The case against banning the word 'retard' — Some fascinating cultural and legal analysis, including a reference to the famous (and deeply stupid) 'niggardly' incident in DC politics.
Lots of snow! — Dark Roasted Blend tortures you all. And since it can't be said enough, weather is not climate. Those of you who claim it is either need to get educated or stop lying. Looking ta you, FOX News.
Lack of Medicare Chief Is a Strike Against Reform — Interesting discussion of policy and governance. (Thanks to danjite.)
If You Could See America Through China's Eyes — A fascinating look at American power. In a larger sense, a strong reminder how Bush administration incompetence and the conservative obsession with Islamic terrorism have weakened American global might and credibiity. Not news, exactly, unless you're a purblind "America firster", but then it's the purblind America firsters who got us into this mess in the first place.
Empathic Myopia — Digby on conservative failures of empathy. She's talking about the Haiti orphan story, but I see the same problem in the healthcare reform debate. It's a point I've been reaching for a way to usefully discuss for a while — that at a fundamental level, contemporary American conservatism can be analyzed as a near-socipathic failure of empathy. Digby does a pretty good job of laying out a good part of the case about how conservatives simply don't see other people who are unlike them as being real. Tribalism on the hoof.
The Trial: Eric Holder and the battle over Khalid Sheikh Mohammed — Or how terrorism continues to make our nation crazy. You want to know when the terrorists win? When politicians and the press panic. The GOP started this round to score political points, but the Congressional Dems ran hard with the toss once it came their way.
?otD: Was it later, when the waiter brought his tray?
Writing time yesterday: 60 minutes (revisions on Endurance)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 8.25 (soundly, yay!)
This morning's weigh-in: 227.2
Yesterday's chemo stress index: 6/10
Currently reading: [between books]