomorrow’s latest toon on Park51.

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Tags: Human Rights

Daou: Why the Right Wing Dominates Debate

August 24th, 2010 · 2 Comments

Peter Daou has an uncharacteristically short, yet characteristically good post  on why he thinks the rightwing dominates our national debate. The short version: because “Democrats run away from the left.” Daou writes: Forget the thousand explanations pundits have offered for the administration’s beef with the left; this is the single biggest reason the left is […]

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Tags: Democrats

Evil vs. Stupid

August 24th, 2010 · Comments Off on Evil vs. Stupid

The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Mon – Thurs 11p / 10c

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Tags: Republicans · The Media