Op-Ed Columnist - Making America Stupid - Op-Ed - NYTimes.com: "Who cares how much steel John McCain has in his gut when the steel that today holds up our bridges, railroads, nuclear reactors and other infrastructure is rusting? McCain talks about how he would build dozens of nuclear power plants. Oh, really? They go for $10 billion a pop. Where is the money going to come from? From lowering taxes? From banning abortions? From borrowing more from China? From having Sarah Palin ‘reform’ Washington — as if she has any more clue how to do that than the first 100 names in the D.C. phonebook?"
Op-Ed Columnist - The Palin-Whatshisname Ticket - Op-Ed - NYTimes.com: "The question today: What kind of president would Sarah Palin be? It’s an urgent matter, because if we’ve learned anything from the G.O.P. convention and its aftermath, it’s that the 2008 edition of John McCain is too weak to serve as America’s chief executive. This unmentionable truth, more than race, is now the real elephant in the room of this election.
"No longer able to remember his principles any better than he can distinguish between Sunnis and Shia, McCain stands revealed as a guy who can be easily rolled by anyone who sells him a plan for ‘victory,’ whether in Iraq or in Michigan. A McCain victory on Election Day will usher in a Palin presidency, with McCain serving as a transitional front man, an even weaker Bush to her Cheney."
If McCain is elected our foreign energy dependence is going to last as long as the culture war. A long, long time.
Daily Kos: Boxer Fights Back: "Last night at the Republican National Convention, John McCain used the word 'fight' more than 40 times in his speech."
In the 16 years that we have served together in the Senate, I have seen John McCain fight. I have seen him fight against raising the federal minimum wage 14 times. I have seen him fight against making sure that women earn equal pay for equal work. I have seen him fight against a women's right to choose so consistently that he received a zero percent vote rating from pro-choice organizations. I have seen him fight against helping families gain access to birth control. I have seen him fight against Social Security, even going so far as to call its current funding system 'an absolute disgrace.' And I saw him fight against the new GI Bill of Rights until it became politically untenable for him to do so. John McCain voted with President Bush 95 percent of the time in 2007 and 100 percent of the time in 2008 -- that's no maverick. We do have two real fighters for change in this election -- their names are Barack Obama and Joe Biden.
If you said "D." you win a front row seat to the decline and fall. Here is a list: Stop Sarah Palin! The Books She Wanted BANNED! « Mike Cane 2008. These books she wanted banned from the PUBLIC library, not, say, a school library (which would have been bad enough)> Honestly, I've never heard of a public servant trying anything on the level in book banning. I'm sure there are others, but I just haven't heard about them. Palin later tried to fire the librarian.
Update: This list has not been validated (or vetted). The article in TIME discusses the allegation that Palin sought to bans books she found objectionable, and also that she tried to fire the city librarian as well as other city officials over "loyalty issues" but so far I can't find any confirmed list of what books, if any, she actually identified for banning.
When I first caught The Middleman I thought it was a mildly amusing Men in Black meets "Buffy-parody" fun summer series, with the added advantage of a very fetching Natalie Morales as Wendy "Dub-dub" Watson. As the season continued and the pop culture references piled up, I thinks it's more that that: a charming campy, sci-fi/hipster/comic book nutty soup of clever goodness. Sort of like the 1960's Batman series, but with story continuity. I hope it comes back next year. Ratings were weak, I heard. First couple episodes aren't much, but it gets better each week.
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