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bjkeefe
01-27-2010, 01:40 AM
The original "Gossip about the 'heads (http://bloggingheads.tv/forum/showthread.php?t=2366)" thread was starting to bug me in how long it took to load and what a pain it was to navigate, due to the number of posts within. Hence, this new one. Hope that's okay with y'all. If not, you're of course welcome to continue posting in the old one.

Anyway, here is a fresh thread for more news, etc., about our beloved diavloggers.

bjkeefe
01-27-2010, 01:45 AM
One-time (http://bloggingheads.tv/diavlogs/8914) B'head and Academy Award-winning director (Taxi to the Dark Side) Alex Gibney has a new documentary out, Casino Jack and the United States of Money, according to Dennis G. (http://www.balloon-juice.com/?p=33349), the newest Balloon Juicer.

(Jack, in this case, is Abramoff.)

bjkeefe
01-27-2010, 04:10 AM
... builds upon some of the things he talked about in his last diavlog (http://bloggingheads.tv/diavlogs/25408?in=66:06&out=73:17) with Mickey, concerning the coming <strike>apocalypse</strike> pay wall at the NY Times (http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/01/26/how-to-make-readers-pay-happily/).

bjkeefe
01-27-2010, 11:56 AM
One-time (http://bloggingheads.tv/diavlogs/8914) B'head and Academy Award-winning director (Taxi to the Dark Side) Alex Gibney has a new documentary out, Casino Jack and the United States of Money, according to Dennis G. (http://www.balloon-juice.com/?p=33349), the newest Balloon Juicer.

(Jack, in this case, is Abramoff.)

More here (http://www.balloon-juice.com/?p=33391): a short vid of Alex explaining why the subject is important.

bjkeefe
01-27-2010, 12:26 PM
Guess who's once again advocating for ... you'll never guess ... regime change (http://tbogg.firedoglake.com/2010/01/26/another-project-for-the-new-american-century/)!

Shorter Robert Kagan (http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/01/26/AR2010012602122.html?hpid=opinionsbox1):

Forget for a moment that that last “regime change (http://www.newamericancentury.org/iraqclintonletter.htm)” thingy I suggested ended up costing over $700 billion and resulted in the deaths of tens of thousands of innocent people, this time it will totally work. I promise. Let’s roll! And by “let’s” I mean “you guys”.

bjkeefe
01-30-2010, 04:51 PM
"The Return of the Mother of 'Such Is Blogging' (http://tbogg.firedoglake.com/2010/01/29/the-return-of-the-mother-of-such-is-blogging/)"

bjkeefe
01-31-2010, 12:49 AM
DougJ calls attention (http://www.balloon-juice.com/?p=33762) to a MoJo piece on Ross Douthat (http://motherjones.com/politics/2010/01/ross-douthat-new-york-times-conservatism?page=1). Probably not a lot of new information there for Bh.tv regulars, but it's a pretty good read. Doug's post is probably more on point, from a liberal perspective, at least.

bjkeefe
01-31-2010, 05:19 AM
... has a post up that I'm tempted to say provides plenty of food for thought, but then I'd hate myself, so just go read it (http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2010/01/30/world-hunger-and-the-locavores/), because it's interesting.

(h/t: Atrios (http://www.eschatonblog.com/2010/01/food.html))

bjkeefe
01-31-2010, 05:55 AM
... rebutting a claim made by Ezra Klein:

It occurs to me that the arguments for recent GOP successes are rather like Republican arguments concerning our wars abroad. Bear with me. What I mean is that Republicans have been treating temporary, tactical political victories as if they were far more significant, strategic victories, when, in fact, they have no political strategy worth mentioning. This is how many Republican hawks have approached problems in Iraq and Afghanistan. Especially in Iraq, the strategy has always been unclear, unrealistic or even non-existent, so there is great emphasis on finding tactics that “work” to make a basically incoherent policy seem successful on the surface.

The Republican glorification of the “surge” is a case in point. A change in tactics was widely hailed on the right not only as a “new strategy,” which showed that the people saying this did not understand what strategy was, but most Republicans took it to be a vindication of the entire war. Tactical success later matters more to them than the strategic folly they committed earlier. It is almost as if resisting Obama tooth and nail counts for more to them than the utter failure of their time in government, and they fully expect to be rewarded with a new chance at governing on account of their blocking maneuvers. As time goes on, however, the limits of this approach become clear. Having no understanding of strategy and no definition of the long-term goals to be achieved, they are ultimately not going to succeed in any remotely enduring way. Tactical victories simply delay the final reckoning and prevent the recognition that the policy or agenda is bankrupt and useless.

[...]

Is the GOP in a worse position than a year ago? On the surface, no, it isn’t. Once we get past the surface, however, the same stagnant, intellectually bankrupt, unimaginative party that brought our country to its current predicament is still there and has not changed in any meaningful way in the last three years. Why would it? The party’s leaders have no clue, its pundits are reveling in the luxury of opposition, and its rank-and-file has been whipped into such a state of agitation over their own impotence that they cannot see that they are led by people who will ignore and abuse them the moment they are no longer needed to win elections. It may seem that the GOP has derailed the majority’s agenda, but in reality it is the GOP that went off the rails long ago and has yet to begin to recover.

Posted on NotARealAmConMag (http://www.amconmag.com/larison/2010/01/28/derailed/).

(h/t: DougJ (http://www.balloon-juice.com/?p=33694))

bjkeefe
02-03-2010, 11:04 AM
Your favorite NYT columnist (http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/02/02/obamas-modern-predicament/) is out with his latest.

bjkeefe
02-05-2010, 04:01 PM
B'head Dave Weigel (http://twitter.com/daveweigel/status/8690539567) advises via the Twitter:

BTW, follow my coverage of the Tea Party convention at http://bit.ly/dqQfu0

That mysterious URL actually expands to this (http://washingtonindependent.com/author/weigel) (for your paranoid mouse's hovering pleasure).

bjkeefe
02-05-2010, 05:16 PM
Your favorite NYT columnist (http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/02/02/obamas-modern-predicament/) is out with his latest.

He is becoming important! Proof: he's getting Shortered (http://www.sadlyno.com/archives/28255.html)!

uncle ebeneezer
02-05-2010, 05:23 PM
And Bob wraps it up nicely:

Postscript: I run a Web site — Bloggingheads.tv — that aims to transcend the balkanizing tendencies of the Internet by hosting video dialogs that feature an ideologically diverse array of commentators. Leaving aside the question of whether the site has achieved transcendence, it has lately featured a number of dialogs that touched on the subject of this column and therefore informed my writing of it. So, as a kind of bibliography:

Joe Klein of Time magazine and Joan Walsh of Salon discuss how interest groups on both the left and the right complicated passage of health care reform.

Tim Carney, who covers lobbying for the Washington Examiner, discusses how corporate lobbyists shaped health care legislation; Tim Noah of Slate and Jonathan Cohn of The New Republic explore much the same theme.

Bloggers Reihan Salam and Matthew Yglesias discuss whether even a more modest health care bill could have gained significant Republican support.

bjkeefe
02-10-2010, 06:14 AM
Ambinder (http://politics.theatlantic.com/2010/02/palin_puts_together_a_campaign.php), via Thers (http://whiskeyfire.typepad.com/whiskey_fire/2010/02/nice-of-you-to-give-that-dead-woman-another-chance.html):

Randy Scheunenmann remains [Sarah Palin's] policy maestro, with informal assistance from his Orion Strategies colleague Michael Goldfarb, the former Weekly Standard writer and McCain campaign rapid responder. (Goldfarb did not return an e-mail seeking comment about his future in Palin's world.)

I'm curious that Ambinder calls him "former." As of (http://www.cjr.org/campaign_desk/q_a_former_mccain_blogger_mich.php?page=all) late January, he still claimed in an interview with CJR to be working at the WS. On the other hand, I don't see (http://www.weeklystandard.com/author/634) anything posted by him later than 26 January, so maybe right after that CJR interview, Continetti told him the office wasn't big enough for two fanboys?

It would be irresponsible NOT to speculate.

I suppose there's always hope (http://draftgoldfarb.blogspot.com/2008/04/draft-michael-goldfarb.html), too ...

bjkeefe
02-10-2010, 11:58 AM
New NYT column up (http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/02/09/thursday-promises-to-be-anothe/), in which he joins with Sarah Palin in urging President Obama to commence bombing Iran immediately.

Okay, not quite.

TwinSwords
02-10-2010, 01:09 PM
I'm curious that Ambinder calls him "former."

— Goldfarb Leaves Weekly Standard (http://washingtonindependent.com/74092/goldfarb-leaves-weekly-standard)

Apparently they got sick of his emptying the vending machines by Monday afternoon of each work week.

bjkeefe
02-10-2010, 03:17 PM
— Goldfarb Leaves Weekly Standard (http://washingtonindependent.com/74092/goldfarb-leaves-weekly-standard)

Thanks. I guess that interview with CJR must have been conducted well before it was posted.

Apparently they got sick of his emptying the vending machines by Monday afternoon of each work week.

LOL!

No, I'm sticking with my hypothesis: that Continetti didn't want the competition when it comes to writing paens to Palin.

bjkeefe
02-17-2010, 05:13 AM
A short piece about the possibilities of getting rid of the filibuster (http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/26315908/vp/35414405#35414405). By turns wonky and entertaining. About six minutes.

(Chris dresses way better here than we're used to seeing him, but sadly, does not employ the eerie blue light.)

bjkeefe
02-17-2010, 05:18 AM
... is simply not the Wright choice (http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/02/16/zuckerman-unbound/).

bjkeefe
02-18-2010, 02:03 AM
A short piece about the possibilities of getting rid of the filibuster (http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/26315908/vp/35414405#35414405). By turns wonky and entertaining. About six minutes.

(Chris dresses way better here than we're used to seeing him, but sadly, does not employ the eerie blue light.)

Some cold water (http://highclearing.com/index.php/archives/2010/01/10/10527) (from last month) from Thoreau:

As long as Joe Biden is formally the leader of the Senate, I doubt the rules will be changed in any way that makes it harder for a Senator to talk and talk and talk and then talk some more. Besides, even Dick Cheney himself was unable to bring about the “nuclear option” and end the filibuster. We’re talking about a dude so hard-core that he shot an old man in the face, got the old man to apologize for being shot, and then shot dark force lightning at him while cackling maniacally about his plans to blow up a planet. And HE couldn’t end the filibuster. What chance do Biden and Reid have?

claymisher
02-19-2010, 03:34 PM
The trick to being the smart/thoughtful/nice Republican is to pretend actual Republicans don't exist:

Robert Waldmann Smacks Down Jonathan Chait as Soft on Reihan Salam and Soft on the Causes of Reihan Salam... (http://delong.typepad.com/sdj/2010/02/robert-waldmann-smacks-down-jonathan-chait-as-soft-on-reihan-salam-and-soft-on-the-causes-of-reihan-salam.html)

bjkeefe
02-19-2010, 07:17 PM
The trick to being the smart/thoughtful/nice Republican is to pretend actual Republicans don't exist:

Robert Waldmann Smacks Down Jonathan Chait as Soft on Reihan Salam and Soft on the Causes of Reihan Salam... (http://delong.typepad.com/sdj/2010/02/robert-waldmann-smacks-down-jonathan-chait-as-soft-on-reihan-salam-and-soft-on-the-causes-of-reihan-salam.html)

Heh. Nice.

Good post by DeLong, too. Thanks for the link.

Great line that he lifted from Yglesias (http://yglesias.thinkprogress.org/archives/2010/02/straw-manned.php), too:

I wish it were the case that these were straw man views, invented by liberals to make the right-wing look bad. But if you listen to what the most powerful conservative politicians and media figure in the land say, these are the things they offer as the basis of conservative policy on macroeconomic stabilization, on climate and energy, and on the long-term fiscal challenge. Is it nuts? Well, yes it is. But there you have it. If you want to find what counts as a fringe position, you can find tea party leader Richard Mack talking about states’ rights to secession (http://www.mediaite.com/online/tea-party-leader-advocates-states-rights-to-secede-from-the-united-states/).

P.S. I was delighted to see reference made to "the Conn Carrolls." (Sadly, it was not "the Conn Carrolls of the world.")

bjkeefe
02-20-2010, 06:25 PM
The incestuous nature of the 'heads, exposed!

Ackerman (http://attackerman.firedoglake.com/2010/02/19/we-will-not-wait-for-threats-to-gather/) responds to Yglesias (http://yglesias.thinkprogress.org/archives/2010/02/a-sensible-response-to-terrorism.php), via Farley (http://twitter.com/drfarls/status/9353968700).

bjkeefe
02-21-2010, 02:15 AM
... really has gone off the cliff (http://lefarkins.blogspot.com/2010/02/stop-presses.html), hasn't he?

The only remaining question: thoroughly dishonest shill, or sincere bed-wetter?

bjkeefe
02-22-2010, 11:55 PM
A tweet of note (http://twitter.com/nprfreshair/status/9488166042) (via (http://twitter.com/daveweigel/status/9488198780), obvs.):

nprfreshair (http://twitter.com/nprfreshair) On tomorrow's show: @daveweigel (http://twitter.com/daveweigel) talking about #CPAC10 & explaining what Ron Paul's straw poll victory means for conservatives.

Depending on when you see this, "tomorrow" may no longer be operative. In that case, you probably will be able to find the show here (http://freshair.npr.org/).

bjkeefe
02-23-2010, 03:03 PM
Someone let Jonah near a keyboard again (http://wonkette.com/413869/jonah-goldberg-decides-next-wingnut-target-is-teddy-roosevelt), and not having any Star Wars figurines to write about, he decided instead to banish Teddy Roosevelt from Teh List of Real Conservatives for insufficient purity.

Beck/Goldberg 2012!

bjkeefe
02-23-2010, 04:30 PM
Blog Reporter Dave Weigel Is President Of John Birch Society (http://wonkette.com/413875/blog-reporter-dave-weigel-is-president-of-john-birch-society)

bjkeefe
02-23-2010, 06:42 PM
A tweet of note (http://twitter.com/nprfreshair/status/9488166042) (via (http://twitter.com/daveweigel/status/9488198780), obvs.):

Depending on when you see this, "tomorrow" may no longer be operative. In that case, you probably will be able to find the show here (http://freshair.npr.org/).

It now being "tomorrow," the interview is indeed posted: "CPAC, The Tea Party And The Remaking Of The Right (http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=123970180)."

Well worth a listen -- about 32 minutes.

bjkeefe
02-23-2010, 07:29 PM
... has come to the attention of our man in Indiana (http://doghouseriley.blogspot.com/2010/02/new-low-in-low.html).

Devastating.

bjkeefe
02-24-2010, 02:16 AM
... from Eric Alterman on the American public and their media-driven perceptions of AGW: "Think Again: A Hard Week on the Planet (http://www.americanprogress.org/issues/2010/02/ta021810.html)."

An upside:

Interestingly, for all the attention inspired by recent polls demonstrating an actual reduction in the public understanding of the issue since the Obama presidency began, it’s notable that despite the claims that all these revelations have seriously damaged the public’s confidence in “climate science (http://www.eenews.net/public/Greenwire/2010/01/21/5),” 54 percent of voters in Republican pollster Frank Luntz's poll, released on January 21, 2010, believed that climate change is either “definitely” or “probably” occurring, compared with just 18 percent who believed that it is “definitely” or “probably” not occurring. An even larger majority, 63 percent, say they believe climate change is likely caused by humans. So far, at least, the skeptics have lost the larger battle, despite the irresponsible reporting of it in the media.

A downside:

And yet politically this may not matter. As Luntz’s poll also shows, climate change itself isn't important for most voters. A mere 5 percent pick “ending climate change” as the single most important environmental and economic goal. Alas, it falls far behind ending dependence on foreign fuels, halting air and water pollution, saving the planet from destruction, and creating new energy jobs. American politics today is all about passion and, of course, money. And unfortunately, almost of all both appear to be lining up on the side of doing nothing.

I'll note that there's somewhat of an upside to the downside: "ending dependence on foreign fuels, halting air and water pollution, saving the planet from destruction, and creating new energy jobs" all seem to me to be part of what we should be doing to mitigate AGW.

The whole thing is well worth reading.

bjkeefe
02-26-2010, 06:03 PM
... is one of ten people ...

... selected for the sixth annual Templeton–Cambridge Journalism Fellowships in Science & Religion.

[...]

In the fellowship program, a diverse group of eminent journalists examine key areas in the broad field of science and religion through independent research as well as seminars and discussion groups, led by some of the world’s foremost physicists, cosmologists, philosophers, biologists, and theologians, at the University of Cambridge. Fellows are provided a $15,000 stipend, a book allowance, and travel expenses.

Accommodationism FTW!

Full list:

1. Qanta Ahmed, Contributor, Huffington Post, and Broadcast Commentator
2. John Farrell, Freelance Journalist
3. Zeeya Merali, Freelance Journalist and Documentary Producer
4. Chris Mooney, Science Journalist and Reporter
5. Lisa Mullins, Chief Anchor and Senior Producer, BBC’s The World
6. Jane Qiu, Correspondent, Nature
7. Francis X. Rocca, Vatican Correspondent, Religion News Service
8. Carlin Romano, Critic-at-large, Chronicle of Higher Education
9. Ron Rosenbaum, Cultural Columnist, Slate
10. Peter Scoblic, Executive Editor, The New Republic

The press release is a Microsoft Word .doc file (http://www.templeton.org/pdfs/press_releases/Templeton-Cambridge_Fellows_2010_release.doc) (just for extra evil?).

(h/t: PZ (http://scienceblogs.com/pharyngula/2010/02/congratulations_to_chris_moone.php))

[Added] Also via PZ: ERV reacts (http://scienceblogs.com/erv/2010/02/the_scientific_communication_m.php). (That's B'head Abigail Smith, to us.)

bjkeefe
02-28-2010, 01:06 AM
... is one of ten people ...

... selected for the sixth annual Templeton–Cambridge Journalism Fellowships in Science & Religion.

Brief post from Chris Mooney here (http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/intersection/2010/02/27/the-rumors-of-my-fellowship-have-been-greatly-accurate/).

Longer, and much more worthwhile, post from Jerry Coyne here (http://whyevolutionistrue.wordpress.com/2010/02/27/the-templeton-bribe/). Bonus: includes excerpt from a 2006 John Horgan post (http://www.edge.org/3rd_culture/horgan06/horgan06_index.html) on the TF.

(h/t: PZ (http://scienceblogs.com/pharyngula/2010/02/inwhichiamconvincedillneverget.php))

bjkeefe
03-01-2010, 02:25 AM
Examined by our Chris Hayes, on Maddow (http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/26315908/vp/35612802#35612802).

He says the fringe has taken over the mainstream on the right.

