From the essay:
In late 2012, after I had finished most of the This Town manuscript, I was interviewing Sen. Joseph Lieberman, the Connecticut Democrat, for a brief Q and A that would appear in the front of The New York Times Magazine. Feeling a bit jaded — maybe more than usual after three years’ immersion in the Washington political class — my sarcasm flowed: “You’re retiring after serving 24 years in the Senate,” I asked Lieberman. “What lobbying firm are you going to join now?
“I’m not going to lobby,” Lieberman told me. “For sure.” “Chris Dodd said the same thing two years ago,” I said. (Dodd, Lieberman’s longtime fellow senator from Connecticut, had left the senate in 2011 and since went on to become head of the Motion Pictures Association of America, one of the most powerful lobbies in Washington.)
“Yeah, I know,” Lieberman said. “Watch me.”
We did, and it’s no surprise how this story ends. Politico’s Byron Tau reported before Thanksgiving that Lieberman had in fact signed on to represent a Libyan businessman who might run for president of his native land. Lieberman’s firm, Kasowitz Benson Torres & Friedman, would include “government relations services, communication of information to the principal and as well as [communication of] information about the principal to interested persons in the public sector,” according to public documents. Such communication will include “meetings with members of Congress, executive branch officials and others.” Not lobbying per se — he would not formally register! — but certainly lobbying-ish activities.
I think Elizabeth Warren should run if she wants to and if she has a decent chance of success. But we need good senators, too.(via dendroica)
An ill-fated attempt by a conservative student group to mock undocumented immigrants on the University of Texas at Austin campus has backfired.
And rightly so.
Dick Cheney, dark overlord of the Bush torture regime, is now caught in the middle of a very public feud between his openly gay daughter, Mary, and his other daughter, Liz, who aspires to be a Republican senator and publicly condemns gay marriage. You couldn’t make stuff like this up .. (more here).
It may well be true that, against all his strivings, trouble stalks George Zimmerman. It may be true that George Zimmerman never pointed a shotgun at his girlfriend’s face. That Ms. Scheibe smashed a table, took his stuff, started throwing it and then called 911 on herself. That she was simply being poetic when she said “you pointed your gun in my freaking face and told me get the fuck out” and then added “he knows how to do this. He knows how to play this game.”
And it may be true that in September when Zimmerman’s estranged wife, Shelly Zimmerman, claimed that he had punched her father and threatened them with a gun she was embellishing*. That when she called 911 and said “I’m really afraid. I don’t know what he’s capable of. I’m really scared,” she was suffering some form of hallucination. That Zimmerman had not smashed his wife’s iPad. That it was his wife that assaulted him with it. That Shelly’s father had challenged Zimmerman to a fight.
And it may well be true that Trayvon Martin was empowered by a heretofore unknown strain of marijuana which confers super strength. That in a fit of Negroid rage, a boy with no criminal history decided to ambush a hapless neighborhood watchman. That the boy told Zimmerman, “You gonna die tonight, motherfucker,” punched him, banged his head against the concrete repeatedly and then reached for his gun. That in killing the boy, Zimmerman rid the world of a gun-runner and drug dealer.
And it may well be that George Zimmerman is yet another victim of the nefarious forces of black privilege. That he is helpless against the hordes of hyper-violent blacks, crazed women and the machinations of Eric Holder. That George Zimmerman continuing to live armed is evidence of sane public policy and a polite society.
Only God knows what George Zimmerman did on that rainy night in Sanford. God is not in the habit of talking—because we are not in the habit of listening.
Ta-Nehisi Coates, "Why Black Folks Tend To Shout"
just read the whole thing.
Ah, the famed “Negroid rage”. I know it well.
(via The Colbert Report)
Like I’ve been saying all along.
The fact is if you are one of the estimated 2 million Americans whose health insurance plans may have been cancelled this month, you should not be blaming President Obama or the Affordable Care Act.
You should be blaming your insurance company because they have not been providing you with coverage that meets the minimum basic standards for health care.
I repeat, Juan “Scared-Of-Muslims-On-Airplanes” Williams on FoxNews.com