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It Could Be Worse


Clint Eastwood called it.

The Good Guys have won a couple.

I like it.

By Good Guys I mean the American people, which includes determined stiffs like Attorney General Beau Biden, then there is A.G. Eric Schneiderman and A.G. Koster of Missouri.

Attorney General Chris Koster recently announced a 136-count indictment against DOCX, which a Boone, Cty. grand jury delivered in the town where I was born.

A grand jury in Columbia, Missouri, handed down the 136- count indictment against Docx and founder Lorraine Brown alleging that a person whose name appears on 68 notarized deeds of release didn’t actually sign the paperwork, Chris Koster, the state’s attorney general, said in a statement yesterday.

This is one of the topics Chris Hayes talked about this past weekend. Genius guest booking and general wonderfulness all ’round.

Then there’s David Boies back dispensing wisdom, this time on Pres. Obama’s free contraceptive coverage decision, without fanfare or ego. Conversations and email exchanges on the subject with attorney friends, discussion richness.

Senators Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins are backing Pres. Obama on the contraception mandate.

While Sen. Scott Brown gave Elizabeth Warren a big gift. He joined Sen. Roy Blunt’s anti-women brigade that wants to deny women what Pres. Obama’s mandate provides.

“Arguing for Obama, Justice Scalia” (h/t wb), by Jay Bookman takes it from there.

I’ve been reading Justice Antonin Scalia’s decision in “Employment Division v. Smith,” a 1990 case in which the Supreme Court pretty much settled the question of whether the federal government can require or outlaw actions that might bump up against religious beliefs. The decision makes it clear that the Catholic bishops have no legal or constitutional basis for their complaint.

Gov. Chris Gregoire signed marriage equality in to law.

Occupy is still percolating out there.

Prop. 8, funded by the Mormon Church, was overturned, and marriage equality is alive.

Women won a big one, but also businesses and the greater bottom line. Ordinary workers, the individual, got some power back, because the First Amendment swings both ways.

This came after Susan G. Komen let Karen Handel near the piggy bank, and Planned Parenthood and women who can’t afford what Karen Handel or Susan G. Komen can, demanded justice.

The whip cream for me was the announcement that the money pit Baghdad embassy was going to be filleted, with the staff being cut by half. That’s on top of Iraq involvement being cut down to bare necessities. That leaves one-half of a money pit.

It just feels like one of those moments when something has shifted.

No one should get comfortable, because whatever we’re living through remains in motion, as Pres. Obama says in his note.

Somehow Whitney Houston is woven into this passage, too.

But it’s that Super Bowl car ad.

American car companies and manufacturing are part of the American soul and psyche, as far as I’m concerned. The combination of the moment, with Clint Eastwood narrating, it all seems so iconic.

Things just feel a little better right now.

It’s happier days, Keynes is back in the conversation and the culture war is back.


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11 Responses to It Could Be Worse

  1. Art Pronin February 14, 2012 at 12:30 am #

    yep. did you see in the wh budget they want millions to fund pilot programs like in CA where women can take PAID leave for a sick child etc… lets hope there is a shift to something a little better

    http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2012/02/13/424534/obama-budget-paid-medical-leave/

  2. Art Pronin February 14, 2012 at 12:31 am #

    U have to wonder if Sen brown just lost his election battle by siding against women on this. Really. This is MA- lots of potent women in the electoral field there with a long history. He is screwed

    • Taylor Marsh February 14, 2012 at 9:32 am #

      No evidence yet, they’re neck and neck, but it will be a good issue for Warren.

      However, Scott Brown is a good candidate and won’t be easy to beat.  It is a possibility, as that link above reveals, Brown can best her, especially with Independents thinking that one Republican amid a Democratic slate might be a good thing.

  3. fangio February 14, 2012 at 1:23 am #

    You sound so giddy,  you should put your feet up,  crack open a micro brew and watch “  High Plains Drifter. ” You could make it a double bill with “  Gran Torino. “

    • Taylor Marsh February 14, 2012 at 9:26 am #

      Already did, fangio.  Popped a Schloss Eggenberg, then watched “The Unforgiven,” the best western ever made in modern times.

      Need to savor this moment, because as volatile as things obviously are who knows how long it will last. See the Middle East…

      Besides, it’s Valentine’s Day. A little good cheer is in order, wherever it can be found.

      • Cujo359 February 14, 2012 at 1:43 pm #

        Unless the 1970s aren’t modern times, I’d have to object. I think The Outlaw Josey Wales was the best, with Unforgiven coming second.

  4. secularhumanizinevoluter February 14, 2012 at 6:43 am #

    How about Letters from Iwo Jima?

    • fangio February 14, 2012 at 10:06 am #

      Probably need more than beer for that one;  couple of bong hits,  drop some acid maybe?

  5. nightrain37 February 14, 2012 at 11:25 am #

    Like everyone else we have to take the wins when we can get them and give the Prez. props when earned. However this is not the time to get comfortable. This is only preseason, the real games have yet to start. Sorry but the new job has me commuting longer and working longer days. So I have to post when I’m not too tired or taking care of business at home.

    • Taylor Marsh February 14, 2012 at 11:34 am #

      Understand and appreciate you popping in when you have time, nightrain. Take care of yourself.

  6. Cujo359 February 14, 2012 at 1:56 pm #

    I love the SCTV video. In a way, it’s saying the same thing as the Clint Eastwood commercial it’s parodying, just with sarcasm.

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