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Palestinian doctor's daughters killed during live Israeli TV report as his house is bombed while he's on the phone. I'm actually no more than three hops from people killed by Israeli action. I haven't said more just because I have no good idea what to do about it.

Fundamentalist anti-abortion group gets outraged over free donuts on inauguration day, declaring them "abortion donuts." Also, fundamentalists get special access to the inaugural stage - leveraged by Rep. Paul Brown (R-GA) - to "anoint" the doorway to the inaugural platform. Pathetic. One reader comments, "I can't carry a bottle of hand lotion on a plane because the rubes think my not doing so will keep them safer, and a bunch of yahoos can smear an unknown liquid all over the door the PE will walk through on Tuesday?"

Also, here's video of paster Rick Warren - who will be giving the invocation at the inauguration Tuesday - telling his followers to be like Nazis in the fanaticism of their devotion, and to have the radicalism of the cultural revolution in China.

A big lie being spun by the political media - particularly the right - is that the FISA court ruled Mr. Bush could spy on anyone at any time for any reason. This is a lie. The court ruled that Congress could pass rules regarding wiretapping, in reference to the 2007 FISA expansions that I also opposed most strongly. It says nothing about whether Mr. Bush could ignore previous Congressional law, or about his office's innate powers.

Have more big lies: Andrew Sullivan talks about the revving-up of spin - that the Iraq war is "all but over" - from the GOP machine. They're also trying to pretend that the GOP stands for fiscal conservatism and responsibility, a lie so pathetically laughable it makes me cry. elfs talks extensively about the spin that Freddie Mae and Fannie Mac and minority lending were the primary cause of the subprime lending crash.

Looking back a bit, remember that science data was kept away from Mr. Bush at all times during his term: "By the time I've arranged a presentation about something for the president, all science questions have been resolved. And he expects it. He would probably fire me if I permitted a science question to leak into his briefings." Also, The Economist has a lot to say about the Bush presidency, very little of it good.

Have admissions of American torture, that the political class will do anything to prevent being prosecuted. Sullivan also talks about Newsweek political coverage furthering this goal, trying to pretend that torture is "complicated." Glenn Greenwald lays out the legal case that the Obama administration is required by law to investigate and prosecute these crimes. Matt Yglesias talks about the importance of not just moving on and forgetting about it all. Here are yet more examples of American prosecutions for torture - waterboarding in particular - before Mr. Bush's term.

This is a pretty good article on how the American political press helps the American political class control debate.

Finally, over on BeliefNet, the blogger Rod Dreher got cranky about the donation list for PropH8 being public, and implied sexual assaults would be forthcoming against peoples' - well, men's, of course, since only men count - wives and children: would you feel if your wife or your kids were at home alone when some outraged creep from the Queer Avengers or somesuch organization showed up pounding on the door demanding to talk to somebody about your Prop 8 donation?
I post my response here, as well as posting it there a few days ago: would you feel if your wife or your kids were at home alone when some outraged creep from the Queer Avengers or somesuch organization showed up pounding on the door demanding to talk to somebody about your Prop 8 donation?
I dunno. How would you feel if you were standing at a bus stop minding your own business when some outraged creep from a religious group pressed a pamphlet into your hands calling for your own execution*, and then got people to pass a law dissolving your marriage? Or do you like to pretend that somehow these things aren't actually personal?

I mean, get. off. your. horse. I spent the 90s fighting six fundamentalist-Christian initiated and backed initiatives - starting with Measure 9 in Oregon, moving through Proposition 1 in Idaho, and Initiatives 608, 610, 166, and 167 in Washington State - trying to eliminate some segment of my rights. And then, of course, we got DOMA. Did my "privacy" matter then? Hell, no! Idaho, in some ways, was the worst, because this was before Lawrence v. Texas (2003) and the pro-initiative forces kept trying to get the police to arrest members of the leadership of the "no" campaign on charges of presumed violation of the sodomy laws then still on the books.

Until 2003, you see, we had to keep lists of states where we were illegal. Privacy? Not as much. Jail, maybe. Privacy, no.

And with all this, you have the hypocritical gall to whine about getting anti-queer political donation records - already public data! - turned from a text address list into a graphical map address, and imply those nasty, nasty queers are going to break into your house and sexually assault your wife and kids.

Building a political party on crushing our equality and passing laws dissolving our marriages? Fair game! Convering an address to a dot on the map? Outrage!


*: Yes, I have myself, in fact, been handed a copy of a pamphlet called and arguing for "The Death Penalty for Homosexuality." This is not hyperbole.
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