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bjkeefe 01-27-2010 01:40 AM

Gossip about the 'heads, part 2
 
The original "Gossip about the 'heads" 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

New Alex Gibney flick
 
One-time 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., the newest Balloon Juicer.

(Jack, in this case, is Abramoff.)

bjkeefe 01-27-2010 04:10 AM

Bob's second online NYT column ...
 
... builds upon some of the things he talked about in his last diavlog with Mickey, concerning the coming <strike>apocalypse</strike> pay wall at the NY Times.

bjkeefe 01-27-2010 11:56 AM

Re: New Alex Gibney flick
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by bjkeefe (Post 148309)
One-time 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., the newest Balloon Juicer.

(Jack, in this case, is Abramoff.)

More here: a short vid of Alex explaining why the subject is important.

bjkeefe 01-27-2010 12:26 PM

Same as it ever was
 
Guess who's once again advocating for ... you'll never guess ... regime change!

Quote:

Shorter Robert Kagan:

Quote:

Forget for a moment that that last “regime change” 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

Oh, Megan
 
"The Return of the Mother of 'Such Is Blogging'"

bjkeefe 01-31-2010 12:49 AM

Profile of Ross Douthat
 
DougJ calls attention to a MoJo piece on Ross Douthat. 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

Felix Salmon ...
 
... 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, because it's interesting.

(h/t: Atrios)

bjkeefe 01-31-2010 05:55 AM

A twofer: Daniel Larison ...
 
... rebutting a claim made by Ezra Klein:

Quote:

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.

(h/t: DougJ)

bjkeefe 02-03-2010 11:04 AM

"The Internet vs. Obama"
 
Your favorite NYT columnist is out with his latest.

bjkeefe 02-05-2010 04:01 PM

Weigel's "Tragic: The Gathering" Coverage!
 
B'head Dave Weigel advises via the Twitter:

Quote:

BTW, follow my coverage of the Tea Party convention at http://bit.ly/dqQfu0
That mysterious URL actually expands to this (for your paranoid mouse's hovering pleasure).

bjkeefe 02-05-2010 05:16 PM

Re: "The Internet vs. Obama"
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by bjkeefe (Post 149600)
Your favorite NYT columnist is out with his latest.

He is becoming important! Proof: he's getting Shortered!

uncle ebeneezer 02-05-2010 05:23 PM

Re: "The Internet vs. Obama"
 
And Bob wraps it up nicely:

Quote:

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

Goldfarb
 
Ambinder, via Thers:

Quote:

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 late January, he still claimed in an interview with CJR to be working at the WS. On the other hand, I don't see 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, too ...

bjkeefe 02-10-2010 11:58 AM

This Week In Bob
 
New NYT column up, 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

Re: Goldfarb
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by bjkeefe (Post 150404)
I'm curious that Ambinder calls him "former."

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

Re: Goldfarb
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by TwinSwords (Post 150428)

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

Quote:

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

Chris Hayes on Rachel Maddow
 
A short piece about the possibilities of getting rid of the filibuster. 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

Mort Zuckerman ...
 
... is simply not the Wright choice.

bjkeefe 02-18-2010 02:03 AM

Re: Chris Hayes on Rachel Maddow
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by bjkeefe (Post 151247)
A short piece about the possibilities of getting rid of the filibuster. 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 (from last month) from Thoreau:

Quote:

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

Reihan Salam
 
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...

bjkeefe 02-19-2010 07:17 PM

Re: Reihan Salam
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by claymisher (Post 151566)
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...

Heh. Nice.

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

Great line that he lifted from Yglesias, too:

Quote:

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.
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

A threesome
 
The incestuous nature of the 'heads, exposed!

Ackerman responds to Yglesias, via Farley.

bjkeefe 02-21-2010 02:15 AM

Byron York ...
 
... really has gone off the cliff, hasn't he?

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

bjkeefe 02-22-2010 11:55 PM

Big Time!
 
A tweet of note (via, obvs.):

Quote:

nprfreshair On tomorrow's show: @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.

bjkeefe 02-23-2010 03:03 PM

Oh, dear
 
Someone let Jonah near a keyboard again, 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

Uh oh. Weigel gets busted.
 
Blog Reporter Dave Weigel Is President Of John Birch Society

bjkeefe 02-23-2010 06:42 PM

Re: Big Time!
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by bjkeefe (Post 151915)
A tweet of note (via, 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.

It now being "tomorrow," the interview is indeed posted: "CPAC, The Tea Party And The Remaking Of The Right."

Well worth a listen -- about 32 minutes.

bjkeefe 02-23-2010 07:29 PM

Ross Douthat ...
 
... has come to the attention of our man in Indiana.

Devastating.

bjkeefe 02-24-2010 02:16 AM

Some very intelligent commentary ...
 
... from Eric Alterman on the American public and their media-driven perceptions of AGW: "Think Again: A Hard Week on the Planet."

An upside:

Quote:

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,” 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:

Quote:

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

Chris Mooney ...
 
... is one of ten people ...

Quote:

... 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:

Quote:

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 (just for extra evil?).

(h/t: PZ)

[Added] Also via PZ: ERV reacts. (That's B'head Abigail Smith, to us.)

bjkeefe 02-28-2010 01:06 AM

Re: Chris Mooney ...
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by bjkeefe (Post 152413)
... is one of ten people ...

Quote:

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

Brief post from Chris Mooney here.

Longer, and much more worthwhile, post from Jerry Coyne here. Bonus: includes excerpt from a 2006 John Horgan post on the TF.

(h/t: PZ)

bjkeefe 03-01-2010 02:25 AM

LOGOGATE!!!1!
 
Examined by our Chris Hayes, on Maddow.

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

Re: Chris Mooney ...
 
More on the TF and science journamalism.

bjkeefe 03-03-2010 12:19 AM

Spencer Ackerman news ...
 
... via Dave Weigel:

Quote:

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

bjkeefe 03-03-2010 03:14 PM

Matt Duss ...
 
... has a good post up: "Cheney And Kristol: Abandoning American Principles And Giving The Terrorists What They Want." (Liz, not Dick, though the confusion is understandable.)

h/t: @AdamSerwer, whose related post, "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

All right, this isn't helping us pull together the great debate
 
I sure hope Senator Kaus doesn't see this profile of Ezra Klein in the Washingtonian, because (emph. added) ...

Quote:

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?

Quote:

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, 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

Re: Goldfarb
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by TwinSwords (Post 150428)
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?

Yep.

Next time you hear "al-Qaeda Seven" or "Dept. of Jihad," odds are it'll be coming out of the Goldfarbian cakehole.

bjkeefe 03-05-2010 04:36 PM

Michael Tomasky ...
 
... too long absent from our BhTV screens, has a sad smart post up that tells you all you need to know about the difference between the two US Congressional caucuses.

(h/t: Matt Yglesias)

nikkibong 03-06-2010 06:46 PM

Re: Gossip about the 'heads, part 2
 
mcwhorter edits black history month

http://www.tnr.com/article/politics/...raser?page=0,0


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