Also, WTF is up with CNN?

bjkeefe
03-02-2010, 03:57 PM
More on the TF and science journamalism (http://scienceblogs.com/pharyngula/2010/03/the_problem_with_science_journ.php).

bjkeefe
03-03-2010, 12:19 AM
... via Dave Weigel (http://twitter.com/daveweigel/status/9893242387):

In which @attackerman makes Mitt Romney break down and cry: http://bit.ly/bzmyUF

bjkeefe
03-03-2010, 03:14 PM
... has a good post up: "Cheney And Kristol: Abandoning American Principles And Giving The Terrorists What They Want (http://wonkroom.thinkprogress.org/2010/03/03/cheney-and-kristol-abandoning-american-principles-and-giving-the-terrorists-what-they-want/)." (Liz, not Dick, though the confusion is understandable.)

h/t: @AdamSerwer (http://twitter.com/AdamSerwer/status/9932308249), whose related post, "The New McCarthyism (http://www.prospect.org/cs/articles?article=the_new_mccarthyism)," also bears a read. Especially if you've wondered where the new wingnut tag "the Gitmo 9!!!1!" stems from.

bjkeefe
03-04-2010, 04:04 PM
I sure hope Senator Kaus doesn't see this profile of Ezra Klein in the Washingtonian (http://www.washingtonian.com/blogarticles/people/capitalcomment/15063.html), because (emph. added) ...

Today Klein’s blog frequently gets more hits than any other on Washingtonpost.com. He puts up about 20 posts a day—ranging from analysis and commentary to interviews—along with links to other bloggers and the occasional recipe.

Klein, now 25, usually arrives at the Post at 9 am. By then his assistant—yes, he has a personal staffer—has sent him clips from the previous night.

And ... oh, wait. What's this down at the bottom, hmmm?

Not everyone loves Klein’s writing. Slate’s Mickey Kaus, himself a blogging pioneer, accused Klein of a “hectoring naiveté.” Conservative blogger Michelle Malkin said she preferred “an overflowing vat of liquid radioactive waste” to sharing a stage with him.

(The article does not say that the two were in the same bedroom when they were asked for comment. But it does not say that they were not, either.)

H/t to Jim Newell (http://wonkette.com/414041/ezra-klein-finds-success-despite-one-dirty-tweet-two-years-ago), who chose to emphasize a different aspect of <strike>Hector's</strike> Ezra's first quarter-century of life.

bjkeefe
03-04-2010, 11:14 PM
— Goldfarb Leaves Weekly Standard (http://washingtonindependent.com/74092/goldfarb-leaves-weekly-standard)

Apparently they got sick of his emptying the vending machines by Monday afternoon of each work week.

And guess what he's doing to keep himself in Cheez Doodles now? No, c'mon ... guess.

Nope, it's worse.

Give up? (http://twitter.com/Johngcole/status/9993468381)

Yep.

Next time you hear "al-Qaeda Seven" or "Dept. of Jihad (http://bjkeefe.blogspot.com/2010/03/cnn-and-wolf-blitzer-keeping-so-called.html)," odds are it'll be coming out of the Goldfarbian cakehole.

bjkeefe
03-05-2010, 04:36 PM
... too long absent from our BhTV screens, has a sad smart post (http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/michaeltomasky/2010/mar/05/congress-democrats) up that tells you all you need to know about the difference between the two US Congressional caucuses.

(h/t: Matt Yglesias (http://yglesias.thinkprogress.org/archives/2010/03/the-little-things.php))

nikkibong
03-06-2010, 06:46 PM
mcwhorter edits black history month

http://www.tnr.com/article/politics/taking-out-my-eraser?page=0,0

claymisher
03-06-2010, 09:59 PM
mcwhorter edits black history month

http://www.tnr.com/article/politics/taking-out-my-eraser?page=0,0

A+ article. Thanks.

bjkeefe
03-06-2010, 11:19 PM
More on the TF and science journamalism (http://scienceblogs.com/pharyngula/2010/03/the_problem_with_science_journ.php).

Guess who else works at the Templeton Foundation, who also used to be a B'head and a journalist (kinda sorta). Not as big a surprise (http://www.templeton.org/about_us/who_we_are/leadership_team/rod_dreher/), this time.

(h/t: A starry-eyed techno-utopian (http://scienceblogs.com/pharyngula/2010/03/im_a_starry-eyed_techno-utopia.php))

claymisher
03-07-2010, 12:41 AM
Guess who else works at the Templeton Foundation, who also used to be a B'head and a journalist (kinda sorta). Not as big a surprise (http://www.templeton.org/about_us/who_we_are/leadership_team/rod_dreher/), this time.

(h/t: A starry-eyed techno-utopian (http://scienceblogs.com/pharyngula/2010/03/im_a_starry-eyed_techno-utopia.php))

Great, a class-A homophobe. Why not some racists too while they're at it?

bjkeefe
03-07-2010, 12:57 AM
[...]

Oh, and speaking of Ezra, guess who wants him to to cook her dinner (http://www.theatlanticwire.com/features/view/feature/ACORN-Sting-Prostitute-Courts-Ezra-Klein-858)? (Better get the price up in front, and in writing, Ezra. And watch out for those cameras!)

I guess I can see why she's a little desperate for money (http://www.eschatonblog.com/2010/03/good-luck-with-that.html), though.

bjkeefe
03-07-2010, 01:03 AM
Great, a class-A homophobe. Why not some racists too while they're at it?

Maybe the TF thought they were getting two for the price of one, there (http://usjamerica.wordpress.com/2009/05/26/shorter-rod-dreher-only-white-men-are-qualified-for-the-supreme-court/)?

bjkeefe
03-08-2010, 07:03 PM
And guess what he's doing to keep himself in Cheez Doodles now? No, c'mon ... guess.

Nope, it's worse.

Give up? (http://twitter.com/Johngcole/status/9993468381)

Yep.

Next time you hear "al-Qaeda Seven" or "Dept. of Jihad (http://bjkeefe.blogspot.com/2010/03/cnn-and-wolf-blitzer-keeping-so-called.html)," odds are it'll be coming out of the Goldfarbian cakehole.

Important update: "Starbursts" now has a synonym: "Goldfarbs," as in "I watched Liz Cheney on my teevee talk about torturing brown people because Barack Obama wants the terrorists to win, and it sent little goldfarbs through the screen and ricocheting around the living rooms of America."

But why does Michael Goldfarb now hate Sarah Palin (http://wonkette.com/414108/414108)? (Good thing he still gets excited by Dick, though.)

(? (http://www.rumproast.com/index.php/site/comments/rich_lowrys_little_starbursts/))

bjkeefe
03-08-2010, 08:26 PM
No old codger he! (http://twitter.com/AdamSerwer/status/10178882648)

AdamSerwer (http://twitter.com/AdamSerwer) Didn't realize my boss @mschmitt9 (http://twitter.com/mschmitt9) had stopped being a twitter lurker and had actually started tweeting

bjkeefe
03-09-2010, 01:02 PM
... best known around these parts as the "liberal" counterpart to Jonah Goldberg, apparently has a new book (http://tbogg.firedoglake.com/2010/03/08/whos-to-blame-when-situations-degenerate-disgusting-things-youd-never-anticipate/) coming out.

TwinSwords
03-09-2010, 02:12 PM
... best known around these parts as the "liberal" counterpart to Jonah Goldberg, apparently has a new book (http://tbogg.firedoglake.com/2010/03/08/whos-to-blame-when-situations-degenerate-disgusting-things-youd-never-anticipate/) coming out.

Being an idiot sure is well paid in this country.

nikkibong
03-09-2010, 08:20 PM
Being an idiot sure is well paid in this country.

what the hell? seems to me like beinart is trying to account for a serious error of judgment on his part.

you let sullivan off the hook for similar reasons -- even though sullivan NEVER actually looked deeply into why he supported the iraq war, and even though beinart NEVER was so abusive to war opponents.

TwinSwords
03-09-2010, 11:28 PM
what the hell? seems to me like beinart is trying to account for a serious error of judgment on his part.

you let sullivan off the hook for similar reasons -- even though sullivan NEVER actually looked deeply into why he supported the iraq war, and even though beinart NEVER was so abusive to war opponents.

Yeah, you're right. I shouldn't be so hard on him.

bjkeefe
03-10-2010, 02:35 AM
... observes John Holbo (http://crookedtimber.org/2010/03/09/americas-brush-with-slavery/):

... have responded (http://article.nationalreview.com/427178/america-the-exceptional-again/rich-lowry-ramesh-ponnuru?page=1) to critics of their American Exceptionalism (http://nrd.nationalreview.com/article/?q=M2FhMTg4Njk0NTQwMmFlMmYzZDg2YzgyYjdmYjhhMzU=) piece, I see. I’ll just quote a bit from the end (http://article.nationalreview.com/427178/america-the-exceptional-again/rich-lowry-ramesh-ponnuru?page=2):

Victor Davis Hanson notes that one reason for American exceptionalism may be that we did not inherit from England “a large underclass of only quasi-free people attached to barons as serfs.” Sadly, a worse institution took root here, but never became part of the national psyche.

Thank goodness it never became a serious problem. It might have left scars.

Florian
03-10-2010, 05:37 AM
... observes John Holbo (http://crookedtimber.org/2010/03/09/americas-brush-with-slavery/):

I was amused by the following from the NR article:

"In Europe, we see a civilization that is not willing to defend itself: nations that will surrender their sovereignty, cultures that will step aside to be supplanted by an alien creed, peoples that will no longer make the most meaningful investment in the future by reproducing. There is a sense that history is over and Europeans are just waiting for someone to turn out the last light in the last gallery of the Louvre. "

Demographers predict that the population of France will overtake that of Germany within thirty years if present birth rates continue.

So the lights in the Louvre will stay on a bit longer, even as they go out in the Alte Nationalgalerie.

bjkeefe
03-10-2010, 07:22 PM
In which he reveals himself to be a corporate stooge, in the tank for Toyota (http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/03/09/toyotas-are-safe-enough/).

Also, why does Bob Wright drive a planet-killing SUV? Is he a global-warming denialist, or does he just hate America?

Worse, he appears to support the violent death of Harvard professors. (I suppose this last is understandable, given his connection to Princeton.)

bjkeefe
03-10-2010, 10:45 PM
Charles Johnson quotes and links with approval (http://littlegreenfootballs.com/article/35950_The_Pentagon_Shooters_Extreme_Right-Libertarian_Beliefs_Revisited) to Eric Boehlert.

Or maybe just another sign of how far gone the rightosphere is these days.

bjkeefe
03-11-2010, 04:35 PM
... following in the footsteps of such Bh.tv luminaries as George Johnson and Bob Wright, makes an appearance on The Colbert Report (http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/cosmicvariance/2010/03/10/report-from-colbert/).

claymisher
03-12-2010, 01:39 PM
Mickey Kaus is still an asshole (http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/14/magazine/14fob-q4-t.html?src=twr):

Ezra Klein gets under my skin. He seems to spout the party line. I think he knows that it’s wrong but feels it’s his duty to fight the good cause.

Sure, he'll call a guy a liar, but he's too chicken to say it to his face.

bjkeefe
03-12-2010, 09:32 PM
[...]

More fallout from that same interviewette (http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/14/magazine/14fob-q4-t.html), regarding this bit:

How much do they [Slate] pay you?

I had been making in the mid-90s, and then I had to take a pay cut along with everyone else, and I was making in the 80s. I’m fortunate to make any money as a blogger. There are some who make more. Most of them work for The Atlantic.

Which then led to a comical exchange between two more 'Heads, on Twitter, captured by Instaputz (http://instaputz.blogspot.com/2010/03/oh-snap.html).

[Added] Looks like the editor of Slate really no likey that whippersnapper. See his Twitter (http://twitter.com/jacobwe) feed starting around 2 pm, 12 Mar 2009.

uncle ebeneezer
03-12-2010, 09:54 PM
And speaking of Ezra (and Mickey's painfully embarrassing obsession with him, here's another thing Erza does better than Mickey: interview (http://voices.washingtonpost.com/ezra-klein/2010/03/sen_evan_bayh_weve_got_good_pe.html#more).

claymisher
03-12-2010, 09:56 PM
More fallout from that same interviewette (http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/14/magazine/14fob-q4-t.html), regarding this bit:



Which then led to a comical exchange on Twitter, captured by Instaputz (http://instaputz.blogspot.com/2010/03/oh-snap.html).

Before the blog explosion I used to read Slate more or less cover to cover -- except Kaus. I understand that he's going for the breathless Louella Parsons deal but I really can't tell what the fuck he's trying to say half the time. For a guy who does zero reporting and posts so infrequently he's got to be the laziest blogger alive.

bjkeefe
03-12-2010, 10:38 PM
And speaking of Ezra (and Mickey's painfully embarrassing obsession with him, here's another thing Erza does better than Mickey: interview (http://voices.washingtonpost.com/ezra-klein/2010/03/sen_evan_bayh_weve_got_good_pe.html#more).

Much as I dislike Bayh, that was pretty good. Thanks.

uncle ebeneezer
03-12-2010, 10:42 PM
Yeah, I'm still annoyed at the timing of his decision and the effect it may have on big-picture legislation, but he sure made some damn good points and my respect for him went up a lot after reading that interview.

bjkeefe
03-12-2010, 10:42 PM
Before the blog explosion I used to read Slate more or less cover to cover -- except Kaus. I understand that he's going for the breathless Louella Parsons deal but I really can't tell what the fuck he's trying to say half the time. For a guy who does zero reporting and posts so infrequently he's got to be the laziest blogger alive.

I was similar to you -- I wouldn't say I read it cover to cover, but I did visit it at least daily and at least glanced at everything they had on the front page for that day.

I know what you mean about Mickey's <strike>gossip column</strike> blogging style. I used to try to struggle through it, back when he was on this site weekly, and I came to the conclusion that if I never saw another double asterisk or question mark again, it'd be too soon for me.

uncle ebeneezer
03-12-2010, 10:45 PM
Amen to that. I found Mickey here and loved him as a diavlogger. When I went and checked out his blog I couldn't believe that something so incoherent at times is so popular. His contrarian schtick is amusing when he's part of Bob's comedy team, but in print it's a waste of time.

bjkeefe
03-12-2010, 10:46 PM
Yeah, I'm still annoyed at the timing of his decision and the effect it may have on big-picture legislation, but he sure made some damn good points and my respect for him went up a lot after reading that interview.

The thing that still bugs me about him is that for all his hand-wringing about "why can't we all just get along?," he fails to realize how lop-sided the tribal instinct is and which side started deploying it as a perpetual strategy. His complaints have some merit, but he's simply not being realistic -- the only way we're going to get through this period of the GOP behaving as it does is to stay unified until they start electing some people who actually have an interest in good governance.

bjkeefe
03-13-2010, 06:17 AM
[...] Which then led to a comical exchange between two more 'Heads, on Twitter, captured by Instaputz (http://instaputz.blogspot.com/2010/03/oh-snap.html).

And then a third 'Head jumped in! Bidding war! (http://www.lawyersgunsmoneyblog.com/2010/03/im-a-far-better-option-than-matt-yglesias)

kezboard
03-14-2010, 10:12 PM
...or at least the satisfaction (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pUkY8sZShDg) of catching a member of the Bush administration in a lie.

bjkeefe
03-14-2010, 10:27 PM
...or at least the satisfaction (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pUkY8sZShDg) of catching a member of the Bush administration in a lie.

Good one.

But wow, this effort by the Bushies to rewrite history is nothing short of jaw-dropping. Frank Rich (http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/14/opinion/14rich.html) and, via him, Media Matters (http://mediamatters.org/research/201003080030#7) both had good pieces recently documenting other specific Rovisms, but I fear we're in for another long hard battle where clowns like that Brad Blakeman will be trotted out to spout the same the same lies over and over again, in the hopes that we in the reality-based community will get tired of rebutting them.

bjkeefe
03-15-2010, 06:59 AM
... contributes to a Time magazine listicle. I haven't looked at the other entries, but his is pretty good, and may be the rare post that virtually every* commenter on this site will agree with: "The Twilight of the Elites (http://www.time.com/time/specials/packages/article/0,28804,1971133_1971110_1971117,00.html)."

(h/t: DougJ (http://www.balloon-juice.com/2010/03/13/twilight-is-the-loneliest-time-of-day/))

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* (Does that make it banal?)

bjkeefe
03-17-2010, 08:02 AM
You know that 'Head who seems to spend half her waking hours talking about other people's body parts, how fast food symbolizes body parts, how other people look at still other people's body parts, etc.?

Roy Edroso (http://alicublog.blogspot.com/2010/03/da-da-we-laugh-i-finally-saw-one-of.html) tells us that despite these proclivities, for some reason, she simply does not care for this picture (http://img32.imageshack.us/i/teabagi.jpg/):

http://img32.imageshack.us/img32/6286/teabagi.jpg

bjkeefe
03-19-2010, 03:00 AM
... has a good post up: "Cheney And Kristol: Abandoning American Principles And Giving The Terrorists What They Want (http://wonkroom.thinkprogress.org/2010/03/03/cheney-and-kristol-abandoning-american-principles-and-giving-the-terrorists-what-they-want/)." (Liz, not Dick, though the confusion is understandable.)

h/t: @AdamSerwer (http://twitter.com/AdamSerwer/status/9932308249), whose related post, "The New McCarthyism (http://www.prospect.org/cs/articles?article=the_new_mccarthyism)," also bears a read. Especially if you've wondered where the new wingnut tag "the Gitmo 9!!!1!" stems from.

Matt has fleshed this out in a longer article for The Nation, "Attack of the Cheneys (http://www.thenation.com/doc/20100405/duss/single)." Glad someone besides me is saying things like this:

No question about it: Liz and Dick Cheney are on a mission, but just what is that mission? Some of it is clearly personal: in Dick's case, it's about burnishing his legacy; for Liz, there's the possibility of a run for Congress or the Senate. But in order to reposition themselves to retake the reins of power, the Cheneys must rescue the "global war on terror" from the ash heap of history, and they're doing this by playing the one card they've got: fear.

And this:

It turns out, however, that being disastrously wrong on the most significant foreign policy questions of the era is no barrier to continued influence in American politics. Even though their bong-hit theories about transforming the Middle East at the point of an American gun retain about as much popular appeal as E. coli, the neocons continue to impact US foreign policy debates through an entrenched network of think tanks (the American Enterprise Institute, the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, the Hudson Institute), publications (The Weekly Standard, Commentary, National Review), supportive editorial boards (the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal) and, of course, Fox News.

And this:

Crucially, Kagan and Kristol's views were not offered primarily as an analysis of foreign policy or international affairs but as a formula for conservative political success. Finding monsters abroad was, in their view, necessary for maintaining conservative power at home. September 11 provided the perfect monsters to match neoconservatives' ambitions, and they made the most of the opportunity. They won't give up the monsters without a struggle.

Interesting point here, too:

"The problem for knowledgeable Republican foreign policy realists like Colin Powell, Dick Lugar and Chuck Hagel is that the neocons are able to dismiss their concerns and policy recommendation as 'me-tooism' of the 'liberal' foreign policies of the Democratic Party," says Tom Shachtman, co-author of The Forty Years War: The Rise and Fall of the Neocons From Nixon to Obama. Shachtman suggests that the neocons greatly benefit from the news media's tendency toward sensationalism. "Their far-out, deliberately argumentative and provocative stances are, they know, much more attractive to media outlets than the stances of the realists," Shachtman says. "The media's current mantra is, 'Let's you and him fight,' and so if a foreign policy moderate is reluctant to utter fighting words, any media outlet that is scrambling for ratings will find a neocon to do so."

