Email from 12 Million Member AFL-CIO, asking me to sign petition so that "TPP is as good for working people as President Obama has said it is". That'll strike fear into the heart of the plutocracy!
Actually, no it won't. We need credible electoral threats, in the form of credible masses of voters circling primaries, like sharks about to engage in a feeding frenzy. We need a massive public education program (ya know, one that actually educates if not most of the electorate, than a large enough percentage of them to actually make a difference. I.e., the exact opposite of the massive FAIL we can readily observe, for ourselves, if we just devote a few hours to engaging our clueless neighbors.) Read more about Email from 12 Million Member AFL-CIO, asking me to sign petition so that "TPP is as good for working people as President Obama has said it is". That'll strike fear into the heart of the plutocracy!
As readers may know, my garden is a "Grandmother's Garden," though only as a happy accident:
Often appearing haphazard or growing at random, grandmother's garden was actually designed as a painting with an eye to composition using color, shape, and texture. It is no wonder then that so many painters, writers, poets, and other artists created such gardens. These gardens inspired them and often are seen in their works. ...
For example, the color orange (honeysuckle): Read more about In the garden: Masses of color
From the excellent if horrible-90s-web-design-flashback Militarycorruption.com:
The latest blot on West Point's once-sterling reputation has come with a guilty plea from Bobbie C. Ryan, trusted employee in the Dean's office, who admits she embezzled almost $3 million for her own personal use.
The 51 year-old Highland Falls, New York woman admitted she diverted payments from West Point to a dummy corporation she set up - CWG Enterprises of New Windsor, N.Y. - for "training" that never took place.
Something about the contemporary US military that should be better known is its Central-American-army degree of generals' bloat.
And this only follows the best traditions of the American corporate sector: Read more about Generals and "the grotesque top-heaviness of the American corporation"
This what I had in mind for the front garden, and now it has come to pass! (The hole in the center is where the Common Sowthistle -- hat tip, Mitzi Muffin -- was before I ripped it out.) This section is a bit more patchy than I'd like, because of what the snowplow detritus does to the soil, and the wildflowers in the shady mix section haven't bloomed yet, so I'm not going to have like thirty feet of solid color. But close! Read more about In the garden: Wildflowers
"The 'U.S. military’s marathon, 30-year, single-elimination, suck-up tournament' OR 'How America selects its generals'"
Mentioned this piece by a former officer and Vietnam vet to lambert, but thing might be of wider interest. Read more about "The 'U.S. military’s marathon, 30-year, single-elimination, suck-up tournament' OR 'How America selects its generals'"
All these photos show the wonderful square body plan of bee balm. (It's in the mint family, so the stem is square, too. Like mint, it's invasive. But we like invasive!) Read more about In the garden: Bee balm
It is not enough to succeed. Others must fail. --Gore Vidal
A few years spent dinning the virtues of free trade agreements and supra-national organizations into the undergraduate minds of America's future elite left me with a small but abiding obsession with "the curve." Read more about Elites: Markers and Makers
[I'm going to sticky this because I really want feedback. Again, I think it's amazing, but I seem to be the only person who thinks so. Readers? --lambert]
I posted this over at Naked Capitalism and [lambert blushes modestly] I think it's a tour de force. But readers over there didn't really want to talk about the central theme, which I hope you are able to discern. I'd like to know what you all think.
Not only can I not even pretend to be a lawyer, venturing into a theoretical discussion of identity politics would, for me, rather like trying to operate high-speed machine tools when I don't have any training. So I'm not going to do either of those things. Rather, I want to take a layperson's look at Justice Kennedy's opinion in Obergefell, which seems to find a right to dignity in the penumbras of the Constitution (rather like the much-abused right to privacy), and tease out some implications of that line of thought. Kennedy's opinion is thirty-three pages long, and I did fight my way through it, but I found three paragraphs of Kennedy's "soaring language" (two at the beginning, one at the end) especially striking.
From the introduction to Kennedy's Obergefell opinion, the first paragraph (page 6, here in PDF):
The Constitution promises liberty to all within its reach, a liberty that includes certain specific rights that allow persons, within a lawful realm, to define and express their . The petitioners in these cases seek to find that liberty by marrying someone of the same sex and having their marriages deemed lawful on the same terms and conditions as marriages between persons of the opposite sex.
The second paragraph (page 8):
From their beginning to their most recent page, the annals of human history reveal the transcendent importance of marriage. The lifelong union of a man and a woman always has promised nobility and to all persons, without regard to their station in life. Marriage is sacred to those who live by their religions and offers unique fulfillment to those who find meaning in the secular realm. Its dynamic allows two people to find a life that could not be found alone, for a marriage becomes greater than just the two persons. Rising from the most Read more about Obergefell v. Hodges, Identity, and Dignity