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    Astroturf and Masturbation

    I keep stumbling across today's boring competition over which dag commenter can be more offensive, and Georges Monbiot and Barry Eisler have me wondering whether I am reading astroturfers or masturbators, or both.

    First Monbiot, in the Guardian:

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    More Labels

    Many of you have probably heard already about the launch of the new No Labels organization – the new centrist organization that is bending over backwards to label itself as a not-necessarily-centrist organization with “no label”.  Their goal of promoting constructive civil discourse is laudable – that’s something we need more of across the political spectrum.   But the organization’s putative non-platform platform is conventional centrist stuff: smaller deficits, free trade, free markets, and social tolerance.  It just seems like a classic European-style Liberal party to me, for example, th

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    A Coda to the Death of Ambassador Holbrooke

    Most readers of this blog will not require an introduction to Ambassador Richard Holbrooke. And most are probably aware that he died today, following surgery for a torn aorta. 

    It is reported by the AP that Ambassador Holbrooke's final words were "You've got to stop this war in Afghanistan." (h/t HuffPo)

    Obama's Director OMB Lands Citibank Job, Peter Orszag, To Take High Paying Banking Position

    President Obama nominated Peter Orszag to be his Director of Management and Budget in November, 2008, where he served a year and a half and resigned the position in July 2010.  His new position at Citibank may pay $2-3 million according to bankers familiar with similar positions. Orszag joins a former Bush cabinet appointee at Citibank.

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    Blowing Smoke in New York: Tuesday, December 14th at Barnes & Noble

    Keeping it virtual is great, but tomorrow, New Yorkers and other denizens of the Tri-State Area will have an opportunity to see Genghis live, uncut, uncensored, unplugged, and undressed. (Update: Upon advice from his lawyer, his publicist, and his mother, Genghis will remind dressed.)

    Come listen to him read from his critically acclaimed, mindblowingly brilliant, mouthwaterlingy scrumptious masterpiece Blowing Smoke: Why the Right Keeps Serving Up Whack-Job Fantasies about the Plot to Euthanize Grandma, Outlaw Christmas, and Turn Junior into a Raging Homosexual.

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    Wikileaks (virtual world) versus lynching the Prince of Wales (real world)

    On Saturday the 11th of December, about 50 people demonstrated in favor of Julian Assange in front of the US Embassy in London. The demonstration was organized on the Internet. 

    Two days before, in the same city, a crowd of rioting students nearly lynched the Prince of Wales and his wife the Duchess of Cornwall. The royal couple's bodyguards were at the point of drawing their guns... imagine the political repercussions if they had smoked a few students... or had even fired warning shots into the air.

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    Michael Maiello's picture

    The Mandate Stinks Anyway

    While I’m definitely not for the GOP ironically using the courts to reverse Obama’s signature accomplishment, I’ve never been a believer in the morality or necessity of the health insurance mandate.

    First, I’m skeptical because the industry demanded it.  Obviously anyone in the business of selling a product would love to have the government declare that everyone must buy it.  I’m sure Burger King would say yes to a whopper mandate.

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    New: In the News Section

    Hello folks. By now you've probably seen the new In the News section on the right sidebar. If you haven't tried it out, here are some tips:

    • Hold the mouse over a link to see a summary description of the article
    • Click the link to go directly to the article
    • Click "Add link" to contribute a link yourself
    • Click "more" to see a full list of news articles

    What do you think of it? Is it useful? How can we improve it?

    To get you started:


    This Ain't Your Father's Triangulation

    Not surprisingly, the Left is howling mad at President Obama's perceived capitulation to Republicans in agreeing to GOP demands for a two-year extension of the Bush-era tax cuts and a new cut in the estate tax. As much as those two compromises have infuriated many House Democrats and liberal bloggers, the fact that Obama maneuvered past Congress to directly negotiate with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is taken as liberal treason. Obama's genuine frustration with his liberal base seemed to add insult to injury.

    Barbarism, American Style


    crossposted at

    The New Year will see California all set for an execution. Nothing new, even though five federal court judges argue that Kevin Cooper was framed by the police. Aside from guilt or innocence, the verdict again raises the issue of the death penalty.

    Get him out of there

    In 1960 Bobby Kennedy was addressing a lunch/rally in Cincinnati  when in the middle of some comments about the impact of religious prejudice on Jack's campaign.  His voice broke and he began crying. 

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    political Cartoon: "Truth Mower"

    Political Cartoon: “Truth Mower” by Kaveh Adel Copyright 2010

    Can humanity stand up for the Truth?


    Crossposted at

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    This Ain't 1936

    These days we see a lot of folks bringing up the class war, the working class folks versus the wealthy elite (corporate or otherwise) and their servants in D.C.  And in attempting to show just how much Obama and his administration has sold out the working class, people will turn to FDR as example of someone who took on the powers to be and the kind of leader Obama should be.  In a OrionXP's recent blog Effectively Skewering the Tea Party, SleepingJeezus makes such a point.  I t

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    This is how it works...

    The founders of this nation did not, we have often been told, envision the formation of political parties and there remains a resistance to the idea that the party is more important than the actual office holder. There have been times, indeed, when the party label meant less than than the politics of the time. Stephen Douglas, for instance, was a Democrat when that party stood for slavery but, at best, it was unclear whether he did.

    Fox News Pundit Goldberg Proposes DC Granite and Stone Monument to Honor the Rich

    No this is not from The Onion. Its from Fox News.

    You can read the December 9th paean to the rich in print on Bernard Goldberg's website at this link, "Thank God for The Rich", or watch it on video it at link.

    Is Goldberg's contract coming up with Rupert Murdoch or does he emit worshipful blather about how heroic and wonderful rich people like Rupert Murdoch are all the time?

    Donal's picture

    What Do YOU Think?

    One of my fondest memories was showing Fahrenheit 451 to my stepson. After Guy Montag finds the community of living books at the end (of the film), my stepson proclaimed them heroes with the sort of ardor most kids reserve for famous athletes. He's a librarian now.



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