Nemo me impune lacessit

No one provokes me with impunity


No Title of Nobility shall be granted by the United States: And no Person holding any Office of Profit or Trust under them, shall, without the Consent of the Congress, accept of any present, Emolument, Office, or Title, of any kind whatever, from any King, Prince, or foreign State.

Article 1, Section 9, Constitution of the United States

If this is the law of the land...why in a republic (little r) and as republicans, do we allow mere POLITICIANS to the right to use a "title of office" for the rest of their lives as if it were de facto a patent of nobility. Because, as republicans, this should NOT be the case...just saying...

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Wednesday, July 21, 2010

JournoList Reborn as Cabalist

The ostensibly sectret listserve JournoList has been reborn as Cabalist under the leadership of Jon Cohn of The New Republic, Michelle Goldberg, and Steven Teles.  The new cabal is only 173 member  and should probably be easier to police, though obviously it's been leaked already.  It only took a few weeks.   Jeffery Goldberg, had this to say on the new list serve
Hence, the birth of the heretofore secret Cabalist, which unlike Journolist, has only 173 members, rather than 400, but which in other ways resembles Journolist (such as in the propensity of Cabalist members to leak ostensibly private information to non-Cabalist members, including to yours truly). The 173 members are mainly veterans of Journolist, and don't ask me what happened to the other 227; perhaps they were purged after being judged splitters in secret on-line show trials.

Personally, I think that any  organization that exists in order to coordinate a control of news or to propagandize is dangerous to the republic in which we live.  I'm  just surprised that it only took a few weeks for the existence to the new listserve to surface.

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