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America: Land of the ‘So-Called’ Free

By on 8.13.06 | 9:26PM

I just got finished watching Mike Wallace's interview with Iran's Ahmadinejad on "60 Minutes," and it was one of the most pathetic, most offensive, examples of American journalism I have ever seen. Wallace was so desperate to come out of retirement to interview the modern day Hitler that he was willing to become his propagandist.

He allowed Ahmadinejad to portray himself as a loving father of three who enjoys reading and exercise and supports human rights and an end to oppression. If only President Bush didn't spend so much money on war, we could all live in peace.

At no point did Wallace challenge Ahmadinejad on the severe human rights abuses within Iran (for instance, the recent beating and arrest of hundreds of women's right's activists by Iranian police).

Saved By Islam, Or Something

By on 8.11.06 | 7:15PM

There are so many left-footed and left-handed little outrages packed into the stock phrase now used to describe our blessed terror-plot tipster (Pakistani, I think) that one has to crack open a beer to properly take, well, stock.

Indeed we should all be heaping praise and benedictions upon the person who saw fit to save, as it happens, hundreds of innocent lives from rending immolation above the deep-water Atlantic Ocean this August 16th. But this person has been dubbed by a battery of major news outlets, in typical psittacine fashion, "a worried member of the Muslim community."


By on 8.11.06 | 3:37PM

In my article today I state that the Stop Over Spending Act reinstitutes the PAYGO rule. Sorry, but that's not entirely accurate. It only reinstitutes it in a very narrow fashion, applying only to amendments to bills in the reconciliation process. (For a definition of the reconciliation process, go here (PDF).) The PAYGO rule does not apply to any other budget legislation.

Thanks to the folks at the Senate Budget Committee for pointing that out.


By on 8.11.06 | 2:47PM

I mentioned this to a friend in conversation and he suggested I go on the record, so here goes: At some point, Andrew Sullivan will attach his beloved "Christianist" label to someone who is not actually a Christian. (Note: It's possible this has already happened, but if so I missed it.)

Joe-Mentum Returns

By on 8.11.06 | 1:46PM

Yes, Senator Lieberman's clever plan to lure 26 young Muslims wayward youth into his wiley plan to win re-election is now truly taking hold.

Initial polling from Rasmussen shows Lieberman with a 46 percent to 41 percent lead over Nutty Ned. The nameless Repuiblican garners a mere 6 percent.

Somewhere we hear Daily Kos chat room habitues' heads exploding.

Re: Myopic Dems…

By on 8.11.06 | 1:26PM

Way to go, Philip. Blame the Republicans for the likelihood of Lamont Democratic success. I'd be more convinced if the Democrats themselves weren't so busy purging their center, which is why I'm still puzzled by Krauthammer's contention that being anti-Iraq could be a short-term Dem winner. Anything that mitigates Republican sins cannot be seen as helpful to Democratic chances THIS year.

Re: Myopic Dems

By on 8.11.06 | 1:10PM

Wlady: If the Democrats win control of Congress this year, it won't be because of the Lamontization of the party, but in spite of it. Republicans have really done a lot to turn off the conservative base in the past two years, and while the Lamontization of the party helps Republicans energize their base, it may not be enough.

Meanwhile, U.S. News's "Washington Whispers" obtained a GOP strategy memo that includes survey results suggests Republicans may be in good shape with their base come November: