May, 2009

The life of a brave man

By · Sunday, May 31st, 2009 · 86 Comments »

UPDATE: Word is leaking out that the suspect apprehended for the murder of Dr. Tiller is a 51-year-old man named Scott Roeder. A dude matching that name and description has a history of right-wingnuttery, including ties to Operation Rescue. I followed the breadcrumb trail from Democratic Underground and found Scott Roeder’s post on the Operation […]

How I miss having a Democratic president

By · Saturday, May 30th, 2009 · 10 Comments »

Yesterday I asked why, if Sonia Sotomayor is pro-choice, it’s necessary to be so secretive about it. Why the stealth? A commenter responded with a meme that is no doubt the conventional wisdom among Obama supporters (not that the commenter in question is necessarily an Obama supporter; I have no idea if he is or […]

Is Sotomayor pro-choice?

By · Thursday, May 28th, 2009 · 26 Comments »

Anna Belle may deserve a prize. Here’s what she said last week: Trust me on this: Neither Obama or Bush would ever have the balls to appoint a pro-choice justice to the Supreme Court, but that’s just what Palin did (Alaskan Supreme Court). That’s just one difference between her and the likes of those two. […]

Why NOW needs new leadership, and why you should care

By · Wednesday, May 27th, 2009 · 18 Comments »

UPDATE: On June 22, 2009, Jezebel ran an article entitled “Was NOW Presidency Hijacked By Anti-Choice Palin Supporters?” The article was based entirely on a wildly misinformed blog post by Veronica Arreola, who heard and repeated a bizarre rumor that “Sarah Palin supporters” swung the NOW election. This is absurd. There were no Sarah Palin […]

Sotomayor announcement marred by the usual crap

By · Tuesday, May 26th, 2009 · 17 Comments »

I was glad to wake up this afternoon to news of the Sotomayor pick, and I hope she’s confirmed. You know where I stand on this: every vacancy to the Court needs to be filled by a woman until we have parity. As far as I can tell, Sotomayor is fairly liberal (though there are […]

Thank God he’s pure enough to lay the wreath

By · Monday, May 25th, 2009 · 9 Comments »

That’s what I thought when I saw today’s picture of the O-man at Arlington National Cemetery. I was remembering the campaign last year, when Obama’s team organized a conference call with reporters to argue that because Hillary Clinton had mis-remembered the details of her Bosnia trip, she would be unfit to perform this ceremony as […]

I apologize for linking to Glenn Greenwald

By · Monday, May 25th, 2009 · 74 Comments »

(Update: I have been asked to preface this post with a warning that readers may find it disturbing.) When I posted a link to Glenn Greenwald’s column the other day, I was unaware of his history as an advocate for torturers. Greenwald has vigorously championed torturers’ rights, has explicitly privileged their version of events over […]


By · Saturday, May 23rd, 2009 · 30 Comments »

The president makes me sick. Literally, physically sick. When asked if he felt obligated to appoint a woman to the Supreme Court, he channeled his inner Larry Summers to respond: “Actually I can’t tell you the number of women, including Michelle, who say, ‘Choose the person you think is going to be best.’” This is […]

Just words

By · Thursday, May 21st, 2009 · 23 Comments »

I read my Google news feed today with a snort. Several snorts, actually. Snorts of derision, of disgust, of various other things (but no controlled substances, alas). The media twits are atwitter about Obama’s Best Speech Ever! on national security and “restoring American values.” At the same time, the Obama administration has rolled out several […]

Oldest depiction of female form shows that modern archaeologists are pornsick misogynists

By · Thursday, May 14th, 2009 · 90 Comments »

“The Earliest Pornography” says Science Now, describing the 35,000 year old ivory figurine that’s been dug up in a cave near Stuttgart. The tiny statuette is of a female with exaggerated breasts and vulva. According to Paul Mellars, one of the archaeologist twits who commented on the find for Nature, this makes the figurine “pornographic.” […]