September 26, 2006

News and a Haircut, Two Bits

I'm now living with two sweet but absentee roommates and a truculent dead fish that's turning the freezer into hostile territory. Good times. Also, Ben & Jerry's Black & Tan ice cream, which has swirls of stout (yes, stout, like the beer) and chocolate ice cream in vanilla, has been thoroughly tested and found to be delicious. The stout adds a little bit of the flavor that you get when you drizzle just the right amount of blackstrap molasses over a vanilla ice cream that's good enough to eat by itself.

But finally, after a full day of happy mycology capped by ice cream tasting, it's time to turn to current events. You may want to be sitting down for this.

Atrios reads from a banned book, scroll down for some interesting reactions to the Clinton interview, including that of the outspoken Keith Olbermann. Also courtesy of Atrios, the Editors explain why only shrillness can save America now.

The 'compromise' reached between the White House and the Republican Rebel Alliance in the Senate over whether or not the United States is going to officially sanction torture would allow U.S. citizens to be declared unlawful combatants. Ask not for whom the torture chamber is prepared.

Laura Rozen of War and Piece talks about an op-ed by a former congresswoman on the retroactive immunity sought after in the torture legalization bills and highlights charges being prepared in Germany against CIA officials and contractors that suggest a disinterest in the world community in going along with what amounts to a repeal of the Geneva Conventions.

Howard Dean explains why you can't trust the Republicans on national security. Ultrageek explains why Howard Dean is dangerous.

MyDD showcases WA-08 congressional candidate Darcy Burner and reviews her latest ad.

Alas, A Blog notes that women in nursing homes are being denied feminine hygiene products and points out the many, many ways in which Iraq is more dangerous and less free. As a summative statement that holds together well as a theme for the policy conglomeration of liberation theology/secular humanism/progressive politics, Ampersand writes in his post about Iraq that, "... Elections are great. But political freedom - the freedom to vote, which Iraqis allegedly have (never mind the ways in which the elections were less than ideally democratic) - is not the only freedom in the world, nor the only one that matters. If I am free to vote but not to walk the streets, I am not substantively free. If I am free to vote but the political system lacks the will to protect me from being kidnapped, raped and sold into sexual slavery, I am not substantively free. If my odds of being violently killed are high enough so I live in perpetual fear, I am not substantively free."

Beetles, Global Warming and the End of Pine Trees.

Moral outrage and America, The Beautiful. Via Avedon at the Sideshow, who explains why even if it's an objectionable practice, paying for sex or pornography isn't 'buying women'.

The Angry Black Woman has a good patriarchy and racism link roundup. She is not surprised about the whole torture thing. She has a point.

What is this Zapatista thing going on down in Mexico? Via Narco News, Subcommandante Marcos explains the Other Campaign.

Alternet: If America is so great, where's our health care? What's so wrong with calling Bush a devil? What the War on Terror has done to Texas.

Asia Times: What will the world do with a billion 'surplus' farmers? Ummm, something about polygamy. A look at Hu Jintao's corruption crackdown as part of a political struggle with his predecessor that he appears to be winning.

BBC News: E.U. announces a timetable and tough conditions for Romania and Bulgaria to join. The company that dumped a toxic sludge that sickened 40,000 people in the Ivory Cost is insisting that it was perfectly safe, not that we've ever heard that line before. Somali Islamists say they will defend their country from Ethiopian military incursion as Ethiopian troops head toward the city where the besieged Somali government is headquartered. Egypt and Turkey want nuclear power and they, too, insist that it is only for peaceful, civilian purposes. An Iranian bank is blacklisted in the U.S., even by proxy, and an analysis of missed diplomatic opportunities between the U.S. and Iran in just the last few years. A member of Iran's large Jewish community, with a level of conviction that mocks those in the U.S. casting their eyes to Canada, says, "We are Iranian and we have been living in Iran for more than 3,000 years," says the Jewish hospital director Ciamak Morsathegh. "I am not going to leave - I will stay in Iran under any conditions."

Truthout: Slaughter continues in Iraq, both targeted and indiscriminate bloodbaths continue to horrify Baghdad and, I would hope, everybody with two nerve cells to rub together. No one really knows for sure why Pakistan gets a pass on nukes, but I think we can rule out the rigorous application of publicly enumerated principles. A women's affairs director executed in a drive-by shooting in Afghanistan. The U.S.' food safety oversight process is very, very broken. Public opinion may well have power, but an undirected force ultimately ends as nothing more than waste heat that generated no useful work in its dispersal.

"It's the poison that in measures brings illuminating vision." - Chorus and the Ring by R.E.M.

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what should be discussed with respect to this

Former President Bill Clinton Defends Handling of Usama bin Laden in Combative FNC Interview

Posted by: oli at September 26, 2006 05:33 PM

tell congress to adopt the emergency paper ballot measure

Posted by: ccoaler at September 26, 2006 05:58 PM

Decayed Sequestration

check out the
underground linksters
popping up all over

Jared Scarborough

Posted by: Jared Scarborough at September 27, 2006 02:34 PM

The Ben & Jerry's ice cream may be delicious, but that is one stupid product name. The War of the Black & Tans was a bloody Irish civil war for Chrissakes! What more could the company do to insult the Irish dead than take advantage of the name for profit!

I won't be buying it.

Posted by: Richard Silverstein at September 30, 2006 12:24 AM

Ok, but according to the Wikipedia entry on the Black & Tan, the phrase predated that conflict as the name of a drink made from a mix of porter and pale ale. A Black & Tan is now commonly made in the US with Guinness and Bass and can be ordered in just about any bar carrying a respectable beer that you can't see through. They're both popular and tasty.

Anyway, thanks for the history pointer, but I'd only ever heard of it as a drink.

Posted by: natasha at September 30, 2006 01:34 AM