Monday, April 30, 2012

What We've Become

This is how low we've sunk. Excerpt:
This has been probably the most chilling aspect of the new civil liberties regime over the last 12 years: it's not just what has been done in our name--that's bad enough--but that what was done has been justified so openly. It's not as if the American government hasn't since its inception done some truly awful things in its past by people who justified to themselves, like Mr. Rodriguez, that they were doing it all for flag and country. But at least in the past such people had enough shame to know they should at least keep it under wraps and classified. J. Edgar Hoover, terrible as he was, at least knew better than to proudly make public his operations.

But when torture becomes a matter of national public policy and men like Mr. Rodriguez proclaim it proudly on national television rather than from behind cell bars, we have a different order of problem entirely. And the onus for that problem lies not just with our elected officials, but with all of us as a society. After all, once it's on 60 Minutes it's not as if we can turn our heads and pretend we didn't know.
That's exactly right.

E. L. Doctorow has some related thoughts.

Friday, April 27, 2012

Don't know how much longer I'll be blogging

Blogger appears to be changing and tells me that I won't be able to update this blog unless I do something-or-other, which I've tried to do, but, well.... Anyway, should something happen and I'm no long able to write at this site, I'll probably try to do something else. Who knows! Hows that for Vague??? I never had any intention of stopping - just often find myself without much to add to the current conversation. I will keep this blog going as long as the server lets me.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

The NRA rules their world - and ours

First read this, then this. We are so screwed.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Wanker of the Decade via Atrios

Duncan Black has done yeoman's work assembling this list of the decade's ("Decade" defined as the last 10 years that Atrios has been blogging) wankiest wankers.

It's a great piece of work, culminating today with WANKER OF THE DECADE and should be read in its entirety.

Also, too, throw some cash love his way. He deserves it!

Monday, April 2, 2012

"Unzip him"

Ann Romney wants us to know that her husband is NOT "too stiff"!