He actually planned for that to run December 24th. He did it ahead of time and thought he would have two this week. However, when he got ready to do a comic last night, he suddenly saw headlines about Nouri al-Maliki, prime minister-designate in Iraq, announcing today. So he went with that one already 'in the can.'
John Halle the writer (not the Congress member) is someone we have often noted in this community. He has a post up at Corrente about getting banned from Common Dreams. I hope you will read it.
He, like John V. Walsh, is someone who has refused to drink either major party's Kool-Aid and he is someone who has kept a consistent set of ethics. That does not allow you to win friends on the left, as we all know, because so much of the left sees its role as cheerleader for Barack Obama. (Can I say "slutty cheerleader for Barack Obama"? I think I just did.)
So for carrying on a reasoned and civil discussion, he is now banned from Common Dreams. I am sorry for him. I know those things hurt.
But I also think, "Eh, it's Common Dreams?"
Meaning? They had a female co-founder or something die in the fall of 2008 or later. And they tried to raise money off of that which was not just tacky but downright offensive as they tried to play pro-woman when their comments during the primaries were nothing but sexist attacks on Hillary. (I am sure those attacks continued on Cynthia McKinney and on Sarah Palin. I stopped visiting that site when they began publishing sexist articles and not just sexist comments. I know about the fundraiser only because I had given them money in the past so I was on their e-mail list. I stopped giving money after the sexism was obvious.)
But it does hurt, I know that. You play by the rules and you end up attacked for it. And Mr. Halle may be like me in that he spends a day or two wondering, "Was it me? Did I do something I am just not remembering?"
I wish I could be more like C.I. Her attitude to stuff like this is simple, "Good. Now I know you're not an ally and I don't have to waste anymore time on you. And I'm stronger for knowing I can't count on you." And all of that is true. C.I. is able to focus on the big picture in situations like that. I get lost in the pain and the personal. I hope Mr. Halle realizes that he is better off without Common Dreams.
This is C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot" for today: