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October 30, 2007

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Show your aching desire for recognition and post some links.

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My friend Red has some interesting thoughts up on diversity in activist coalitions...

Posted by: weboy | Oct 30, 2007 4:44:48 PM

don't you mean "slough" your aching desire for recognition?

Posted by: mat | Oct 30, 2007 4:53:29 PM

Well according to Hal Niedzviecki in his book "Hello, I'm Special" that is generally the goal of amateur people doing work that is usually done by professionals. See backyard wrestlers, karaoke singers, and just about everyone else in American who is desperate for attention.... Its a good read and worth your time if you are interested in conformity and individuality.

Posted by: Jonus | Oct 30, 2007 5:04:33 PM

The GOP vs. the U.S. Military: Part Eight - The Generals Speak

In parts one through seven, I laid down a careful case that showed, in one categorical area after another, how the Bush Administration and the entire neoconservative movement have effectively been “waging war against the professionals and of the US government, especially the men and women of the military Officer Corps. A perspective that I have been trying to get people to see, for close to five years, now.


Posted by: Mark | Oct 30, 2007 5:06:09 PM

New Column: Conscientious Judge Railroaded for Denying Restraining Order Based on False Domestic Violence Charges

The Virginia Supreme Court is currently considering removing a judge who should instead be honored. James Michael Shull, a local district judge who sits in Lee, Scott and Wise counties, has been suspended since December 20, 2006, and may be removed from office by the Supreme Court on November 2.

Shull’s problems stem from a case which came before him on December 15, 2006. In that case, Tammy G. had obtained a domestic violence protection order against her husband Keith G., claiming that he had stabbed her.

Protection orders based on dubious domestic violence accusations are a serious problem, both in Virginia and the United States as a whole. Under a protection order, one spouse—usually the father—is booted out of the marital home and pushed to the margins of his or her children’s lives. The orders are often used as custody maneuvers, or as punitive measures by angry intimate partners.

Some judges simply rubber stamp protection order requests. Others may doubt the veracity of the charges but nevertheless decide to “err on the side of caution” by granting them. Shull, to his credit, carefully examined the evidence in the G. case.

At the time of the G. hearing, the couple’s two young children, then ages three and five, were staying with their paternal grandmother. Keith testified that he hadn’t harmed Tammy, and that if she did have a wound, she had cut herself. Keith also testified that Tammy had committed a similar act on March 22, 2006, harming herself and then calling the police to report that Keith had attacked her.

Shull reasoned that he had to find the truth in order to protect the children from either a father who had stabbed their mother, or a mother who is a psychologically disturbed cutter.

Shull examined the wounds and found that they were four nearly identical razor blade-like slices in two sets of parallel lines spaced evenly apart—hardly the type of wounds one would receive in domestic combat, and entirely consistent with Keith’s allegations that Tammy had cut herself.

Shull also examined the Wise County Sheriff’s Incident Report about Tammy G.’s March allegations. According to the report, Tammy “gave a statement that she had done this to herself to get attention,” and “admitted that she had self-inflicted her wounds.” The report discusses charging Tammy with filing a false police report over the incident.

Tammy’s credibility is further impugned by the fact that the Virginia Board of Nursing suspended her nursing license indefinitely in 2005 after Tammy admitted stealing numerous controlled substances from the hospital where she worked for “her personal and unauthorized use.” These included syringes of Morphine, Demerol, and Dilaudid, as well as OxyContin and other drugs.

Shull got in trouble because, according to the Virginia Lawyers’ Weekly, Tammy and Teresa Castle, the deputy clerk, claim that, in order to inspect the wound, he directed Tammy to expose herself twice during the hearing. The Virginia Judicial Inquiry and Review Commission “summarily suspended” Shull for "a substantial and serious breach of the dignity and decorum required in a Virginia courtroom.” He remains under suspension.

Shull and Daniel Fast, Keith G.’s attorney, assert that Tammy had offered to lower her pants both times in order to show Shull the wounds. According to the VLW, neither side disputes that “the privacy curtains in the courtroom were pulled before G. exposed herself.”

Tammy’s wound was on her right thigh, she was wearing pants, and the only way Shull could examine the wounds was to have her lower them. Perhaps Shull should have acted more cautiously. However, his need to protect the G. children by ruling correctly in this difficult, contentious case vastly outweighs Tammy’s privacy concerns. Most importantly, no party in the dispute is even claiming that Shull made the wrong decision in finding that the wounds in question were self-inflicted.

The JIRC Commission also asserts that Shull violated judicial ethics by making an allegedly ex parte call from his chambers to the hospital to verify that G. had indeed been treated there. Yet such calls are not particularly unusual, and Shull made the call as part of his duty to protect the G. children.

Shull’s conscientious pursuit of the truth in the G. case, for which he faces removal, was admirable. We urge the Virginia Supreme Court to dismiss these charges and reinstate him.

Posted by: feh | Oct 30, 2007 5:07:19 PM


If Bush feels the congress is the worst in many years, they MUST be on the right track. Way to go.

Posted by: George | Oct 30, 2007 5:16:10 PM

Long time reader, first time commenter...

You wrote "post some links."

OK, just made a campaign-related video which takes the viewer into a dystopian world where Groundhog Day is remixed as a horror trailer, or some damn thing. Here's the link:


It's about three minutes long, and hopefully worth the watching. Any feedback is appreciated, seeing as how I did it in one sitting (about 6 hours) and still haven't got up yet, so my opinion of it is biased.

