Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Teddy remembering his fallen brother, Bobby

Perhaps this was the day the youngest Kennedy brother became a man.

Teddy's words remembering Bobby could be said about him today,
My brother need not be idealized, or enlarged in death beyond what he was in life; to be remembered simply as a good and decent man, who saw wrong and tried to right it, saw suffering and tried to heal it, saw war and tried to stop it.

Those of us who loved him and who take him to his rest today, pray that what he was to us and what he wished for others will some day come to pass for all the world.

As he said many times, in many parts of this nation, to those he touched and who sought to touch him:"Some men see things as they are and say why. I dream things that never were and say why not."

Teddy dies

The Liberal Lion of the Senate died last night from brain cancer at his Hyannis Port home.

No one does obituaries like the New York Times. Here is Senator Kennedy's.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Palling around with terrorists...

is literally how Sen John McCain has spent his weekend.

On Saturday McCain tweeted,
Late evening with Col. Qadhafi at his "ranch" in Libya - interesting meeting with an interesting man.
Think they swapped stories about blowing passenger jets out of the sky?

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

The Right's "limited racial imagination"?

Yglesias calls out the Right's limited and cynical view of racism in the US, and I think, in doing so has been too kind.

Cato's Ilya Shapairo writes that Judge Sotomayor's nomination to the Supreme Court "represents the very worst of racial politics,..."

Matt thinks Shapairo's view may be a little shallow,
....the idea that picking one appellate judge rather than another for a promotion could possibly be the very worst of racial politics is ludicrous. At its very worst, racial politics in the United States involved the systematic disenfranchisement of millions of people, their subjection to pervasive social and economic discrimination, and the maintenance of the apartheid system via the threat and reality of state-sponsored terrorist violence. At its very worst, racial politics in the United States involved persistent filibustering to prevent the federal government from doing anything to curb widespread lynching. At its very worst, racial politics in the United States involved a violent rebellion that sought to dismantle the country in the name of chattel slavery and led to the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people.

But despite that long history, broad swathes of the American right remain persistently and willfully blind to the problem of discrimination against non-whites. Their view is, essentially, that racism emerged as a problem sometime in the year 1967 and that the problem consists of white people being unduly burdened by efforts to remediate something or other.
Matt's being polite. The Right's problem with race is that they remain dominated by racists.

Monday, August 10, 2009

"First Class Fools"

Jay Bookman writing at the Atlanta Journal Constitution isn't in the mood to mince words. In his column today he picks up on an editorial appearing last week in the Investor's Business Daily warning of the coming "death panels".

IBD says we need look no further than the British healthcare system to know what's in store. “People such as scientist Stephen Hawking wouldn’t have a chance in the U.K." IBD warns, "where the National Health Service would say the life of this brilliant man, because of his physical handicaps, is essentially worthless."

Jay notes,
Of course, that same Stephen Hawking who wouldn’t have a chance in the United Kingdom was in fact born in the United Kingdom, has lived his entire life in the United Kingdom and lives there still today, at the ripe old age of 67. (He was in fact hospitalized earlier this month.) Hawking is, you might say, living, breathing proof that these people are first-class fools.
Can't argue with that.

(HT to TPM)

Saturday, August 08, 2009

"Political Terrorists"

WaPo's business and economic columnist Steven Pearlstein has some harsh words for the GOP,
The recent attacks by Republican leaders and their ideological fellow-travelers on the effort to reform the health-care system have been so misleading, so disingenuous, that they could only spring from a cynical effort to gain partisan political advantage. By poisoning the political well, they've given up any pretense of being the loyal opposition. They've become political terrorists, willing to say or do anything to prevent the country from reaching a consensus on one of its most serious domestic problems.

There are lots of valid criticisms that can be made against the health reform plans moving through Congress -- I've made a few myself. But there is no credible way to look at what has been proposed by the president or any congressional committee and conclude that these will result in a government takeover of the health-care system. That is a flat-out lie whose only purpose is to scare the public and stop political conversation.
We've been down this road before with the GOP. It's all fun and games until a Federal Courthouse gets blown up.

Monday, August 03, 2009

Cash for Clunkers

It's hard to imagine a Federal program that could provide more stimulus at relatively low costs than the "Cash for Clunkers" program. Perhaps the best benefit of the program is encouraging Americans to get out of their gas guzzlers.

Senator McCaskill (D-MO) opposes $2B in new money for the program but would consider allowing already appropriated stimulus money be moved to this program.

Call Sen McCaskill's office -- (202) 224-6154-- and politely tell her that you support the $2B in new money for the program and that you hope she will reconsider her opposition.

While you're at it, it wouldn't hurt to call Sen Bond (who opposes everything except a tax cut or another drink) --(202) 224-5721 -- and let him know you support the new Cash for Clunkers funding.

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