1989 Called With Breaking News That Anderson Cooper Is Gay

So, in a move that will surprise no one at all, CNN's Anderson Cooper informed the world, via a letter to the Daily Beast's Andrew Sullivan, that he is gay. Yay!...sort of. I find myself feeling about Cooper's revelation the way I did about Ellen DeGeneres' similar revelation years ago, namely: each of these people waited until they were a) household names and b) millionaires many times over...

Filet of David Frum

Welp, Buffalo Beast has the 2011 edition of their annual list of the 50 Most Loathsome Americans up (actually, it's been a couple of days now). As usual, it's hilariously schadenfreude-filled, even if most of it is merely speculative or wishful. For anyone who hasn't read it in years past, it's an arbitrary listing of the 50 top offenders in American culture, politics, society, etc, as chosen by...

PolitiFact Points Out Unprecedented GOP Obstruction of Cordray Nomination

There's been a fair amount of forensics done lately on some of the "ratings" made by PolitiFact and other fact-checking agencies. Some of the criticism has been very accurate and illuminating, some of it is partisan nonsense designed to reduce the public value of facts to the level of opinions (after all, if opinions are as valid as facts, then the GOP is on much firmer debate ground).And indeed,...

Holy Crap, That's Some Good Writing

I've not read the book itself yet - though I've seen it recommended in several places - but this review of Corey Robin's The Reactionary Mind, by Connor Kilpatrick in The Exiled not only makes me want to run out and buy the book immediately, it makes me want to find the author and plant a big wet kiss on both his cheeks. Get a load of this:The first rule of debate: Never accept your opponent’s...

Connecting the Dots

The future of a civilization depends on our overcoming the meaninglessness and hopelessness which characterizes the thought of men today. ~ Albert Schweitzer This Saturday, the Occupy Wall Street protests will be two weeks old. Several days ago, I had written the start of a post I'd tentatively titled "Protesting: Ur Doin' It Wrong," centering on my frustration with the response of numerous...

Connecting The Dots On Your 'Liberal Media'

So it's been a fairly hectic week around here for me, which means that I'm just now getting through some of the backlog of posts on blogs and news sites that I usually read. In doing so, I came across an article at the Washington Post which I hadn't seen or even heard of previously, and it made me reflect yet again on a theme I've returned to often on this blog: the supposed "liberal bias" of the...

One Of The Things That's Wrong With Our Democracy

  ...is that citizens don't take the time to educate themselves about what is going on in it. Here are the results of a just-released poll by the Kaiser Foundation. It looks like they set out to gauge Americans' attitudes toward the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (tagged by the GOP as "Obamacare"), as well as towards health care reform in general. And indeed, such results can be...

WI Governor Scott Walker Gets Punk'd By Blogger Pretending To Be David Koch

BWAHAHAHA!Normally, I wouldn't bother re-posting this, if it were merely a (decidedly delicious) case of "gotcha." By pretending to be billionaire conservative puppet-master Koch, however, and by succeeding in having a 20-minute conversation with Walker in which Walker was convinced he was actually speaking to Koch, a great deal of interesting information about Walker's mindset and intentions and...

The Coming 2012 Battle

In his NY Times column today, Frank Rich makes several excellent points about the ideological corner the GOP have painted themselves into. Discussing Sarah Palin's absence from the recent CPAC confab, Rich writes:What may at long last be dawning on some Republican grandees is that a provocateur who puts her political adversaries in the cross hairs and then instructs her acolytes to “RELOAD”...