Maureen Dowd: fiction writer?

Do you get this?  An supposed opinion piece in the NY Time by MD  is really a short bit of fiction that contains a comspiratorial meeting between H. Clinton and McCain.  They toss back vodka and congratulate themselves on have done down Obama.  Georgia was part of the plot, it turns out, since Bill convinced Putin to go for it. 

At the end, Jesse Jackson shows up to get reassurance that it’s over.

Now, for sheer Hillary hatred MD gets top marks  with, for example,

It would have been better to put this language in the platform: “A woman who wildly mismanages and bankrupts a quarter-of-a-billion-dollar campaign operation, and then blames sexism in society, will dampen the dreams of our daughters.”

So now she’s run out of opinons in which she can invest her ire, so she’s trying fiction?

(If you want to see our discussions of MD and HRC, you could try the search engine or just start here.  It is not a pretty picture.)

My bet on what is going on?  I think it’s the same ‘blame the woman” trope that we saw visited on Elizabeth Edwards.

Iowa’s “Open-air prison” for women and children

According to Democracy Now, an immigration raid ended up with 400 people arrested at a meat packing plant in Postville, Iowa.  What happened to the families of those carted off?

And for those left behind–namely the wives and children of the men taken away–the town has been turned into what some have described as an open-air prison. Dozens of immigrant women remain in Postville without status or a means of support. Many of them are even forbidden from leaving and have been made to wear electronic monitoring bracelets.

According to the broadcast, the government helpfully supplied packets for those picked up, with scripts for them to use when entering their pleas and so on.  There was a problem, though.  The scripts presumed they were guilty of a series of crimes, including fraudulent use of government documents, identity theft and so on.

Why not just suppose them guilty, now that Habeas Corpus and all that no longer applies to non-citizens in the US, does it?