aTypical Joe: a gay New Yorker living in the rural South
Sunday, September 30, 2007
Iran So Far Away
LATER: The clip’s been pulled from the official NBC channel because it did not clear a music sample from the group Aphex Twin. More here. I replaced it with a live embed. Meanwhile, it’s become another internet hit for Andy.
Thomas on Georgia and DC
Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, in a forcefully rendered new autobiography, says he was pilloried during his 1991 confirmation hearings because liberal advocacy groups who feared he would vote to overturn abortion rights were willing to stoop to “the age-old blunt instrument of accusing a black man of sexual misconduct.”
They did so by, he writes, by using untrue sexual harassment claims by Anita F. Hill, a law professor and former subordinate, whom he described as a mediocre but ambitious lawyer and labels as “my most traitorous adversary.” [...]
In large measure, the Thomas book is a lengthier version of his staunch denials at the time. It is notable, however, for his overarching analysis that the abortion issue was the moving force behind the drama. And Justice Thomas’s language is exceptionally vivid, especially when he expands on the phrase he used in his last appearance before the committee, asserting he was the victim of a “high-tech lynching.”
He writes that he had grown up fearing the Ku Klux Klan’s lynch mobs but “my worst fears had come to pass not in Georgia, but in Washington, D.C., where I was being pursued not by bigots in white robes but by left-wing zealots draped in flowing sanctimony.”
Eyeing a Chambliss challenger
MyDD recaps stories affecting the Senate races this week:
Georgia: Lieutenant General David Poythress, Georgia’s retiring adjutant general and a former Georgia Secretary of State and Labor Commissioner, is being eyed as a possible Senate challenger to Spineless Saxby Chambliss in 2008. If it can’t be Max Cleland, it would be great to have another military man lay out for Saxby what a coward Chambliss really is. Also, the Athens Banner-Herald’s political blogger called Chambliss out for his hypocrisy on voting against more rest time for soldiers when Chambliss himself took four deferments to get out of service in Vietnam.