I’m going to enjoy being a resident of Casacadia.
So Michael Mukasey was giving a speech at the Federalist Society and one of my homeboys called him out:
After listening to Mukasey defend the Bush administration’s counterterrorism policies — its detainment practices at Guantánamo Bay, its interpretation of the Geneva Conventions’ reach — Sanders stood and shouted “Tyrant! You are a tyrant!”
Okay, he’s not my homeboy, but he is a State Supreme Court justice in Washington State.
I’d like to think that his outburst forced Mukasey to temporarily ascend from the reptile brain he normally thinks with to the human brain that most people (those with an ounce of compassion in their bodies) use to think. The cognitive dissonance caused by actually feeling compassion for a tiny moment started a harmonic resonance which made AG Michael Mukasey collapse.
Well done, Justice Sanders!
I have been overwelmed by life recently, so as you probably could tell, my posts have been sporadic at best.
And today is no different.
But I want to point y’all to my other favorite blog, not the ‘get together and laugh at the stupid wingnuts’ party of Sadly, No!, but more like hanging out with your favorite (if not sometimes cantankerous) uncle.
To Wit: Some of the best advice I’ve ever gotten came from drunks.
I would excerpt part of it, but the whole thing deserves a read. I consider Dennis required daily reading.
Because of sentences like this:
…the thought that ‘markets’ are widely supposed to be smarter than the bottom 25% of Americans, such as for instance Jersey guidos with hair mousse and four-finger rings, blank-eyed women wandering angrily through dollar stores, people who cut you off in traffic and shout incomprehensible expletives that sound like “Gawaaa!”, people who equal ass, bonk-headed yar-yar dingbrains, those who sit on their porches with earthenware jugs and mail-order guitars, singing “‘Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus” as the 20th Century struggles to free itself from the possum trap it walked into as it tried to cross their property, and people who listen to Coheed and Cambria…
I’ll bet you thought I was finally over my man-crush on the Big Dick. Not true.
Imagine my surprise when today this headline pops up:
US Vice President Cheney indicted by Texas grand jury
Really? Indicted? Texas? I’m grabbing some popcorn.
A local Texas grand jury has indicted Vice President Cheney and former US Attorney General Alberto Gonzales on charges connected to alleged abuse of inmates in a private prison system…
To the undisclosed location!
Cheney is charged with engaging in an organized criminal activity related to the vice president’s investment in the Vanguard Group, which holds financial interests in the private prison companies running the federal detention centers.
Cheney? Organized Crime? You’re shittin’ me, right?
It charged that Cheney had a conflict of interest and was responsible for “at least misdemeanor assaults” on detainees.
We all know that Bush the Lesser is going to pardon everyone for everything come January. But it’s nice to see some people actually striving for justice.
(Pancake image courtesy of Dan Lacey.)
Say what you want about Republicans (I can’t think of anything nice) but they stand up for their principles, no matter how repugnant they are. Democrats seem to only be capable of covering their asses and ensuring that they keep their cushy jobs.
Case in point:
Brandy has a nice post up at Moue Magazine discussing the political landscape in the aftermath of last Tuesady.
George Lakoff wrote in Don’t Think of an Elephant that the Republican Party has (traditionally) been better at appearing cohesive from the outside despite existing inner turmoil. Republican groups with different agendas would work together with the understanding that the needs of all would eventually be met if groups waited their turn. This election cycle knocked down the wall around the Republicans, exposing their infighting, weaknesses and the last gasps of a party on life support.
I would add here that George W. Bush isn’t good at much, but one ability he certainly has is unifying power among the factions of the GOP. The free-market fundamentalists, the evangelicals, and the hawks all see him as one of their own. It’s truly remarkable.
The Republicans lost the election in a major way, shedding Senate seats along with the White House. It would appear to be a time for the party to do a major overhaul, building the new agenda more around Reformer policies- like economic equality, inclusion and global warming policy- that would appeal more to the modern electorate than the Traditionalist model does. And when it comes time for that shift to happen, Democrats should be as supportive as they can be of the change. An enemy of an enemy is our friend and the Reformers want to cut off their crazy wing as much as we’d like them to.
In Paul Krugman’s latest (excellent) book, he argues that the age of centrist government of the 50’s was entirely the result of the compression of wealth via the new deal, and of a concerted effort on the part of the Democrats after they took decisive control of Congress.
We’ve got the latter, let’s hope in leads to the former, and (in the long run), the end of the wingnuts.
I am not one to act like my personal shopping choices are really going to make or break a multi-national corporation. But I do make choices based on some information I have gleaned (Lowe’s over Home Depot, for instance). I am none too pleased with the Mormon Church’s support of Prop. 8 in California, so I’m going to make an effort to avoid these Mormon-owned companies from now on:
Black & Decker
I have nothing against Mormons, per se, I just think my money should be going to more progressive causes.
Explanation for the sub-prime mortgage crisis:
Its like your insurance agent comes over, gets drunk, takes your car, wrecks it, hands you the keys, and then says, “Oooh. That’ll increase your rates.”
Paraphrased from NPR today.
I’m not sure what to say. I was really happy, happier than I thought I’d be, when Obama was declared the winner.
I put a lot of faith in Nate Silver at 538, and he pretty much nailed it. I was not worried about Washington State going to Obama, so I picked a third party candidate. But I was feeling the chills when he was giving his acceptance speech. It was pretty amazing to see America do something right for a change.
As far as McCain goes, I thought his speech was dignified and statesmanlike. If we had seen that guy for the whole race I doubt it would have been such a blow-out.
Now I see that Obama has already picked Rahm Emanuel for his chief of Staff. At least that gets Rahm out of the Congress, which I think is a really good thing. this is the guy who has supported corporate hacks over truly progressive candidates for as long as I have been paying attention, so I hope with his departure from the scene that the Congress will move further Leftward.
So I guess I am truly happy that Obama won, but I am not holding out hope that it is going to be a lot better. I would like to see some smart appointments (we have a huge mess to clean up after the Huge Dick and his Fratboy Wonder) and an Apollo-program-like push for Made in America alternative energy program. Maybe that is too much to hope for, but I hear that hope is all the rage these days.
Just one more thing. When are the spellchecker guys (kinda like The Man) going to stop flagging Obama as a misspelled word? Seriously. WTF?