Sweaty basketball players especially attractive

“A glimpse of democracy’s vigour”

Day before yesterday, after the Republicans blocked the non-binding resolution against the US ‘surge’ in Iraq:

Kay Bailey Hutchison, a Texas Republican, argued the resolution would only undercut the authority of Bush, the U.S. commander-in-chief, in the eyes of the world but do nothing to bring troops home.”There is no substitute for victory if our children are going to live in freedom.”

The White House in a written statement touched lightly on the House and Senate votes, noting debate is expected on Bush’s request for an additional $93 billion (U.S.) for the military.

“This week’s voting gave the world a glimpse of democracy’s vigour. The next votes should provide unmistakable assurance of this nation’s resolve in achieving success, supporting the cause of democracy and stopping terrorist forces in their ultimate aim of bringing their violence to our shores,” said the statement from press secretary Tony Snow.

Meanwhile, we finally hear from Riverbend again. It is good to see her post, but there is no good news from Riverbend’s Iraq:

Sabrine Al-Janabi, a young Iraqi woman, is on Al Jazeera telling how Iraqi security forces abducted her from her home and raped her. You can only see her eyes, her voice is hoarse and it keeps breaking as she speaks. In the end she tells the reporter that she can’t talk about it anymore and she covers her eyes with shame.

And yet, as the situation continues to deteriorate both for Iraqis inside and outside of Iraq, and for Americans inside Iraq, Americans in America are still debating on the state of the war and occupation- are they winning or losing? Is it better or worse.

Let me clear it up for any moron with lingering doubts: It’s worse. It’s over. You lost. You lost the day your tanks rolled into Baghdad to the cheers of your imported, American-trained monkeys. You lost every single family whose home your soldiers violated. You lost every sane, red-blooded Iraqi when the Abu Ghraib pictures came out and verified your atrocities behind prison walls as well as the ones we see in our streets. You lost when you brought murderers, looters, gangsters and militia heads to power and hailed them as Iraq’s first democratic government. You lost when a gruesome execution was dubbed your biggest accomplishment. You lost the respect and reputation you once had. You lost more than 3000 troops. That is what you lost America. I hope the oil, at least, made it worthwhile.

And finally, from a London conference on homophobia this week, the leader of an exiled Iraqi LGBT group reports that hundreds of gay men and women are being rounded up by militias and murdered.

Ali Hili said that the Badr and Sadr militias – the armed wings of the two main Shia parties that control the government of Iraq – are routinely rounding up men and women, primarily in Baghdad, suspected of being gay. The men and women are never heard from again.

Ali Hili said that the Badr and Sadr militias – the armed wings of the two main Shia parties that control the government of Iraq – are routinely rounding up men and women, primarily in Baghdad, suspected of being gay. The men and women are never heard from again.

“Iraqi LGBTs are at daily risk of execution by the Shia death squads of the Badr and Sadr militias,” he said.

“Members of these militias have infiltrated the Iraqi police and are abusing their police authority to pursue a plan to eliminate all homosexuals in Iraq. This is happening with the collusion of key ministers in the Iraqi government.”

What is happening today in Iraq, Hili said, is one of the most organized and systematic sexual cleansings in the history of the world.

The total number of people suspected of being gay who have been murdered will likely never be known but Hili believes it to be in the hundreds.

gonna set ya thing on fiyo!

Years ago in New York, we were at Town Hall, up in the balcony at a concert that featured a variety of multi-culti acts of renown, when the Wild Tchoupitoulas and another tribe whose name I can’t recall took the stage and did a wild call and response battle-down, which started out fairly quiet and slow but gradually got louder. It was in the middle of a long concert and there were some oh so hip NYU cool kids in front of us that were shaking their heads and in general tut-tutting – way too loudly- about how regressive this ‘type of thing’ was, how it was a sad signal of repression and racial identity crisis, blah blah. Thankfully for the rest of us, they decided this was the right time to take a smoke break till the “real” music came back on. As they filed out, the music getting louder and louder, the dancing faster and faster, the guy (total stranger) standing next me leaned close so I could hear him above the music: “Yo, that was some SAD shit, right? Identity crisis my ass!”

(tip: play both vids at the same time)

Closing arguments

Re Libby, Plame, etc, in case you’ve forgotten how we got here and why it matters, Christy does a summation of her own:

This is why I have followed this investigation, this case, this particular trial so closely. And why Jane and I got caught up in making certain that the false narrative of “everybody does it” was not allowed to just sit out there on the surface. Some things are just wrong. Period.

This was wrong. It was fundamentally wrong, for our nation, for our national security, and for the way business ought to be done by the supposed adults who are charged with keeping our nation safe, and not just with saving their own political bacon and trafficking in gossip and innuendo and carefully crafted leaks when it suits their political payback purposes. And for political operatives and craven power junkies like Karl Rove and Dick Cheney, who have made their lives and their business running over top of anyone who got in their way because they could, this was, truly, the last straw. That this was done by the highest reaches of power in the Bush Administration — the very people who should be guarding our nation’s national security secrets the closest — was truly the last straw.

Listening to Barbara Jordan #6: “A President is impeachable if he attempts to subvert the Constitution.”

The rest of the hearing remarks are all here. It’s a longer clip than the others but honestly, there is not a good place to cut it.

This is Barbara Jordan on the killing floor.

This was a woman who understands history, who illustrates time and again that we are, with every action, with every syllable, cutting the past away from the present.

She never mentions Nixon by name. There is the Constitution. There is the office of the Presidency. But Richard Nixon the president has already ceased to exist. By the time she finishes speaking, he is history.

jordan mosaic

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