I wouldn't ordinarily have posted these next two items, on the grounds that I don't like to duplicate content easily available elsewhere. But my belief that these stories would be all over the place has, thus far, turned out to be false. Something is seriously wrong here.

First, 15 February has been set as the date of the "big" protest against the war. It's being organized by United for Peace, a group that ought to be more or less immune to charges of extremism. Huge crowds are expected.

New York City sees matters differently, though: it's denied the march a permit. United for Peace has gone to court to seek a permit for a march, instead of the "stationary event" the city is offering.

Hello? We're on the brink of war as things stand already; 15 February is likely be the largest and most forceful public event against those plans. This is a key moment for public consensus, for democratic decision-making. So where's the outrage? Hello?

Second, Representative Howard Coble (R-N.C.) stated Wednesday that he thought the WWII internment of Japanese-Americans was appropriate, for their own safety. For their own safety. For their own safety.

Hello? The internment was among the most shameful American acts of the century; Korematsu the most shameful Supreme Court decision. But even that craven and hypocritical Court wasn't so cravenly hypocritical as to pretend that the internment was for the safety of the issei and the nisei. The internment was worse than segregation; Coble's statements are worse than Trent Lott's. So where's the outrage? Hello?