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Rummaging through the archives / Awards Sunday

Newspaper archive

I finally got around to reading Jeffrey Goldberg’s essay about the upcoming war against Iran. I had pretty much the same reaction many people who remember the run up the Iraq war had: “Oh no! One of those who helped pushed the Iraq war with bogus arguments is back with another war. Why should we listen to ANY of those who got it so wrong last time?”

I went beyond the Iraq war and started wondering how badly people have to be wrong about a major event or a major topic before we stop caring about any opinion they utter. Why do we stop taking someone who has produced a giant stinking pile of dung seriously?

The last major even we had in this country was the 2008 political season. I went through my archives and reviewed some stuff some bloggers and pundits have written. It was all so good I decided to award some prizes. See if you agree with me or if you some suggestions.


Best “why-would-anybody-still-care-about-anything-this-pundit-has-to-say-about-anything” column

Who can forget the hagiography written by Andrew Sullivan about how Obama and Obama alone, MUST be President NOW? It was probably THE momentous piece of dreck essay of the political season of 2008.

Goodbye to All That: Why Obama Matters

In politics, timing matters. And the most persuasive case for Obama has less to do with him than with the moment he is meeting. The moment has been a long time coming, and it is the result of a confluence of events, from one traumatizing war in Southeast Asia to another in the most fractious country in the Middle East. The legacy is a cultural climate that stultifies our politics and corrupts our discourse.

Obama’s candidacy in this sense is a potentially transformational one. Unlike any of the other candidates, he could take America—finally—past the debilitating, self-perpetuating family quarrel of the Baby Boom generation that has long engulfed all of us. So much has happened in America in the past seven years, let alone the past 40, that we can be forgiven for focusing on the present and the immediate future. But it is only when you take several large steps back into the long past that the full logic of an Obama presidency stares directly—and uncomfortably—at you.

At its best, the Obama candidacy is about ending a war—not so much the war in Iraq, which now has a momentum that will propel the occupation into the next decade—but the war within America that has prevailed since Vietnam and that shows dangerous signs of intensifying, a nonviolent civil war that has crippled America at the very time the world needs it most. It is a war about war—and about culture and about religion and about race. And in that war, Obama—and Obama alone—offers the possibility of a truce.

Wow! Isn’t Andrew Sullivan a sage?


Most prescient post written in the election season of 2008

This column was written on 12/07/06. This blogger’s premonition was stunning. Is this really who we are?

The Serial Killing of Hillary Rodham Clinton: How and Why She Is Doomed in 2008

Hillary will go down in the primary cycle, at the hands of activist Democrats themselves, her people, her base. This the press will read as deep and thrilling Greek tragedy. (You can already see this in the breathless press accounts of the way in which Obama might steal Hillary’s African-American constituency out from under her.)

Do I believe this? Yes. Am I happy about it? No. Because the serial hunting of Hillary is an expression of the worst American impulses, our obsession with personalities and the childish cruelty built into our current journalistic institutions.

[…]

In short, if Hillary flies, we will torture her and pull off her wings. It’s who we still are.

Keep in mind this was written before either Hillary or Obama officially declared their intention to run for POTUS.


Most insightful post of the political season of 2008

On the eve of Ted Kennedy’s official endorsement of Barack Obama, faux-Conservative Jon Swift wrote a thought-provoking, very insightful and witty column about the real reason for the column. (On a sad note, Jon Swift aka Al Weisel passed on early this year, way too soon. May he RIP.)

Why the Kennedys Are Endorsing Obama

Like Kennedy, Obama is young, handsome and inspiring and he represents the passing of the torch to a new generation. But it is not just that Obama reminds them of Kennedy, it is also that the Clintons remind them of Lyndon Johnson. And if there is anything that the Kennedys don’t like, it’s a bunch of hillbillies in the White House, which is being kept in trust until a competent Kennedy can be groomed to take it back for its rightful owners. Until that time Obama will do.

[…]

No one loved the Kennedys and hated Johnson more than liberals and the liberal media and they feel the same way about the Clintons. “Is the right right on the Clintons?” liberal pundit Jonathan Chait asks in an article in the Los Angeles Times. For years conservatives have been saying that the Clintons give politics a bad name. We look back with nostalgia to a time when gentlemanly Democrats like Michael Dukakis, Walter Mondale, George McGovern and Hubert Humphrey lost elections with grace and dignity. They didn’t go around smearing their opponents and cynically triangulating the way the Clintons do. Now many liberals and members of the liberal media are coming around to thinking we’ve been right all along.

