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Nine Years Later

Tori Amos, “I Can’t See New York” :

Good morning, everyone. Today is September 11, 2010. I want to start my Saturday post off with the words of Madame Secretary Clinton herself:

Nine years later, the memories of September 11, 2001 remain searingly vivid. Loved ones and friends whose lives were cut short. Brave first responders who rushed into burning buildings to save people they had never met. Dedicated construction workers and volunteers who searched tirelessly through the smoldering wreckage for survivors. Families and communities who pulled together to turn tragedy into a new birth of service and tolerance. We remember the pain of loss, but also the pride in our people and our country.

Today I join with all Americans in honoring those who lost their lives on that terrible day. My thoughts and prayers are with their friends and families, with those people who continue to suffer lasting health effects, and with the courageous men and women who are fighting in Afghanistan and elsewhere to defeat those responsible for the attacks. Let us keep all of them in our hearts today and every day.

Out of the deepest respect for the men and women we lost on 9-11 and for the men and women who have put their lives on the line for us, I will not be distracted by the media’s games to divide and conquer Americans and all people on this day. There is so much going on right now, so instead of devoting the top of this post to the usual suspects grabbing all the oxygen in the media, I would like to first zero in on three ongoing stories that we heard some positive developments about on Thursday night and follow-up on where things stand today.

From Thursday…

LA Times: Judge declares U.S. military’s ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ policy openly banning gay service members unconstitutional

NY Times: Stem Cell Financing Ban Ends, for Now

Reuters: US prisoner Shourd to be freed soon -Iran UN mission

All of these developments on Thursday were a good start…

“And it’s the same world, honey, that has brought you down
As the one that’s gonna pick you up, and pick you up” — Good Start, Maria Taylor

Here are where things stand this Saturday morning.

On DADT, the NYT reports:

But things are rarely as straightforward as they seem in Washington, and in other ways the decision presents the White House and Congressional Democrats with a problem.

To begin with, the administration, compelled to defend existing laws, may well appeal the ruling by Judge Virginia A. Phillips of Federal District Court in California declaring the existing policy unconstitutional. (A similar dynamic occurred when the administration defended the Defense of Marriage Act, the 1996 statute that puts obstacles in front of legal recognition for same-sex marriages, despite Mr. Obama’s opposition to the act.)

Further, while groups that support a ban are now ratcheting up pressure on members of the Senate to vote on a measure ending the policy, there is a slim chance that the bill will make it to the floor before Congress heads home next month to campaign for the midterm elections.


There is also the political reality that Democrats in competitive states and districts are unlikely to want to engage in a fight over an issue of social policy and risk further energizing conservative voters just seven weeks before Election Day.

The government has 60 days to file any appeal of the ruling, which puts the administration in an awkward position among the liberal base voters who have been pressing for repeal of the policy.

The acting solicitor general, Neal Katyal, must approve any appeal the Justice Department files. A department spokesman said Friday that it was “reviewing the judge’s opinion.”

From WaPo:

The House passed its measure lifting the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy in May, but the Senate’s version has been stalled and might be considered in the next three weeks. Democrats blamed Sen. John McCain (Ariz.), who was facing a potentially difficult primary challenge from a conservative Republican, for holding up the legislation until he secured his victory last month. “Now that his primary is over, we hope that he will allow us to take this bill to the floor,” Jim Manley, a spokesman for Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.), said Friday.

McCain’s office did not return requests for comment .

The judge has asked the plaintiffs in the case, which was brought by the Log Cabin Republicans, to submit proposed language for an injunction by next week.

“At least from my viewpoint, there are more questions than answers at this point,” the senior defense official said.

The Democrats go after McRepublican while Obama received no questions about DADT at his presser yesterday. Same ol’, same ol’. The Democrats have nothing else to go on when their own president won’t give them anything to work with.

