I have three children. The oldest is a 6 year old boy, tall for his age and getting near impossible to pick up and carry places. The middle one is a 4 year old girl, tall for her age too but still light enough to carry piggyback or on my shoulders. (The little one's a baby, still stroller-bound, and as you will soon see, irrelevant to the analogy I'm about to draw.)
So when we do family things on weekends, like go to the zoo, especially on these global-warming killer-heat summer days, these kids get tired. As kids do. And when they get tired and hot they get cranky. My 4 year old is peak-crankiness these days thanks to her age, and when she gets hot and tired and cranky we all suffer! So the easy thing is to pick her up and carry her for a bit.
Bear with me, I'll thread this needle and talk about everyone's favorite pair of mittens after the squiggles.
It's the 10th anniversary of 9/11. Let's make some sweeping generalizations.*
*Apologies in advance for poor sourcing in this version. I am in the midst of parenting a newborn and my head isn't where it needs to be for that. But I promise that if this diary gets well-read and/or rec'd up, I will return for proper hyperlinks etc. For now you'll have to take my word on everything. ;)
Shall we go on?
Might it take a GOPer to investigate Bush and crony torture?
Whether it does or does not, I am beyond caring. After listening to GWB go on and on over the past few days promoting his useless revisionist history book/non-apologia blather, I am completely rejuvenated in my lust to see him and his cronies behind prison bars for ordering torture and various sundry other war crimes.
Now it looks like relief might only come at the hands of a Republican congressman.
But you know what? In this case the ends would truly justify the means. Human rights should be bipartisan. The Democrats were too weak and craven to push this through the House when they were in power, so let's see what the Repubs can do now that they are feeling large and in charge there.
OK, wow. This morning, when I read TPM's coverage of the fact that the White House is considering a military tribunal for the KSM trial, my worst socialized and internalized responses bubbled up to consciousness.
As a male in his mid-30s in American society, I was privy growing up to hearing all kinds of derogative ways to describe other males who did not quite live up to the standard of manly masculine manliness. I am politically correct enough now to know NOT to list all of those here, so let's just say that a lot those ways involve allusions to, for example, flowers, dancers, felines, and homosexuals.
Elizabeth Warren just became my new favorite political player.
"My first choice is a strong consumer agency," the Harvard Law professor and federal bailout watchdog said in an interview with the Huffington Post. "My second choice is no agency at all and plenty of blood and teeth left on the floor."
I'm taking my cue from the Rude Pundit to get a little raw on this new tidbut of unabashed John Yoo-ness delivered by Think Progress:
Look at the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. ... Could Congress tell President Truman that he couldn’t use a nuclear bomb in Japan, even though Truman thought in good faith he was saving millions of Americans and Japanese lives? ... My only point is that the government places those decisions in the President, and if the Congress doesn’t like it they can cut off funds for it or they can impeach him.
So, Yoo holds the view that presidential power is singular and unilateral and includes the ability to do anything under the sun in a time of war.
The problem is, as TP's Ian Millhiser points out, there does not appear to be any scenario under which Yoo could really believe what he is saying...
"Health" "care" "reform" has jumped the shark.
No matter what John Podesta now says, any hope of meaningful health care reform is, in my opinion, dead.
As some have pointed out, Joe Lieberman (I-Aetna) might have thrown fuel onto the funeral pyre, but the fact that we are looking at a Senatorial health care shit sandwich is not entirely of his making.
For many years I was apolitical. I had a vague interest in how the country was run, vaguer interest in how my home state was run, and that's about it. I don't think the path I traveled from that point until now is all that uncommon among Kossacks.
I am so pissed off right now knowing that my new governor is now almost officially and finally going to be Chris Christie. My fellow New Jerseyans voted into office a lying, corrupt, craven, wingnutty, Bush-beholden mess.
But really, this was Jon Corzine's election to lose. NJ is rife with all kinds of horrendous problems including a monstrous budget deficit and ridiculously high taxes. But we have killer schools, a renewed commitment to green development and proper environmental stewardship, and a variety of other progressive-leaning works in progress.
Rock on, Congressman Weiner.
I am loving this.
The hat tip is to ThinkProgress.
Today, Anthony Weiner produced the results of an internal study revealing which members of Congress are on Medicare. There are 151. And guess who receives Medicare?
Delicious, artful hypocrisy past the fold.
Exhausted as I am by watching way too much C-Span today, and cursing Max Baucus and his ilk six ways to Sunday, I still had enough energy to be delighted by this:
Senate Dems Unveil Telecom Immunity Repeal Bill
A group of Democratic senators has unveiled a bill that would revoke immunity for telecommunication companies that aided in the Bush administration’s warrantless spying. The Retroactive Immunity Repeal Act would reverse last year’s congressional vote to shield the companies from lawsuits. The bill’s sponsors are Democratic Senators Chris Dodd, Patrick Leahy, Russ Feingold and Jeff Merkley.
That was the blurb from the Democracy Now! website, which I have to check daily because the live broadcast has been bumped back to 8 am and I can no longer listen to Amy Goodman and scream at my dashboard on my morning commute.
This is just awesome. Debbie Stabenow is pitch-perfect. From TalkingPointsMemo:
Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) argued that insurers must be required to cover basic maternity care. (In several states there are no such requirements.)
"I don't need maternity care," Kyl said. "So requiring that on my insurance policy is something that I don't need and will make the policy more expensive."
Stabenow interrupted: "I think your mom probably did."
You know what, too? It is really just this goddam simple and straightforward.