I’d like to see this theme expanded to other topics and adopted as a rallying point for progressives:
Any force that tries to make you feel shame for being who you are, and loving who you love, is a form of tyranny over your mind. And it must be rejected, resisted, and defeated.
— Al Gore, speaking at the Human Rights Campaign Gala on March 25, 2006, at the Century Plaza Hotel.
Tyrrany over the mind…says it perfectly to me.
(Via John, via Pandagon.)
- Nearly one in 10 households with a mortgage had zero or negative equity in their homes as of September 2005, according to First American Real Estate Solutions, an arm of title-insurance company First American Corp. The study of 26 million homes in 36 states and the District of Columbia found that one in 20 home borrowers was upside-down by 10% or more.
- The situation is even grimmer for recent borrowers. Of those who bought or refinanced homes in 2005, 29% had zero or negative equity, and 15.2% were underwater by 10% or more.
I’ve for some time been a housing bear, but these numbers are worse than I’d have predicted. And this was at the peak of the market!
Unfortunately it doesn’t seem too early to start opposing a war in Iran. Whether a political stunt or genuine insanity, noise needs to be made now.
This American Prospect cover story by my favorite blogger—and now full-fledged journalist&mdashEzra Klein give me some great hope for the future. A number of things are coming together lately to make me feel like we’ve passed a point of inflection, that we’re beyond the nadir of this—in too many ways—crappy decade. I have to hope that we’re at the start of a new enlightenment.
Damn, I’m becoming a Mac Addict!