In August 1996, 250 people watched as Kenya’s highest Catholic cleric, Cardinal Maurice Otunga, ceremonially set fire to boxes full of condoms and copies of “safe sex” pamphlets. In the face of the rapidly-mounting African AIDS crisis, the Vatican had responded by saying basically that while HIV and AIDS might be bad, the use of contraceptives was worse — and it will always be impossible to know how many were condemned to die miserable, wasting deaths as a result.
The Catholic Church, which I was baptized into during an event I cannot be expected to remember, is rarely stranger than when it takes up arms against contraceptives. Since Pope Paul VI’s controversial 1968 encyclical Humanae Vitae especially, the Catholic hierarchy has been intransigent on the subject of artificial prophylaxis, even when it is clearly the much lesser of two (granting this momentarily for the sake of argument) “evils.”
I’ve put off writing this post for days, and I still don’t have the words to express my disgust about the “rape analogy heard ’round the Twitterverse.” In case you’re not up to speed, long story short, I had a Twitter discussion with Marcy Wheeler about the NDAA; a Greenwald supporter quipped that if I saw Obama raping a nun on live TV, I would defend him for it; another supporter quipped that I would fantasize about playing the role of the raped nun; and Greenwald piled on. When asked to account for the clumsy rape metaphor, Greenwald doubled down, claiming that it wasn’t a metaphor, and that he actually believed that I and other Obama supporters would defend Obama if we were to see him raping a nun. Continue reading
[This post is last in a series of four posts about the Melissa Harris Perry Kerfuffle. The other posts are here, here, and here.]
Last week, in response to the outcry at Balloon Juice over my posts about Michael Moore’s racist comments about President Obama (you can read them here and here), John Cole wrote a powerful post and instructive post.
While it is not in response to any of the furor over Melissa Harris-Perry’s posts in The Nation (about which I have written in the three posts prior to this one), it nonetheless should be read by every progressive and/or Democrat, irrespective of color.
He nails it, rips it up, and then nails it again:
I don't know much, but I know this guy looks fucking crazy.
Back in mid-March, I wrote a tome about the situation in Libya. In it, I said the following:
The problem with the current debate regarding Obama’s actions in Libya is that people on the left are talking past each other. Lefties are conflating two debates: (1) a debate regarding whether or not it is proper for the United States to be mandated by treaties (which are the supreme law of the land and not subject to Congressional encroachment) to get involved in such critical humanitarian peacekeeping missions absent a polling of public opinion and absent authorization from Congress, and (2) a debate about the legality of what Obama is doing. The first debate is not a debate about Obama’s current actions in Libya; it’s a policy debate. It’s a debate about international law, and the United States’ place as a member of the international community and whether or not the UN is totally useless. As to the second debate, it seems to me that Obama is following the rules, at least as far as I can tell. If you want to complain about the rules, that’s cool. But that’s debate number 1. As to debate number 2, get off Obama’s back already. MIRITE?
Whelp, here we are three months later, still not talking about the United Nations Charter and still not talking about the role the United Nations should play in American foreign policy decisionmaking.
We are still arguing about whether or not Libya is JUST LIKE IRAQ!!!11one. (It’s not. Not even a little – the 2003 land-invasion of Iraq was not sanctioned by the Security Council.)
We are still listening to the musings — This War Is Illegal! – proffered by all sorts of constitutional law experts like Michael Moore, Dennis Kucinich, and Eugene Robinson.
And finally Glenn Greenwald, of course, is still claiming that This War Is Illegal!, having not at all addressed any of the issues regarding the interplay between Articles 42 and 43 which I raised in my post in March in response to his out-of-hand dismissal of those arguments.1 (Indeed, as could have been expected, Greenwald made and then half-assedly backed away from an argument that the US along with Britain and France launched this war for oil.)
So, I figured I’d wade in (again) only to be ignored (again, I’m sure).
Posted in Balloon Juice Cross-Posts, International Shenanigans, Legal Shenanigans, Our Pundits of Perpetual Disappointment, Political Shenanigans, Puritopians
Tagged Angry Black Lady, Balloon Juice, Glenn Greenwald, John Cole, Jordan Paust, legal mumbo jumbo, legal stuff, Libya, Obama, President Obama, Qaddafi, United Nations, War Powers Resolution
black and white relations = no es bueno
According to a recent Rasmussen poll, race wars are imminent. Grab your flamethrowers and Mad Dog 20/20!
Okay, not really, but:
Perceptions about the state of black-white relations in America have fallen dramatically since the summer of 2009. But voters are still more optimistic about that relationship than they are about relations between whites and Hispanics and between blacks and Hispanics.
John Cole at Balloon Juice has a delicious rant about it:
It seems to me to make perfect sense that African-Americans are more pessimistic than white people about the status of race relations. Imagine for a second you are black, and look back at the last few years.
A completely qualified black man is a candidate for President, and you endure a grueling primary season where all sorts of shit is dredged up. Crazy black preacher! Kenyan! Black churches! Is he black enough? Is he too black? White people won’t vote for him! He doesn’t think like us! Pals around with terrorists! Secret Muslim! And on and on.
Despite all of that, Obama prevails, and there is a huge sigh of relief in black communities around the nation- finally, a black man can be President! People have a wave of optimism.
And then half the country and the party that represents them completely and totally loses their shit. A guy who on a good day is slightly to the left of Olympia Snowe is now some crazy radical Muslim who who is doing favors for the Black Panthers while shelling money to Acorn. And the worthless shitheads in the media just run with it- “Look- black people suck so much and are so stupid, you can go into their community help centers dressed as a pimp and try to sell white girls!”
Email lists run overboard with Obama dressed up as a witch doctor with a bone through his nose, jokes about no longer being able to call it the White House, and who knows what else make the rounds. Angry white mobs gather around the country screaming about, well, whatever the wurlitzer has them fired up about on any given day. But really, we are told- they are just worked up about deficits. Shirley Sherrod gets smeared. Basically any time black people are in the news for the last year and half, they were being smeared by Fox news and the wingnutosphere.
READ THE REST OF THE ARTICLE HERE.
I’ve been alluding to this for months: Continue reading
Posted in Angry Black Reader Participation, Culture Critic, Now That's Some Racist Bullsh*t, Political Shenanigans, Puritopians
Tagged Balloon Juice, John Cole, Obama, President Obama, race relations, RACE RIOT!!11, racism, Rasmussen poll, Seinfeld