Adam Serwer


Alan Keyes not so hot on repealing birthright citizenship.

Birtherism is alive and well.

"Mama Grizzlies" is an identity-politics hustle.

Abortion is not like slavery.

Prop. 8 loses.

Awlaki/Treasury Lawsuit Update.

Yesterday Josh Gerstein reported Treasury's claims that the ACLU and the CCR don't need a license to represent American-born extremist cleric Anwar al-Awlaki in a lawsuit challenging the government's authority to kill him without a trial. The ACLU and CCR are also challenging Treasury's licensing requirement as unconstitutional. 

A New Secret Muslim Conspiracy?

Biracial black/Bangladeshi-American Michigan state Sen. Hansen Clarke, who defeated incumbent Carolyn Cheeks-Kilpatrick in yesterday's Democratic Party primary in Michigan's 13th Congressional District, seems ripe for some right-wing conspiracy theorizing. If you think Barack Obama or Keith Ellison got the conspiracy mills humming, check out Clarke's family biography:

Anti-Marriage Equality Hijinx.

In case you were wondering how marriage equality opponents are expecting Judge Vaughn Walker to rule today in California's Prop. 8 case, National Organization's for Marriage's man in D.C. in the D.C. metropolitan area, Bishop Harry Jackson, is already complaining even though the ruling hasn't been handed down yet (via RightWingWatch):

NRO Lies About Faisal Rauf.

NRO has tried hard to connect Imam Faisal Rauf, the man behind the proposed Islamic community center near Ground Zero, to terrorism, but this statement in their editorial today is correction-worthy:

Nor is Rauf exactly full-throated in his rejection of terrorism, offering only this: “The issue of terrorism is a very complex question.” While he cannot quite bring himself to blame the terrorists for being terrorists, he finds it easy to blame the United States for being a victim of terrorism: “I wouldn’t say that the United States deserved what happened, but the United States policies were an accessory to the crime that happened.”

Aging And Prisons.

The other day Sara Mayeux highlighted this piece on the growing problem of costs associated with aging inmates in Georgia. As she points out, this isn't merely a local problem. Here's a graph from a report by the Pew Center on the States and the Vera Institute of Justice on the growth of the inmate population over 45 and 55:

An End To Prison-Based Gerrymandering In New York.

Look, I know I've said this before, but Gov. David Paterson is leaving an incomparable progressive legacy on corrections issues in New York. The budget passed by the state Legislature yesterday would end the practice of prison-based gerrymandering, by which conservative upstate politicians inflate their power by counting the largely black prison population as constituents despite the fact that inmates, by definition, reside in the district involuntarily.

Peaceful Jews Refudiate Park 51 Opponents.

Imam Faisal Rauf, the head of the Cordoba Initiative organization that is planning the Islamic community center near Ground Zero, thanked American Jewish organizations for their support of the project:

Prop. 8 Ruling Expected Today.

The decision in the Perry v. Schwarzenegger marriage-equality case is expected to come down today. This LA Times editorial wrap-up published after the closing arguments in June does a great job of explaining just how badly the case went for opponents of marriage equality:


Heather Hurlburt on liberal apathy, the national security version.

Driving home my point, Greg Sargent notes that liberal darling Rep. Anthony Weiner has been silent about the so-called Ground Zero Mosque.

Shales Now Outright Lying About Amanpour.

This is low-stakes intra-Beltway sniping, so I'm not sure why it bothers me so much, but Tom Shales is now just straight-up lying about Christiane Amanpour's "In Memoriam" segment on last Sunday's edition of ABC's This Week:

ACLU, CCR, Target Targeted Killing.

The American Civil Liberties Union and the Center on Constitutional rights have filed a lawsuit against Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and the Treasury Department Office of Foreign Asset Control over their having blocked the ACLU's attempt to challenge the government's authority to engage in the targeted killing of American citizens suspected of terrorism. The lawsuit is being brought on behalf of Nasser al-Awlaki, the father of Anwar al-Awlaki, the extremist cleric who has been linked to al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula and several terror plots targeting the United States.

Landmark Commission Says Park 51 Project Can Go Forward.

New York City's Landmark Preservation Commission voted unanimously not to landmark the building in the spot where the Cordoba Initiative wants to construct an Islamic community center, often erroneously referred to as the "Ground Zero Mosque." The Wall Street Journal reported this morning that the center will contain a memorial to the victims of the September 11 attacks, but this is unlikely to quiet opponents of the project, who are either commit

Cordoba: Lost In Translation.

Part of the conservative opposition to the Islamic Center near Ground Zero being proposed by the Cordoba Initiative is the presumption that the name itself, Cordoba, is an indication of the group's intentions to impose Sharia law on the United States. For example, here's Newt Gingrich:

The true intentions of Rauf are also revealed by the name initially proposed for the Ground Zero mosque --“Cordoba House” -- which is named for a city in Spain where a conquering Muslim army replaced a church with a mosque. This name is a very direct historical indication that the Ground Zero mosque is all about conquest and thus an assertion of Islamist triumphalism which we should not tolerate.