Random Liberals

We are random liberals (who knew?). Collectively, we make up the greatest blog in the history of ourselves. We will blog about anything that suits us; mostly politics, with a little bit of religion and randomness to make the blog exciting.


Friday, April 29, 2005


Today is the 60th anniversary of the liberation of the Dachau concentration camp at the end of World War II. My grandfather was part of the force that arrived in Dachau that day to boxcars full of dead and emaciated prisoners. Here's to the bravery of my grandfather and those who fought with him.


Friday, April 22, 2005

Equal Rights Revisited

Spain's lower house of parliament adopted a bill today allowing for marriage rights for gays and also allowing for adoption by gay couples. The bill will be implemented in a few months, after the Spanish Senate--which like the English House of Lords is a mostly ceremonial legislative house--adopts the bill. While the Netherlands and Belgium have previously passed laws allowing gay marriage, Spain is the first state to pass a bill allowing for adoption by gay couples. The bill will also allow same-sex couples to inherit from one another and to take advantage of retirement benefits from working spouses.

Unsurprisingly, the Vatican seriously opposes the bill, and in fact is calling for Spanish officials to ignore the law, even at the risk of their jobs. This is Pope Benedict XVI's first big chance to try to exercise his power outside of the Vatican. I don't see how he'll be successful, but it bothers me that his first big focus is not on, say, AIDS in the third world, or worldwide hunger problems, but...gay marriage? Yes, I know there are a couple of passages in the Bible saying that homosexuality is evil, bad, and evil, but there are far more passages about caring for the sick and for the least among us. I don't get it.


Friday, April 15, 2005


I meant to say something last week, but for the past week or so I have been guestblogging at Feministe, which is why I haven't been posting here so much. Head on over and check out what others and I have been talking about. You'll like it...I hope.


Friday, April 01, 2005

Who's Running This Joint?

President Bush has been spending an awful long time out and about promoting his not-yet-a-plan for Social Security, which raises the question: Who's running the country right now? While Bush is up on his stages lying to us about the trust fund and putting down PhD.'s, who is holding the briefcase in Washington?