I was watching author Gretchen Peters tonight on yesterday’s Daily Show, promoting her new book Seeds Of Terror, about the links between the poppy trade in Afghanistan and Pakistan and the Taliban and al-Qaeda. It looks like a fascinating book, and I’d like to pick it up and read it before I offer any comment […]
This made me sick to my stomach this morning (go to about 2:42 on the timeline): In this clip, Representative Virginia Foxx (R – North Carolina) is arguing against H.R. 1913, a proposed bill that would expand the legal definition of hate crimes to include crimes based upon someone’s gender, sexual orientation, sexual identity or […]
Dear President Obama, (I’m still quite tickled to be able to type that, by the way.) Congratulations on your election, and on your inauguration, which drew, by some accounts, one of the largest crowds of humans ever assembled in one place in human history. If you had thrown up a bunch of speakers, whipped out […]
Joe Strummer and the Mescaleros, “Johnny Appleseed”. Appropriate, I think, at this moment. God, I miss Joe Strummer. We could use him right now, more than ever.
There were times when I thought I couldn’t last for long But somehow I’m able to carry on It’s been a long time comin’ but I know A change is gonna come Oh, yes it is. –Sam Cooke Thank you, America, for giving me hope again.
[From Marc Ambinder’s blog on The Atlantic‘s website, this is the full text of Obama’s victory speech last night.] If there is anyone out there who still doubts that America is a place where all things are possible; who still wonders if the dream of our founders is alive in our time; who still questions […]
And so it begins — this Great Work before us, of rebuilding America. It’s not going to begin by attacking the conservatives — much as that’s my first instinct, the one and maybe most important thing I’ve learned so far from President-Elect Obama (!!!) is that it is the wrong instinct. So instead, I’m going […]
Sorry, couldn’t resist.