April 2007

Vietnam (5, count ’em, 5 deferments) plus 9-11 were just more than a spectacular physical coward could handle.  So he (may) have decided to go solo to protect us.  This is not rumor-mongering.  This is the Tucker Carlson show, one of the last bastions of conservative discourse that isn’t reflexively rejected on its face.  (Your time is coming, Tucker.)

Interesting, indeed.  And these forgeries made it into the State of the Union speech, we should try not to forget.

Would even a decent minority of Americans have supported invading Iraq knowing what we know now?

I don’t think so. 

Dick Cheney is a psychopathic bedwetter.  Which would be a really funny combination, were he not convincing our Fearless and Clueless Leader what to do next. 

I’ll bet Cheney wears Depends.  God knows I would love to confront him without his protective cloak of anti-free speech security detail, and of course without a weapon, on national TV.  Just a regular Joe like me.  Bring it on.

…in my opinion, just took a huge chunk of ownership on behalf of The Man of the uterai of you women.  Justice Kennedy’s basic reason for swinging the decision was that women must be protected from choices they may regret later.

Justice Anthony Kennedy’s majority opinion is less about the scope of abortion regulation than an announcement of an astonishing new test: Hereinafter, on the morally and legally thorny question of abortion, the proposed rule should be weighed against the gauzy sensitivities of that iconic literary creature: the Inconstant Female.

Kennedy invokes The Woman Who Changed Her Mind not once, but twice today. His opinion is a love song to all women who regret their abortions after the fact, and it is in the service of these women that he justifies upholding the ban. Today’s holding is a strange reworking of Taming of the Shrew, with Kennedy playing an all-knowing Baptista to a nation of fickle Biancas.


Without regard for the women who feel they made the right decision in terminating a pregnancy, he frets for those who changed their minds. (“It seems unexceptionable to conclude some women come to regret their choice to abort the infant life they once created and sustained.”) (The “infant,” not the “fetus.”) As both the dissenters and my colleague Emily Bazelon have pointed out, this portrayal of a rampant epidemic of regretful women may or may not be scientifically accurate. (The American Psychological Association doesn’t think so.) But even if the numbers of women who would truly choose differently if they could choose again are larger than most of the medical literature indicates, one might question whether such women should be the pole star of national abortion policy.”

The best discussion/dissection of the argument I’ve read is here, at LGM.

God save us from men, please.

It had been many years since I’d seen it, and through the miracle that is Comcast On Demand, I checked it out again.

It’s one of my all-time favorite movies.  It is about friendship and love and decency and justice and love.  It is about the human being superior to the culture.

I cried again.  And it felt good.

Rent it if you’ve never seen it.  It’s lovely.

“Bush official linked to call-girl probe.”

And this as if the Criminal Enterprise that is the Rove/Cheney/Bush Administration isn’t laughing this one off.  Are you kidding me, say the Bushies?  This is such small potatoes it’ll never see the light of day.  (And they’re right.)

Methinks they have bigger problems to fry.  So do they.

They only need to consider the drip, drip, drip that is considered water-boarding in the ancient Chinese.

What Digby said.

Here, he/she/it tells a nice little tale of a Media Man heroine turned pariah because of a speech she gave that…well, sort of told it like it is.

Beware The Man.  The Man cares about you less than your worst enemy.  Indifference is the opposite of love and hate.

It strikes me as a pretty well-coordinated event.  Gravel takes the Sharpton role pushing the envelope (way to bring up the WOD!), Richardson going all diplomat, Kucinich representing our better angels if unrealistically, Dodd and Biden trying to hang in there.  Hillary very strong; Obama strong enough.

They did good.  The party is in good shape at this minute.  Power and intelligence abhors a vacuum. 

And I’m not even a Democrat.  But I’m also not stupid enough to fail to understand we need one in ’08.

Shit, the bar is low.  They can all finish a thought.

I’ll vote for any of these people before I vote for more of the same.

Yesterday, about Vietnam and Nixon.  (Note that Broder is daring, more or less, the opposition to impeach Nixon in 1969, fully three years AND another election before it came to pass.)

Today, about Bush and Iraq.

Gee, is it possible to believe Broder is either a pure right wing hack, or an authoritarian, or some combination of both?

We’re sort of born to authoritarianism, given the many authoritarian influences in our society (many legitimate, like “parents”), religion, law, social pressure, the long held tribal influences (white, Jew, black, “liberal,” “conservative”–quoted because I don’t understand what either of those means anymore, personally–NASCAR, Browns fans, WWF aficionados–and so on; your self-perceived tribe) we’re sort of stuck with, I think, as human beings.

So, I’m not criticizing Broder personally, because personally I don’t know him from jack.  In fact, I’m sure he’s quite civil and nice and smart and a great storyteller.  I’d probably like him personally.  But in terms of influencing the national debate?  Time to hang it up, Dave.

And one CAN make some assumptions when one can read the nationally-read musings of anyone over a very long period of time.

Thanks to the good Dr. at Eschaton.

J. Heywood at the marvelously entertaining Hammer of the Blogs has more.

What a STRIKING lack of mainstream media coverage on this PBS documentary!  One pictures them huddled with their cocktail weenies and excellent scotch, all the “mainstream” guys and gals, and hoping this one blows over.  Counting their money and having some laughs, all being rich enough not to have to worry too seriously about their own well being.

It’s no wonder that much of the informed American public has no faith in the Corporate Media, Media Man, anymore.  What a bunch of rich, lazy, happy overpaid shills.


Glenn Greenwald.

Just slightly off topic, Tom Tomorrow.

Bob Somerby of the The Daily Howler, who has been flogging this for years, bless his huge heart.  Particulary interesting is the section about “Gregory’s world.”

An uninformed public is a great danger to democracy.  And now you can’t trust the old sources anymore.

The good news is that thanks to the wonders of the internet, you don’t have to watch TV or read the papers for news anymore.

Beware The Man.

So Rudy says today that electing a Democratic President is the equivalent of a death wish, bringing back front and center the wildly effective politics of fear.

I think the Dems, starting…NOW…would be smart to start laying the groundwork for the next attacks by claiming they’re inevitable, in the way suicidal maniacs everywhere are 100% unstoppable.

Suggested sound bite:  “We have spent the last 6 years breeding terrorists like rabbits.  The consequences of these years will be long felt and non-partisan.  The terrorists are not going to care which party occupies the White House, and anyone who believes otherwise is a moron.”

Or something along those lines.  But they had better start, because if the next one comes on Feb. 1, 2009, you know the blame is going to be laid on heavy no matter who wins.

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