Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Good Question

"World opinion is against the US escalation in Iraq. The American people are against it. Congress is against it. The Iraqi people are against it. The Iraqi government is against it. Can a single man force a nation to fight a war it does not want to fight, expand a war it does not want to expand? If he can, is that nation any longer a democracy in any meaningful sense? If not how can democratic rule and the republican form of government be restored?"
--The Nation, cover, Feb. 5, 2007

The Truth about A Tale of Tears

Eric Alterman alerts us to an interesting article about how the mainstream media (inaccurately)portrayed John Kerry's Senate floor announcement that he was not running for president in 2008.

Consider it a warning of what to Watch Out For as the lenses and eyeballs of are trained on Hillary, Obama, and the rest as they struggle to get their Message out to the Masses while battling urban myths and obfuscation.

(In the interests of full-disclosure and accuracy--the above photo is of Kerry conceding the 2004 election, NOT from his recent Senate speech.)

Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Red Squares

Moscow (Russia, not Idaho) mayor calls gay pride "satanic." A closeted Lucifer, formerly God's Favorite, could not be reached for comment.

(Insert sexy pun on "ram" here)

A TIME magazine commentary notes that 8% of rams have sex exclusively with the same sex. How do we know this? Someone studied it. A study that is causing all sorts of headbutting, from PETA to the far left queer community, charges of selective genocide, etc.

Fine, whatever, may I please have federal guarantees of my human rights now?


Just what everyone needs: a site to estimate one's "personal day of death."

Mine is March 18, 2040. Well, at least now I know.

A good friend of mine said his date was foretold as, September 3, 2021, a Friday.

Another friend, in his late sixties now, was given a date... in 1988.

Understatement of the Decade

“I’m not that good at pronouncing words.”

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

It's His Party and He'll Run If He Wants To

Rolling Stone offers an insightful analysis of why Al Gore could be the Democrat in the best position to be the next POTUS.
Hell, I'd vote for him. I did before.
So did a majority of the United States.

Sunday, January 21, 2007

What's the Rush?

We figured it was only a matter of time before someone subjected Barack Obama to a dick joke, and no surprise it would be from this fool.

Frankly, He Does Give a Damn

Andrew Sullivan (of all people) tips us off to a great article about our favorite congressman, Barney Frank, written by George Will (of all people).

And yes, Andrew, there is such thing as a "coherent liberal" just as there are "compassionate conservatives" who can question their own fealty to a dangerous and incompetent leader and call the leader on it--albeit after the U.S. is knee deep in war and debt.

Now, Andrew, please apologize to all those anti-war liberals whose coherence you ignored in the past. This is a good start. I suggest you start with Eric Alterman and maybe he'll stop referring to you as "Little Roy."

Friday, January 19, 2007

Oh, No, He Di'int!

Andrew Sullivan, now fully awakened from being a pod person for Bush, alerts us to this terrifying exchange:

"[Republican Senator Arlen] Specter: Now wait a minute, wait a minute. The Constitution says you can't take [habeas corpus] away except in the case of invasion or rebellion. Doesn't that mean you have the right of habeas corpus?

"Gonzales: I meant by that comment that the Constitution doesn't say that every individual in the United States or every citizen has or is assured the right of habeas corpus. It doesn't say that. It simply says that the right of habeas corpus shall not be suspended."

And they teased Clinton for parsing the meaning of is? At least that legal pretzel only applied to him, not to every citizen of the United States.

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

What Would Jesus Buy?

A New York Times article in the Business section puts the $1.2 trillion cost of the war in Iraq into perspective. To the war-cheering Religious Right, I ask: what would Jesus buy with all that mammon?

Does anyone still want to say with a straight face that the Republicans are better for the U.S. economy?

But no, instead the MSM must obsess about Speaker Pelosi's attempt to address the human cost of the war and turn it into a catfight.

Saturday, January 13, 2007

Privacy? Remember that?

The shredding of the Bill of Rights continues. No surprise, I know, but where's the outrage? Is there no fear of militarizing domestic surveillance? Didn't we learn anything from Watergate or The Church Committee? Terrorism, indeed.

Are you scared yet?

