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March 23, 2005

Billmon: Ignorance of the Law ... +++

Tweedledee and Tweedledum

Killing prisoners: Eat Our Shorts, Dude

Christians? In the Name of the Son

Full Court Press

(I need to find a new form for Billmon posts. Any ideas? Please email them.)

Posted by b on March 23, 2005 at 19:44 UTC | Permalink


b - I'd suggest simply to have the date in the title, and the link to each of Billmon's post under its original title, and nothing more.

I don't see how we can deal with the current frequency of Billmon's posts otherwise, unless we start treating some with more attention than others, thus effectively taking an editorial role.

Billmon - you are around at least once in a while: do you have any bright ideas or wishes? (Write privately if more convenient)

Any other suggestions welcome!

Posted by: Jérôme | Mar 23 2005 23:11 utc | 1

Frank Rich comments on the Schiavo case:
The God Racket, From DeMille to DeLay

The religio-hucksterism surrounding the Schiavo case makes DeMille's Hollywood crusades look like amateur night. This circus is the latest and most egregious in a series of cultural shocks that have followed Election Day 2004, when a fateful exit poll question on "moral values" ignited a take-no-prisoners political grab by moral zealots.
Culture is often a more reliable prophecy than religion of where the country is going, and our culture has been screaming its theocratic inclinations for months now. The anti-indecency campaign, already a roaring success, has just yielded a new chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, Kevin J. Martin, who had been endorsed by the Parents Television Council and other avatars of the religious right. The push for the sanctity of marriage (or all marriages except Terri and Michael Schiavo's) has led to the banishment of lesbian moms on public television. The Armageddon-fueled worldview of the "Left Behind" books extends its spell by the day, soon to surface in a new NBC prime-time mini-series, "Revelations," being sold with the slogan "The End is Near."
In that famous Election Day exit poll, "moral values" voters amounted to only 22 percent. Similarly, an ABC News survey last weekend found that only 27 percent of Americans thought it was "appropriate" for Congress to "get involved" in the Schiavo case and only 16 percent said it would want to be kept alive in her condition. But a majority of American colonists didn't believe in witches during the Salem trials either - any more than the Taliban reflected the views of a majority of Afghans. At a certain point - and we seem to be at that point - fear takes over, allowing a mob to bully the majority over the short term. (Of course, if you believe the end is near, there is no long term.)
It is a full-scale jihad that our government signed onto last weekend, and what's most scary about it is how little was heard from the political opposition. The Harvard Law School constitutional scholar Laurence Tribe pointed out this week that even Joe McCarthy did not go so far as this Congress and president did in conspiring to "try to undo the processes of a state court." But faced with McCarthyism in God's name, most Democratic leaders went into hiding and stayed silent. Prayers are no more likely to revive their spines than poor Terri Schiavo's brain.

Posted by: b | Mar 24 2005 8:22 utc | 2

Amazing, finding the better political comments on the Arts page of the NYT.

Posted by: Fran | Mar 24 2005 10:00 utc | 3

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