Machine Dreams

Let us here contribute our very small voice to the last-ditch campaign to filibuster the nomination of Sam (The Sham) Alito. Steve Gilliard is providing one of many nerve centers of the effort, so we will point you toward his capable hands, and echo his motto for this battle: "Better to Go Down Fighting."

Or as Mario Savio once put it: "There is a time when the operation of the machine becomes so odious, makes you so sick at heart, that you can't take part; you can't even passively take part, and you've got to put your bodies upon the gears and upon the wheels, upon the levers, upon all the apparatus, and you've got to make it stop. And you've got to indicate to the people who run it, to the people who own it, that unless you're free, the machine will be prevented from working at all!"

If we can't stop the machine this time, let's at least by God put some grit in the gears.