It was a rough time last week, but things are looking up. Not only was I graced with the presence of the most lovely lady I know, but apparently we got a new President, whom I really dig. So let's get some links off the browser, and jump into this new week with a smile and some can-do spirit! (I'm not sure I'm ever this perky in person. I'm not even sure why I'm this perky now)
The Voting Rights Act: Still a good idea, still deterring dirty tricks.
I actually prefer it when they're explicit about things: A large group of British academics signed a petition expressing their opinion that "Israel must lose" its war against Hamas, as a corollary to their belief in "the right to resist military aggression and colonial occupation".
One thing I will say Israel needs to lose is the instinct to crack down on political protesters. What is with them these past few weeks?
Rachel Maddow explains why she found the whole Rick Warren/Eugene Robinson gambit infuriating.
Rep. Steve King (R-IA) is a massive prick, albeit one who inspires fabulous parodies.
Richard Jeffrey Newman writes far better posts than I do about anti-Semitism -- even though he seriously disagrees with me on much of the topic.
Former Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell is looking like the man who will be tapped to lead Obama's mid-east peace initiatives. Sounds like a good choice.