Friday, June 27, 2008

Ouch, My Head Just Exploded

Quoth a gun-loving bozo from Georgia last night on CNN, apparently without sarcasm:

"It's a great day for the residents of Washington, D.C., who can now enjoy all the rights that other freedom-loving Americans enjoy."
(Note to non-local readers: freedom-loving Americans living in the District of Columbia have no voting representation in Congress. Many of them are highly pissed off about this. Now they can own handguns. I'm just sayin'.)

And this is in E.J. Dionne's column in the Post today:

"In his intemperate dissent in the court's recent Guantanamo decision, Scalia said the defense of constitutional rights embodied in that ruling meant it 'will almost certainly cause more Americans to be killed.' That consideration apparently does not apply to a law whose precise purpose was to reduce the number of murders in the District of Columbia."


mike said...

Y'know, I had been guardedly optimistic about things lately, what with the total collapse of the Republican Party, the fact that environmental awareness (if not responsibility) has gone mainstream, the steady leftward drift of many former key players in the "religious right" and the fact that the Democratic Party is finally going to offer us a candidate who, while by no means a progressive or the best we can do, at least doesn't make me want to move to Wales.

But allasudden we're back behind square one.

The court decision is bad enough, but our freedom-loving friend from Georgia reminds me that Scalia's level of civic illiteracy is quite ordinary.

Rob said...

Never mind that the candidate has in the last few days revealed very troubling stands on FISA and the death penalty. At least he isn't Bush, but still. We've got a hella long way before it's truly morning in America, regardless of who wins this election.

pleasurefromthethorns said...

mourning first, then morning...we hope