One more point to highlight:

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Barton Gellman, author of the book Angler: The Cheney Vice Presidency, says that Liz has been the driving force behind her father's reappearance on the national scene. "He really doesn't care what anyone thinks of him," Gellman says. "She's much more interested in responding to his critics and getting him to respond. It's because of her more than anyone that he's writing his memoirs. She's encouraging him to get out there."

Of course, she is regularly said to have office-holding ambitions, so this legacy-burnishing on her father's behalf is something less than family loyalty. Here's the good news, though:

As for Liz's own views, Gellman says, "From everything I can tell, she's a little bit to the right of her father.

Farther down in the article, B'head Steve Clemons concurs in this assessment.

There's quite a bit more (http://www.thenation.com/doc/20100405/duss/single) about her, as well as the organization she founded with Bill "Always Wrong" Kristol, but I think I've blockquoted enough. Well worth a look.

(h/t: Another B'head: Robert Farley (http://www.lawyersgunsmoneyblog.com/2010/03/the-cheney-kristol-axis)) <-- do click that, for a laugh

bjkeefe
03-23-2010, 04:34 AM
Michael Calderone (http://www.politico.com/blogs/michaelcalderone/0310/WaPo_hires_Weigel.html) reports:

David Weigel, who’s been covering the right for the Washington Independent, will soon be heading to the Washington Post.

Weigel joins the Post on April 5, and will be launching a blog focused on the conservative movement, tea party activists, and how the GOP's preparing for November.

National editor Kevin Merida confirmed the news to POLITICO and said that Weigel will be “a voice on our politics page online and a presence that will add to our robust coverage of the 2010 midterm elections.”

Weigel will primarily write online, but like Chris Cillizza—and other bloggers—could still contribute to the print edition when needed.

There's more, but I wanted to highlight this bit at the end:

With Weigel aboard, it's clear the Post wants to make sure the conservative movement is fully covered in print and online. In addition to Weigel, the paper recently assigned a reporter in National to cover the tea party movement and developments within the Republican Party.

When I asked Merida if the Post might hire another blogger to cover politics on the left and the activist wing of the Democratic Party, he responded: “Stay tuned.”

I'll hope, but not bet. But kudos to Calderone for the honest assessment and for asking the question.

(h/t: Jim Newell (http://wonkette.com/414378/414378))

uncle ebeneezer
03-25-2010, 08:53 PM
Frum fired from AEI. Conservatives have an interesting way of embracing differing views. (http://capitalgainsandgames.com/blog/bruce-bartlett/1601/groupthink-right-would-make-stalin-proud?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed:+CapitalGainsAndGames+(Capital+G ains+and+Games+-+Wall+Street,+Washington,+and+Everything+in+Betwee n))

Bruce Bartlett:

It saddened me to hear this. I have always hoped that my experience was unique. But now I see that I was just the first to suffer from a closing of the conservative mind. Rigid conformity is being enforced, no dissent is allowed, and the conservative brain will slowly shrivel into dementia if it hasn't already.

bjkeefe
03-25-2010, 08:55 PM
Frum fired from AEI. Conservatives have an interesting way of embracing differing views. (http://capitalgainsandgames.com/blog/bruce-bartlett/1601/groupthink-right-would-make-stalin-proud?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed:+CapitalGainsAndGames+(Capital+G ains+and+Games+-+Wall+Street,+Washington,+and+Everything+in+Betwee n))

Bruce Bartlett:

Heh. I was just about to post a pointer to a post I put up elsewhere (http://bloggingheads.tv/forum/showthread.php?p=155972#post155972), about the same news. Good on you for thinking of this thread, too.

claymisher
03-25-2010, 09:27 PM
Check out Bartlett in his own comments on that post.

bjkeefe
03-26-2010, 12:47 AM
Check out Bartlett in his own comments on that post.

You mean this (http://capitalgainsandgames.com/blog/bruce-bartlett/1601/groupthink-right-would-make-stalin-proud#comment-6525)?

Heritage

Heritage cut off contact with me when I was fired from NCPA even though I was a senior fellow at Heritage in the 1980s. I view it as the research arm of the Republican National Committee.

And this (http://capitalgainsandgames.com/blog/bruce-bartlett/1601/groupthink-right-would-make-stalin-proud#comment-6544)?

Donors

The problem is that the rigid conformity that led NCPA to fire me and AEI to fire David is very much driven by the donor community, which threatens to cut off contributions to conservative groups that criticize the Republican Party line. There is no money or support for dissenting views. If there was, I'm pretty sure I would have found it by now.

Thanks for the heads-up.

bjkeefe
03-26-2010, 01:46 AM
Article in the WaPo (http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/03/25/AR2010032502336.html) about this. Pretty bold headline: "Conservative David Frum loses think-tank job after criticizing GOP."

Technically, he wasn't fired:

"They invited me to remain associated with AEI on a non-salaried basis," Frum said, and he declined.

Circumlocutions are THE medium of exchange in the Village, aren't they?

(h/t: DM, via email)

bjkeefe
03-26-2010, 01:59 AM
Article in the WaPo (http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/03/25/AR2010032502336.html) about this. [...]

A bunch more links to reactions/reporting starting here (http://www.memeorandum.com/100325/p96#a100325p96).

[Added] Unsurprisingly, Ezra's is quite good (http://voices.washingtonpost.com/ezra-klein/2010/03/conservatives_reject_frum-ism.html).

What you're seeing here is the tension between being a conservative and being a Republican. It's not that you can't be both at the same time, but that you have to know which wins when ideological push comes to electoral shove.

bjkeefe
03-26-2010, 02:21 AM
Hard to tell whether this FrumTweet is sarcastic or not (http://twitter.com/davidfrum/status/11068781291):

Thanks to all tweeps for their many kind wishes. Tough day today @AEI. But not all bad news!.They're hiring Jonah Goldberg and Marc Thiessen

I guess that counts as good news for anyone seeing AEI accelerate its plunge over the cliff.

[Added] Jonah's hiring confirmed (http://www.google.com/search?q=Jonah+Goldberg+AEI).

bjkeefe
03-26-2010, 02:33 AM
The plot thickens:

*I’m informed, by family members, that Frum is a distant cousin of yours truly.

Guess who (http://is.gd/aZJCC)?

VLWC???

uncle ebeneezer
03-26-2010, 03:02 PM
Ezra weighs in on David Frum, and how this bill with substantial conservative ideas in it (http://voices.washingtonpost.com/ezra-klein/2010/03/conservatives_reject_frum-ism.html), could have had even more had the the GOP been interested in something more than opposing Obama/Pelosi etc.

bjkeefe
03-27-2010, 08:55 AM
She tweets (http://twitter.com/AnnieLowrey/status/11107949156):

News! I'm (sadly) leaving FP to (excitedly) join @attackerman (http://twitter.com/attackerman) & co. as the economy reporter at The Washington Independent. Stay tuned!

(h/t: Reihan (http://twitter.com/reihansalam/status/11111054019))

bjkeefe
03-27-2010, 01:52 PM
Roy Edroso, who is made of considerably sterner stuff than I, just watched the PJTV equivalent of a diavlog, between two 'heads: Doughy "Jonah" Pantload and the statist employee husband of Dr. Mrs. Ole Perfesser.

For me, the only thing that compares to the horror of just imagining sitting through that is negative one times the brilliance with which Roy reports on it.

Real Conservatives™: do not click (http://alicublog.blogspot.com/2010/03/pantload-and-perfesser-do-america.html).

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Bonus: Also over at alicublog: EXPOSED!!! The liberal bias of the thesaurus!!! (http://alicublog.blogspot.com/2010/03/just-for-fun.html)

bjkeefe
03-31-2010, 01:19 PM
... OMG! Is that McMegan McArdle aiding and abetting (http://alicublog.blogspot.com/2010/03/we-are-all-interested-in-future-for.html) a cheap knockoff of Bloggingheads.tv?

http://img248.imageshack.us/img248/1821/mcmegandoesblogginghead.jpg

bjkeefe
04-01-2010, 02:52 PM
David Frum (http://wonkette.com/414565/david-frum-wants-your-snuggie-with-you-in-it) is having a big party!

I'll say this: If Bob doesn't get an invitation, there WILL be hell to pay.

New Bh.tv front-pager and similarly-to-Frum-statused Zeke should probably get one, also too.*

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* [Added] (And now that precedent has been established, we can now post more gossip about him!)

bjkeefe
04-02-2010, 12:36 AM
... is immortalized on the Twitter (http://twitter.com/bloggingheads/status/11450659730). Plus, he is front-paged (proof attached) for his dingalink (http://bloggingheads.tv/forum/showthread.php?p=156735#post156735) full of win.

Therefore he is a full-fledged 'head, according to me.

Therefore you may post scurrilous rumors, innuendo, character assassinations, etc. ("gossip") about him.

bjkeefe
04-02-2010, 01:42 PM
Frum fired from AEI. Conservatives have an interesting way of embracing differing views. (http://capitalgainsandgames.com/blog/bruce-bartlett/1601/groupthink-right-would-make-stalin-proud?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed:+CapitalGainsAndGames+(Capital+G ains+and+Games+-+Wall+Street,+Washington,+and+Everything+in+Betwee n))

Frum discusses this on The Colbert Report (http://bjkeefe.blogspot.com/2010/04/david-frum-on-colbert-report.html).

bjkeefe
04-02-2010, 03:06 PM
A momentary brush with the commoners (http://alicublog.blogspot.com/2010/04/worst-people-on-earth.html) ends about how you'd expect:

* McArdle was apparently too busy being outraged at the post office (http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2010/04/things-are-worse-at-the-post-office-than-i-thought/38356/) -- which has outraged me in the past, too, but leave it to McArdle to put me in sympathy with the P.O.:

Now, I have no idea whether this is regulation run amok, combined with Soviet-level distributional inefficiency; or whether she simply didn't feel like dealing with my wedding invitations, and started making up rules to force me to take my damn business elsewhere.

Oh, what are the odds?

bjkeefe
04-02-2010, 05:45 PM
One of our "responsible voices from the right" gets himself noticed (http://wonkette.com/414616/byron-york-has-a-scoop).

bjkeefe
04-02-2010, 08:19 PM
[...]

Dave's final post (http://washingtonindependent.com/81351/30) at The Washington Independent.

TwinSwords
04-04-2010, 02:39 PM
Fascinating 90 minute lecture by Rick Perlstein on the subject of Barack Obama's presidency, at Vanderbilt. About 55 minutes of lecture followed by 35 minutes of Q&A.

Whatever Happened to Hope: Why Barack Obama Cannot Become a Transformational President (http://sitemason.vanderbilt.edu/news/video/2010/03/25/watch-whatever-happened-to-hope-why-barack-obama-cannot-become-a-transformational-president.110739)

Rick Perlstein, an author and political journalist who has written extensively about the history of conservatism in modern America, spoke at Vanderbilt University on March 22, 2010.

His books include Before the Storm: Barry Goldwater and the Unmaking of the American Consensus (2001) and Nixonland: The Rise of a President and the Fracturing of America (2008). His lecture at Vanderbilt was drawn from a third historical volume he is writing that focuses on the rise of Ronald Reagan.

(Watch Video (http://sitemason.vanderbilt.edu/news/video/2010/03/25/watch-whatever-happened-to-hope-why-barack-obama-cannot-become-a-transformational-president.110739))

bjkeefe
04-06-2010, 12:39 AM
Some of My Best Friends are Tea Partiers
Why some liberals can't seem to resist the new bad boys of American politics.

Article here (http://www.prospect.org/cs/articles?article=some_of_my_best_friends_are_tea_p artiers).

(h/t: DougJ (http://www.balloon-juice.com/2010/04/05/tea-is-the-new-black/))

bjkeefe
04-06-2010, 11:39 AM
Dave's final post (http://washingtonindependent.com/81351/30) at The Washington Independent.

Dave's WaPo blog is now live. It is called Right Now (http://voices.washingtonpost.com/right-now/). First post here (http://voices.washingtonpost.com/right-now/2010/04/welcome_to_right_now.html).

Here is the masthead: [imglink (http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/photo/2010/04/02/PH2010040202312.jpg)]

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/photo/2010/04/02/PH2010040202312.jpg

themightypuck
04-06-2010, 08:59 PM
The Tea Party is mad as hell and they don't really have a natural leader. There is a lot of opportunity there for a Naomi Klein and a Sarah Palin.

listener
04-06-2010, 09:06 PM
Thanks for that link, Brendan. Really penetrating analysis, and clearly and engagingly written. Mark Schmitt is my new hero (move over, Rachel?)!

bjkeefe
04-06-2010, 11:06 PM
Thanks for that link, Brendan. Really penetrating analysis, and clearly and engagingly written. Mark Schmitt is my new hero (move over, Rachel?)!

y/w.

Yeah, Mark's a pretty incisive guy.

bjkeefe
04-06-2010, 11:06 PM
The Tea Party is mad as hell and they don't really have a natural leader. There is a lot of opportunity there for a Naomi Klein and a Sarah Palin.

That's the scary part, isn't it? How do we draw a line between a populist and a demagogue?

themightypuck
04-06-2010, 11:11 PM
That's the scary part, isn't it? How do we draw a line between a populist and a demagogue?

I might be wrong but I figure the Tea Party is too old to be scary. The scariest thing old people are going to do is vote. With a few notable exceptions.

bjkeefe
04-06-2010, 11:15 PM
I might be wrong but I figure the Tea Party is too old to be scary. The scariest thing old people are going to do is vote. With a few notable exceptions.

Yeah, I didn't mean "scary" as in revolution or huge outbreaks of violence. I just meant it in terms of voting in a lot of people who want to do dumb things.

Which, it has to be said, might include some fairly violent outcomes; e.g., bombing Iran, locking up terrorists, hampering people trying to get medical care, etc.

bjkeefe
04-07-2010, 01:13 AM
Dave's WaPo blog is now live. It is called Right Now (http://voices.washingtonpost.com/right-now/). First post here (http://voices.washingtonpost.com/right-now/2010/04/welcome_to_right_now.html).

Here is the masthead: [imglink (http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/photo/2010/04/02/PH2010040202312.jpg)]

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/photo/2010/04/02/PH2010040202312.jpg

You know who's not too happy about this? Yep. The Pantload.

Unintentional hilarity ensues (http://alicublog.blogspot.com/2010/04/critics-rave.html).

(Whoops. Probably should have warned you to sit down first.)

TwinSwords
04-07-2010, 01:52 AM
You know who's not too happy about this? Yep. The Pantload.

Unintentional hilarity ensues (http://alicublog.blogspot.com/2010/04/critics-rave.html).

(Whoops. Probably should have warned you to sit down first.)

LOL.

Although I don't think this is yet the eleventy billionth time Doughy has used the "uh, gosh, would love to respond, but gotta run!"

claymisher
04-07-2010, 02:04 AM
LOL.

Although I don't think this is yet the eleventy billionth time Doughy has used the "uh, gosh, would love to respond, but gotta run!"

And who can forget the classic (I'm paraphrasing): I'm writing a book! Hey, you guys know anything about Hegel?

bjkeefe
04-07-2010, 11:01 AM
And who can forget the classic (I'm paraphrasing): I'm writing a book! Hey, you guys know anything about Hegel?

Heh, yeah. And I will always treasure this (http://bjkeefe.blogspot.com/2009/04/quintessential-jonah.html), not to mention this (http://bjkeefe.blogspot.com/2008/12/perfect-pitch-for-sour-note.html).

bjkeefe
04-08-2010, 05:15 PM
She tweets (http://twitter.com/AnnieLowrey/status/11107949156): [...]

She tweets (http://twitter.com/AnnieLowrey/status/11822289628) again (via (http://twitter.com/AdamSerwer/status/11822516513)), to let us know she is now publishing on TWI (http://washingtonindependent.com/author/alowrey/).

This (http://washingtonindependent.com/81684/the-futility-of-budget-cuts) is a good post.

bjkeefe
04-08-2010, 07:02 PM
... earns an "Oh, snap (http://instaputz.blogspot.com/2010/04/oh-snap.html)."

bjkeefe
04-08-2010, 09:09 PM
"What Does Palinspeak Mean? (http://www.tnr.com/blog/john-mcwhorter/what-does-palinspeak-mean)"

[...] It’s not quite Bushspeak ...

Rather, Palin is given to meandering phraseology of a kind suggesting someone more commenting on impressions as they enter and leave her head rather than constructing insights about them. Or at least, insights that go beyond the bare-bones essentials of human cognition — an entity (i.e. something) and a predicate (i.e. something about it).

[...]

Palinspeak is a flashlight panning over thoughts, rather than thoughts given light via considered expression.

The whole thing is not quite as bashing as those bits might suggest, and though I wonder why someone smart would spend the time and energy that John evidently did, it actually makes for an interesting read.

bjkeefe
04-10-2010, 01:10 AM
... from one of our newest 'heads, Tom Toles (http://voices.washingtonpost.com/tomtoles/2010/04/fallback_follies.html?wprss=tomtoles):

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/tomtoles/2010/04/06/c_04072010.gif

(I wished he'd kept the outtake (at the link: scroll) for another day, too.)

[Added] Oooo, and both the cartoon and the (unrelated) post here are superb (http://voices.washingtonpost.com/tomtoles/2010/04/the_enemy_of_my_enemy.html).

bjkeefe
04-10-2010, 01:40 AM
I have nothing to add to this (http://instaputz.blogspot.com/2010/04/liberal-fashions-is-must-read-she-said.html).

bjkeefe
04-11-2010, 09:45 PM
"What Does Palinspeak Mean? (http://www.tnr.com/blog/john-mcwhorter/what-does-palinspeak-mean)" [...]

Mark Liberman of Language Log disagrees: "Sarah Palin's distal demonstratives (http://languagelog.ldc.upenn.edu/nll/?p=2240)."

I would score it A for effort, but he didn't win me over. I think Mcwhorter is more nearly right on this one.

(h/t: John Allen Paulos (http://twitter.com/JohnAllenPaulos/status/11964506114))

bjkeefe
04-11-2010, 10:14 PM
... in one of her many personae, announces (http://twitter.com/JenLucPiquant/status/12013154683):

JenLucPiquant (http://twitter.com/JenLucPiquant) Just set up makeshift Web page for "Calculus Diaries." Crude, but it could be awhile b/4 main site redesign is done! http://bit.ly/9XMrsB

(RT by her hubby (http://twitter.com/seanmcarroll), natch)

bjkeefe
04-25-2010, 02:14 AM
... but about occasional commenter ImmRefDotCom, who drops by every now and again to promote (http://bloggingheads.tv/forum/showthread.php?p=103279#post103279) his (http://bloggingheads.tv/forum/showthread.php?p=153710#post153710) (other (http://bloggingheads.tv/forum/showthread.php?p=135995#post135995)) blog (http://bloggingheads.tv/forum/showthread.php?p=155604#post155604),* 24Ahead.

