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March 25, 2005
March 24, 2005
My friend Jen Sorensen is currently on tour with a couple of other cartoonist pals of hers. They're in Boston today, and they're hitting New York, New Haven, Philadelphia and DC over the next few days. Details here.
My scheduled talk at Wabash College has been cancelled due to inclement weather. Which is to say, I've been up since 4:30 a.m. trying to get on a plane that was not destined to leave the ground.
I really hate flying. Or not flying, as the case may be.
March 22, 2005
A state of persistent vegetation
Tom Delay compares Terri Schiavo's plight to his own:
"One thing that God has brought to us is Terri Schiavo, to help elevate the visibility of what is going on in America," Mr. DeLay told a conference organized by the Family Research Council, a conservative Christian group. A recording of the event was provided by the advocacy organization Americans United for Separation of Church and State.
Meanwhile, our ever-mendacious Commander-in-Chief chimes in with this:
"This is a complex case with serious issues, but in extraordinary circumstances like this, it is wisest to always err on the side of life."
Oh my, yes. If there's anything that defines George Bush's career, it is his tendency to err on the side of life:
They don't have much time, or much reason to hope: Republican presidential nominee Governor George W. Bush, who has had more executions during his five-year tenure in Austin than any other governor in the nation since capital punishment was reinstated, has made his support for executing mentally retarded inmates clear. In 1995, the newly minted governor rejected a clemency plea from lawyers for Mario Marquez, a mentally retarded adult whose verbal and reasoning skills were comparable to those of a 7-year-old child.
Erring, erring, erring:
In his five years as governor of Texas, the state has executed 131 prisoners -- far more than any other state. Mr. Bush has lately granted a stay of execution for the first time, for a DNA test.
And let's not even get started on the Iraq War and how dear leader erred on the side of life in that one...
Update: more erring...
By now most people who read liberal blogs are aware that George W. Bush signed a law in Texas that expressly gave hospitals the right to remove life support if the patient could not pay and there was no hope of revival, regardless of the patient's family's wishes. It is called the Texas Futile Care Law. Under this law, a baby was removed from life support against his mother's wishes in Texas just this week. A 68 year old man was given a temporary reprieve by the Texas courts just yesterday.
March 21, 2005
Other equally at sea leftists, have linked the Billmon agit-prop and spread it across the net. Michael Berube recommends it as a “brilliant analysis” (even though it just a collection of paired quotes with a predictable graphic) and goes on to say that “[Billmon’s] brilliant analysis of the Contemporary Cultural Revolution is not only scholarly and erudite, but illustrated. (Well, yes, Michael it is.) The artistically talented but intellectually unhinged cartoonist Tommy Tomorrow affirms the judgment: “This is brilliant.”
Actually the only campus I spent any time on during the 1960's was that of Roosevelt Elementary School in Iowa City, Iowa, and I don't recall thinking much about revolutionaries one way or the other.
March 20, 2005
Did I mention I'm about to turn 44?
The memory is going, going, gone. Actually, it was never that great to begin with. But Frank Lynch mentions a current Republican argument on Social Security--"it's as obsolete as a 1935 car"--which I remember previously dissecting in a cartoon at some point in the last decade...but I can't find the piece. Anyway, the point being that the talking point is both stupid and recycled...bonus points if anybody can find the damn cartoon...
Presented without comment
From an interview with "Jeff Gannon," in the NY Times Magazine:
Scott McClellan, the press secretary to President Bush, called on you and allowed you to ask questions on a nearly daily basis. What, exactly, is your relationship with him?
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