Category Archives: Civil Rights

Unexceptionalism – A Primer

h/t Atrios – E. L. Doctorow provides the Primer. Read it. Grieve. Work, in small ways and big and in whatever way you can, for something much, much better. We all deserve something much, much better – recognizing that democratic ideal was in part what made us exceptional.

Charlie Pierce Accuses David Brooks of Animal Abuse

Via Atrios – Charlie Pierce’s sharp commentary on David Brook’s dog Moral Hazard.  In this economy even the dogs of the relatively well-off live well under their potential.

Three Lessons In Crisis From The Bush Administration

1. When they talk about costs in a crisis, assume true costs will be ten to 100 times estimates and that they will hide the real cost. In this current Wall Street crisis please note that the $700 billion bailout does not include the bailout costs of Bear Sterns (up to $29 billion), Fannie Mae/Freddie […]

One Of The More Powerful Critical Pieces On America I’ve Read In A Long Time

Charlie Pierce has written an extremely powerful piece, “The Cynic and Senator Obama,” in this month’s Esquire. Whatever you may think of it – it’s an important criticism, made more moving by Pierce’s love for an America lost (and feared forever lost). I got there via Ezra Klein’s post, which is also well worth a […]

Barack Obama And Reverend Jeremiah Wright

[Editor Note: I've modified the last paragraph to correct a typo and improve clarity (new material in brackets).] The Tribune news reporter discussion with Barack Obama on March 14th provides a decent explanation of Obama’s relationship with Reverend Jeremiah Wright: “[Obama speaking]…Rev. Wright is somebody who came of age in the 60s. And so like […]

What’s Good For Dodd Is Good For Edwards And Richardson – FISA Filibuster

Democratic Presidential Candidate Chris Dodd plans to make good on his promise to filibuster the Senate FISA renewal bill that provides retroactive immunity to telecommunication companies that may have illegally allowed the Bush Administration to spy on Americans. Dodd has called out three Senators running for president, Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, to […]

Councilman Dick Furstenau Sues Naperville For Violation Of Civil Rights

On Wednesday Naperville Councilman Dick Furstenau filed suit against the city of Naperville, the police chief and two officers claiming his civil rights were violated in his arrest New Years Day 2006 for shoving a police officer, according to the Naperville Sun. Furstenau has steadfastly denied the charges and has blamed the suit for his […]

Bill Richardson And Chris Dodd Show Importance Of Larger Democratic Presidential Field For Progressives

I have a hard time, at this point, imagining Senator Chris Dodd becoming the Democratic nominee for president. While Bill Richardson seems more plausible, and has more support in polls and money, it seems to me he too is a real long shot. But both Richardson and, in some ways more particularly Dodd, have helped […]

Planned Parenthood Aurora – Liveblogging From Chi Courthouse Tomorrow

You can catch the Chicago courthouse liveblogging tomorrow at Planned Parenthood Aurora’s blog. They’re also showing supporters on YouTube. Finally, you can show support by donating, joining their ribbon campaign (actual ribbons), volunteering, getting a sign and/or putting a graphic on your website showing your support. If you’re looking for my take on this see […]

Republicans Record Setting Obstruction Of Congressional Legislation

The Republicans in congress have been on a record setting pace filibustering legislation – preventing the majority in congress from passing laws the people demanded and voted for in 2006. Kevin Drum points out the most recent “GOP Obstructionism,” “On the habeas bill, Democrats and Independents voted 50-1 in favor. Republicans voted 42-8 against. On […]