30 Jun 2007

Open thread

The Blend is rated NC-17 — really now? According to The Blog Rater, the humble coffeehouse is full of potty-mouth conversation. At least we don’t have to feel alone; Queerty also made the illicit grade. Actually, a whole lot of LGBT blogs fell into this category; Matt Hill Comer (of

30 Jun 2007

Late Late Nite FDL: Jim and Pam

Yeah, I know it’s cheesy, but I’m a sucker for Jim and Pam.Mostly Jim, but still. . .

30 Jun 2007

Massachusetts Bar Applicant Suing State for “Unlawful” Question about Same-Sex Marriage

From Law.com: A Massachusetts bar examination applicant who claims he failed the test because he didn’t answer a question about homosexual marriage and parenting is suing the test administration agency, the state Supreme Judicial Court and four individual justices for constitutional violations. . . . Dunne claims his score of

30 Jun 2007

Late Nite FDL: Chief Justice Charlie Daniels

Daniels, Roberts. John, Charlie. Shoot, they all sound like first names to me. Welcome, ladies and gentlemen, to the pre-1865 mindset:

If I were a high school teacher and young Johnny Roberts wrote this on an exam on civil rights history, I would give him an “F.” The idea that the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court could cough up such a ludicrous hairball is evidence of a nation

30 Jun 2007

Taliban Taking Over Pakistan

Well, that’s probably hyperbole. But it does seem like things in Pakistan are getting pretty dire. So says a Pakistani report put together by its Interior Ministry, providing ominous warnings about the increasing power of the Taliban in the country.

The Pakistani president, Gen. Pervez Musharraf, was warned this month that Islamic militants and Talibanfighters were rapidly spreading beyond the country’s lawless tribalareas and that without “swift and decisive action,” the growingmilitancy

30 Jun 2007

Mitt humped the Iowa fundies today

Multiple Choice Desperate Mitt, with campaign cash flow slowing down so much that he’s filled the kitty from his bank account, is trying again to cuddle up to the fundies in Iowa at a candidate forum today. It is sponsored by the Iowa Christian Alliance (read the live blog of

30 Jun 2007

Make the Repubicans Own Their Quagmire

Robert Borosage from Campaign for America’s Future wonders at how successful the Senate Republican minority is at being obstructionist:

Conservatives boast about the “success” of their strategy in discrediting the new majority. As Senate Minority Whip Trent Lott, R-Miss., put it, “the strategy of being obstructionist can work or fail. So far it’s working for us.”

How is it working?

30 Jun 2007

The Silence Surrounding Novak’s Testimony

This post follows on my wildarsed guess that one of the things that appears in the two-page gap is discussion of Libby’s and Novak’s super-secret July 9 meeting. I’d like to point out–and speculate on–several weird bits in Novak’s trial testimony. Full credit: Jeff Lomonaco identified several of these in a conversation with me, but I happen to know he’s at an undisclosed location with crappy Toobz access, so I’m going

30 Jun 2007

A Wish For America

I’m not American. I’m Canadian.

So it’s odd then that I write so much about America and I care so much about what happens in America. Part of it is practicality – Canada is a US client state and American politics affect Canadians. When you throw away your freedoms, ours will soon follow (our government just launched its own “no-fly list”, for example and after you put out the Patriot Act

30 Jun 2007

Kontogiannis’ Seal

Laura asks why the government (and Kontogiannis, in a filing submitted yesterday) would fight to continue to seal the transcripts from his four hearings before Judge Larry Burns.

In an unusual step, Kontogiannis’ guilty plea was done in a secret,closed hearing. The plea agreement was unsealed earlier this month, andlast week Burns ordered that transcripts of four hearings related tothe plea also be made public.

Federal prosecutors objected in motions filed under seal