Those who are determined to be ‘offended’ will discover a provocation somewhere. We cannot possibly adjust enough to please the fanatics, and it is degrading to make the attempt.
Christopher Hitchens (via ursus-omega)
ataxiwardance: This is me right now -
… for the ACLU’s Symposium on the Affordable Care Act’s Contraception Mandate tomorrow.
While I’m rather happy and proud to given such an honor / opportunity, it’s not really what I’d like to be doing at 11.30 PM on a Tuesday… Sigh. Time to crack another beer I suppose.
Plus, it’s kind of hard to speak on the topic with too much bluster when you’re leading for a panel discussion between a professor of health law, a professor of family law, and the Executive Director / Author of “Our Bodies Ourselves”.
The executive branch is claiming the authority to target and kill any individual anywhere in the world - including American citizens - without any judicial process or oversight and without any transparency or accountability, it is subverting the Constitution and international law in assuming the role of judge, jury and executioner.
Under the Obama administration, drone strikes have escalated and expanded in Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia. In Pakistan alone, the Obama administration has launched six times as many drone strikes as the Bush administration, in fewer years in office, killing hundreds of innocent people and devastating families.
Ultimately, efforts to end the expansion of US drone strikes and covert wars are not only a legal matter, but a political and ethical one on which the viability of a livable future and meaningful democracy is based.