Looks like that's worked, because he's made the big time! That is, he has been noticed by Roy Edroso (http://blogs.villagevoice.com/runninscared/archives/2010/04/the_new_tea_par.php), in his latest wrap-up of teabaggers and wingnuts!

After quoting 24, as I like to call him, Roy observes:

This airtight logic is hard to answer, at least in standard debate format.

SARCASM!!!1!

==========

* [Added] Correction: Seen on 24's About (http://24ahead.com/about) page: "Despite most of the entries being presented in sequential order, this is not a blog."

To which I can only reply: That airtight logic is hard to answer, at least in standard debate format.

kezboard
04-26-2010, 11:08 PM
An apocalyptic nativist (http://theboard.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/02/02/the-nativists-are-restless-continued/), in fact.
Also, if you click on that link, you can see a video of an immigrant saying that we need to have a moratorium on immigration.

bjkeefe
04-27-2010, 03:55 AM
An apocalyptic nativist (http://theboard.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/02/02/the-nativists-are-restless-continued/), in fact.
Also, if you click on that link, you can see a video of an immigrant saying that we need to have a moratorium on immigration.

Hmmm. Interesting. Thanks for the link.

I didn't watch the video, but from your description, I am reminded of John D. MacDonald's definition of a Florida conservationist (http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&safe=off&tbo=p&tbs=bks%3A1&q=macdonald+OR+mcgee+%22florida+conservationist%22&aq=f&aqi=&aql=&oq=&gs_rfai=): "... a Florida conservationist is a fellow who bought his waterfront property last week," "And wants us to make room for two or three of his friends, and then shut the door forever."

For those disinclined to click over, here's what the NYT says about Ol' Pink:

Here is a blog post (http://www.splcenter.org/blog/2009/01/27/pat-buchanan-think-tank-hosts-discussion-with-anti-immigrant-extremists/) from the Southern Poverty Law Center on the other attendees, Bay Buchanan (sister of Pat), Jim Pinkerton and Marcus Epstein.

You’ll find lots of links there, including one of Mr. Pinkerton in apocalyptic mode, discussing immigration as racial warfare (http://www.amconmag.com/article/2005/dec/05/00009/) by dark people against the white West.

And here's the relevant bit from the SPLC:

Also participating is James Pinkerton (http://www.splcenter.org/intel/intelreport/article.jsp?aid=605), a regular contributor on both “Fox News Watch” and the “Fox and Friends” morning show, and no stranger to pumping up the cause of white supremacists. Pinkerton, also a former Newsday columnist, wrote a column for the Dec. 5, 2006, issue of The American Conservative magazine (whose founding editor was Pat Buchanan) in which he heaped praise on The Camp of the Saints (http://www.splcenter.org/intel/intelreport/article.jsp?sid=172), a racist French novel by Jean Raspail. First published in 1973, it describes the takeover of Europe by “swarthy hordes” of “cholera-ridden and leprous wretches.” “First to arrive were the monsters, the grotesque little beggars from the streets of Calcutta,” the book details. “As they groveled through the wet sand like a pack of basset hounds … with their snorts and grunts of joy, they looked like an army of little green men from some remote planet.”

In his column (http://www.amconmag.com/article/2005/dec/05/00009/), “National Suicide,” Pinkerton wrote that Raspail predicted the gradual takeover of Europe and America. “While Raspail did not know the specifics of Vicente Fox’s slow-motion demographic crusade to recapture much of America for Mexico, he apprehended the general truth,” Pinkerton wrote. That truth, Pinkerton explained, is that, like the French in Raspail’s novel, white Americans today “are lacking a proper sense of national-racial consciousness, the knowledge that one’s own is best, the triumphant joy at feeling oneself to be part of humanity’s finest.”

In context, Pinkerton comes off as the Reasonable™ one in both posts, you'll probably be unsurprised to hear.

Ocean
04-27-2010, 08:41 AM
Thank you both for the news. It's helpful to know. Perhaps I should pass on his next diavlog here.

bjkeefe
04-27-2010, 02:19 PM
'Nuff said (http://instaputz.blogspot.com/2010/04/aaaaaaaaaand-you-lost-me.html).

claymisher
04-28-2010, 07:15 PM
Andrew Gelman speculates on the Kaus's future:

http://www.themonkeycage.org/2010/04/things_i_learned_from_the_mick.html

uncle ebeneezer
04-29-2010, 01:28 AM
On Epistemic Closure (http://www.juliansanchez.com/2010/04/22/a-coda-on-closure/).

claymisher
05-07-2010, 07:22 PM
I've been a Chait fan since for ages but when he writes about Israel he turns into Michael Goldfarb. Yglesias has a good angle on it:

The Israeli newspaper Yedioth Aronoth has done some digging into Richard Goldstone’s past as a judge in apartheid-era South Africa and found him in some bad-looking situations as an enforcer of the country’s then-extant immoral laws. Given that an awful lot of people were in morally compromising situations at that point, and that the leadership of the African National Congress has always seemed to regard Goldstone as a credible jurist I’m inclined to give him a pass. But I see that defenders of the rights of black South Africans as Jonathan Chait and Jeffrey Goldberg are inclined to take a darker view of things than am I or Nelson Mandela.

At some point, though, critics of Goldstone’s work on the Gaza War are going to have to face the fact that whether or not they like what he’s said on this subject it’s just not the case that Israel’s been the victim of a frameup by white supremacists. For example, I take it that nobody is going to question the anti-apartheid credentials of Desmond Tutu and I don’t think Chait is going to endorse this or this or much anything else he’s had to say on the subject.

I posit that people who don’t like the Goldstone Report ought to actually think harder about international humanitarian law. The American right has a longstanding complaint on this score that international humanitarian law’s even-handed nature constitutes de facto unfair treatment of “the good guys.” Their point of view is that, in essence, you ought to look at a conflict, identify who the bad guys is (the Taliban rather than the US, Hamas rather than Israel), and focus your ire on the bad guy instead of nitpicking at the good guy’s conduct. Hawkish Arabs also join in this critique, though of course in their view it’s Israel who’s in the “bad guy” role. Personally, I don’t find this critique persuasive and I believe in international humanitarian law—just like Human Rights Watch does and Desmond Tutu does and Richard Goldstone does, which is why these organizations find themselves in the position of criticizing both Israeli and Palestinian conduct.

If you ask me, it would be much more plausible if people with liberal views on domestic policy and conservative ones on foreign policy would just join in the overall conservative critique. Instead, a lot of these people have tried to work out a not-so-plausible alternative view in which international humanitarian law is a good thing, but Israel just so happens to continually be victimized by sundry biased and/or unsavory figures. The simple fact of the matter is that adhering to international humanitarian law makes it very difficult to wage war, which I think is a good thing but many people disagree with that. This is an important debate, but it actually has nothing to do with anti-Israel bias or Goldstone’s alleged status as an amoral comformist.

http://yglesias.thinkprogress.org/archives/2010/05/yedioth-aronoth-unearths-richard-goldstones-past.php

johnmarzan
05-18-2010, 11:45 AM
was there a falling out between drezner and mcardle? it's been a while since they've done a diavlog together.

bjkeefe
05-26-2010, 03:44 AM
Beats me. Roy (http://alicublog.blogspot.com/2010_05_23_archive.html#612072255300093502)?

Christ Jesus, Goldberg is now too lazy to watch TV.

bjkeefe
05-26-2010, 03:39 PM
For like the forty kabillionth time, the GHEMRotRSTF has confused self-importance for importance. Matt Lewis uncritically types it up (http://www.politicsdaily.com/2010/05/25/jim-demint-conservative-kingmaker-or-inside-the-beltway-inter/):

Erickson denies any coordination, telling me he intentionally avoids talking with [Republican Senator Jim] DeMint's staff because of this perception.

Erickson implied to me -- and based on the chronological order of the endorsements, this rings true -- that DeMint may be taking his cues from RedState's endorsements, not the other way around.

Translation, in case it's not already obvious: (1) Erick the Red Face made a couple of obvious predictions about wingnut candidates on his Important Blog which came true (unlike many of his others) and (2) no one above the intern level on Jim DeMint's staff will take his calls.

(h/t: Josh Fruhlinger (http://wonkette.com/415649/415649))

bjkeefe
05-29-2010, 07:12 AM
Dave Weigel has an interview with Joe McGinniss (http://voices.washingtonpost.com/right-now/2010/05/exclusive_joe_mcginniss_talks.html) posted on his new blog, Right Now, in which McGinniss "talks about why he moved in next to Sarah Palin." Some nice bits of dish.

(previously (http://bjkeefe.blogspot.com/2010/05/neighborgeight-update.html))

bjkeefe
05-29-2010, 11:41 AM
So, I'm browsing the blog of one of our recent Science Saturday guests, John Hawks, and I come across the page of frequently asked questions, where I notice (http://johnhawks.net/weblog/site/site_faq.html#links) the following (http://img217.imageshack.us/img217/4249/justthefaqjack.png).

But then I thought, "Well, he is an anthropologist. Maybe he's studying her?"

==========

http://img217.imageshack.us/img217/4249/justthefaqjack.png

John Hawks
05-30-2010, 02:49 AM
Kudos for noticing! I've never known anyone else to receive the only political message I had for many years.

The policy dates back to when I served the blog from my lab machine. University computer resources can't be used for promoting partisan activities, and I didn't have tenure, so I kept it totally clean -- there are a bunch of science blogs I couldn't link because every other post was politics of some nature.

But Althouse is on the law faculty here, and I read her every day, so I figured if anybody ever noticed, I could claim that I was just supporting the UW.

I'm not hosted at the University anymore, so I can do politics if I wanted, but the policy has worked well and I'm not giving it up.

bjkeefe
05-30-2010, 02:53 AM
Kudos for noticing! I've never known anyone else to receive that message.

Heh. And thanks to you, for noticing, as well.

Glad you could take a little idle snark. More importantly, thanks again for another superlative SciSat. Your diavlogs have been fabulous, and I look forward to many more of them.

And I will continue to look at your fine blog, despite that tiny glitch in the blogroll. ;^)

bjkeefe
05-30-2010, 03:11 AM
Kudos for noticing! I've never known anyone else to receive the only political message I had for many years.

The policy dates back to when I served the blog from my lab machine. University computer resources can't be used for promoting partisan activities, and I didn't have tenure, so I kept it totally clean -- there are a bunch of science blogs I couldn't link because every other post was politics of some nature.

But Althouse is on the law faculty here, and I read her every day, so I figured if anybody ever noticed, I could claim that I was just supporting the UW.

I'm not hosted at the University anymore, so I can do politics if I wanted, but the policy has worked well and I'm not giving it up.

Oops. I see you were editing while I was replying. ("Such is blogging," (http://www.google.com/search?q=%22Such+is+blogging%22) as the kids say?) Sorry for being too quick on the (re)draw.

I actually do appreciate your original urge to keep your science-oriented blog clean of politics. I don't think it's realistic, but I do appreciate the desire.

And to that end, I think you ought to reconsider. What I have come to consider a rather naive stance, I mean. I'm not asking you to go full metal PZ on us (though a boy can dream, can't he?), but in these sad United States, it is beyond dispute that one party -- and more to the point, one "side" -- is pretty much for science, while the other is adamantly -- and unapologetically so -- against. I think you have some responsibility as a science professional to reflect on that, especially given what a wonderful communicator you are.

Don't let me lay a responsibility that you don't want to assume on your already overburdened shoulders. If you just want to do science, okay. But please, I beg you, think about that decision, from time to time. This shit matters, no matter how much you and (an earlier) I might like to pretend otherwise.

[Edited to remove gratuitous postscript.]

bjkeefe
05-31-2010, 02:15 AM
He lists numerous examples of just how wrong (http://trueslant.com/conorfriedersdorf/2010/05/27/inside-the-information-loop/) every wingnut blog on the planet got the story about kids wearing American flag clothes to school on Cinco de Mayo, and concludes:

Awhile back, Jonah Goldberg doubted whether or not there were actually compelling examples of epistemic closure on the right. Well, there you go: an information loop so faulty in explaining the ACLU to its audience that even a blog called Stop the ACLU doesn’t understand what’s going on.

The right cannot adeptly navigate a political environment that it is systematically misled about.

And remember: you can't spell NotARealConservative!!!1! without a C, an O, an N, another O, and an R.

(h/t: Alex Pareene (http://www.salon.com/news/politics/war_room/index.html?story=/politics/war_room/2010/05/27/thursday_link_dump))

bjkeefe
05-31-2010, 05:57 AM
No, really (http://rogerailes.blogspot.com/2010/05/less-than-zero-thor-thorassson-gets.html).

bjkeefe
06-05-2010, 07:12 AM
[...]

And now ... it turns out, according to Sir Pantload of Dough, that wanting to be happy, and not suffer chronic pain, and get the proper amount of sleep, is fascist (http://alicublog.blogspot.com/2010/06/shorter-jonah-goldberg-theres-this-guy.html).

Liberal-fascist, yeah. But really, is there any other kind?

uncle ebeneezer
06-08-2010, 01:01 PM
Rosa Brooks (http://yglesias.thinkprogress.org/archives/2010/06/rosa-brooks-to-head-new-office-for-rule-of-law-and-international-humanitarian-policy.php). I would basically agree with MY that it is a step in the right direction and hopefully not just a symbolic measure.

Sigh...we miss you Rosa.

bjkeefe
06-08-2010, 01:40 PM
Rosa Brooks (http://yglesias.thinkprogress.org/archives/2010/06/rosa-brooks-to-head-new-office-for-rule-of-law-and-international-humanitarian-policy.php). I would basically agree with MY that it is a step in the right direction and hopefully not just a symbolic measure.

Sigh...we miss you Rosa.

Cool. Thanks for passing this along. Yep, I think Matt has the right take -- we should be skeptical, but it's hard not to be hopeful.

Looks like Bh.tv is not just a global media juggernaut, but will come to dominate all manner of world affairs!

[Added] We'll have to keep an eye out for new B'head Charli Carpenter's take on this. Sounds like it's something she'd care about.

bjkeefe
06-08-2010, 04:25 PM
And now ... it turns out, according to Sir Pantload of Dough, that wanting to be happy, and not suffer chronic pain, and get the proper amount of sleep, is fascist (http://alicublog.blogspot.com/2010/06/shorter-jonah-goldberg-theres-this-guy.html).

Liberal-fascist, yeah. But really, is there any other kind?

John Holbo over at Crooked Timber (http://crookedtimber.org/2010/06/07/liberals-in-the-mist-part-iii/) takes a longer look at this, and other recent strange observations, including some of what he had to say in his recent diavlog with David Frum.

(h/t: Adam Serwer (http://prospect.org/csnc/blogs/tapped_archive?month=06&year=2010&base_name=its_the_jews))

(x-posted (http://bloggingheads.tv/forum/showthread.php?p=164610#post164610), sort of, in reference to another part of Holbo's post)

bjkeefe
06-11-2010, 05:42 AM
... grows ever more awesome (http://abcnews.go.com/US/Media/empire-state-building-rejects-request-honor-mother-teresa/story?id=10870923).

(Bill Donohue is angry about this. Which is about as much news as "dog pooped.")

I'll remind you of the title of Hitch's book (http://books.google.com/books?id=PTgJIjK67rEC&dq=hitchens+missionary+position&printsec=frontcover&source=bn&hl=en&ei=m_YRTMziLsL7lwfvr7D3Bw&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=4&ved=0CC4Q6AEwAw#v=onepage&q&f=false), and ask you to notice which word ABC put in scare quotes, in its opening sentence.

All right then.



(h/t: Ken Layne's (yesterday) "Morning in America (http://wonkette.com/415904/carly-meg-in-every-important-way-are-diane-barbara)")

bjkeefe
06-15-2010, 03:27 PM
As you have probably been unable to forget, McMegan just got married. As she is now off on her honeymoon (here (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7QDv4sYwjO0), maybe?) with erstwhile Astroturfer (http://www.freedomworks.org/blog/244?page=6) and occasional B'head Peter Suderman, she has signed up droves of people to guest-blog in her space and absence. SusanofTexas (http://tbogg.firedoglake.com/2010/06/13/meet-the-guest-bloggers/), Roy Edroso (http://alicublog.blogspot.com/2010/06/look-its-kids-from-fame-rent-glee.html), and Roy Edroso (http://alicublog.blogspot.com/2010/06/atlantic-90210-update.html) (again) report, which means snark gets directed at still more 'heads, also too.

bjkeefe
06-15-2010, 07:41 PM
As you have probably been unable to forget, McMegan just got married. As she is now off on her honeymoon (here (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7QDv4sYwjO0), maybe?) with erstwhile Astroturfer (http://www.freedomworks.org/blog/244?page=6) and occasional B'head Peter Suderman, she has signed up droves of people to guest-blog in her space and absence. SusanofTexas (http://tbogg.firedoglake.com/2010/06/13/meet-the-guest-bloggers/), Roy Edroso (http://alicublog.blogspot.com/2010/06/look-its-kids-from-fame-rent-glee.html), and Roy Edroso (http://alicublog.blogspot.com/2010/06/atlantic-90210-update.html) (again) report, which means snark gets directed at still more 'heads, also too.

And don't miss the "FLASH: UPDATE! (http://alicublog.blogspot.com/2010/06/flash-update-at-camp-mcardle-yeah-this.html)"

bjkeefe
06-16-2010, 02:21 PM
The snark flows from above, as well. Check out the attached Rand-om wedding note.

bjkeefe
06-20-2010, 05:20 PM
[...]

Getting pantsed. Or perhaps more accurately, Self-Pantloading (http://whiskeyfire.typepad.com/whiskey_fire/2010/06/counterpoint-counterpoint.html).

nikkibong
06-22-2010, 12:00 AM
(somewhat) reliable sources inform us that few time-blogginghead c. hitchens has fallen ill:

http://christopherhitchenswatch.blogspot.com/2010/06/hitch-health.html

this would seem to confirm the suspicion:

http://www.oregonlive.com/books/index.ssf/2010/06/christopher_hitchens_cancels_j.html

http://www.newsobserver.com/2010/06/16/536294/author-christopher-hitchens-cancels.html

best wishes for a speedy recovery

bjkeefe
06-22-2010, 12:10 AM
(somewhat) reliable sources inform us that few time-blogginghead c. hitchens has fallen ill:

http://christopherhitchenswatch.blogspot.com/2010/06/hitch-health.html

this would seem to confirm the suspicion:

http://www.oregonlive.com/books/index.ssf/2010/06/christopher_hitchens_cancels_j.html

http://www.newsobserver.com/2010/06/16/536294/author-christopher-hitchens-cancels.html

best wishes for a speedy recovery

Agree with the last. Thanks for the heads-up.

Here's the rest of his tour schedule (http://www.twelvebooks.com/authors/christopher_hitchens.asp?page=tour) (as of 15 June 2010, at least), for anyone who's interested.

nikkibong
06-22-2010, 12:12 AM
Agree with the last. Thanks for the heads-up.

