Wednesday, April 27, 2005

Nanny Nanny, Boo Boo Boo, Abortion Sucks and Democrats Too
This is crazy: House Repug staffers have rewritten several Democratic amendments to the Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act being debated this week to make them look like the Democrats tried to insert protections for sexual predators into the bill. Raw Story has the whole thing. When called on it by the ranking Democrat on the House Rules Committee, the Judiciary chairman--good old F. Jim Sensenbrenner of Wisconsin--basically stuck out his tongue, wiggled his fingers in his ears, and said "nyah nyah nyah": "You don't like what we wrote about your amendments, and we don't like what you said about our bill." This isn't just a matter of interpretations--it's making shit up.

This is smart: a blog called Pacific Views follows up on the Coulter cover story in Time. It quotes a letter journalist Rick Perlstein wrote to the author of the piece, John Cloud, and a separate post from Bob Somersby of the Daily Howler, a good blog I don't read often enough. Here's the money quote from the Somersby post: "In just the past five years, the 'press corps,' lacking all conviction, has made Gore seem crazy and Coulter seem sane. Their first performance put Bush in the White House; the latter act leads to a pitiless future." Perlstein and Somersby both fear that by raising the bar for unacceptable discourse by pimping Ann Coulter, Time will encourage right-wing violence against domestic targets--just like G. Gordon Liddy's mid-90s rants about how to shoot federal agents was followed shortly by Timothy McVeigh's bombing of the Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City.

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