[In case it needs to be said: I don't agree with every word of everything I link to. --L.]
- Video captures Seattle cop kicking Latino suspect [sic -L.] in the face, using ethnic slur — and then releasing him (Crooks and Liars)
- One of the most disturbing aspects of the incident, as you can see from the video, is that it turned out that the man being kicked and verbally assaulted had nothing to do with the crime being investigated. Indeed, you can see police stand him up, dust him off, and send him on his way, with no medical care.
[...] There's also an interesting back story involving the video itself: It seems the freelancer [who caught this abuse on tape] originally offered it to the local Fox News affiliate, KCPQ, with whom he had been working earlier in the day, and they iced it.
- WHY DON’T YOU LOVE BEYONCE? An Inquiry (Tiger Beatdown)
- You guys, Beyonce is very concerned that you don’t love her. She wants to know why! Why on earth would you refuse a meaningful and intimate relationship with Beyonce? And, to be honest, I understand her confusion. After all, Beyonce has made Beyonce so damn easy to love. However, after some careful study, I have formed some preliminary conclusions as to why you, the viewer, do not love Beyonce. They are:
1. GRAININESS OF FILM STOCK. Some prefer a clearer, more modern look! You may be dissatisfied, therefore, with the resolution and color tone of your relationship with Beyonce…
- We are all bad feminists, really (Pursuit of Harpyness)
- A couple of weeks ago, I was talking to a male friend about a particular facet of sexual behaviour common amongst some of his female friends that he found baffling.
He found it particularly so because the friends in question were mostly of the feminist persuasion, and the preferences in question struck him as rather, well, patriarchal. One of them had even said to him, “You know, this really makes me a bad feminist.”
To which I replied, “The thing is though, in one way or another, every feminist is a ‘bad’ one.”
“How so?” he asked me.
Well, I explained,…
- From The Mixed-Up Files of Internet Crackpots (Pursuit of Harpyness)
- Gentle readers, I give you the dumbest, most illogical anti-abortion argument yet…
- Citizen Ex (The American Prospect)
- [On the "controversy" over Mirandizing or otherwise respecting the rights of terrorist suspects such as Faisal Shahzad... -L.]
The argument the Bush administration then made is now creeping back: The president had the ability to order an American arrested and jailed for life, for whatever reason he liked. When you think about it — or about Lieberman's citizenship-stripping proposal — it's always useful to ask yourself, "What if the politician I hate most was the president. Would I trust him or her to carry this out in a way that wouldn't be horrifying?"
That thought experiment should give you pause. Because one of the bedrocks of a constitutional system isn't that we trust our leaders but that we don't have to trust them. We establish institutions and procedures that make abuse much more difficult. For all the power officials may be granted, there are some places they are forbidden to tread.
- Play It Again, Arlen! (Talking Points Memo)
- [An earlier TPM article which I didn't link to points out that Arlen Specter's bragging about how much Obama loves him is strikingly similar to his bragging about how much Bush loves him. -L.]
We've done a mashup of the two nearly identical TV ads that Arlen Specter's campaign ran in 2004 and now in 2010. Nearly identical except for the President featured in each.
- The Terminator and La Migra (Talking Points Memo)
- [I still resent the manner of the Governator's rise to power, but this made me lol. -L.]
Schwarzenegger at Emory University Commencement: "I was also going to give a graduation speech in Arizona this weekend. But with my accent, I was afraid they would try to deport me."
- What About the Menz Indeed (Shakesville)
- [Trigger warning for sexual assault.]
In what is one of the most deplorable examples of "What About the Menz" I've ever seen, Milwaukee County's chief mental health official, John Chianelli, decided to placate violent male psychiatric patients by housing female patients in the previously sex-segregated locked ward. When the integrated ward resulted in a surge of sexual assaults against the female patients, Chianelli then defended the decision as a "trade-off."
- You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means. (Shakesville)
- [On the Pope's attempted framing of the clergy abuse scandal. -L.]
- Low taxes, high deficits = conservative dream (Hullabaloo – Digby)
- I realize that facts are irrelevant to this faith based argument but this should give at least a moments pause to even the heartiest tea partier…