Obama, say it ain't so
Obama backs the death penalty? Not liking that. He said, "I have said repeatedly that I think that the death penalty should be applied in very narrow circumstances for the most egregious of crimes. I think that the rape of a small child, 6 or 8 years old, is a heinous crime."
Admittedly, if anything happened to The Kid, I think I'd probably kill the perpetrator -- well, that is, after The Kat had already killed him. However, that is my personal choice--it's not a national policy. Obama should know how fucked up our justice system is, how biased against African-Americans it is, how disproportionately the death penalty is levied against African-Americans versus whites. And thus he should know that the death penalty as policy is, even for the most "heinous" crimes, morally repugnant. In my mind, the government cannot murder people in the name of the state or the people, no matter their crime. I'm against torture for the same reason -- don't waterboard some guy and tell me it's for national security or freedom or so Cheney can have some good videos to jerk off to at night.
I gotta get me one-a (or four-a) these!
Check out the Cat Genie! Just imagine--no more holding my breath and scooping! No more buying those heavy-ass boxes of Tidy Cat Scoopable! Note the matching bathroom accessories!
Wait--would Clawsie go for this?
Tony Scalia: Legal Scholar he ain't, no matter what robe he's wearing
The guy can't even distinguish fact from fiction anymore, so deeply embedded is he up the collective ass of the Bush Administration/Neocon Body Politic. He might as well go up there in a bathrobe. He's the worst kind of lawyer--one who simply bends reality to suit his own opinion of the case.
The cool part? It's documented forever, as he wrote the dissent.
Letting bygones be bygones, no matter how ugly?
Nineteen years ago this month, a military crackdown on the 1989 Tienanmen Square protests resulted in the murder of hundreds of Chinese citizens in Beijing. Yet in 42 days, the world's best athletes will be flooding into Beijing to compete in the 2008 Olympics. Of course, the Chinese government has figured out a way to avoid any uncomfortable memories or associations between that incident and the Olympics: they barred any TV stations from broadcasting live images from Tienanmen Square. Well, that takes care of that!
I ask again the question I've been asking since the IOC made the abhorent decision to award the Games to Beijing: Why aren't we boycotting?
If I were an athlete, no matter how long I'd trained and how much I'd sacrificed to make the Olympic team, I just don't think I could bring myself to set foot in that city and put aside the memories of what that government did to its own citizens--just so that I could run a race or win a medal. I mean, imagine you're a healthy young athlete, excited out of your mind to finally be at THE OLYMPICS. And you step onto Tienanmen Square to -- what, take pictures? Mug for your friends and their cameras? "Hi Mom! Here we are at Bloody Square!" Nope, I just don't think I could go.
Of course, an administration that condones and encourages torture, blows other countries' cities and citizens to bits, and pretends they're bringing democracy to the world probably doesn't have an issue with what the Chinese government made its military do in 1989.
This is a news story?
This was at the top of the McClatchy page, under "Latest Headlines." What's next, a comparison of their hair?