Orange Jumpsuit

An excellent essay from the great Dahlia Lithwick parses out Bush's real motives in holding people without charge or due process. Meanwhile anarchic artist Banksy goes Disney with his own brilliant form of protest.

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Know When To Fold 'Em?

"Daniel Kahneman, who won the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Science for his research on irrationality in decision-making, thinks they're delusional. Mr. Kahneman and Jonathan Renshon recently argued in Foreign Policy magazine that the administration's unwillingness to face reality in Iraq reflects a basic human aversion to cutting one's losses -- the same instinct that makes gamblers stay at the table, hoping to break even." --Paul Krugman, in the NYT, brought to our attention by Eric Alterman.

Saturday, January 06, 2007

The Diary of Barney Frank

Another clip of the fine congressman, expecting (perhaps naively?) to be allowed to finish a sentence or be asked a real question on the excreble Fox "News."

Friday, January 05, 2007

Drop Anchor

HuffPost clues us in on the latest Stupid Utterance by a Cable News Anchor. One for the "Jesus F'ing Christ, are you serious?" file.

Clean the streets of what, exactly, asshole? After Congresspeople earlier in the week tittered about "God" helping with the housing problem in New Orleans, this is turning from a slip of the tongue into a disturbing trend...

Thursday, January 04, 2007

Frank Talk

Barney Frank defly refutes the Republican homophobic scare tactics. Kudos to one of the most articulate and skilled politicians in the house, gay or straight.

One of his finest moments can be seen on YouTube.

Quote of the Day

From The Huffington Post: The Wall Street Journal reported yesterday that Rep. Richard H. Baker, a 10-term Republican from Baton Rouge, was overheard telling lobbyists: "We finally cleaned up public housing in New Orleans. We couldn't do it, but God did."

The Republicans are hardly hiding their preference for Faith-based Ethnic Cleansing?

Between Jackson and Kennedy, Fall I

Andrew Sullivan alerted us to this silly little online quiz to see where one falls on the Liberal/Conservative scale. I scored an 8. Sullivan scored a 26.

Mail Domination

The New York Daily News reports Bush signed the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act which reportedly "explicitly reinforced protections of first-class mail from searches without a court's approval," and then added one of his infamous "f*ck you" signing statements that declares "his right to open people's mail under emergency conditions."

Sign a bill, then declare the opposite is true "in an emergency." Par for the "stay the course" "Decider" in chief.

How many days left in this god-forsaken administration?

(By the way, the above box of candy is available here.)

Wednesday, January 03, 2007

The Dream Speech

Chris Weigant at Huffington Post offers the stump speech we wished we could hear on the 2008 campaign. Perchance to dream?

Biological Exuberance

It would be a cold day in hell before U.S. tax dollars paid for a museum exhibit showing the natural prevalence of homosexual and homosocial behavior in animals other than humans. But Norway is another case...

Statistics of the Day

Eric Alterman shows us the money (courtesy of Americans United For Change):

CEO's at Top Companies will Make More before Lunch on January 2, 2007 than Their Minimum Wage Employees will Earn All Year

It takes the average CEO, 2 hours and 2 minutes to earn $10,712. The CEO of Fortune 100 companies earn $10,712 in 1 hour and 16 minutes.

It takes the average minimum wage worker 52 forty-hour weeks (2,080 hours) to earn $10,712.

Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Media Blackout

Anyone tuning in or logging on in the last few days has probably heard news coverage of the drive by shooting of Denver Broncos player Darrent Williams.

Unfortunately another tragic story has gone largely unnoticed by the MSM.

If a house full of white frat boys had been slaughtered or a gaggle of blond teen girls had gone missing, imagine the difference in volume...

(Thanks to Rod Online for bringing some attention.)

There's Got To Be A Morning After (Pill)

Rod Online brings to our attention the latest "party" drug--an anti-HIV "morning after" pill. As a forty-year-old still-HIV-negative gay man who came out that same year the American "gay cancer" crisis started, I know how important new "harm reduction" models can be in the face of crisis-weary queers. But the realist part of me wonders how this might increase risk behaviors and possibly cause harm. But the optimistic part of me (down to a few cubic centimeters now) hopes the drug at least works in keeping men HIV negative...

Party on, guys.