Tuesday, January 31, 2006
[Dearest Aunt B.,] When are you feminists going to start going bonkers over Alito being confirmed to the Supreme Court? Can you feel your reproductive rights being taken away at this very moment? [Sincerely, A Gentleman Reader p.s. I think you're so cute when you're mad. The thought of your brow furrowing in anger as you read this letter about sends me around the bend. I want to kiss you right now.]Dear Gentleman Reader, I'm sorry but there will be no smooches for you. Though I am righteously indignant at the thought that there exists only one Republican senator with the guts to vote against this man, I, like all other feminists, are resigned to the fact that he's now on the Supreme Court. Really, it's another day another politician trying to stick his nose into my vagina (and not in the fun way). Here's what will happen. Folks will now rush to get some monumental abortion ruling before the court, the court will then make some decision that, on the surface, keeps Roe in place, but guts it. Abortion will fall back to the states and women in conservative states will lose their right to one. It remains to be seen what kind of pressure is then brought on folks undergoing fertility treatments, many of which also create embryos which are never brought to term. Will they lose the ability to decide when and if they reproduce? I kind of doubt it. Much of the abortion debate is really about making sure slutty women are punished with children, not about making couples who really want kids miserable. It's all very interesting, and I'd love to be more outraged, but I'm busy making popcorn so that when it dawns on Republicans that they've thrown their support behind a man who thinks the Presidency is just like being king and what that means in terms of their own civil liberties, I can snack and laugh at the same time. Really supporting Alito was like watching Republicans route around in a septic tank looking for stuff to throw at us--Alito just happened to be the biggest chunk--and a day will come when they'll look down and realize that they're covered in the same shit they tossed our way. On that day, I will laugh, if I'm still allowed to laugh. (It's hard to tell how far back women's rights are going to get rolled.) Love, Your Dearest Aunt B.
I Smell GOOoood
Either David Boaz is an Idiot or He Thinks I'm an Idiot
Monday, January 30, 2006
Sex With Someone You Love
Why Should I Remain Alone in my Distress?
To Answer Your Question
Can't I Get a copy of "Libertarianism: A Little More than the Primer"?
Sunday, January 29, 2006
Blogging by Candle Light
Jim Bob Cooter
Hurray for Not Making Too Big an Ass of Myself while Drunken Blogging!
Saturday, January 28, 2006
Hurray, Drunken Blogging!
The Laziest Saturday Ever
My Spirit Guide
- Fritz, from TV on the Fritz, though he'll deny it, secretly longs to make his living as a George Jones impersonator. The only thing preventing this is Fritz's disturbing "yabba dabba doo, the king is dead and so are you." It's George Jones, Fritzy, not Eminem.
- The reason Kleinheider won't appear in public is that he has two heads. An even lesser-known fact? One of these heads is Al Sharpton.
- Sarcastro is actually an elaborate parody of a "divorced white male in his late thirties. Just like every other asshole with a weblog." perpetrated by two obnoxious Nashville feminists. He doesn't actually exist. The man in the photos and at the public appearances is really the infamous leftist, Church Secretary.
- The Super Genius chews tobacco, but only on national holidays.
- I have my grandpa's tooth and a raccoon penis bone in a bag by my bed.
Sadly, after these pronouncements, it appears that Camino's wife demanded he stop talking to himself or at least talk to himself in another room where she didn't have to hear it and I lost contact with him.
Still, I'm sure that these must all be true.
Why would my spirit guide lie?
If You Go Outside Now, You Can Feel Okay About Spending the Afternoon Drinking Beer
Pieces Fall into Place
SEYMOUR HERSH: I don't know what it stands for, but out of Virginia. They just got a huge new contract. These are people who do hundreds of millions of dollars worth of business. They provide interpreters, among other things; that's part of their business. The private companies were all over Abu Ghraib, and they had local -- one of the people, one of the men from the private companies was -- did have forcible sex with -- there's women in the prisons, which is also a big contentious problem for the Iraqi population. The women are held in a separate unit, but they have children; and one of the children and one of the women was raped by a boy. There are photographs. There is testimony -- AMY GOODMAN: Was raped by -- SEYMOUR HERSH: One of the guards, rather. And witnessed by Americans taking photographs. There is testimony that has not been made public about this. I know that there's been statements made in various military proceedings. And the government's been very chary about writing -- putting out any information. People witnessed it. They had cameras, and I believe they were video cameras. They could have been still cameras. There were cameras photographing it, and the boy was screaming. But I don't have a videotape of it. I haven't seen a videotape of it. I know that such testimony has been given.Now, there are some allegations that Hersch changed his story, that he claimed to have seen the video tape of the boy's rape and that now he's claiming he only heard about it. But I wondered at the time why there were even kids in the prison. Were we, as a matter of course, kidnapping and detaining innocent family members of people we want to intimidate? According to the Red Cross and people in the Army, yes.
