Monthly Archives: August 2012

Labor Day Weekend Mix

Hard Working Woman – B.B. King Hard Working Man – Captain Beefheart Money Talks – J.J. Cale I’m Tired – Savoy Brown John Henry – Woody Guthrie The Day John Henry Died – Drive By Truckers Gotta Work – Wilco … Continue reading

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Are We Paying Attention to the Wrong Speeches?

Please, please, please read Businessweek’s article about Karl Rove’s billionaire fundraiser at the RNC yesterday morning: On the final morning of the Republican National Convention, Karl Rove took the stage at the Tampa Club to provide an exclusive breakfast briefing … Continue reading

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A One, Two Punch in Texas

Two pieces of good news out of Texas this week. First, a Federal court shot down a redistricting plan that was designed to minimize the voting impact of the growing latino population in Texas: In December of last year, the … Continue reading

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An Op/Ed Page at War With Itself

Joining NickGB on the New York Times beat, has anyone else noticed the way the Times’ columnists have gotten into the habit of calling each other out in print? Every other Paul Krugman blog post or column seems to be … Continue reading

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Peace In Our Time

Voting for Romney-Ryan is like supporting Neville Chamberlain for Prime Minister in 1942. “Everything is so much worse under Churchill! He means well, but are you better off now?” That’s actually a bit unfair– Chamberlain realized that Hitler was bad, … Continue reading

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Condi’s Nerve (Updated)

Update:  Fred Kaplan rips Rice’s convention speech:  To watch Condoleezza Rice, the face of George W. Bush’s foreign policy, stand before a convention of cheering Republicans and condemn Barack Obama for diminishing America’s standing in the world—one can only gasp … Continue reading

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The NYT too

We often shit on the right wing media here, so here’s some lefty garbage to air out: According to Judicial Watch, Mazzetti sent Harf an advance copy of Dowd’s column [about Bin Laden's death], and wrote: “this didn’t come from … Continue reading

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Wealthy Whites Party On Cracker Bay

Not great planning on this one: Gov. Mitt Romney’s campaign toasted its top donors Wednesday aboard a 150-foot yacht flying the flag of the Cayman Islands. The exclusive event, hosted by a Florida developer on his yacht “Cracker Bay,” was … Continue reading

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For Brutus is an Honorable Man

I suppose it’s unlikely that Speaker John Boehner was channeling his inner Mark Antony (the Roman, not the singer) when he said this:  House Speaker John Boehner on Tuesday said Mitt Romney is a “shy” and “humble” guy who doesn’t like … Continue reading

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Maybe Just Stay In

Fun review of Dinesh D’Souza’s “2016: Obama’s America” from Alan Scherstuhl: The movie of choice this week for people who hold the beliefs that A) America is the strongest, best-est country that God ever virgin-birthed and B) that that nation somehow … Continue reading

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Strange Explanations

Paul Ryan, discussing legislation that he co-sponsored regarding abortion and “forcible rape”: Asked on Fox about having supported legislation that referred to rape as “forcible rape” Monday, Ryan said that was “stock language” that has been used in many bills. … Continue reading

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Terrorists Have Been Infiltrating Our Military

Let’s see how much coverage this gets in the conservative press:  Four Army soldiers based in southeast Georgia killed a former comrade and his girlfriend to protect an anarchist militia group they formed that stockpiled assault weapons and plotted a … Continue reading

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A Victory For Federalism And Libertarianism; A Setback For Sensible Policy

As obnoxious as Chris Christie is, I am entirely sympathetic to the idea here: A new Fairleigh Dickinson University PublicMind poll released Tuesday shows 45 percent of respondents favor allowing sports betting at casinos and horse tracks even if the … Continue reading

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Conservatives Against Republicans

At The American Conservative, Rod Dreher gives a sympathetic hearing to a 25-year-old R. Emmett Tyrrell article denouncing conservatives for being insular and addicted to easy answers. In comments, Dreher notes: You want and expect conservatives to be suspicious of … Continue reading

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Beyond Parody

This is so preposterous, I truly hope it turns out to be some kind of bad joke: A progressive group called on Republican National Committee leader Pat Rogers to step down on Friday after emails showed him telling New Mexico Gov. … Continue reading

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Playing on Repeat

Here are a few songs I’ve been listening to over and over this past week: (h/t PJ)

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The “Take My Word for It” Campaign Continues

Just like with his own taxes, Romney knows all the details about how he’d reform the federal tax code, he’s just not sharing them with anyone before the election: STENGEL: Could you be more specific about those deductions and which … Continue reading

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Three Lists

The Library of Congress has a new exhibit called Books That Shaped America, which identifies 88 books that “have had a profound effect on American life.”  It’s a rare list indeed that manages to incorporate The Great Gatsby, The Joy … Continue reading

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