January 04, 2005

As The Year Turns

Congratulations to the White House for stepping up with some very muscular aid to the tsunami victims and appointing the last two presidents to spearhead the aid efforts. Let's hope people remember this more than they remember the delay, for all our sakes. The so-called Christian Right is still AWOL on compassion. Will they care when the number of missing Americans is officially released? Lauryn talks about the likelihood that suffering will not be distributed evenly.

Republicans were worried enough about taking heat that they repealed their watered down ethics ruling of last month. Good for them, good for everybody. Also, they clearly aren't feeling so sure of themselves that they ignore possible bad publicity, which demonstrates the worth of applying pressure.

Losses: Prometheus 6 posts a memorium to Shirley Chisolm, the first African American woman elected to Congress. Pandagon regrets the loss of Rep. Robert Matsui, who happened to be the first of WWII's interred Japanese elected to Congress.

Big news! More people know about blogs. Which means that we are SO 2004, one step away from oblivion, or so the NY Times would apparently like to think. Maybe they're right for once.

Ranks of the Shrill swelling: Chuck Hagel, Lech Walesa, and Lew Rockwell join the Order. "Ph'nglui mglw'nafh too little, too late R'lyeh wagn'nagl fhtagn."

The Velveteen Rabbi noted that Israel is providing aid to Sudan, apparently the first time the country has done something like this.

Wampum is shocked, shocked (but not surprised) to learn the scope of pharmaceutical industry malfeasance.

Steve Gilliard highlights a way in which we're losing support in Latin America, namely, by our Coast Guard sinking boats off the coasts of foreign countries.

Talk Left recently focused on Time Magazine Canada's choice for person of the year, Maher Arar. Arar was a Syrian born Canadian citizen deported to Syria by US security officials, to be held in captivity and likely tortured.

Also from Talk Left, 225 religious groups want Alberto Gonzalez to renounce torture, and possibly, the Devil and all his works. Digby explains why Democrats should grill Gonzalez and vote no on his confirmation, just out of principle, supposing enough of them remember what that means.

MyDD proposes abandoning the War on Terror, which is to say, to stop calling it that.

Seeing the Forest: Comparative election strategy for Democrats & Republicans, how it affects your privacy. In Iraq, another take on the facts on the ground. And a song that sums it up for a lot of people, We Can't Make It Here Anymore (excerpt):

...Should I hate a people for the shade of their skin
Or the shape of their eyes or the shape I'm in
Should I hate 'em for having our jobs today
No I hate the men sent the jobs away
I can see them all now, they haunt my dreams
All lily white and squeaky clean
They've never known want, they'll never know need
Their shit don't stink and their kids won't bleed
Their kids won't bleed in the damn little war
And we can't make it here anymore

Will work for food
Will die for oil
Will kill for power and to us the spoils
The billionaires get to pay less tax
The working poor get to fall through the cracks
Let 'em eat jellybeans let 'em eat cake
Let 'em eat shit, whatever it takes
They can join the Air Force, or join the Corps
If they can't make it here anymore...

So, you know, Happy New Year.

Posted by natasha at January 4, 2005 12:11 AM | Recommended Reading | Technorati links |

Eh. I would prefer to be under the Times' radar, I think, and if blogs become less an audition system for the Times' Op Ed vacancies perhaps we'd have fewer blogs auditioning for Times Op Ed vacancies.

There are millions of people out there talking. I'm a little tired of having them represented by people who give the impression that the voice of the little man sounds just like David Brooks.

Posted by: julia at January 4, 2005 07:00 AM

"I'm a little tired of having them represented by people who give the impression that the voice of the little man sounds just like David Brooks."


Posted by: natasha at January 5, 2005 10:23 PM