Jon Swift´s sharp witticism will never be matched.


Best damned column of the political season of 2008

This most coveted prize goes to my peeps at BAR. This is one of my favorite columns of all time. You can pick any paragraph and highlight it, which makes it so hard to excerpt. It exposes so much delusion. Just go read it for yourself.

So Long Suckers

The Obama campaign slogan ought to be “Never give a sucker an even break.” It isn’t clear which sight is more painful to watch, the progressives who fell for the hype and are now heart broken or the cynics who knew the game all along and now applaud the campaign’s increasingly rightward shift.

[…]

The endless claims of change were phony and almost everyone knew it. It was never a matter of sounding the alarm to unsuspecting Obamaites, it was a matter of exposing political hucksters who found a new source of unsuspecting marks.

If there were any true political organizing in American politics, the Obama sham would be seen for what it is. Instead corrupt Democratic leaders sell snake oil, and the rank and file go along in confusion or succumb to paralysis out of fear of electing John McCain. Because progressives never fought the good fight amongst themselves, they still don’t know what their agenda ought to be, or worse yet, they don’t even know they should have one. Falling for high flown rhetoric became a substitute for hard headed political decision making.

Damn this column is good. It was written on 07/01/08, right after Obama secured the nomination and it gets better each time I read it.


Best column to keep just for the sake of making fun of its author

This one was probably my easiest pick: The famous “Out with party silos, in with squishy goo-goos” column from Chris Bower about how Obama was remaking the Democratic Party. All of TC front-pagers and regular commenter know this column. I challenge anyone out there to come up with something this guffaw inducing.

Changing Of the Guard

Cultural Shift: Out with Bubbas, up with Creatives: There should be a major cultural shift in the party, where the southern Dems and Liebercrat elite will be largely replaced by rising creative class types. Obama has all the markers of a creative class background, from his community organizing, to his Unitarianism, to being an academic, to living in Hyde Park to shopping at Whole Foods and drinking PBR. These will be the type of people running the Democratic Party now, and it will be a big cultural shift from the white working class focus of earlier decades. Given the demographics of the blogosphere, in all likelihood, this is a socioeconomic and cultural demographic into which you fit. Culturally, the Democratic Party will feel pretty normal to netroots types. It will consistently send out cultural signals designed to appeal primarily to the creative class instead of rich donors and the white working class.

ROFLOL!!!


Vilest op-ed of the political season of 2008

Originally, I designated this op-ed as “assholish”, but then I thought I was taking it too lightly. The column was just vile. A random comment displayed on the side box gives you an idea:

“Last week Hillary Clinton was a monster. Now she’s the Ku Klux Klan? … This is the real fear mongering.”Julia Stewart, St. Louis, MO

The Red Phone in Black and White

I have spent my life studying the pictures and symbols of racism and slavery, and when I saw the Clinton ad’s central image — innocent sleeping children and a mother in the middle of the night at risk of mortal danger — it brought to my mind scenes from the past. I couldn’t help but think of D. W. Griffith’s “Birth of a Nation,” the racist movie epic that helped revive the Ku Klux Klan, with its portrayal of black men lurking in the bushes around white society. The danger implicit in the phone ad — as I see it — is that the person answering the phone might be a black man, someone who could not be trusted to protect us from this threat.

How can anyone of Orlando Patterson’s students take him seriously after that?


As a bonus, I’m getting out of the political season of 2008 to hand another prize: I don’t know if this should some sort of Lifetime Achievement Award.

Best “Why-isn’t-the-author-of-this-insanity-in-an-insane-asylum” column

It was clear to me something written by Peggy Noonan would be a strong contender in such category. In fact I think Peggy has often proven that she’s certifiably insane, yet people still take her seriously. The column she wrote after the FBI removed Elian Gonzalez from him Miami relatives and hand him to his biological father is hard to beat in it’s level of craziness. In it, she actually believed the story about dolphins forming an army and going to war against white sharks and delivering young Elian to fishermen. Or something like that.

Why Did They Do It?

