Friday, March 7, 2014
Thursday, March 6, 2014
Continuing our informal survey of radio themes, this was my go-to-bed music at camp in Colorado from KVOD out of Denver.
Because no matter how maddening the Republicans may be, at least they will follow in lockstep behind their president. Unlike these seven gutless wonders.
Debo Adegbile, who previously served as the acting head of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, is one of the nation’s top civil rights attorneys. He’s also a leading expert on voting rights who twice defended the Voting Rights Act before the Supreme Court — the first time successfully. He was, in other words, an ideal candidate to lead the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division — the division which, among other things, oversees the federal government’s voting rights work in an era where conservative state lawmakers are currently waging a widespread campaign to prevent demographic groups that tend to vote for Democrats from casting a ballot.
And yet, the Senate just voted his nomination down, thanks to seven Democrats. The Democrats who opposed Adegbile’s confirmation are Sens. Bob Casey (D-PA), Chris Coons (D-DE), Joe Donnelly (D-IN), Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND), Joe Manchin (D-WV), Mark Pryor (D-AR) and John Walsh (D-MT).
Apparently his disqualifying factors were his leadership in the NAACP and his participation in the defense of a high-profile criminal defendant against the death penalty.
It’s apparently easy for some – including a majority of the U.S. Senate – to forget that in the United States, we believe that everyone accused of a crime is entitled to a defense. It’s a basic principle woven into the fabric of our justice system. No matter how heinous or shocking the allegations, we’re committed to a process in which defendants are treated fairly, including a right to competent counsel.
Americans have believed this since before we were even our own country. In 1770, John Adams provided the defense for eight British soldiers accused of the murders in the Boston Massacre. It didn’t mean Adams was un-American. It didn’t even stop Adams from later becoming president.
A majority of the Senate lost sight of this today. It was not the institution’s finest hour.
If the tables were turned and a Republican president nominated someone who had once participated in the defense of a man who murdered eight people, do you honestly think any Republican senator would vote against confirmation?
Rep. Darrell Issa’s quest to turn the IRS non-scandal into something other than an embarrassment reached new lows yesterday when he shut off Rep. Elijah Cummings’ microphone and stomped out of the hearing like a five-year-old having a tantrum.
Any rational adult would have said “Well, we looked into it and there’s nothing there, so that’s the end of it.” Of course, any rational adult would never have tried to turn a bureaucratic snafu into an impeachable offense. We’re talking about the GOP so “rational” and “adult” don’t apply.
A Boca Raton, Fla. man caused controversy in his neighborhood when he flew a Klu Klux Klan flag in his yard alongside a noose and a sign recruiting new members, WPTV reported on Wednesday.
The man, who identified himself as K. Hayes, defended his right to free speech.
“They never said anything to my face and they’re entitled to their own free speech as well as I am,” he said about neighbors’ complaints.
The Constitution guarantees the right of every American to be an asshole.
Amazing poll results:
Half of all Americans believe that gay men and lesbians have a constitutional right to marry, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll in which a large majority also said businesses should not be able to deny serving gays for religious reasons.
Fifty percent say the U.S. Constitution’s guarantee of equal protection gives gays the right to marry, while 41 percent say it does not.
Beyond the constitutional questions, a record-high 59 percent say they support same-sex marriage, while 34 percent are opposed, the widest margin tracked in Post-ABC polling.
Not that a basic civil right such as equal protection ever needed the support of a majority of the voters, it is encouraging to have it. Even better will be the fun in watching the haters and the homophobes try to explain why a majority of the public won’t send them any more more money.
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
If you grew up near Detroit in the 1960′s and listened to WJR, you might remember this tune as the sign-off for Jimmy Launce’s afternoon drive-time show.
Never heard the lyrics before.
A Catholic school refuses to march in Boston’s St. Patrick’s Day parade because there will be LGBT veterans in the parade, too.
Brother Thomas Dalton, principal of The Immaculate Heart of Mary School in Harvard, reacted on Monday by saying that band members and students from his school would not attend for the first time in decades.
“The familiar scene of Saint Patrick joyfully giving his blessing to the crowds has, sad to say, come to an end,” Dalton told WCVB. “In the footsteps of Saint Patrick, IHM does not condone and will not appear to condone the homosexual lifestyle.”
“Homosexual acts are gravely immoral and are not to be promoted in any way,” he added.
Glass houses/stones. Yeah, we get it.
Wendy Davis is the Democratic candidate for governor.
The Fort Worth state senator formally clinched her party’s nomination Tuesday night. She headlines a Democratic ticket that in November will seek the party’s first statewide victory since 1994, which was also Richards’ last year in office.
She’ll be running against Greg Abbott, and the GOP has already shown that they’ll make it a knock-down/drag-out bar brawl.
George P. Bush, son of former Florida governor Jeb Bush, is on the ballot as Land Commissioner. The technical term is “legacy hire.”
Rep. Steve Stockman (R-TX) completely cratered in his attempt to unseat Sen. John Cornyn in the primary. Mr. Stockman gave up his seat to run, so he’s not only out of the Senate race, he’s out of a job. Aww.
Oh, and Kinky Friedman is running as Agriculture Commissioner on a platform that includes legalizing marijuana. Whoa, dude!
COLBERT: Yes, the only way for gays to be protected is have their gayness independently verified. I think what Steve King is saying, gays, is he wants you to send photos and/or videos proving to Steve King that you are gay.
Again, that’s Steve King, 2210 Rayburn Office Building, Washington, DC 20515. Be sure… be sure to label your envelope “campaign contributions” so you know that he’ll read it.
Use a plain brown wrapper.
That is the sound of countless heads hitting the desk after reading this:
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) on Tuesday sought to link the Russian invasion of Ukraine to … Benghazi.
