by MAL Contends, Thu Jul 23, 2009 at 05:39:47 AM EDT
If anybody feels like raining on the unapologetic little prick, Sgt. James Crowley of the Cambridge Police Department, call: 617-349-3300. Crowley refuses to acknowledge that he did anything wrong in humuliating Henry Louis Gates who was busted for being black in own home.
Update: See also With Vigor, Obama Wades Into a Volatile Racial Issue. If you are brown or black, the news that Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates Jr was arrested for trying to enter his own home was repulsive but not unexpected.
As is the news that African Americans and Latinos are hassled by cops.
by MAL Contends, Wed Jul 15, 2009 at 05:23:31 AM EDT
Judith Davidoff has a profile up at the Capital Times (Madison, Wisconsin), on William McConkey, "Citizen McConkey: How a straight, married, lapsed Republican came to wage a one-man battle against Wisconsin's gay marriage ban."
McConkey is the plaintiff in William C. McConkey v. J. B. Van Hollen, the Wisconsin Supreme court case that could doom the gay marriage ban voted into the state constitution in 2006.
Turns out McConkey is a life-time Republican, who lived in Alaska for a time and quit the GOP because Sarah Palin was chosen as nominee for the vice-president.
by MAL Contends, Tue Jun 30, 2009 at 06:08:03 AM EDT
Update: Breaking - Israeli Occupation Forces have kidnapped 21 Human Rights workers aboard the Free Gaza boat, Spirit of Humanity, including Nobel laureate Mairead Maguire & former U.S. Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney.
News that the Spirit of Humanity, a unarmed ship on a humanitarian mission bringing supplies and casting light on the Israeli siege of Gaza, has now been "stopped and boarded."
Stand out now.
by MAL Contends, Wed May 13, 2009 at 02:29:24 PM EDT
: Greenwald on Obama's latest effort to conceal evidence of Bush era crimes
. Dittoheads beware, Greeenwald links to John Aravosis
(Obama's logic was "a bit Bushian") Steve Hynd
("Obama Trades Our Principles For Cheneyism") TPM
("Obama falls back on Bushisms") Dan Froomkin
("Obama Joins the Cover-Up"). And as Greenwald points out, "Obama now has new cheer-leaders: Bill Kristol, Michael Goldfarb and Max Boot," and some MyDD commenters below.
Note to readers: You're not dittoheads or at least you don't have to be!
This is a trust-breaking moment, President Obama, and you really blew it.
It's not a mistake, it's an assault against this democracy.
That would be President Obama's decision to Obama to block release of detainee photos of torture out of a concern that the photos would "further inflame anti-American opinion."
What is this, a Sister Secrecy moment? Are you trying to prove to America that you're really not an open government, transparency-loving, honest, straight-shooting democrat?
And if you're worried about the troops, get them the hell of out of these two wars in Asia already. Release the photos and then condemn them in the strongest possible terms, singling out the Neocon idiots on whose watch these obscenities happened and who ordered torture to begin with, instead of refusing to investigate and prosecute these war criminals.
Proud of yourself?
by MAL Contends, Tue May 12, 2009 at 04:57:14 AM EDT
The National Review (NRO) hates that Diane Wood acclaimed the humanity of gays in questioning the Christan Legal Society, an anti-abortion and anti gay outfit, during oral arguments in Christian Legal Society v. Walker, No. 05-3239.
Wood, a justice on the Circuit Court of Appeals for the Seventh District is considered a leading candidate for Justice Souter's seat.
Bigotry and discrimination are not "about hatred, it is about love. To tell something, somebody something that's wrong is right is not loving, and that's what this chapter would be doing," said the CLC attorney. The NRO's Ed Whelan writes this exchange shows Wood "displayed a hostility to orthodox Christian beliefs."
Trying to fire up the religious right just maybe.
by MAL Contends, Sun May 10, 2009 at 05:12:55 AM EDT
Reading finance analysts Blodget-Black-Krugman-Stiglitz-Shiller-J
ohnson-Roubini-DeLong, an Obama supporter is left with the feeling: Jesus, I hope these guys are wrong about what Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner is doing.
One of the problems is Geithner's Public-Private Investment Program (PPIP).
by MAL Contends, Thu May 07, 2009 at 07:41:17 AM EDT
As Sonia Sotomayer is drawing freshly brewed slime from the rightwing, a couple of thoughts on the nominee.
First and most provincial, from Wisconsin the talk is prof. Joel Rogers and Sen. Russ Feingold. Talk about pleasing the base, playing to erudition and pissing off the rightwing.
Both Rogers and Feingold would make this summer's political theater a blockbuster. The Republicans will scream bloody murder, you know the drill. But not even Sen. Hatch could complain with a straight face about the merits.
I sure would like to hear the GOP whine like 10,000 Tea partiers who have just drunk deeply of the Kool Aid.
by MAL Contends, Tue May 05, 2009 at 05:59:22 AM EDT
: UN accuses Israel of Gaza 'negligence or recklessness' Inquiry finds Israel responsible for deaths, injuries and damage to UN buildings
Update: A few facts have come to light from the insightful comments in a crosspost. There is no occupation, and no walls. Palestinians [who do not exist] are free to move around in the West Bank and Gaza as they wish in accordance with their pursuit of happiness, with Israel cheering them on. There is no Israeli militarism and no PR apparatus in support of Israeli militarism - which does not in any event exist. To deny these facts above is to subscribe to a "world Zionist conspiracy" theory and/or be nonconstructive and/or be drunk/on drugs/off drugs/high and/or hear voices/be insane and/or be a twit and/or be a whack job, and/or an anti-Semite and/or a "Jew hater" and/or a believer in the "decoder ring" [whatever that is; have to admit that last one does seem odd]. Please revise your worldview accordingly and know that when Israel bombs and shoots Palestinians it means well. But I'll say this, these pro-militarist-guys can always be counted on to demonstrate your point in the Comments section. :) See the comments section at: http://www.dailykos.com/storyonly/2009/5/5/727993/-GIYUS-Support-Killing-Palestinians.
Readers may have noticed Robert Naiman'sOn Israeli Settlement Freeze, Public Has Obama's Back at MyDD.
Naiman's piece is modest, asserting that the American public supports the settlement freeze.
In the face of decades of Israeli-American rejectionism and continuing terror in the occupied territories, readers may find the settlement freeze diverting from the nature of the savage enterprise of illegally occupying Gaza and the West Bank. [See B'TSELEM at virtually any given moment.]
by MAL Contends, Mon May 04, 2009 at 05:02:27 PM EDT
Joel Rogers--professor of law, political science, and sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison--would bring a common, everyman sensibility to the U.S. Supreme Court.
All right, this MacArthur Foundation Genius Grant recipient won't bring the common-man quality, but Rogers is indisputably brilliant and knowledgeable.
He would be a worthy successor to the scholarly Justice Souter, and a nice contrast to the two Bush ideologues, Roberts and Alito.
Many Republicans speak well of Rogers, the founder and director the research-policy center, the Center on Wisconsin Strategy (COWS).
He's in his 50s, and the guy seems to know everyone.
Forget demographics, go for the brains.
For more info, see See http://law.wisc.edu/profiles/jerogers@wi sc.edu
and http://www.cows.org/about_staff_detail.a sp?id=1
by MAL Contends, Sun May 03, 2009 at 06:41:25 AM EDT
Andrew O'Hehir's has a lame interview with filmmaker Simone Bitton, director of the documentary Rachel.
Skip the Salon interview, and see the film on the murdered American peace activist Rachel Corrie.