November 12, 2006

The 'Happy Post-Election Weekend' Blog Review

Shakespeare's Sister: American families are stressed out beyond belief, so if a Democratic Congress manages to accomplish only the relief of some of that pressure, they'll have done good by the public.

Pandagon: Amanda points to a Nation article about the Quiverfull Ministries people and notes the strong racial motivations of the far right anti-choice movement. Marketing the trappings of patriarchy is about more than the money; the marketers don't create the sexism they exploit.

Majikthise: Halliburton has been failing to chlorinate water provided to Marines in Iraq. Apparently, there's something intrinsically wrong in some people's minds with being from San Francisco, which is indeed a very nice place.

The News Blog: The 2006 U.S. fatalities in Iraq. Soldiers talk about what it's like in Iraq. A planned Sofia Coppola film will adapt the novel Tipping The Velvet, a story about a Victorian-era lesbian romance. Gilliard writes about the end of the Southern Strategy in Allen's defeat and Ford's three point loss. Wal-Mart wouldn't settle a claim of less than $20,000 after an attendant at one of their service stations gave away the keys to a customer's car to a homeless person who then stole it.

Alas, A Blog: Ellen Willis, 1941-2006; she seems like someone I wish I'd known more about before she died, Amp quotes from an essay of hers on why it's important to have a radical left and links to other places where her writing can be found. It would appear that electing women does make a difference in policy, and let me therefore take a moment to brag about WA State's better-than-usual gender ratio in higher office. Neener, neener, neener. As a side note, our only female House representative is a Republican and some of the Republican state legislators we most love to hate are also women, which is, imo, a good thing. While it's great that people in this state are willing to vote for women at the top of the ticket, the conversation has moved beyond that point to where a candidate's gender is uncontroversial and it's the issues that matter most. It's a big step towards someday having a government that more closely reflects the makeup of the populace, though with the exception of our previous governor and current King County executive, WA politics seems to have yet to set seriously to work on the race gap.

Eschaton: The environmental community won't miss Rep. Pombo even a little bit. The anti-democracy freaks at Investor's Business Daily don't seem to think that Arab and Muslim Americans should have representation or that any of them can be loyal Americans. Just below that, Atrios links to a NY Times article that quotes two of our congressional freshman class:

... Similarly, Ms. Boyda of Kansas, a first-time office holder who relied on lengthy newspaper inserts to make her case to the voters, said, “The rural economy has been left out.” She added: “A lot of my district feels a great deal of insecurity about their jobs, their health care, their business, their family farm. They feel like they’re just kind of hanging out there.”

Carol Shea-Porter, a social worker and new House member from New Hampshire who considers herself a populist, said, “The theme of my campaign was, I’m running for the rest of us.” She added that no matter how much the Bush administration boasted of job growth, her voters “understood those were Wal-Mart jobs.” And, she said, “They understood when they talked about the stock market boom, that half of Americans aren’t even in the stock market." ...

Feministing: A Pakistani judge bans face veils in his court. The day after election day, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments on the federal 'partial-birth' abortion ban. Excluded from the regular financial establishment by extreme poverty, Senegalese women take banking into their own hands. Though the Kansas Atty. General that went on a fishing expedition for abortion clinic records was defeated for re-election, his Democratic successor will keep the records he obtained. Women are becoming empowered at the ballot box in Bahrain. The election night analysis was a boys' club at the major networks with few, mostly marginalized exceptions. Caridad De La Luz: La Bruja.

BoingBoing: An international Broadcast Treaty mediated through a U.N. group may die a quiet, backroom death. A handful of views on what the election means for copyright reform. Incoming Sec. Def. Robert Gates' history in the Iran-Contra scandal has its own chapter in the official report. The 9/11 Commission Report's graphic novel adaptation. Airport security is apparently on the alert against the threat posed by rubber band balls. Reporters on the cultural divide with Iraqis.

The Poor Man Institute: All the good news you aren't hearing about Iraq, part 2 and part 3. The Editors talk about Greenwald's take on voting mischief and the defeatists who think that we shouldn't play a rigged game.

Slacktivist: Fred Clark talks about Greenwald's take on voting mischief and the defeatists who think that we shouldn't play a rigged game. Why Jim Wallis has come out against casting out demons, or, an evangelical take on Jesus' doctrine that whoever was not against him was for him.

Unclaimed Territory: Greenwald on why it's important to relegate the extremists to the fringe again and put a stake in the 'argument' that terrorists support Democrats, or vice versa, which is really an argument in favor of letting terrorists determine American policy. From myth to conventional wisdom, a look at how a single source can leverage the media into creating the myth that Dean is in trouble and that Sen.-elect Webb's acceptance speech will create tension with the Democratic Party, who all hate the military, or something. Why the Beltway doesn't get Sen. Feingold, or anyone else who believes in what they're doing.

DailyKos: A Veteran's Day tribute. An object lesson from Governor-elect of New York, Eliot Spitzer, on how to handle the right wing press. The DSCC chair, Sen. Schumer, publicly thanks Dean for his efforts at the DNC and for the fundraising he did for Senate candidates. Many self-employed Americans fall prey to health insurance scammers who, in a just world, should be driven out of the industry and replaced with real healthcare reform. Even though they'd known about his 'problem' for months, the dominionist community covered for Ted Haggard and clung to the hope that no one else would find out that he was one of the gay people they encourage their followers to hate. A strong tone of economic populism runs through the new Senate majority. Bonddad looks at the U.S. trade deficit. There will be no Feingold '08 presidential campaign and the Senator put a diary up on dKos and a couple other sites to tell the online community directly. Devilstower explains an unapologetic Democratic strategy, "this is how we roll."

Lastly, a loose paraphrase of a public service announcement by comedian Rita Rudner: This is a message from all the women of the world to all the men of the world. If you don't know what you're doing, for God's sake, don't do it harder.

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