Here’s the White House statement that we finally got from the Administration of our “fierce urgency of…maybe later” president, via the Advocate:

“The Justice Department is studying the decision, including the question of its scope and immediate effect and we expect them to announce their next steps after that review is completed,” Inouye said. “The president remains committed to legislative repeal of DADT, and he will continue to work with lawmakers to achieve that goal this fall. And he will continue to work closely with Secretary Gates, Admiral Mullen, and the Joint Chiefs of Staff on an ongoing study of how to best implement the repeal.”

You know, they can complete their reviews, but it is a sad commentary that here in the year 2010, our “Democratic” president — who has the MLK/Thomas Parker quote inscribed on his oval office rug — still cannot come out and openly celebrate the fact that DADT has been ruled unconstitutional. “The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.” Well, the arc of the moral universe has just bent toward justice, President Obama. Please learn to be a Democrat and respond accordingly.

Moving along to the Embryonic Stem Cell front. From AnnArbor.com:

The director of the University of Michigan‘s Center for Stem Cell Biology is among a handful of scientists heading to Washington D.C. to testify before a Senate panel next week.

Sean Morrison will testify on the potential of human embryonic stem cells Thursday following a federal judge’s ruling last month that stopped the flow of federal dollars to the research. Judge Royce Lamberth argued human embryonic stem cell research violates an existing law against the federally funded destruction of human embryos.

“It’s like a nuclear bomb for the field,” Morrison said. “This injunction will decimate the field if it stays enforced for a significant period of time. When laboratories lose their funding in an unanticipated way, they’re not able to continue on with the projects.”


The hearing Thursday is separate from the legal proceedings being held in the wake of the judge’s ruling. The Senate panel in charge of funding stem cell research is hearing from scientists like Morrison to take an in-depth look at the issue and consider possible legal solutions to the human embryonic stem cell battle that has been fought in the courts over the years.

Others testifying include Francis Collins, the director of the National Institutes of Health; George Q. Daley, director of stem cell programs at Children’s Hospital Boston; and Jean Peduzzi-Nelson, an associate professor at Wayne State University School of Medicine.

“I hope these upcoming hearings going on next week in D.C. will spur Congressional action to prevent this kind of roller coaster ride with stem cell research,” said Jack Mosher, a University of Michigan scientist using embryonic stem cells to study Hirschstrung’s disease, a defect in part of the nervous system that regulates gut function. Those who have it are unable or defective in their ability to pass solid waste. If left untreated, it can lead to death.

I hope these hearings will help, too. Stem cell research was the one bright spot left for me personally as far as Obama’s domestic agenda goes. Of course, Obama and the Dems undermined their gestures to move forward on embryonic stem cell research by keeping that laugh-inducing Dickey-Wicker in place.

An update on Sarah Shourd. From the SF Chron blog, Iran Decides to Release Hiker, Then Changes its Mind:

The few foreign journalists who are in town on this holiday weekend marking the end of Ramadan, were all ready to go to a ceremony and press conference for the release of Sarah Shourd, one of three Berkeley grads arrested for hiking in Iraq near the border, and supposedly crossing into Iran. The three have been imprisoned for over a year, and the announcement yesterday that Shourd would be headed home was a welcome sign, and hinted and some sort of thawing in relations.

Well, over night the event was canceled. No text message was sent out, which is how we received the original invitation and the subsequent change of venues.

Members of the judiciary have intervened and stated that the case is not closed yet, but most still assume that the release will take place in the coming days.

Still, we’re left to wonder-with few answers-why the state would announce the release, and in a very confident way, and then sheepishly back peddle?

One answer may lay in the fact that the Islamic Republic, although often perceived to be an autocratic system with one singular voice, is actually much more complex and features countless players jockeying for leverage or attempting to discredit their rivals. It’s unclear, however, how anyone could benefit from this decision.

Although this may sound familiar to Americans, it’s of little consolation to Ms. Shourd, Shane Bauer, Joshua Fattal and their families.

Here is hoping they are released soon so the question of consolation becomes a moot point. I know Hillary has been urging for them to be freed for over a year now and must be putting pressure behind the scenes.

