Sixteen-hundred US military families have gotten the call that they’ve had their loved ones deployed to Iraq, they’re flying those missions right now,” Maddow said. “But Congress? Heading home for another seven week break, because they can’t be bothered to think about that right now. They’ve got more important business to tend to – they’ve …

When the journalist Michael Hastings died in Los Angeles in June at the age of 33, mainstream journalism did not afford his memory much respect. His widow, Elise Jordan, complained to The New York Times about the characterization of his life’s work in the paper’s short, to-the-point obituary. But the factors that made Hastings unlauded …

Rachel Maddow’s Drift

Rachel Maddow’s book Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power is a good narrative of how the US turned from a strong military superpower into a bloated military superpower, how the decision power to enter war shifted from country to commander-in-chief and of all the skirmishes, scandals and absurdities on the way. It’s very, very …

Feminism is itself a challenge. Feminism is a challenge to the way things are in the world. It is by definition an oppositional movement, because it’s trying to accomplish something. I’ve never felt like feminism was a consciousness raising effort in isolation. Everything about feminism is about getting something in the world to get better …

Mommies, Daddies and the Armed Service Committee

As recently mentioned on the Rachel Maddow Show, Congressman Ike Skelton, chairman of the Armed Services Committee, feels uneasy to discuss the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” because it might bring mommies and daddies around the US in the potentially (?) uncomfortable situation of having to explain what homosexuality is to their 7-year old kids. …