J. Goodrich

J. Goodrich is a recovering economist and the sole proprietor of the political blog Echidne of the Snakes. She also blogs for TAPPED.

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GLENN BECK AND DINESH D'SOUZA AGREE WITH BIN LADEN.

GLENN BECK AND DINESH D'SOUZA AGREE WITH BIN LADEN. It is our horrible promiscuity that upsets right-thinking Muslims everywhere, and both Beck and D'Souza kinda sorta see their point. Here is Beck : BECK: You know, there`s a new poll out that Muslims, the higher educated Muslims in the Middle East are more likely to be extremists? More and more Muslims now hate us all across the world, and it really has not a lot to do with anything other than our morals. The things that they were saying about us were true. Our morals are just out the window. We`re a society on the verge of moral collapse. And our promiscuity is off the charts. Now I don`t think that we should fly airplanes into buildings or behead people because of it, but that's the prevailing feeling of Muslims in the Middle East. And you know what? They`re right. If "they" are "right", what would Beck like to see done? The establishment of some form of Taliban rules against vice in this country? Because according to his arguments...

WHAT POLLS TELL.

WHAT POLLS TELL. A new poll seems to suggest that Americans like the surge in Iraq, after all: In a dramatic finding, a new poll shows a solid majority of Americans still wants to win the war in Iraq - and keep U.S. troops there until the Baghdad government can take over. Strong majorities also say victory is vital to the War on Terror and that Americans should support President Bush even if they have concerns about the way the war is being handled, according to the survey conducted by Public Opinion Strategies. The poll found that 57 percent of Americans supported "finishing the job in Iraq" - keeping U.S. troops there until the Iraqis can provide security on their own. Forty-one percent disagreed. And in other news, have you stopped beating your spouse yet? As Horse's Mouth explains, the reason for the fairly "dramatic" findings is precisely in the kinds of questions the poll contains. Here is an example : The first finding -- that 57 % support "finishing the job" -- is based on...

PLAYING THE RELIGION CARD

PLAYING THE RELIGION CARD . Atrios has had a week of posts on religion and its role in politics, and in particular in progressive or liberal politics. Today's posts are especially interesting, having to do with the proper way of incorporating the religious left into the movement. So sad that the religious right has successfully appropriated the term "religion", especially as it is now applied to only a very narrow segment of possible religions: Only fundamental Christian sects which focus on the banning of abortion and the defense of marriage against gays and lesbians are really seen as religions in most political debates, and the unstated assumption is that conservatives are religious and that liberals are not. It is as if two or three political stances (and caring about the poor is not one of those) have been turned around and now stand as the qualifier of what is regarded as religious. This article about a Wiccan Army Chaplain and his tribulations in yesterday's Washington Post is...

WE ARE THE DEADLY WARRIORS.

WE ARE THE DEADLY WARRIORS. David Brooks's recent column (behind a firewall but I summarize it here sufficiently, I hope) on how the conservatives are correct about human nature is hilarious. In short, he argues that we humans (though I think he really means male humans) are malevolent brutes, intent on status competition and clubbing the cavewoman out before dragging her off to a life of housewifery in the cave. Well, I added that last bit, but I have an excuse, because the whole article encourages such humorous additions. Take this paragraph , for example: Over the past 30 years or so, however, this belief in natural goodness has been discarded. It began to lose favor because of the failure of just about every social program that was inspired by it, from the communes to progressive education on up. But the big blow came at the hands of science. From the content of our genes, the nature of our neurons and the lessons of evolutionary biology, it has become clear that nature is filled...

A MODEST QUESTION.

A MODEST QUESTION. To ruthlessly steal from Scott and his earlier post about the Edwards bloggers and Joan Walsh of the Salon : I have a question, and it has to do with this quote by Walsh: Clinton hired Peter Daou, who'd run John Kerry's Internet operation and later licensed his Daou Report to Salon (it is now the Blog Report, run by Steve Benen). But given the netroots' distrust of Clinton, especially her failure to firmly repudiate her vote authorizing the Iraq war, Edwards was emerging as a possible blogger favorite, especially after he hired the swashbuckling and unabashedly feminist Amanda Marcotte and Melissa McEwan to blog for him. When I heard the news I found myself thinking, boy, Edwards is really running a ballsy campaign. And then the thought quickly followed: Has he or his top staff ever really read those bloggers? The posts that got them in trouble were intemperate in their take on Catholicism, but that's not the only thing they've been intemperate about. They are young...

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