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Monthly Archives: January 2008

Bringing the light of democracy to Afghanistan

Via Americablog, this is something of which everyone should be aware: A young man, a student of journalism, is sentenced to death by an Islamic court for downloading a report from the internet. The sentence is then upheld by the country’s rulers. This is Afghanistan – not in Taliban times but six years after “liberation” […]

Debate blogging

We turned our TV on for the first time in months to watch Clinton and Obama debate in California. For my own part, it made me feel great about the party, because I got the impression that each of them is ready to take it to the Republicans and either of them would make a […]

Crunch time

The Time has come, as the Walrus said. With John Edwards dropping out today, I find I must finally make a choice between Hillary and Barack. I knew this day would come, but I’m still not ready. My wife is no help. This is an even numbered day, so she’s for Hillary. Odd numbered days […]

America’s Mayor

Via Atrios, I couldn’t resist:

The Times: what FISA bill?

I realize that it is mandatory that the press cover the State of the Union address, so I am not criticizing the New York Times for doing so. However, it is emblematic of all that is wrong with the press in this nation that the real important event that took place yesterday, the fact that […]

Was Willard Wired?

In the interest of fairness (and in Willard’s case it’s hard to be interested), I must report that my source for the claim that Willard’s handlers admitted he takes direction at debates from a remote puppeteer (a la George Bush), now reports that his source is suspect. This doesn’t mean that he wasn’t wearing a […]

Poor George, people are ignoring his economic miracle

We adjourned our Charter Revision Commission early enough to allow for members to watch the State of the Union. I’m no masochist, so I won’t be tuning in. In fact, I’ll soon be turning in, because I’m dead tired. But I did want to point out this very interesting phenomenon, which Dean Baker points out […]

Willard wearing a wire

Willard Romney’s campaign confirms that he wears an earpiece so that his handlers can feed him debate responses. I wonder if he wears it in other venues, and whether they tailor his responses to suit the audience of the moment.

The Day hearts USA Today

Today we readers of the Day are invited to vote among several new “looks” for the Day, each of which is a variation on the USA Today theme of less is less. Each dedicates more space on the lead pages (not sure about inside pages) to useless graphics. Needless to say, “none of the above” […]

Too rich to fail

Query: should it make us feel better to know that the folks in the bottom 99% of the top 1% sometimes take a hit quite like that we bottom 99ers so often take from them? (Can you follow that?) In today’s Times we learn that the guys most directly responsible for losing billions at the […]