Friday, March 16, 2007

SOCIETY: There Goes The Neighborhood

Guess what? There's a genuine hate group right here in my own backyard!

A list of national hate groups produced by an internationally known civil rights organization now includes the name of MSU's chapter of Young Americans for Freedom, the first university-affiliated group to be placed on the list.

The Southern Poverty Law Center's annual Hate Group list, which names more than 800 groups in the country and 25 in Michigan, is predominantly symbolic and does not imply any consequences or penalties.

This is probably just a simple misunderstanding, and any minute now they--

YAF also has been in the news for attempting to sponsor "Catch an Illegal Immigrant Day" on campus. After much controversy and debate, the event was canceled.


What I'm trying to figure out is, why a group with "for Freedom" in its name would be harrassing immigrants or espousing white separatism. It seems to me that if someone really cares about freedom they would be fighting the Bush administration's repeal of Habeus Corpus or its belief that it can hold anyone it wants indefinitely without trial. Maybe the YAF's next press release will explain everything.

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

ELECTION 0-FOR-8: I'm A Loser Babyyyyy

I enjoyed this post about Bob Shrum for several reasons, not the least being that people like Bob Shrum deserve to be mocked and belittled. Even his friends think he's a loser--yet he still gets hired to manage Democratic campaigns.

No, Mr. Shrum didn't run over my cat. But considering the stakes that ride on presidential elections it would be nice if, once in a while, Democrats hired someone with a track record of success.


Your mission, should you choose to accept it: figure out who the heck Thomas Sowell is talking about.

what has aptly been called "the politics of personal destruction" -- by one of its practitioners, Bill Clinton -- has become a growing cancer on the body politic

Huh? Whom did Bill Clinton "destroy" politically? I mean, I usually understand right-wing hatred of President Clinton (calling him a liar because he denied having an extramarital affair, mocking him for feeling people's pain, etc.) but this I just don't get.

You can search his column here for clues.

If you can stomache that, read this column where he says he dosn't care to hear about wounded soldiers, thank you very much. Or this one where he says lying to a grand jury isn't a crime. Me, I need some Pepto.

MEDIA: The Best of FoxNews

Via Welcome to Pottersville

Funny stuff. . . in that sad but horrifying way we've come to know these past six years.

Saturday, March 10, 2007

SOCIETY: The Poor State of the American Family

Harold Meyerson writes on the breakdown of the traditional family in the latest American Prospect:

The conservatives are right that one decade, at least in its metaphoric significance, can encapsulate the causes for the family's decline. But they've misidentified the decade. It's not the permissive '60s. It's the Reagan '80s.

Read it here

Speaking of which, it's funny how conservatives who bemoan the endangered state of American marriage never mention that it was Ronald Reagan who gave our country its first no-fault divorce law.

Friday, February 23, 2007

NEW FEATURE: The Notorious Book Club

I keep running across books I want to recommend to people, but seeing as how I just found one that is currently available online (and only online) that would be the perfect choice to launch the Notorious Book Club.

The book is called "The Authoritarians" by Bob Altemeyer, a psychology professor at the University of Manitoba (yes, it turns out they do have universities in Canada!) He has spent decades studying what makes members and leaders of "authoritarian" movements tick and has finally published his findings for the non-expert. If that name sounds familiar you might recognize him as the source of much of the groundwork in John Dean's recent "Conservatives Without Conscience", a book I can'tget anyone to read because they all say "eww! why would I want to read a book about Newt Gingrich and Dick Cheney?" Well, you won't have that problem with Professor Altemeyer's book, which is quite a fascinating read by someone who not only knows what he is talking about but is also a witty and engaging writer as well.

Anyway, enough blabbing by me. Here is where you can find "The Authoritarians".

And welcome to my book club. Now look under your seat--it's the key to a new car! Unless your neighbor stole it.

Monday, February 12, 2007

ELECTION '08: Worst Campaign Slogan Ever

Rudy Giulani, Republican candidate for president, doesn't seem to realize that the purpose of a campaign is to win. He let loose with this little gem the other day:

We are very fortunate to have President Bush... that's
the kind of president I would like to be.

San Fransisco Chronicle: "America's Mayor" praises Bush in speech

Good luck with that.

Monday, November 27, 2006

JOKE OF THE DAY: Some Posts Write Themselves

Is this the funniest freaking story ever?

New York Daily News: W library in record book; $500M center would be priciest for a Prez

Eager to begin refurbishing his tattered legacy, the President
hopes to raise $500 million to build his library and a think
tank at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. Bush lived
in Dallas until he was elected governor of Texas in 1995.

You must believe me, it just gets better after that. Where does one even begin?

Friday, November 24, 2006

IRAQ: Aww, Isn't That Nice

A conservative on another message board presented this to me as an "uplifting Thanksgiving story". This picture goes with it, of an American soldier comforting an Iraqi child (note the scars on her shaven head):

Now here's the warm, happy story behind the picture:

Got a tough, but heartwarming story and a picture of
John Gebhardt in Iraq. For those that did not know
John, he was our former Med Group Chief, Dave
Nordel replaced him. Anyway, his wife talked with
mine last evening and sent this picture. Mindy related
that this little girl's entire family was executed. They
intended to execute her also and shot her in the head
but they failed to kill her.

If this is the "good news" coming out of our occupation. . .