The Whistle In The Wind

Poor Jon Chait.

He had the audacity to question whether the right of free speech comes with a responsibility on the part of both the speaker and the listener, and got hammered for it. In other words, he took on “political correctness” and in what may be one of the grandest moments […]

Arianna Huffington Post wants you to DESTRESS!

Arianna Huffington Post (I wonder if she is related to the late Marjorie Merriweather Post) was on “The Daily Show” last week, introducing her new book, Thrive. It wasn’t clear from the way she explained it, or perhaps from the unrelated conversation she was having with Jon Stewart, what the book is about. It’s something […]

Veto By Not Vetoing

Jan Brewer was really between a rock and a hard case this week, with the passage of SB1062, which I refer to as the Jim Peacock Law. I’m surprised how deftly she manuevered around it:


Cryptome releases hack of US and UK Syrian rebel supporters – Hersh critics

Cryptome is a web site devoted to promoting transparency by publishing leaks on a variety of current topics of the day. John Young and Deborah Natsios founded Cryptome in 1996. It is considered a precursor to Wikileaks. The site just posted a series of links from an anonymous source claiming that Elliot Higgins of the […]

‘They stole our dreams': blogger reveals cost of reporting Mexico’s drug wars

The Guardian Exclusive:

For three years it has chronicled Mexico’s drug war with graphic images and shocking stories that few others dare show, drawing millions of readers, acclaim, denunciations – and speculation about its author’s identity.

Blog del Narco, an internet sensation dubbed a “front-row seat” to Mexico’s agony over drugs, has become a must-read […]

Citizen Journalism in Egypt – Egyptian Chronicles

News sources are always a challenge. It is even more difficult when looking for decent citizen journalists, particularly in foreign countries. I’ve been reading an excellent blog out of Egypt for a while, The Egyptian Chronicles. The blogger is Zeinobia, an Egyptian woman, maybe a student or college faculty member. Events in Egypt are dynamic […]

Fostering Understanding

I love what Jodie Foster did last night at the Golden Globes. It was a magnificently snarky yet polite way of telling people to f-off. The juice quote, as far as I’m concerned: But now I’m told, apparently, that every celebrity is expected to honor the details of their private life with a press […]

A Schmear With Your Hagel?

OK, now that things have settled down a bit, I’m ready to take on what I think will be the key issue over the next few weeks: filling Obama’s Cabinet. John Kerry should be a slam-dunk for Secretary of State. Yes, the Swift Boaters are rearing their ugly heads again, but now that John Corsi […]

Contemplating anonymity

What Turned Jaron Lanier Against The Web?

Whole article is worth reading – and thinking about.

Lanier was one of the creators of our current digital reality and now he wants to subvert the “hive mind,” as the web world’s been called, before it engulfs us all, destroys political discourse, economic stability, the dignity of […]

All I want for Christmas …

… is for John Hinderaker to experience one moment of complete, unambiguous clarity.

Now. Not Tomorrow. Not Next Week. Now.

The assault weapons ban must be put back in place, immediately. If President Obama has to risk looking like “He’s comin’ fer our gunz,” then so be it. We shouldn’t have to explain to the parents of the next school shooting, “It wasn’t the right time to talk about banning assault rifles and semi-automatic pistols.” […]

Owen Gleiberman Reviews “Zero Dark Thirty,” Says Message of Film Is That Torture “Worked.”

The film is about the hunt for Osama bin Laden, culminating in the raid in 2010 in which OBL was killed. No one disputes that. That’s what the film is about. The scenes of detainees being tortured are obviously within that context. Now, it’s true that people in the CIA and others associated with the […]

Breaking: IAEA Inspectors Are As Smart As Bloggers

I’ve been thinking this for some time, haven’t said it, so I know I don’t get credit, but both Mark Hibbs and Julian Borger said it today: IAEA inspectors had the same questions about that AP graph purporting to show Iranian nuclear weapon calculations that a number of bloggers and other commentators, including me, brought […]

The End of His Story

Back in 1992, all-around idiot Francis Fukuyama posited the end of history. His rationale was, now that the Soviet Union was dead and the then-nascent Chinese economy was tooling up to be globally competitive, the ideology of liberal democracy married to capitalism would take hold and the world would enter a glorious era of unicorns […]

ZOMG! Obama Didn’t Mention God!

Obama didn’t explicitly reference the Christian God in his thanksgiving speech!!!!

Maybe he didn’t want to exclude the millions who are Hindu, Muslim, Atheist, Wiccan, Agnostic and a thousand other colors of faith or non-faith. I mean, what is he – President of all Americans or National High Priest?

But oh boy are the […]