Monthly Archives: September 2010

Where Are All The Crusading Newspaper Editors?

I haven’t blogged since Saturday for a reason. I wanted to track both sides of the story (“What Well-Fed Bulls Are Full Of“) as we watch a brand spanking new, bouncing baby astroturf organization being formed to launder campaign money. Note to lawyers: I do not use “money laundering” in the legal sense, nor the IRS code sense, but in the actual, LITERAL sense: Continue reading

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A Prophecy Nearly Fulfilled

Or, What Lawrence O’Donnell (et al) needs to hear.

http://hisvorpal.wordpress.com/2008/11/17/the-better-angels-of-our-nature/

This was what I wrote on November 17, 2008, and began in October 2008 BEFORE the outcome of the election was known:

No: it is the Democratic Congress that I worry about, and about which make my unease known here.

and:

Shouting names at one another, or throwing a hissy-fit because our priorities are not shared by all is a luxury we can ill afford.

You really need to read this, and think, wouldn’t it be nice if none of this came to pass? Continue reading

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What Well-Fed Bulls Are Full Of

[Note: Sept. 26. This post is featured on The Moderate Voice's "Around the Sphere" this AM. Thanks, Joe!]

Let’s see if those “insider” Rolodexes at Politico and MSNBC decide to call up Jason Miller, shall we? Who’s Jason Miller? Good question.

According to their filing Concerned Taxpayers of America was “kosher” with the Federal Elections Commission on September 1, 2010, according to the FEC website.

They have made one reported contribution this election cycle [emphasis added]: Continue reading

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What The F*

The Founding Father (GOP Version)

This was not meant to be a trilogy.* But the Republicans have released their 21-page “A Pledge to America” (Contract on America, Mark II).

[* The "What" Trilogy, I guess:

I present the important section of the “Pledge To America”, with commentary: Continue reading

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What The Founding Fathers Hated Most

Gadsden Flags — borrowed from cable access TV shows?

The “tea partiers” love to invoke them some Founding Fathers (and wear tricorner hats and fly the Gadsden Flag, formerly the favorite crank flag on public access community cable television for someone extolling lost liberties and Ayn Rand selfishness notions). Aside from an almost complete lack of understanding of the Boston Tea Party (after whom they self-congratulatory-wise style themselves), it’s fascinating that they have NO IDEA what the Founding Fathers hated the MOST about King George III.

You wanna know WHAT the Founding Fathers hated MORE than ANY OTHER THING THAT TYRANT GEORGE DID? What they considered his Number One transgression against the American colonists? Continue reading

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What Republicans Really Mean By Minority Rights

Republicans lined up to show their party support

[UPDATE below. This post was featured on Crooks and Liars on September 22.]

Maine Senator Susan Collins tells CNN that she is foursquare in favor of minority rights.

This is so astonishing that it speaks for itself.

From CNN: Continue reading

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Tea With George Kaplan

Arrrgh, matey!

If you have seen Alfred Hitchcock’s North By Northwest, read further. If not, there are inevitable spoilers here and you should probably wait for another blog posting.

You’ve been warned, ye swabs!* Continue reading

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The Christian Science Merrimac and the Christian Science Monitor

In the end, the Narrative held sway over all.  Edgar Allen Poenot:

And now was acknowledged the presence of the Narrative. He had come like a thief in the night. And one by one dropped the talking heads in the blood-bedewed halls of their revel, and died each in the despairing posture of his fall. And the life of the ebony clock went out with that of the last of the Gay. And the flames of the internets expired. And Darkness and Decay and the Narrative held illimitable dominion over all.

The Narrative?

Well, let the Christian Science Monitor decorate the stage of our fatal revels: Continue reading

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Kerfluffing The Daily Kerfuffle

Delaware’s GOP Votes

The big Political Nooz of the day is that the “tea party” candidate in Delaware beat the Old Party Stalwart by less than 4,000 votes in a low turnout election. Seems weird that so many dropped jaws and gaping pronunciamentos about The Future of American Politics could generate hysterically in an election marked by its apathy. Continue reading

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A Tweet of Two Bushes

This is NOT the moral courage of Edmund G. Ross of Kansas, who voted to acquit a man he hated, knowing that his political career and his social standing at home AFTER he became unemployed was on the line — Edmund G. Ross of Kansas, who voted to acquit Andrew Johnson because it was the right thing to do even when it was clearly against his personal interests and desires on virtually every level: that’s pure moral courage. This isn’t that.