Thanks for the opportunity to self-promote.

Posted by: thirdnobody_fromleft | Oct 30, 2007 5:25:36 PM


A rejection of waterboarding as torture by someone very familiar with it.

Posted by: Greg | Oct 30, 2007 5:58:19 PM


Another good article written by a former military interrigator about torture.

Posted by: Greg | Oct 30, 2007 6:03:34 PM

Oooh, pick me, pick me!

OK, then, here's some on-the-ground reporting abut how he AFL-CIO is going to kick ass in Kentucky and Virginia when they hold state elections on Tuesday.

Also, check the AFL-CIO blog tomorrow for a sizable piece of news...

Posted by: SDM | Oct 30, 2007 6:07:07 PM

15:The Psychological and Business Incentives to Liquidity ...australian econblogger is going thru Keynes General Theorey, a chapter per day, in depth

Posted by: bob mcmanus | Oct 30, 2007 6:10:18 PM

I'm just starting up a new food & recipe blog: Profumo Profondo.

Posted by: lux | Oct 30, 2007 6:11:21 PM

Profumo Profondo?

You must be like ten years old. Haven't you heard of this beauty.

Posted by: gregor | Oct 30, 2007 6:17:23 PM


Holy crap! What happened to all the great infrastructure we're building? Too busy getting covered in flower petals to fix a damn? Chants of "USA! USA!" don't substitute for actual competence?

Posted by: jcricket | Oct 30, 2007 6:37:52 PM

Might as well add this link for consideration:

A post by the estimable Professor Horton on the dangers posed to the law by governmental sycophants (not sure if that's the right word) during a time of conflict.

Posted by: thirdnobody_fromleft | Oct 30, 2007 6:41:37 PM

@gregor -- It's an Italian phrase as well as a British sex scandal.

Posted by: lux | Oct 30, 2007 6:50:06 PM

I thought this might make an interesting read. British Cabinet minister is detained by DHS at US airport for a second time. He just happens to be brown-skinned and Muslim.

Posted by: Dave | Oct 30, 2007 7:24:10 PM

Well, since you invited us. :D I've been enjoying the blog for a while, especially it's tenacious clarity on health care. Here's me delurking. I'm a teacher at a juvenile detention center. Below is my blog, and the latest entry. :)


As my students and I finish The Freedom Writer's Diary, we've written letters to one of the Freedom Writers whom we hope (God? Are you there? It's me, Ms. Duckworth....) can come visit us. Some barriers still stand in the way of this happening but I find myself determined to do all I can, including considering nutty things like paying $300 myself for a copy of the books for each kid if that's what it takes. I've approached folks for funding and am hoping the city will see the importance of an event like this too. I will be persistent.

While there were a number of "grammar and style" aspects of the kids' letters to work on (at least in some cases), I was impressed especially by some of what the kids shared with our Freedom Writer. They took to the spirit of what I'm tryin to do. They wrote about relating to her struggles, making mistakes (of course, that's why they're here at the Detention Center), and respecting her strength to overcome it all. I'd love for them to be able to tell her that themselves. I don't want this to fall apart as the last pieces fall into place. Two students in particular stand out because of the difficulties they have with writing (one of whom I suspect is dyslexic); despite this, they wrote with detail about the book and their lives. It's amazing the difference that a "real" audience makes. So many writing theorists know this, and yet it seems to happen in so few writing classrooms. I sure don't recall it as a student at all.

And so, I keep making phone calls and writing emails am willing to come in for her visit on a day off (Veteran's Day) if that's what it takes. I want to deliver for them and see what the results may be.

Posted by: Cheryl | Oct 30, 2007 7:30:39 PM

Has everyone seen TV Tropes? It's a giant wiki of every plot trope or character device in existence, in movies, tv, comic books, video games, or anime. So, for example, Evil is Cool describes the conceit of cool evilness - good music, cool toys, sexiness, and then gives examples from media where this happens. If something is not there, well add it!

I warn you though. TV Tropes will ruin your life.

Posted by: stm177 | Oct 30, 2007 7:35:27 PM

Best not to visit this place:

A critique of the "dress over jeans" fashion trend, an exploration of causation and its relation to journalism, and a picture of Don Rumsfeld making a hand motion eerily similar to masturbation.

Also: Wes Anderson! Natalie Portman! And comics!

Posted by: ethan salto | Oct 30, 2007 7:49:29 PM

Related to Ezra's wonderful posts on health care, here's a link to a site a few of us created to serve as an online discussion space for health justice/healthcare related issues (mostly in the US, but with a bit of an international bent too) -- Cure This!

And also check out the 3 year old National Physicians Alliance and our NPA blog. I guarantee you'll be pleasantly surprised.

Posted by: Anjali | Oct 30, 2007 7:52:10 PM

Loving the recognition...


Posted by: smm | Oct 30, 2007 7:55:03 PM


you do deserve recognition for the work that you do, and for your inspiring blog.
the young people that you work with are lucky to have you as a dedicated mentor/teacher.

Posted by: jacqueline | Oct 30, 2007 7:55:14 PM

very kind of you Jacqueline :)

Posted by: Cheryl | Oct 30, 2007 8:08:32 PM

Here's a post I wrote on the Day Care Tax.

Posted by: Spike | Oct 30, 2007 10:33:29 PM

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