01 Jan 2008

2008

Wow, to me falls the task of the first post of the year. This is far more responsibility than usually befalls me. It could set the tenor of the whole year for me. So on that note, I am going to start off the New Year like the Right Reverend Michael Huckabee.It is true that my main blog is just a mild mannered and mildly popular one with

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31 Dec 2007

Democracy

As tragic as Benazir Bhutto’s death is, it is hard to really look at her as the savior of Democracy. After all, now we know her 19-year old son will be her successor, under the guidance of his father, Bhutto’s husband. It is hardly democratic for a political party to be dominated as the province of one family.

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28 Dec 2007

The scene of the crime

I watched the usual abysmal American media coverage of the Bhutto assassination — shallow, lacking context, and immediately applying all events to the presidential race [both absurd and grotesque]. And just like Iraq, one of the few sources of decent coverage was McClatchy [formerly Knight-Ridder], they have an excellent on-the-scene piece on the Bhutto assassination and set the context for how it occurred:I was standing near the rally stage, about

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27 Dec 2007

MATLOCK!!!

Hey, did you forget the GOP’s record use of the filibuster?No?Well that puts you ahead of “the Dean”, for Grandpa Broder once again forgot that those things existed. I’m sure it’s just a simple misunderstanding.For in Broder’s world this…Many other “victories” credited to the House were later undone by the Senate, including all the restrictions on the deployment of troops in Iraq.

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27 Dec 2007

Your Parents, screwed…but you’ll join ’em soon enough

Oh, this new policy interpretation will work out just great.The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission said Wednesday that employers could reduce or eliminate health benefits for retirees when they turn 65 and become eligible for Medicare.The policy, set forth in a new regulation, allows employers to establish two classes of retirees, with more comprehensive benefits for those under 65 and more limited benefits — or none at all — for those older.More

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26 Dec 2007

Like Bigfoot, Nessie, and Broder’s Boy Bouncing back

There are many myths out there in the world…where a little work might do a real journalist some good.Or you could get your White House “facts” faxed to you and read and/or paste them.I wonder how many at CNN or MSNBC, the Washington Post or New York Times will actually read Juan Cole?

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25 Dec 2007

Merry Christmas, War is Over?

It was just under a year ago, that the Chimperor Disgustus rejected the findings of a commission of wise old hands (the Baker-Hamilton/Iraq Study Group) and said we’re stayin’ in Iraq forever!And now that they are prematurely declaring victory…again, let us look back on that year and the reactions it had (and no, I am not above sleeping in on the holidays by using material from my primary blog).And the Right-Wing

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24 Dec 2007

Finally, something we all could have predicted

The New York Times details the billions of dollars we have dumped, virtually “unstringed” to Pakistan over the years to our buddy, Musharraf. And within the article this, completely predictable nugget:Today, with several billion more in aid scheduled for the coming years, American officials estimate it will take at least three to five years to train and equip large numbers of army and Frontier Corps units, a paramilitary force now battling militants.

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22 Dec 2007

Why, the nerve of some people!

Surely this is some kind of Commie-symp-terrorist-lovin’-troop-hatin’ plot?In the past 24 hours, MoveOn, perhaps the most powerful liberal advocacy group in the country, has raised $275,000 for the United Services Organizations (USO) for calling cards for U.S. soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan. The USO may be most associated with Bob Hope-type visits to troops overseas, but the non-partisan organization is clearly comfortable partnering with MoveOn if the cause helps soldiers stationed

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20 Dec 2007

MATLOCK!!!

David Broder, if life was an ice cream parlor he would not be vanilla but the round cardboard 5-gallon container it comes in. Today he manages to write yet another timeless column, where he surmises the Presidential race from Mount Wanklympus.Timeless, because when you subtract the cuts and the pastes it could have been written in any prior election…and was.Although he does take time to get in a dig at

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