In the Audacity of Democracy, I define bigoted language as language that relies on demeaning cultural stereotypes for its punch. One of the things that went badly wrong in the primary is that no one with a big enough megaphone to provoke a cultural discussion defined bigoted language. As a result, it became a matter of opinion whether something was sexist or racist. In point of fact, there are objective standards available to define these things. Read more about Defining Bigotry
I get mail... from Democracy For America:
Next week, Congress will begin making the actual decisions about what reforms will make it into this year's healthcare bill. Read more about Flood MoveOn.org's Howard Dean email inbox
One or the other returns us to the rule of law (however disgusting pardoning war criminals might be). Sweeping it all under the rug and "looking forward" doesn't cut it.
Unless you're a bankster, of course. There's that.
Once again, McClatchy is covering the story; I can't imagine why WaPo and the Times are go-to news sources for anybody but insiders, these days. It's a shame, but there it is.
Is Obama wrong on Iraq? Baghdad violence worst in year
Calling recent bombings "a legitimate cause for concern," Obama said "civilian deaths . . . remain very low compared to what was going on last year."
McClatchy, as usual, covers what nobody else does. Here's the first part of a three-part series on being homeless in the Charlotte Observer:
Kenneth and Stacy Dowdy can't afford a place to live in Charlotte. Neither can Charles DuPree. But if you passed them on the street, you might not recognize them for what they are: Homeless.
But I think he's focusing on the card players -- insane right, reasonable left -- round the table, without asking why the house always wins. Heck, to avoid the pitchforks, the casino owners might fund the violent right ("Of course, we'll be able to control them"). Read more about And the banksters would object to right wing violence why?
UPDATE 10:15 PM SATURDAY:
Coach among 12 injured in Cowboys' roof collapse
By DAVID JIMENEZ and JAIME ARON – 1 hour ago
Tomorrow is Sunday, and after taking the last session off it's time to find out what we have all been reading.
If I had to choose a topic, I'd go with Eastern European sports thriller, but that may be a bit too focused. I'll just leave it open to whatever. I keep hinting at some trashy mind candy like Valley of the Dolls but haven't gotten any takers. I know there are some of you out there that read "those kinds of books". I know I'd read more myself if you all just mentioned them to me. I'll be waiting... Read more about Sunday Book Review
Read this wonderful story. Most of it is about the Credit Municipal, which is, believe it or not, a pawnshop run by the state (and whose terms, therefore, are not usorious). Read more about We'll always have Paris, where the municipal pawnshop is a regulated public utility