Saturday, December 31, 2011

LGBTQIAA... Progress

Step back and take a good look: LGBTQIA folks made historic gains in 2011. Now, let's build on that momentum and accomplish even more. If we do the work, we'll reap the rewards.

Key Question of 2012

Will the kids who showed up last time (and helped make the difference) show up again this time? Andrew Sullivan offers some links to folks with some thoughts.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Message To The Frustrati

A must-read to anyone who considers him- or herself a "progressive," as we get ready for the War of 2012.


Lt. Dan Choi is banging the drum yet again for Ice-Cube's-Chance-in-Hell, Gary Johnson.

It's not the first time. Or the second.

(Are you on the Steve Nelson's speed-dial, or what, Dan?)

Perhaps you should read this, Dan.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Monday, December 26, 2011

Race Problems

Some end-of-year (visual) perspective on the boomlets of the ABRs--while the Mittless Protection Program just keeps consolidating GOP-Establishment support... and keeps taking in the campaign contributions.

Bible Verse of the Week

"Hear ye the word which the LORD speaketh unto you, O house of Israel:
Thus saith the LORD, Learn not the way of the heathen, and be not dismayed at the signs of heaven; for the heathen are dismayed at them.
For the customs of the people are vain: for one cutteth a tree out of the forest, the work of the hands of the workman, with the axe.
They deck it with silver and with gold; they fasten it with nails and with hammers, that it move not.
They are upright as the palm tree, but speak not: they must needs be borne, because they cannot go. Be not afraid of them; for they cannot do evil, neither also is it in them to do good."
Jeremiah 10:1-5 (KJV)
(via The Slog)

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Quote of the Decade (1980s, that is)

Reminds Mother Jones magazine: "We must expect the Soviet system to survive in its present brutish form for a very long time. There will be Soviet labor camps and Soviet torture chambers well into our great grandchildren's lives: great centers of political and economic power have enormous staying power; Czarist Russia lasted through 3 1/2 years of the most agonizing kind of war; the Nazi state did not collapse even when battlefield defeats reduced its control to only a tiny sliver of Germany. We must therefore assume the Soviet Union will survive as a dangerous totalitarian state." --Newt Gingrich, in his book, "Window of Opportunity" (1984)

The U.S.S.R. collapsed seven years later.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Quote of the Week

“Bill Clinton, who's beloved by the Democratic Party, at this point -- and I consider to be an extraordinarily successful president -- you look at his old press clippings, he was getting beat up with some of the same stuff I was getting beat up with. Harry Truman, now lionized, you know? ‘Give ’em hell, Harry.’ At the time, everybody was calling him a complete and utter disaster. F.D.R., people, for the first couple of years of his presidency, were saying, ‘What he's doing's not working.’ You know? He was being called a radical by the business community. He was being called a sellout by the left. So this all comes with the territory, but this isn't about me. This isn't about me.”  ~President Obama

Some Savage Love

Dan Savage (pleasantly) surprises me with some political pragmatism about marriage equality and the 2012 election.

He also seems to be back on board with Obama.

Or at least he's stopped yelling "F*ck You!" at the White House.


The cliche goes "every picture tells a story." In reality, one picture can tell many stories, depending on the context, or the viewer, or the subject.

Audio Wednesday

I listen to several different podcasts every week, and my job allows me to "multi-task and listen to them while I work.

Studio360 is one of my favorites, and this week's show about Computers Being Creative is one of the better of examples why I enjoy it so much.

Zombie PUMAs Return from the Dead?

Someone out there is robocalling to suggest drafting Hillary in 2012...

Why the GOP wants to deal with Ron Paul now rather than later...

Can you say "Perot-Redux"?

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Monday, December 19, 2011

Friday, December 16, 2011

Saw the photospread and I couldn't resist...

Design by me, photos by Melina Mara (Washington Post).

The Awful Truth

Sometimes it helps to use the sharp, snarky, snappy style of to make palatable the bad news about what kind of world we're leaving Generation Z.

(Good) Question of the Day

The Iraq War is officially, finally over.'s Fred Kaplan asks (and answers): "Did we win?"

No, Virginia, America Does Not Have A Monopoly on Racism.

In Holland, Santa doesn't have elves. He has slaves.

David Sedaris reads his humorous expose here.

I remember green footballs....

...but when did NERF become a kiddie arms dealer?

Friday Funnies

Yes, yes--I know it's sexist to focus on what women politicians wear, but in all honesty, it's the first thing that crossed my mind when I saw this photo. If Ron Paul had shown up in a similarly odd outfit, I would have made the same (cheap) shot.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

An Ending

The Iraq War ends. 
No "MISSION ACCOMPLISHED" banner or silly aircraft-carrier-landing political theater. 
Just a quiet ceremony.

Another Reply to the Question: Why Aren't More People of Color Joining The Occupy Movement?

"As tempted as many white Occupy protesters are to proclaim “we are all one and the same!”, you cannot expect minorities, whose communities have been subjected to intimidation and abuse, to suddenly throw away the race card and jump on the bandwagon. These  are critical times, and as such, it is important for Occupy to get it right. We are all part of the 99% – and the concerns of some should fast transform into the concern for all."

More here.

Testing the Laws of Politics...

The Republican establishment hates Newt Gingrich. Will it fall in line if he wins Iowa, South Carolina, and New Hampshire? Harold Myerson considers...

(Unless they nominate Rubio for Vice President?)

GOP faces uphill battle for getting the Latino vote?