The Ayers Resurrection Tour
If Obama is the messiah, does that make Bill Ayers Lazarus? By that I mean, is there any doubt Ayers would be wasting away in obscurity without Barack Obama? Instead, the unrepentant terrorist turned ill-qualified college professor has regained whatever notoriety he had lost:Ayers, co-founder of the ’60s Weather Underground radical anti-war group,
 
Another Attempted Re-Writing Of History
And no, it isn’t Bill Ayers this time, but someone much like him. Yes, our old buddy Ernesto "Che" Guevara has been resurrected (again) in the newest adaptation of his life in Steven Soderbergh’s "Che." And yes, I use the term "adaptation" quite purposely.Apparently Benicio del Toro, who stars as Che, isn&rsq
 
Ayers/McVeigh - No difference
The one thing Bill Ayers has accomplished in his life - besides fooling at least some into believing he’s just an everyday education professor - is to prove Andy Warhol wrong about everyone getting just 15 minutes of fame.Ayers is working on his second 15 minutes and is no more coherent this time than the first. However he is a classic case study of moral relativism and self-delusion at work. Both are aptly demonstrated in this single paragraph fr
 
The "Era of Maturity?"
Steve Benen at Political Animal quotes Adam Serwer’s take on the Obama inaugural speech, and is sure an "era of maturity" has been ushered in today.But some of us really have our doubts given what we’ve seen previously from those supposedly ushering in this era: 
Waving the flag is cool again ...
Who knew?WASHINGTON is suddenly hip again, infused with the heady double-barreled combination of a new crowd of idealistic young political worker bees, who actually believe they can change the world, and the arrival of America’s first black president. It’s even cool to wave the Stars and Stripes.Really?Well, uh, wh
 
Social justice, identity politics and overreaching
I would put this under the category "they just can’t help themselves". On yesterday’s podcast I briefly talked about this Robert Reich blog post that pertains to the stimulus package being contemplated by the incoming Obama administration.In this case it isn’t
 
Is Israel in for a bumpy 4 years?
David Frum throw out some interesting points about Democrats in general and specifically Democratic support for Israel:First, Democrats are just generally less likely to support military actions by any nation, including the United States. A 2005 MIT poll found that only 57 percent of Democrats would support the use of American troops even to destroy a te
 
Comedy on the left
Either John Cole has gone into the comedy business or he has joined the long line of the irony impaired on the left.His latest screed in answer to criticism of Nancy Pelosi’s decision to change House rules making it more difficult for the minority party to participate is just flat hilarious (especially in light of Pelosi’s conveniently forgotten promises when accepting the Speake
 
Uninformed Snark
As if to underscore how blind the Joe Gandelman post that McQ dismantled was — i.e. that right-wing rhetoric is cranking up unprecedented nastiness — FireDogLake revs up its BDS engines and sets the phasers to kill. Today’s headline news, in all its va
 
The Left: Trying desperatedly to change the rules
Joe Gandelman provides a highly selective "history" to justify the sentence I’ve emphasized in bold:Democrat Bill Clinton had his big share of professional Clinton haters (both prominent and not so prominent would say things such as “He’s not MY President…”) and Democrats decried it and some Republicans defended it. Then came Republican George
 
New Lows for the Left
You can tell its a relatively slow news week. Crooks and Liars is reduced to resurrecting the "Nazis in the Army" story of a couple of years ago.Now, that’s pathetic enough (C&L has to admit that when the FBI investigated the claim, they found that there were all of 200 identifiable "neo-nazis" in the military at the time) but apparently there&rsq
 
Skipping toward the road to ruin
On the podcast last night, Dale and I talked about the seeming inevitability, driven by the panic atmosphere in Washington, of the more toward a more socialistic US. As Dale said, it seems, even after the lessons of the Soviet Union, that we’re doomed to repeat the failed experiment. 
A good argument, but selective in its application
Jane Hamsher at Firedoglake isn’t at all happy about the possibility of Caroline Kennedy being named to Hillary Clinton’s NY Senate seat:Her leadership could have been really helpful when the rest of us were trying to keep the progressive lights on and getting the stuffing beaten out of us by a very well-financed right wing for the past eight ye
 
