Jed: Here at Roy World Headquarters we're devastated, but have to tip our caps to Red Ken. We will console ourselves by reading some Harold Pinter and perhaps some Eve Ensler.
The Spectacle Blog
There just wasn’t enough room in tomorrow’s Loose Canons to announce – with proper fanfare -- our nomination for Kofi Annan’s successor. The choices remaining – despite heartfelt campaigning by supporters of William Jefferson, John Bertrand Aristede and Mark Malloch Brown (Kofi’s deputy SecGen) -- has been chosen from among the four finalists. It was, as
Saddam Hussein - dictator, murderer of thousands, and all around bad-guy - would have been a natural choice. But during Kofi’s early years, Saddam was de facto Sec Gen. He was allowed to run the Oil for Food for Bribes for Weapons scam from the privacy of his palaces, to run the Security Council through the time-tested method of bribery. To allow Saddam a second term would be terribly unfair to the others.
I was going to declare a winner today, but four finalists are still in play: "Red" Ken Livingstone, George Galloway, Arundhati Roy and Saddam Hussein. Claudia Rosett -- who really should be SecGen -- was disqualified for that persistent streak of integrity that keeps popping up in her writing.
If you want to have a final crack at campaigning for your fave of that four, have at it in the comments section. My choice for SecGen will be selected Sunday and announced in Loose Canons on Monday.
Sometimes those writers at the Washington Post get the truth, quite pithily and quite directly. Here, from a feature on Tom DeLay leaving Congress, is a sentence that is, sadly, all too accurate: "In the end, DeLay probably achieved more for conservative politics than conservative government; he attacked big-government liberalism in his farewell address, but the growth of government and special-interest spending accelerated under Republican rule."
Kos has posted his keynote address at the first "YearlyKos" convention.
It's one thing to talk about people-powered politics. It's another to see it in action.
And these have been heady days for the people-powered movement.
We're only four years old, from the early days when bloggers like Atrios and Jerome Armstrong at MyDD inspired bloggers like me and countless others to stop railing at Fox News and our so-called-"liberal" pundits, and start publishing those rants on the web.
And we've come a long way since then.
We were born in 2002, and sort of gingerly set out into this brave new world. None of us expected to be more than a lonely voice shouting into the wilderness. But liberal blogs grew rapidly, proving there was a desperate need for strong progressive voices in this country. That was 2002.
2003 was the year of Howard Dean, where an unknown governor from a small, remote, and usually forgotten state was propelled to front-runner status on the strength of netroots activism.
2004 ... well, let's forget 2004.
Yesterday over lunch, an administration official pointed out to our small group that U.S. Border patrol caught and returned to Mexico over 4,000 illegal border crossers in one day last week. What's worse, the recidivism rate with these people is somewhere around 75%.
I am no immigration expert, but it seems to me that if this is in fact true, how can any rational person argue against building a fence? Discuss...
So Mullah Omar and the Talibans don't have the same viewpoint as Jay and the Americans. As I recall, Jay's group sang about how only in America - land of opportunity - could a poor boy grow up to be president. In a statement attributed to Mullah Omar on the death of Zarqawi, Omar says:
It is the peoples' resistance, and every youth can become Zarqawi...Many, many, many more young men can become Zarqawi. The successors...can be even stronger than him.
So, young men of the world, which do you want to be? President of the United States or a dead terrorist?
We're in an ideological war against radical Islamists. With Omar manufacturing ammo for us, why aren't we fighting this battle more energetically?
Native Hawaiians loses cloture by four votes. 56 to 41.