I was going to write here about the what universe do these people occupy? situation that popped up in Congress yesterday. Were talking about a meeting of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, in which Republicans defended note: we are not making this up Republicans defended terrorists right to buy guns in America. And no, again, were not shitting you. Like I said, I was going to write about it, but Gail Collins at the New York Times did a splendid job in her column this morning, so I will simply point you to her well-informed, witty words about the Alice in Wonderlandish world of current GOP thinking.
As long as Im at it, let me recommend a couple of other great columns. Hal Crowther, king of American essayists (yes, that IMHO) and former CL columnist, penned a classic for the Independent in Durham, regarding the state of American politics, and, specifically, the Tea Party crowd. Favorite quote: When corporate-sponsored right-wing ideologues castigate big government, that's like ventriloquist Edgar Bergen settling the blame on his dummy Charlie McCarthy.
Finally, Dave Zirin of The Nation wrote a great piece on how the NBAs Phoenix Suns, or Los Suns of Phoenix, came out in full-fledged opposition to their states current experiment with anti-immigrant fascism and how TNTs basketball reporters got behind Los Suns in last nights playoff game broadcast.