Are you "offended?"
I must be missing something here. Burger King has a new advertising campaign called "Whopper Virgins". It goes like this:In teaser adverts promoting its "Whopper Virgins" challenge, the fast food chain describes how it sought out farmers in rural Romania, Thai villagers and residents of Greenland’s icy tundra to compare its signature burger with arch rival McDonalds’."What happens if you take Transylvanian farmers who have never
 
Learning at the knee of the masters
No pun intended.Over at the American Prospect, Adam Serwer tugs at Osama’s beard:Al Qaeda plays a little identity politics:In al-Qaida’s first response to Obama’s victory, al-Zawahri also called the president-elect, along with secretaries of state Colin Powell and Condoleezza Rice
 
Can’t we all just hug and love one another?
That seems to be the emerging cry of the left now that they’ve finally won. 8 years of viciousness and venom? Forget about it - it’s time to hold hands, heal the divide and be one.Well, except for that Palin chick:Governor Palin did her first full interview with Channel 2 and the Anchorage Daily News tonight. The raw feed video is also there
 
More share the wealth ...
From the usual suspects. In this case, specifically, Jim Moran, Democrat, Virginia:
 
Obama, the Democrats and the possible future (update)
I’m not sure what to say to something like this. NY Congressman Jerry Nadler:Nadler: We have not been willing to put our priorities properly. We have not been willing to say ... "Hey Russia, we won’t expand NATO into the Ukraine and Georgia, right next to your borders, if you cooperate with us on Iran." ...I think
 
This from a supposed "main-stream" Democrat
You remember Paul Hackett don’t you? The great Democratic hope in the 2nd Congressional Distict in Ohio special election? A telegenic, Marine vet of Iraq and trial lawyer, he lost a close race to Republican Jeanne Schmidt in 2005. He later announced for a Senate seat run and then dropped out of that race earlier this year.He writes a post at Daily Kos, wh
 
The Extremist, Sarah Palin
I and others have mentioned ad nauseum how the media (and Democrats) seem unable to find a way to approach (attack?) the the Palin phenomenon (I think that’s a fair description to this point) in a steady, measured way. They’ve been all over the place trying to marginalize the Alaska governor and have seen all of their attempts blow up in their faces.They and the Democrats just can’t seem to find the proper angle of attack without making
 
The Disconnect on the left
Over at Huffpo Adam McKay manages in one paragraph to lay out the disconnect which threatens what the left has come to assume as their ’right’ - the election of a Democrat to the White House. He sniffs the air and knows ...:Something is not right. We have a terrific candidate and a terrific VP candidate. We’re coming off the worst
 
The left’s reaction to Palin is simply stunning
And you can mark my words - they will go to far. They simply can’t help themselves. As you’ll see, they’re already headed in that direction.Ron Beasley of Newshoggers quotes some sound advice from Digby of Hullabaloo for the suddenly apoplectic left:So, I wouldn’t be too smug about Palin. She’s got something about her that the
 
No Bomber Pilots allowed
Or another example of leftist rationalization which allows the deep discounting of military experience when military experience is suddenly a detriment because your candidate has none.John Hawkins ran across this little beauty at the Daily Kos:One aspect of McCain&r
 
Ape’s rights
Spain goes the way of the apes:Spain’s parliament voiced its support on Wednesday for the rights of great apes to life and freedom in what will apparently be the first time any national legislature has called for such rights for non-humans.Spain’s bulls, however, remain in the ring with only t
 
Speaking of logical inconsistencies
More Matt Yglesias:But it’s still baffling to me how little concern congressional Republicans seem to have about this. It’s not that I expect logical consistency to restrain them — they complained about Bill Clinton’s expansions of executive power in the 1990s then turned on a dime when Bush entered office and they’ll tu
 
