• The Real Watergate Mystery

    With retellings of Watergate ricocheting around the blogs, I can't, as a 21-year old, help feeling that the most stunning thing about it wasn't Nixon's willingness to break the law, wasn't Felt's bravery in coming forward, but the fact that anyone considered the Brookings Institution worth firebombing. As things stand, I can't think of a more anodyne, staid group than the Brookings folk, but 30 years ago they posed enough of a threat that a sitting president wanted to detonate their building? Forget what happened to Felt, what happened to Brookings?

  • Kicking Special Interest Butts -- and Cuddling Afterwards

    It seems that when Arnold isn't kicking the butts of special interests, he's having long, intimate conversations with them on an ultra-secret phone line.  You have to donate a pretty solid sum of money to get on, but that's a small price to pay when you get insider campaign information and the opportunity to suggest initivatives for the governor in return:

    When wealthy contributors write checks to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger,
    they often get a few canapes and a drink — and a secret telephone
    number that grants them access to his closest advisors and even the
    governor himself.

  • Denouncing Dean

    Edwards and Biden, frankly, are right to denounce Dean.  I like the Governor but his recent rhetoric doesn't just go too far, it goes there pointlessly.  What, for instance, is the use of saying Republicans have never made an honest living in their lives?  I'm as partisan as they come, but with Republicans easily winning the middle class, even I'm not able to believe this is a clear cut proletariat v.

  • David Brooks Writes a Column

    It's been a bad week for David Brooks.  The guy he made into Patio Man isn't returning his calls, his last column got widely mocked, and, to top it all off, F'in Deep Throat was revealed.  Just once, it would've been nice if the right could've acted like rational human beings, given the guy a pat on the back, a book contract, and let the whole thing die.  It's not as if Nixon is running for reelection.  But nooooo, they had to trot out every slime bucket Felt sent on a perp walk to tar the 90-year old stroke victim.  And now he, David Brooks, was somehow responsible for advancing the ball on this Watergate backlash.  Oy.

  • The Plan for 2006

    Huh. I'd had no idea how bad Chris Cox is. Turns out he really, really, blows. At the same time, you have to admire Bush's audacity in nominating Congress's foremost defender of corporate abuses to head the commission dedicated to curbing them. Remarkably ballsy stuff. This, of course, happens to be Bush's modus operandi -- you remember John Bolton, right? And you remember that Daily Show where the nomination of John Bolton was analyzed for meaning and the message turned out to be that George W. Bush does indeed have gigantic testicles. Huge balls. Massive cojones.

  • By The Way

    Season 4 of Coupling isn't nearly as bad as you all led me to believe. It's not stunningly good, but it's certainly enjoyable.

  • Competing Truths

    Speaking of Miller, Armando's post on him, which led Atrios to award Miller "wanker of the day", seems wrongheaded to me. Armando flays Miller for being so faux-naive as to lament that Americans are no longer persuadable by facts without laying all blame on a spineless, whiny media. As evidence, he brings up Okrent, references Miller's tic of crucifying the Republicans and giving Democrats a token criticism for good measure, and so on.

  • Persuading the Unpersuaded

  • Tiananmen Square

    Today is the 16th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre.  I was barely conscious when the Chinese government decided to stop down on an incipient student protest, but the image that survived the confrontation has always stuck with me as the most powerful photo I've ever seen.  So what better way to commemorate the day than to show the picture?


  • The FeMexican Conspiracy

    I've been reading some feminist theory lately, mainly Oaken's stuff about how to create a child-friendly nation, and it seems that the right's got a bad contradiction there. On the one hand, they're not willing to craft or pass the sort of legislation that'd make child-bearing easier for career-minded women, thus creating disincentives to large families and slowing down native population growth. On the other hand, large swaths of the American right are deeply unhappy about the ongoing "Mexicanization" of the country, and particularly with the growing ranks of immigrant families with high birth rates.