Billie’s Quickies … Time to clean out the closet

bllieddoseIt’s not that much longer before it’s time to vote again, and with states such as Texas – with its proposed rewriting of history, begging for (after rejecting) stimulus funding from the federal government, secession threatening, and (more mildly) adding a required Bible study elective for high school students; Oklahoma lawmakers (amongst others) voting against “an amendment to a defense bill this week that would withhold government contracts from organizations like KBR if they restrict employees from taking rape and sexual assault cases to court,” bucking the Oklahoma Constitution repeatedly in efforts to shame women into not having an abortion and doctors from administering them, and repeatedly denying the existence of climate change; and Alaska Mayor Dan Sullivan announcing his veto of Anchorage’s equal rights ordinance protecting gay people from discrimination; it’s clear that it’s time for an overhall – and, how!

Columnist Julia O’ Malley writes:  “The guy sat through months of hearings where people lined up to call gay people vile and dangerous, but he’s unconvinced those attitudes might bleed into the workplace or the marketplace? Maybe that’s generational, too. Boomers understand discrimination through the experience of the civil rights movement. Maybe he was looking for something more overt than insults hurled in the Assembly chamber.” To which I ask … what? Attack dogs?  Fire hoses? Spit? Batons? Guns? More brutality?  … What?

Now is the time to remove those who would “represent” us and who continue to defy those who live in the 21st century.

  • Half the Sky, by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, calls passionately, even angrily, for a grand campaign: “In this century, the paramount moral challenge will be the struggle for gender equality in the developing world.” Justice for women, they point out, is not only a matter of morality: when girls and women are healthy, educated, able to work and take part in public life, the whole society benefits.”
  • “The Israeli military is considered one of the best in the world, and every citizen must serve in it in order to keep their citizenship. One of the main distinctions of Israeli conscription is that it includes women.”
  • An Obama as Hitler poster set off a 70-year-old witness of the horrors of Nazi Germany … I’d say rightfully so.
  • Still funny, still true.
  • Gosh is Hunter S. Thompson missed:  “This is going to be a very expensive war, and Victory is not guaranteed — for anyone, and certainly not for anyone as baffled as George W. Bush …  He will declare a National Security Emergency and clamp down Hard on Everybody, no matter where they live or why. If the guilty won’t hold up their hands and confess, he and the Generals will ferret them out by force.”
  • Well, this looks pretty interesting:  “Ellis’ new book, ‘Caring for Victor,‘ is a chronicle of his time with the infamous Iraqi dictator (Sadaam Hussein). For Ellis, the mission caused serious internal conflict.”
  • John Aravosis over at AmeicaBlog in September said Obama (by way of Baucus? still can’t figure out why anyone thinks he’s an appropriate representative of the president, but whatever) caved to the Joe Wilson “You Lie!” pressure by including a provision providing proof of citizenship.  I must disagree … really all that happened was that it wasn’t yet specified in an ongoing edit of legislation not yet enacted.  You know, a bill in progress that is not yet a law.  Sometimes details have yet to be worked out, and that’s that.

Finally …