Messing with Texas

Apr
28

Hats off to Stuart Leavenworth, editorial page editor, The Sacramento Bee, who responds to complaints from Texan Gov. Perry about a cartoon that ran in his paper with the following reply:

Jack Ohman's cartoon of April 25 made a strong statement about Gov. Rick Perry's disregard for worker safety, and his attempts to market Texas as a place where industries can thrive with few regulations. It is unfortunate that Gov. Perry, and some on the blogosphere, have attempted to interpret the cartoon as being disrespectful of the victims of this tragedy. As Ohman has made clear on his blog, he has complete empathy for the victims and people living by the plant. What he finds offensive is a governor who would gamble with the lives of families by not pushing for the strongest safety regulations. Perry's letter is an attempt to distract people from that message.

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HuffPost Headline of the Day

Apr
26

Says it all...

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Health Care, Again

Apr
06

Ezra Klein has an extremely methodical take-down of what conservative columnist, Ben Domenech, bills as the "GOP's eight-point plan to replace Obamacare".

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Putting Ourselves in the Shoes of Others

Mar
16

Putting ourselves in the shoes of others is apparently a liberal tendency not shared by rightwingers. Jonathan Chait explains the difference using the conversion of Senator Rob Portman as an example.

By Portman's own account, in other words, he opposed gay marriage until he realized that opposition to gay marriage stands in the way of his own son’s happiness.

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Etch A Sketch: Obituary in the Obituary

Feb
03

I saw this AP piece about the death of Andre Cassagnes, inventor of the Etch A Sketch, in HuffPost. The final sentence read:

Etch A Sketches were made in Ohio until 2000, when the company moved production to China because of increasing costs.

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With Friends Like These (Chicago Tribune Ed.)

Jan
26

ChicagoTribune_logo.gif The spoiled brats over at the Chicago Tribune Editorial Board have some warm words of advice for Lisa Madigan should she decide to run for governor:

It will be in the best interest of the people of Illinois — and in the best interest of Lisa Madigan — that her father, Michael Madigan, step down as speaker of the Illinois House.

Lisa Madigan's independence and credibility as a candidate — and more important, as governor — will depend on her father.

"Independence and credibility" -- that's the ticket! Of course, this is the same bunch who endorsed right-winger Bill Brady for governor last time round. It's not likely they're going to support Lisa Madigan one way or another.

[h/t CapitolFax Blog]

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The 'Good Deal'

Jan
21

You know Paul Krugman's feeling well when he puts up a piece extolling the virtues of the Obama Administration calling it the "Big Deal". Here's Steve Benen's comment on it.

Now I know everyone's in a good mood at the moment but maybe we're going a bit too far? I'd be willing to settle for the 'Good Deal' or even the 'OK Deal'.

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Austerity in Greece a Huge Success? Time Will Tell

Jan
14

IMF Chief Christine Lagarde Sees Greece 'Reaping Benefits' of Austerity:

What technical analysis and the history of crisis management tells us, is that you're better off doing it [deficit reduction] strong and hard at the beginning in order to reap the benefits of the process

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Freedom and Groceries

Jan
13

Rick Perlstein in his "inaugural post" as a blogger over at The Nation gives the following definition of liberalism:

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