Archive for November, 2004

A Tale of Two Memes

Inspired by Oliver Willis’ brilliant Brand Democrat line:

Two great memes that meme great together? We can only hope. *G*

Read more (and see the image) on the Justice Log, 11/20/2004 10:12 PM

Mrs. Roland X Is Always Right, Part One

Rice Has Surgery for Noncancerous Growths.

Yeah. She’s having the last remaining vestiges of her conscience surgically removed.

Stolen shamelessly from my brilliant, beautiful, wonderful wife. (No, it’s not on her blog. Call it a perk. 😉

(/) Roland X
Expecting a visit from the Secret Service any day now…

Posted on the Justice Log, 11/19/2004 05:34 PM

Beyond Outrage

…is simply grief.

Certainly, the assault on Falluja has given the Iraqi people a lot to look at, and a lot to think about. Some 200,000 people — the great majority of Falluja’s population of some 300,000 — were driven out of their city by news of the imminent attack and the US bombardment. No agency of government, US or Iraqi, which turned off the city’s water and electricity in preparation for the assault, offered assistance. Nor did the United Nations Refugee Agency or any other representative of the international community appear. And where are the people now? And what stories are the expelled 200,000 telling the millions of Iraqis among whom they are now mixing? We don’t know. No one seems to be interested.

Read more on the Justice Log, 11/18/2004 06:03 PM

Liberty and Justice For All: A Frame for Democrats

So the early conclusion on the election is this: We Need A Coherent Message. I couldn’t agree more. Now the big question is, “what is our message?”

Simple. Liberals, progressives, and Democrats as a whole can differ on various aspects of the philosophy, but the basic meme is fair play. Republicans and the conservatives who enable them (not to be confused with classic conservatives) like to say “life is not fair.” We need to respond “we can make it fair.” The package for this is simple: the classic phrase “liberty and justice for all.” How does that fit? Again, simple.

Liberty is, hopefully, self-explanatory. Civil rights, equal rights, and most especially the basic freedoms granted by the Bill of Rights. You can say what you want, write what you want, believe what you want, and get together with any willing group you want, as long as you don’t hurt anyone doing it. The modern Republican party is, basically, against this now. We need to point out the large freedom gap.
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Why Terrorists Are Still Our Worst Enemies

For all Bush and his cronies have done, no horror they have yet committed competes with this travesty:

A video apparently showing the murder of aid worker Margaret Hassan seems to be genuine, says the Foreign Office.

Read more on the Justice Log, 11/16/2004 10:19 PM

OUTRAGE OVERLOAD

I thought I knew what outrage overload was, until today when the sheer righteous fury literally made my head hurt.

I am crossposting this to my LiveJournal account. Today’s events have taught me that there is no more neutral ground, and no excuse for remaining silent. Never again.

Read more on the Justice Log, 11/10/2004 03:21 PM

The Long Twilight Struggle

I may not be a member of the “reality-based community,” but I do know how to face facts. Even if a miracle happens in Ohio or Florida, we (that is, sane Americans) must now take stock.

Let’s assume, for the moment, that Ohio was stolen. (I do.) Let’s even assume, for the moment, that after the mountain of Florida ballots are counted, Kerry closes significantly — still losing, but making it a lot closer. (Obviously, if he wins Florida, everything changes.) Which would mean that Florida, too, was stolen…again.

This does not change the fact that it would take a lot of voter theft for the popular vote to go the other way. More than even I am willing to swallow. It was close, sure. It was a lot closer than George “Mandate” Bush wants to admit, and that’s with the advantages of incumbency, war, a huge base of rabid religious fanatics, the Osama surprise, the most powerful spin machine the world has ever known, a compliant media, and enough lies to choke a horse.

He still won.

Read more on the Justice Log, 11/05/2004 07:55 PM

Whither Democracy?

…as democracy withers…

At the moment, the message throughout the liberal/progressive end of the blogosphere is “don’t give up.” We lost the Big One, but built the foundations to counter the right wing Scaife/Limbaugh/Newsmax/Fox/Washington Times noise machine. This Is Only The Beginning.

Well…maybe.

As much of an incurable optimist as I usually am, I can’t help but see the fundamental flaw in such thinking: movements only matter if those in power can be removed by them. Optimism about our infrastructure would be justified if we could reasonably believe that we will have freedom of speech, press, assembly and petition in the years to come.
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