Open Thread by Tim F| December 12, 20069:44 am| 44 CommentsThis post is in: Open ThreadsFacebookTweetEmailYou report, you decide.
It’s the most wonderful time of the year.
Q: Does the Iraq Study Group report mention “death squads”?
A: Yes–starting on page 6, in the Executive Summary:
And a few times after that, which are also worth noting, even if they don’t really go into detail:
Best practices? Death squads bad, mmmkay?
So, yes, White House officials, ‘bleak’ indeed. Or you could have tried reading slightly past the headlines in the newspaper at some point in the last few years…
Remember that whole Mark Foley thing? Apparently, IOKIYAR :)
“You report, you decide.”
Uh, ok. I want to report that Ann Althouse has somehow managed to trick the panel of the Weblog Awards into letting her run as a centrist. Now, would y’all pls decide to support a real centrist blog, The Moderate Voice, instead? Sadly, Balloon Juice wasn’t nominated (conspiracy! :)), so TMV is the best possible choice.
When an ambassador suddenly resigns and leaves town, it causes me to raise an eyebrow. When that ambassador is from Saudi Arabia, I burn an extra calorie and raise them both.
Yes, his brother is ill, but it gave me pause. At least the entire embassy didn’t scamper, that’s never a good sign.
I like me!
The Liberal Avenger
Michelle Malkin commits an act of “fauxtography.”
The party line at the Republican press these days is that while Pinochet might have done something sort of bad or whatever, liberals love Castro.
I can’t remember ever reading any liberal saying nice things about Castro, though there might have been something in the Nation a few months ago.
I know of no love for Castro among liberals; have I just not been looking in the right places? Am I just too young to remember when The New Republic and the Democratic Party said all that stuff about how much they liked Castro?
What passes for conservatism today is amoral relativism, based on knee-jerk blasts of hatred directed at imaginary liberal straw men.
Only 813 days until Inauguration!
Wondering how our rocket scientist at the World Bank is doing?
Wolfie Screws up World Bank
Castro loved Castro. I think his mother probably loved him.
Maybe that’s who all the wingnuts are refering to. Castro and his mother. It would make a bit more sense.
Bingo! Castro is so evil that only his mother could love him.
The wingnuts are jealous that they can’t even manage *that* — some of them think they’re not evil enough, and the others can’t understand why even their mothers don’t love tham.
q. does the ISG report mention the permanent bases?
That’s ok, I’ll take Castro over the current wing-nut idol.
Sounds sorta familiar, eh?
See Recommendation #22…
Well, the ambassador from Saudi Arabia has suddenly skipped town in order to spend more time with his family…
I’m HOPING that this is some sort of sex scandal, because if its political, it means we got ANOTHER shitstorm coming…
Whenever I hear Bush compared to Hitler, I always think the comparitor should have aimed a bit farther south. I mean, Hitler was a teatoddler, an artist, a skilled orator, and a war-time success. He conquered the better part of Europe – France, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Norway, … there was one other country that just isn’t coming to mind … – and did a great job diplomatically by keeping the Russians off his ass.
Mussilini pissed off every neighbor he could manage, then fucked up an invasion of Ethopia. Ethopia! But he was for cutting taxes. Also, not a big fan of the gays or science.
Devil food turning our kids into homosexuals.
Not that there’s anything wrong with that.
This from The Guardian:
“Truly shocking news comes from Wigan, a splendid borough noted, among many other things, for hosting the annual World Pie Eating Championship. By proud tradition, contestants compete to see how many meat and potato pies they can put down in three minutes. But alas this year the organisers have bowed to the chill winds of political and digestive correctness: the garland will go to the person who can consume a single pie quickest.
“If that was not a sufficient blow to our ancient liberites, Tony Callaghan, the owner of Harry’s Bar, where the Championship is held, is offering … wait for it … a vegetarian option. ‘I realize this might be controversial,’ he said, ‘but this is the way forward for pie-eating at this level.'”
Does that mean women who eat soy have bigger boobies?
Zombie Santa Claus
Ho… Ho… Ho… Bitches!
CNN Senior Anal-ist Jeff Greenfield wins the Babbling Fuckwit award:
The sheer pettiness of making fun of the Senator’s name aside and ignoring Greenfield’s pathetic attempt to play “What not to Wear,” correct me if I’m wrong but Ahmadinejad wasn’t in power when Bush gave his Axis of Evil speech. Which means he’s no more a “Charter Member” than Maliki. Granted the guy is a fuckwit but according to Greenfield we should flee any major public figure who doesn’t wear a tie because he’s scaaaareeee. Does that mean we can shun Dr. Rice?
