Thursday, May 28, 2009
Thursday Morning Music: Huun-Huur-Tu
Thursday morning Tuvan throat singing, bitches. Huun-Huur-Tu would like you to wake the fuck up!
Thursday morning Tuvan throat singing, bitches. Huun-Huur-Tu would like you to wake the fuck up!
I’m looking forward to the day the GOP stops running around, flapping its arms and giving vent to high-pitched distress calls because they’re afwaid of the nasty scary stupid elitist racist Latina, and starts running ads assuring Latinos and women that the GOP, and only the GOP, has their best interests at heart.
The only thing better will be the Michael Steele ads in which he attempts to convince African-American voters that the entire GOP isn’t a bunch of knuckle dragging maniacs who strike poses in white sheets and strike matches on wooden crosses well soaked in kerosene.
No sorry, that won’t be better. When Steele has to backpedal because Flush Limpbags doesn’t like the ads, that will be better than the GOP’s attempts to suck up to the Hispanic and female voters after the latest bout of shit slinging.
Not much better, but better.
OK, where’s the popcorn?
[hat tip Matt C.]
First out of the chute we have Rush Limbaugh:
“Here you have a racist — you might want to soften that, and you might want to say a reverse racist,” Limbaugh said of Sotomayor on his show, alluding to the New York federal appeals court judge’s past statement that a “wise Latina woman with the richness of her experience would more often than not reach a better conclusion than a white male who hasn’t lived that life.”
Liberals, “of course, say that minorities cannot be racists because they don’t have the power to implement their racism,” Limbaugh said according to a transcript on his website. “Well, those days are gone, because reverse racists certainly do have the power. ... Obama is the greatest living example of a reverse racist, and now he’s appointed one.”
Next up? The Newt:
On Wednesday, Gingrich tweeted: “Imagine a judicial nominee said ‘my experience as a white man makes me better than a latina woman.’ new racism is no better than old racism.”
Moments later, he followed up with the message: “White man racist nominee would be forced to withdraw. Latina woman racist should also withdraw.”
Both of them were referring, of course, to Judge Sotomayor’s quote, taken out of context from a speech she gave to a Hispanic group at a frickin DIVERSITY CONFERENCE in 2001 in which she said ““I would hope that a wise Latina woman with the richness of her experience would more often than not reach a better conclusion than a white male who hasn’t lived that life,” She was basically describing how life experiences can affect judicial opinions. And this comment is racist because? She was racist to the poor white male? Or did she just say that her experiences would be different than his? But the best is yet to come.
There’s no necessary reason why feminists and cultural conservatives can’t join forces — in the same way that they made common cause during the pornography wars of the 1980s — behind a social revolution that ostracizes serial baby-daddies and trophy-wife collectors as thoroughly as the “fallen women” of a more patriarchal age.
Raise your hand if you can guess what point this pundit is missing.
If you can’t raise your hand because you’re masturbating furiously to a seemingly endless supply of pornography, congratulations! You’re a winner on “What Point is this Pundit Missing?”
Okay, look, I’m gonna level with ya here. It’s a 2-day old piece and I couldn’t care less about Douthat anyway. This is a Trojan post; what I really want to link to is this bit of apolitical dorkitude. I haven’t been this sad to see a show get axed since I returned home from an alternate dimension in which season 7 of Buffy wasn’t excruciating.
“You’re actually seeing me watching American Idol. I don’t really like the show. You probably think I’m a big fan but I don’t even really like it.” We’ve heard those lines dissected, attacked, and defended over and over. Let’s talk about those words.
And let’s also talk about immediately (and laughably) disproving one’s own initial statement by then exhibiting a giddy, encyclopedic knowledge of the reality show and trying to catch the reflection of the broadcast in the window over one’s shoulder and in one’s well-worn wine glass. I know someone who does that at times, and I’ve given a lot of thought to what it signifies. I have my theory, but I’ll save it until some of you weigh in.
I know it’s NYC, but this
last-minute protest/march following the Prop 8 ruling in California is pretty awe-inspiring. Make sure you watch the video.
