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In The Garden Of Evil And Eviler

Jama Oliver is disappointed in James Dobson's 180 degree turn on John McCain:
Sorry folks, but if you vote for the “lesser of the two evils,” you still end up with evil in the end. Unless we stop being weenies and actually vote for the best man for the job, we will never get a decent national candidate. We will continue to get the same non-choice for president that we’ve been stuck with every four years for as long as I’ve been following politics.
Jul 21, 2008 5:22 PM

First, You Get The Money, Then You Get The Power, Then You Can Commit The Genocide

Paul Craig Roberts wonders why some leaders get called out as war criminals and others don't:
I have no sympathy for people who make others suffer. Nevertheless, I wonder at the International Criminal Court’s pick from the assortment of war criminals. Why al-Bashir?Is it because Sudan is a powerless state, and the International Criminal Court hasn’t the courage to name George W. Bush and Tony Blair as war criminals? Bush and Blair’s crimes against humanity in Iraq and Afghanistan dwarf, at least in the number of deaths and displaced persons, the terrible situation in Darfur. The highest estimate of Darfur casualties is 400,000, one-third the number of Iraqis who have died as a result of Bush’s invasion. Moreover, the conflict in the Sudan is an internal one, whereas Bush illegally invaded two foreign countries—war crimes under the Nuremberg Standard.
Jul 21, 2008 4:50 PM

Just A Bunch Of Disparate Folks Contributing To The Same GDP

Former Tennessean columnist asserts that there is no American culture:
In Utica, NY, in the 1990s, I actually came across people living there who still only spoke Italian. So Crisp's comment about the immigrants of the past being more committing to this nation's culture (there is NOT an American culture) is an incredibly nasty plop of horse manure. I wish I could be more articulate like Mr. Kotz, but that's my failing. The sons and daughters of today's Hispanic immigrants are picking up English immediately and translating for their folks to various authorities. TV has been one instrument of learning. Survival amid a hostile environment is another. But by the next generation, many of these Hispanic households will only speak ENGLISH -- on their own, not forced by a silly referendum.
Jul 21, 2008 4:03 PM

Crazy Jealous

Apparently forgetting about the 90%+ approval ratings he was clocking in the days after the Gulf War, George H. W. Bush expresses a bit of envy at the kind of love Barack Obama is getting these days:
There’s been plenty of second-guessing from Republican critics about Barack Obama's large-scale public events and speeches scheduled for his visit to Europe this week — but former President George H.W. Bush isn't one of them. Asked today whether, as a former head of state who has a sensitivity about protocol, he has any thoughts about the appropriateness of Obama's planned events, the former President replied, "A little jealous, is all."
Jul 21, 2008 3:30 PM

Where's The Money Coming From?

The Southern Beale wants to know who is funding Eric Crafton's English First amendment push and she wants to know now:
I'm thinking about how much money it has taken for all of the robocalls, mailings, petitions, etc. There's some big bucks behind this amendment push, no doubt about it. Yet the financing of this campaign is all very murky. Eric Crafton won't say where the financial backing for his initiative is coming from, except the cryptic "from folks." I still can't believe that there isn't a reporter in this town who has been able to find out where all the money for this stuff is coming from. No, scratch that, I can believe it. Short of recycling record company press releases and AP wire copy, our local press is basically useless.
Jul 21, 2008 3:25 PM

The Cold Hard Realism Of Hope

Fareed Zakaria calls Barack Obama the real conservative in the race for President -- when it comes to foreign policy:
Against that backdrop, Obama has been strikingly honest about his inclinations and inspirations. True, he begins by praising Harry Truman's administration, which in the foreign-policy world is a little like saying you admire George Washington. (Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and John McCain have all cited Truman as a model.) But then Obama takes an unusual step, for a Democrat, and praises the administration of George H.W. Bush, one that is often seen as the most hardheaded or coldblooded (depending on your point of view) in recent memory. Obama has done this more than once, most recently in a conversation with me last week on CNN. And he is explicit about what he means. "It's an argument between ideology and foreign-policy realism. I have enormous sympathy for the foreign policy of George H.W. Bush," he told The New York Times's David Brooks in May.
Jul 21, 2008 3:11 PM

The "Everybody Does It" Defense

A West Tennessee blogger breaks down what he thinks is an unfair smear on Marsha Blackburn:
First an overdramatic headline: "Son-in-law capitalizes on ties to Blackburn". Perfect! Then report the truth: Paul Ketchel III, husband of Blackburn's daughter Mary Morgan, is a registered lobbyist. Some of his clients are companies that fall under the jurisdiction of the House Energy and Commerce Committee of which Rep. Blackburn is a member. This is a matter of public record and is completely legal Follow the facts with a lot of hypothetical wrongdoing (as if Ketchel's mere profession as a lobbyist is a crime). They quote Craig Holman of Public Citizen who goes on about the "appearance and perception of potential corruption." Translation: nothing illegal or unethical has happened, Craig Holman just thinks it looks bad.
Jul 21, 2008 2:51 PM

TNGOP Communication Director Miffed At Press Conference's Poor Attendance

From the Hobbsichord:
Funny, you'd think a visit to Nashville by a former Fortune 500 CEO who is one of John McCain's top advisers, especially on economic and business issues, (and who also is mentioned as McCain's possible vice presidential nominee) would have drawn a little more media interest, especially on what is, otherwise, a moderately slow news day around these parts. Maybe the economy and the presidential race just isn't a big story these days.
SEE ALSO: Braisted discusses the job description of a communications director.
Jul 21, 2008 2:31 PM

You Too can Endorse Cohen

Via Rick Maynard of the Steve Cohen for Congress campaign:
We are adding a new feature to the site -- Citizen Endorsements. While it’s certainly great to get endorsements from organizations, we want to show conclusively that Steve Cohen is the choice of the people. So we’re asking our supporters, our friends, and even our staff and volunteers to write a brief testimonial endorsing Steve Cohen For Congress. Please send them to admin@cohenforcongress.com .
Jul 21, 2008 2:06 PM


Phil Bredesen will be using the school system as a way to boost participation in CoverKids:
The state will be sending out 1.5 million flyers to public school students to boost enrollment in the state's health insurance program for low-income families.
Jul 21, 2008 1:35 PM