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.