Here's the rest of his tour schedule (http://www.twelvebooks.com/authors/christopher_hitchens.asp?page=tour) (as of 15 June 2010, at least), for anyone who's interested.

yes, hopefully he'll be back in fighting form (a.k.a. be a healthy hitch) soon. i was even thinking about going to the powells appearance...masochism and celebrity aura are a noxious combination...

bjkeefe
06-22-2010, 02:11 AM
Whining about how you kids with your blogs and your tweets and your forum postings are making his wingnut welfare check smaller (http://tbogg.firedoglake.com/2010/06/21/when-the-invisible-hand-flashes-an-invisible-finger/).

nikkibong
06-23-2010, 03:25 PM
(somewhat) reliable sources inform us that few time-blogginghead c. hitchens has fallen ill:

http://christopherhitchenswatch.blogspot.com/2010/06/hitch-health.html

this would seem to confirm the suspicion:

http://www.oregonlive.com/books/index.ssf/2010/06/christopher_hitchens_cancels_j.html

http://www.newsobserver.com/2010/06/16/536294/author-christopher-hitchens-cancels.html

best wishes for a speedy recovery

still no word on hitchens, and the natives are getting restless:

http://www.dailyhitchens.com/2010/06/ch-having-health-issues.html

and more cancellations:

http://www.almanacnews.com/news/show_story.php?id=6894

his fans (and even his detractors, e.g. ME) are getting worried...

bjkeefe
06-23-2010, 03:42 PM
still no word on hitchens, and the natives are getting restless:

http://www.dailyhitchens.com/2010/06/ch-having-health-issues.html

and more cancellations:

http://www.almanacnews.com/news/show_story.php?id=6894

his fans (and even his detractors, e.g. ME) are getting worried...

Hmmm. This won't help: I just took another look at his tour page (http://www.twelvebooks.com/authors/christopher_hitchens.asp?page=tour) (same link as before (http://bloggingheads.tv/forum/showthread.php?p=166240#post166240)).

At least there's one date still left. If you wanted to be a tea leaf reader, you could say this (which was the last one listed the previous time I looked) indicates either an expectation that the health issue will be resolved by then, or that the cancellations are because of something else.

On a related note, Derb shows why (like Hitch?) he is impossible to hate completely (http://corner.nationalreview.com/post/?q=ZjY4NTc1ZjQxYjE2ZWQzZTZiZmJjYTg3ZGMwMTNkMGM=).

Curmudgeonry, the Golden Age [John Derbyshire]

Me, writing in the Wall Street Journal the other day (http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703303904575292721984904794.html?m od=WSJ_Opinion_MIDDLESecondBucket#articleTabs%3Dar ticle): “Mid-20th-century England was rich with curmudgeons…”

The June 28 New Yorker, writing about Christopher Hitchens (p. 20): “His father, whom the family called the Commander, was an officer in the Royal Navy. He wasn’t much of a talker. One morning, Hitchens, age eight [so this would be 1957-8 — JD], tottered downstairs in his jammies to find the Commander baking [sic — JD] eggs in the kitchen. Hitchens asked his father if he could join him for breakfast. ‘Bloody Hell,’ the Commander said. ‘It’ll be family prayers next.’”

There were giants in those days.

I'm also gonna give him credit, without evidence, that the sic was a pun.

bjkeefe
06-24-2010, 06:39 PM
I appreciate that Dave is under far more pressure than most people, due to his position, and that he really wants to be a reporter as opposed to a "point and laugh" opinionator, but I gotta say, Ken Layne is spot-on (http://wonkette.com/416274/famous-teabag-beat-reporter-dave-weigel-apologizing-again) in wagging his finger this time.

Dave, if by some miracle you ever see this, let me add to what Ken said: you can never hope to win by appeasement against the kind of wingnuts who read Teh Liebrul Media just to find things to be OUTRAGED about. You can never even hope to get them to back off and calm down. At some point, you just have to say "I calls 'em as I sees 'em" and let the chips fall where they may. The more you concede "you may have a point there" about batshit craziness and hysterical overreactions to things you said in private, the more they will be on your ass the next time, and the more you risk becoming just like all those other fetish-for-balance Villagers -- cowed, and ultimately afraid to report the truth.

johnmarzan
06-25-2010, 02:12 AM
http://althouse.blogspot.com/2010/06/this-would-be-vastly-better-world-to.html

"This would be a vastly better world to live in if Matt Drudge decided to handle his emotional problems more responsibly, and set himself on fire."

Wrote the WaPo's Dave Weigel, who covers conservatives but writes things he's ashamed to see get beyond the confines of the lefty "Journolist" email list.

bjkeefe
06-25-2010, 02:30 AM
"This would be a vastly better world to live in if Matt Drudge decided to handle his emotional problems more responsibly, and set himself on fire."

Wrote the WaPo's Dave Weigel, who covers conservatives but writes things he's ashamed to see get beyond the confines of the lefty "Journolist" email list.

You're going to tell me that you've never made a hyperbolic statement in private conversation with your friends? Never vented? Never made a joke with a little bad taste? Never sent an email to some people that you'd prefer not be CCed to the world?

Wingnut, please. No one, but no one, will fall for your fauxtrage this time.

No one sane, I mean.

I do have to love your new-found obsession with Political Correctness, though.

bjkeefe
06-25-2010, 02:51 AM
http://static.bloggingheads.tv/images/mugshots/Teixeira_Ruy.jpg Occasional B'head Ruy Teixeira (http://bloggingheads.tv/search/?participant1=Teixeira,%20Ruy), a specialist in voting patterns and demographics, has released a new working paper: "Demographic Change and the Future of the Parties [PDF] (http://www.americanprogressaction.org/issues/2010/06/pdf/voter_demographics.pdf)."

I haven't had a chance to read it yet, and it does look like something that'll require a 20° drop in temperature around these parts before I do, but I hope to get to it eventually. Meantime, here's a nice intro by Tom Schaller of 538 (http://www.fivethirtyeight.com/2010/06/emerging-republican-minority.html) (emph. orig.).

The Emerging Republican Minority

The Center for American Politics' Ruy Teixeira (http://www.americanprogress.org/experts/TeixeiraRuy.html), one of the top political demographers in the country, has a new paper (http://www.americanprogressaction.org/issues/2010/06/pdf/voter_demographics.pdf) out in which he examines the two major party coalitions, with a focus on the current and future prospects of the Republican Party. For the GOP, says Teixeira, things look grim, in large part because the country is becoming less white and more educated. He provides specific data showing how college educated voters are growing, and non-college educated shrinking, as shares of the electorate; likewise for the growing non-white v. shrinking white populations.

"The Democratic Party will become even more dominated by the emerging constituencies that gave Barack Obama his historic 2008 victory, while the Republican Party will be forced to move toward the center to compete for these constituencies. As a result, modern conservatism is likely to lose its dominant place in the GOP," he writes, adding that "the Republican Party as currently constituted is in need of serious and substantial changes in approach."(Emphasis mine; will return to this point momentarily)

OK, not much new or surprising here in terms of the trends; those who follow these political-demographic patterns know the basic contours of the projected population trends moving forward. What's interesting are the recommendations Teixeira offers--to Republicans, as opposed to Democrats, the target audience for much of previous writings (http://www.amazon.com/Emerging-Democratic-Majority-Lisa-Books/dp/0743226917)--for how to deal with the challenges of the population changes ahead.

Specifically, he recommends that the GOP do some or all of the following (taken verbatim from the report):

The rest (http://www.fivethirtyeight.com/2010/06/emerging-republican-minority.html).

(That is probably my favorite 'head mugshot, btw. (Not that that has anything to do with anything.) Love the sinister specs.)

[Added] Schaller's 538 coblogger Andrew Gelman has a short post (http://www.fivethirtyeight.com/2010/06/should-republican-party-move-to-center.html) in response. He does not much buy Ruy's recommendations, even leaving aside the unlikelihood that the GOP would consider taking them.

bjkeefe
06-25-2010, 03:55 AM
You're going to tell me that you've never made a hyperbolic statement in private conversation with your friends? Never vented? Never made a joke with a little bad taste? Never sent an email to some people that you'd prefer not be CCed to the world?

Wingnut, please. No one, but no one, will fall for your fauxtrage this time.

No one sane, I mean.

I do have to love your new-found obsession with Political Correctness, though.

Also, johnmarzan, I'm not sure if you're up on the latest Internet lingo, so perhaps you'll have a look at this link (http://www.google.com/search?q=diaf).

In other words, Weigel's line should be taken about as literally as, say, "He makes me so mad I could kill him" or "I feel like blowing my head off" or any of a thousand other phrases that are basically just colorful idioms for expressing frustration.

johnmarzan
06-25-2010, 05:41 AM
You're going to tell me that you've never made a hyperbolic statement in private conversation with your friends? Never vented? Never made a joke with a little bad taste? Never sent an email to some people that you'd prefer not be CCed to the world?

Wingnut, please. No one, but no one, will fall for your fauxtrage this time.

No one sane, I mean.

I do have to love your new-found obsession with Political Correctness, though.

I don't think Weigel's rants against Drudge/Byron York are a big deal.

But why is he a member of Journolist? Isn't that a place for leftwinger media types coordinate to get their stories straight? Ask Mickey.

bjkeefe
06-25-2010, 06:06 AM
I don't think Weigel's rants against Drudge/Byron York are a big deal.

I wouldn't even begin to call them rants, but okay.

But why is he a member of Journolist? Isn't that a place for leftwinger media types coordinate to get their stories straight?

No.

Ask Mickey.

No, thanks. I'd rather get my information from someone who knows what he's talking about, who doesn't have a chip on his shoulder the size of Jupiter because the cool kids don't want him around (or trust him).

Journolist has a range of ideologies on it, from "center to left," according to Ezra (http://www.prospect.org/csnc/blogs/ezraklein_archive?month=03&year=2009&base_name=obligatory_journolist_post), who founded it, plus a bunch of "straight news reporters [who] consciously eschew partisanship." From your perspective, I imagine it's all lefties, but then you probably also think Weigel is a lefty, so ...

Anyway, Ezra also says, "That's not about fostering ideology but preventing a collapse into flame war. The emphasis is on empiricism, not ideology."

And no. It's not a place for some group of nefarious mind control agents of Teh Left to "get their stories straight." It's a place to test new ideas, debate, bicker, consult with experts in a place where they don't have to be extra careful about protecting their professional reputations, and like that. And being people, it's also sometimes a place to vent, exchange gossip, and make jokes. If it were a forum instead of a listserv, it'd probably look a lot like this place, except with better spelling. (Maybe!)

bjkeefe
06-25-2010, 06:31 AM
I am happily in receipt of a letter from University of Massachusetts’ Chancellor Holub (http://www.umass.edu/chancellor/) informing me that I have been awarded tenure. Of course you know what this means: the days of keeping outside-the-box ideas (http://duckofminerva.blogspot.com/2008/07/why-not-assassinate-mugabe.html) to myself are gone like the Twelve Colonies of Kobol. Yep, I just cannot wait to write something unpopular (http://www.lawyersgunsmoneyblog.com/2010/03/im-with-edward-olmos) or controversial (http://www.lawyersgunsmoneyblog.com/2010/03/how-might-we-measure-racial-difference-without-reifying-it#more-6692) using my newly acquired academic freedom (http://lawreview.wustl.edu/inprint/84-5/hurtyin.pdf).

Go on over (http://www.lawyersgunsmoneyblog.com/2010/06/free-at-last) and say something nice in the comments.

bjkeefe
06-25-2010, 06:45 AM
[...]

Also, her update on the looming zombie menace (http://www.lawyersgunsmoneyblog.com/2010/06/deconstructingcomposing-the-zombie-menace), with reference to B'head Dan Drezner.

Drezner’s treatise is already being referred to as the cornerstone work of “zombie theory” (http://www.theatlanticwire.com/features/view/feature/The-Zombie-Theory-of-Foreign-Policy-1462) akin to other foreign policy crazes such as “cybersecurity” or “counter-terrorism.”

Also2: excellent use by CC of the <strike> tag in her post title. My compliments.

nikkibong
06-25-2010, 11:28 AM
I appreciate that Dave is under far more pressure than most people, due to his position, and that he really wants to be a reporter as opposed to a "point and laugh" opinionator, but I gotta say, Ken Layne is spot-on (http://wonkette.com/416274/famous-teabag-beat-reporter-dave-weigel-apologizing-again) in wagging his finger this time.

Dave, if by some miracle you ever see this, let me add to what Ken said: you can never hope to win by appeasement against the kind of wingnuts who read Teh Liebrul Media just to find things to be OUTRAGED about. You can never even hope to get them to back off and calm down. At some point, you just have to say "I calls 'em as I sees 'em" and let the chips fall where they may. The more you concede "you may have a point there" about batshit craziness and hysterical overreactions to things you said in private, the more they will be on your ass the next time, and the more you risk becoming just like all those other fetish-for-balance Villagers -- cowed, and ultimately afraid to report the truth.

You don't think it's unseemly that so-called honest broker Weigel is yukking it up on a liberal listserv? Do a very simple thought experiment, and pretend it's the other way around. What if, say, Chuck Todd, or another "straight reporter" of the Obama whitehouse was writing things on a conservative email list about "Obamatards" and the like? Wouldn't it kind of make it impossible for him to report honestly?

AemJeff
06-25-2010, 11:35 AM
You don't think it's unseemly that so-called honest broker Weigel is yukking it up on a liberal listserv? Do a very simple thought experiment, and pretend it's the other way around. What if, say, Chuck Todd, or another "straight reporter" of the Obama whitehouse was writing things on a conservative email list about "Obamatards" and the like? Wouldn't it kind of make it impossible for him to report honestly?

Don't you think the comparison between Weigel and Todd is a little hard to justify? Weigel is sui generis, I think, occupying a position that only really exists for him. He's not a straight reporter like Todd, he has an openly expressed point of view which seems to be his alone, and from which he peers with a gimlet eye. The fact that he chooses to hang out with the liberals just makes him more interesting, I think.

nikkibong
06-25-2010, 02:56 PM
Don't you think the comparison between Weigel and Todd is a little hard to justify? Weigel is sui generis, I think, occupying a position that only really exists for him. He's not a straight reporter like Todd, he has an openly expressed point of view which seems to be his alone, and from which he peers with a gimlet eye. The fact that he chooses to hang out with the liberals just makes him more interesting, I think.

Jeff, you're wrong. He was hired as a straight reporter on the "conservative movement." From an article in the Politico (http://www.politico.com/blogs/bensmith/0610/Weigel_and_the_Post.html)

National editor Kevin Merida told me for my story on the subject in May that he never asked Weigel about his politics, and Klein said he presented him to the paper simply as the best reporter covering conservatives. (Weigel's blog is subtitled, "Inside the conservative movement.")

“The way I explained Dave is that he’s the best reporter on the conservative movement beat,” Klein said, describing Weigel as “hard to characterize politically."


In any event, he's gone (http://www.politico.com/blogs/bensmith/0610/Weigel_resigns.html?showall) now. This seems like pretty basic journalist ethics; you can't pretend to have "unbiased" coverage of something when said coverage is provided by someone who actively detests and mocks the people he's covering!

AemJeff
06-25-2010, 03:26 PM
Jeff, you're wrong. He was hired as a straight reporter on the "conservative movement." From an article in the Politico (http://www.politico.com/blogs/bensmith/0610/Weigel_and_the_Post.html)

National editor Kevin Merida told me for my story on the subject in May that he never asked Weigel about his politics, and Klein said he presented him to the paper simply as the best reporter covering conservatives. (Weigel's blog is subtitled, "Inside the conservative movement.")

“The way I explained Dave is that he’s the best reporter on the conservative movement beat,” Klein said, describing Weigel as “hard to characterize politically."


In any event, he's gone (http://www.politico.com/blogs/bensmith/0610/Weigel_resigns.html?showall) now. This seems like pretty basic journalist ethics; you can't pretend to have "unbiased" coverage of something when said coverage is provided by someone who actively detests and mocks the people he's covering!

I don't think Ben Smith's description fits Weigel very well at all. He had a clear profile as a particular sort of reporter prior tohis hire at the Post, which I'm sorry he's lost. Weigel's schtick has been in effect for a while, and if his job at the Post was given to him without reference to that - I'd blame them for the lapse.

bjkeefe
06-25-2010, 04:20 PM
In any event, he's gone (http://www.politico.com/blogs/bensmith/0610/Weigel_resigns.html?showall) now. This seems like pretty basic journalist ethics; you can't pretend to have "unbiased" coverage of something when said coverage is provided by someone who actively detests and mocks the people he's covering!

Holy shit! Thanks for passing along the news, sad though it is.

In answer to your earlier question, though it is now completely moot, no, I don't have a problem with reporters having private lives or personal views. I judge their work based on their work.

I have never seen Dave as someone who is agreement with the right, especially the more pathological factions. Also, I have always seen him as someone who would like to be a solid reporter, and so should be admired for thinking Drudge is a boil on the buttocks of the news biz. Give me a hundred Weigels over a Halperin or Harris (http://www.eschatonblog.com/2006/10/your-liberal-media.html) any day of the week.

The one thing I will say that is a little anti-Dave: I have never cared for his holier-than-thou attitude about "point-and-laugh" coverage, when the fact that he himself reports on the crazies full-time means he is always right on the edge of doing the very same thing. Perhaps it is not his conscious intent, but these people are so self-parodying that even giving a straight account of their antics sometimes amounts to P&L, to every appearance.

Finally, anyone who has followed his Twitter feed knows where he is coming from and knows he likes to make jokes. Again, I'm not sure why that should be a problem for anybody.

I'll wait to comment further until we hear Dave's story about his resignation.

[Added] Regarding a reporter making jokes, expressing private views, etc., see here (http://bloggingheads.tv/forum/showthread.php?p=166881#post166881).

bjkeefe
06-25-2010, 04:28 PM
I'll wait to comment further until we hear Dave's story about his resignation.

I am going to start a new thread, so as not to fill this one up with this one topic, which I hope will provoke some good discussion.

See here. (http://bloggingheads.tv/forum/showthread.php?t=5454)

bjkeefe
06-25-2010, 07:07 PM
http://static.bloggingheads.tv/images/mugshots/Teixeira_Ruy.jpg Occasional B'head Ruy Teixeira (http://bloggingheads.tv/search/?participant1=Teixeira,%20Ruy), a specialist in voting patterns and demographics, has released a new working paper: "Demographic Change and the Future of the Parties [PDF] (http://www.americanprogressaction.org/issues/2010/06/pdf/voter_demographics.pdf)."

I haven't had a chance to read it yet, and it does look like something that'll require a 20° drop in temperature around these parts before I do, but I hope to get to it eventually. Meantime, here's a nice intro by Tom Schaller of 538 (http://www.fivethirtyeight.com/2010/06/emerging-republican-minority.html) (emph. orig.). [...]

