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2009-06-09 (0 comments)

Terrorism

And, coming off the last post, here's a little tidbit for anyone who FUCKING DARES to say that the murder of Dr. George Tiller was not terrorism.

His clinic is being closed, effective immediately.

Don't agree with the law? Don't like what someone's doing, legally, that doesn't affect you? Just kill 'em, and they'll be dead and their business will close and women will be deprived of their rights and workers of their careers and one guy of his life but that's okay because your flavor of Baby Jeebus will stop crying. For now.

Some people think that's the American fucking way.

2009-06-09 (0 comments)

Pro-Birthers

My comments to the New York Times opinion pages tend not to get posted. I get cranky. And this morning has got me really cranky.

See, a few months ago, after an appalling year of lies, bullshit, and warmongering by William "The Bloody" Kristol, they got a new guy at the NYT: Ross Douthat, who was known as a conservative but reputed to be calm and thoughtful. Well, that didn't last long. He's just another one toeing the party line. Fine. Fine fine fine.

But this morning's opus was something else again. It's about Dr. George Tiller and the abortion debate, and it's calm and thoughtful and so full of shit it needs fiber supplements and Drano. But it all comes down to the same thing, again: who decides what is a "good" abortion?

So I thought I'd post my comment here, just in case.

Nice to see Bill Kristol's standards for utter, consistent wrongness are being upheld.

It doesn't matter what you think of the evidence. It doesn't matter what any evangelical nutbars think of the evidence. It's a legal medical procedure, it's none of your business, and you and all the rest of the holier-than-thous wouldn't kick in one red cent to take care of the baby or the mother.

So your opinion means zippety-doo-dah, except of course for muddying the debate by making people wonder if, gosh, maybe the murdering terrorist currently complaining about the conditions in his cell while they BURIED his victim the other day, maybe that killer has a valid point.

I wish upon you what I wish upon all sanctimonious pro-birthers: your very own womb, so someone else can claim dominion over it.
Athenae over at First Draft has an excellent take on it as well.

2009-06-09 (0 comments)

DVD Day, OOOOOOOH YEAH!

A few real goodies today:

Anything on your video release list this week?

2009-06-08 (0 comments)

I Bless The Rains

Anne sent me this epic choral version of Toto's "Africa", but it's the first minute that's really cool:

2009-06-07 (0 comments)

Again: This Is News?

There are many, many things that could be said about our pathetic mainstream media, especially newspapers and wire services and why they seem to be ready to go the way of the passenger pigeon. Those media, especially newspapers and wire services, blame the internet for a lot of their woes: competition from blogging, the expectation of getting news for free, increased productions costs and God Damn The Unions, etc., etc., etc.

I really, really don't think it's occurred to them that newspapers and wire services might be dying because, well, they suck beyond suckage.

People want to please their bosses because they don't want to get laid off? Seriously? That's all you've got, on a Sunday? That wasn't news when there wasn't a worldwide economic crisis. That wasn't news when the Pyramids were being built, and you weren't laid off, you were horsewhipped before they buried you under Slab 17A. Now that people worldwide are hurting, the only thing this "news" does is increase the general nervousness level, and show that you're completely out of touch for thinking it's "news".

Some asshat who fancies himself an editor greenlit this. You can make the excuse that there are always fluff stories, intended to fill space, especially when a more important story misses deadline. But there is so much going on right now, so much for so many years, that you'd think something substantive might possibly be reported upon.

And I'm sure that dozens of newspapers ran this column over the weekend, and patted themselves on the back for keeping people "informed".

A lot of regulars here have been having job woes lately, and I feel for all of you, and wish you all a lot of luck. There is one aspect of this mess which might possibly work out -- sometimes, when you get pushed into the pool, you can turn it into a creditable 1-1/2 gainer. If you're not there already, what's your dream job, and how close are you to actually going for it? And, if you are there already, how's it working out?

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