TalkLeft Birthday and Open Thread

TalkLeft turns 11 years old today. Wow. The time has just flown by. I wonder if I would have began this endeavor if I knew then I would be writing every day for the next 11 years.

While it's only natural that we ebb and flow, we still work really hard at keeping you up to date with the latest news on politics, crime, and injustice, tracking down actual court and legislative documents so you can read them yourselves -- and making sure the conversation stays civil by weeding out the blog-cloggers and drive-bys who try to hijack or dominate the discussion or insult our commenters. [More...]

Readers come and go, and many come back again. We must be doing something right. And we appreciate each of you.

When you find a blog that you check in with frequently, to see what's new or just what they have to say, or because you appreciate their point of view and like the way they express it, or because you enjoy interacting with the blog's community of readers, occasional donations are appropriate to say thanks. They are also very appreciated. The site costs a lot to maintain, and I spend a lot of money on PACER and other such services to be able to bring readers the actual documents, whether it be court filings or political/congressional documents.

This last year saw us end official advertising (the affiliate ads at the bottom will probably disappear this year as well. I like the site better without ads.) But that ad revenue was handy.

If you appreciate our coverage, or just want to buy us a birthday drink, here is the the paypal link. It's very easy (and takes credit cards even if you don't have a paypal account.) If remaining anonymous is important to you, or you don't like paypal, you can send cash or a check via Snail Mail. Here's the address.

So today, on our 11th birthday, thanks to every one of you who have read a page, posted a comment, given us a news tip, linked to TalkLeft, donated dollars and befriended us. You've made it all worthwhile.

(I will leave this post at the top for a day or two, newer posts will appear below.)

Jeralyn and Big Tent Democrat (who we all hope resumes writing soon!)

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    CONSCIOUS vs. SUBCONSCIOUS, vol. 36-38 (5.00 / 1) (#3)
    by Dadler on Fri Jun 14, 2013 at 07:57:55 AM EST
    Interesting development.... (5.00 / 2) (#11)
    by kdog on Fri Jun 14, 2013 at 11:38:17 AM EST
    Now that we know the NSA has all our phone and email records stored, a defense counsel in Florida is demanding the NSA cough up the goods to exonerate their client.

    I'd say the Mets have a better chance of winning the World Series than the NSA coming clean...but I like how his lawyer thinks!  If nothing else, maybe we can tie the NSA up in court defending their right to secrecy while invading our privacy.

    I love it - instant alibi (none / 0) (#14)
    by ruffian on Fri Jun 14, 2013 at 01:03:11 PM EST
    If the state doesn't move to... (none / 0) (#29)
    by unitron on Fri Jun 14, 2013 at 05:07:51 PM EST
    ...obtain copies of recordings of Trayvon's last two conversations with Witness 8, perhaps that's a hint to the defense that they should demand that the court demand them.

    Happy BIrthday, TL. (none / 0) (#1)
    by lentinel on Fri Jun 14, 2013 at 07:52:38 AM EST
    Is it 10 or 11 years?

    Top paragraph says 11.
    Paragraph near the bottom says 10.

    Whichever - I have been an devoted reader for at least six of those years and thank you very much for the information you provide - and the opportunity to express my thoughts.

    Happy B-Day, TL (none / 0) (#2)
    by Dadler on Fri Jun 14, 2013 at 07:55:38 AM EST
    Great work through the years, J. Always much appreciated. I'll kick some dollars into the kitty as soon as I'm done.

    Thanks again!

    contribution made! (none / 0) (#4)
    by Dadler on Fri Jun 14, 2013 at 08:11:11 AM EST
    a small price to pay for such an excellent site.

    Congratulations! (none / 0) (#5)
    by scribe on Fri Jun 14, 2013 at 08:23:58 AM EST
    But, jeez.  Pretty soon you'll have a teenager on your hands....

    That'll only be a problem ... (none / 0) (#32)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Fri Jun 14, 2013 at 09:40:21 PM EST
    ... if he starts asking to borrow the car.

