Jami Floyd appears in the following:
Saturday, April 16, 2011
The lessons of the Bay of Pigs haven’t been learned at all. Since the brilliant disaster, we have been to Vietnam, Cambodia, Grenada, Panama, Iraq, Afghanistan, and back to Iraq again, with military force. And now there is Libya. Some of these have arguably benefited U.S. interests. Most have not.
- Jami Floydon the 50th anniversary of the disastrous 'Bay of Pigs' invasion to depose Fidel Castro
Friday, April 15, 2011
More than 14,000 books that have been written about his presidency and assassination. Why the fascination? Simply put, Lincoln was the greatest president of the world’s greatest democracy.
— Jami Floyd marking the 146th anniversary of President Lincoln's death.
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
The Winklevoss twins keep suing over Facebook, but sometimes long-term lawsuits pay off. Jami Floyd, legal analyst, sometime guest host for the Brian Lehrer Show, and IAFC blogger, fields calls about what goes into decisions about when to sue, when to appeal, and when to give up the case.
Friday, April 08, 2011
This week Glenn Beck announced he will leave his daily Fox News show, later this year. But he’s not going anywhere. Not really.
Tuesday, April 05, 2011
-- Jami Floyd on the decision to hold the 9/11 terror trials at Guantanamo bay
Saturday, April 02, 2011
President Obama has been very busy lately, what with Japan, the budget, not to mention launching an attack on Libya. Still, the president himself has been under fire. The leader of the free world, it seems, isn't free to take a break from the real-world madness to partake in a little March Madness.
Rush Limbaugh: “The Dow Jones Industrial Average is down nearly 300 right now. My guess is that the Street really doesn't like Obama's NCAA bracket."
Sean Hannity: "The NCAA tournament picks, I'm sure they're really important for ESPN, but maybe not at this particular time."
Newt Gingrich: America needs "a commander-in-chief not a spectator-in-chief." The list goes on; but you get the idea.
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
-- Jami Floyd on the U.S. Prosecution of Barry Bonds for lying about steroid use
Monday, March 28, 2011
Sunday, March 27, 2011
Today when she saw the headline on the front page of the Los Angeles Times, “Geraldine Ferraro: A ‘Lightening Bolt’ for Women in Politics,” my twelve-year-old daughter asked me, “Mama, who’s Geraldine Ferraro?
Sigh. What to say?
Well, of course, Geraldine Ferraro was the first female nominee for Vice President of the United States. And I started there.
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
-- Jami Floyd, on Elizabeth Taylor's AIDS activism
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
-- Jami Floyd, on the politics of Big Love
Thursday, March 03, 2011
Snyder v. Phelps pitted the free speech rights of a group of arguably mean-spirited but dedicated religious zealots against the asserted privacy rights of a sympathetic military family. Classic case. Sounds like a tough decision; but it's easy.
Friday, February 25, 2011
Let's all stop and take a deep breath to reconsider the news of this week.
The Obama administration announced it would no longer defend the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Same-sex marriage has become one of the most contentious issues of our time. There is one thing, however, proponents and opponents would likely agree upon: these battles being waged in the states are all part of a larger war about what we stand for as a nation. Is ours a limited democracy — retrenched, traditional and exclusionary? Or is our democracy expansive and inclusive — one that evolves over time? On Wednesday, the Obama administration placed itself on the side of an expansive and inclusive democracy.
Friday, February 18, 2011
For over a month, we’ve been talking about revolution in the Middle East. It started with a man who set himself on fire, desperate, after police confiscated the produce he sold without a permit.
Mohamed Bouazizi, a 26-year-old university graduate without a steady job, was trying to support his family. His self-immolation has left him burned from head to toe, in intensive care, wrapped completely in white gauze bandages. But he spurred his country to action, leading to transformation in Tunisia and demonstrations that spread across North Africa to Egypt. And now the world turns its attention to what will happen next in Yemen, Libya and Bahrain.
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
On the front page of Tuesday's New York Times: Democracy protests in Iran, Yemen and Bahrain. But I want to talk about Iraq. As I mentioned on this page last week, the U.S. miscalculated badly there, spending hundreds of billions of dollars trying to bring democracy to the Middle East. But, in an ironic twist, as the winds of change sweep through the region, true democracy has not come to Iraq.
History teaches that real change is organic and comes from within; it cannot be imposed from without.
Monday, February 14, 2011
Champions of democracy the world over welcomed the departure of Hosni Mubarak, Friday, with a massive display of joy. Protesters across Cairo savored their victory, and correspondents on TV channels worldwide fought back tears (some, in fact did cry) as they reported the story of a revolution.
I was inspired, instead, to turn to Brother Webster -- as in Webster’s Dictionary, for a little reminder of what all the hoopla was about:
Revolution |n. (pl. s)(Origin Latin revolutio.) a fundamental change in power that takes place in a relatively short period of time.
Given this definition – “a fundamental change in power” perhaps the celebration is a bit premature. I hate to be a spoilsport, but I’m fairly confident that military regime is not what the youth of Egypt had in mind over these last three weeks. And “revolutionary change” is certainly not what has come to Egypt – not yet.
Friday, February 11, 2011
I have been watching the events in Egypt over these 18 days and it was clear that the country had risen together for a single cause — the removal of President Hosni Mubarak. But as I have suggested before, a revolution does not a democracy make.
There can be no orderly transition of government in Egypt in the midst of chaos. The protestors have made their point. They have won the day: Murbarak has resigned.
Thursday, February 10, 2011
Halle Berry may not choose her words as carefully as a politician, but this is the realpolitik she is talking about. She may not be as eloquent as a preacher, but this is the painful process of self-identification that people like us remember. This was a place where skin color and the fullness of your lips and the broadness of your nose could give you away. And, if we are to be honest about it, as Ms. Berry was, America is a place where these factors still determine too much.
Tuesday, February 08, 2011
Having a constitution and respecting that constitution are clearly not synonymous. Without legitimacy, a constitution is nothing more than words on a page. The importance of a constitutional system has less to do with the actual words in the document than the commitment that the people have to respect it. A large number of Egyptians clearly do not think their Constitution has secured what it promises.