Matt Yglesias picks out a couple of interesting nuggets (http://yglesias.thinkprogress.org/2010/06/troubling-trends-for-the-gop/) from this report. Here's one of them (his emph.):

The report is chock-full of interesting findings, but one item that I believe is under-discussed is that the effort of Republicans to woo Latino voters based on their alleged social conservatism (http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2010/feb/19/conservatives-woo-hispanics/) (in the hopes that they will ignore some of the more ugly nativist rhetoric on the Right) seems to be flawed:

Hispanics overall also are not nearly as socially conservative as many believe. A Center for American Progress survey in 2009 showed that Hispanics actually had the highest average score of all racial groups on a 10-item progressive cultural index. Surveys have repeatedly shown that Hispanics are no more conservative on gay marriage than whites are. And younger Hispanics are typically more progressive than their older counterparts on social issues, so generational replacement will make tomorrow’s Hispanic population less socially conservative than today’s.

johnmarzan
06-25-2010, 11:49 PM
“HAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH.”

“Deep breath.”

“HAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHHAHAHA.”

http://dailycaller.com/2010/06/25/emails-reveal-post-reporter-savaging-conservatives-rooting-for-democrats/2/

AemJeff
06-26-2010, 12:11 AM
“HAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH.”

“Deep breath.”

“HAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHHAHAHA.”

http://dailycaller.com/2010/06/25/emails-reveal-post-reporter-savaging-conservatives-rooting-for-democrats/2/

Wow. There's going to be a lot of really dumb shit generated, online and elsewhere, on the heels of Weigel's firing, isn't there?

AemJeff
06-26-2010, 12:19 AM
Wow. There's going to be a lot of really dumb shit generated, online and elsewhere, on the heels of Weigel's firing, isn't there?

And, criminy, Jonah's sounding more like an adult (http://corner.nationalreview.com/post/?q=NzZlYWY5YTFiODg1ZWQ3MmRmZWUyNzQ2MjExZTlhYmU=) than a lot of people. (To be sure, there's enough stupidity in that piece to confirm its authorship.)

AemJeff
06-26-2010, 12:26 AM
And, criminy, Jonah's sounding more like an adult (http://corner.nationalreview.com/post/?q=NzZlYWY5YTFiODg1ZWQ3MmRmZWUyNzQ2MjExZTlhYmU=) than a lot of people. (To be sure, there's enough stupidity in that piece to confirm its authorship.)

And, also to be sure, it's hard not to include Jonah, certainly not since the publication of Liberal Fascism, among the ranks of "ratfuckers" generally. (At least in spirit, in the same sense that Newt and Frank Luntz ought to be regarded the same way.)

AemJeff
06-26-2010, 12:47 AM
And, also to be sure, it's hard not to include Jonah, certainly not since the publication of Liberal Fascism, among the ranks of "ratfuckers" generally. (At least in spirit, in the same sense that Newt and Frank Luntz ought to be regarded the same way.)

John J. Miller has a reaction (http://corner.nationalreview.com/post/?q=NWU4Y2FkMWU5MGQ3YzlmNjBlMjY4MTgxMGM1MTIwZWE=) that's pretty hard to snark at.

bjkeefe
06-26-2010, 12:55 AM
Wow. There's going to be a lot of really dumb shit generated, online and elsewhere, on the heels of Weigel's firing, isn't there?

Yes. That's why I started a new thread for this topic (http://bloggingheads.tv/forum/showthread.php?t=5454), so we won't overflow this one.

We'll see if johnmarzan has anything to offer besides Tucker Carlson links and lyle-style commentary, and hopefully, we'll see it over there, if he does.

Thanks for your links, too, but if you have any more on this topic ...

(Sorry to be so anal.)

johnmarzan
06-26-2010, 12:56 AM
Wow. There's going to be a lot of really dumb shit generated, online and elsewhere, on the heels of Weigel's firing, isn't there?

try reading it first, you idiot.

http://dailycaller.com/2010/06/25/emails-reveal-post-reporter-savaging-conservatives-rooting-for-democrats/2/

AemJeff
06-26-2010, 12:59 AM
try reading it first, you idiot.

http://dailycaller.com/2010/06/25/emails-reveal-post-reporter-savaging-conservatives-rooting-for-democrats/2/

What makes you think I haven't? Because I didn't didn't give you credit for the immensely clever tactic of quoting Weigel? Bravo! I stand by my original judgment.

johnmarzan
06-26-2010, 01:02 AM
"Journolist is done now," says Ezra Klein.
"I'll delete the group soon after this post goes live. That's not because Journolist was a bad idea, or anyone on it did anything wrong. It was a wonderful, chaotic, educational discussion. I'm proud of having started it, grateful to have participated in it, and I have no doubt that someone else will reform it, with many of the same members, and keep it going."

So it's not done. It just got too big. And it needs a new name.

http://althouse.blogspot.com/2010/06/journolist-is-done-now-says-ezra-klein.html

bjkeefe
06-26-2010, 01:02 AM
try reading it first, you idiot.

I invite you to continue in the new specific-to-this-topic thread (http://bloggingheads.tv/forum/showthread.php?t=5454).

Just so we don't clog this general purpose announcement-type one up.

bjkeefe
06-26-2010, 01:03 AM
[...]

If you want me to respond to you, please post on this topic in the new thread (http://bloggingheads.tv/forum/showthread.php?t=5454). Thanks.

johnmarzan
06-26-2010, 01:15 AM
the first think ezra klein should do is to find the leaker.

johnmarzan
06-26-2010, 12:56 PM
goldberg blames ezra klein for the weigel debacle

http://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2010/06/an-unhappy-day-at-the-washington-post/58745/

bjkeefe
06-26-2010, 05:20 PM
goldberg blames ezra klein ...

--> (http://bloggingheads.tv/forum/showthread.php?p=167078#post167078)

bjkeefe
06-26-2010, 05:50 PM
the first think ezra klein should do is to find the leaker.

--> (http://bloggingheads.tv/forum/showthread.php?p=167014#post167014)

bjkeefe
06-27-2010, 07:26 PM
... is either raising his own little Party of No or just despairing (http://www.lawyersgunsmoneyblog.com/2010/06/this-is-why-we-cant-have-nice-things) about long-term prospects for our species.

bjkeefe
06-28-2010, 12:47 AM
It's almost nut-picking (http://nomoremister.blogspot.com/2010/06/how-fiendishly-clever-is-obama-maybe-we.html) at this point, isn't it? Sad.

But as long as he remains a 'head, we must pass along gossip about him.

(And by "pass along gossip" we mean, of course, "quote him accurately, from his work product." Because as we all know by now, it's only the stuff you say away (http://bloggingheads.tv/forum/showthread.php?t=5454) from the job that matters anymore.)

PreppyMcPrepperson
06-30-2010, 02:01 AM
I'm with Nikkibong here. Weigel probably didn't need to be fired, because it wasn't a catastrophic offense, but the idea that what he wrote was A-okay is silly.

It's fine for reporters to have opinions. We all do. And it's right to put those opinions somewhere other than in your news coverage. That is what blogs and Twitter feeds are good for. But the REASON it's right to do that is because doing so makes you more trustworthy, so readers know where you're coming from. Indeed, a reader who followed Weigel on Twitter and then read his coverage for the Independent and the Post would be even MORE impressed by his fairness if they knew that he was working against his own biases.

However, having SECRET opinions that affect the filter through which you see the news is not okay at all. The thing about JournoList is that most of the other 'outed' writers are folks whose political allegiances are known off the List. Weigel's weren't. So saying something on the List isn't the issue--it's that he should have been more upfront, not so much with his readers or Twitter followers, but maybe with his sources, about where he stood. My impression from briefly calling around to do a blog post on this yesterday, is that he made overtures to conservative leaders that suggested he was more sympathetic to them than he was. If true--and I couldn't verify this, so I didn't blog it--that would be wrong.

Finally, Weigel is foolish. Because no 'private' list of hundreds of people is actually private. As a public figure, I think you do have to watch yourself a little better than that.

bjkeefe
06-30-2010, 02:36 AM
[...]

--> (http://bloggingheads.tv/forum/showthread.php?p=167541#post167541)

nikkibong
07-01-2010, 10:17 AM
it's cancer, unfortunately:

http://www.vanityfair.com/online/daily/2010/06/an-update-from-christopher-hitchens.html

uncle ebeneezer
07-01-2010, 03:49 PM
Bummer. My friend went through that and it was pretty rough. But he's alive. Hopefully the treatments will be a success for Hitch.

bjkeefe
07-01-2010, 07:46 PM
it's cancer, unfortunately:

http://www.vanityfair.com/online/daily/2010/06/an-update-from-christopher-hitchens.html

Argh. Sad news. But thanks for passing it along.

bjkeefe
07-03-2010, 02:48 PM
... has uncovered Whatfur's real name? Maybe! (http://www.thewashingtonnote.com/archives/2010/04/eugene_delgaudi/)

The strange and disturbing obsession speaks for itself, but I also think the writing styles are so close that the onus is now on TSOF to prove why we shouldn't call him Delgaudio from now on.

(h/t: Substance McGravitas (http://houseofsubstance.blogspot.com/2010/06/brad-reed.html))

Ocean
07-03-2010, 03:11 PM
LOL!!!

I can't help it, but I think there was an entire segment of the story missing from that letter. See the asterisks for a fully fictional version of the story.

Suddenly a dark-haired * screeched, "Delgaudio what are you doing here?" Dozens of men, ** began moving toward me. I'd been recognized. ***

As I retreated to my car, the man chortled, "This time Delgaudio we can't lose (you)."

* tall, exquisitely muscular man, with his tanned skin glowing under the scarce light, savagely ...

** equally strong

*** I'll spare you what follows, but that night, I will never forget...


Pardon my literary license. ;)

listener
07-03-2010, 03:48 PM
LOL!!!

I can't help it, but I think there was an entire segment of the story missing from that letter. See the asterisks for a fully fictional version of the story.



* tall, exquisitely muscular man, with his tanned skin glowing under the scarce light, savagely ...

** equally strong

*** I'll spare you what follows, but that night, I will never forget...


Pardon my literary license. ;)

OMG, Ocean, you have outdone yourself! (What sorts of things have you been reading lately, anyway?) ;)

This all reminds me of this sequence (http://staging.vsocial.net/video/?d=47161) from an episode of The Simpsons, when Homer is afraid that Bart might be gay, and takes him to a steel mill to see what real men are like...

Ocean
07-03-2010, 03:54 PM
OMG, Ocean, you have outdone yourself! (What sorts of things have you been reading lately, anyway?) ;)

It hasn't been lately. ;)

This all reminds me of this sequence (http://vids.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=vids.individual&videoid=40820312) from an episode of The Simpsons, when Homer is afraid that Bart might be gay, and takes him to a steel mill to see what real men are like...

LOL!

bjkeefe
07-05-2010, 02:23 AM
... does not come off looking too good here (http://www.balloon-juice.com/2010/06/29/this-amuses-me/). Even judging against the standards that you probably have if you're an Eli-hater.

Bonus: the sinister connection (http://www.lawyersgunsmoneyblog.com/2010/06/keep-trying) between Eli "Saddam" Lake and Jeffrey "You Know Me, Al (Qaeda)" Goldberg.

Yes. that (http://bloggingheads.tv/forum/showthread.php?p=166898#post166898) Jeffrey Goldberg, last seen winning in a landslide in a Pick The Bigger Douchebag contest ... against Tucker Carlson.

bjkeefe
07-07-2010, 09:27 AM
... has a new column about technology distracting us, threatening us, taking us over, etc.

This column is available only on the Internet (http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/07/06/the-web-we-weave/).

You will probably not read it, of course, because in between clicking that link and the page loading, your spazzed-out brain will forget what it went there for, and you will probably end up on the Facebook. But if you manage to overcome that, Bob has helpfully provided many links, to encourage you to click away from his column, to watch arguments on .tv.

Ocean
07-07-2010, 10:55 AM
... has a new column about technology distracting us, threatening us, taking us over, etc.

This column is available only on the Internet (http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/07/06/the-web-we-weave/).

You will probably not read it, of course, because in between clicking that link and the page loading, your spazzed-out brain will forget what it went there for, and you will probably end up on the Facebook. But if you manage to overcome that, Bob has helpfully provided many links, to encourage you to click away from his column, to watch arguments on .tv.

That was a very interesting article. I wonder whether BhTV could bring in an expert in Systems Theory (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Systems_theory) or some other related field to expand on the concepts that Bob laid out. Perhaps Kevin Kelly could also be part of the discussion. Any thoughts?

bjkeefe
07-07-2010, 12:11 PM
That was a very interesting article. I wonder whether BhTV could bring in an expert in Systems Theory (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Systems_theory) or some other related field to expand on the concepts that Bob laid out. Perhaps Kevin Kelly could also be part of the discussion. Any thoughts?

I'd second both of those suggestions. Don't really know enough to say more.

bjkeefe
07-07-2010, 12:58 PM
... has a new column about technology distracting us, threatening us, taking us over, etc.

This column is available only on the Internet (http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/07/06/the-web-we-weave/).

You will probably not read it, of course, because in between clicking that link and the page loading, your spazzed-out brain will forget what it went there for, and you will probably end up on the Facebook. But if you manage to overcome that, Bob has helpfully provided many links, to encourage you to click away from his column, to watch arguments on .tv.

Your uncle eb has come across some pushback (http://bloggingheads.tv/forum/showthread.php?p=168598#post168598).

NB: this is from someone known to be a Bob-hater, due to his being fired by Bh.tv. #notreally

Ocean
07-07-2010, 01:17 PM
Your uncle eb has come across some pushback (http://bloggingheads.tv/forum/showthread.php?p=168598#post168598).

NB: this is from someone known to be a Bob-hater, due to his being fired by Bh.tv. #notreally

No wonder I got disoriented with uncle's thread. It belonged here!

Here (http://bloggingheads.tv/forum/showpost.php?p=168605&postcount=2) is my response.

uncle ebeneezer
07-07-2010, 01:57 PM
Good points Ocean. Sorry for posting the Zimmer blog in the wrong thread (and thanks for linking to it here, where it belonged.) I'm already on my 5th Mail Mary as penance! ;) Perhaps I was still too distracted from pics of Argentinian soccer fans!

Ocean
07-07-2010, 02:02 PM
Good points Ocean. Sorry for posting the Zimmer blog in the wrong thread (and thanks for linking to it here, where it belonged.) I'm already on my 5th Mail Mary as penance! ;) Perhaps I was still too distracted from pics of Argentinian soccer fans!

If you indulge in South American distractions, next time your Hail Marys will have to be in Spanish.

uncle ebeneezer
07-07-2010, 03:44 PM
If you indulge in South American distractions, next time your Hail Marys will have to be in Spanish.

Es mi gusto. Particularly if I was allowed to "indulge" in that lovely Argentinian distraction!!

bjkeefe
07-08-2010, 04:38 PM
1. PepsiCo buys itself a blog on ScienceBlogs, an umbrella outfit that hosts the blogs of several Bloggingheads. PepsiCo plans to push the envelope and think outside the box with cutting edge posts like "Soda: Better For Your Children Than Orange Juice or WAY Better For Your Children Than Orange Juice?" Surprisingly to ScienceBlogs management, pretty much everyone who blogs at ScienceBlogs flips out.

2. John Cole (http://www.balloon-juice.com/2010/07/08/the-scienceblog-kerfuffle/) points to The Guardian's science blogger Alok Jha (http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/blog/2010/jul/07/scienceblogs-blogging-pepsi), who has a lengthy post. This post is timestamped "Wednesday 7 July 2010 17.01 BST," which stands for "British Socialist Time." (And you know who else wouldn't use a colon between the hours and the minutes? That's right. Hitler.)

3. Jha's post has many links. Your correspondent clicks many of them, and from there, clicks many more links to other ScienceBlogs blogs, where he finds much more screaming about this badness. Several ScienceBlogs bloggers are observed to have slammed their doors and gone back to their old Wordpress blogs. Your correspondent picks out two posts which he thinks (1) are good and (2) will be of interest to the Bh.tv community: reactions from PZ (http://scienceblogs.com/pharyngula/2010/07/say_hello_topepsico_wtf.php) and PalMD (http://scienceblogs.com/whitecoatunderground/2010/07/rethinking_blog_networks_and_e.php).

4. Your correspondent's head begins to swirl from the amount of tabs he has open. (And from all the screaming.) Eventually he realizes he is starting to travel in circles, what with all this link-hopping.

4a. Your correspondent hehindeeds at someone's cleverness in referring to her associates on that site: Sblings. It eventually occurs to your correspondent, who is slow on the uptake but gets there eventually, usually, to think that this must be a common in-joke by now, and he confirms (http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&&sa=X&ei=myY2TLqDNoX7lwf0lbHTBw&ved=0CBUQvgUoAA&q=site%3Ascienceblogs.com+Sblings&nfpr=1) this to his satisfaction. He is also pleased to see that at least he gets "intentionally misspelled word = joke" faster than the Google, which means The Singularity is postponed for another six weeks, minimum.

4b. Your correspondent gets momentarily sidetracked by another PZ post about nothing at all to do with this, and is compelled to write a blog post of his own, on the "word" hir (http://bjkeefe.blogspot.com/2010/07/unsexy.html). This is largely unsatisfying, on at least two levels, but your correspondent is somewhat happy to have provided Proof for the thesis (http://bloggingheads.tv/forum/showthread.php?p=168577#post168577) put forth by this site's overlord in his latest New York Times Column of Flamebait (http://bloggingheads.tv/forum/showthread.php?p=168598#post168598).

4c. Your correspondent remembers what he was doing before he got sidetracked. (Looking at Huffington Post slide shows? No. That was earlier (http://bloggingheads.tv/forum/showthread.php?p=168817#post168817).)

19?. Your correspondent closes most of his tabs and idly clicks on the link for PZ's home page.

6. Your correspondent sees this: "PepsiCo has been expelled (http://scienceblogs.com/pharyngula/2010/07/pepsico_has_been_expelled.php)." This post is timestamped "July 8, 2010 10:29 AM," which stands for "America's Morning."

7. This is a great victory for freedom from the Corporations. To celebrate, your correspondent opens a refreshing and nutritious Diet Coke. The end.

AemJeff
07-08-2010, 04:45 PM
1. PepsiCo buys itself a blog on ScienceBlogs, an umbrella outfit that hosts the blogs of several Bloggingheads. PepsiCo plans to push the envelope and think outside the box with cutting edge posts like "Soda: Better For Your Children Than Orange Juice or WAY Better For Your Children Than Orange Juice?" Surprisingly to ScienceBlogs management, pretty much everyone who blogs at ScienceBlogs flips out.

2. John Cole (http://www.balloon-juice.com/2010/07/08/the-scienceblog-kerfuffle/) points to The Guardian's science blogger Alok Jha (http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/blog/2010/jul/07/scienceblogs-blogging-pepsi), who has a lengthy post. This post is timestamped "Wednesday 7 July 2010 17.01 BST," which stands for "British Socialist Time." (And you know who else wouldn't use a colon between the hours and the minutes? That's right. Hitler.)

3. Jha's post has many links. Your correspondent clicks many of them, and from there, clicks many more links to other ScienceBlogs blogs, where he finds much more screaming about this badness. Several ScienceBlogs bloggers are observed to have slammed their doors and gone back to their old Wordpress blogs. Your correspondent picks out two posts which he thinks (1) are good and (2) will be of interest to the Bh.tv community: reactions from PZ (http://scienceblogs.com/pharyngula/2010/07/say_hello_topepsico_wtf.php) and PalMD (http://scienceblogs.com/whitecoatunderground/2010/07/rethinking_blog_networks_and_e.php).