I wanted to end my post today with excerpts from a book published in 2004 called Homeland by Dale Maharidge, but unfortunately I have misplaced my copy somewhere and have not had a chance to locate the quotes I am looking for. Here is a description from Publisher’s Weekly (excerpted from the Amazon link):

Longtime collaborators Maharidge and Williamson (And Their Children After Them, etc.) return with this provocative montage of photographs and reportage that addresses the state of the American psyche before and after September 11. Williamson’s 40 stunning b&w photos and Maharidge’s fractured, descriptive reportage both explore an America that is not so much marginalized as it is simply “invisible”—places and people beyond the economic, political and urban foci of mainstream reporting. It is a disturbing portrayal of an anguished and economically depressed America, for which “[w]hat happened on 9/11 was not a genesis, but an amplifier of unease that had long been building.”


Maharidge argues that contemporary America dangerously resembles the Weimar Republic, or “Heimat,” that led to Nazi Germany. Despite his anecdotal evidence, the author’s portrait of America as “consumed by anger and fear” will strike many as questionable at best. Sympathizers will see the argument more as a provocative call for American self-assessment than a rant. While it threatens at times to dissolve into a simple juxtaposition of tolerance versus bigotry, this book emerges as a sensitive, heartfelt examination of a wounded America whose wounds existed long before the terrorist attacks.

Here is a link to the C-Span Book TV segment where Maharidge and Williamson discuss Homeland.

I have been wanting to re-read this book ever since the Park 51 debate started and especially after the unbelievably bizarre week we’ve had. I think comparisons to Nazi Germany often risk being seen as a product of Godwin’s law, but when I saw the psycho preacher’s psycho press conference on Thursday, I truly felt like I was watching a bad scene from history playing out before my eyes. Something is not right with this man. His estranged daughter is speaking up (via Reuters):

“My father is not one to give up,” said Emma Jones, 30. “As a daughter, I see the good-natured core inside him. But I think he needs help.”

“I think he has gone mad,” she added.

She described how a Christian community her father spent years building in Cologne, Germany was at first Bible-orientated but later changed. After leaving the community aged 17, Emma Jones said she returned in 2005 to find it had become sect-like.

“I saw that my father preached and did things that I didn’t find biblical at all. He demanded total allegiance to himself and his second wife,” she said. His first wife, her mother, died in 1996.

“That was real religious delusion I saw,” she added. “Typical evidence of a sect.”

Emma Jones said the community kicked out her father in 2008, when he returned to the United States.

“I really hope he comes to his senses,” she said.

According to reports this morning, after all the shit Jones has stirred up, he is vowing he would never go through with his plans to burn a Qu’ran (via The Hill). Meanwhile, FDL reports that “Gay-Hating Cult Vows to Burn Korans if Jones’ Church Doesn’t” :

A rabidly anti-gay Kansas-based cult — which has drawn nationwide outrage for staging protests at the funerals of U.S. soldiers killed in Iraq and Afghanistan — has vowed to burn copies of the Koran, now that the pastor of a fundamentalist church in Florida has put on hold his planned burning of the Muslim holy book that was scheduled for today (Saturday), the ninth anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

In a press release posted Friday on its Web site, GodHatesFags.com, the Westboro Baptist Church announced that it will “burn the Koran and the doomed American flag” at noon local time today (1:00 p.m. EDT) at its headquarters in Topeka.

The cult branded Pastor Terry Jones of the Dove World Outreach Center in Gainesville, Florida a “false prophet” who allowed himself to be “bullied by sissy, intolerant rebels worldwide into cancelling plans to burn that blasphemous idol called the Koran.”

One whacko leads to another.

In the face of fear bred by hate and hate bred by fear, we must continue to stay focused on who we are as Americans and what we are about. I would like to end with a timely reminder from FDR:

I hope everyone has a great Saturday and don’t forget to share what you are reading and thinking in the comments.

