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."
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.
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
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.
Taking on liberal and black cowardice on racism, Brotherpeacemaker drops profound:
The black community has lost the will to even control the conversation of racism. Racism is now defined by people like Mr. Limbaugh and Mr. Beck who earn multi million dollar salaries by catering to people who belong to a political party void of any real racial inclusion.
Jamelle beautifully dismantles Ross Douthat's (quasi)anti-affirmative action argument in today's New York Times:
Contra Douthat, affirmative action (and especially race-based affirmative action) will be necessary for as long as our political institutions refuse to address systemic discrimination in any meaningful way.
Since I was traveling, I didn't get to see the BET Awards. Though I haven't watched BET for longer than 3 minutes at a time in over a decade, I had hoped the tribute to Mike would be worth my time.
I'm told it wasn't. Shame.
Luvvie wrote an open letter to BET because of their foolishness and it's a riot! To wit:
Isweahfo Queen Yawnce's liquid leggings and one-piece spandex that BET is on my permanent sh*t list, next to beets, horror movies and clowns. iRebuke you in the name of Diva, Halo & Ego to the pits of Dereon Hades w/ 3-headed dog in the finest kanekalon hairhat.
The single funniest thing I've read in a while.