It's A Free Country Blogger Roundtable

Monday, December 20, 2010

Bloggers Karol Markowicz and Jami Floyd, and Rise of the Center founder Solomon Kleinsmith, discuss the latest news and highlight new essays from It's a Free Country.


Jami Floyd, Solomon Kleinsmith and Karol Markowicz

Comments [11]

Peter from Brooklyn

That it is ONLY teachers Bloomberg wants to lay-off willy-nilly, not police or ambulance drivers or hospital workers or accountants or sanitation workers or any others of our civil service, is a dead give-away of his fixation on "all the old teachers are bad, only the newest, youngest, least experienced teachers are good.

Feb. 08 2011 10:21 AM
Mike Phelan from Grand Central Terminal

Like immigrants and gays before them, public workers appear to be the new "scarecrows" for our public officials to use in 2011 in order to rally the troops and blame them for the current mess. Is laying off thousands of public workers part of Gov. Cuomo's plan to relieve unemployment ?

Jan. 06 2011 10:20 AM
Marianne from Staten Island

Ms.Markowitz is so hypocritical about defending her own well-to do position ("too much waste is government, " "give your own money if you feel so", etc.)
This is a typicl narcissistic egocentric anti-community attitude; Brian you let it slide.

She should look in the mirror but in some ways, it's good that she exposed her character to the listeners: that's who I am, you all go to hell, i have to keep everything, enjoy what government gave me and keep some more. Is this a person of character, of moral? This is walking egocentric greed. This is the true face of the new/old Republicans.

Jan. 04 2011 10:49 AM
usa! usa!

exactly which country does sound good to the lady?

Jan. 04 2011 10:44 AM
Solomon Kleinsmith from Omaha, NE

I think Jami told me I need to respect my elders there near the end, haha

Dec. 20 2010 02:03 PM
Solomon Kleinsmith from Omaha, NE

Appreciate the props Dickey.

Dec. 20 2010 12:02 PM
Kevin from NC

Karol thinks this was an easy vote for the Republicans who supported repeal? I live in North Carolina and I KNOW that Sen Burr's vote was not an easy or popular one with his voters. He deserves respect for making a courageous and difficult vote.

Dec. 20 2010 11:51 AM


Compared to Jamie, Karol is nothing but an ideologue who appeared to be incapable of reasoned analysis.

Solomon -- as his name suggests -- is capable of evaluating each position on its merits.


Dec. 20 2010 11:24 AM
Billy Gray from Greenpoint

"Legitimizes breaking the law"? Seriously, Karol?

Has she read the DREAM act? What typical conservative dog-whistling. The DREAM act is about ending the unfair punishment of productive young people who did nothing wrong, to integrate them into our society.

Dec. 20 2010 10:38 AM
Paul from Ridgewood NJ/NYC

Bravo for Congress, finally retiring this awful rule. Note that you left one choice off of your "unscientific" survey: "There will be minor problems, but nothing of overall consequence."

Dec. 20 2010 10:27 AM
Steve from NY, NY

Historically open and acknowledged military service is the route by which oppressed minorities eventually gain full and equal legal, civil and social rights in America.

Simply put: Open military service today... full equal rights including same-sex marriage tomorrow.

I consider myself a lefty/progressive populist in good standing who is both anti-War and anti-American Imperialism, somebody who is 90% in agreement with Chalmers Johnson and the American Empire Project.

Over the years some of my fellow travelers (lol) have objected to the left taking up the cause of the repeal of don't ask don't tell, viewing this more as a pro-militaristic "equal wrongs" then "equal rights."

However, regardless of one’s views on the military-industrial complex, fortress America, and our imperialist role with bases in hundreds of countries all over the world, the fact is (whether it should be the case or not; alas) that historically open and acknowledged military service is the route by which oppressed minorities eventually gain full and equal legal, civil and social rights in America.

The fact is that was important at the time for abolition and (albeit briefly) reconstruction that African-Americans served in the Union Army during the Civil War.

It has been an important path to respect, lessening of social discrimination and equality for every immigrant group throughout American history, from Germans and Irish during the Revolution and War of 1812; to Jews, Italians and other southern and eastern Europeans in World War I and II; and again for African-Americans and the civil rights movement coming out of World War II and Korea.
Military service today... full equal rights including same-sex marriage tomorrow.

That is the real reason why it has been fought for, for so long (regardless of one's views about the military and American militarism and the military-industrial complex per se)... and by the way, this is the real reason why they are against it.

Dec. 20 2010 10:23 AM

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