Adam Serwer


Jonathan Chait, not a huge fan of J-Street, nonetheless sticks up for J-Street.

Medical costs for aging inmates help make locking people up for really long periods of time very expensive.

Former Bush administration speechwriter seems to have a double standard on how leakers of classified information should be treated.

Cucinelli's Sympathetic Judge.

Jack Balkin reads the recent decision from Judge Henry Hudson, who ruled that the lawsuit filed by Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli can go forward and finds more then a few conservative dog whistles:

Smearing Rauf As A Terrorist Sympathizer.

Rudy Giuliani weighs in on the "Ground Zero Mosque" controversy:

"It sends a particularly bad message, particularly (because) of the background of the Imam who is supporting this. This is an Imam who has supported radical causes, who has not been forthright in condemning Islamic (terrorism) and the worst instincts that that brings about.


"I mean, they died there because of Islamic extremist terrorism. They are our enemy, we can say that, the world will not end when we say that. And the reality is it will not and should not insult any decent Muslim because decent Muslims should be as opposed to Islamic extremism as you and I are."

How Far The ADL Has Fallen.

From the Anti-Defamation League's own timeline:

ADL learned two very significant lessons in the 1920's: achieving equality needed affirmative techniques as well as defensive efforts, and the welfare of any one minority was intertwined with the welfare of all.

ADL head Abraham Foxman, 2010:

Behold The Scourge Of NeoCommunism!


Media Matters reads Andy McCarthy's book, in which, reflecting Michelle Malkin's habit of manufacturing colorful but meaningless political epithets, he refers to President Obama as a "neocommunist" who is "disposed" to "advance the cause of Islam in the world."

Breitbart And Media Matters.

This section of Andrew Breitbart's interview with Newsweek last week caught my eye:

SB 1070 Still Not About Crime.

Proponents of Arizona's SB 1070 are operating under a number of misleading assumptions and/or deliberate distortions. The undocumented population of Arizona is decreasing, not increasing, drug violence from Mexico has not spilled over, crime is generally down, and deportations are higher than they've been in 10 years.


The ADL loses Jon Chait.

Marx, Lenin, whomever.

I suppose it could have been worse for North Korea's World Cup team.

Gingrich Embraces A Clash Of Civilizations.

The importance of Newt Gingrich's speech at the American Enterprise Institute yesterday has been overlooked. Rick Lazio and Carl Paladino have embraced Islamophobia out of political expediency, and Sarah Palin can be expected to reflect the GOP's populist impulses, no matter how ugly. But Gingrich is considered an intellectual force within the party, and his mainstreaming of once-fringe conspiracy theories regarding Islam is an important development. It marks another stop in the transition from the GOP of George W.

Post-Racial Harmony.

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Kathryn Jean Lopez on Essence Magazine hiring a white fashion director:

[E]ssence [M]agazine sounds like it has brought us closer to a "post-racial america" than anything [B]arack [O]bama has done.

ADL Condemns, Enables, Anti-Muslim Bigotry.

The Anti-Defamation League comes out against the proposed Islamic Center near Ground Zero:

The controversy which has emerged regarding the building of an Islamic Center at this location is counterproductive to the healing process. Therefore, under these unique circumstances, we believe the City of New York would be better served if an alternative location could be found.

Defending Holder.

Jason Zengerle says something that shouldn't have been necessary -- that Attorney General Eric Holder is not a racist. He also explains why some conservatives are saying so anyway:

The Ethics Of WikiLeaks.

Yesterday The New York Times has confirmed what a former military intelligence officer told me earlier this week, that the unredacted documents released by WikiLeaks have put Afghans who assisted coalition forces in Afghanistan in danger.