sphagnum moss, dark water, and politics
Saturday, March 15, 2003
Where have all the flowers gone?
"'It couldn't hurt,' the official said. 'But to sell [the war] on the basis that this is going to cause 1,000 flowers to bloom is naive.'"Silly official! Of course it will cause 1,000 flowers to bloom. Just look at the old WWI battlefields in France and Belgium . . .
In Flanders fields the poppies blow
posted by Dan S. on 12:39 AM | | link
Representative James P. Moran (VA-D) stepped down Friday from a House leadership post at the request of Nancy Pelosi, a week after saying that we were rushing to war because of the Jewish community (a fact, I might add, that came as a great surprise to this here member of the Jewish community). An excellent reply to this kind of nonsense came from Jonah Goldberg. And just when I'd thought that I'd never have to agree with anything he said . . . A multitude of comments on a related issue (how to criticize neocons without being anti-semitic) at CalPundit. I didn't realize that was especially difficult . . .
Buchanan perhaps flirting with anti-semitism, that's not so surprising. Gary Hart speechifying about "Americans who too often find it hard to distinguish their loyalties to their original homelands from their loyalties to America and its national interests. " (via CalPundit again) is just depressing. That old double-loyalty accusation again! If he believes that Jewish neoconservatives have their judgement clouded by an attachment to Israel (the presumable reference, given the context), then he should say exactly that, no more, no less, and only with some fair degree of certainty. These sort of ideas have a very unpleasant history; they should be handled only if necessary, and then with great caution.
Compare and contrast: the James Moran mess/Trent Lott debacle.
posted by Dan S. on 12:24 AM | | link
Thursday, March 13, 2003
The Senate just voted to ban so-called "partial birth abortion." The bill will now go to the House, the place whose political courage and good sense extends to putting freedom fries on the menu.
Oddly enough, they voted down a proposal that would make contraceptives easier to get through private health care plans and provide better prenatal health care for poor women. Huh. Funny, that.
posted by Dan S. on 11:23 AM | | link
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