78 Responses

  1. Is anyone planning to go see Tribute in Light tonight in Jersey City?

  2. How about the first responders and construction trade union volunteers that worked tirelessly on the rescue then recovery at the WTC tower site only to fall ill from the toxic dust?
    Their treatment by the government at city, state and federal level speaks volumes about how small we are as a nation.
    Some were denied payment for treatment because they were volunteers and not on the clock.

    • I consider them men and women who have put their lives on the line for us.

    • I work for heavy equipment manufacturing company doing emergency orders. On that day I made it to work because I knew that in the aftermath they would need equipment parts specially Air Filter elements.

      I think we sent every filter element we had on hand to New York those next couple of days so when Whitman said the air was safe I knew it was a Lie. Human lungs are a lot more delicate than the cylinder walls and pistons in a diesel engine.

      It was odd going home and not seeing aircraft marker lights crossing the night sky.

  3. The brigh minds behind TIME didn’t think there was enough ugliness this 9.11 so they added some more

    • And apparently MSNBC is reairing the footage of the 9-11 towers going down? I don’t know what’s going on cable firsthand right now because I’m not watching the coverage today. I don’t think I can take it.

      MSNBC and Fox News are locked in a perpetual race to beat each other to the bottom and CNN isn’t much better..
      What was the point of the media’s two-minute meta conversation about Terry Jones and their role in elevating him? Why have that conversation if they were just going to turn around and reair the footage of the Twin Towers going down?

      • They are pathetic vultures. There is no ‘bottom’ anymore. Sheer desperation as they experience death rattles.

      • Nothing stokes the ratings like stirring up rage and indignation among the masses!

        • Look on the bright side. MSNBO probably has all of 12 viewers. If they were better rated, I would be much more worried about them.

      • Is CNN any better? Rick’s List? Sheesh.

        • As WTV says, it’s Rick’s Lost

        • Yes, CNN is wonderful! I love CNN! Lol.

          I’m always ranting about how CNN isn’t better and Rick’s Lost …. but CNN has the biggest snooze factor for me right now, esp. since the only person (Amanpour) I still really watched CNN for left.

          Fox and MSNBC just go all out idiotic to provoke. CNN sits there with their ridiculous sets and bloated panels stretching across the whole stage and stupid touch screen visuals, trying to feign neutrality while hyping and oversensationalizing headlines nonstop. I’m sure this makes for great Jon Stewart skits, but I keep changing the channel on CNN right now. Zzzz.

          • CNN is people magazine. Since Ted Turner left, their news anchors just ooze stupid for the most part. There’s a few exceptions, Suzanne Malveaux for one. I think John King’s okay but I can’t watch them during the day. It’s like those day time slots are filled up by some of the biggest idiots in the business.

            I still can’t get over Rich Sanchez. I mean, do you really have the right to even read news if you can’t tell the Galapagos Islands from Hawaii? And, every day, he says something more stupid. I tried to watch a little during the discovery channel hostage situation and there he was defining paradox for every one, and then, misusing the word. And his ratings suck! Why do they persist in keeping him on the air?

          • Haha, I think they are all just pathetic. It’s going to take another pretty young missing blonde story to get them off their hate mongering. I think they are all about hate mongering 23/7 these days. The other hour is stupid celebrity gossip.

  4. Excellent post Wonk, thanks.

  5. On 9/11/2001 I had to leave work early with a bad back and all I could do was lie flat on the floor. I remember turning on the tv and seeing the same strange image from all stations on the multi-station screen. I recognized The Twin Towers but couldn’t figure out what was actually happening. When I did it was like a punch in the gut.

    I was glued to the tv for a week and just couldn’t stop crying. Considering myself a New Yorker (by heart, not birth, an unfortunate flaw of fate) it felt like a personal attack. One of my friends died – he escaped at first, but true to who he was, he went back in to help others escape, and didn’t make it a second time.

    I think most in the Western World felt like New Yorkers back then and mourned with the American people. So it sort of doubled the pain when the help “we” offered was met with Bush’s “Thanks, but no thanks”.

