Friday, December 07, 2007

The Moustache Has It!

I can't believe I agree with Friedman about politics, but it's true
We can’t afford to keep being this stupid! We have got to get our groove back. We need a president who will unite us around a common purpose, not a common enemy. Al Qaeda is about 9/11. We are about 9/12, we are about the Fourth of July — which is why I hope that anyone who runs on the 9/11 platform gets trounced.

Monday, October 01, 2007

Man, I Hate To Agree With Peggy Noonan...

But in this instance, I have to wholeheartedly agree with her thesis. It's rather pitiful that she feels the need to school her conservative colleagues in the basic civil liberties upon which our nation was built.
In 1960 the premier of the Soviet Union came and spoke in the United States. Nikita Khrushchev was our sworn enemy, and a vulgarian--sweaty faced, ill educated, dressed in a suit just off the racks from the Gulag Kresge's. I was a child, but I remember the impression he made. He took off his shoe and banged it, literally, on the soft beige wood of a desk at the U.N., as he fulminated. His nation had nuclear weapons. They were aimed at us.

The new Cuban dictator, Fidel Castro, was there too. He was young and bearded and dressed in camouflage; he too, soon, would have missiles pointed at us. He not only went to the U.N. and spoke to the world, he refused to stay at the Waldorf and sweetly chose instead a hotel in Harlem to show his solidarity with America's oppressed. The Americans there seemed to get the joke, and welcomed him with laughter. They knew he was playing them. But then they'd been played before.

Khrushchev's trip and Castro's were all about propaganda, all about sticking it to Uncle Sam. And here's what happened: Nothing. Their presence hurt our country exactly zero percent. In fact it raised us high, reminding the world we are the confident nation that lets its foes speak uncensored. As an adult nation would.

Professor Noonan to Republicans: "Go back and repeat 8th grade Civics."

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

What's Opera, Doc?

I found this on YouTube and I had to preserve it here. This was a part of my favorite recital ever! I was all the Warner Brothers (and some whisper Disney) cartoons that featured classical music.

It was da bomb!

Sunday, August 19, 2007

Sometimes I Am Ashamed To Be American

And they're proud of this behavior.


Saturday, July 28, 2007

No End In Sight

This is absolutely devastating. I knew that the aftermath of the invasion had been botched, but I really didn't think that literally 5 men would undercut the military, the CIA, the State Dept, everything else in the government to create this disaster.

I can't wait until I can see this film.

Monday, July 23, 2007

Filibust This!

The GOP is disgusting in it's slavering obstructionism.

Bet your glad you didn't go nuclear back during the Gang of Fourteen time?

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Universal Womenhood

It's amazing how the archetype for feminine beauty has remained static over the centuries. There is very little variation in proportion, just hair and eye color.

It's also interesting that I see this the morning after I saw Jennifer Valenti (who blogs at Feministing) on The Colbert Report. She was witty, poised, and kept Stephen Colbert on his toes, which is not easy. Brava!

Saturday, January 27, 2007

Priceless Words To Describe "Conservatives"

Poster sglover on Balloon Juice says it all:
It continues to astonish me that right-wingers (not true “conservatives” in any meaningful sense) want me to believe on the one hand that government isn’t capable of running a school system or regulating commerce, yet perfectly competent to perform massive social engineering projects in profoundly alien culture half a world away. Less befuddled minds would notice the contradiction, and maybe do some necessary soul-searching. .....
It just doesn't get any better....

Saturday, January 13, 2007

Webb For President

Watching Sen Jim Webb on Meet the Press after the election, I wanted to see this.

Which makes this interchange even sweeter
Sen. Webb: And this is a question that can be answered either very briefly or through written testimony, but my question is: Is it the position of this administration that it possesses the authority to take unilateral action against Iran in the absence of a direct threat without congressional approval?

Secy. Rice: Senator, I'm really loathe to get into questions of the president's authorities without a rather more clear understanding of what we are actually talking about. So let me answer you, in fact, in writing. I think that would be the best thing to do.

Sen. Webb: I would appreciate that.
(rubs hands together)I can't wait!

Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Keith Ellison Is Amazing!

This man has shown so much class and dignity in the face of the shrieking harpies of the right-wing nutjobosphere, I can't think of anything more he could do to make me respect him more.

Well, he did just that.

About a month ago, he contacted the Library of Congress's rare books and special collections division about using Thomas Jefferson's personal copy of an English translation of the Qu'ran, published in London in 1764, a later printing of the original 1734 run.

Mark Dimunation, chief of the rare book and special collections division at the library, will hand carry the two volume set over for the ceremonial swearing-in for the new Congressman from Minnesota, then return it to the collection after the ceremony.

Invoking one of the founding father's of this country's tolerance and curiosity for diversity in religion is pure genius.