Sunday, April 30, 2006

Stephen Colbert @ WH Correspondents' Dinner

Mr. Colbert really took it to the president and the White House press corps (and others!) at the White House Correspondents' Dinner Saturday Night. Here is a transcript and links to the video. (DailyKos)

And, of course, the media doesn't want to cover it's own lampooning as such. But! This transcript and clip are circulating the internet at an incredible speed.

I, for one, am hungry for the days when big media will take a permanent back seat to people-powered media. Continuously pointing out the terrible job that big media has done in the past 6 years is a great start.

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Also: yay for us! The Lubbock DFA blog has now been online and active for over a year!

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

It's beginning to look a lot like Fitzmas

There is substantial buzz that Karl Rove has been served a "target" letter very recently. This would mean he is about to indicted by special prosecutor Fitzgerald.

Nothing is confirmed yet. I can see it happening. He was recently demoted from Dep. Chief of Staff to his role of all-politics-all-the-time. He's also been called back to testify for the 4,937th time.

I hope he goes to prison.

File under "should have seen it coming"

Bush's new press secretary?

Former Fox News anchor and talk show host Tony Snow.

He's off to a great start:
    "Neither Bush nor Snow took questions from reporters during the brief announcement."


Sunday, April 16, 2006



Friday, April 14, 2006

Budget Hawk

Clinton didn't balance the budget, that was the Republican congress. I've heard this argument a lot recently. I don't buy it.

Clinton had pretty much the same Republican congress that we currently have. If the budget was balanced by the Republican congress, with the timid approval of Clinton, surely that congress would be able to duplicate their results? We have a president that will sign into law whatever congress puts in front of him. The ball is firmly in the court of the Legislature to balance our budget. Instead of a balanced budget, we have record deficits.

Clinton's success, Bush's failure, combined with the lasting effects of the Dean campaign are transforming the Democratic Party into budget hawks. Good thing too, because someone needs to clean up the mess this Republican congress has made.

p.s. this sounds like an op-ed when I read it. Think I should send it to the AJ?

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

A good point

Here's a random thought I captured from the ethereal fog of the internet that deserves some attention:

"Democracy as a government relies upon the ability of factions to compromise on divisive issues through rational debate instead of violence. The current political power brokers have figured out how to short circuit this process by focusing national attention on issues which are based on differences of non-negotiable, irrational moral sentiment, and are thus not subject to resolution through rational reconciliation. They've broken democracy."

How can we fix this short circuit?


I want more leadership like this. This from a Howard Dean e-mail:

"Today, all around the country, hundreds of thousands of people of every race, color and ethnicity are marching peacefully for immigration reform that is tough and smart, comprehensive and compassionate. Democrats are proud to join these marches. Democrats in the Senate have led the fight for immigration reform that reflects our values, but neither President Bush nor Bill Frist were willing to stand up to the far right wing of the Republican Party to move it forward."

Today's peaceful marchers put a human face on this important issue. Immigration reform is about strengthening our borders, but it's also about families. Unfortunately, it's the American people who will have to deal with the consequences of the Republican Party's failed leadership. Republicans are not just alienating Latinos with their surrender to the far right, they're alienating Americans of every background who know that scapegoating any group of people is wrong. And they're alienating every American who knows we need real solutions to strengthen our borders, protect U.S. workers and their wages, and make it possible for immigrants who earn it the opportunity to apply for U.S. citizenship. Together, America can do better."

OK, I really don't like the new slogan. I'd easily replace it with "Yes we can." That aside, I am glad to see Democrats aren't waiting for Republicans to implode over this. Yesterday, I saw Kennedy of all people proudly speaking to the gathered in D.C.

The world went crazy this weekend, but for a change it got better instead of worse.

Sunday, April 09, 2006

Lubbock County Democratic Party Resolutions

Better late than never: I have here a list of the resolutions passed in committee at the Lubbock County Democratic Party convention two weeks ago. There were also two resolutions passed on the floor - one about education reform, and one about parks.

I am posting these here because I did not find them online at the Lubbock County Democratic Party website, and I think it's important to get the word out about what's on Democrats' minds.

Without further ado, here are the titles of the resolutions:

1) Support for Contraceptive Equality in Health Insurance, Health Agencies, and Increase Funds for Family Planning

2) Support for Stem Cell Research as a Means of Lessening Effects of or Curing of Certain Deadly and Chronic Diseases

3) Personal Privacy Protection

4) Public Support for Voter Verified Paper Audit Trail

5) Call for a Moratorium on Executions

6) Call for Independent Counsel Investigation

7) Opposition to a Federal Marriage Amendment

8) Supporting Foster Care and Adoption

9) Supporting Non-Discrimination Legislation

10) Support of a Voter Persuasion Campaign

11) Support of Rural, Small Towns

12) Call for State Income Tax Vote

13) Support of Jury Trial

14) Opposition to Offshore Management of U.S. Ports

15) Opposition to School Voucher System

16) Concern for Elderly

17) Recognition of Increase in Disparity

18) Resolution to Protect Women's Right to Choose

19) Resolution to End the Armed Conflict in Iraq

20) Resolution in Support of Unions in Texas

21) Resolution to Honor Irma Guererro

22) Resolution to Honor Dorothy McLarty

23) Resolution to Honor Tom and Pansy Burtis

The convention was great, and I think we ended up with a wonderful batch of resolutions. I brought 3 from my precinct. Here's hoping the state party listens to what's going on in West Texas.

Thursday, April 06, 2006

Summary of Senate Compromise on Immigration


know your English

...from the Bill Frist backed Immigration Bill:

Those who have lived in the country at least five years would be put on a path toward guaranteed citizenship, provided that they remained employed, paid fines and back taxes, and learned English, a senior Republican aide said. The aide said this group accounted for about 7 million of the roughly 11 million illegal immigrants believed to be living here.

I have lived enough of my life in Los Angeles and Miami to know that people manage just fine without speaking the "native" language. Indeed, this very group has apparently managed for 5 or more years. I have dozens of students right now with poor command of spoken English, and they are getting Masters degrees.

Spoken English is not a guarantee of success in America, it is not even a prerequisite. Thousands of English speakers were so poor that they couldn't clear the path of a catastrophic hurricane.

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

News round-up

The times are busy.

Early voting for run-off elections started. Make sure to get out and vote, especially Radnofsky for Senate. I met her and she's awesome.

Tom Delay announced he is retiring from public "service." Good riddance.

I was accepted to the University of Oregon Law School. I'll be moving out there this summer.
Many thanks to Johnnie Jones, who was kind enough to write a letter of recommendation for me.