From the beginning it was a story marked by the miraculous. It was a miracle a six-year-old boy survived the storm at sea and floated safely in an inner tube for two days and nights toward shore; a miracle that when he tired and began to slip, the dolphins who surrounded him like a contingent of angels pushed him upward; a miracle that a fisherman saw him bobbing in the shark-infested waters and scooped him aboard on the morning of Nov. 25, 1999, the day celebrated in America,the country his mother died bringing him to, as Thanksgiving.

Here’s Ms Noonan in the same column speculating why Clinton had the gall the let the feds act:

Was Mr. Clinton being blackmailed? The Starr report tells us of what the president said to Monica Lewinsky about their telephone sex: that there was reason to believe that they were monitored by a foreign intelligence service. Naturally the service would have taped the calls, to use in the blackmail of the president. Maybe it was Mr. Castro’s intelligence service,or that of a Castro friend.

This is not really surprising from the woman who thought James Caviezel was actually Jesus and who ran around during the political season of 2008 accusing Hillary Clinton of being the owner of Hillary is 44.


What is in your archive? Who is your award recipient? Feel free to come up with your own prize. It doesn’t necessarily have to be the 2008 election cycle or even politics.

102 Responses

  1. I never heard of that Baruth fellow before now. He nailed it.

  2. I wasn’t interested in the election in 2006 or 2007, I missed lots. Thank you for the selecting from such a large archive such great articles.

  3. Hey Mablue2!

    Do you have any of our exchanges with that idiot Obot Mark Haverty from Taylor Marsh BEFORE she sold out?? 😛

    • That would be good but no. Did she keep her archives? Those would be great to rummage through.

      • the archives of the comment sections from the election are gone

        btw, Taylor invited me to guest blog at her TM on Saturdays…basically I just crosspost some of the stuff I already crosspost here.

        • I think it is great to have a young voice, that is intelligent and more importantly has a questioning mind. (((WTV Fan Club ‘I knew her when’ 🙂 )))

      • Doesn’t matter. Your article selection is simply brilliant. It evokes a wave of anger for how those of us that only sought to ask “Who is this man?” were villified and belittled. Some of those article were the DIRECT origin of that nastiness.

        And what has it brought us?

        A president that in less than 2 years, has vacation HALF as much as President Clinton did in 8. A president that has turned his back on the people that elected him (gays, women, blacks, etc). A president that has no respect on the world scene. A president more concerned about his image and how he can get re-elected than the problems of the American people. A president more concerned about a non-exsistent racial debate rather than an ecological nightmare.

        We got Bush III.

        Thank you Democratic establishment. Thank you Journolist. Thank you mainstream media……

        Asshats…..

        Hillary 2012

        • BRAVO!!!

          He is a bamboozler. A hustler. An empty suit.

          Given to us through manipulative cheating by the Democratic Party leadership, who actually despise the very people they purport to care about.

          Asshats.

          (Great post, MaBlue….reading the articles brought it all back.)

  4. Don’t even get me started on links, LOL

    • I’m actually curious about what would come out of your vaunted archive. It’s feared by everyone who has ever posted anything on the Intertubz.

      • I actually can’t stay chained to my laptop/blackberry/itouch this Sunday! If I get a chance I may take a stab at a sequel to your great idea here later this week though, if that’s ok with you.

        • That’s fine.

          Trips through the archives are always fun.

        • Wow, I hope you do that Wonk!

          MABlue, this post is brilliant! It’s been long enough that it doesn’t feel like I’m being stabbed through the heart when I read these columns–most of the time. I agree it does pay to remember them and the people who helped bring us to the awful place we’re in right now.

          Isn’t it interesting that it was libertarians like Andrew Sullivan who were pushing Obama early on and left-wing African Amercans like the writers at BAR that were sounding the alarm bells?

          • For some reason, those guys and gals at BAR had Obama’s number early on.

          • They sure did. I tried posting some links to BAR stories at the Cheeto. I’m sure you can guess what the response was.

          • Glen Ford may be the best political writer in America. They always have their story straight.

          • (Couldn’t nest this.) I agree with RalphB.

            I follow Glen Ford. I think that he has about the clearest take on any issues that he addresses. He does not hold back, mince words or seem to take any sides, except that of humanity.

    • Do you remember the column that Peggy wrote, not recently, where she was role-playing an African-American kid and the entire column is in some kind of dialect known only to Peggy? I’ve tried to find this a million times because I think it’s actually worse than Elian Gonzalez, but no luck.