UPDATE: According to Allan in comments, it wasn’t exactly last-minute. Local news portrayed it that way. My bad. Still damn impressive, though.
White male victimhood mongers of all genders, colors and sizes are howling like a pack of crack-addled, hydroencephalic hyenas over this excerpt of a speech by Supreme Court Justice nominee Sonia Sotomayor:
I would hope that a wise Latina woman with the richness of her experiences would more often than not reach a better conclusion than a white male who hasn’t lived that life.
Why that “spic chic” [sic] thinks her judicial acumen is superior to a white man’s just because she grew up eating pig intestines over rice! But if you’re capable of reading the entire speech (without moving your lips and squoonching up your face over the polysyllabic words while doing so), it quickly becomes apparent that Sotomayor was engaged in a thoughtful analysis of the role experience plays in the judicial rulings of every human being who is appointed to a judgeship. And it inconveniently becomes clear that Sotomayor subscribes to the ideal that judges should strive for impartial application of the law.
Others raise more genteel but equally bone-headed objections based on a deliberate misinterpretation of Sotomayor’s words. Here’s past and future GOP candidate Mitt Romney’s take:
The nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court is troubling. Her public statements make it clear she has an expansive view of the role of the judiciary. Historically, the Court is where judges interpret the Constitution and apply the law. It should never be the place “where policy is made,” as Judge Sotomayor has said. Like any nominee, she deserves a fair and thorough hearing. What the American public deserves is a judge who will put the law above her own personal political philosophy.
But if you see the entire clip of the exchange from which the Sotomayor quote is extracted rather than the 25-second snippet that is no doubt looping endlessly on Fox News, it becomes clear that Sotomayor isn’t advocating legislating from the bench but rather explaining the difference in how appellate courts operate and the experience to be gained by serving different courts.
Romney is a dishonest cretin to imply otherwise, and his statement is particularly hypocritical coming from a smarmy bastard who has spent his entire political career pirouetting from one absolutist stance to another in a self-serving attempt to dance to the prevailing political tune.
If the early attacks on Sotomayor are any indication, once again, the GOP has nothing.
[Cross-posted at Betty Cracker. H/T to Whiskey Fire.]
From The NY Times:
President Obama will nominate Judge Sonia Sotomayor of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit as his first appointment to the court, officials said Tuesday, and has scheduled an announcement for 10:15 a.m. at the White House.
UPDATE: Greenwald thinks the pick “deserves praise.” Someone lunge for the stomach pump, Glenn quaffed too much kool-aid…
(for you speciesists out there who choose to honor Memorial Day in a more anthrocentric fashion, word has it these guys could use a hand too)
Maha wonders if the Republicans take another major hit in 2010 will moderate Republicans form a new party. Read it all before commenting (I’d love to hear your thoughts), but I think it’s more likely that the Democratic party will continue to move even more toward the center-right to accommodate disgruntled Republicans and that a more leftward party will emerge as a result, led initially by the netroots. It just seems to me that folks like Markos and Jane Hamsher have a much better structure and support system in place than the likes of Colin Powell, Arlen Specter or even Andrew Sullivan. You?
MORE: Political will is a huge factor, too. Certainly don’t see it in Powell or Specter. If not them, who? I’m drawing a huge blank.
From jack d hewitt on the “Twitter Fans For Sarah” thread (acct req’d):
Friends of conservatives and pro life suppoorters. I think all of us are missing one key ingredient. I strongly feel Obama is intentionally deferring us from the real problem at hand. He and his cohorts can yell fire all day against waterboarding, yet none of them will stand up for non-aborting. Which is more immoral. A face full of water or no face at all? I feel a new bumper sticker should be considered such as Stop waterboarding and aboarding(pun) Feelingsof others, perhaps?
If I find out Jack isn’t on Twitter my Memorial Day is officially ruined. [UPDATE: Ruined.]
We have a couple of window mounted air conditioners to help cool the house when summer gets really hot here, usually just a few weeks in July. We noticed a week or so ago that one of our cats was unusually interested in one of these windows and, in fact had managed to get on top of the 3 inch or so projection into the house. I pulled out a stepstool and checked to see what she was so interested in. It was this:
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