do we ask?

Larry Beinhart:

What is civilization?

Is it doing business? Exxon, Microsoft, Goldman Sachs? Or is it the rule of law, social order, clean water, sewers and waste disposal, a reliable food supply, literacy, mathematics, science and technology, art, architecture, public spaces and public forums?

family values

I wonder when America will confront pathology and be done with it?

California state Senator Roy Ashburn (R-Bakersfield), a fierce opponent of gay rights and top organizer of anti-gay marriage rallies is arrested for DUI after leaving a gay nightclub with an unidentified man in a state vehicle.

As Jon Stewart points out, “Jim Bunning didn’t block the extension of unemployment benefits as a principled stand against fiscal responsibility — he’s just a dick.”

nature in the debate

The health care clash, like American politics, remains rooted in our mommy and daddy political parties.

Our political parties are ‘maternal’ and ‘paternal’?

See, the Democrat Party is the Mommy Party because it projects “warmth.” And the Republican Party is the Daddy Party because it leaves work early to have anonymous sex, drives home blind drunk, knocks over the neighbors’ mailboxes, yells at the kids for dressing like sluts and fags, kicks the dog, sexually harasses the undocumented Guatemalan housekeeper, and spends the rest of the night blogging on the Decline of Civility.

I’m exaggerating, of course. In reality, the Daddy Party just wants to keep us safe from immigrants and taxes and Mohammedanism and socialized medicine and gay sex and Hollywood and stuff like that.

we are stuck with us

we the karikaturePulitzer-prize winning Leonard Pitts, Jr. wrote, “Increasingly, we are a people estranged from critical thinking, divorced from logic, alienated from even objective truth.”

You can’t demand that debate be rational strictly on the basis of the evidence, because that’s not how the public operates.

Which is to say, we’re stuck with us.

Public discourse has changed; information that does not fit one’s worldview is now discounted or rejected.

I think Plato made a somewhat similar argument. As did Francis Bacon, when he said that “the mind of man is far from the nature of a clear and equal glass wherein the beams of things should reflect according to their true incidence; nay, it is rather like an enchanted glass, full of superstition and imposture, if it be not delivered and reduced.”


Republican Trent Franks of Arizona reflecting on his belief that African Americans may have been better off under slavery:

“Far more of the African American community is being devastated by the policies of today than were being devastated by the policies of slavery.”

let’s start a coffee party

It is not Us against the Govt. It is democracy vs corporatocracy . . . I just can’t believe that the Tea Party speaks for all patriotic Americans.

Dan Zak at the Washington Post:

You’re dealing with a nation that’s jaded, paranoid, distrustful, broke, angry — it’s like they just woke up from an eight-year binge. We’ve become so polarized. Once we say our political affiliations, everyone goes to their corner and then comes out swinging. . . . A lot of people have the same goals and desires.

said when dead

Alexander HaigAlexander Haig:
“Those who get to the top are usually prepared to go to extraordinary lengths to get there.”

Reagan was a cipher.”

James Baker, Edwin Meese, Michael Deaver. “These men were running the government.”

a few minutes

Joe  the Plumber aka Samuel WurzelbacherWhatever has happened to Joe the Plumber aka Samuel Wurzelbacher? He said he doesn’t support Sarah Palin anymore.

“McCain was trying to use me. I happened to be the face of middle Americans. It was a ploy. I don’t owe him shit. He really screwed my life up, is how I look at it.”

About 200 politicians have asked for his support this year!

He likes Obama, in some ways, but stumps for the Teabaggers.

corruption thrives

Bruce Falconer:

After the legendary corruption of the Iraq occupation — private contractors fashioning spurs for their cowboy boots from stolen Iraqi gold — you’d think the US government would be keeping an extra-close watch on the reconstruction effort in Afghanistan.

Many billions were siphoned under the head-in-the-sand administration of Bush’s mission in Iraq. What now?

Now We All Hereby Proclaim

Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release April 28, 2009


NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim April 28, 2009, as National Equal Pay Day.

I call upon American men and women, and all employers, to acknowledge the injustice of wage discrimination and to commit themselves to equal pay for equal work.