    To this day I can’t bear to se footage or even pictures of the Towers crumbling. And I don’t think I ever will.

  6. “…an ongoing study of how to best implement the repeal.”

    Can anyone say: L-E-A-D-E-R-S-H-I-P?? I positively crave it–a clear, unambiguous declaration of support. Like the statement HRC made about Jones: “Disrespectful and disgraceful.” No mincing of words, no ambivalence, no shrinking from possible blowback. She puts it out there and then stands and takes the heat. THAT is leadership, and here we are, 18 months later, and he is still “studying” DADT.


    • What heat is to be taken for Hillary’s statement? I’ve seen only a handful of jackals who wouldn’t have agreed.

      It was leadership though, even from the front of the pack. Better than anyone else ‘-)

    • 18 months later, and he is still “studying” DADT.

      This reminds me of asshat Bill Maher about a year ago saying “We should forget town halls, and replace them with study halls.” Apparently Obama took the suggestion quite literally.

      • Obama’s never had to make decisions that matter in his whole life. Most people won’t agree with me, but Obama’s life is a study of failure. Given his education and life opportunities, he’s never done anything of significance. He’s never contributed anything to the organizations he’s worked for. I would venture to say, that without Michelle he would have remained a community organizer. That’s why he dithers, and will forever be known as the “DITHERER”.

  7. Please rescue my last comment about DADT from spammie 🙂

  8. Great post Wonk, thank you

  9. Yes, great post Wonk!

    I watched Jones in an interview on Swedish tv (he really has “gone Global,” sigh), and he looked like just anybody’s nice old ‘gramps’. Could have fooled me – if only he had kept mum.

  10. Wife is throwing a Welcome to San Diego party for me today.

    It’s gonna be a loooooooooong day.

    BUT, she found out yesterday she got the permanent position at her job after two years of temp slavery.(and a raise)

    Health Care baaabaaaaay.

    Daddy needs some fillings!!!!!

    What’s the over/under on the DOJ challenging the DADT ruling?

    I personally think they will, and will claim that while they may agree in principle with the decision, the weasel word will be “jurisdiction”.

    I shall pour out a little Bud Lite for the victims of 9/11. I can still remember driving to work that morning seriously thinking it was the damn end of the world. For Real.

    *Huskers just scored on their second straight interception, WOOT!*

    • Congratulations! Have a great day.

    • Great!!! Nice to see some one with a lotta good things going on!!!

    • Congrats on the healthcare and the move… live it up!

      Sounds like DOJ is going to appeal, because I really don’t think O fears the pro-lefties coming to wrestle him over this, but who knows, the WH may do some kabuki here.

    • Congrats! From just seeing it on TV, San Diego looks so beautiful with all those palm trees and everything.

      I think Obama erroneously believes he has something to gain by taking the coward’s way, so he remains true to form. Unless, as Wonk says, he’s pulling another McCrystal, setting us up so when he pulls the switcharoo he looks amazing for simply doing the right thing.

    • who said healthcare would ever cover fillings, baaabaaay?

  11. 2 Muslims travel 13,000 miles across America, find an embracing nation

    This Ramdan road trip show the America I know, far from the major cities and their nearly all encompassing bullshit.

    (CNN) — The blue Chevy Cobalt broke down amid the mountains of Montana in an area where there was no cell phone reception. The Muslims in the car, on a cross-country journey for the holy month of Ramadan, approached a bushy-bearded fisherman.

    It would be another test of a question they wondered when they first set off from New York three weeks earlier: Is America still the accepting nation that embraced our forebears or has it reached a new level of intolerance?

    Far from the media frenzy dominating headlines, from the so-called “ground zero mosque” to a pastor’s planned Quran burning, Aman Ali and Bassam Tariq traveled more than 13,000 miles into the heart of America over the last month, visiting 30 mosques in 30 days for Ramadan.