      • LOL!

        I would like to read that. Do you roughly remember what that tripe was about?

        I can’t believe people are still taking Peggy Noonan seriously.

        • I don’t, I just remember that it was excruciatingly painful. One of those situations where you don’t know whether to laugh or lapse into the sweet release of catatonia. But while Peggy is certifiable, the fact that she must have an editor somewhere who allows her to put these things out under her own name is the most disturbing thing about it.

          • the editorial board wants it out there, that’s the sad part. Do you remember roughly what time period it was?

          • I know what you mean and I’ve seen Peggy so often in action. That’s why I’m dying to find that column.

            I remember when she was on Larry King after the passing of the Pope. She reminded us how she talked to James Caviezel and I’m thinking “why isn’t anyone one the panel bursting in laughter?”

          • I found Peggy Noonan’s archive of columns back to 2000. Anyone want to search through them for the one Seriously remembers? I tried looking, but wasn’t quite sure what to look for. Here’s the archive site:

            http://www.peggynoonan.com/index.php

  5. *applauds* Those are all spot-on. It should really be a law that once a year Sully has to give up an hour of his time and trek down to the Law and Order set where he’ll be confronted with his own words and forced to try and defend them. His track record is unblemished.

  6. With Noonan, a picture is worth 1,000 words.

  7. Priceless! It also goes somewhat with my tabloids theme of celebrating tragedies
    http://edgeoforever.wordpress.com/2010/08/29/tabloids-dueling-rallies-katrina-celebration/

  8. If I may, mablue?

    As a foreigner, and though being an on-off US resident for decades, 2008 was the first time ever I closely followed a primary. Thanks to the liberal blogosphere I early on realized who Obama and Hillary Clinton really were – despite the (global!) media bias.

    To me the most moving moment was seeing Hillary Clinton cast her vote. Having over the years seen tons of politicians photographed while dumping their ballot in a box, this was the first time I actually realized that “OMG! She just voted for herself as the D candidate for President of the US!” Her posture and her words expressed exactly what a humbling experience this must have been.

    [h/t a brilliant FPr, rumored to have a big archive, for finding the clip for me. 😉 ]

    • Her posture and her words expressed exactly what a humbling experience this must have been.

      nice

  9. Oops! My comment seems to have gone straight to he … spam. 😦

  10. This was really an interesting read. That “Serial Killing of Hillary” piece…..all I can say is, “WOW”! Thanks for taking us down this little path with your “awards”.

    • Yeah, that “Serial Killing of Hillary” was something to see at such an early date.

      • Yeah, early, but the part about her own party taking her down….I never would have thought that at the time he wrote it….Never….not MY party. “Thems” the things those bad REPUBLICANS do!

      • I remember in 2006 saying that I didn’t think Hillary would get to the nomination because I though the US was not ready yet to have a woman as President. I thought the country was still too sexist.

        Sad to be prescient about that. But then I didn’t see the proggers being so sexist.

  11. mablue, fantastic!

    I needed to read the whole of “faux-Conservative” Jon Swift’s article to get the sarcasm. Reading the comments was worthwhile as well.

    “Most prescient post written in the election season of 2008”
    This delineates the vile we are pushing back against – at least I hope I’m not a part of it (in regard to other personalities).

  12. MABlue,

    This post takes me back to the early days of The Confluence. You were here then too. I’ll never forget the first post I read by Riverdaughter welcoming refugees from the hellish orange place. That was when I knew for sure I wasn’t alone out of sync with the consensus reality. What a relief that was!

    • I always think fondly about those days. All things considered, those were fun.

      The present is just brutal and depressing.

      • Nasty and brutal–and not short. Even if we elect Hillary in 2012, we’re going to have 12 years of screaming insanity to recover from. We’ll all have PTSD by then, if we don’t already.

      • Fun??-in a way, because we had hope. Plus Hillary was out there speaking to us every day.

        I read these posts in a strange way. Bottom up.

        • Flagrantly nasty, but there was hope here then – other
          people who acknowledged the truth about the cipher.

          These days – hope – not so much as we see our most
          horrific fears come to fruitition.

