politics

My country, tis of thee... / 2010-12-07

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Well said:

Community organizing is not a joke / 2008-09-04

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Ok, so I didn't find much to admire in the RNC last night, but one thing really stood out. Rudy Giuliani and Sarah Palin both cracked jokes about community organizing. Jokes. Man, that really pissed me off.

Same-sex marriage and sex discrimination / 2008-05-25

I find this argument pretty interesting. I'm ashamed to admit that I never thought about this before:

I don’t understand the resistance to the idea that the homosexuality taboo is about sexism. Homosexuality and deviation from gender norms (which, of course, are relentlessly hierarchical) are so tightly connected with each other in popular culture that each is normally and easily taken as a marker for the other. A "faggot" or a "dyke" is a person who fails to conform to normal gender norms; the term is routinely applied to people without regard to their sexual behavior.

I don't find the argument completely convincing (and I don't find the hypothetical about "miscegenosexual couples" as preposterous as I'm apparently meant to), but it's clearly an important aspect of this form of discrimination that deserves to be more widely recognized and addressed.

Against torture / 2008-05-23

If you're a US resident, join up (more here). In case you aren't yet thoroughly enraged and disgusted, see here and then join up. What we really ought to demand is an accounting, but at a minimum we should have a commitment. SON OF A BITCH MUST PAY.

And more / 2008-04-09

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And more, now from ABC:

Then-Attorney General Ashcroft was troubled by the discussions. He agreed with the general policy decision to allow aggressive tactics and had repeatedly advised that they were legal. But he argued that senior White House advisers should not be involved in the grim details of interrogations, sources said.

According to a top official, Ashcroft asked aloud after one meeting: "Why are we talking about this in the White House? History will not judge this kindly."

Depressing / 2008-04-09

This post from Jack Balkin about the (lack of) possibility of war crimes prosecution makes me really sad and frustrated. More accountability for current officials is precisely the thing I want most from the new administration. Congress hasn't delivered. The new President won't deliver. It's disgusting and shameful. What are we supposed to do?

"...how can we explain letting them get off? We can’t have acquittals, we’ve got to have convictions."