    I just contributed, too (none / 0) (#6)
    by SuzieTampa on Fri Jun 14, 2013 at 09:46:02 AM EST
    I appreciate your support of Hillary and am indebted for your coverage of the GZ case.

    Jeb Bush (none / 0) (#7)
    by CoralGables on Fri Jun 14, 2013 at 09:46:10 AM EST
    misspeaks and manages to offend people on all sides of the immigration debate today.

    When trying to speak in favor of the positive economic impact of a new immigration law he said, "Immigrants are more fertile".

    He likely meant to say they have a higher fertility rate thus priming the economic engine, or it could have been due to a long-term Freudian side effect of Republicans not being able to stay out of people's bedrooms.

    Republicans are doomed on Latino issues (none / 0) (#15)
    by MKS on Fri Jun 14, 2013 at 01:11:45 PM EST
    The little boy at the Spurs game shows how some just can't hide their bigotry.

    The kid all dressed up in his Mariachi outfit looked cute, so no big deal, it was San Antonio....whatever.

    But omigod the kid could sing....

    And....the bigots didn't like him or his outfit...

    Republicans just do not like Latinos, plain and simple.  Too bad, so sad, I'm glad--Republican bigotry will bring them down.  


    He's soooo cute (none / 0) (#17)
    by nycstray on Fri Jun 14, 2013 at 01:26:02 PM EST
    I just wanted to hug him.

    They really picked the wrong 'face' to spout their racism.


    As Gary Trudeau said (none / 0) (#28)
    by jondee on Fri Jun 14, 2013 at 04:19:49 PM EST
    they long for the days of Sing Along with Mitch, Burma Shave signs, and when hardworking white people were "the backbone of of America"..



    Sing along with Mitch... (none / 0) (#31)
    by unitron on Fri Jun 14, 2013 at 05:12:17 PM EST
    ...inspired lust in the hearts of countless white males when they added Leslie Uggams, which in it's own particular way helped advance desegregation.

    I guess Arthur Duncan's presence on The Lawrence Welk Show did as well, but probably with slightly less "Hubba hubba" factor.


    I just don't understand that thinking. (none / 0) (#36)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Fri Jun 14, 2013 at 10:40:47 PM EST
    We had a UH football game against Boise State out here about ten years ago that was played on national TV on December 7, the anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attack, and to honor the occasion, a local native Hawaiian entertainer sang the U.S. National Anthem in Hawaiian. It was actually a very moving performance, and a touching tribute to those who died in the assault, but the wingbats on the mainland just went ballistic.

    They're crazy.


    Yes, huge misspeak (none / 0) (#18)
    by jbindc on Fri Jun 14, 2013 at 01:34:38 PM EST
    Here's his actual quote:

    "Immigrants create far more businesses than native-born Americans," Bush said. "Immigrants are more fertile, and they love families, and they have more intact families, and they bring a younger population. Immigrants create an engine of economic prosperity."



    There are too many people in D.C. ... (5.00 / 1) (#35)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Fri Jun 14, 2013 at 10:33:57 PM EST
    ... who apparently make a lucrative living by manufacturing issues out of whole cloth. This is one of those issues.

    I'm no fan of the Bush family, and I'll never vote for any one of them for anything. But it's pretty obvious in the context you provided that Jeb Bush simply misspoke, as we all do from time to time, and that he never intended to say anything at all derogatory about immigrants. He's not stupid, and he's certainly not going to parrot the xenophobic crackpot wing of the GOP -- at least, one would hope so.



    Plus, Jeb's wife was a Mexican immigrant (none / 0) (#38)
    by SuzieTampa on Sat Jun 15, 2013 at 08:57:05 AM EST
    Columba is an American citizen, but born in Mexico. They have 3 children.

    DId Not Misspeak (none / 0) (#39)
    by squeaky on Sat Jun 15, 2013 at 09:50:57 AM EST
    Yes, he may have misspoken, been insensitive etc, but what is more important is the disinformation that both conservatives and liberals are promulgating in order to press their economic agendas. The fears that economic decline is linked to low national fertility rates has been discredited.

