Thursday, December 11, 2014

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Quote of the Day

Charlie Pierce:

There is something gone badly wrong in the way police are taught to look at civilians these days. This is the logic of an occupying power being employed on American citizens. Ever since 9/11, when we all began to be told that we were going to have to bend a little bit, and then a little bit more, to authority or else we’d all die, the police in this country have been militarized in their tactics and in their equipment, which is bad enough, but in their attitudes and their mentality, which is far, far worse. Suspicion has bled into weaponized paranoia, especially in the case of black and brown people, especially in the case of young men who are black or brown, but this is not About Race because nothing ever is About Race. Even the potential of a threat requires a deadly response, Dick Cheney’s one-percent idea brought to American cities and towns until Salt Lake City, of all places, winds up with cops who are deadlier on the streets than drug dealers. This is how you wind up with Darren Wilson. This is how you wind up with Michael Brown, dead in the middle of the road. This is how Darren Wilson walks, tonight, for the killing of Michael Brown. This is how you end up with an American horror story.

 

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Monday, October 13, 2014

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Quote of the Day

John Cleese on Fox News viewers:

If you’re very, very stupid, how can you possibly realize that you’re very very stupid? You’d have to be relatively intelligent to realize how stupid you are.

This is a version of something I’ve said before: Stupid people don’t know that they’re stupid because if they did know they were stupid, they wouldn’t be stupid in the first place.

It’s nice to know I’m not the only one who has come to that conclusion.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Quote of the Day

Stephen Colbert on Charles Krauthammer, a former psychiatrist turned right-wing columnist, who promised not to try to diagnose President Obama from a distance and then turned around and called him a “narcissist.”

For the record I have forsworn my psychiatric authority because I never had any, and to be clear I am not claiming any insight or any training or any interest in human behavior, but in my layman’s opinion — as if I were raised by wolves — I just want to say that a former psychiatrist willing to give an on-air diagnosis of a stranger, while at the same time claiming he isn’t doing that, is not a narcissist. He’s just kind of a dick.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Quote of the Day

Judge Robert Hinkle ruling that Florida’s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional:

When observers look back 50 years from now, the arguments supporting Florida’s ban on same-sex marriage, though just as sincerely held, will again seem an obvious pretext for discrimination.  To paraphrase a civil rights leader from the age when interracial marriage was struck down, the arc of history is long, but it bends toward justice.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Quote of the Day

Charles P. Pierce on Ferguson and us.

We have come such a long, long way, we have. We have elected a black man president of the United States, and forget that the political opposition has treated him like an unruly footman despite his best efforts to be a conciliator, a living witness to a country absolved. But, from a distance, that is not the conclusion the honest person can draw from what is going on in Missouri now. The honest conclusion to be drawn from what is going on in Missouri now is that we may have reached the limits of the American idea, of the American dream, of the American experiment. This country, it is fair to conclude, cannot exist without some manifestation of its fundamental racial divide. Slavery, followed by Reconstruction, followed by American apartheid, followed by the Civil Rights movement, followed by Wallace and white backlash, followed by the election of Barack Obama followed by the shooting of Trayvon Martin, followed by the acquittal of George Zimmerman, followed by the strangulation of Eric Garner — where’d he go, by the way? — and the shooting of Michael Brown. Maybe we should admit it to ourselves, we of the dwindling white majority, that the racial divide is something essential to holding our idea of the country together. It may be that we cannot unify ourselves without fashioning every 50 years or so, a new suit of clothes for old Jim Crow. White people will be a minority in this country, and very soon. Maybe the racial divide is all we have left.

Friday, August 1, 2014

Quote of the Day

Speaker John Boehner, one day after suing the president for acting on his own, telling him what to do now that the House has failed to act on its own on immigration:

There are numerous steps the president can and should be taking right now, without the need for congressional action, to secure our borders and ensure these children are returned swiftly and safely to their countries.

Huh?

Friday, July 25, 2014

Quote of the Day

From The Onion, of course:

WASHINGTON—In a worrying development that could have dire implications for the health of the planet, a report published Wednesday by the Environmental Protection Agency suggests that the number of climate change skeptics could reach catastrophic levels by the year 2020.

We’ll use them as sandbags along Alton Road in Miami Beach.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Quote of the Day

Convicted felon Dinesh D’Souza says African Americans are better off because of slavery.

Did America owe something to the slaves whose labor had been stolen? [Yes, but] that debt . . . is best discharged through memory, because the slaves are dead and their descendants are better off as a consequence of their ancestors being hauled from Africa to America.

Oh, I’m sure they’re grateful.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Monday, April 28, 2014

Quote of the Day

President Obama on how to respond to people shooting off their mouths with racist comments:

When ignorant folks want to advertise their ignorance, you don’t really have to do anything, you just let them talk.

Amen.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Quote of the Day

Justice Stephen Bryer dissenting loudly on yesterday’s ruling from the Supreme Court that struck down overall campaign donation limits:

Where enough money calls the tune, the general public will not be heard.

It’s become clear that this Supreme Court is very much in favor of people buying an election but not so much in favor of those who want to vote in one.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Quote of the Day

Dahlia Lithwick in Slate:

“Stand your ground” laws, or at least the public conception of what they do, are changing the way the rest of us think about self-protection. This is, of course, exactly the world the NRA dreams of constructing: Everyone armed and paranoid that everyone else is armed. But the old canard that an armed society is a polite society is pretty much bunk. Ours is not a polite society; we are rude and hotheaded and terrified. Now we have guns to help us sort it all out.

Friday, February 21, 2014

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Quote of the Day

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX):

They just want to use brute power to force the states to take down marriage laws that have been in place for centuries and that’s inconsistent with the Constitution, it’s not right and it’s heartbreaking.

No, he was not talking about the Supreme Court ruling in the case of Loving v. Virginia in 1967 that did away with the bans on interracial marriage.  But it’s easy to make the assumption that he was.