Thursday, February 01, 2007

R.I.P. Molly Ivins, WTC anger




R.I.P. Molly Ivins


It was always a pleasure to read someone who could make indignation and fury so funny and good natured. It’s a big loss. She was really one of the best. This is a really nice tribute.

This is from the Dallas Fort Worth Star Telegram obit:

Ms. Ivins told readers about her first bout with cancer in a matter-of-fact afterword in an otherwise ordinary column.

"I have contracted an outstanding case of breast cancer, from which I fully intend to recover," she wrote on Dec. 14, 1999. "I don’t need get-well cards, but I would like the beloved women readers to do something for me: Go. Get. The. Damn. Mammogram. Done."

Ms. Ivins authored three books and co-authored a fourth. She was a three-time finalist for a Pulitzer Prize... but the iconoclastic writer often said that her two highest honors were being banned from the conservative campus of Texas A&M University and having the Minneapolis police name their mascot pig after her when she covered the department as a reporter during one of her first jobs in the newspaper business.


How is it that Molly Ivins never won a Pulitzer and that Tom Friedman, who urged the Iraq war on, has won 3? As someone very close to me noted she had guts, while none of those other guys do.

Think about it.. Friedman was beating the drums for this mess and what is his comeuppance? Flying around the world on a private jet getting 50k to give speeches about the flat world that anyone could look out their window and see. He's probably drinking Moet out of athuman-skull champagne flute right htis minute. Why should we listen to anything this guy has to say when he was so completely off base about something so important? Are we supposed to just forget that? Apparently so. What exactly does it take for someone to lose thier credibility?

And Bill Kristol, who is always such a nice, calming presence on TV -- what is his penance for being so flagrantly wrong and not just writing about it but serving as a cheerleader and lead tsk-tsker that anyone who agrees with him is not noly wrong but limp wrested, short sighted and unpatriotic? Well, he gets more TV gigs and now a spot with Time magazine. Andrew Sullivan was another tomtom pounder. He gets rewarded by being wooed from Time to the Atlantic. It’s really amazing.

Don’t these guys have to suck any wind for being so horribly wrong? It’s like rewarding the surgeon who killed your son by making him chairman of the department. That probably happens, too, come to think of it.

At least, McCain is going to go down in flames in punishment for selling out and groveling down to kiss Shrub’s ass. Looks like he picked the wrong time to abandon his “maverick” principles. Nothing like hitching your wagon to a falling star to run for president. Hagel is the new McCain. And really the time is so right for someone of any political leaning who will actually give us some “straight talk.” That’s why mushy mouthed Hillary is gonna be toast, too.


I know some people don't like when I rant, but sometimes I can't hold it in,and this was one those days, prompted by this sad news and also this story:

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This story really disturbed me.

I really find it profoundly wrong that they are building at the WTC site. It is a mass gravesite and should forever be a park and memorial.