    For one US fertility rates are not in crises, and two, the answer is not larger population but

    its human capital and its savings, investment and consumption practices

    In a new book on United States-Mexico relations, Shannon K. O'Neil of the Council on Foreign Relations writes: "Desperate to close the gaps in America's work force, in the next decade we may be urging Mexicans to come to the United States. In another new book, "What to Expect When No One's Expecting: America's Coming Demographic Disaster," Jonathan V. Last of The Weekly Standard warns of a "population implosion" that will doom the economy to Japan-style stagnation.

    These fears are hogwash.

    Unlike many wealthy nations that will see their populations stabilize or decrease in coming decades, the United States, the world's third most populous country, is expected to grow -- to to 420.3 million by 2060 from 315.7 million people today. Our fertility rate (1.9 births per woman, slightly below the "replacement rate" of 2.1) has dipped since the Great Recession but is still among the highest of rich countries' and ties or exceeds fertility rates in middle-income countries like Brazil, Iran, Thailand and Vietnam.

    It was conservatives who largely invented the "aging crisis," during their 1970s ascendancy. ......conservatives exaggerated these trends to call for welfare state retrenchment: reductions in Social Security and Medicare benefits. Meanwhile, corporations backed the last successful immigration overhaul, in 1986, for the reasons they do now: their desire for a large supply of low-wage labor....

    The proposed solution to the fabricated fertility crisis -- more babies -- helped bury the movement for "zero population growth" that environmental activists advocated in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

    Conservatives and liberals alike generally assume that population growth drives economic growth. But until the triumph of the new laissez-faire economics in the 1970s and 1980s, most economists agreed that what mattered was not the size of a population but its human capital and its savings, investment and consumption practices.

    The False Alarm Over U.S. Fertility


    Yep (none / 0) (#19)
    by bocajeff on Fri Jun 14, 2013 at 01:41:01 PM EST
    all those positive attributes sure sound racist to me. I'm sure he secretly hates his wife, in-laws and children because of their heritage as well. Self loathing for sure.

    Yeah (none / 0) (#20)
    by jbindc on Fri Jun 14, 2013 at 01:46:21 PM EST
    I think his wife and kids should know that he feels that way.

    I think it was a poor choice of words, but I certainly know what he meant.

    Maybe those fertile immigrants are moving into one of the 57 states of the United States - especially around the Great Lakes which are near Oregon.


    more than a poor choice of words dude (none / 0) (#30)
    by DFLer on Fri Jun 14, 2013 at 05:11:31 PM EST
    Latinos are no more or less fertile than any other human population. Choosing to have babies and bigger families....well that's another thing.

    That's not true. (none / 0) (#33)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Fri Jun 14, 2013 at 09:49:00 PM EST
    The Great Lakes are next to West Consin and Old Milwaukee.

    Sounds like ol' Jeb (none / 0) (#21)
    by kdog on Fri Jun 14, 2013 at 01:47:30 PM EST
    might be a closet open borders guy...c'mon out the closet fully Jeb! ;)

    No imaginary line should keep a families apart, no imaginary line should keep consumers from our markets.  Open Borders baby...pro business, and more importantly, pro basic human rights.


    Sounds (none / 0) (#40)
    by Ga6thDem on Sat Jun 15, 2013 at 12:55:36 PM EST
    like he inherited the Bush gene for putting one's foot in one's mouth to me.

    Nevertheless, I think his mother did more damage to him than he could ever do to himself by saying that he should not be president.


    Vary Happy Birthday TL!! (none / 0) (#8)
    by ruffian on Fri Jun 14, 2013 at 10:39:14 AM EST
    Small token of my appreciation in your Paypal account...I've been crazy busy lately, but you are still the one!

    Happy Birthday.... (none / 0) (#9)
    by kdog on Fri Jun 14, 2013 at 11:17:11 AM EST
    they seem to come faster and faster.

    Still kickin' arse and taking names...what an accomplishment J, and the proof is in your loyal readership and the lil' community of criminal justice/political geek knuckleheads you created, that I love so much.

    Here's to the hostess, BTD, T Chris, Last Night in Little Rock, and all you crazy kids in the comment section past, present, and future.  Thanks for putting up with me!

