Category Archives: Politics

Stigmatizing violence

I forget which of my friends posted this, and Facebook moved too fast for me to think about it and then find it again, but someone said this weekend that we need to stigmatize the glorification, or at least normalization, … Continue reading

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A live one at the Department of Defense!

Bravo, Colonel Beebe! Op-ed in Friday’s L.A. Times: article Excerpt: “This new century is teaching us that traditional security tools are far from the only weapons we have to confront today’s challenges. Our nation’s efforts to safeguard the environment around … Continue reading

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the thing about Wisconsin

A little reality check on the Wisconsin State Senate: I love the drama and the crowds that the fourteen Democratic senators have helped along by fleeing the state to avoid a vote. And if the aim of this move is … Continue reading

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the end of Fannie and Freddie

I just heard Robert Scheer give a talk to Media Studies at Pomona College today. He discussed this Obama move, which was the subject of his column this week: “Home Sweet Wall Street” He is right both about how terrible … Continue reading

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Oliver’s New President

It occurred to me this morning while watching the inauguration that Barack Obama is the first President that Oliver knows about (even though I’m quite sure he doesn’t yet have a clue what a President does. Wave a trident and … Continue reading

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Best birthday ever?

With the exception of a couple of California Proposition absurdities (Props 8 & 9), the election results gave me one of the best birthdays ever. Yay Obama! (It is all about me, right?) Having my parents here for the day … Continue reading

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Election profundities

On the WNCT television website, an article on the still-unconfirmed presidential result in North Carolina, includes the following quotation: Johnnie McLean with the State Board of Elections says, “I believe that the reason that it is that close is that … Continue reading

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David Brooks had it right tonight

David Brooks had it right in the post-debate commentary tonight on PBS: these debates basically let both candidate play the “cdroms in their heads.” They have been utterly useless exercises in pseudo-democracy.

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Citizenry to Scott McClellan: Go to hell

For maybe the only time in my life (unless we have similar taste in ice cream or something), I agree with Karl Rove: Scott McClellan should have spoken up before about his “qualms.” One more confirmation of what everybody of … Continue reading

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Obama versus anti-intellectual pandering…

…from Hillary, not McCain so much, at least not yet. I’m no great fan of Obama, but Hillary and Bill are making me so angry. All the stupid lapel-pin and Minister Wright crap, of course, but also the pandering to … Continue reading

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