          Funny how that column done 12/07/06 you posted that I had not read brought a surge of wistful pride in me for Hillary Clinton – all she has done and endured for so long. Enjoyed the pictures.
          A breathe of fresh clean air in an environment of toxic
          political BS. Hm, this comment is not “wrapping” properly…..

        • even while it was happening…seeing Hill via the Internet every day, telling It, I knew it was something really special and to be cherished. At the time my husband and I would say: is Hillary still running? then it’s a good day

      • Honk.

    • I still had hope then that the good could prevail…. before May ’08….and that damned convention.

      • I think I did too. It feels like so long ago now, more than a couple of years.

    • I found Eschaton too uncomfortable to stay at — even when I posted purely factual stuff, the Obots there went flaming crazy. Like some mutant offsping of the Daleks, repeating “Exterminate! Exterminate! Exterminate!” Comments were short, brutish, and very pro-Obama.

      And Duncan never took a stand, trying to keep peace at his site. Oh, there were a few strong commenters, many of them women, who were not Obama-ized, but on the whole the borg went bonkers for Obama.

      I could never quite get back into that scene. Now, Atrios is making somewhat longer and more cogent comments about the Obama et al economic actions. Oh, would that he would have done so early on!

      Now,most of the commenters seem to be seeing reality again….

      • The primaries and even the general election were strange days: There were so few places commenters could speak openly of doubts about Obama. TalkLeft limited critical comments to some single digit number! But, at least, there was no outright censoring.
        No Quarter held promise of some revelations which would stymie Obama’s run, but, alas, they did not come about.

        The public did not get a real picture of what his past legislative career was actually like. Articles had been published in the MCM, but never followed up on, never made part of the public’s understanding. Yet, they did portend the wishy-washy right leaning Corporatist we see today.

        When Obama won Iowa, I was still pretty neutral about him. I went on google searches for information about him, his family, his history, his work and political career. It wasn’t easy to find stuff, which in retrospect seems really odd. Then, as more people began digging, some stuff came out. His tendency to cater to Big Business over his constituents. His walking back his healthcare statements. Then, there were the Mayhill Fowler “leaks” caught at his private fundraisers, which, all too much, have proved to be his real stands on issues. (Based on what he said to private donors, good luck to us on what he’ll do with SocSec, even Medicare.)

        Thanks goodness for CorrenteWire, Sideshow, The Confluence, TalkLeft…oh, now I’m forgetting which others helped keep me sane, but to any I’ve missed, thanks as well!

        Oh, and a mighty thank you to Moon of Alabama and Bernard (from Germany) who brought such eye-opening facts and analysis to light. Oh, how often I wonder what he would be saying about out current situation! Miss him so much. Still miss Billmon and his Whiskey Bar…. Sigh.

  13. I’ve only got as far as the VDB post about Hillary. That one really hurts because I’m afraid that’s who we still really are. Back up to read now.

  14. From the last posting at Vermont Daily Briefing, Philip Baruth, who wrote the “Serial Killing of Hillary Clinton” piece, is running for State Senate.

    http://vermontdailybriefing.com/

  15. Marvelous post, Mablue2!! Marvelous! I read some of these at the time, but to see it all collected like this, now. And what appropriate prizes! Thank you!

    djmm

  16. Thanks Mablue! Great post.

  17. Thanks for being here everyone! I gotta believe these dark days won’t last forever. “Electing” this guy was a pretty huge mistake, though, so it may take some time.

  18. Thanks for this post, mablue.
    After the Hillary hating started in earnest at Dimocratic Underground I cleared out my profile there and headed straight to Capital Hill (now defunct). So I didn’t actually read the worst of it, but just heard about it.

  19. Sigh – *now* it shows up. Please delete post #2. Thank you.

  20. Wow!! Thanks-a couple of these pieces I had never seen. I wish you could do these awards live on TV.

  21. August 26, 2010 – Michael Bloomberg
    Glenn Beck plans to take a movement, and Michael Bloomberg defends the Ground Zero mosque.
    http://www.thedailyshow.com/full-episodes/thu-august-26-2010-michael-bloomberg

  22. My One True Friend : Stephanie Tubbs Jones (1949 – 2008)

  23. Hey mablue!! Great post!!! Hope this is the first of many more to come!!!

    • Thx.

      • you know Andrew Sullivan is still a self identified conservative … doesn’t surprise me he’s an Obama pusher

        • That’s not even my problem. His essay about why Obama must be POTUS now to save humanity was in hindsight so wrong, kinda “Iraqis-will-be throwing flowers at us and the place will turn into a thriving democracy that will revolutionize the Middle East.”

          The whole thing was just so badly delusional and it was really one of the most influential columns written in that election cycle.

        • President Obama is in LA to speak to 5th anniversary of Katrina.

  24. Excellent post and I really appreciate those who remember how it was. Thank you

  25. I just tried to peruse some of Peggy Noonan’s columns.

    OMG! She’s even more deranged than I thought. Now, I’m not even sure about the Lifetime Achievement Award I gave to that particular column. There are so many more that seem better suited for the title, especially when she dives in her CDS.

    Btw, here is the byline of the column I linked to:

    Ms. Noonan, a Journal contributing editor, is author of “The Case Against Hillary Clinton” (Regan Books, 2000).

  26. OT, but reading about Hillary and her economic plans made reading this in the paper especially painful:

    Corporations have the cash to hire; why won’t they?

    …Operating earnings of companies in the Standard & Poor’s 500 index jumped 38.4 percent in the second quarter compared with a year earlier, according to Thomson Reuters. Companies are sitting on an estimated $1.8 trillion in cash — by some measures, a record mound of cash.

    Somebody’s making money in this economy. Unfortunately, it’s not the middle class or the working class. And that’s our real problem.

    http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/text/2012735421.html

  27. mablue thanks! this is great.

    I still laugh when I remember you saying something like Donna Brazile annoyed you so much you were starting to dislike the country of a similar name. good stuff 🙂

  28. TOTUS is speaking at Xavier … talk about your safe crowds.

  29. Wow, mablue2, how long have you been working on this? Day-ummmm, fine collection and writing.

    It’s about a week’s worth of reading, but I did finish, with some additional exploration of the site, the VDB post from Dec, 2006 (yikes!), and, oh, it was sad to read, sad to realize its prescience.

    However, I do think she would have won the presidency had she been the Dem nominee. That’s where I can’t accept his analysis. But, no way to know.

    And now, except for SCOTUS nominations, would we have been worse or better of with a McCain presidency? At least the Dems would have opposed some of McCain’s corporatist s*it….

  30. Slightly OT, but there is a one day showing of a documentary about the real reasons New Orleans flooded after Katrina – and it wasn’t the hurricane.

    This coming Monday, August 30. Just one day.

    Harry Shearer has made an exhaustively researched documentary about the reasons for the flooding, The Big Uneasy, It is being shown Monday evening nationwide — go here to find a theater near you.

    Now, Shearer posted at HuffPo to tell another dastardly tale: NPR refused to air his underwriter spot if he did not change the language from “documentary about why New Orleans flooded” to “documentary about New Orleans and Hurricane Katrina.” (He’d already been refused commercial time at other broadcasters! Think maybe the MCM doesn’t want to get on the wrong side of the government?)

    Shearer refused to make any change since “the movie IS about why New Orleans flooded, and it most certainly is not about the hurricane (since the experts interviewed in the movie agree that the flooding was a ‘man-made engineering catastrophe’). ”

    You’ll love whatl the initials “NPR” now stands for!!

    And this sorry incident also show that…

    I found out about the documentary on the Bill Moyers’ “replacement’ program, Need to Know, which I had found pretty boring and not on point initially, but I did watch it this Friday out of inertia.

    Among other good programs, it covered the documentary — so if it’s rebroadcast in your area on Sunday, try to catch it. Or go to the website to watch the program.

    This also looks interesting: ” In 1998, Michael Mann published a graph that showed the Earth was getting warmer. Now he’s being investigated for fraud.”

    Maybe this program will be worth watching — TBD.

  31. Slightly OT, but there is a one day showing of a documentary about the real reasons New Orleans flooded after Katrina – and it wasn’t the hurricane.

    This coming Monday, August 30. Just one day.

    Harry Shearer has made an exhaustively researched documentary about the reasons for the flooding, The Big Uneasy, It is being shown Monday evening nationwide — go here to find a theater near you.

    Now, Shearer posted at HuffPo to tell another dastardly tale: NPR refused to air his underwriter spot if he did not change the language from “documentary about why New Orleans flooded” to “documentary about New Orleans and Hurricane Katrina.” (He’d already been refused commercial time at other broadcasters! Think maybe the MCM doesn’t want to get on the wrong side of the government?)