What is it with Che and the left?
USA Today runs this picture of an Ohio judge, sitting in his office, complaining about how lethal injection might cause pain to the prisoner.Anyone know Che’s preferred method of execution (including pre-teen kids)? Well let’s just say he wasn’t at a
 
The progressive agenda
Billed as a "centerist agenda", Chris Bowers of Open Left lists the "legislation that is certain to pass if Obama wins the White House, we pick up 20 more seats in the House, and 8 more seats in the Senate." 1. H.R. 1591, U.S. Troop Readiness, Veterans’ Care, Katrina Recovery, and Iraq Accountability Appropriations Act, 2007. Withdrawing between 100,000 to 120,000 of the 160,
 
And it begins ...
Oliver Willis resorts to stereotype in an attempt to frame the right:Now, I know in the eyes of many on the right this [Trinity United] is just some black church that could be firebombed for all they care...Jon Henke answers appro
 
Wal Mart - just as bad as big oil
As most know, Wal-Mart is the company the left loves to hate.But consider who Wal-Mart really serves. It serves Americans who have to make every penny count and then some. It helps families who may be living on the edge to at least stay on the edge ins
 
The "Reasonable Profits Board?"
Just when you think Congressional Dems can’t get any loonier (Maxine Waters and nationalizing oil), they kick it up a notch.From the guy who yesterday was featured saying, "hey, we lied, but you were dumb enough to buy into it", Paul Kanjorski’s (D-PA) we get this little beauty. From the  
Caterer hits on a truth
This is fun stuff. The Democrats are going to have their convention in Denver, CO. Of course, among the myriad of things to plan and do is feeding the throngs. And how has the host committee approached the job. Heh ... well, just as you might expect:Fried shrimp on a bed of jasmine rice and a side of mango salad, all served on a styrofoam plate. Bottled water to wash it all dow
 
One of these things is not like the other
Open Left’s Chris Bowers, upset over Progressives stereotyping political opponents...Am I the only progressive bothered by making all the members of an entire group of people speak for the actions of all members of that group? [...] Personally, I tried to take a hard line against such stereotyping on Open Left... 
King stubbornly refuses to amend his comments
Funny, we’ve been pushing support for "Books for Soldiers" and Stephen King is saying, essentially, that poor readers are stuck with going in the military.The controversy continues with King following up his former remarks  
The "flexible" Left
James Kirchik - game, set and match:Open the pages of a liberal magazine or peruse the liberal blogosphere, and you’re bound to come across denunciations of the religious right, if not religion itself. The “reality-based community,” as self-satisfied liberal bloggers call themselves, was a term created in direct response to the “faith-based community,” what the Bush administra
 
The left’s blindspot
Dan Collins at Protein Wisdom is monitoring a bit of femfighting (he labels it a "Fempest") going on in the liberal side of the blogosphere.It appears Amanda Marcotte has again found herself in a controversy, this time, per Collins allegedly "stealing ideas from women-of-color feminist bloggers and peddling it as her own."The usual and predictable narratives come into play, including
 
So, it’s Stephen King who writes John Kerry’s "jokes"
From a recent interview with author Stephen King:I don’t want to sound like an ad, a public service ad on TV, but the fact is if you can read, you can walk into a job later on. If you don’t, then you’ve got, the Army, Iraq, I don’t know, something like that. It’s, it’s not as brigh
 
Delegitimizing Criticism: Elitism
Matt Stoller is unhappy to find that a Republican who used to work for the McCain campaign is critical of Obama. ’Suspended’ McCain Aide Resurfaces Pushing Anti-Obama Messaging [...]Soren Dayton is a Republican operative who was apparently ’suspended’ from the McCain campaign, but he’s out there spreading the same old political arguments about Obama as he did before
 
This Randi Rhodes thing ...
Have you been following this little kerfuffle that has the leftosphere in such an uproar while most of the rightosphere laughs?Seems Air America talk host Randi Rhodes was doing a stand-up gig in San Francisco and called Ms. Clinton everything but a child of God. In a profanity laced rant, she went after both Clinton and Geraldine Ferr