The Red Cross also delineated eyewitness testimony of the abuse of these children. Provance, who was stationed at Abu Ghraib, told the media that interrogating officers had gotten their hands on a 15-or-16-year-old girl. Military Police apparently only stopped the interrogation when the girl was half-undressed. A separate incident described a 16-year-old boy being soaked with water, driven through the cold, smeared with mud, and then presented before his weeping father, who was also a prisoner.We couldn't get this kid's dad to talk until we threatened his kid (I know some of you might argue that being soaked in water and driven around all muddy is no worse than some kind of college prank. I would argue that the point of the exercise was to show the kid's dad that we had no moral hesitation about using his kid to force him to talk. It wasn't what we did to the kid so much as that we did anything at all to him.). So, I guess the difference between what we knew after Abu Ghraib and what we know now is that now we have official military documents showing that this was a wide-spread practice and not just the word of witnesses.
"It's very hard, obviously, from some of these documents to determine what, if anything, actually happened," says the Pentagon spokesman.Gee, yes, if we just keep looking at each individual bit of information as having no relevance to other bits of information, it is hard to determine "what, if anything, actually happened." But if you step back and look at everything together, the picture becomes pretty damn clear. We kidnap and lock up children, putting them in situations where they might be raped by sadistic guards, as a way to intimidate their families. If we're going to do terrible things, let's at least be honest about the terrible things we're doing.
Friday, January 27, 2006
It's Only Drinking Alone if You Don't Count Keith Olbermann
Whew, the recalcitrant brother and the Wayward Boy Scout are Safe
The Lunch Blues
Mrs. Wigglebottom, Menace to Society
Thursday, January 26, 2006
How Do You Know if You Suck?
Not So Funny Now, Is It?
Troubling Revelations about Elvis Costello
Wednesday, January 25, 2006
Little Bits of This and That
Mad With Power!
Tuesday, January 24, 2006
Pandering Democrats Can Suck My Butt
And the committee then UNANIMOUSLY votes to extend domestic partnership benefits to the township's employees. Do you see what I'm saying? The change is coming. In some segments of the population (especially among young people) it's already here. Most people in America do not give a shit that people are gay and they support extending legal protections to gay couples. Here's a Republican talking about gay people and civil rights and HOW GAY PEOPLE NEED THOSE CIVIL RIGHTS. Democrats, if I could blast a siren right now to get your attention, I would. Because here's what's happening, right now, in the country you seem determined to continue to grow irrelevant in, Republicans are coming around. Folks like Seda realize that people they care about and admire are gay and want to act in a caring and loving manner towards them. That's trouble enough for you. But now Republicans who want to do right by gays aren't ashamed to say so. Not only that, they're meeting no resistance. If you can't scare gays into staying in the party for fear of being forced back in the closet, you'd damn well better start caring about them more than the Republicans do. You're pandering to a middle that doesn't exist. Stop it. *If this link does not make you cry, you have no soul.
Like many other people around the world, I've been learning a great deal recently about the issue of Domestic Partner rights that has placed Ocean County front and center on the world's stage through the incredibly courageous story of Ocean County's own hometown hero, Lt. Laurel Hester of the Ocean County Prosecutor's Office.
From what I can see, I'm only one of millions who's been touched in a very big way by Lt. Hester's story. If it weren't for Lt Hester's heart-wrenching story, I would probably not have paid much attention to this issue. Her dignity and the incredible bravery she's displayed at the end of her life in wanting to change the world has inspired me to realize that as an elected official I should be standing by her side.
I've been approached by a lot of people in Jackson and elsewhere about this issue. I was very pleased to learn that the overwhelming majority of them agree with me that this is an important civil rights issue; an issue that as Americans we all have to address. To me, it seems like it's nothing other than a very simple matter of fundamental fairness and Equal Rights for All Americans. If it weren't for Lt Hester's heart-wrenching story, I would probably not have paid much attention to this issue. But now I have, and I'm alarmed to learn of the loop holes New Jersey law dealing with Domestic Partnership Rights. I've found there are a lot of gaps in existing state laws that have been created in recent years and quite frankly in my estimation need to be closed.
A Guide to Illinois
Monday, January 23, 2006
Did I Ever Tell Y'all About the Tarantula?
Andrew Sullivan: Genius or Idiot?
Besides, there is a perfect position for her in American public life -- and it's not in the Senate, despite her eminently respectable record there. She belongs on the Supreme Court. She's a lawyer who wants to change the world. That's almost a job description for a liberal justice.Good idea or bad? Obviously, I disagree with Sully's ideas about what constitutes a "respectable" record, but what of this Supreme Court nonsense? I have to say, it's kind of intriguing. *London, not NY, so no registration necessary.
Happy Birthday, Dad
Sunday, January 22, 2006
But I'm Always Blogging for Choice!
It's Just That I Wanted to See Blood
Slightly annoyed; slightly drunk
Saturday, January 21, 2006
"But you know, deep down, I'm kinda tempted to go and see my Bessie again"
Friday, January 20, 2006
Okay, I'll Admit It
You sit there in Washington so frightened of the big, bad Republican machine you have no idea what people are thinking. I'm telling you right now, Tom DeLay is going to lose in his district. If Democrats in Washington haven't got enough sense to OWN the issue of political reform, I give up on them entirely.And then she makes her best point in such a beautiful way, I bow down before her:
In World War I, they went around kicking dachshunds on the grounds that dachshunds were "German dogs." They did not, however, go around kicking German shepherds. The MINUTE someone impugns your patriotism for opposing this war, turn on them like a snarling dog and explain what loving your country really means.Preach on, Sister Ivins. The fact that the Democratic leadership appears to be willfully oblivious to the dissention in the ranks is alarming. Every liberal blogger, every liberal columnist, every liberal I know is fixing for a fight. But we're all supposed to either accept Kos's "moderate voice of reason"* or... or what? Some conservatives, like Ole Sully, will use shitty polls to draw strange conclusions** about us and call us "unhinged and ineffective"? Well, Jesus H. Christ, they already do. Ivins is right. Where are the brave Democrats? The thoughtful and plain-spoken who can lead the party? Who are the folks who are going to stand up and say "This isn't right?" I'm not seeing them, especially not in the likes of Clinton. *No one has said that specifically about him. I'm just using the quotes to indicate that that seems to be the stereotype. ** I don't hang out at Kos's site because I don't like to be daily reminded how the Democratic party sees my personal autonomy as some kind of fringe issue that can be discarded whenever convenient. But there was a poll, apparently, in which 41% of the respondents said they hated Bush more than Bin Laden. From that, Sully concludes that this is some "indicator of how unhinged and ineffective the far left has become." For those of you who don't understand the problem, let me explain. Say that Kos has 10,000 readers a day. There's a poll with this kind of stupid question on it. Say then that 9,900 of his readers, of all types of liberal persuasions, look at the question and are like "My god, that's asinine" and don't participate. So, 100 do and 41 of them hate Bush more than Bin Laden. That doesn't tell us anything about the attitudes of the other 9,900 readers, some of whom may be much farther left than the 41. Polls that require people to feel passionately enough about the question to respond are going to attract only the people who feel passionately enough to respond. It doesn't tell you anything about the attitudes of the majority of leftists. And, what kind of poll is that anyway? Can't a person hate Bush passionately and still wish Bin Laden's head had been mounted on a pole in the crater of the World Trade Center within weeks of September 11, where it would be left to rot and be torn at by stray dogs?
O Brother, Where Art Thou?
Regrets, I Have So Few
- I once made a guy get out of my car in the middle of nowhere and acted like I was going to drive off without him, which is pretty bad, but in my defense, the week before he said he'd teach me how to drive stick if I gave him a handjob and I still can't work a manual transmission, so fuck him. I let him back in the car eventually.
- I told the Man from GM that one of our mutual acquaintances was so bad in bed that he'd turned the other girl he was seeing--when he claimed to be seeing only me--gay, because I knew the Man from GM would go back and blab it all over his small home town and that his friends would tease him about it. She actually didn't come out of the closet until she'd worked her way through a couple of other guys I knew, but why let a minor detail like that stop me?
- I didn't speak to my college roommate for six years because she fucked a guy I liked and didn't have the guts to tell me.
- Oh, and I got this darling sparkly-stubbled man arrested. Apparently just because I think it's a good idea to drag race down Center Street from Illinois State to Illinois Wesleyan doesn't mean the Normal cops agree.
- And the Shill once had to yell at me "Pull your pants up and get in the car" when I was drunkenly showing one of her friends--and inadvertently everyone who was looking out the patio door--how much I was enjoying getting to know him.
- Okay, Miss J. and I did whip out the Bible and start reading all the passages about the ills of drinking while our other roommate (who is extremely religious) threw up in her trash can.
- And I tried to put a curse on our old landlord.
- And I accidentally had an affair with an amateur professional wrestler. But I don't think that counts, because I broke it off with him as soon as I discovered he was married.
- And I'm lying to the Butcher about our household expenses--not by much, I swear--so that I can have a little money to go out with.
- And I haven't told my parents I'm not Christian. I let them think I don't go to church as some kind of noble protest against the ways the Methodist church has done my dad wrong.