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December 30th, 2009, 04:12 am admin Leave a comment Go to comments
  • Pushing the Obacalypse is shaping up to be the Gee Oh Pee’s campaign strategy for 2010, writes David Corn. Rep. Pete Sessions, the Texas Republican, who chairs the National Republican Congressional Committee, sent David Corn the same email a lot of us got, which, amid other hyperbole, stated:

    In just one year, liberals have altered the course of this country so dramatically that current U.S. policy is almost unrecognizable from the conservative values on which we built this country.

    America cannot survive on this new course. Fortunately 2010 offers us a chance to hold the far left accountable and elect Representatives who will stand up for our American values in Congress.

    Yikes and a half. You mean the far left?

  • If you gotta have your news graphically, you might head over to GOOD for a gander at their year’s end effort on The Biggest News Stories of the Year. There, you can get a full-screen treatment of this transparency:
  • Assuming Ron Paul doesn’t seek another shot at the brass ring, here is the guy most likely to try to take on the Paulite mantle: Former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson is heading to New Hampshire.
  • Joe Lieberman: How About Another War?:

    Referencing his own travels to Yemen, and meetings with unnamed U.S. officials, the senator chirped: “Iraq was yesterday’s war, Afghanistan is today’s war. If we don’t act preemptively, Yemen will be tomorrow’s war.”

    Lieberman, whose refusal to serve in the military when he could have during the Vietnam era has never prevented him from spouting hawkish views so over-the-top that his wiser colleagues to keep him off committees that deal with issues of war and peace, seems to be unaware that “acting preemptively” in the manner he suggests, is an act of war.

  • Ha! Ha! Ha! A tea partier and his money are soon parted, with the cash going right into the hands of the GOP consulting group that created the “party.” One of the leading Tea Party PACs, called Tea Party Express, has paid out nearly two-thirds of its funds to the consulting group that created it.
  • If you thought wackos would just fade away in the second decade of this century, you…uh…missed the boat. Because Randall Price will be back in Turkey digging into the ice on Mount Ararat, searching for Noah’s Ark. He says they’re close. “While we’d like to think it’s Noah’s Ark, we’re not sure what it is, but it’s in the right place,” he said.
  • In Science, Andrew J. Oswald and Stephen Wu have concluded a scientific study purporting to show by nonsubjective measures the 10 unhappiest states in the U.S.: In reverse order, with No. 10 first: Rhode Island, Ohio, Massachusetts, Illinois, California, New Jersey, Indiana, Michigan, Connecticut, New York.
  • Not that anyone here has ever been afflicted, but Anatomy of A Brain Fart might still be of interest. Who knows what could happen in 2010?
  • Nate Silver offers A Note on Activism, Populism and Polarization at the End of the ‘Aughts:

    Take the Tea Parties, for example. Liberals don’t give nearly enough credit to the technological sophistication of the Tea Partiers. Back in the old days — you know, like 2005 or so — getting several hundred people together at several hundred different locations would have required months of planning. But thanks to the Tea Partiers’ ability to find one another on blogs, Twitter, Facebook, and so forth — and to some extent the megaphone of Fox News — these protests can come together fairly spontaneously. The left’s use of the Internet has been much more heralded, but obviously has been exceptionally impressive too, particularly the extent to which the most listened-to people on the left (think Markos Moulitsas or Jane Hamsher) tend to come from nonpolitical backgrounds. Then there are things like the Ron Paul movement, which would have gotten absolutely no traction without the Internet.

  • After nearly 37 years of solitary confinement, the consequences of a trial that depended on manufactured evidence, Herman Wallace, now 68, is still shackled to the table when his 70-year-old sister arrives for her weekly visit at one of the country’s most infamous prisons, the former slave plantation at Angola, Louisiana.


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