Slip o' the tongue

I think Condoleeza Rice should call this radio station and tell them to give this guy his job back. It was a slip of the tongue and he was trying to compliment her. It is not as if he was ripping her a new one and had a Freudian slip. We can’t go condemning people for things like this.

This reminds me of when there was a big uproar because some economist used the word niggardly, which is not a racial slur nor does it have any racial roots.

Sometimes people just don’t think straight about this stuff.

Slip o' the tongue

Conflicted

I am conflicted. I am against the death penalty. I don’t believe it is an effective deterrent, I don’t believe the state should be in the business of killing its citizens, I believe that prison is a harsh sentence in itself, I believe that some criminals can in some small way make amends for their past crimes, I believe that the risk of executing innocent people is very real and I believe that the penal system must leave open the possibility of reform.

But I am happy that this fucking scumbag is going to die. I think it would be more just, though, if we gave this poor girl’s father a baseball bat and let him beat this fucking scumbag to death. That would be justice. A humane death is too good for this fucking scumbag.

I have not one ounce of mercy for people who hurt children. The fact that this fucking scumbag dares to plead for leniency because he has a family is utterly contemptible — somehow he was willing to harm someone else’s family in the most cruel and wicked way.

This fucking scumbag dying won’t really make anything better. But I have a hard time granting mercy to those who so cruelly denied it to others. Justice would be the baseball bat.

Conflicted

I'm a Liberal, Too

I don’t shrink from the word “liberal” one bit. Unlike cowards like Kerry and Gore, I am proud to be a liberal and think the liberal agenda is widely misunderstood and has deep roots in the values that we share as Americans. These values include personal liberty, freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom to congregate and many, many more. Democracy is the child of liberal values. America, the country, attained our independence because of an amazing group of individuals who were not willing to accept the status quo. Liberals (not Democrats, necessarily) have always fought for equality and democracy, from the civil war to civil rights.

That’s why I am proud that George Clooney, unlike so many Hollywood cowards, has come out. In his article I Am a Liberal. There, I Said It! Clooney states the obvious that has somehow remained hidden in the last 6 years of the Republican police state. Dissent is patriotic. The Right Wing should be ashamed of themselves for constantly characterizing liberals as traitors. How is it that a party that claims they want less government can actively lobby against civil liberties? They actively lobby to put the police in your bedroom?

Republicans are just liberals who haven’t seen the light yet.

I'm a Liberal, Too

The Bush Legacy: Incompetence

I was chatting with my Dad today and he made a really good point. The Bush administration is no longer in their sweet spot in terms of their expertise. Their expertise is winning elections. It is not leadership or government. They are not subject matter experts when it comes to governing. Thus, history will probably remember this administration as tough political adversaries but as complete incompetent failures when it comes to leadership.

The roll call of failures goes on and on, but just to name a few:

1. Bush at the helm for the worst attack on American soil in history.
2. Bush engaging in nation building in Iraq. A story that is not yet over but that can only be described as a complete and utter failure.
3. Bush illegally spying on the American people.
4. The Bush administration’s deadly and very public failure during Katrina.
5. Bush at worse lying and at best being completely misled about Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction capabilities.

These guys totally suck at this stuff, to the point that even rapid Republicans are starting to distance themselves from the aura of incompetence.

And we have 3 more years of this loser!

The Bush Legacy: Incompetence

Lame Pharmacists

The Star Tribune is reporting on a new bill here in Minnesota that would allow pharmacists to “reject prescriptions on moral grounds”.

Can you guess my opinion on this one? I think this is so fucking lame. I have the perfect solution for this. If you are a pharmacist and you don’t want to dispense the prescriptions that doctors issue quit your fucking job! You are not qualified! Your job is not to impose your morals on your customers, it is to dispense the medication that a medical doctor has prescribed, period. If you don’t like it, do us all a favor and go join the clergy somewhere.

Allowing pharmacists to decide which drugs they feel morally willing to dispense is super fucking stupid and is just one more lame tactic in the war against women.

Lame Pharmacists

Yeah, what Mark said

(If you haven’t already, please read the preceding post titled Abortion and the Right to Privacy. It’s long but it moves quick.)

Mark is arguing that even if you want abortion to be legal, implementing it by attacking the right to privacy hurts you. It hurts all of us and it hurts the Right by breaking one of their prime ideals — no more government than necessary. Mind you: I’m not talking about abortion. I’m talking about the other rights, as Mark outlines, that we lose in the deal. The right to privacy is fundamentally a limit on what government can impose on us. It’s a good thing and Republicans want it to. They are just so fixated on abortion that they are willing to give up anything to get it criminalized.

Listen up, you pro-Lifers, let’s keep fighting but you have to find a better tactic than attacking the right to privacy. You want privacy, too. It’s the wrong place to fight abortion.

Yeah, what Mark said