Season's greetings, everyone. Merry Christmas. Happy Hanukkah. Festive Kwanzaa. My wish for you all: Love should overcome, peace should arise, equality should emerge, liberty should endure. Read more about ...helping out the elves ...
Shades of Nixon's Saturday Night Massacre. (For the young uns, that's when Nixon tried to get someone to fire the Special Prosecutor investigating Watergate. Honorable Republicans Eliot Richardson (Attorney General) and William Ruckelshaus (Assistant Attorney General) resigned rather than carry out the order. After they did, the acting Attorney General, Robert Bork, did the deed. The past isn't dead. It isn't even past.)
Just Because It's An Old Idea Doesn't Mean It's A Bad Idea One of the characteristics of the illness I call "americanism" is the tendency to pay attention to style and hype rather than truth. Read more about Just Because It's An Old Idea Doesn't Mean It's A Bad Idea
Throwaway post as I'm off to the airport, but I just want to add this to the list of reasons why it's silly to back Obama. I'm very sorry to say it, but: A Black man will not be president in this country for a long time yet. How do I know this? Read more about Stupid is As Stupid Does, or, "Niggers Can't Be Preznits."
Christianist loons call for Gingrich, Hastert, Livingston, Melman, Foley to be put to death. And that's just the start
I went over to WaPo to read the Episcopal Bishop's response to the Scaife-funded Christianist loons (sorry for the triple redundancy, there) who are splitting the Episcopal church over teh gay (and female bishops (and female priests (and, for you cognoscenti, the 1928 Prayerbook))), and read a lot of Christianist yammering about how homosexuali Read more about Christianist loons call for Gingrich, Hastert, Livingston, Melman, Foley to be put to death. And that's just the start
Bush held his last presser of the year today.
His solution for what ails us: "I encourage you all to go shopping more."
If we don't, how will we achieve that biblical ideal of "a shining mall on a hill"?
A few quick takes...
Though reporters have taken up his "surge" framing to describe throwing more young American bodies onto the funeral pyre that is the O.I.L. mission, he was tentative about saying that the new troops he wants will be added to Iraq — as opposed to, maybe, relieving some of our overtaxed soldiers or giving us five or ten guys who can guard us while the rest of our forces chow down on Iraqi chocolates. Read more about Last gas(p) before new year
Via Phoenix Woman, we find out that Lieberman is full of shit. I hope the Lamont campaign gets the apology they deserve, although I highly doubt they will.
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I get all misty eyed when I read Royko. I mean really. There is just something about politics in Chicago. The city, its culture, its history are all cut form the same cloth -burlap. FYI â€“ Obama is from Hawaii. This hard scrabble sensibility that understands urban Americana - twisted. Daley reminds me of Robert Hansen, sociopathic ideologues who yearn for order. Sounds like someone we all know. Read more about Don't get caught - Royko on Daley or - Chicago
If you thought the US military was way too big, and a danger to its own country and the rest of the world, how would you go about reducing it, or at least its effectiveness in imposing imperialism? It was by all measures and estimations the most indominable force ever assembled...but now?
President Bush acknowledged for the first time yesterday that the United States is not winning the war in Iraq and said he plans to expand the overall size of the "stressed" U.S. armed forces to meet the challenges of a long-term global struggle against terrorists.
Miriam Shear says she was traveling to pray at the Western Wall in Jerusalem's Old City early on November 24 when a group of ultra-Orthodox (Haredi) men attacked her for refusing to move to the back of the Egged No. 2 bus. She is now in touch with several legal advocacy and women's organizations, and at the same time, waiting for the police to apprehend her attackers.