September, 2011

It’s called the Big Lie

By · Friday, September 23rd, 2011 · 10 Comments »

Interesting column from Kevin Drum about the GOP debate: The Power of Flat Out Lies. What he’s talking about is the Big Lie, though of course he doesn’t go there. Godwin’s Law, etc. But this kind of colossal lying is hardly limited to the Nazis. It’s a standard part of the modern propaganda toolkit. The […]

The stench of Republican propaganda

By · Tuesday, September 20th, 2011 · 10 Comments »

Yesterday I toyed briefly with the idea of writing a snarky satire on the latest manifestation of GOP speak. But it just disgusts me too much. “Job creators” is what they’re calling themselves now. Rich people, that is. “You can’t tax us! We’re job creators!” And expecting these rich people—excuse me, “job creators”—to pay at […]

DudeBros in the White House

By · Saturday, September 17th, 2011 · 28 Comments »

According to Ron Suskind’s new book, Confidence Men: Wall Street, Washington, and the Education of a President, Obama’s White House is a sexist boys’ club. From the Washington Post: In an excerpt obtained by The Post, a female senior aide to President Obama called the White House a hostile environment for women. “This place would […]

Where things stand

By · Friday, September 16th, 2011 · 11 Comments »

“Poll: Americans optimistic about Hillary Clinton presidency,” reads the the headline from CNN. The temporal confusion in that statement fascinates me. Is it possible to be optimistic about an alternate history, about a past possibility that has no future potential? Never mind; we all understand what the hapless headline writer was trying to convey. Americans […]

Elizabeth Warren: our next best hope?

By · Wednesday, September 14th, 2011 · 38 Comments »

She’s in: Elizabeth Warren is running for the Senate. Now we’ll see how she does as a pol. I have no idea about that, which is why I’m only cautiously hopeful. What we need, of course, is a real populist Democrat in the halls of power; what we need is a rising star; what we […]

Ten years on, the non-reality-based kabuki continues

By · Monday, September 12th, 2011 · 22 Comments »

Yesterday Paul Krugman published a brief column decrying the shameful way 9/11 was hijacked and exploited. That the tragedy was, indeed, hijacked to serve a prior agenda is simply a fact, which all reasonable people understand. For example, here’s an excerpt from Richard Clarke’s Against All Enemies, describing the conversations happening in the White House […]

What happens when the plumbing no longer works?

By · Monday, September 12th, 2011 · 2 Comments »

Michael Arad’s design for the 9/11 Memorial is beautiful. As I noted yesterday, it’s extraordinarily effective, especially when the light is golden and the surroundings are still. The sound of those waterfalls is eerie. But what happens when the plumbing no longer works? What will this memorial look like centuries from now? (Or decades from […]

The hero dogs of 9/11

By · Sunday, September 11th, 2011 · 20 Comments »

September 11 makes me tired and sad. Last night I found myself reading Mohamed Atta’s Instructions for the Last Night, which simply renewed my gratitude that Mayor Bloomberg is keeping religion out of the ceremonies today. Surely, if there is any day on which we should have freedom from religion, it’s September 11. A friend […]