March 2, 2004

Saving all your money for fame

* Smog will play at Iota, in Arlington, Virginia on April 15.

* Who was most scared of the truth?. excerpt:

"Co-chaired by Republican Thomas Kean and Democrat Lee Hamilton, the bipartisan panel has approached its difficult mission with extraordinary balance and seriousness. This is, after all, the most nagging single question of our time. What's the real story behind 9/11?

"New York lost nearly 3,000 people that day.

"We — and especially their families — have a right to know the truth. The commission has been asking some uncomfortable questions about what Washington knew, including the single most pressing one: Could the attacks somehow have been avoided or stopped?

"No one knows exactly why George W. Bush seems so reluctant to let the truth come out. Had someone tried to warn him about an imminent attack? Were there embarrassing predictions in the daily presidential briefing? If Sept. 11 was truly a life-altering experience for the nation, shouldn't all of us know the cold, hard facts?"

* Todd Gitlan on George Bush, culture czar. [via wood s lot]

excerpt:

"In 2000, Bush considered it reasonable to leave the question of gay marriage to the fifty states of the union. In 2004, the culture czar has chosen to trump the rights of his nation’s states. The ghost of his father’s defeat at the hands of Bill Clinton in 1992 perennially haunts George II. Then, grumpy conservatives failed to come to the rescue. This time, Bush plans to satisfy his conservative base.

"But how well is he doing? Not so well judging by the reaction of the Republican leadership in the House of Representatives this week. An amendment to the constitution is not only hard to achieve (two-thirds of each house of Congress must first vote yes, followed by three-quarters of state legislatures), it treads close to blasphemy. In Washington, the office-holding Right must wonder whether it’s now taking on more trouble than it needs. For although gay marriage is surely unpopular among a majority of people nationwide, a constitutional amendment that removes each state’s responsibility to decide the issue is deeply divisive, including among independents and Democrats. (A lot depends on how the question is asked – but in one wording, there’s an even split between a constitutional amendment and the proposition that each state should 'make its own laws on homosexual marriage.')"

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