    They began in New York, headed south and then cut across the country to California before making their way back, ending today in Michigan in the nation’s largest Muslim community.

    The fisherman in Montana became the embodiment of their trip — Ali and Tariq were embraced nearly everywhere they went, from a Confederate souvenir shop in Georgia to the streets of Las Vegas, Nevada, to the hills of North Dakota where the nation’s first mosque was built in 1929.

    • It would be another test of a question they wondered when they first set off from New York three weeks earlier: Is America still the accepting nation that embraced our forebears or has it reached a new level of intolerance?

      When was America ever an accepting nation which embraced new immigrants? Were the Italians, the Irish and the Chinese embraced?

      • there’s a deiiference between embracing and accepting. We should expect being accepted. Embracing comes later.

        • Yep. Saying that America embraced our forebears (as it said in RalphB’s quote of the story) just struck me as ahistorical.
          Other than that, it was a great story!

    • thx! That was a great feel good story.

    • This nice story actually just confirms my experiences of Americans and American hospitality. I really, really hope that the US is not on the path that so many European countries are on, symbolized by the following the many (new) right wing political parties have. Political parties with but one policy: “Keep [you -know -who] out of here”!

    • Did the Native Americans who helped the Pilgrims with their winter and their first Thanksgiving embrace the immigrants? I think they did.

  12. bummer, a comment about a nice story gets eaten by spammy. gotta feed spammy better.

  13. Confirming what we already know:

    By HOPE YEN and LIZ SIDOTI, Associated Press Writers Hope Yen And Liz Sidoti, Associated Press Writers – 27 mins ago

    WASHINGTON – The number of people in the U.S. who are in poverty is on track for a record increase on President Barack Obama’s watch, with the ranks of working-age poor approaching 1960s levels that led to the national war on poverty.

    Census figures for 2009 — the recession-ravaged first year of the Democrat’s presidency — are to be released in the coming week, and demographers expect grim findings.

    It’s unfortunate timing for Obama and his party just seven weeks before important elections when control of Congress is at stake. The anticipated poverty rate increase — from 13.2 percent to about 15 percent — would be another blow to Democrats struggling to persuade voters to keep them in power.


    • wow, talk about your statistically significant changes! That’s horrible!

    • I’m sorry but Obama and crew have nobody but themselves to blame for this.

      He should have been behind that Bully Pulpit everyday reminding us that the financial meltdown was on republican heads then telling us that strict financial regulations and deficit spending on infrastructure projects to stoke the economy was the way to go.

      Instead, he, Pelosi, Reid and the other bad actors decided to foist health care reform off on the public.
      And the only reason they did that was to twist the knife they already used to stab Bill and Hillary in the back.

      There is an interesting parallel here because this is just like Bush the Lesser’s invasion of Iraq just to show daddy who’s da man by taking out Saddam.

      • Obama is foisted on his own petard. He was supposed to bring both party into some heavenly peaceful unity. He had no accomplishments, so he had to run against Hillary by using the accusations from the Rs that she was divisive, polarizing.

    • The MSM fiddles…

  14. I’m thinking about September 11th today but I’m tired of all of the political manipulation that is going on. I decided to write about it. I personally think many of the memorial celebrations are just used to keep us in line and in a constant state of war.

  15. Oh, here’s a little truth also … when they crashed into the towers, they took out a Muslim Prayer Room. Seems there already was a mosque on grand zero. Perhaps it should be rebuilt?


    On any given day, Mr. Abdus-Salaam’s companions in the prayer room might include financial analysts, carpenters, receptionists, secretaries and ironworkers. There were American natives, immigrants who had earned citizenship, visitors conducting international business — the whole Muslim spectrum of nationality and race.

    Leaping down the stairs on Sept. 11, 2001, when he had been installing ceiling speakers for a reinsurance company on the 49th floor, Mr. Abdus-Salaam had a brief, panicked thought. He didn’t see any of the Muslims he recognized from the prayer room. Where were they? Had they managed to evacuate?

