I'm in the middle of a comprehensive overhaul of the living space, including massive amounts of cleaning. I hate it. I also hate the fact that I feel guilty, despite years of rebellion, feminist training, and a tough grrl attitude, whenever I look upon some slight mess in my house. I hate the misogynist narrative that says women have to care about this stuff all the time and no matter what their profession, but that it's "cool" and "manly" for guys to live like slobs even when they've got all the time and/or money in the world to keep a clean house. Read more about Drudgery
Blame it on Paul Krugmanâ€”he started it! (explanation below)
FWIW, by Buffalo Springfield
Last week, a songwriter here in Nashville asked our DFA group, "Where are OUR war protest songs? They're being written and recorded--but the radio still won't play them!" Read more about Iraq vs Vietnam: Where are OUR protest songs?
We can't say "Constitutional crisis" often enough. Krugman always satisfies:
Thereâ€™s something happening here, and what it is seems completely clear: the Bush administration is trying to protect itself by purging independent-minded prosecutors.
Bill, Bill, Bill, are you just too lazy to even phone it in? Crooks and Liars has the video, but it's just so . . .weak. I mean, blaming the victim. That's for 2nd tier wingnuts like Nancy Grace, not a Peabody Award winning journalist like yourself:
O'Reilly is a lunatic, plain and simple and yes Bill, this is a personal attack. He has the nerve to attack one of the kidnapped victims (Shawn Hornbeck) because he didn't try to get away. Something along the lines of 'he didn't like school so he stayed with his assailant.'
Bill: The question is why didn't he escape when he could have? There are all kinds of theories about thatâ€¦
Yet another female Bush enabler, Dana "Lucretia" Perino, on Pelosi's comment that Bush was rushing the surge to avoid oversight:
"Those particular comments were poisonous," Perino said. "I think questioning the president's motivations [Oh my goodness!] and suggesting that he, for some political reason [Shocked! Shocked!], is rushing troops into harm's way, is not appropriate, it is not correct, and it is unfortunate because we
do havedid put troops in harm's way."
There's no doubt what today's most alarming development is the detention of Abdul-Hadi al-Darraji. This represents a major escalation. The report in today's Guardian headlined:
that al-Sadr has sent his family into hiding accords with other reports from Iraq. I have chosen to headline tonight's posting with it rather than the Arabic language reports from Aswat Al Iraq.
I dread the coming bloodbath. So do the Iraqis - they know what's coming next. It's why the Iraqi contingent who post here [on Gorilla's Guides, they evacuated all their women relatives, dependents, and males under 16 a week ago - markfromireland] evacuated their families once they'd confirmed the reports that American forces were sealing off Sadr city. Thank God they were on time to do that.
Detention of Sheikh Abdul-Hadi al-Darraji
The fall out from the American detention of Sheikh Abdul-Hadi al-Darraji continues. This report is the second update. Aswat al Iraq have published an English translation of this report. There are no significant diffences between the English and Arabic versions. The text below is from the English version a previous English language update can be found here:
Sadr aide detained without Iraqi government knowledge - MP Read more about Battle Of Sadr City About To Begin
It's the new Bipartisanship! Froomkin:
BUSH: "Most members of Congress support the troops, don't get me wrong."
No, I'm not getting you wrong. Trust me on that, George.
Hey, I wonder which party the Congressional representatives are in, the ones that don't support the troops? Let me guess what Bush has in mind, here... Read more about Bush: Only some Democrats are traitors
Bush isn't governor anymore. That hasn't changed much in the Oil Kingdom of Harris County, from whence comes this account of a public health study showing kids in industrial neighborhoods get more cancer: Read more about How the GOP wants YOU to Live:
[C&L readers, welcome! The United Arab Emirates post you expected is here.]
The House on Friday overhauled the board supervising its teenage pages, responding to a scandal that left youngsters vulnerable to a lawmaker's sexual come-ons and helped Democrats win control of Congress.
I love lists like these
Summary of the World
If we could shrink the Earth's population to a village of precisely 100 people, with all existing human ratios remaining the same, it would look like this
81 would be from less developed countries with a gross income per capita and year of US$ 3,580, 19 would be from developed countries with a gross income per capita and year of US$ 22,060.
Brother and Sisters:
As but a single citizen of the United States of America, I raise my voice in sadness and shame at the actions of our government, past, present, and future. I strongly believe that my words and views are shared by a growing majority of American citizens. Read more about An Open Letter to the People of Iran and Other Nations of the Middle East and Asia
Jesus I hate the SCLM. This moron is emblematic of everything that is wrong with the press corps here. Ron Paul running for president? No way, Heather! My "college roomate smoked pot with him," and anyway, he's not a "superstar" like my BFF St. Straight Flopper. ...bah. Snark is hard for me today, so instead, I'll remind those towering intellects over at ABC that Mr. Paul has made fools of those who predicted his loss before. Wiki cause I'm too lazy to look all this up myself:
In 1996, Paul was again elected to the House as a Republican. Mainstream Republican Party figures backed the incumbent, Greg Laughlin, a Democratic representative who had switched parties in the wake of the Republican takeover of Congress. Laughlin attempted to portray Paul's views as extreme and eccentric, but Paul won the primary and went on to win the general election.