Friday, May 25, 2007

Quote from the Grave

"Jim Kelly NSC came in to report Philippine legis. is giving us trouble on renewing our mil. bases there. And Giuliani (U.S. Attorney) is talking of drawing up an indictment against Marcos. I think he's crazy."

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Well, that's ONE theory... suggests why W hasn't been impeached yet:

"The truth is that Bush's high crimes and misdemeanors, far from being too small, are too great. What has saved Bush is the fact that his lies were, literally, a matter of life and death. They were about war. And they were sanctified by 9/11. Bush tapped into a deep American strain of fearful, reflexive bellicosity, which Congress and the media went along with for a long time and which has remained largely unexamined to this day. Congress, the media and most of the American people have yet to turn decisively against Bush because to do so would be to turn against some part of themselves. This doesn't mean we support Bush, simply that at some dim, half-conscious level we're too confused -- not least by our own complicity -- to work up the cold, final anger we'd need to go through impeachment. We haven't done the necessary work to separate ourselves from our abusive spouse. We need therapy -- not to save this disastrous marriage, but to end it."

via Towleroad.

Thursday, May 17, 2007

Obits and Pieces

A list of Falwell's (in)famous quotes here.

Christopher Hitchens brilliantly identifies the problem not just with Falwell but will all the others like him here (video) and here (text).

Meanwhile, for the opposite end of the sensible spectrum, go here.

Friday, May 11, 2007

Reminder of the Day

"The reasonable man adapts himself to the world – the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man."
--George Bernard Shaw, Man and Superman (1903)

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Declaration of the Day

"Just as the right to marry confers important benefits on individuals, the institution of marriage produces incalculable benefits for society, by fostering stable familial relationships. Same-sex couples who wish to marry are not simply looking to obtain additional rights, they are seeking out substantial responsibilities as well: to undertake significant and binding obligations to one another, and to lives of 'shared intimacy and mutual financial and emotional support.' Granting legal recognition to these relationships can only strengthen New York's families, by extending the ability to participate in this crucial social institution to all New Yorkers."
--Eliot Spitzer, Governor of New York
The entire statement is here.

YouTube of the Day

For some reason, I'm having problems getting YT to directly link onto this blog, so you'll have to click here.

It's sad that it takes a fictional legal drama to effectively articulate the terrifying farce of lawlessness being perpetuated by the current administration, but hey, why question the messenger? Thank you, David E. Kelley.

("Hat tip" to Sullivan)

Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Quote of the Day

"Love between a man and a woman is beautiful, love between a woman and a woman is beautiful, love between a man and a man is beautiful too. What this world need is a lot more than what we presently have." --Mike Gravel, Democratic candidate for president

More here.

Surprisingly Honest Exchange of the Day

Condolezza Rice: “We are not going to leave Iraq.”

Charlie Rose: “Ever?”

Rice: “We are not going to leave an Iraq that is not capable of defending itself and with a foundation for future reconciliation.”

Monday, May 07, 2007

Quote of the Day

“The whites, too, shall pass—perhaps sooner than other tribes. Continue to contaminate your own bed, and you might suffocate in your own waste.”

—Chief Sealth, after whom "Seattle" got its name.

Friday, May 04, 2007

Random Thoughts of the Day

Conservative idealists believe there was once a better time, and it we only go back to it, all things will be right.

Liberal idealists believe a better time lies ahead of us, something we can progress to, and then all things will be right.

While I've always leaned toward liberalism's optimism (and political progressivism), I'm more and more seeing the universe as a precariously whirling balancing act of competing agendas, events, reactions, and compensations.

A friend told me that Newt Gingrich once said something to the effect of anyone in their twenties who isn't a liberal doesn't have a heart; anyone in their fifties who isn't a conservative doesn't have a brain. I haven't checked for the exact wording, or even if he said such a thing, but--me, I'd like to remind him that both organs are necessary for a fully-functioning human being.

Thursday, May 03, 2007

File under WTF

Dan Savage at The Stranger has an appropriately passionate rant about the latest revelations in Gonzalezgate...

Answered Prayers

Congress votes to add sexual orientation and gender to the list of hate crimes.

Conservaqueer Andrew Sullivan weighs in and also points us to those congresspeople who crossed lines.

I myself must admit I understand the idealistic position of opposing "hate crimes" in general, as it smacks of ThoughtCrime as well as doubting the practicality of expecting a federal law to keep the kids on playgrounds from tormenting queers and give bat-wielding gay-bashers pause before they head out on a hunt. But I also understand that getting the federal government to finally recognize homos as a "class" of people worthy of protection from murder (much their own civil rights protections) it might not be all bad.

Bush, according to the Xtians (not to be confused with those who actually follow the teachings of Jesus "I never said a WORD about Queers" Christ) will veto the bill. Anybody remember his talk about "compassionate conservatism" way back around the turn of (this) century?

Other Xtians crow that the date of the vote was specifically scheduled as an insult to them because it happened on the National Day of Prayer.

But some followers of Jesus see hypocrisy among their ranks.

Meanwhile, Barbara Walters tackles the thorny issue of "the girl with a dick."