First off, you have to watch this video and sign the petition. It addresses the sad and dangerous fact that “on December 19, 2008, Ken Starr and the Prop 8 Legal Defense Fund filed legal briefs defending the constitutionality of Prop 8 and seeking to nullify the marriages of 18,000 devoted same-sex couples solemnized before Prop 8 passed.” Ken Starr is still as useful a human being as he ever was, apparently. (And is it me, or does “solemnized” seem a slightly provocative word choice in this context …) Probably me.
Meanwhile Judd Gregg’s withdrawal apparently surprised Obama … and maybe Gregg as well. Personally, I wonder if all the brouhaha about his recusing himself and not voting on the stimulus package contributed to his withdrawal. Something surely changed his mind. And it sounds like it wasn’t political (he says he’s not running again). Paul Hodes was on Maddow last night (thanks for the tip, PaulaLR) discussing it all. I missed it (dang) … and haven’t been able to find any video (yet). If anyone out there beats me to it, let me know, okay?
For now, on the Maddow front, here she is interviewing Patrick Leahy (on Air America) about his Truth Commission proposal. Might just be the only way to bring the truth to light.
At the other end of the journalistic spectrum, we have the smarmy and disingenuous Juan Williams, who’s finally gone far enough down the smarmy and disingenuous path that NPR is disavowing him (at least when he’s on Fox News). He apparently made a comment comparing Michelle O to Stokely Carmichael and then had to ‘splain himself. (Of course, the tenor of his comments made it clear that being compared to Stokely was a bad thing – not a sentiment that I share … but he was on Fox, for goodness sake.) Anyway, I’d forgotten about his smarmy and disingenuous role in the whole Clarence Thomas/Anita Hill mess – where he defended Clarence and denigrated Hill – and somehow left out the possibly-related-fact of his own sexual harassment proclivities. Juan, Juan, Juan. We get enough of the smarmy and disingenuous stuff from Joe Lieberman.
Breakers single game tickets go on sale today at 9 AM … and the NY Times published a nice piece about Kelly Smith. I hadn’t realized that she played her college soccer here in the States – at Seton Hall. South Orange was treated to some good soccer, back in the day!
Tennessee topped Alabama last night … and I’m returning the women’s b-ball widget to my sidebar. (I removed it this week when folks were having problems with seeing the sidebar – but have since found the culprit – and the widget wasn’t it!
On the B-ball TV schedule, we’ve got:
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 13
Niagara at Loyola (MD) 4:00 ESPNU
North Carolina at Florida State 6:30 Fox/Comcast/NE Sports Net
Clemson at Duke 7:30 Fox/Comcast/NE Sports Net
Have a great Friday … and be careful out there – it’s the first of a series … of Friday the 13th’s!