June, 2014 archive
Daniel Ruth, in considering the recent run-off in Mississippi between Thad Cochran and Chris McDaniel, wraps up the subtext of teabaggery in one short paragraph.
It didn’t hurt Cochran’s rapprochement with his black constituents when McDaniel whined: “It’s time to defend our way of life.” That is shorthand for, “Hey Betty Lou, is my klan robe back from the dry cleaners yet?”
The Republican Party has become the party of racism. Chauncey Devega eloquently wonders why the media is unwilling to address that reality.
On Tuesday, Timothy Ray Murray (pictured) challenged longtime incumbent Rep. Frank Lucas (R-OK) for the Republican nomination in Oklahoma’s 3rd Congressional district. Murray lost, but he did manage to pull in 3,442 votes, good for 5.2 percent of the total. Now Murray says he will contest the outcome of the election. Because, he says, Lucas is dead and has been replaced by a “look alike.”
On the website, Murray claims that Lucas and “a few other Oklahoma and other States’ Congressional Members,” were executed “on or about” Jan. 11, 2011 in southern Ukraine.
Honest to Pete, you can’t make this stuff up.
Not much, but there wasn’t much integrity in the deal.
Shaun Mullen has doubts about the legality of raining remote-controlled death from the sky, “targeted” or not. He considers the knotty case of the droning of Anwar al-Awlaki. A nugget:
The justifications in the Awlaki memo are not the leaps of logic in the reverse-engineered opinions written by John Yoo for the Bush Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel to provide legal backfill and ass covering for torture regime policies already well in place.
Those leaps of logic included Yoo’s disingenuous commingling of World War II prisoners of war with post-9/11 enemy combatants, as well as the assertion of Michael Mukasey, who was easily the most dangerous of the three Bush administration attorneys general, that Yoo and his brethren cannot commit crimes when they act under the orders of the president and the president cannot commit crimes when he acts under the advice of his lawyers.
But that is small comfort. No president should be able to pick and choose when to uphold and defend the Constitution, let alone Obama, who was once a constitutional scholar. His legal eagles need to craft a redo on the Awlaki memo. The alternative is to acknowledge that despite the fact Awlaki was a very bad man, a strong legal case wasn’t made to take him out.
I don’t have a strong opinion about this case; my objection to drone wars is similar to my objection against the death penalty: We get it wrong too damned often–we take out too many weddings and childrens’ birthday parties and bystanders. Nevertheless, please do read the rest.
Sexy Schoolgirl race organizers told city officials on Thursday they were canceling the race, in part because of the “community controversy” it had created.
One cannot imagine how trading on fantasies of pedophilia could possibly cause “community controversy,” now, really, can one?
Men are indeed pigs.
Be polite to children at play.
Police said 24-year-old Billie Jo George, of Reading, grabbed her gun, loaded it, and waved the weapon at four children — ages 2,5, and 6 — playing on a sidewalk near her home, telling them she had a real water gun.
The Conservative Mind, as portrayed by Jonah Goldberg:
No self-awareness, no self-awareness whatsoever.
At DL, I noticed that the bar telly vision was tuned to ESPN #something-or-other, where a big deal was being made of the NBA draft (mercifully, the sound was turned off), which, as my mother would have said, is the biggest nothing, indeed a biggest nothing of the highest order. It means nothing until the first tip-off of the next NBA season, which I intend to ignore as I have ignored all the preceding NBA seasons since Elvin Hayes and Wes Unseld retired.
We have a media that makes somethings out of nothings, while real somethings (for example) go ignored.
We are awash in stupid.