Strict constitutionalist

From the email of Montana’s U.S. District Chief Judge Richard Cebull, a federal judge (h/t reader J):

“Normally I don’t send or forward a lot of these, but even by my standards, it was a bit touching. I want all of my friends to feel what I felt when I read this. Hope it touches your heart like it did mine.

“A little boy said to his mother; ‘Mommy, how come I’m black and you’re white?’ ” the e-mail joke reads. “His mother replied, ‘Don’t even go there Barack! From what I can remember about that party, you’re lucky you don’t bark!’ “

Cebull admitted Wednesday to sending the e-mail to seven recipients, including his personal e-mail address. The judge acknowledged that the content of the e-mail was racist, but said he does not consider himself racist. He said the e-mail was intended to be a private communication.

Liberals can’t take a joke blah blah blah.

This douchebag should resign immediately.

R.I.P. Davy Jones


Davy Jones, the singer for the Monkees perhaps best known for his vocals on “Daydream Believer,” died on Wednesday at his home in Indiantown, Fla. He was 66.
The cause was a heart attack, according to the medical examiner’s officer there and a spokeswoman for the singer.
Mr. Jones, a former jockey and stage actor, was an important member of the first and arguably the best of the pop groups created for television to capitalize on the success of the Beatles. Though they were not taken seriously at first, the Monkees made some exceptionally good pop records, thanks in large part to the songwriting of professional songwriters like Neil Diamond and Tommy Boyce.
Mr. Jones was born on Dec. 30, 1945, in Manchester, England, the son of a railway fitter and a homemaker. He dropped out of school after his mother’s death from emphysema in 1960 and began a career as a jockey, but later quit to pursue acting, appearing in television shows like “Coronation Street” and “June Evening.” He landed a contract with Colpix Records after he appeared in the musical “Oliver!” and performed on “The Ed Sullivan Show.”…

When I was in the third grade in 1966, my classmates were convinced that the Monkees were “our” band — as opposed to the Beatles, strictly the property of our older sisters in the high school next door. One of the local news stations said that Jones’ appearance on the Ed Sullivan show coincided with that of the Beatles, and that’s where he first got the idea of switching from musical theatre to pop music. Another commentary credited the Monkees for introducing the concept of the “music video” to television. I can’t speak to the accuracy of either statement, but as the lead singer, Jones and the other Monkees made a lot of little girls (and later grownups) happy while providing a source of income for quite a few ‘serious’ songwriters. There are much worse ways to be remembered.

Open Thread

Figure you all know more than me about this stuff, so I thought I would ask. In my never-ending effort to stop being a disgusting wide body, I have switched to using Egg Beaters instead of regular eggs. I gotta admit, I made a spinach omelet with mushrooms, onions, diced tomatoes, and diced red bell pepper, topped it with a little salsa verde, and it was awesome. No salt, no butter, no cheese, but still damned tasty.

So now, as always, I am wondering what the catch is- are they good for you? Are there any drawbacks to Egg Beaters (other than that they aren’t the organic local eggs I get from the general store)? Because honestly, I could eat that every single morning.

Also, my new favorite snack is frozen seedless grapes. Wash ’em, throw ’em in the freezer, and grab a handful when you want a snack.

He’s Learning

Doug Mataconis:

James Joyner has expressed the hope in several recent posts here at OTB that the Republican Party will return to sanity at some point. Even if it takes an election cycle or two, I hope he’s right because the one thing this country needs desperately is a strong two-party system populated by opposing parties that at least accept the idea that compromise is necessary. Right now, one of those parties has rejected that idea entirely and the current state of Congress is testament to the results of that attitude. But the blame for the current state of the Republican Party doesn’t just lie with Sarah Palin, Michele Bachmann, and Rick Santorum. It lies with the party leaders and conservative pundits who let them get away with what they’ve managed to do over the past five years.

This is the first time I can remember where Doug has written a complete post, accurately depicting the Republican lunacy, and avoided any foray into “both sides do it” nonsense.

I’m so proud I think I’m going to cry.

Apple pie and Chevrolet

I’m a little bit surprised about the wingnut freak-out against Sandra Fluke. As a generally uptight person, I’m hesitant to go here, but it seems so obvious: do Republicans really want to campaign against sex-crazed co-eds? If you outlaw sex-crazed co-eds…


Me, yesterday, on the wingnut response to Sandra Fluke’s testimony:

C’mon, wingnuts, quit nancying around and just call them sluts.

Limbaugh, today:

LIMBAUGH: What does it say about the college co-ed Susan Fluke [sic] who goes before a congressional committee and essentially says that she must be paid to have sex. What does that make her? It makes her a slut, right? It makes her a prostitute. She wants to be paid to have sex. She’s having so much sex she can’t afford the contraception. She wants you and me and the taxpayers to pay her to have sex.

Excellent! I hope the wingnuts in the blogosphere follow his lead and start calling all women who use contraceptives sluts and hookers. This is going to be fucking awesome.

Back to Bobby

You can smell the desperation:

When you have a candidate few people really like, whose support is a mile wide and an inch deep, whose raison d’etre (a 4am fancy word) is fixing an economy that is fixing itself without him, and who only wins his actual, factual home state by three percentage points against a guy no one took seriously only two months ago, there really is little reason for independent voters in the general election to choose him if the economy keeps improving.

Seriously, putting it bluntly, conservatives may not like Barack Obama, but most other people do. And when faced with a guy you like and a guy you don’t like who says he can fix an economy that no longer needs fixing, you’re going to go with the guy you like.

If Republicans in Washington are not panicked and trying desperately to pull Bobby Jindal in the race tomorrow, or someone like him, the party leaders must have a death wish.

Why on earth do they think this guy has a chance:

Do they not understand that SOTU response was fatal for Jindal?

*** Update ***

Ahh, shit. I should have refreshed the dashboard panel before posting. AL already covered this.