4. Your correspondent's head begins to swirl from the amount of tabs he has open. (And from all the screaming.) Eventually he realizes he is starting to travel in circles, what with all this link-hopping.

4a. Your correspondent hehindeeds at someone's cleverness in referring to her associates on that site: Sblings. It eventually occurs to your correspondent, who is slow on the uptake but gets there eventually, usually, to think that this must be a common in-joke by now, and he confirms (http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&&sa=X&ei=myY2TLqDNoX7lwf0lbHTBw&ved=0CBUQvgUoAA&q=site%3Ascienceblogs.com+Sblings&nfpr=1) this to his satisfaction. He is also pleased to see that at least he gets "intentionally misspelled word = joke" faster than the Google, which means The Singularity is postponed for another six weeks, minimum.

4b. Your correspondent gets momentarily sidetracked by another PZ post about nothing at all to do with this, and is compelled to write a blog post of his own, on the "word" hir (http://bjkeefe.blogspot.com/2010/07/unsexy.html). This is largely unsatisfying, on at least two levels, but your correspondent is somewhat happy to provide ammunition (http://bloggingheads.tv/forum/showthread.php?p=168577#post168577) for this site's overlord and his latest New York Times Column of Flamebait (http://bloggingheads.tv/forum/showthread.php?p=168598#post168598).

4c. Your correspondent remembers what he was doing before he got sidetracked. (Looking at Huffington Post slide shows? No. That was earlier (http://bloggingheads.tv/forum/showthread.php?p=168817#post168817).)

19?. Your correspondent closes most of his tabs and idly clicks on the link for PZ's home page.

6. Your correspondent sees this: "PepsiCo has been expelled (http://scienceblogs.com/pharyngula/2010/07/pepsico_has_been_expelled.php)." This post is timestamped "July 8, 2010 10:29 AM," which stands for "America's Morning."

7. This is a great victory for freedom from the Corporations. To celebrate, your correspondent opens a refreshing and nutritious Diet Coke. The end.

Would you mind putting that into the form of a Tweet?

bjkeefe
07-08-2010, 04:50 PM
Would you mind putting that into the form of a Tweet?

I think I can just retype it all into is.gd, can't I?

AemJeff
07-08-2010, 04:51 PM
I think I can just retype it all into is.gd, can't I?

Cheater!

bjkeefe
07-08-2010, 05:00 PM
Cheater!

Yeah. Plus, according to Computer Science, 73% of all readers would be afraid to click it, due to worries that it would point to a site with viruses that murder your hard disk.

Ocean
07-08-2010, 08:27 PM
Your correspondent has lost it?

;)

bjkeefe
07-09-2010, 05:20 PM
Throwing down!

"You like the 10th Amendment? I’ll give you the 10th Amendment!"

In the NYT (http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/09/us/09marriage.html?pagewanted=all), as quoted by your Wonkette (http://wonkette.com/416561/masshole-judge-overturns-doma-uses-teabaggers-favorite-amendment-for-gayness).

uncle ebeneezer
07-09-2010, 08:59 PM
Alterman has a very interesting (and lengthy) article out (http://www.thenation.com/print/article/37165/kabuki-democracy). Hopefully there will be a diavlog (and visit from him) in the near future.

bjkeefe
07-10-2010, 01:40 AM
Alterman has a very interesting (and lengthy) article out (http://www.thenation.com/print/article/37165/kabuki-democracy). Hopefully there will be a diavlog (and visit from him) in the near future.

Second both the article recommendation and the wish.

bjkeefe
07-10-2010, 10:08 AM
Yesterday, noting Jack Balkin:

Throwing down!

"You like the 10th Amendment? I’ll give you the 10th Amendment!"

In the NYT (http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/09/us/09marriage.html?pagewanted=all), as quoted by your Wonkette (http://wonkette.com/416561/masshole-judge-overturns-doma-uses-teabaggers-favorite-amendment-for-gayness).

Today, let us observe (http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/10/us/politics/10tenth.html) some of what can only be called huminah-huminah-huminahing on the Ralph Kramden scale, from the fringe right core of the Republican Party; e.g., this from Teabagger-in-Charge Shelby Blakely, ...

... executive director of The New Patriot Journal, the group’s online publication. “The Constitution does not allow federal regulation of gay marriage just as it doesn’t allow for federal regulation of health care.”

“But I don’t want to come off saying I support gay marriage,” she added.

Ah, meet the new base, so different from the old base.

And:

Others, like Steve V. Moon, a software programmer and founder of States-rights.org, a group founded in Utah in 2008, said the judge’s decision was both right and wrong.

“It’s unconstitutional for the federal government to pass laws superseding state authority — and the judge did affirm states’ rights in this area,” he said. “But I personally believe in the sanctity of marriage between a man and woman and support any state passing laws affirming the sanctity of marriage.”

Let me join Mr. Moonie in celebrating how fortunate we are not to live in a theocracy, like Muslins.

==========

[Added] Geezer disclosure: I see the kids today with their Urban Dictionaries (http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=huminah) and all don't so much think of The Honeymooners anymore. This is of course a victory for the terrorists.

bjkeefe
07-10-2010, 03:39 PM
... has some egg on his face (http://scienceblogs.com/pharyngula/2010/07/holy_crap_we_were_all_played.php).

Chris is beginning to address this on his blog (http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/intersection), starting with this post (http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/intersection/2010/07/07/appalling-revelations-about-tom-johnson/).

Ocean
07-10-2010, 05:37 PM
Here is one of the best parts in that page:

http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/intersection/files/2009/12/bonobo-07-1.10-145.jpg

bjkeefe
07-12-2010, 12:56 PM
I have a Google alert set up for Rosa Brooks, left over from when she was an LA Times columnist and the LAT's site was sufficiently crummy not to have an RSS feed set up for her alone. I keep meaning to delete this alert, since its original purpose is obviously gone, now that she has left that gig to work for the Obama Administration, but I guess one reason I don't (apart from my habit of procrastinating on all things always) is that for some reason, the seriously wingy have a minor obsession with her, and there is some comedy to be had, due to that.

Latest example: Pam Atlas Geller mentions her in a list of "allegiances with Jew haters" that your president ostensibly has, in a post titled:

Islamic Supremacist Obama: "Israelis suspicious of me because my middle name is Hussein"

To prove how silly Obama is being about this, she then proceeds to refer to him pretty much only using that name for the rest of the post. (Or at least for as I could stand to read it.) The post starts off with the above title, has an animated GIF of THAT BOW TO THAT SAUDI KING (NEVER FORGET!!!1!) and then continues:

Obama said that "some of it may just be the fact that my middle name is Hussein, and that creates suspicion."

This man is vile. No other word for it. In his short time in office, Hussein has done more harm to the tiny Jewish nation than any other president in American history -- and he has the gall to accuse Israel of racism, this anti-semite? Who has sown the seeds of racism more than President Race-Baiter? Look at the Department of Justice's refusal to prosecute voter suppression against white voters. "Kill them crackers and their babies."

By G-d, he has no soul. As if they should thank him for his genocidal policies. Please, sir, more Zyklon-B?

Perhaps they are suspicious of him because of his anti-Israel policies, and his allegiances with Jew haters like Jeremiah Wright, Louis Farrakhan, Bill Ayers, Bernardine Dohrn, George Soros, Samantha Power, Robert Malley, Zbigniew Brzezinski, Rosa Brooks -- the list goes on and on.

How's that NASA thing going there, Hussein?

When I get to a non sequitur like that, I can't help but worry about threats to my own sanity, so I left it there.

BTW, that "crackers" phrase is linked to another post on some other wingy-looking site titled "Kill Some White Crackers; Kill their Babies - Glenn Beck reports; Holder drops charges," a link to which seems unnecessary to offer. Visit Pammycakes if you must see it, but this link (http://atlasshrugs2000.typepad.com/atlas_shrugs/2010/07/islamic-supremacist-obama-israelis-suspicious-of-me-because-my-middle-name-is-hussein.html) is truly for connoisseurs and trained professionals only.

bjkeefe
07-12-2010, 07:13 PM
Here (http://andrewsullivan.theatlantic.com/the_daily_dish/2010/07/guestblogging-again-for-the-first-time.html), at least for a short while (via (http://wonkette.com/416609/naacp-going-to-call-teabaggers-racist-but-teabagger-leaders-dont-understand-because-they-are-basically-the-new-civil-rights-movement)):

So I'll be blogging here all week alongside your other pinch-hitters. Housekeeping note: I am spending the week in Alaska, so in terms of when posts go up I may be behind the East and West coat elitists who make up the demand side of the blogosphere.

Next post here (http://andrewsullivan.theatlantic.com/the_daily_dish/2010/07/anchorage-after-palin.html). See also here (http://andrewsullivan.theatlantic.com/the_daily_dish/2010/07/michael-mukasey-and-the-new-black-panthers.html) and here (http://andrewsullivan.theatlantic.com/the_daily_dish/2010/07/young-guns-go-for-it.html).

TwinSwords
07-13-2010, 02:14 AM
Blogginghead Christopher Hayes has recently guest hosted for Ed Schultz, Keith Olbermann, and in the video linked below, Rachel Maddow:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M_2sxBOo0Nw&feature=player_embedded

Good to see the liberal media talent pool increasing. It will be nice to have some smart folks on hand to document and describe our nation's quickening descent into oblivion. I'm sure Hayes (et al.) won't be able to stop the slide off a cliff, but at least he (they) will do a fantastic job describing it as it unfolds!

bjkeefe
07-14-2010, 05:22 AM
Here (http://andrewsullivan.theatlantic.com/the_daily_dish/2010/07/guestblogging-again-for-the-first-time.html), at least for a short while (via (http://wonkette.com/416609/naacp-going-to-call-teabaggers-racist-but-teabagger-leaders-dont-understand-because-they-are-basically-the-new-civil-rights-movement)):

[...]

Next post here (http://andrewsullivan.theatlantic.com/the_daily_dish/2010/07/anchorage-after-palin.html). See also here (http://andrewsullivan.theatlantic.com/the_daily_dish/2010/07/michael-mukasey-and-the-new-black-panthers.html) and here (http://andrewsullivan.theatlantic.com/the_daily_dish/2010/07/young-guns-go-for-it.html).

And to celebrate, here is a Blingee from Mrs. Polly at Rumproast (http://www.rumproast.com/index.php/site/comments/wheres_weigel/)!

http://image.blingee.com/images18/content/output/000/000/000/6cd/631353478_857202.gif

bjkeefe
07-15-2010, 12:26 PM
No, this was not sent from Journolist, but from the WaPo. Note the second bullet point.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-adv/emails/twp/100709/images/email_final.gif

Can I get an Oh, snap!?

bjkeefe
07-16-2010, 10:40 AM
Here (http://andrewsullivan.theatlantic.com/the_daily_dish/2010/07/guestblogging-again-for-the-first-time.html), at least for a short while (via (http://wonkette.com/416609/naacp-going-to-call-teabaggers-racist-but-teabagger-leaders-dont-understand-because-they-are-basically-the-new-civil-rights-movement)):

So I'll be blogging here all week alongside your other pinch-hitters. Housekeeping note: I am spending the week in Alaska, so in terms of when posts go up I may be behind the East and West coat elitists who make up the demand side of the blogosphere.

[...]

Funny report (http://andrewsullivan.theatlantic.com/the_daily_dish/2010/07/blogs-from-a-northern-town.html) from the (not-so-?) Great White North.

[Added] Also, Weigel-snark, FTW (http://andrewsullivan.theatlantic.com/the_daily_dish/2010/07/an-event-of-historic-significance.html).

[Added2] And don't miss what his hat-tippee, Greg Sargent (http://voices.washingtonpost.com/plum-line/2010/07/politicos_theory_liberal_blogg.html), has to say about the latest nonsense out of The rePubOLITICO.

bjkeefe
07-16-2010, 06:35 PM
Um ... waddling (http://corner.nationalreview.com/post/?q=YjM1ZmU0MGU2NWU4N2FjNjA1MzZlYjI0NTJmODA4YzU=) in late to weigh in on that billboard thing out in Iowa?

I don’t like this billboard either, and I don’t think the Iowa tea-party chapter behind it should have put it up. That said, it’s not as bad as Obama in a Hitler mustache, and it isn’t quite saying Obama is a Hitler.

Yeah, it's easy to see how that billboard (http://bjkeefe.blogspot.com/2010/07/one-down.html) took pains not to equate the two (http://bjkeefe.blogspot.com/2010/07/dry-wit-of-day.html):

http://a.imageshack.us/img682/6052/teabaggerbillboard.png


What's your reaction to this latest Pantload of Pronouncements, Roy Edroso (http://alicublog.blogspot.com/2010_07_11_archive.html#3481425635311275942)?

Why doesn't Goldberg just claim he's made a Godwin densitometer out of a stapler, and post numbers that defend his otherwise incomprehensible assessments?

bjkeefe
07-17-2010, 09:55 AM
Would you believe ... trying to portray Mel Gibson as a liberal, because why not?

Betty Cracker reports: "The eternal sunshine of the pantload mind (http://www.rumproast.com/index.php/site/comments/the_eternal_sunshine_of_the_pantload_mind/)."

(Earlier notes on the Passion of the Mel, here (http://bloggingheads.tv/forum/showthread.php?p=170160&highlight=gibson+telephone#post170160).)

chiwhisoxx
07-17-2010, 03:33 PM
Would you believe ... trying to portray Mel Gibson as a liberal, because why not?

Betty Cracker reports: "The eternal sunshine of the pantload mind (http://www.rumproast.com/index.php/site/comments/the_eternal_sunshine_of_the_pantload_mind/)."

(Earlier notes on the Passion of the Mel, here (http://bloggingheads.tv/forum/showthread.php?p=170160&highlight=gibson+telephone#post170160).)

Or...maybe you could actually, you know, read what Jonah wrote instead of only reading the idiotic "shorter" by some unknown jackass blogger. I don't know why people seem to think the shorter meme is some sort of incisive tool crusading for truth by reducing people's arguments to one sentence. It tends to instead just be used by unfunny, mean spirited people who can't think of anything more creative other than a lazy straw man argument.

bjkeefe
07-17-2010, 03:45 PM
Or...maybe you could actually, you know, read what Jonah wrote ...

Hey, chi-guy, don't be confusing me with your intellectually lazy-ass friends. I always click the links to check the accuracy of the shorters. (And to see if there is more comedy gold to be mined, admittedly.)

As for the rest of your whimpering, you know what you can do with it: tell it to someone who cares. No one is forcing you to click my links. And you know what else? Yelling NOT FUNNY!!!1! at the top of your lungs because one of your heroes got righteously and skillfully zinged impresses no one except maybe your new little buddy over in that other thread.

chiwhisoxx
07-18-2010, 03:21 AM
Hey, chi-guy, don't be confusing me with your intellectually lazy-ass friends. I always click the links to check the accuracy of the shorters. (And to see if there is more comedy gold to be mined, admittedly.)

As for the rest of your whimpering, you know what you can do with it: tell it to someone who cares. No one is forcing you to click my links. And you know what else? Yelling NOT FUNNY!!!1! at the top of your lungs because one of your heroes got righteously and skillfully zinged impresses no one except maybe your new little buddy over in that other thread.

Wow, if that's your definition of skillful, consulting a dictionary might be a good idea.

bjkeefe
07-18-2010, 11:39 PM
Shorter chi-guy (http://bloggingheads.tv/forum/showthread.php?p=170388#post170388):

Neener neener boo boo!!!1!

chiwhisoxx
07-19-2010, 12:30 AM
Shorter chi-guy (http://bloggingheads.tv/forum/showthread.php?p=170388#post170388):

Is this new chi-guy thing an insult? It is supposed to be like the Shy Guys from the Yoshi nintendo games? Cause those guys were pretty goddamn cool. So compliment accepted.

bjkeefe
07-19-2010, 12:54 AM
Is this new chi-guy thing an insult? It is supposed to be like the Shy Guys from the Yoshi nintendo games? Cause those guys were pretty goddamn cool. So compliment accepted.

If that's all it takes to make you stop sobbing, then who among us would stop you?

johnmarzan
07-20-2010, 05:01 AM
all of those who were members of Jour-o-list should resign from their jobs.

http://dailycaller.com/2010/07/20/documents-show-media-plotting-to-kill-stories-about-rev-jeremiah-wright/

Whatfur
07-20-2010, 09:23 AM
all of those who were members of Jour-o-list should resign from their jobs.

http://dailycaller.com/2010/07/20/documents-show-media-plotting-to-kill-stories-about-rev-jeremiah-wright/

Next time Dave Weasel is on here someone needs to ask him a few questions in this line.

bjkeefe
07-20-2010, 11:50 AM
all of those who were members of Jour-o-list should resign from their jobs.

http://dailycaller.com/2010/07/20/documents-show-media-plotting-to-kill-stories-about-rev-jeremiah-wright/

Next time Dave Weasel is on here someone needs to ask him a few questions in this line.

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[Added]

I think it IS quite serious. Spencer's statement is not only spurious but egregious and he should be fired immediately and anyone thinking of hiring him should think twice. [...]
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I for one am delighted by this display of the unqualified respect that conservatives have for the principle of freedom of speech. I am glad that they would be opposed to anything even remotely similar to censorship, or vengeance for daring to think differently, and I applaud their strict sense of the right to privacy.

USA! USA! USA!

Whatfur
07-20-2010, 12:06 PM
I for one am delighted by this display of the unqualified respect that conservatives have for the principle of freedom of speech. I am glad that they would be opposed to anything even remotely similar to censorship, or vengeance for daring to think differently, and I applaud their strict sense of the right to privacy.

USA! USA! USA!

I guess lefties want an addition to the Bill of Rights.

Freedom to lie, libel and slander.

AemJeff
07-20-2010, 12:13 PM
I guess lefties want an addition to the Bill of Rights.

Freedom to lie, libel and slander.

Well how else do we keep Beck, Limbaugh, Coulter, and Levin employed?

Whatfur
07-20-2010, 12:18 PM
Well how else do we keep Beck, Limbaugh, Coulter, and Levin employed?

Pretty sure they are happy with the status quo. They don't have to make stuff up, however...unlike you and yours.

bjkeefe
07-21-2010, 07:04 PM
One of my favorite 'heads has an op-ed in the NYT (http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/21/opinion/21mcwhorter.html), which begins as follows.

The Dreaded P-Word?

IT’S no surprise that in recent years some on the left have embraced the term “progressive” as a substitute for “liberal.” The right has so demonized “the L-word” that during a Democratic debate in 2007, Hillary Clinton, asked by a voter whether she was a liberal, said that she preferred to identify herself as — of course — a “modern progressive.”

But she doesn’t have as much company as you might expect: a recent USA Today/Gallup poll found that only one in four liberals would go by the label “progressive,” (http://www.gallup.com/poll/141218/americans-unsure-progressive-political-label.aspx) while 17 percent rejected the term and 57 percent were “unsure.” Even stranger, 7 percent of conservatives considered themselves progressives, and nearly half said they were unsure if the label applied to them.

