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  • TEH FUNNY

    TEH FUNNY . That "teh" is intentional, to show how well I know Internet slang. And what is "teh funny" for the day? My candidate is the Conservapedia, a new rival for Wikipedia. Now, Wikipedia has problems with accuracy and non-bias, so perhaps it's not so surprising that alternatives would crop up, and this is the alternative from the rabid fringe of the Christian right. So what is Conservapedia? Here is the answer for you : Conservapedia is a much-needed alternative to Wikipedia, which is increasingly anti-Christian and anti-American. On Wikipedia, many of the dates are provided in the anti-Christian "C.E." instead of "A.D.", which Conservapedia uses. Christianity receives no credit for the great advances and discoveries it inspired, such as those of the Renaissance. Read a list of many Examples of Bias in Wikipedia. Conservapedia is an online resource and meeting place where we favor Christianity and America. Conservapedia has easy-to-use indexes to facilitate review of topics. You...
  • MARCHING TOWARD DEMOCRACY?

    MARCHING TOWARD DEMOCRACY? Yesterday the WaPo reported that China's People's Daily published an article attributed to Premier Wen Jiabao that suggests a "socialist system is not contradictory to democracy." Read what Jim Mann and Robert Kuttner have to say on the subject of China and democracy in March's issue of TAP . -- The Editors
  • INKY RICKY

    INKY RICKY . So Philadelphia magazine reports that the Inquirer is in column-writing discussions with Rick Santorum . This, the mag says, is the brainchild of Inky publisher Brian Tierney , about whom the mag article contains this amusing paragraph: Tierney, a longtime Philadelphia adman and PR guru, has deep ties to the GOP. In 2000, he reached out to Catholic voters on behalf of George W. Bush , and in 2003 he chaired the losing campaign of Philadelphia�s Republican candidate for mayor, Sam Katz . Last year, he and an eclectic group of hometown investors paid $562 million to buy the two troubled Philadelphia newspapers, the Inquirer and the Daily News . �I�m post-political now,� Tierney has told us. Heh indeedy, as someone with a no doubt keen interest in this matter would put it. The three possible columnists with whom Tierney is talking are Santorum, Atlantic writer Mark Bowden , and right-wing talk show host Michael Smerconish . Two wingers and a reporter. That�s post-political,...
  • Should Bernanke Be Stabilizing Financial Markets?

    In his testimony before Congressional today, Ben Bernanke reportedly made an effort to sooth uneasy financial markets. For this he was widely applauded by the business press. But is it the Fed�s job to be soothing financial markets? Let�s throw out a purely hypothetical scenario. Imagine that the bad news on new home sales, mortgage applications, durable goods orders, and productivity actually translates into an economy that is about go into a recession. Now let�s suppose that the market has two types of investors. The first type are the high rollers. They move in and out of financial assets on a moment�s notice. Let�s call them �hedge funds.� The second type are na�ve investors. They put money into the stock market at regular intervals and let it sit. We�ll call them middle class 401(k) investors. Okay, now in our hypothetical scenario, because the economy is genuinely facing serious problems, the market is likely to be heading downward in the months ahead. Our hedge fund investors...
  • JUST POSTED ON TAP ONLINE.

    JUST POSTED ON TAP ONLINE. Alex Rossmiller argues that the debate over Hillary Clinton 's refusal to apologize for her 2002 Iraq war vote misses the point; the crucial question for all the Democratic candidates is what have they actually learned from the war's failure. Meanwhile, Mark Leon Goldberg explains how the ICC investigation of Darfur offenders can be used as constructive inducement to Sudan's cooperation with international peacekeepers. (In this, he concurs with Council on Foreign Relations member Angelina Jolie .) --The Editors
  • THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION'S...

    THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION'S IMMIGRATION RECORD. Interesting graph from The Wall Street Journal tracking immigration enforcement over the last few years: As you can see, enforcement drops through the first few years of the Bush presidency. That is, in part, probably a function of the tax cuts. When you defund government, government has less money to do things like employ border enforcement offers and conduct workplace raids. Also interesting is the 2006 jump, as the Administration decides the base needs to be stroked and so they exponentially accelerate arrests. Quite the sound immigration policy they've got there. It's worth wondering what would've happened if, post-2004, Bush had used his "mandate" to push comprehensive immigration reform rather than Social Security privatization. The electoral landscape could, today, look a whole hell of a lot different. While I'm on the subject, the Drum Major Institute is releasing the second version of their Immigrant Principles report , which...
  • IT'S ALIVE

    IT'S ALIVE . I have seen the future of jazz 'n' soul, and her name is Alison Crockett . (Okay, okay; I couldn't resist. Apologies to Landau and Springsteen .) At a tribute on Friday to Keter Betts , Washington's late, great bass player, Crockett, a stranger to most in a room jam-packed with serious jazz fans, proved a deserving heir to Ella Fitzgerald , for whom Betts was the regular bass player -- not by channeling Ella's ghost, but by inviting the ancestress to guide her as Crockett brought a new sensibility to the straight-ahead form. It was a breathtaking tightrope act that Crockett performed before a not-so-young audience Friday night at Southwest D.C.'s Westminster Presbyterian Church , weaving together melodic scats with the sort of vocal technique that developed much later in such iconic but hard-to-define acts as Bobby McFerrin , Tuck and Patti , and Sweet Honey in the Rock . In a particularly daring feat, Crockett quoted (without parroting) a famous Fitzgerald scat, "How...
  • WANK 2 D XTREME.

    WANK 2 D XTREME. I'd be inclined to go a bit easy on Richard Cohen re. Al Gore , if only because some of the examples culled by Media Matters could generously be described as Cohen defending Gore in a singularly unhelpful and damaging way. But since Cohen is responsible for the craziest damned Gore/Bush column of them all , I'm, well, disinclined. --Sam Rosenfeld
  • GORE'S OBSTACLE.

    GORE'S OBSTACLE. Media Matters has a good response to Richard Cohen, who blames nameless "colleagues" for the interminable media smear campaign against Al Gore in 1999 and 2000, while conveniently forgetting his own frequent participation in said campaign. This does remind us of a point indirectly raised by Ed Kilgore . Not only is Gore exceptionally well-qualified for the office, he's somebody who can generate support in the Democratic Party from the netroots to Marty Peretz -- one would think that this would be a compelling reason for him to run. But even among people (like me) who would unquestionably be Gore supporters if he joined the race, there has to be serious concern about whether we'd be in for 18 months of Love Canal and Earth Tones and I Invented The Internet and God knows what other crap people would invent out of whole cloth. It is possible that the countless foreign and domestic policy disasters of the Bush administration may convince some people in the media that...
  • FIRST TIME AS...

    FIRST TIME AS TRAGEDY, SECOND TIME..., THIRD TIME...? There's a lot of long-form reading out there this week: Seymour Hersh' s article on the "redirection" of U.S. policy toward a war on Shiites -- even as we supposedly are on the side of the Shi'a government we installed in Baghdad -- is mind-boggling. As Josh Marshall wrote yesterday, at this point, we actually don't even know whose side we're on in Iraq. Imagine sending more American troops into a situation in which they are told their mission is to support a government that we are simultaneously wishing to be rid of! When you finish Hersh's article, though, make your way through the lengthy quasi-biography of Donald Rumsfeld by Roger Morris posted last week in two parts on the "TomDispatch" site now sponsored by the Nation Instititute. This is probably the longest piece of online writing I've ever read, but entirely worth it, capturing not just Rumsfeld's particular brand of lunacy, but the political and social milieu that created...

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