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I heart Senator Lindsey Graham (R-S. Carolina) today

He's the only Republican on the Judiciary Committee who voted for Sotomayor.

Ugh, this partisan garbage is really getting on my nerves.  She's highly qualified, okay?  She's a good, basic judge who won't change anything on the court.

I'm excited about what the article says about filling vacancies on the 4th Circuit, though.  Please, please, please fix the Fourth Circuit!  If Obama can turn my appellate court  around, I just might make up with him. 
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Obama's justice department is on the wrong side again

This time, siding with the 5-4 Supreme Court majority saying there is no right to access to DNA evidence for post-conviction testing.

WTF?  We know Obama is weird on criminal issues -- saying he supported the death penalty for rape was insane, for example -- so I guess I shouldn't be surprised.

Queers, criminal defendants -- who's he going to throw under the bus next?

Because I'm not crazy and I've considered the alternatives, I'm glad Obama is our president.  But purely on an emotional level, it's harder for me than living under W.  I knew W was evil, and when he was the president I was angry and horrified.  The betrayal and disappointment are actually harder to take.  With W, the evil deeds were predictable, so I never felt betrayed.  Obama's election kind of swept away my cynicism about politics, and it's really painful to feel it rushing back. 


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When my friend L told me yesterday about the coup in the NY State Senate, I said, "Well, that's it -- there won't be any vote on marriage equality this session."  It looks like I was wrong.  Nothing's settled yet, but apparently the new Senate president, Espada, wants a vote.  Of course I'm wondering why he wants it, but since it's what the activists want as well, I'll give a cautious "yay!"
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More reflections on Dr. Tiller

Judith Warner has written a great piece.  Read it.  The comments are also excellent. This one, by the husband of one of Dr. Tiller's patients who identifies himself as "Peter," is especially noteworthy:

Collapse )Sometimes our religious or moral beliefs require that an abortion be performed.  Judaism, even in its most Orthodox form, gets this -- it sounds like some Christians get it as well.  
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RIP Dr. Tiller

Yesterday Dr. George Tiller was murdered outside his church in Wichita, KS.  Dr. Tiller was one of the few doctors in the country who performed late-term abortions.  As a result, his clinic has been bombed;  his home, office, and church were picketed;  he was shot and wounded in 1993;  anti-abortion groups have searched relentlessly for evidence that could be used to prosecute him; and he actually has been prosecuted (he was acquitted after 45 minutes of deliberations in March).

I am pro-choice, and late-term abortions give me the creeps.  I think they probably give most people the creeps.  A late-term abortion isn't about a zygote -- it's about a baby.  Fingers, toes, kicking, all that jazz.  Um, couldn't you have got around to having this abortion just a little sooner, lady?  What's your problem?

I went searching on the web for information about late-term abortion that came from someone outside the anti-choice movement.  I found this article, which made me cry and helped me feel some empathy for women who choose late-term abortion.  A lot of necessary medical procedures are gruesome.  Sometimes this procedure is necessary.  And someone has to be able to provide it, safely and with compassion. 

I don't know much about Dr. Tiller, but I think he was a drum major for justice.  I can't imagine anything other than moral principle that would motivate someone to put up with all that persecution, all that danger.  There's a reason very few doctors will do this procedure -- they aren't interested in being harassed, or picketed, or shot.  I can't blame them. 

Thank you, Dr. Tiller.  I hope other doctors will take up your difficult, important work -- but I won't be surprised or critical if they don't.

ETA:  Feministe has collected some patients' memories of  Dr. Tiller and how he helped them.
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OK now I'm angry

Obama spoke at a DNC fundraiser in Beverly Hills the other day.  Queer protesters were outside.  Note that Obama has been totally silent (in public, at least) on the Prop 8 decision, as he has been on DADT, DOMA, the HIV travel ban -- all of it.  Now check this out, from Politico, via Dan Savage:

Obama even noted the gay right protesters outside the Beverly Hilton.

 "One of them said, 'Obama, keep your promise,' and I thought that's fair," he said. "I don't know which promise he was talking about."

 The crowd cracked up.

When he made the crack about Iowa at the Washington correspondents' dinner, I was irked, but not indignant.  If he'd done anything toward fulfilling his campaign promises on gay civil rights during the first 100 days, that remark would actually have been funny, so I was having a hard time building up a head of steam about it.  Now I'm really pissed.

Probably my biggest problem with Obama -- with his personality, not his policies -- is his arrogance, how he acts like one of the cool kids.  That has bothered me from the beginning.  I didn't like it one bit when he told Hillary she was likable enough, even though I knew she had dissed him first.  But this -- now he's acting like he's too cool to notice that people's rights are being violated, rights he promised to protect.   Too cool to think of civil rights as anything but another opportunity for a smartass remark.  Now I feel like he doesn't give a shit about me.  And for once, I thought the President did give a shit about me -- so I feel betrayed. 

Obama has a talent for bringing out the 18 year old kid in me who was sure everyone would vote for Dukakis because he was obviously smarter than Bush I.  It's like he wipes away 20 years of cynicism and I become dangerously naive.  And that puts me in a position to get hurt.  And I am.

I have to say that for once I'm proud of our queer and queer-friendly press.  At every press conference, folks have been pushing, pushing, pushing Robert Gibbs to say something, anything, concrete about marriage equality, about DOMA,  about DADT.  They haven't given up.  Obama must know this.

Do I have to add the obligatory disclaimer about how much better he is than any of the viable alternatives?  Can we just take that as a given?  And I know he's real busy with the economy and health care and stuff, but he's a smart guy, and a good multitasker.   And some of the stuff we need -- like suspending enforcement of DADT -- really wouldn't take much of his time.  
And he has a fucking mandate!  Fierce advocate my ass.