Rosa Parks R.I.P.

Rosa Parks Bill Clinton speaks at Rosa Parks' Funeral Service

Download the funeral program book (.pdf)

Her funeral is being broadcast live now via MSNBC.com. While the Clinton’s, Rev. Jesse Jackson, Barack Obama, John Kerry and several other diplomats are on hand; one notable absence is that of President Bush.

Even LBJ made it to Martin Luther King, Jr.’s funeral, but apparently in his “stay the course” numb to humanity stance, Bush was unaware (read: his advisors forgot to tell him) of the implications of at least having some sort of presence at the biggest civil rights party of the decade.

Alito + Roe = Whadd’ya Know?

From Gallup today:

* About the same number of Americans rate Alito’s selection either excellent or good (43%) as rate it fair or poor (39%). Miers received a similar rating, but Roberts’ rating was somewhat more positive: 51% excellent or good, 34% fair or poor.

* More people feel positive rather than negative about Alito personally — 44% to 19%, respectively — with another third offering no rating. Again, Miers’ rating was similar, but a majority, 54%, gave Roberts a favorable personal rating.

* About half of those interviewed Tuesday night believe Alito’s views are mainstream, while a quarter think his views are too extreme, and another quarter have no opinion.

* It doesn’t bother most Americans (75%) that Alito is a man nominated to replace the first woman ever appointed to the Supreme Court. About the same percentage were not bothered when Roberts was first nominated to replace O’Connor (after Chief Justice William Rehnquist died, President Bush nominated Roberts to become chief justice).

* The public is evenly divided as to whether Alito probably would or would not vote to overturn Roe v. Wade. Thirty-eight percent believe he would, and an equal percentage think he would not, with the rest offering no opinion.

* If it becomes clear Alito would vote to reverse Roe v. Wade, Americans would not want the Senate to confirm him, by 53% to 37%.

* If most Senate Democrats oppose the nomination and decide to filibuster against Alito, 50% of Americans believe they would be justified, while 40% say they would not.

* If the Republicans then decide to eliminate the filibuster on judicial nominations, to ensure an “up-or-down vote” on the nomination, Americans would be evenly divided as to whether that tactic was justified — 45% say it would be, 47% say it would not.

Heads up from Daily Kos / AmericaBlog.

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U.S. Air Strikes

Iraq bombWho knows how many air strikes are conducted each day in Iraq? (70 armed sorties in the last two days according to the DoD website)! We’ll never know because it is NEVER reported!

Even NPR has stooped to the subservient level of topping the day’s news with BIRD FLU – despite the fact that the CDC itself assures us that it is NOT a REAL THREAT. What, does Rumsfeld need a paycheck? And if that’s not enough… there’s this so-called report on the Gulf of Tonkin incident.

Meanwhile, 26 Iraqi civilians (not “insurgents”) were killed in airstrikes yesterday in Iraq. Granted, news outlets are allowed a day off from LeakGate… but what of Scalito?

How about the fact that half a million are still without power in South Florida and schools have been closed for over a week.

Its November 1, not April Fools… if I hear one more thing about Tonkin or Bird Flu today, I might have to drop out of j-school.

UPDATE: Dems call for Senate meeting. Frist; accusing the Dems of hijacking the Senate: “They have no convictions, they have no principles, they have no ideas….”

Looks like we’re really gonna get somewhere now.