War on Women
Surely this is self-explanatory?
Sonia Sotomayor hasn't even been nominated to the Supreme Court yet, and already she's being bashed by a whisper campaign that started with Jeffery Rosen at TNR, and now continues with a disgustingly sexist and racist Letterman parody that paints her as an over-emotional dumb Latina Judge Judy.
It feels like the 2008 primary all over again. Read more about The Bashing of Sonia
In the Audacity of Democracy, I define bigoted language as language that relies on demeaning cultural stereotypes for its punch. One of the things that went badly wrong in the primary is that no one with a big enough megaphone to provoke a cultural discussion defined bigoted language. As a result, it became a matter of opinion whether something was sexist or racist. In point of fact, there are objective standards available to define these things. Read more about Defining Bigotry
[Welcome Bread and Roses readers -- lambert]
Boris at the Canadian blog (Canada is up to its eyebrows in Afghanistan) The Galloping Beaver has an instructive take on why colonial wars like the ones in Afghanistan and/or northwestern Pakistan are so futile.
...Tahira Abdullah posits a hell of a problem for anyone involved who does not favour the Taleban: What is to be done?
Athenae over at First Draft pretty much nails Rick Warren's recent comment that he's never ever alone with a woman when he's not at home. But this has been a sort of low-grade, high-yield dirty bomb on a lot of left-blogosphere sites lately, so I thought I'd add my six bits. Read more about Chicken and egg? Religion and inconsideration?
FDL (Emphasis mine):
Alaska's Frost Lady is part of Eminem's stimulus package.
Gov GILF has a new fan in rapper Eminem, who includes Sarah Palin in a wish list of ladies with whom he'd like to be intimately involved. Palin joins the rapper's hit list of simulated sexy celebs like Lindsey Lohan, Kim Kardashian, and Jessica Simpson in the video for "We Made You." Fame, it's a bitch.
So, there's this church, the UCC. Apparently President Obama is a member of this denomination, but that's probably NOT what drew them to the attention of the "OneNewsNow" organization. Instead, it's that (not unlike the President, on many issues), the UCC is acting on their faith -- and the obligation they see in it to serve their fellow human beings. Read more about UCC Draws Fire for Condom Distribution Stance
because apparently if you have a license to practice medicine, double jeopardy doesn't apply. Atrios says this is a victory. I'm not so sure.
Prosecutors had alleged that Dr. George Tiller had in 2003 gotten second opinions from a doctor who was essentially an employee of his, not independent as state law requires, but a jury took only about an hour to find him not guilty of all 19 counts.
I have made no secrets that I find conservative columnist and pundit Cal Thomas particularly repugnant. What bothers me most about him is that conservatives pass the guy off as some kind of reasonable intellectual, and Cal, himself, often passes himself off as an elite conservative rather than the religious whack-job that he really is.
It should have come as no surprise, then, when I saw his most recent column in my local paper, yesterday, peddling him same old smug and repugnant bullshit, but he never ceases to amaze me in this regard. Read more about A winger's job is never done: The guilt-ridden consciences of baby-killing liberals
It's a really good thing that God (Ceiling Cat, FSM, Buddha, Deity of your choice) has claimed vengeance, and the right to judgement (Romans 12:19-21). 'Cause, otherwise, the Catholic authorities who chose to excommunicate the mother of, and doctors for, a nine-year-old girl raped by her stepfather and pregnant with twins after the pregnancy was terminated last week, would seriously be at the top of my list of the most major jerks in the history of the known universe, yo. Read more about Catholic Church Prefers Rapists to Their Victims
Saw this over at Slate in an article that wants us to think of a suit six couples and two survivors from Massachusetts have filed against the federal government. This is about DOMA.
The 1996 Defense of Marriage Act, signed into law by President Bill Clinton, defines the word marriage, for federal law, to mean "only a legal union between one man and one woman." It also defines the word spouse to refer "only to a person of the opposite sex who is a husband or a wife."
Read more about Devil's in the details: DOMA
War never does anybody any favors. Under the George W. Bush regime, however, it appears that not only did the women and children of Iraq suffer on a wholesale basis, but female GIs also faced torture, rape, and murder while on US-controlled ground in Iraq. From an article about rape, murder and coverup at commondreams seeking investigation into the death of 19-year-old Army PFC Lavena Lynn Johnson at Balad, where she was found in a KBR tent in July 2005, come the details: Read more about To Honor the Fallen
Colorado's Senate is all different kinds of effed up anyway, but at least THIS lunatic isn't in the Texas Lege. Damn, I almost understand why the GOP likes Bobby Jindal so much. How Bobby Jindal would vote on a bill to test pregnant women for HIV, so their babies can be treated and don't have to contract a fatal disease during birth, I've no idea. But this Colorado small-government 'pro-life' state senator, Dave Schultheis, voted NO. To discourage promiscuity, he said. Read more about Why I'm Glad Texas Isn't Colorado