Friday, February 17, 2006

Friday Blogaround 

Well, it's been quite a week, so I'm sure that there are plenty of good things being written about on The Liberal Coalition. As Dick Cheney would say, let's take a shot at it.
  • All Facts and Opinions has the story on the VA taking a turn for the nurse.
  • At archy, John wants to know where salmon come from.
  • Bark Bark Woof Woof calls the latest anti-gay legislation for what it is.
  • blogAmY and David are promising photos of their recent trip to warmer climes.
  • Moi at bloggg is hot for ice skaters.
  • Collective Sigh has a menu entry to go with your "freedom fries."
  • Dodecahedron finds a bug that traps its prey by turning them into...zombies.
  • Dohiyi Mir puts an interesting spin on occupation. Bonus: check out his cute doggie pics.
  • Echidne gets in the rhythm of birth control.
  • the farmer on the GENOCIDE in Dafur.
  • firedoglake waxes poetic.
  • First Draft on the body count in New Orleans.
  • The Fulcrum has a short but accurate point about Cheney.
  • Happy Furry Puppy has the real transcript of the Fox News interview with the Vice President.
  • iddybud dissects David Brooks.
  • Left Is Right has a couple of fun bits for the late-week wrap.
  • Lefty Brown on the comic book take on the news.
  • Liberty Street on Gitmo.
  • Make Me a Commentator on the future of retro music.
  • MercuryX23 has opened a site to ask the Vice President some questions. Feel free to chime in.
  • Michael at Musing's musings explains history for you.
  • Pen-Elayne preps for some upcoming events such as Estrogen Month, a trip abroad, and is looking for guest-bloggers while she's gone.
  • Rook's Rant has a fun outdoor activity planned, but first... click on the link.
  • rubber hose debates the finer points of vulgarity.
  • Coturnix and his offspring find the deeper levels of Dr. Seuss.
  • Scrutiny Hooligans has some short sharp shots.
  • Sooner Thought on O'Reilly's rant.
  • Speedkill on how the bigots in Colorado are struggling with their own "pro-family" laws.
  • Steve Gilliard on the perils of e-mail.
  • T. Rex on the waste of your tax dollars being spent to hunt down queers in the military.
  • The Countess reports that there's another group that's not happy with the hidden game in "Grand Theft Auto."
  • The Invisible Library thinks the Cheney story stinks.
  • Wanda wants some questions about voting in Georgia answered.
  • WTF Is It Now?? on Cheney's assertion that he can declassify documents.
  • The Yellow Doggerel Democrat on police work in Houston: I spy!
  • ...You Are a Tree mourns the passing of Andreas Katsulas.
  • Enjoy the long weekend if you get Monday -- Presidents' Day -- off. Originally conceived as a single holiday to consolidate the Washington and Lincoln's Birthday holidays, it is now supposed to honor all US presidents. Go on...hit that one outta the park.

    Cross-posted from Bark Bark Woof Woof.

    Wednesday, February 15, 2006

    Call It What It Is 

    NPR had a story on Morning Edition about Virginia preparing to vote on a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage in the state. Barbara Bradley Hagerty interviewed the woman who is heading up this drive, and as is the fashion of all such proposals, she framed it not in the context of banning gay men or lesbians from marrying their partners, but in preserving the "foundation of civilization."


    I don't care what excuses people like this come up with. They can piously talk about how heterosexual marriage has been the cornerstone of our civilization for thousands of years, they can talk about the "natural order" of human relations, and they can go on and on about how it's better for children to be raised in an environment of one father and one mother (in spite of the overwhelming evidence that children raised in a single-parent or same-sex household do just as well in school and society as kids raised in a "traditional" family). What this comes down to is this is just another wedge issue that the Republicans and the Religious Reich are using to scare the foolish and the weak and get them to vote for their candidates, and they are using the oldest trick in the book: appealing to the fear and the innate bigotry that has sadly been proven to work time and again.

    Let me put it simply: any law that would deny any citizen of this nation the rights that other citizens enjoy based solely on something as immutable as gender is bigotry. Any person who would do so is a bigot and has no place in the determination of the course of this nation or civilization.

    Any questions?

    Cross-posted from Bark Bark Woof Woof.

    Tuesday, February 14, 2006

    An Open Letter to Dick Cheney 

    An Open Letter to Dick Cheney

    I have created this blog in response to Dick Cheney's lack of personal responsibility. Please go and add your comments.