Oh Yes, Please! Please, Please, Please!


Come on, Deval.  You know you want to:

Former Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA), whose 32 year career in the House of Representatives came to an end yesterday, said Friday that he’s told Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick (D) that he would welcome an interim appointment to the seat expected to be vacated by Sen. John Kerry (D-MA).

Frank said that the fiscal cliff deal that passed the House of Representatives earlier this week and set the stage for a return to the same legislative fight in a matter of months “means that February, March and April are going to be among the most important months” for the American economy….

“I’m not going to be coy. It’s not anything I’ve ever been good at,” Frank said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” “I’ve told the governor that I would now like, frankly, to do that because I would like to be a part of that. It’s only a three-month period. I wouldn’t want to do anything more. I don’t want to run again.”

If this happens, it will be proof that the Flying Spagetti Monster is a kind and generous fiction.  I can’t believe I’ve been good enough to merit a benison* such as this.

*Yes, that does raise images of rack of benison, but this is a family show, so I’m not going there.¤

¤And yeah, I would pick your pocket.

Image: Francisco de Zurbarán, St. Francis in Meditation, 1635-1639.

This Seems Relevant

Yesterday I inadvertently started a flame war when I stated that “It’s a lot like the belief that children are best off with a mother and a father, which, under optimal circumstances, I would agree. We generally are better off with two vibrant parties.” I still don’t understand why that is a controversial statement- it seems to me that in order to be the optimum situation, you would have to take into account a lot of things- biological and legal realities, as well as the unpleasant stigmas that still regrettably exist today in many portions of the country. It doesn’t mean that two lesbians, two gay man, an unmarried couple, or a single parent can’t all be great parents. It just means that in the abstract right now, this is the optimum situation.

All a man and woman need to do to produce a child in most cases is a few minutes of fun, and should they be good parents, our entire societal structure is set up for that relationship. There are no legal questions at stake regarding custody as those issues have for the most part been long settled, there are no issues regarding whether the parents can marry, there are no issues regarding the extension of benefits to children, etc. It seems to me that is the optimum condition. Otherwise, why are we fighting for gay marriage and gay rights in general? I thought it was to erase these kinds of disparities (such that we can), but I guess I’m out in left field. I thought the flame war was particularly odd when the entire premise of the post was that SOMETIMES ONE PARENT IS ENOUGH.

I’m guessing I got caught in the crossfire with the bigots, one of whom was just absolutely destroyed today by Al Franken:

That was beautiful.


Al Franken just emailed me and told me to go support Russ Feingold’s re-election efforts. I’ll be giving through ActBlue exclusively this year, but for those of you who are interested in donating someway other than ActBlue, you can give to Russ here.

Al Franken Is Shrill

All Franken is in the American Constitution Society’s base and killing their doodz.

The speech is here, and can not be embedded.

Note to absolute morons- this is how you move the Overton window. Full-throated attacks on conservative nonsense from the left.