He apparently gets his intelligence from this guy.
Writing for The Washington Times on March 3, Deace condemned “the intolerant same-sex lobby” for pushing its “propaganda” on the American public. Deace highlighted the attention Sam, a star lineman at the University of Missouri, received after coming out in February. According to Deace, liberals pounced on Sam’s announcement in order to advance “LGBTQ propaganda” – and to shift focus away from the 2012 attack on the American diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya.
My head hurts.
It’s even too much for BSC Michelle Malkin.
I suppose that if you’re going to be a right-wing twit, picking on what President Obama was wearing when he was dealing with the Crimea crisis is part of the schtick.
“Talking with the President of Russia about an invasion in a button-down shirt and jeans is not up to the task,” Ron Christie, a former adviser to President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney, told the Daily News.
While it “irks” him to see the casual wear that passes through the door of the Oval Office these days, he says Obama’s wardrobe choice for the Putin call was particularly bad for failing to send the “right message” given the seriousness of the issue.
For the record, Ron Christie is that prissy little gadfly that MSNBC puts up the same way the Harlem Globetrotters puts up the other team so that they can have someone to bounce the ball off. And it’s not like Mr. Obama is the first president to take his jacket off in the Oval Office. Perhaps Mr. Christie wants to be irked at George W. Bush, too.
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
For some reason this song has been in heavy rotation recently on Big 105 here in Miami.
Rep. Steve King (R-IA) says that being gay doesn’t deserve legal protection under the civil rights laws.
KING: It’s clear in the civil rights section of the code that you can’t discriminate against people based upon — and I’m not sure I’ve got the list right — but race, creed, religion, color of skin — those kind of things. And there’s nothing mentioned in there on self-professed behavior. And that’s what they’re trying to perfect is special rights for self-professed behavior. And I think it’s difficult for us to define a law that would protect behavior.
His point — aside from the one under his comb-over — is that people choose to be gay and therefore don’t deserve civil rights protection. Unlike religion, which everyone knows is innate… right?
He’s worried that people will pretend to be gay just so they can sue some businesses.
KING: The one thing that I reference when I say “self-professed” is: how do you know who to discriminate against? They about have to tell you. And, you know, are they then setting up a case? Is this about bringing a grievance or is it actually about a service that they’d like to have? And doesn’t free enterprise provide that service if the demand is there? Someone can open up a cake shop, can’t they?
Oh, damn, he’s on to us. Now I have to come out to my friends and family that I’m really straight and all that I’ve been going through my entire life, including fifteen years with a really great guy, but also being bullied and threatened by bigots on several occasions, was so I could put the squeeze on some baker in Arizona.
And I would have gotten away with it, too, if it wasn’t for that meddling douchebag Steve King.
Michael Cohen at The Guardian:
In the days since Vladimir Putin sent Russian troops into the Crimea, it has been amateur hour back in Washington.
I don’t mean Barack Obama. He’s doing pretty much everything he can, with what are a very limited set of policy options at his disposal. No, I’m talking about the people who won’t stop weighing in on Obama’s lack of “action” in the Ukraine. Indeed, the sea of foreign policy punditry – already shark-infested – has reached new lows in fear-mongering, exaggerated doom-saying and a stunning inability to place global events in any rational historical context.
This would be a useful moment for Americans to have informed reporters, scholars and leaders explaining a crisis rapidly unfolding half a world away. Instead, we’ve already got all the usual suspect arguments…
What I’d like to know from Lindsey Graham, John McCain, John Bolton, and all of the fogbrains at Fox News is what they expect President Obama to do? (Well, I know what McCain and Bolton want to do, and that would require hazmat suits.) Sitting in a TV studio like a potted plant yelling “Do something!” is not a foreign policy.
The thing about a crisis like this is that there is very little that the United States or any outside force can do that would improve the situation, and this kind of macho bullshit just makes these folks look like warmongering fools… which I grant you for some like Mr. Bolton is not that far a hike.
You don’t have to listen to the “do something” crowd. These are the same people who brought you the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, among other greatest hits. These are armchair “experts” convinced that every international problem is a vital interest of the US; that the maintenance of “credibility” and “strength” is essential, and that any demonstration of “weakness” is a slippery slope to global anarchy and American obsolescence; and that being wrong and/or needlessly alarmist never loses one a seat at the table.
The funny thing is, these are often the same people who bemoan the lack of public support for a more muscular American foreign policy. Gee, I wonder why.
Exactly. It might have something to do with the planes unloading the long boxes at Dover and the stone markers in quiet fields across the country that were made possible because someone decided to “do something.”
Via TPM, Rep. Steve Stockman (R-TX) does not want you to know that he was once busted for drugs.
The Texas conservative’s underdog Senate campaign on Monday published a defiant statement, claiming that Stockman has “grounds to file criminal complaints” against any person or media organization that published his 1977 arrest record and mugshot.
Stockman’s mugshot has been bouncing around the internet for weeks. The Texas Tribune last month published the arrest records, which indicate that in 1977 Stockman was arrested and initially charged with felony possession of Valium. The Stockman campaign now says that a district court judge in Michigan ordered in 1978 the matter dismissed and expunged.
I have a good lawyer.
Photo Credit: Mugshot via Texas Tribune.
I got an interesting piece of spam yesterday, apparently from the Borg:
Notice of eviction,
Please be advised that your current dwelling has been condemned.
The eviction proceedings are already in process. You are hereby ordered to vacate the premises no later than 03/21/2014 or face forcible removal. Any attempt to resist is futile.
Contact our office without delay to make proper arrangements for a move out.
We want to hope for you cooperation.
Our contact details and judicial statement are enclosed to this notice.
Real estate agency,
There were no contact details or judicial statement enclosed. But I googled Ruth Tailor…