And I wildly applaud his closing paragraph.

uncle ebeneezer
07-23-2010, 05:33 PM
Phil Plait is gonna have a series. Looks pretty cool (http://scienceblogs.com/pharyngula/2010/07/phil_plait_tv_star_1.php). Ack: looks like the video has been taken down. You can still read about it (http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/badastronomy/2010/07/23/my-sooper-sekrit-project-revealed/#more-18950)for now.

AemJeff
07-23-2010, 06:51 PM
Phil Plait is gonna have a series. Looks pretty cool (http://scienceblogs.com/pharyngula/2010/07/phil_plait_tv_star_1.php). Ack: looks like the video has been taken down. You can still read about it (http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/badastronomy/2010/07/23/my-sooper-sekrit-project-revealed/#more-18950)for now.

@BadAstronomer (http://twitter.com/BadAstronomer/status/19368805259):

Bad Universe YouTube trailer taken down temporarily to fix something. Should be back up soon. Sorry about that!

bjkeefe
07-23-2010, 08:22 PM
... has some egg on his face (http://scienceblogs.com/pharyngula/2010/07/holy_crap_we_were_all_played.php).

Chris is beginning to address this on his blog (http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/intersection), starting with this post (http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/intersection/2010/07/07/appalling-revelations-about-tom-johnson/).

Chris has a second post up: 'Sock Puppets and “Tom Johnson,” Part II (http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/intersection/2010/07/09/sock-puppets-and-tom-johnson-part-ii/).'

(h/t: PZ (http://scienceblogs.com/pharyngula/2010/07/lessons_learned_from_breitbart.php))

bjkeefe
07-24-2010, 11:01 AM
This news should make him feel a little better: He and Dawkins have got the muckety-mucks in a sweat (http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/295022)!

(h/t: @JohnAllenPaulos (http://twitter.com/JohnAllenPaulos/status/19377608271))

bjkeefe
07-24-2010, 11:31 AM
Edroso has landed (http://alicublog.blogspot.com/2010_07_18_archive.html#3124616656646370138)!

VEGAS: STRAY THOUGHTS. Saw Matthew Yglesias here. The fucker is tall! Well, tall compared to what I thought he was; from his writing I imagined someone around five foot, with the voice of a mosquito. I didn't say hi. Let the fucker come to me.

The rest of his report from #NN10 is by turns curmudgeonly and incisive, but always delightful.

bjkeefe
07-24-2010, 11:29 PM
Made the front page (http://www.conservapedia.com/Main_Page), Ma!

http://img838.imageshack.us/img838/5831/pzonconservapedia.png


It's just chock-full of wingnutty goodness (http://www.conservapedia.com/PZ_Myers), but if I had to pick just one, I'll take this part:

Myers and Conservapedia

True to liberal values, Myers has banned all direct references and links to Conservapedia on his blog due to what he claims was "serious problems with spamming" involving Conservapedia members.[32] Of course, no spamming (repeatedly posting the same message) actually occurred, making Myers' accusation a lie. Rather, his banning is an attempt to silence legitimate criticism which he is simply incapable of addressing.

See also

* Essay: Gallery of liberal pantywaists (http://www.conservapedia.com/Essay:_Gallery_of_liberal_pantywaists)

(h/t: of course (http://scienceblogs.com/pharyngula/2010/07/shakin_the_nuts.php))

bjkeefe
07-25-2010, 10:19 AM
The TWiBber tweets (http://twitter.com/billscher/status/19494517338):

ICYMI You can watch my #nn10 (http://twitter.com/search?q=%23nn10) panel "Think Tanks & Netroots" w/@drdigipol (http://twitter.com/drdigipol) @murshedz (http://twitter.com/murshedz) @lynnparramore (http://twitter.com/lynnparramore) @barracudasf (http://twitter.com/barracudasf) at http://bit.ly/bdEBTV

That link leads to this (http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/8466470) Ustream page, where we get a bit more of a hint from the title ...

Think tanks and netroots: best practices for working together

... and the blurb ...

How can bloggers become more engaged in the policy development process at progressive think tanks? How should think tanks r...

... which almost certainly would go on to say:

...eward bloggers? Are hookers and blow still the only currency of the realm, or can they be bought off more cheaply with fair trade coffee and iPads?

Until Bill denies this, and releases every email he's ever written or received to prove it, that's what I'm going with.

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ICYMI = In Case You Missed It (I think). I suppose I Covet Your Murky Initialisms is also plausible.

bjkeefe
07-25-2010, 05:38 PM
Adam Serwer tweets (http://twitter.com/AdamSerwer/status/19507759636):

Lolz @dandrezner (http://twitter.com/dandrezner) meets the #Breitbartpocalypse http://bit.ly/bcpdXw

Apparently, the Right Wing Noise Machine's new favorite slob started another one of his "Big" websites ("Big Peace." Yeah, that (http://bloggingheads.tv/forum/showthread.php?p=169239&highlight=big+peace#post169239) one.), Dan called bullshit (http://drezner.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2010/07/21/the_unvarnished_truth_of_big_peace), and ... howling ensued. Because ... SOROS!!!1!

The tweeted link (expanded here (http://drezner.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2010/07/22/an_open_letter_to_big_peaces_peter_schweizer_and_m ichael_moriarty)) is Dan's response to some Very Serious Open Letters written in response by not one but two butthurt Brietbartians, one of them a former Law & Order star! (No, not Undead Fred. An even more undead one.) If I'm reading the end of Dan's post correctly, these VSOLs appear to have been written in purple crayon, or the electronic version thereof.

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(title: h/t (http://thinkexist.com/quotation/dealing_with_network_executives_is_like_being/204920.html))

bjkeefe
07-25-2010, 07:22 PM
Megan McArdle is just Andrew Breitbart with a broken calculator

From guess who? That's right. The master of blog post titles (http://tbogg.firedoglake.com/2010/07/25/megan-mcardle-is-just-andrew-breitbart-with-a-broken-calculator/). And other things. And see also the follow-up (http://tbogg.firedoglake.com/2010/07/25/disinformation-metastasis/).

And if you're interested in a longer critique, he and I both recommend Thomas Levenson (http://inversesquare.wordpress.com/2010/07/24/why-friends-dont-let-friends-cite-the-atlantics-business-and-economics-editor-further-to-the-megan-mcardle-is-always-wrong-chronicles/): Why Friends Don’t Let Friends Cite The Atlantic’s “Business and Economics Editor”: Further to the Megan McArdle is Always Wrong chronicles.

Gluttons will also enjoy Susan of Texas (http://agonyin8fits.blogspot.com/2010/07/hunting-of-snark-cookie-of-gratitude.html) (via the McMeltdown (http://tbogg.firedoglake.com/2010/07/21/mcmeltdown/)).

bjkeefe
07-26-2010, 12:36 PM
From guess who? That's right. The master of blog post titles (http://tbogg.firedoglake.com/2010/07/25/megan-mcardle-is-just-andrew-breitbart-with-a-broken-calculator/). And other things. And see also the follow-up (http://tbogg.firedoglake.com/2010/07/25/disinformation-metastasis/).

And if you're interested in a longer critique, he and I both recommend Thomas Levenson (http://inversesquare.wordpress.com/2010/07/24/why-friends-dont-let-friends-cite-the-atlantics-business-and-economics-editor-further-to-the-megan-mcardle-is-always-wrong-chronicles/): Why Friends Don’t Let Friends Cite The Atlantic’s “Business and Economics Editor”: Further to the Megan McArdle is Always Wrong chronicles.

Gluttons will also enjoy Susan of Texas (http://agonyin8fits.blogspot.com/2010/07/hunting-of-snark-cookie-of-gratitude.html) (via the McMeltdown (http://tbogg.firedoglake.com/2010/07/21/mcmeltdown/)).

Follow-up:

In our continuing series of Why Can’t Megan Do Long Division we see that she has made a small addition to her Smearing Elizabeth Warren white paper:

Continue reading "Pulling an all-nighter (http://tbogg.firedoglake.com/2010/07/26/pulling-an-all-nighter/)."

But you really ought to read the Levenson piece mentioned above, first. Especially if you think, "Eh, just libtards snarking about McMegan." Because it is really a disgrace how McMegan goes around doing her hit jobs, especially given her position and clout.

Here's just a taste:

But it is one that does real damage to the republic, as the post that aroused this latest bout (http://go2.wordpress.com/?id=725X1342&site=inversesquare.wordpress.com&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.theatlantic.com%2Fbusiness%2F archive%2F2010%2F07%2Fconsidering-elizabeth-warren-the-scholar%2F60211%2F&sref=http%3A%2F%2Finversesquare.wordpress.com%2F20 10%2F07%2F24%2Fwhy-friends-dont-let-friends-cite-the-atlantics-business-and-economics-editor-further-to-the-megan-mcardle-is-always-wrong-chronicles%2F) of McArdle-bashing demonstrates. In it, McArdle seeks to discredit Elizabeth Warren as a potential leader of the new Consumer Finance Protection Agency to be set up under the just-passed financial reform bill.

To do so she tries to impugn both the quality and integrity of Warren’s scholarship, and she does so by a mix of her usual tricks — among them simple falsehoods;** highly redacted descriptions of what Warren and her (never mentioned) colleagues actually said;*** and descriptions of Warren’s work that are inflammatory — and clearly wrong, in ways she seems to hope no one will bother to check.****

You can see the footnotes for quick examples of these sins. Here, I’ll confine myself to pointing out that in this post you find McArdle doing the respectable-society version of the same approach to argument that Andy Breitbart has just showed us can have such potent effect.

To see what I mean, you have to follow through two steps: how McArdle constructs her picture of a feckless, partisan and dishonest Warren — and then how she generalizes from it.

Read the whole thing (http://inversesquare.wordpress.com/2010/07/24/why-friends-dont-let-friends-cite-the-atlantics-business-and-economics-editor-further-to-the-megan-mcardle-is-always-wrong-chronicles/).

bjkeefe
07-26-2010, 01:27 PM
At risk of being harshed on by the Comment Nanny for advertising the competition, I'll pass along this tweet (http://twitter.com/Rspodcast/status/19583725899):

Rspodcast (http://twitter.com/Rspodcast) RT @mpigliucci (http://twitter.com/mpigliucci): If you want to ask a "live" question for the next @RSPodcast (http://twitter.com/Rspodcast), call 212-529-3393 before tomorrow at 6PM!

Blogs: The Rationally Speaking Podcast (http://www.rationallyspeakingpodcast.org/) and Massimo Pigliucci (http://www.rationallyspeaking.org/)'s personal blog.

bjkeefe
07-26-2010, 04:17 PM
Birds do it, bees do it, even educated viruses do it. And for some reason my stack of interesting scientific papers is particularly heavy at the moment with research on the evolution of sex. So let’s not be shy. All this week, I will blog about sex.

It’s sex week on the Loom (http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/loom/2010/07/26/its-sex-week-on-the-loom/)!

(h/t: @seanmcarroll (http://twitter.com/seanmcarroll/status/19590066370)) ← you must click that, to see his cool new background

uncle ebeneezer
07-26-2010, 05:22 PM
Here (http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/07/20/a-mosque-maligned/)

bjkeefe
07-27-2010, 06:45 PM
Kind of! (http://wonkette.com/416988/416988)

Wonders Ken Layne (in the secret image text), is this the new Kausfiles???

bjkeefe
07-27-2010, 07:42 PM
Kind of! (http://wonkette.com/416988/416988)

Wonders Ken Layne (in the secret image text), is this the new Kausfiles???

Confirmation? (http://twitter.com/daveweigel/status/19687647145)

daveweigel (http://twitter.com/daveweigel) You know what this situation needs? Some music. http://bit.ly/SVapO

Okay, confirmation (http://twitter.com/daveweigel/status/19685350323).

[Added: Also, LOL (http://twitter.com/AdamSerwer/status/19685973670).]

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Also, delrasyer (http://twitter.com/delrayser/status/19688421601) wishes the best:

I hope working for the Washington Post Co is a better experience for @daveweigel than working for the Washington Post Co was.

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Message to wingnuts: YOU WILL KNOW OUR JOURNOLISTAS BY THEIR VERY UNKILLABILITY. TRIG TRUTH MUST BE SUPPRESSED. THAT IS ALL.

bjkeefe
07-28-2010, 12:57 AM
[...]

More follow-up (http://tbogg.firedoglake.com/2010/07/27/i-come-from-a-family-of-academics-who-are-actually-quite-embarrassed-right-now/):

Via Powder Blue Semi-Satan (http://www.eschatonblog.com/2010/07/glibertarian-inferno.html), The McBeatdown (http://rortybomb.wordpress.com/2010/07/27/megan-mcardles-hack-post-on-elizabeth-warrens-scholarship/) continues.

Usually you have to tune into the first couple of weeks of American Idol to witness this kind of public humiliation.

The McBeatdown (http://rortybomb.wordpress.com/2010/07/27/megan-mcardles-hack-post-on-elizabeth-warrens-scholarship/) is in this case administered by occasional (http://bloggingheads.tv/search/?participant1=Konczal,%20Mike) B'head Mike Konczal, of Rortybomb.

A taste:

Megan McArdle’s Hack Post on Elizabeth Warren’s Scholarship

So Megan McArdle wrote a long post (http://go2.wordpress.com/?id=725X1342&site=rortybomb.wordpress.com&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.theatlantic.com%2Fbusiness%2F archive%2F2010%2F07%2Fconsidering-elizabeth-warren-the-scholar%2F60211%2F&sref=http%3A%2F%2Frortybomb.wordpress.com%2F2010%2 F07%2F27%2Fmegan-mcardles-hack-post-on-elizabeth-warrens-scholarship%2F) attacking Elizabeth Warren as a scholar. What’s surprising is how little “there-there” there is to her critique. I would love to see nomination hearings based around how expansive of a definition to use for medical bankruptcies and watching Warren rip the face off of Senators when it comes to empirical methods. I doubt it is going to come to this, but I’ll go ahead and respond. (I’ve been waiting for part two to respond, which I assume may not show up.)

Because that isn’t what this is about. It’s about giving the impression that Warren is a weak scholar. Given that Warren is considered (http://go2.wordpress.com/?id=725X1342&site=rortybomb.wordpress.com&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.aspenpublishers.com%2FProduct .asp%3Fcatalog_name%3DAspen%26product_id%3D0735576 548%26cookie%255Ftest%3D1&sref=http%3A%2F%2Frortybomb.wordpress.com%2F2010%2 F07%2F27%2Fmegan-mcardles-hack-post-on-elizabeth-warrens-scholarship%2F) “the leading authority in the country on bankruptcy law,” being called a hack by McArdle, of all people, is something. Especially when we get a gem of a major screwup like this right out the door in the post:

[... [an exchange between McMegan and a commenter --bjk] ...]

I have no idea what to make of this. Megan opens her critique by saying that there’s a massive bias in the data sample implied by the low response rate of 20%. A commenter politely responds that the response rate is 50%. She is very polite as the 50% is on the front page of the 2009 study (http://go2.wordpress.com/?id=725X1342&site=rortybomb.wordpress.com&url=http%3A%2F%2Fpnhp.org%2Fnew_bankruptcy_study%2 FBankruptcy-2009.pdf&sref=http%3A%2F%2Frortybomb.wordpress.com%2F2010%2 F07%2F27%2Fmegan-mcardles-hack-post-on-elizabeth-warrens-scholarship%2F). Megan then says she meant the interview rate.

Nobody is perfect, especially on the blogs. I’ve messed up data on this blog before, I’ve confused terms that I knew but didn’t catch in a proofread, and I’ve used data and terms that I thought meant one thing that turned out to mean another thing. Anytime someone points this out I correct it, or pause and double-check what I thought, or quietly ditch using that information. Humility is usually the best antidote to being a hack.

But notice how Megan just keeps on going. This is one of the major planks of her argument, that the sample is corrupted, and when someone points out that what she stated was factually incorrect she just changing the terms and keeps on going as if she what she wrote wasn’t wrong. [...]

(It’s pretty similar to the classic McArdle instance (http://go2.wordpress.com/?id=725X1342&site=rortybomb.wordpress.com&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.tnr.com%2Fblog%2Fthe-plank%2Fmegan-mcardles-word-games&sref=http%3A%2F%2Frortybomb.wordpress.com%2F2010%2 F07%2F27%2Fmegan-mcardles-hack-post-on-elizabeth-warrens-scholarship%2F) of “It wasn’t a statistic–it was a hypothetical” when it came to US profits of pharma.)

bjkeefe
07-28-2010, 02:18 PM
... will be doing a podcast debate with Chuck Todd of NBC, it looks like (http://twitter.com/allisonkilkenny/status/19749982921).

(h/t: @EricBoehlert (http://twitter.com/EricBoehlert) for the RT)

uncle ebeneezer
07-28-2010, 02:33 PM
JR was on NPR yesterday (along with Spencer Ackerman) talking about the Wikki-leaks and Afghanistan. Can't find the link, but here is a good post that Rosen wrote about WL (http://journalism.nyu.edu/pubzone/weblogs/pressthink/).

TwinSwords
07-28-2010, 11:49 PM
Christopher Hayes, subbing for Rachel Maddow this week, interviews fellow Blogginghead Annie Lowrey (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ElbJ5AkO_I&playnext=1&videos=_yZ2_zM5Ekg).

listener
07-29-2010, 01:50 AM
Christopher Hayes, subbing for Rachel Maddow this week, interviews fellow Blogginghead Annie Lowrey (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ElbJ5AkO_I&playnext=1&videos=_yZ2_zM5Ekg).

Thanks! I will check it out.

bjkeefe
07-30-2010, 11:16 PM
... perhaps indicating why she has never returned (http://alicublog.blogspot.com/2010_07_25_archive.html#8801542817819781478) after her debut performance as a 'head. Doctor knows best, after all.

But she has (http://twitter.com/melissaTweets) 51,903 tweets!!!1!

listener
07-31-2010, 03:07 AM
... perhaps indicating why she has never returned (http://alicublog.blogspot.com/2010_07_25_archive.html#8801542817819781478) after her debut performance as a 'head. Doctor knows best, after all.

But she has (http://twitter.com/melissaTweets) 51,903 tweets!!!1!

Bad on you for making me read one of Clouthier's blog posts! (Okay, you only put the bait in front of me, and I took it) But seriously folks, anything that keeps MC off bhtv is fine by me ("Go, and never darken my towels again").

[h/t Groucho (http://www.famousquotesabout.com/quotation/Go,-and-never-darken-my-towels-again)]

bjkeefe
08-01-2010, 05:09 PM
One-time SciSat diavlogger (http://bloggingheads.tv/diavlogs/16508) is the "main character" in a new book by Pulitzer Prize-winner Jonathan Weiner, titled Long for This World. (Which, if nothing else, is a nice play on words.)

The NYT has a review of it (http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/01/books/review/Verghese-t.html).

Aubrey de who?

Perhaps a picture will help.

http://graphics8.nytimes.com/images/2010/08/01/books/review/Vergese/Vergese-popup.jpg