Politicizing 9/11

Paula Zahn in shocked — shocked — at the attempt to make the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks an issue in next year's presidential election. She's not upset with the Republican National Convention for plans to hold its big bash as close to the anniversary and as close to Ground Zero as they can. And [Read More...]

I am Spartacus

Donald Luskin, for those of you fortunate enough not to be familiar with the man, is a right-wing columnist for the National Review Online. Over the past several months, he has displayed an unhealthy obsession and an almost monomaniacal focus on Princeton economist and New York Times columnist Paul Krugman. This has included, even, lurking [Read More...]

“This bellicose Humpty Dumpty”

Bob Garfield of On the Media weighs in on the day that Terri Gross, host of NPR's Fresh Air, made Fox News' Bill O'Reilly cry like a little girl: if I were face to face with him, it would be hard for me to resist what Gross could not resist … because O'Reilly is such [Read More...]

Here’s Johnny

Atrios ventures into the realm of rock criticism (briefly, he promises) to comment on Johnny Cash's "The Man Comes Around." Cash's cover of Nine Inch Nails's "Hurt" alone is worth the 13 bucks. Not since L.L. Cool J's performance of "Mama Said Knock You Out" on MTV's Unplugged has the quality of a song been [Read More...]

Domestic violence on the rise

Al Tompkins of the Poynter Institute provides a useful, if disturbing, set of leads and resources on the increase in domestic violence over the past two years. He cites the following statistics from the Family Violence Prevention Fund: "Estimates range from 960,000 incidents of violence against a current or former spouse, boyfriend or girlfriend per [Read More...]

The Age of Grief and Fear

Jane Smiley in Salon. I liked The Secret Lives of Dentists when I saw it, but I've grown to like it more since. Some movies/stories/performances are like that. They resonate. I hope that Campbell Scott reads Smiley's essay. She talks about how intensely personal and autobiographical her novella The Age of Grief was, and how [Read More...]

Block the Vote

Josh Marshall reports on the latest example of GOP voter-suppression efforts, this time in Kentucky: As recent press reports have noted, state Republicans plan to flood predominantly African-American precincts in western and central Louisville with poll watchers to challenge the eligibility of voters. On Thursday, Jefferson County GOP Chairman Jack Richardson IV told the Louisville [Read More...]

If you can make it there

Ben Smith has a fascinating piece in the New York Observer on GOP plans to orchestrate media coverage of next years Republican National Convention in Madison Square Garden. (Also the site, Smith reminds us, of the Westminster Dog Show.) The man in charge is Jim Wilkinson — the guy who was in charge of U.S. [Read More...]


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