No: but it is an act of moral courage, or at least a start. Continue reading

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Pardon Our Dust

I’m about to return to the subject of Foster Friess, but there is a huge dollop of data that just plopped in my lap. Tempus fugit, of course, but there will be a short delay over the next week or so.

So, pardon our dust as the metaphorical drywall goes up before the parable paint goes on.

Thanks.

The Management

Courage.

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September 11 – Lest We Forget, update

Ted Koppel has caught up to his vorpal sword, we are pleased to report. In an op-ed scheduled for the Sunday, September 12 edition of the Washington Post, he begins … [emphasis added]

THIS STORY

  • Nine years after 9/11, it’s time to stop helping bin Laden
  • A war more costly than we thought
  • Where were you on 9/11?

Ted Koppel: Nine years after 9/11, let’s stop fulfilling bin Laden’s goals
By Ted Koppel
Sunday, September 12, 2010

The attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, succeeded far beyond anything Osama bin Laden could possibly have envisioned. This is not just because they resulted in nearly 3,000 deaths, nor only because they struck at the heart of American financial and military power. Those outcomes were only the bait; it would remain for the United States to spring the trap.

The goal of any organized terrorist attack is to goad a vastly more powerful enemy into an excessive response. And over the past nine years, the United States has blundered into the 9/11 snare with one overreaction after another. Bin Laden deserves to be the object of our hostility, national anguish and contempt, and he deserves to be taken seriously as a canny tactician. But much of what he has achieved we have done, and continue to do, to ourselves. Bin Laden does not deserve that we, even inadvertently, fulfill so many of his unimagined dreams.

It did not have to be this way. The Bush administration’s initial response was just about right. The calibrated combination of CIA operatives, special forces and air power broke the Taliban in Afghanistan and sent bin Laden and the remnants of al-Qaeda scurrying across the border into Pakistan. The American reaction was quick, powerful and effective — a clear warning to any organization contemplating another terrorist attack against the United States. This is the point at which President George W. Bush should have declared “mission accomplished,” with the caveat that unspecified U.S. agencies and branches of the military would continue the hunt for al-Qaeda’s leader. The world would have understood, and most Americans would probably have been satisfied.

But the insidious thing about terrorism is that there is no such thing as absolute security. Each incident provokes the contemplation of something worse to come. The Bush administration convinced itself …

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Ben Smith, Ace Reporter, Followup

Some may recall my September 1 post, “Ben Smith, Ace Journalist, Covers Sarah Palin.”

This is NOT Ben Smith

In it, I noted that Smith had quoted an anonymous source “debunking” an anonymous quote in Vanity Fair that he/she/it claimed to have been the anonymous source for that anonymous source.

And I noted what a corrupt septic-tank sort of journalism this was, since Ben had NO WAY of knowing who the first source was, and was printing it to suck up to HIS anonymous source. Even in the corrupt world of Gossip Journalism that wouldn’t fly.

Well, now the Vanity Fair writer,  Michael Joseph Gross, has responded. This is what he says in Vanity Fair about Ben the Rump Osculator: Continue reading

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Shearing the Sheep

The new unedited by or written by
Anthology “by” Sarah Palin, dropping
in time for the Holidaze. Sell that soap.

Big news from Dumbassland, USA, via Sarah Palin’s Facebook ghostwriter, via The Hill:

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) will welcome Fox News personality Glenn Beck to her home state to mark the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.

Palin and Beck will reunite in Anchorage on Saturday, two weeks after the “Restoring Honor” rally Beck had hosted on the National Mall, at which Palin spoke.

“We can count on Glenn to make the night interesting and inspiring, and I can think of no better way to commemorate 9/11 than to gather with patriots who will ‘never forget,’” Palin wrote on her Facebook page.

There is one key difference, though, between the “Restoring Honor” rally and Beck’s event in Anchorage: this one costs attendees. Tickets for the event range from a low of $73.75 per person (including taxes and fees) to a high of $225, for a spot in the arena and participation in a “meet and greet.” There was no indication as to whom or what the proceeds will go.

They’ve replace the old “Going Rogue” book cover with the new “America By  Heart” cover — which I assure you, is less scrupulously researched than America by Hart.

Which looked oddly familiar to me. Hmmm. What was it? Continue reading

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