“A civility that considers torture a negotiable virtue is a civility long past redemption.
I will take my values real but rough, and leave ‘values’ of a David Broder or David Brooks where they lie — abandoned in the name of centrist balance, hollowed from disuse, weakened so as not to offend or provoke.
I would rather face God with this voice than the other.”
—Hunter, commenter on “Why I’m mad: An open letter to David Broder from a fellow journalist” defending “vituperative, foul-mouthed bloggers on the left”
The linked article, from Will Bunch, a senior writer for the Philadelphia Daily News, is also a great read.Continue reading Torture as a negotiable virtue
“Ned Lamont is an unlikely vehicle. It’s always unlikely people who turn history. It must be God has a funny sense of humor. In my imagination, I see the meeting in heaven when they say it’s time to really deal with this war: ‘We need a messenger to send to the Democratic Party.’ And an angel says, ‘I got this guy in Connecticut, a real goofy, rich Greenwich, Connecticut, white guy who in Harlem would be like Gomer Pyle. Let’s make him the candidate.I can see everyone falling down laughing. And look where we are this morning. I tell you one thing: I don’t think Joe Lieberman is laughing. No matter how this night ends, he ain’t laughing. They’re gonna have to rethink the whole centrist strategy. Democrats everywhere are going to have to rethink their strategy. It’s just amazing.”
—Reverend Al Sharpton, quoted in “The Kiss of Death”
I think this quote because God has a sense of humor.Continue reading An unlikely vehicle
ProductDose lists my laptop bag as the 8th coolest laptop case. It was their “pick for the ‘normal’ laptop bag of the lot.”
Nice to know I’m normal.Continue reading 8th coolest laptop case
(Views expressed are my own, not Plaxo’s.)
Stuart, the head of HR, is leaving Plaxo. One interesting aspect is that he mentions that you should go to his public LinkedIn Profile for his contact information.
That’s a little weird as Plaxo has a much more useful add me to your address book.
Continue reading Adventures in Add Me
Trying to insert revisionist nuance into your thesis or the act of drawing a darkly ominous inference from an opponent’s failure to discuss a political issue.Continue reading Glennuendo
“I like your Christ. I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.”
—Mahatma Gandhi in reply to a query by Missionary E. Stanley Jones who asked why Gandhi why he quoted Christ so often.
capelza brings up a great point on this thread on George Allen: “Oh and while we are on the macaca thingy…that was nasty, but does everyone forget what Allen then said to to him…‘Welcome to America?’”
Continue reading Caca over macaca
“Our most formidable weapon is not our military strength, but rather our democratic ideals… It therefore seems oxymoronic that we would embrace a strategy that requires that we toss aside that strength in order to engage in a conflict on the terms we claim to abhor from our perceived enemies.”
—Byron Williams, “What is the Real Strength of the United States”
This argument centers around the basic question of whether our legacy is that of our democratic ideals and sense of justice, or if we will follow the trajectory of all empires. These arguments seem more powerful to me because they are couched in moral terms, not just practical ones.
Mark sent this to me, with the title: “Ahh… $700 well spent :)”