-- Addding Majikthise to the blogroll, although I've always secretly suspected that a philosopher who also dabbled in science fiction and liberal politics was so statistically improbable as to be some sort of computer construct.
-- David Neiwert lays out such an elegant little smackdown on people who don't believe you should pass anti-gay discrimination laws because homosexuality is a "chosen behaviour" -- I hereby announce that I surrender all inferior personally constructed arguments and shall claim this one as my own, wielding it lethally and shamelessly, like a Huron dropping a blunderbuss and prying a Springfield longrifle off a dead Brit.
-- When I'm sure Blogger's settled down, I'll add Shakespeare's Sisters Big Brass Blog, but in the meantime check out the nice bit of coding on the Bloggrrlz Gallery. Scan the front pages of progressive women's blogs without leaving the guide page.
-- Novelist Jeri Smith reports on an excellent development in Maryland:
Last week the Maryland Senate passed a bill to give medical decision-making rights to all unmarried couples who sign onto a domestic registry. The House of Delegates passed a similar bill overwhelmingly last year, so it's as good as passed at this point.
The Maryland Catholic Conference (who should be condemned just for having the worst blinking text offense in website history--seriously, go look at it, but epileptics be warned) lobbied against the bill, saying it was "really about promoting the radical homosexual agenda."
This would be the first time someone would have the explicit right to visit his or her partner in the hospital, as there are no legal documents available to spell out that right.
Dan Furmansky of Equality Maryland said, "I guess if wanting to be in the hospital room with your loved one at a time of illness is part of the radical homosexual agenda, then we're guilty as charged."
-- Kevin Drum talks about theState Department finally admitting that the reconstruction of Iraq shagged the pooch and starting a study. On behalf of 10,000 wounded US soldiers and 1500 dead ones, allow me to say, "No, fuck YOU very much, fat white guys in suits. Fuck YOU."