Satan’s Big Week

“This is the electronic equivalent of someone writing a letter to the editor,” John Coffee, a professor at Columbia Law School, said in an interview. “You are rewarded by publication, not by payment.” Continue reading

The Boss, Trayvon, America Is Still Waiting for Answers

The controversy over Trayvon Martin’s death continues as his father Tracy Martin, described “the police version of events in a meeting Wednesday with Washington Post reporters and editors,” and he told them “he did not believe the official account, which was conveyed to him two days after his 17-year-old son was killed Feb. 26.” From his new Wrecking Ball tour, Bruce Springsteen is performing an updated version of “American Skin (41 Shots)”. “This is for Trayvon,” Springsteen said last night in Philly… Via David Remnick on The New Yorker… Suddenly, the mood went sombre and Springsteen said, “This is for Trayvon.” I first heard “American Skin (41 Shots),” at Madison Square Garden a dozen years ago, but now the lament, as … Continue reading

Putting the ‘cad’ in and taking the ‘bra’ off of ‘Abracadabra’

The “feminist” voice denouncing Bill Maher’s “misgyny” is one of the most misogynistic groups, arguably, to ever put on their culottes one shaved leg at a time. Seriously, NPR: THIS is who you put up as the “voice of women” against Bill Maher’s “misogyny”? (When she’s not appearing on Sean Hannity? Seriously?) Continue reading

Congressman Hustled Off Floor For Hoodie; Trayvon Martin Protest

A congressman was escorted off the House floor after donning a hooded sweatshirt in protest of the killing of Trayvon Martin, an African-American Florida teen. Rep. Bobby Rush (D-Ill.) was forced off the House floor after giving a speech in which he denounced the sort of racial profiling which appears to have led to 17-year-old Martin being gunned down in his Sanford, Fla., neighborhood. Martin’s death has sparked national outrage and protest, as well as multiple investigations into the incident — including a federal probe by the Justice Department. The alleged shooter in the incident remains free and hasn’t been charged, due to Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” statute. That state law has come under intense scrutiny since Martin’s death. “Just … Continue reading

What They Fought and Fight For

To our eyes, the whole grotesque notion of slavery seems impossible, and yet, while we turn our eyes away from the slavery-in-all-but-title exploitation of “illegal immigrants” in sweat shops and farm fields, we struggle to understand how an entire society could have pretended that the horror of slavery didn’t actually exist… Continue reading

Democrats Sees Bad Signs At High Court For Healthcare Reform Law

With at least much of the Supreme Court’s conservative bloc “spoken for,” a pair of Democratic strategists say that they are not as optimistic as perhaps the Obama administration appears to be that the healthcare reform law will survive this week’s legal challenge at the high court. Oral arguments began this week at the high court in a number of cases brought against the landmark two-year-old law. The court could rule for or against all or part of healthcare reform as early as June. “Conservatives have made national health care a partisan issue because it was such a signal accomplishment by President Obama,” says a statement issued Monday by Robert Weiner, former senior White House spokesman, and national Democratic strategist; … Continue reading

Athena and the Jurists

They’re already screaming about how their last shreds of freedom are being stripped from them (which is, frankly, immoderate and frightening language virtually guaranteed to overamp some poor lost soul who treasures his Second Amendment rights.) Continue reading

On Trayvon Martin… When Will It End

I’m a white woman from a small town in Massachusetts, but I spent 19 years living in Los Angeles. I raised my only child, my white daughter in inner city L.A. schools where she was a minority. Many of her school friends were black, many of my friends in L.A. are black with black sons, and every time I read another piece on Trayvon Martin, my heart breaks a little more. We lived in L.A. during the Rodney King riots… I’ve seen up close and personal the way black men were targeted in the inner city by white cops. I abhore racism. I abhore gun violence. And I abhore laws that allow guns in the hands of the wrong people. I get the whole … Continue reading