Nothing brings greater fear to the heart of the racist than black and brown people with experience in 'The System' who vote.
Except, perhaps, a black man that white voters will elect to office.
These guys are starting to make the Texas lege look good. Read the post for the twists and turns. (I'm not sure it's resolved yet--apparently, the Dems have retained control by one vote, after Evil Fuck Republican Speaker Perzel got one Dem to pull a Lieberman and vote for him, but then got outgunned on the floor vote.) But what interests me:
Some of the content was filed from the State House using a PDA. That, and cell phones, are part of the future of citizen journalism. Read more about A wild ride in the Pennsylvania legislature
As they prepare to take control of Congress this week and face up to campaign pledges to restore bipartisanship and openness, Democrats are planning to largely sideline Republicans from the first burst of lawmaking.
These include the traditional "what, me report?" Friday news void (an especially yawning gap, given the holiday weekend) and helping drown out coverage of the 3,000 dead American troops milestone. Read more about Dig two graves
Looking for the appropriate post-Holiday sacrifice? (Numbers 15:13) Apparently, Bush is:
Bush 'to reveal Iraq troop boost'
The BBC was told by a senior administration source that the speech setting out changes in Mr Bush's Iraq policy is likely to come in the middle of next week. The speech, the BBC has been told, involves increasing troop numbers.
Its central theme will be sacrifice.
The exact mission of the extra troops in Iraq is still under discussion...
Even if they are brown, and not Christian, so what? I mean, why would that matter?
With thousands of Iraqis desperately fleeing this country every day, advocates for refugees, and even some American officials, say there is an urgent need to allow more Iraqi refugees into the United States.
It's not a classic Lincoln speech, not the Gettysburg Address or the Second Inaugural or the Cooper Union. That's because it was written by a committee more concerned with the niceties of law, politics and an ongoing military struggle. But none of that matters:
January 1, 1863
By the President of the United States of America:
Many here have criticized Reid's statements that he would give the ok to an escalation as long as it were only for three to six months; the strategy is absolutely brilliant. If the Democratic majority Senate kills the surge with the help of most of the GOP minority, it's a double boon for the GOP senators: as the situation in Iraq deteriorates, they get to tell the wingnuts that the Democratic majority forced their hand and made standing up for escalation useless, while running away from Bush at the same time.
Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. made judicial pay the sole topic of his second annual report, issued on Sunday, declaring that the failure by Congress to raise federal judgesâ€™ salaries in recent years has become a â€œconstitutional crisisâ€ that puts the future of the federal courts in jeopardy.
Well, Fuck him. Read more about Starve the beast
Romania and Bulgaria join the EU.
Well, there you have it.
And in other news...
I've always wondered how many of the stone Kool-Aid drinkers there really are; 1 in 4 Americans isn't so bad, really. Read more about Rapture index closes up 1 on "beast government"
The series makes clear that the technology for Sustainable Design already exists, there are a lot of professional architects, designers, engineers who are very excited about this. Read more about Green Design is Cool, and Necessary