Maybe it wasn't as close at it felt, but the Obama adminitration has taken a dive on the question of justice in Israel.

     Please let this serve as an apology to WIIIAI and Eli for any flak I'd given them so far.  Today the administration is calling a UN report saying Israel committed war crimes "unfair."  I bet the people killed by these war crimes don't think its unfair.  I bet they don't think at all, anymore.


Is it racism, or is it coincidence?

     Rep. Addison "Joe" Wilson is a man who stands up for racism, so he's a racist.  I'm sure plenty of the people against Obama today are racists.  If you were a real racist, wouldn't you be?  Lots of the players on the right, leading these vitriolic protesters by the nose have no problems with race discrimination, it's crystal fucking clear when they talk about what "white" or "black" people do, are, or like.  Are "white" people one way, and "black" people another?

     But is it racism?  It's sore loserism.  Did you ever wonder why so many right-wingers latched onto the "Sore/Lieberman" campaign poster motif in 2000?  I certainly did, at the time.  I didn't feel like a sore loser, and I had been very happy to vote for Albert Gore, Jr.  Pat Buchanan knows those 3,000 votes in Palm Beach County were for Al Gore, Jr., everyone knew, but George Walker Bush, a man without honor, accepted the victory anyway. 

     So why did the Republicans latch onto the sore loser idea?  I feel now like the answer is that's how they'd feel.  It is clear that huge numbers of Republicans, although certainly not all, are bad sports.  Similarly, although less culpable, there isn't a responsible Republican in power willing to talk these people down.  There isn't a major media outlet willing to treat them with the same level of interest and scrutiny as the anti-Bush protesters.

     It's a topsy-turvy world, where the most insane and ludicrous of us all are commanding the most attention.


Joe Wilson Vote

     Like they do with some Code Pink and Anti-War activists, after making an entirely inappropriate outburst the correct response is to pick up Rep. Addison "Joe" Wilson bodily and throw him out of the hall.

     However, any law or rule that tells me, whether or not I am a member of Congress, that I can be punished for calling the President a liar is a terrible, terrible rule.  Bush lied.  Whether he knew it or not, he spread falsehoods.  Whether his intentions were as noble as can possibly be or not, he deceived the Congress and the American people.  That President was full of shit, and maybe if more members of Congress had said it, because we didn't have a rule against it, we wouldn't be in Iraq today.
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