Sunday, March 30, 2008

Socialism for companies, capitalism for the rest of us.

Too good not to share.

Click on the cartoon for the original.

And everyone's a winner!


Sunday, March 23, 2008

More candidate/religious zealot connections.

Hmm, and.....

The media went nuts because Mr. Obama's pastor has occasionally said some crazy stuff (although the media madness has more to do with his dashikis than with anything he's said) but -- seriously, BUT -- have you noticed that no one bats an eye when McCain happily accepts the endorsement of a religious zealot like Rev. Hagee?

  • The Rev. Wright says that white America is tough on African-Americans, and everyone goes nuts.
  • Rev. Hagee says God destroyed New Orleans because of a gay pride parade and that the pope is the Anti-Christ, and nobody blinks.


And now this bit of spectacular weirdness: Hillary Clinton has ties to The Family (a bunch of right-wing fundamentalists in Washington) that may make her more vulnerable on this front than either Obama or McCain.


A More Perfect Idiocracy?

Hi everyone,

Okay, my opinion:

Obama's speech on race in America, A more perfect union, is the most important American political speech since John F. Kennedy's Address to the Greater Houston Ministerial Association .

The media, uniformly, spent last week missing the point. None addressed the content of the speech, only its effects; none addressed the meat, only the sizzle.

Everywhere on television "experts" blathered on about political effects while none of them raised the only important question: Did Obama say anything that is true?

Comedians like Rush Limbaugh and Fox News dismissed the speech as rhetorical shuck-and-jive but, again, none of them addressed the content of the speech, only its marketing profile.

I suspect this is because Obama used words Rush didn't understand: specifically the words "white" and "black" -- and, of course, because Rush isn't interested in the truth.

My read: every word of the speech was self-evident. Every word rang. Every word carried the complex experience of what it really means to be an American.

Do we live in a country that believes having big ideas is a sign of political weakness?

Could be.

If so, hacks like Jefferson and Madison wouldn't stand a prayer of being elected today, and what does that say about the health of our republic?

Yadda yadda yadda.


Saturday, March 01, 2008

Does someone you know have too much free time?

Hi everyone,

A nice reminder.

"Every time you sniff and say somebody has ‘too much free time,’
the part of you that used to love making things for pure joy dies a little.

twitter / merlin mann at humachine

Compassionate Care wins

-- despite Grothman and Strachota.

Hi everyone,

Despite Pat Strachota and Glenn Grothman's efforts, victims of rape in Wisconsin can now avoid pregnancy.

Somehow, common sense won out.
The Badger Herald - Compassionate Care bill passes final state hurdle:

After years of debate and recent technical holdups, a bill mandating that rape victims receive emergency contraception upon request passed its final legislative hurdle in the state Senate Thursday.


The bill that would require hospitals to give victims of sexual assault information on emergency contraception — often called Plan B — and to administer the drugs upon request passed in the Senate by a 25-6 vote Thursday.

So the new-conservatism loses to common sense? What does that say about the new-conservatism?