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  • Quote Unquote: A Vastly Better World

    Washington Post columnist Dave Weigel states, what is to my mind, a pretty unambiguous truth (from a leaked off-the-record list-serv email)…

    "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."

    He later apologized. I'm looking forward to the apology for the apology.


    Tags: Drudge Report, Matt Drudge, Quote Unquote, Washington Post
  • "Get Me a Photo of Barack Obama by Any Means Necessary!"

    Excellent work, Washington Post's file photo guy. This is some top notch file photo retrieving

    Actually, though, it could have been worse. Like, from what I understand, they almost ran with this one…

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    Tags: Barack Obama, Malcolm X, Racism, Washington Post
  • Chicago Blues for Rahm Emanuel

    I know that you're going to find this hard to believe, but there's an ugly rumor going around political circles that there are some people in Washington who don't so much care for Rahm Emanuel. Some people even think he's doing a "fucking retarded" job as White House Chief of Staff.

    I know! It's all quite scandalous! And, to make matters worse, Sunday's Washington Post featured an article by Dana Milbank praising Rahm Emanuel's work as Chief of Staff and bashing every other hominid in government…

    Obama's first year fell apart in large part because he didn't follow his chief of staff's advice on crucial matters. Arguably, Emanuel is the only person keeping Obama from becoming Jimmy Carter.

    And, wouldn't you know it, but some people of a somewhat suspicious bent find this article to be a tad suspect

    Dana Milbank transcribed an article written by Rahm Emanuel yesterday in The Washington Post. Never has an article been more clearly written to support a political benefactor…

    This is basically Rahm saying on his way out, I was right all along and these guys were wrong. Maybe it's a last minute attempt at a Hail Mary to swing the decision in his favor if he can start a conversation in DC about how he had offered better advice than the other three to Obama (by the way, everything he claims to have been right about inside the article was disastrous advice that led Obama further and further away from his voters). But either way, that means he thinks he is very close to being on his way out the door.

    What? A Rahm-less White House?! What would we ever do without him?! Just imagine if we didn't have him holding the Democratic Party together this past year? Why they'd be in complete disarray and on the verge of losing their majority power in both houses! I can't even imagine what that would be like!


    Tags: Barack Obama, David Axelrod, Democrats, House of Representatives, Rahm Emanuel, Robert Gibbs, Senate, Valerie Jarrett, Washington Post, White House
  • Sarah Palin and The Washington Post's Global Warming Denial Duet

    Not content to be associated with just one group of reason-averse conspiracists, Sarah Palin has decided that she also needed to force herself into the fray of Climategate, the bullshitroversy concerning climatologists emailing things that right wing pundits can't understand to other climatologists.

    The Washington Post — needing someone who could make sense of complicated statistics, understand technical jargon and had a deep enough understanding of the scientific method to write an opinion piece on this — obviously jumped at the chance to print a re-hash of Sarah Palin's latest Facebook rant.

    From the actual fucking Washington Post real newspaper

    "Climate-gate," as the e-mails and other documents from the Climate Research Unit at the University of East Anglia have become known, exposes a highly politicized scientific circle — the same circle whose work underlies efforts at the Copenhagen climate change conference…

    This scandal obviously calls into question the proposals being pushed in Copenhagen. I've always believed that policy should be based on sound science, not politics…

    In his inaugural address, President Obama declared his intention to "restore science to its rightful place." But instead of staying home from Copenhagen and sending a message that the United States will not be a party to fraudulent scientific practices, the president has upped the ante. He plans to fly in at the climax of the conference in hopes of sealing a "deal." Whatever deal he gets, it will be no deal for the American people.

    Oddly enough, lots of commentators were less with impressed with The Post's decision to print Palin's dishonest, anti-science op-ed for some weird reason

    Shortly after the op-ed was published online, Post media reporter Howard Kurtz tweeted that his paper was being "ripped for running Palin op-ed." Kurtz highlighted a blog post whose author refused to link to the op-ed because "[t]hey shouldn't be rewarded with the clicks, which is pretty much what this is about, I figure."…

    The response to the op-ed was even more critical from science writers. ScienceBlogs.com's Tim Lambert chose to headline his piece on Palin's op-ed: "The Washington Post can't go out of business fast enough."

    I beg to differ with Lambert. I do think The Washington Post can go out of business fast enough.

    By the way, this post from Media Matters does an excellent job of picking Palin's piece apart and explaining reality.


    Tags: Barack Obama, Birthers, Climate Change, Denmark, Environment, Facebook, Sarah Palin, Washington Post
  • Majority of Americans Would Love a Public Option; One Guy Remains Unsure

    barack-obama-podium-gesturingThe public option is the Mylar balloon floating over the rocky landscape of health care reform — no one knows when it will land, if it will land, if there is a boy inside, or if anyone even wants the boy inside. Some people look at this balloon and feel fear, others feel a deep sense of cynicism, others just want to believe there will be a happy ending and a movie deal. But who really knows what will happen?

    In the latest turn of events, the Washington Post reports that despite the summer of outrage a clear majority of Americans now support the public option:

    Americans remain sharply divided about the overall packages moving closer to votes in Congress and President Obama's leadership on the issue, reflecting the partisan battle that has raged for months over the administration's top legislative priority. But sizable majorities back two key and controversial provisions: both the so-called public option and a new mandate that would require all Americans to carry health insurance.

    However, one resident of Washington, DC — it's unclear if his opinion was included in this poll or not — seems to think that a public option is okay, but not necessarily necessary

    Obama "will obviously weigh in when it's important to weigh in" on the possibility of a public option, chief of staff Rahm Emanuel said. Added Obama senior adviser Valerie Jarrett: "He's not demanding that it's in there. He think it's the best possible choice."

    Right. And if all you have to go on is your belief that a public option is the best possible choice, and data showing that a majority of Americans also believe it's the best possible choice, you wouldn't want to make an unreasonable demand like that.


    Tags: Barack Obama, Health Care, Polls, Washington Post