In case you haven't heard, Bush took responsibility.

All of us liberals are falling over in shock, of course. I find it interesting that although we've been wanting him to take responsibility for *anything* in the last five years, now that he has we're saying "well, he doesn't mean it" and "he just knows it would be good press." All of which is probably true, but still - damned if you do, and damned if you don't...

(Please note that I'm speaking of myself as much as anyone else.)
To help coax people out of homes who were reluctant to leave because they didn't want to abandon their pets, Lt. Gen. Russel L. Honoré, commander of the joint task force coordinating military efforts in hurricane relief, said today that troops had beentaking along animal cages when possible.

"We have the capacity; it seemed like the right thing to do," he said.


Gee, if someone with some authority had been thinking about what seemed the "right thing to do" earlier in this disaster...

(Quote taken from an article on the official end to the search and rescue phase, and beginning of the body recovery phase.)
As [livejournal.com profile] supergee said, a badly written quiz but with pretty accurate results.
Read more... )
I think living in the US has definitely changed me. I expect I would have scored higher on "Socialist" when I lived in Canada. Although maybe it's just that the badly written quiz didn't ask the right questions to get at my distinctly socialist leanings. Or maybe it's just that I've gotten older and less idealistic/ naive/ optimistic. Hard to separate that out from the move, since when I moved I was a twenty-something college kid, and now I'm a thirty-something mother!

Iraq

Jan. 11th, 2005 10:23 am
Listening to the radio yesterday about the various groups protesting and boycotting the elections, and got overwhelmed with a sense of hopelessness about the whole situation. What do the Iraqi people want? It seems like most of them want the Americans out. Well, won't elections help do that? What's the point of the insurgency? Just to kill as many Americans and cause as much chaos as possible? Because the insurgency isn't helping reach any more desireable outcome for the Iraqi people. Of course, I'm seeing all of this from afar, where the counterproductive nature seems to obvious. I suppose if I were in Iraq and viewed the Americans as a foreign occupying army I might see it as my duty to fight to try to push them out, not to work with their process. But if anyone thinks the Americans are just going to up and leave, well, that's just not going to happen. And is that really what they'd want anyway? Maybe the insurgents, but probably not the general Iraqi population. Ugh.
The Georgia house passed a law banning female genital mutilation. Good for them, right?

Well, except for the part where someone added an amendment that included "piercing" to the list of things that may not done to female genitals. There is no similar restriction on male genital piercing.

Amendment sponsor Rep. Bill Heath, R-Bremen, was slack-jawed when told after the vote that some adults seek the piercings.

"What? I've never seen such a thing," Heath said. "I, uh, I wouldn't approve of anyone doing it. I don't think that's an appropriate thing to be doing."


Sigh. The amendment means that it must return to the Senate before being passed to the governor. Hopefully someone will get beaten by the clue stick in the meantime. Although it could get interesting if it passes - some woman is bound to sue over gender discrimination, and demand that the law be extended to cover men as well. Which would mean no circumcision - somehow I think that law would get struck down real fast.
It is to laugh.

(Please note, anti-Bush sentiment after click. Work safe, unless laughing hysterically is likely to get you into trouble.)

From [livejournal.com profile] jenx
Just got this in email from [livejournal.com profile] scottij, and had to share.

"Back in 2000 a Republican friend warned me that if I voted for Al Gore and he won, the stock market would tank, we'd lose millions of jobs, and our military would be totally overstretched. You know what? I did vote for Gore, he did win, and I'll be damned if all those things didn't come true!"
--James Carville
Since my last post raised such excitement, I thought I'd share the latest thing I've received. Information about how to speak out is behind the cut for those who'd like to read the whole letter. I'm leaving their talking points uncut, since they address some of the comments I received to my last post.
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Dear friend of MoveOn,

Over the last four days, something incredible has happened. CBS has received over 340,000 emails and phone calls asking it to stop its censorship. Clearly a huge number of us believe that CBS's refusal to run our Voter Fund ad, while allowing the Bush White House to run an advocacy ad of its own, is just plain wrong.

Columnists and editorial pages are writing about it. And on Monday, FCC commissioner Michael Copps issued a statement on it. These folks understand that this issue isn't just about our Voter Fund's ad -- an ad by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals was censored as well. At heart, it's about free speech. Huge companies like CBS that control access to the publicly owned airwaves have to air opposing points of view.

CBS still refuses to run "Child's Pay." But together, we can increase the pressure on CBS. Read more... )
Here are a few talking points you can use in your letter:

* It's about free speech. The First Amendment doesn't mean a whole lot if we're denied access to the airwaves. CBS has a constitutional obligation to air opposing points of view.

* If the White House can run an ad, other groups should be allowed to also. CBS will be airing an ad sponsored by the White House on this year's Super Bowl. Previous ads in this series have implied that buying drugs funds terrorism -- a much more controversial claim than the one "Child's Pay" makes.

* CBS just got a huge favor from the White House. Senator John McCain said that the bill was custom tailored to CBS and Fox, which have been lobbying heavily to be able to grow larger. MoveOn and other groups have lobbied against this bill. Now the White House is allowed to run an ad, and groups like MoveOn Voter Fund are not.

* What's "controversial"? CBS claims that it has a policy against running "controversial" issue ads. But the only line in the whole ad is a fact: President Bush has created a $1 trillion deficit. In fact, according to numbers released by the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office yesterday, that number's low.

As you know, this campaign is bigger than one ad. It's about free speech. We're putting the country's media on notice that we're not going to take censorship lying down.

Sincerely,
--Adam, Carrie, Eli, James, Joan, Laura, Noah, Peter, Wes, and Zack
The MoveOn.org Team
January 27th, 2003
I wrote about this a couple weeks ago. MoveOn.org has raised the money to show their winning ad during the Superbowl, but CBS is refusing to air it! See below for more information.

Dear friend,

During this year's Super Bowl, you'll see ads sponsored by beer companies, tobacco companies, and the Bush White House. But you won't see the winning ad in MoveOn.org Voter Fund's Bush in 30 Seconds ad contest. CBS refuses to air it.

Meanwhile, the White House and Congressional Republicans are on the verge of signing into law a deal which Senator John McCain (R-AZ) says is custom-tailored for CBS and Fox, allowing the two networks to grow much bigger. CBS lobbied hard for this rule change; MoveOn.org members across the country lobbied against it; and now the MoveOn.org ad has been rejected while the White House ad will be played. It looks an awful lot like CBS is playing politics with the right to free speech.

Of course, this is bigger than just the MoveOn.org Voter Fund. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) submitted an ad that was also rejected. We need to let CBS know that this practice of arbitrarily turning down ads that may be "controversial" – especially if they're controversial simply because they take on the President – just isn't right.

To watch the ad that CBS won't air and sign the petition to CBS to run these ads, go to:
http://www.moveon.org/cbs/ad/

MoveOn.org will deliver the petition by email directly to CBS headquarters.

Thanks.
Watch the finalists for the MoveOn.org Bush in 30 Seconds ad contest.

My favorites: Child's Pay, In My Country, Desktop, Bush's Repair Shop, If Parents Acted Like Bush, Al Keyda and Bring it On.

The winners in the various categories have been chosen.

Make a donation to help show the winner during the Super Bowl - they're 82% of the way to their $10,000,000 goal.

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