    Hopefully... (none / 0) (#10)
    by kdog on Fri Jun 14, 2013 at 11:24:45 AM EST
    it won't be too many more TL birthdays until we never read a story like this again.

    What kinda animal drops a dime on the guy...that's what I would like to know.  May karma find them and fast!

    Jeebus (none / 0) (#12)
    by sj on Fri Jun 14, 2013 at 12:29:28 PM EST
    Under current law, medical marijuana is legal, but only if it is purchased from South Carolina's Department of Health and Environmental Control. However, the Department has never actually distributed any marijuana according to department spokesman. The law is 33 years old.
    What's up with that?

    "Same old story, same old game.... (none / 0) (#13)
    by kdog on Fri Jun 14, 2013 at 12:39:30 PM EST
    Powerman, Powerman...driving us insane."

    Reminds me of the Marihuana Tax Stamp Act of 1937...a total ruse.


    Attention Chinatown Shoppers.... (none / 0) (#16)
    by kdog on Fri Jun 14, 2013 at 01:13:42 PM EST
    that sweet deal on a designer knock-off purse may soon come with a $1000 fine and/or 1 year in a cage, if Councilwoman Chin has her way.  

    I wonder how much Gucci, Chanel, etc. is contributing to her campaign.

    Politicians... (none / 0) (#22)
    by ScottW714 on Fri Jun 14, 2013 at 02:43:38 PM EST
    She seems to believe that if counterfeits weren't available, the same folks would be buying the real deal.
    "This is really having a severe impact on quality of life."

    I would imagine the opposite is true, that people who normally wouldn't buy their goods in NYC do so because that is where the knock-offs are.


    She's nuts or corrupt... (none / 0) (#23)
    by kdog on Fri Jun 14, 2013 at 02:55:36 PM EST
    the knock-offs, right or wrong, bring a ton of foot traffic to Chinatown who wouldn't normally be in Chinatown.  It's a boon to all the local businesses and restaurants.

    My moms tells a great story of going to Chinatown with a friend of hers who is a major knock-off bargain hound...complete with following old Chinese ladies down alleys, secret knocks, and freight elevators.  Real James Bond sh*t.


    the workers who make the counterfeits (none / 0) (#26)
    by jondee on Fri Jun 14, 2013 at 03:50:00 PM EST
    probably get paid more than the ones who work for Gucci and Chanel..

    If that was your idea or creation which ... (none / 0) (#34)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Fri Jun 14, 2013 at 10:02:44 PM EST
    ... Chinese scam artists were purloining and copying to create cheap imitations for which you receive absolutely zip in royalties, I don't think you'd be so flippant. In fact, you'd probably call it theft -- which is exactly what it is.

    I'm all for taxing merchandise from Gucci and Chanel, Prada, etc. as the frivolous luxury items that they are. Allowing or encouraging counterfeiters to rip those designers off is a whole 'nother matter.



    John Law going after.... (5.00 / 1) (#37)
    by kdog on Sat Jun 15, 2013 at 06:31:31 AM EST
    the counterfeiters is one thing...understandable, though I hope not a priority for law enforcement.  The designers ain't hurting bro, and their customer base of socialites wouldn't be caught dead with a fake.

    Criminalizing shoppers who may not even be trying to get a fake Prada, just a decent price, is one of those cures of ours that is far worse than the disease.  It's insane, and we got real problems.


    Happy birthday! eom (none / 0) (#24)
    by Cashmere on Fri Jun 14, 2013 at 03:08:28 PM EST

    Great Work!!! (none / 0) (#25)
    by squeaky on Fri Jun 14, 2013 at 03:42:03 PM EST
    May TL live on for another decade, score or more.

    I too (none / 0) (#27)
    by lentinel on Fri Jun 14, 2013 at 04:03:26 PM EST
    have sent a contribution via Paypal.

    Thank you, TL.

    Happy Birthday from beautiful (none / 0) (#41)
    by observed on Sun Jun 16, 2013 at 01:24:37 AM EST
    Lake Bohinj. Vienna next week and then back to Astana. I've been at a conference and then vacationing.