BY TAYLOR MARSH While I was away all hell broke loose. In the last twenty-four hours Wesley Clark called John McCain out on judgment, something that is correct and a sound shot questioning McCain’s competence on national security. But what everyone heard and reported was something else, with a little lunacy thrown in by a [...]
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BY TAYLOR MARSH –updated– UPDATE from Obama camp sent to me earlier today when I was traveling: “Senator Obama had a terrific conversation with President Clinton and is honored to have his support in this campaign. He has always believed that Bill Clinton is one of this nation’s great leaders and most brilliant minds, and [...]
guest post by Linfar Hillary supports Barack because she wants women’s rights. And so does he. Should the state control female sexuality? Should the government control a woman’s ability to reproduce? Or should the woman control her own body? This issue defines our era. Both Islamic Fundamentalists and Christian Fundamentalists may go to war over [...]
–updated– But first, let’s Play Count the Women on the Sunday Shows, a regular game around here. … … Um, that was quick. Meet the men, which is swell, but not one woman on the Sunday shows. Awesome. We’ll likely see them on the pundit panels, but they’re absent on the big line ups. Governors [...]
Guest post by Scan Simply a great song from a great band. From the masterful 1984 album Reckoning, here’s “So. Central Rain (I’m Sorry)” by R.E.M. Open thread. What’s shakin’ out there in the internet tubes?
Guest post by Scan …and this graphic illustrates why. Despite winning the nomination in a year when any Democrat should win the general election in a cakewalk, despite Clinton’s impassioned endorsement of his candidacy on June 7th, and despite the fawning media coverage that continues unabated…according to Gallup, it’s been a dead heat this week. [...]
Announced today: The Obama campaign announced today that Senator Obama will be traveling overseas to assess the situation in countries that are critical to American national security, and to consult with close friends and allies. Senator Obama will visit France, Germany, Israel, Jordan and the United Kingdom where he will consult with the leaders of [...]
Guest post by Scan It’s good to start the day off with some laughs. What’s going on this weekend?
Guest post by Scan It's the story of the week. If you haven't watched it, here's your chance. In her speech, Hillary's commitment to the country she loves was obvious. It was the reason she was on that stage and the reason she has held nothing back in endorsing her former opponent. She knows full [...]
Guest post by Scan Could be. They looked and sounded quite good together today. More importantly, it would be landslide victory if the two of them could find a way to make it happen. Just what I think. What about you? Open thread.
–updated– “I’m proud that we had a spirited dialog. That’s the nicest way I could think of saying it. … We are one party. We are one America. … … Senator McCain and President Bush are like two sides of the same coin and it doesn’t amount to a whole lot of change.” – Hillary [...]
BY TAYLOR MARSH On foreign policy and national security issues, John McCain is the wrong man for the times. In fact, with Pat Buchanan saying McCain makes Cheney look like Gandhi, it’s hard to judge where McCain’s neoconservatism fits. Certainly not in the modern era. ….But Ted Galen Carpenter of the Cato Institute, a libertarian [...]
The symbolism was important. Yesterday, news reports that some Clinton donors were miffed at Obama for not offering a cash gesture of good will was in the news. Obama obviously got the message, because tonight at the Mayflower Hotel both Barack and Michelle Obama ponied up. Senator Barack Obama said on Thursday that he had [...]
BY TAYLOR MARSH …and not a moment too soon. This has been a tough couple of weeks for any Clinton supporter. It had to have been hell for Hillary. Those of us who have sucked it up and moved, just like Clinton, over to the presumptive nominee have had to swallow our dreams, at least [...]
guestpost by Linfar The recent untimely death of Tim Russert which prompted an outpouring of praise and adulation for the host of Sunday morning’s Meet the Press, dumbfounded me. Â If others were shocked by his death, I was equally shocked by the around the clock panegyric to his father, his son and his Catholicism– his [...]
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IN AN amazing interview with the Guardian on Sunday titled, appropriately, “Michael Douglas on Liberace, Cannes, cancer and cunnilingus,” the movie star does the biggest public service message for HPV and sexually transmitted diseases that’s been done in a generation. The Internet exploded with shock at what was taken as a revelation. It’s like thinking giving head to a man infected with HIV won’t leave its mark, too, though that’s more commonly talked about.
But your individual circumstances and mine should not hide the fact that there is an ideal and optimal family arrangement whether we in our own lives can meet it. – Erick Erickson, in “The Truth May Hurt, But Is Not Mean” AFTER BEING blasted for his patriarchal grunt, Erick Erickson now gets very defensive. How can you tell?