I think someone had too much soy this morning… And really, how far do you have to dig when you’re talking about who dresses like whom on the geopolitical stage instead of anything substantive:
The truth is, everyone associates that Iranian president with that light tan windbreaker he always wears, not the tieless suit.
“Soy is feminizing”?!?
Wow, and all this time I thought it made me look so rugged to eat tofu.
President Bush’s approval ratings plumb historic lows. Soon it will be reported as “all-time lowest approval ratings” and “lower than even President Nixon”. All the democrats have to do is basically support anything “sensible” and let Bush and Cheney continue their obstinate asshole routine (see: reaction to the ISG report, Bolton, nomination of anti-contraception guy to HHS role, etc.) and I predict 25% or lower.
Remember that Cheney’s approval rating is already in the teens (17% last time I read).
Everyone was handing out ponies when he hit the 30s, what are we gonna hand out in the 20s? Unicorns?
Perhaps it’s just me but it seems a bit…odd that he’s worried about the size of anyone’s dick but his own. It also raises questions about research. My suggestion: If you see this creep slithering towards you with a measuring tape, run like hell.
You should all check out the Daily Howler on the Obama thing. As usual, it’s brilliant. I think Bob Sommberby is the best media critic in the world, hands down. Maybe Wolcott is close.
“Ask yourself, is there any other major public figure who dresses the way he does? Why, yes. It is Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad…”
Now imagine the outburst in the media if they would even wear earthtones!
“I think Bob Sommberby is the best media critic in the world, hands down.”
I once used to think that, too, but not anymore. Bob is too self-righteous and nitpicking for his own good. I prefer the folks at MediaMatters.
I agree he’s self-righteous and nitpicking. But I still think he’s the best media critic. I tend to think the Media Matters people — while very good — are a little too polemicist at times. I tend to think Bob argue in good faith to a greater extent.
Yeah, Gray, that linked Howler article was pretty big on bashing people for the sake of bashng people.
Josh Marshall didn’t deserve the scorn that Bob scrambled to heap upon him for reacing to Jeff Greenfield’s “no necktie = Ahmadinejad” comment.
The hubub over Gore’s earth tones is an order of magnitude less stupid than Greenfield’s treating Obama’s wardrobe as his own personal Rorschach Test. Marshall isn’t a high priest of anything for expressing surprise at the stupidity.
The link you cite suggests no such thing.
Darrell– try here and here.
Ah, sorry, meant to link this. And this, likely the best example. Dean Esmay wrote the same thing, too.
That’s a lot I just shoveled at you, so here’s a quote from the final link:
This argument may (or may not) have been valid 40 years ago; it is not valid now.
Would “the Human Rights crowd” be considered to include, say, Human Rights Watch? Here’s their report, found after 5 seconds of Googling, entitled “Cuba’s Repressive Machinery: Human Rights Forty Years After the Revolution.”
These soft-on-state-murder-and-torture, sympathetic-for-Castro liberals, if they exist, are way, way further away from the levers and corridors of power than the soft-on-state-murder-and-torture, sympathetic-for-Pinochet conservatives.
First, those aren’t the links you provided which you claimed demonstrated that “liberals love Castro” (your words), so you’re already scrambling to move goalposts
Second, neither of your new links suggests anywhere that conservatives are suggesting that liberals love goalposts either. If you disagree, produce the phrase with suggests it or admit that you simply made up that claim for dramatic effect.
…that liberals love Castro, not goalposts. Ha
Wouldn’t you agree Darrell that Bush and Mussolini have a lot in common?
Let’s play name that pundit:
But of course the real question for the right is why do their strawman liberal caricatures love Castro so much? Obviously I can’t answer that for them, but I’m sure there’s something deep-rooted in the conservative psyche that explains it–projection of their love for Bush, Cheney, or other incompetent right-wing authoritarian figures, or their history of propping up right-wing dictators elsewhere in the world, or their current strategery of getting them elected Democratically, perhaps.
Yeah man, because Bush has like shredded the constitution. We’re living under a police state right now, did you know that? If you write or say anything against Bush, you’re likely to get a knock at your door.
This is true, in some contexts, but then again, that has always been true to some extent or another. The real question is, how far have they gone with it? And the answer is… well, pretty far, and I’m sure anyone else who has been paying attention for the past few years can cite numerous other examples as well.
Damnit, the spoofers have their work cut out on this one.
So, in the past fifteen years Brazil has also seen rapid growth and success. Logically, this must be because of Vargas and the military dictatorship?
But then how does that explain Venezula?:
It almost seems like the entirety of South America is going through a modernization boom that has nothing to do with the political heirarchy and everything to do with skyrocketing oil prices and expanding industry.
Aw, you forgot Poland.