Category Archives: Politics

On Trayvon Martin and the Zimmerman Verdict

I couldn’t watch the George Zimmerman trial for the murder of Trayvon Martin for more than 10 minutes at a time. The pain was too acute. The trial was such a mockery of everything that we are told to believe the “justice” system is supposed to be. I couldn’t bear to listen to the “balanced” coverage discuss how it’s about race and also not about race.

To see exactly how the system is rigged was simply too much.

And yet, there was a split second last night right between the time the judge asked the jury if they had a verdict and the moment that the verdict was read that I thought that George Zimmerman would be convicted of murdering Trayvon Martin.

A split second.

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Jay-Z on Gay Marriage

I just saw this on my Facebook timeline



There's some talk online about Jay-Z's endorsement being more powerful than Obama's. I don't really think that's terribly useful. These are two of the most culturally important black men in the world.  I guess I'd like to think of their endorsements as a one-two punch, rather than quibble about who will make the most individual impact.

That said, I'm struck by the simplicity and the almost nonchalance of Jigga here. Even though I know that's pretty much Shawn Carter's demeanor whenever he talks.

Fuller thoughts to come…

The Incomparable Baratunde Thurston on Obama’s Release of His Birth Certificate

So many people I work with in D.C. weren't as upset by Barack Obama's release of his long-form birth certificate and the press conference about it as I was.  My twitter timeline was filled with "oooh, Barry delivers another smackdown." Liberal writers and bloggers all talked about the "political calculation" of it all.

That just wasn't what I was feeling. I was feeling this:


Quote of the Day – January 27, 2010

Bill Maher on political sex scandals and how it relates to our current political situation:

"I find America to be such a childish nation when it comes to its
puritanical sexual views. Let me tell you something. John Edwards and
Eliot Spitzer are two guys that the Democratic party and the country
could really use right now. Edwards' big issue was poverty in America.
And Eliot Spitzer was the Sheriff of Wall Street. And why did they get
drummed out? Because they got their winkie dinks caught in the cookie
jar. So what! When so many people in this country face the same issues,
it's so hypocritical to say these guys can't be in public life."


Quote of the Day – October 5, 2009

Roger Cohen's op-ed in today's issue of The New York Times, which dissects the fundamental different way that the U.S. and Europe view health care, is a beautiful, subtly persuasive bit of writing.

To wit:

One fundamental reason a public option — yes, “option,” not
single-payer monopoly — is needed in the United States is to jump-start
the idea that basic health care is a moral obligation rather than a
financial opportunity.


A public commitment to universal coverage is not character-sapping but
character-affirming. Medicare did not make America less American.
Individualism is more “rugged” when housed in a healthy body.