Sirota has two good pieces up about the foolishness of clinging to terms like "Democrat" and "Republican" and of worrying about "bipartisanship" and "centrist mandates." They're very good, and I want to be among the first voices joining his, as progressives understand the opportunities and challenges of this incoming Congress and what can be done there. Read more about Framing: People Party vs Money Party
Hair-raising comment at Juan Cole today. This is from an email he received from someone he identifies only as "a professional who used to be in Iraq but now is in a nearby country" but it should scare the crap out of...well, just about anybody. The correspondent talks first about the fact that there are now no neurosurgeons or cardiac surgeons in Iraq because they have either been killed or fled the country. Read more about The Endgame Draws Near
I was all prepared to be a fluttery hero-worshipping little turtledove when it started, and then I realized ... I don't have the HDTV channel... Read more about Has anyone seen "Dan Rather Reporting" yet?
Happy Thanksgiving! Unless of course you work at Wal-Mart, where you will be working today instead of enjoying a happy family dinner; or unless you are gay:
Read more about Wal-Mart Caves to Christianists: Fucks Gays
The nice thing about Thanksgiving is that it hasn't been corporatized. Halloween, yes; Xma$, yes--in fact, they've already been playing Xma$ music for weeks--but Thanskgiving remains blessedly uncontaminated by corporate marketroids trying to sell their shit. (OK, OK, butterball turkeys are way corporatized, but compared to Xma$? A bagatelle.)
At any rate, we are thankful for you, alert Corrente readers, so here are these changes:
- If you can log in, you can now blog here (in Drupal-ese, "authenticated users" now get blogs. A decision taken back at our last LA meeting, but it took awhile to get to. Sorry.) Click the "Post of my blog" link in the sidebar.
- Feel free to cross post and link back to your home blogs.
- Front paging is at the discretion of the Fellows of The Mighty Corrente Building.
- Decisions by the judges are arbitrary and final.
- In case of ties, a Republican will be tossed
- We also added a "buddy list." Except that, after lengthy and prayerful consideration, not, we used the word "moonbat" instead of the word "buddy." ("Buddy" makes me think of, erm, being invited out for ice cream. Ick.) So, if you make somebody your moonbat, their posts will get listed in a sidebar block. These are social networking/community building tools, or so I'm told.
- To make blogging easier, we added a WYSIWYG toolbar, so you can click on the B button, and get bold, and so on. (The one thing you can't to is paste HTML angle brackets into the new editor. It won't understand them, and they will show up as angle brackets. Sorry.)
To add someone to your moonbat list:
- Find the link in one of their posts that says "click to add to your moonbat list" and click it.
- The profile page of the the post's author will appear.
- Scroll down to "Moonbat actions" and click the link that says "Add..."
- A confirmation page will appear. Click OK.
To remove someone from your moonbat list:
- Click on the expanding "Fellow moonbats" link in your sidebar.
- Your moonbat list will appear.
- Click one of the links. That moonbat's profile page will appear.
- Scroll down to "Moonbat actions" and click the remove link.
- A confirmation page will appear. Click OK.
Support? Ask the bartender. Tell him the guy under the stairs sent you. And so to bed. Read more about And thanks to you
Here's what the Christianists want for all of us. Fortunately, most of us don't want what they want, and even more fortunately, some are brave enough to resist. Newark Star Ledger:
Read more about Student tapes Christianist teacher proselytizing in class--and the Christianist lies about it!
Even Crosswalk can't say we're not afraid enough now. Look what the GOP and its fearmongering have made of us, America. We're afraid of people praying in public. Oh, but wait -- these six scholars on a plane back to the Southwest from Minnesota weren't praying to Baby Jeebus and God the Wrathful Daddy to nuke all those awful brown heathens, were they? Read more about We all ought to be ashamed.
Simple, powerful, effective. This is what your taxdollars should be doing. The message at the end is roughly translated as "a man who beats his wife teaches violence to his children. I think you'll be able to understand the rest even if you don't speak French. Read more about French Public Service Ads: Why Can't We Have Some Like This?
This disturbs me. Not as much as the Iranian-American student being tased five times for not having his student ID card, but still. Is it just me, or is there a "titillation" factor in this video, perhaps some kind of he-man/tough guy prowess demonstration? I suppose it's a "good thing" they understand the effect of their product, but still...it's just weird. Read more about Taser Execs Taste Their Own Product
Florida. Of course.
Hear the words of Lord Kos: "The evidence is solid".
I don't really have the appropriate department for this one: The Department of Sweet Jeebus, It's About Time, perhaps? Or perhaps The Department of Belated Conversions. Read more about Hell freezes over, and Lord Kos front-pages a stolen election