Archives for August, 2007
Ha. H/t Mixter's Mix:
(click image for larger) From American Heritage:
Fifty years ago today, on August 29, 1957, Sen. Strom Thurmond, the South’s champion of states’ rights and white supremacy, secured a place in the annals of congressional history when he finally yielded the floor after speaking for 24 hours and 18 minutes straight. His speech set the record for a Senate filibuster.
Thurmond’s filibuster made for good political theater, but it never stood a chance of derailing the bill. ...But outside the nation’s capital, many Southerners loved Thurmond’s performance. Georgia’s governor, Marvin Griffin, defiantly promised, “We’re not going to let a Federal judge tell us who can vote,” while South Carolina’s governor, George Bell Timmerman, Jr., proudly announced, “I don’t have any intention of cooperating.” Thurmond’s grandstand may have been legislatively ineffectual, but it almost certainly encouraged white Southerners in resisting federal law, as they had begun doing three years earlier after the Supreme Court’s decision in Brown v. Board of Education.
In its immediate goal, Thurmond’s stand proved unnecessary. Stripped of its teeth, the Civil Rights Act of 1957 proved an ineffective safeguard of black voting rights. It would take a much stronger measure, the 1965 Voting Rights Act, to get the job done. It’s hard to say who won in the long run. In 1964 Thurmond, a Democrat, switched political affiliation again, this time for good, leading a massive exodus of white Southerners to the Republican party.
In a 50-minute interview in his office in Baghdad's Green Zone, Maliki strongly defended his tenure and said that he doesn't expect to be forced out. He said his efforts at national reconciliation, not the surge of additional U.S. troops or actions by Iraqi security forces, are responsible for improved security.
He blamed the United States and its early policies in Iraq for the sectarianism that plagues the country, and said he opposed the current U.S. policy of working with former Sunni Muslim insurgent groups who've turned against al Qaida in Iraq because that, too, promotes sectarianism.
Ayad Allawi was on CNN last week stumping to get the job. He already got ousted by the Iraqi people once. What happened to Judy Miller's BFF---Chalabi, the original hand picked puppet?...AJ has a good post about the Broder candidate.
From the NY Times: (h/t Simon)
"The real question for Republicans in Washington is how low can you go, because we are approaching a level of ridiculousness," said Mr. Reed, sounding exasperated in an interview on Tuesday morning. "You can't make this stuff up. And the impact this is having on the grass-roots around the country is devastating. Republicans think the governing class in Washington are a bunch of buffoons who have total disregard for the principles of the party, the law of the land and the future of the country."
-Scott Reed, Republican consultant
(click image for larger) image from Suspect Device
From an editorial in today's San Francisco Chronicle:
The mismanagement, missed opportunities and suffering that is the legacy of Katrina still matter because the victims of the storm were - and are - facing the same problems that the people of America are facing. We're talking about poorly maintained public infrastructure. (The Minneapolis bridge collapse, though responsible for only 13 deaths, created a national sense of deja vu.) We're talking about communities with poor access to health care, decent schools, jobs that pay a living wage. We're talking about insurance companies that seem all too happy to take your premium - whether it's for homeowners' insurance or health care - and then run away when the bills come due. Most important, we're talking about the lack of public leaders who have the ability to lead, or at the very least to take responsibility for their failures instead of looking for someone else, or something else, to blame.
Also the absolute "don't-miss" interview of the day with Dr. Anna Pou, who was accused of murdering nine patients in a New Orleans hospital wracked by Katrina. A grand jury declined to indict her. (h/t Make Them Accountable)
During Tuesday night's "AC 360" CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin laid out a fantastic breakdown of Senator Larry Craig's bizarre claims surrounding his bathroom sex scandal. If, as Craig claims, he wasn't guilty of the charges against him and only pleaded guilty to make the scandal go away, then as Toobin puts it, he committed perjury by pleading guilty to the judge in Minnesota. Did Senator Craig feel that being a convicted criminal would make him look better than denying the charges altogether? Great analysis from Toobin...
Toobin "...But what he did say today was, when I pleaded guilty in Minnesota, when I took an oath and swore to tell the truth to the judge when I plead guilty, I was actually committing perjury -- I was lying to the judge saying that I was guilty, when in fact, I was innocent. Now, why he would do that and why he would think somehow pleading guilty would make this matter go away? Why he would think as a United States Senator, that becoming a convicted criminal would not become news, would not be relevant to the constituents who elected me or the taxpayers who pay my salary, I have no idea why he thought that. But that's apparently what he thought."
AP Via Yahoo:
Karl Rove, your car is ready.
White House pranksters wrapped Rove's Jaguar in plastic wrap on the private driveway next to the West Wing. Rove's car is easily recognizable because of its "I love Barack Obama" bumper sticker and the twin stuffed-animal eagles on the trunk. Oh, and there's a stuffed-animal elephant on the hood.
Rove, the top White House political strategist who recently announced his resignation, left his car on the driveway while visiting Texas and traveling with President Bush. He was due back in Washington Wednesday evening.
I am back from my vacation, reluctantly plugging myself back into the news. The only English-language channel I saw during my travels was CNN Global, which was more or less news-free with repeated airings of "God's Warriors" over and over. People For The American Way also watched the program and found some chilling aspects to the Christian Warriors segment:
In her series "God's Warriors," CNN's Christiane Amanpour visited Liberty University where she learned that, though greatly pleased with the confirmations of Justices Roberts and Alito, they are training the "next generation of pit bulls" to "keep fighting at the Supreme Court until we have a new day. We never ever, ever give up."
UPDATE: You can watch other portions of the entire Christian Warrior program on YouTube here.