    Shearer refused to make any change since “the movie IS about why New Orleans flooded, and it most certainly is not about the hurricane (since the experts interviewed in the movie agree that the flooding was a ‘man-made engineering catastrophe’). ”

    You’ll love whatl the initials “NPR” now stands for!!

    And this sorry incident also show that…

    I found out about the documentary on the Bill Moyers’ “replacement’ program, Need to Know, which I had found pretty boring and not on point initially, but I did watch it this Friday out of inertia.

    Among other good programs, it covered the documentary — so if it’s rebroadcast in your area on Sunday, try to catch it. Or go to the website to watch the program.

    This also looks interesting: ” In 1998, Michael Mann published a graph that showed the Earth was getting warmer. Now he’s being investigated for fraud.”

    Maybe this program will be worth watching — TBD

  32. Thanks for these mablue! You are one brave soul for look back as some of those, especially anything from Peggy Noonan. Jeebus, you need lead shielding to read through her stuff.

  33. You guys want to read a recent headline load of crap? In the New York Times, Anna Holmes and Rebecca Traister titled ” A Palin of our Own”, saying they are second generation feminist. They are “hopelessly” looking for a liberal Palin. But the money qoute is they WANT a female of liberal stripes to “brag about breaking the glass ceiling at the explosive beginning, not the end of her campaign”. Do these two even get the irony that they did not back Hillary? Hillary stated her first campaign stop at Wellesly calling “Let’s make History”. Then the media, remember Chris “Tingle” mocking her and saying she could not use her being a woman to win. I just love how the right and the left rewrite history. Mablue, we can’t do enough of these kind of post to keep the truth of the 2008 primaries out there. Thank you.

    • I left a comment abt that on another blog this morning… reposting here…

      quoting from the article:

      ill-starred presidential bid of Hillary Clinton,

      An older generation of female Democrats, including Mrs. Clinton and Ms. Pelosi, are about as eager to mount a Palin-style girl-powered campaign as they are to wear a miniskirt on the House floor. For them, proudly or aggressively touting one’s feminist credentials (if you’re actually a feminist, that is) is taboo. It’s considered too, well, female.

      The movement progressives can go chasing after their own Sarah, but if they never realize what they had in Hillary first, they’ll never find an actual alternative to the right. They are just chasing after the trends, they can go from one Elmer Gantry to the next Elma Gantry.

      Hillary knew how to outlast the trends. And, she wasn’t afraid of touting her feminist credentials. Anyone who watched that campaign was blind if they couldn’t see what kind of microscope she was under and how much media pushback she got whenever she said anything about gender.

      • And the worst part, people that were Hillary supporters are now so piss*ed that they really think Pailn is the solution. As much as I need money, you could not pay me to vote or support Palin. And I’ll never get over May 31st.

        • Another thing, did you think their column sounded ageist?

          • Yes, there is the generational divide in there… but they’re just too brainwashed by self-defeating feminism (otherwise known as the third wave), they don’t even get it. that’s what made Traister and Jezebel such easy marks for the Born Yesterday (“waiting on the world to change”) coalition

  34. Yes, Wonk the vote, we held women’s rights for years, that WE fought for, and waiting for the second and third generation to take it up. And then to see what happened in the primaries and who they chose. Don’t cry to me now. Really, if they are upset about Palin, it’s their fault, the way they attacked her. The democrats made Palin the new ” American Idol” she is today. Just like the way they made Obama. Remember “just not that woman”?

    • yeah “shrillary” was the wrong woman, then when Palin came along, horrors, because Palin was no Hillary. Like that was supposed to be a bad thing coming from them (since they thought so lowly of Hillary in the first place.) Fickle opportunistic asshats can’t get their story straight. They’re so busy looking for their own Sarah that when the newer generation’s Hillary comes along they’re liable to be booing her because she’s no Sarah.

      As The Rock might say: Asshats.

  35. Yowzer. Trips through the archives are not fun. I’m more depressed than I’ve been in a week, and that takes some doing. It brought it all back so clearly and — this is the part that kills me — and bad as that was, now it’s worse.

    The post about the serial killing of Clinton is chilling.

    Although it appears that nobody can pull her wings off. She’s like that amazing Maya Angelous poem, I rise.

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