Sonia Sotomayor hasn't even been nominated to the Supreme Court yet, and already she's being bashed by a whisper campaign that started with Jeffery Rosen at TNR, and now continues with a disgustingly sexist and racist Letterman parody that paints her as an over-emotional dumb Latina Judge Judy.
It feels like the 2008 primary all over again. Read more about The Bashing of Sonia
The intrepid Clark Newhall has set up another single-payer fax blast, this time to the Senate Finance Committee, plus the White House.
There is also an 800 number you can call (I haven't tried that yet) to leave a message for the President or for Baucus - 800-578-4171. Read more about Single-payer FREE fax blast round 2 is here
Dream (by Susie at Suburban Guerrilla)
I was talking to a friend, and he said, “You know what I dream? That one day the Democrats will control both houses of Congress and the White House, and then we’ll stop the war, get all the money out of politics and have single-payer healthcare.” Hah. Keep dreaming.
Looking for a job? How about guinea pig? Doctors and scientists all over the country need volunteers to test a variety of medical products and procedures, and these volunteers don't work for free.
It's always the same, isn't it? No accountability for Versailes, ever. It's exactly the same with health care
If we could just "nudge" those fucking peasants into eating right, maybe spend a few hundred bucks at the gym, we could keep collecting those premiums and never pay out on them. Why won't they do the right thing? Read more about Torture the fault of the peasants, not of Versailles
According to Yves, Obama's chief of the SEC, Mary Schapiro, dumped $862 million worth of "auction rate securities" while head of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) -- without telling the public. So, while FINRA and the insiders got out in time, the public was left holding the bag. Quelle surprise. And the beauty part?
The agency that would investigate Mary Schapiro's conduct while head of FINRA would be the SEC. Which Mary Schapiro now heads. Cozy! Read more about I'm shocked
OK, OK. I had to write the headline. Anyhow -- turns out replacing soldiers on the ground with drones piloted by modern-day gamers from remote locations has a downside -- especially if you're a dead civilian. LA Times:
avid Kilcullen is no soft-headed peacenik.
He's a beefy, 41-year-old former Australian army officer who served in Iraq as a top advisor to U.S. Army Gen. David H. Petraeus. He's one of the counter-insurgency warrior/theorists who designed Petraeus' successful "surge" of troops into the streets of Baghdad.
In honor of Cinco de Mayo, Scienceblogger Ethan Siegel reminds us that an important contribution to our nation's history was made by a person of Mexican heritage and goes on to write of the importance of Unions, and the Employee Free Choice Act.
And then he knocks down the bogus argument that unionization causes unemployment. OK, that part's rather geekishly wonky. But I love it.
Unionization: ¡Sí se puede! Read more about A Cinco de Mayo Pick-me-up
Two stories that are really the same story. First, on torture:
Bush administration lawyers who approved harsh interrogation techniques of terror suspects should not face criminal charges, Justice Department investigators say in a draft report that recommends two of the three attorneys face possible professional sanctions.
This after Obama said in his presser that torture broke the law. So much for that leadership thing. Read more about Plus ça "change," plus c'est la même chose
I'd forgotten there was some controversy about PBS not broadcasting it prior to the election last year; the documentary maker distributed it to individual stations which wanted to show it. The PBS ombudsman Ken Bode writes about this. Read more about PSA of the Day: NYC PBS rebroadcast of "Torturing Democracy" tonight, 9-10:30