    He staggered out to the gathering place at Broadway and Vesey. From that corner, he watched the south tower collapse, to be followed soon by the north one. Somewhere in the smoking, burning mountain of rubble lay whatever remained of the prayer room, and also of some of the Muslims who had used it.

    Given the vitriolic opposition now to the proposal to build a Muslim community center two blocks from ground zero, one might say something else has been destroyed: the realization that Muslim people and the Muslim religion were part of the life of the World Trade Center.

    • Well you can belong to the republican party or be a teaparty member in good standing unless you have a blatant disregard for the facts like that.

    • Given the vitriolic opposition now to the proposal to build a Muslim community center two blocks from ground zero, one might say something else has been destroyed: the realization that Muslim people and the Muslim religion were part of the life of the World Trade Center.

      No! Not destroyed! I still realize it.

      The story from CNN about the 2 Muslims being received well across America shows Americans still realize it.

      Not destroyed. Drowned out by a rotten corporate media, hate-wing demagogues on the right, and the void of leadership on the Democratic side.

      • Here, here! It seems most of the active in these controversies, on all sides, are doing little more than generating more vitriol. I thank my lucky stars, such as they are, that the audience is reasonably small.

        To think that I used to bemoan that Americans weren’t well informed and didn’t pay enough attention to the news. I feel like an idiot for that now.

  16. Well, the arc of the moral universe has just bent toward justice, President Obama. Please learn to be a Democrat and respond accordingly.

    That says it all. Great post, Wonk.

  17. Speaking of the Arc of Justice … GOP’s Surprise Gay-Rights Push

    Few would have predicted that Republicans would be the ones advocating to overturn “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” while Democrats cowered—including Anthony Woods, who was kicked out of the Army because of the law.

    Thursday’s late-breaking federal court ruling out of Riverside, California, carried an element of irony in the struggle for LGBT equality in the U.S.

    Judge Virginia Phillips ruled in favor of the Log Cabin Republicans who successfully outflanked Obama administration lawyers by arguing that the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” law violates the constitutional rights of gay and lesbian service members.

    Apparently there is some return of the Rational Right. This would be good for the US and both parties in the end.

  18. Good news to lift the spirit (no pun intended re the movies story line): Sofia Coppola received the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival for her movie “Somewhere”. So glad she didn’t pursue an acting career. 🙂


    • Go Sofia! I love that Vincent Gallo won best actor, but the question on the press’s minds is whether *Sofia’s* win is legit. What a world. 🙂

    • I can’t wait until a woman winning best director is no big deal-just par for the course.
      Why is it everytime I want to reply to some fab conflucian, I have to navigate through the stupid snap pictures?

  19. Superb post, Wonk. I really hope Obama understands that “having to defend existing law” really isn’t going to fly. This is getting truly absurd. Knowing The Man Who Voted Present, he’s already defaced his own damn rug by painting “Outside Agitator” and “Communist” over MLK’s name, then inviting Glenn in to appreciate it with him. Virtually no one is even against this anymore, what does it take for him to take a tiny stand on the right (no pun intended) stand for a change?

    • What did people expect supporting a “fierce advocate” for LGBT rights who ran around campaigning with homophobes and wouldn’t attend any Gay Pride events or even let himself be photographed with the mayor of SF?

      • I remember when McClurkin came up, Obots started arguing that what we need to understand is that what Obama is all about is bringing us all together and giving everyone a seat at the table. Woohoo, full representation for homophobes! High point for Obotulism.

  20. Thinking of all the families of those who were murdered by terrorist on 9/11…God give them strength to continue to be strong. Bad day for emotions yesterday, what with the anniversary of September 11th and also with news that my daughter had a friend who was killed in a car accident. Mortality, it is a difficult thing to experience at any age, especially when it happens so unexpectedly and much too soon.

    • So sorry about your daughter’s friend!! and your daughter. I lost a friend to a hit and run 40 years ago….it is a life altering event in many ways .

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