Ms Garraway, 46, is fronting a campaign to encourage young women to think about fertility and giving birth much younger than “her generation”. As part of the campaign, Ms Garraway spent a day being transformed into a heavily pregnant 70 year-old by Adrian Rigby, a prosthetic make-up artist, to “shock and provoke debate about how old is too old to have a baby”. [UK Telegraph] LOOKING at relationships, I find it telling that casual writers on the subject give marriage advice that hinges on bringing back the feminine mystique years and suggesting marrying younger would solve the problems that only better and smarter choices can conquer.
“Having mom as primary bread winner is bad for kids and bad for marriage.” – Erick Erickson IT HAS become a conservative chant lately, the latest from Erick Erickson. “War on men” from Suzanne Venker, Megan McArdle saying women should marry younger, they’re all attempting to resurrect Freud’s biology is destiny.
THE 21st century world offers ways to tweak your appearance, or alter it altogether, with women finally able to combat directly the comparison that’s always been around. Men look distinguished as they age, while women look old, unattractive, or to use Rush Limbaugh’s favorite comment, who wants to look at a woman with wrinkles? The 2012 plastic surgery statistics are out and the American Society of Plastic Surgery tells the story.
The real question about Hillary is this: When people take a new look at her in the coming years, will they see the past or the future — Mrs. Clinton or Madam President? – Maureen Dowd IT’S A classic front page from Huffington Post, coupled with a post by Jason Linkins, which details what’s been going on.
Visit NBCNews.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy “Here’s what nobody is telling you: Find a husband on campus before you graduate. Yes, I went there.
“Norma Rae is a survivor and for the first time in her life she’s got a chance to become something more… a winner.” – Promo for “Norma Rae” CRITICS like Anne-Marie Slaughter, but especially Maureen I-Love-My-Pearls Dowd, and others [most of whom didn't read the book or do their homework] who are blaming Sheryl Sandberg for being a billionaire Ivy League graduate, while accusing her of letting corporations and government off the hook, are missing a major point.
Great sex doesn’t always just happen. Sometimes, it takes a little planning, especially if — like many Americans — you’ve been in a bit of a sex rut. Do some prep work by turning your bedroom into a love nest: Make the bed (with new, or at least clean, sheets), tidy up, light a candle or two, and queue up a sexy playlist on your iPod.
“You Don’t Own Me” PSA -Official from You Don't Own Me on Vimeo. WHO DOESN’T know the song “You Don’t Own Me,” sung by Leslie Gore? The movie First Wives Club helped to reignite the relevancy of the song.
“Last night I interviewed Jill Stein the presidential candidate for the Green Party on this show. And I confess right now, I should have asked her to just get out of the race.” – Jennifer Granholm, “The War Room” [Current TV] THE ARGUMENT Jennifer Granholm makes above is a tactic that no longer fits the times.
“With that drum magazine, he could have gotten off 50, 60 rounds, even if it was semiautomatic, within one minute,” Chief Oates said. [New York Times] IN THE GAPING MAW of our leadership vacuum stands Aurora Police Chief Daniel Oates, whose resolve, vulnerability and humility inside the vortex of a man made hell revealed what nobody in Congress or either political party has shown in decades. Leadership without regard to anything but his own duty to the people, which included the cops in the eye of volcanic carnage.
*updated below* So much for keep calm and carry on, what Joe Scarborough proclaims to be his motto. It was the weirdest one-on-one back and forth with a high profile talking head imaginable. It makes high school look mature.
**UPDATED** Would we be any worse off with Stephen Colbert as president? I doubt it. Politifact has watched the video “(repeatedly!
Despite rising public concern about the federal budget deficit, Americans favor keeping Social Security and Medicare benefits as they are rather than taking steps to reduce the budget deficit (by 60% vs. 32%). – Public Wants Changes in Entitlements, Not Changes in Benefits This is starting early, so it’s time to revisit the facts.
“If we can prove that a biological attack originated in a country that attacked us, then all bets are off.” – Sect. Hillary Clinton Women can do it, too.
The interview with Obama by George Stephanopoulos wasn’t nearly as contentious as the interview with the Edwardses. No Republican talking points from Stephanopoulos yesterday, like when he accused Edwards of abandoning the troops with this beauty: “Do you think the Democrats should be saddled with the idea of completely cutting off funding for the troops?” Or this one: “You know, a lot of Democrats still in the Senate think that your position here is cynical political theater.
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