As the late Teddy Kennedy’s Senate seat slips unfortunately, and unnecessarily into the grips of the Republican party, it’s impossible not to recognize the Shakespearean-esque magnitude of some of the symbolism. Kennedy, who had led the health care reform movement for most of his career, dies shortly before it seems inevitable his cause is coming to fruition. Then, in a dramatic fumble, the Democratic party, which is supposed to safely hold his seat, fails to secure victory, and the Republican elected has all but promised to derail the cause of Kennedy’s life. The cause of a generation, health care reform, losses it’s patriarch and most eloquent advocate to poor health, and then those who once supported him are convinced to derail his legacy.
The stark reality of this apparent calamity can not be understated.
But, the great, surviving, lasting cause remains the same.
Like many people around these parts, I'm a huge mac fan. And lately I've noticed more and more that whenever possible, the company takes very public, although slightly subverssive, swipes at the mindless Republicans who are f'ing up the country and the planet.
Case in point: the new ad for the iPhone.
Dear Senator Clinton,
I am one of your constituents, and was, until today, very interested in the dialogue you began in earnest with the country some weeks ago.
I write with great disappointment having just read an interview you gave to ABC political correspondent Jake Tapper. During the interview you were asked your opinion about the recent comments made by General Peter Pace, in which he referred to homosexuality as "immoral." You answered by stating your position that the current "don't ask, don't tell" policy is not working, with which I agree. But when Mr. Tapper pressed you to express whether you felt, as General Pace had asserted, that homosexuality was "immoral,” you responded that the question was “for others to decide."
Senator Clinton, as a gay man living in the year 2007, I can tell you that nothing could be further from the truth. The question of whether homosexuality is immoral isn't left for others to decide. The question, I’m happy to report, has already been decided. The answer was a resounding "no."
Ok, I'm telling a fid ... but only slightly. Atrios points out that John McCain has just updated his website, which Atrios smartly labels "Imperial Stomrtropper Chic."
Go take a look. It's astonishinly ugly.
But the best part is this: When you roll your pointer over the navigation buttons, John McCain appears to dorkily dictate what will happen when you click the button. He stands there, his stubby little self against a white background. He looks and sounds EXACTLY like the PC guy from the Mac comercials!
Did anyone see the broadcast today of the Preznit and the First Robot "mourning" at ground zero? They just re-aired it on C-SPAN and it is the most pathetic, telling clip of who this idiot is and what he cares about that I have ever seen.
A description and link to the video after ...
The AP is reporting that Barbara Boxer, Joe Biden and Ken Salazar will travel to Connecticut and campaign for Liberman
ahead of the August 8th primary.
I'm writing to let you know that I think you are what is wrong with America.
No, not because you are a lesbian. But because you are a self-loathing lesbian.
It's really a shame that you've not yet been able to love yourself unconditionally for who you are. When I see you on TV, I can tell deep down part of you is always apologizing for being gay. It's a shame, it's a failure of our society, and it's really quite sad.
And, frankly, it's very dangerous.
I was doing a little research today about Dubai Ports World, the company the Bush administration was going to let run crucial US Ports.
I found something interesting (which I haven't seen discussed hardly anywhere):
According to a January 24 press release on the company's website, President Bush nominated one of its senior executives, Dave Sanborn, to be Maritime Administrator, which the press release notes is "a key transportation appointment reporting directly to Norman Mineta the Secretary of Transportation."
More from the press release, and the suprising lack of info on this nomination from whitehouse.gov ...
So, this is a short diary, please forgive, but HEADS UP
A Bay Area NBC Station is reporting that Congresswoman Lynn Woosley has given Cindy a ticket.
The Nation has drawn a line in the sand. In no uncertain terms the editors have spelled out their position on supporting Democrats running for national office. Simply put:
The Nation ... takes the following stand: We will not support any candidate for national office who does not make a speedy end to the war in Iraq a major issue of his or her campaign. We urge all voters to join us in adopting this position.
Sounds good to me. Anyone else?
According to a report in the New York Times, on Sunday, during an unannounced vote in the Iraqi Parliament Shiite and Kurdish leaders voted to change the rules
governing what threshold gets the new constitution approved.
The old rule: If 2/3 of the people in at least 3 of Iraq's provinces VOTE "No", the constitution does not pass.
The new rule: Not only do 2/3 of the people who vote need to say "no", 2/3 of those who are REGISTERED must cast "no" votes.
In January, fewer than 60% of those registered showed up to vote.
The AP is reporting
that the 9/11 Commission, through its former chief spokesman Al Felzenberg, acknowledged that it DID, in fact, have the information that Atta was known to be in the US as an Al-Qaida member BEFORE they published their report:
"WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Sept. 11 commission knew military intelligence officials had identified lead hijacker Mohamed Atta as a member of al-Qaida who might be part of U.S.-based terror cell more than a year before the terror attacks but decided not to include that in its final report, a spokesman acknowledged Thursday...(more)