Arianna steps up with some common sense again, this time on the bankruptcy bill. She even piles on my newest buddy, VA Rep. Jim Moran (happily, he represents Zip Code 22304, not my son in Charlottesville).
I’m getting this warm tingly feeling…I may become an Arianna fan…hmm…me, her, Jill Stewart, a pile of legislative summaries…Dawn Olsen would be green with envy…


(Thanks to Lean Left)
Ann Coulter visits U.W.:

Coulter was asked why she condemns the terrorists so strongly, but not those who kill abortion doctors. She said that the latter have been extremely frustrated by the fact that they can’t vote on this issue, thanks to Roe vs. Wade, and that they worked within the system for twenty years without success before turning to murder. She said that those individuals believe they had been left with no other routes for dissent in the face of an ongoing atrocity. Coulter further suggested that although she would not take it upon herself to take extreme actions on the abortion issue, she will not condemn those who do.


Here’s a good – no, great – column from John Balzar in today’s LA Times. An excerpt:

I believe in myths, or I want to–the myths of our nation and, in particular, the dauntless sagas of the West. It seems to me that a culture without legends, without ballads to sing to itself, without a dash of romance packed away in its attic, is impoverished in the worst of ways.
No doubt that’s why I was drawn to California. I cut my journalistic teeth here. This is the place where you either appreciate the fantastic or you wear rubber boots because California is knee-deep in it. So it has always seemed to me.
Just plunge into the latest installment in Kevin Starr’s vivid history of California, “Embattled Dreams.” It covers the decade from 1940 to 1950, when modern California was forged out of the sheet metal and sweat of wartime.
California’s state librarian and a scholar at large, Starr has the touch of a novelist, and he renders history as a story, not as a theory. His California is populated by zoot-suiters, cinema celebrities, women on the factory line, black Americans biting into the ripening fruits of progress, Okies making good and the transiting legions of fighting men who promise themselves a fresh start in the sunshine, if only they live long enough. Plus various Red-baiters, reactionaries, a ghostly murderer and a towering political leader named Gov. Earl Warren.

Yet I sense a yearning among Californians. I’m not the only one who wants to believe in destiny. I don’t know a single person who is content to allow a future Kevin Starr to describe this as the era when we gave up on our dreams.

I’m an immense fan of Kevin Starr’s histories of California, which I find the perfect anodyne to Mike Davis’ deliberately bleak ‘City of Quartz’. It is impossible to understand California history, or American history without understanding the hope that led the average people here.
I was bicycling through Death Valley one winter, and came across a series of grave markers next to the road. Children and adults who died while attempting to cross to California and their dream of a future.
It had a huge impact on me to realize how badly people wanted a better future for themselves and their children…badly enough to walk and ride ox-drawn wagons across the country and end up out of water, of food, and still to press on and cross Death Valley.
For me it was paved roads, a 25-pound bicycle and a support van driven by my girlfriend with water, food, and the promise of an air-conditioned hotel at the end of the day.
Why is it so much harder for us to hope than it was for them?
Who can look at Davis or Simon and believe for a moment that they could lead us to a dream?


Ann Salisbury lists all of Gov. “SkyBox” Davis’ accomplishments (it’s a long list).
Bob Morris shows the Gov’s darker side:

Gray Davis, the coin operated governor, Chapter 847
Are there no depths to which Gray Davis will not stoop?
State officials allowed one of California’s largest polluters to increase toxic discharges into San Francisco Bay shortly after the company donated $70,500 to Gov. Gray Davis, a Mercury News investigation has found.

Me, I’m still voting for Gov. LePetomaine. “Think of your secretary, Governor!”


No, you perv, I’m not going to be wearing a frilly apron…
But in the spirit of that comment, I’ve added Dawn Olsen to the blogroll…I actually use my blogroll (and referrer logs) to surf around, so it’s both for my convenience and because I realize that there is Severe Gender Imbalance on the list. I will go practice some Affirmative Action when I add some blogs.
I’m also working on a logo. The ‘Armed’ part is easy, but I’m struggling to give the artist some direction on the ‘liberal’ part. No one would get an Adlai Stevenson caricature. Best I can come up with is this, a picture of a samurai rabbit from a comic series called ‘Usagi Yojimbo’ (note: I’m a huuuge samurai movie fan, but don’t know much about comix; found this searching for cartoons of rabbits in Google). What do folks think??


Bob Morris weighs in on Joe Lieberman’s attempt to keep Al Gore on the New Democrat ranch:

Well Joe, you silly elitist twit, it IS a class conflict, and speaking out loudly against corporate fraud and corruption could be the best possible way for Democrats to re-take the White House. And by the way Joe, remind us why you are a Democrat since you are more conservative than most Republicans?

Bob, the sad fact is that you’re absolutely right – this is what the Dems should be doing. But also I think in taking this tack, the Democrats expose themselves incredibly (as noted in my post below). I’m hard-pressed to imagine that we could find a Democrat who isn’t vulnerable enough (remember that we don’t need parity in corruption…a mere stain will do)to this issue to make it suicidal gesture, and as a consequence I think we’ll get a lot of posturing over arcane accounting and administrative trivia which will allow the Dems to take Bush on (“what did he know and when did he know it?” type stuff) without threatening their own access to the private jets.