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PowerLine Logic: War Is Peace, Freedom Is Slavery, Winning Is Losing

Posted by Phoenix Woman on May 20, 2012

I generally avoid PowerLine because I can only stand so much anti-truth in a single day and ALEC Cabin Boy John “Hindrocket” Hinderaker seems to view truth the way vampires view sunlight and garlic, but every now and then somebody brings some particularly (and unintentionally) hilarious emanation of his under the spotlight.

So it was when TBogg shared this recent Hinderaker hawking with us:

We are in the early stages of the 2012 campaign season, with a lot of battlespace preparation going on. In the skirmishing so far, one perhaps surprising media advantage has become clear: the right is clobbering the left on Twitter.

Funnily enough, I was on Twitter just now and saw these two tweets that came out a little over an hour ago (here and here respectively) from Election Analysis (

.@MittRomney gained 1,100 new followers, 3,058 mentions, 61 retweets in past 24hrs. Via

.@BarackObama gained 39,228 new followers, 8,779 mentions, 2,908 retweets in past 24hrs. Via

If this is what Assrocket calls ‘winning’ the Twitter war, I’d hate to see what he thinks losing it looks like.

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Charles Taylor Stumps For Obama 2012, Calls It A Book Review

Posted by Phoenix Woman on January 1, 2012

So I’m reading a review of Stephen King’s new novel 11/22/63 by a guy, Charles Taylor, who I know from past experience of his work to usually be honest almost to a fault and therefore trustworthy as a reviewer.

And it’s going good so far — Stephen King, underappreciated: check. Reference to Leslie Fiedler praising King: check. Mention of prior misapprehended novel written in the wake of 9/11: check.

But then I stumble onto this paragraph, written to describe his take on how different King’s treatment of 9/11, especially in its immediate aftermath, has been from other writers:

That alone put him at odds with much of the commentary and decision-making that followed 9/11, from the sanctimonious pronouncements made on the left about the cause of the attacks before anyone had claimed responsibility for them, to the right’s use of them to justify its slavish militarism and contempt for human rights. Implicit to many of these responses was the belief that nothing had happened that couldn’t have been anticipated, and consequently that not only the causes of the attacks but the proper response to them was self-evident. Against these arrogant certainties, King focused on uncertainty as the very currency of American life.

Um, what?

I certainly don’t recall any “sanctimonious pronouncements made on the left about the cause of the attacks before anyone had claimed responsibility for them”. I do recall one very accurate piece by Gary Kamiya, Taylor’s fellow Salon writer at the time, and done after the attacks had been linked to Al Qaeda and Osama bin Laden. (By contrast, PNAC member Donald Rumsfeld, hours after the 9/11 attacks, while the Pentagon fires were still burning, urging his people to “go massive” in trying to find a link to Saddam Hussein, so as to find a way to carry out the wishes of PNAC guru and Iranian government operative Ahmad Chalabi and attack Iraq. Most sane people would find this, ah, somewhat more reprehensible than Gary Kamiya’s being right about 9/11.)

Either Charles Taylor’s dictionary states that “sanctimonious” means “correct and accurate”, in which case he needs a new dictionary, or he’s indulging in the favorite activity of American mushy-middle centrists seeking to render a coherent defense of their ideology, which is inventing imaginary irrational just-as-bad-as-righties progressives to attack.

Taylor then returns to reviewing 11/22/63, discussing the problems with time travel as a means of righting wrongs and solving problems, the chief wrong in this case being JFK’s murder (which in Stephen King’s mind set off a host of ills), and then sets up another, erm, interesting passage: Read the rest of this entry »

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John Kerry Sells Most Americans Down The River Rather Than Raise Teresa’s Taxes

Posted by Phoenix Woman on September 11, 2011

Bend over America, here it comes:

The old joke is that robbers hit banks because that’s where the money is.

If Congress hopes to resolve the nation’s budget deficit problem, it’s going to have to go after entitlement spending for the same reason, says Senator John Kerry.

That is one of the hard truths the Massachusetts Democrat offered up as he settles into his role as one of 12 members of the congressional “supercommittee’’ charged with cutting an additional $1.5 trillion from the deficit during the next 10 years.

Why is Kerry pushing to put us all on cat food rather than raise taxes on the rich back to, say, Eisenhower-era levels? Scuttlebutt is it’s because he’s angling for a job in the austerity-jonesing Obama’s administration, probably as the next Secretary of State.

Maybe we should all tell him what we think of his selling us down the river rather than raising Teresa’s (or his biggest campaign donors’) taxes.

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Boehner’s Whine Brings Back Memories

Posted by Phoenix Woman on September 1, 2011

The whole ridiculous whine of John Boehner’s about Obama’s speech’s timing brings back memories.

The first thing Obama should have done is to point out that Republicans proclaimed this as a slap because it’s the sort of slap that Republicans like to admininster.

Case in point: the June 2003 Democratic presidential candidiate get-together planned for the downtown St. Paul Radisson. According to the Kerry staffers in attendance, Bush White House Chief of Staff Karl Rove told then-Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist to make sure a key vote was scheduled for that day, thus ensuring that most of the Democratic candidates (many of whom were Senators themselves) couldn’t show up in person that day, but appeared via satellite. Howard Dean was one of the few to make it there in the flesh.

If only Obama showed spine when dealing with anyone besides his base, he wouldn’t be in trouble come next year.

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Krugman on Obama’s Planned Social Security Sellout

Posted by Phoenix Woman on July 9, 2011

There have been a lot of comments about President Obama’s plan to sell out Americans and make drastic cuts to both Medicare and Social Security and make catfood the staple of most elderly persons. But I think I’ll settle for citing Paul Krugman’s:

But let’s be frank. It’s getting harder and harder to trust Mr. Obama’s motives in the budget fight, given the way his economic rhetoric has veered to the right. In fact, if all you did was listen to his speeches, you might conclude that he basically shares the G.O.P.’s diagnosis of what ails our economy and what should be done to fix it. And maybe that’s not a false impression; maybe it’s the simple truth.

One striking example of this rightward shift came in last weekend’s presidential address, in which Mr. Obama had this to say about the economics of the budget: “Government has to start living within its means, just like families do. We have to cut the spending we can’t afford so we can put the economy on sounder footing, and give our businesses the confidence they need to grow and create jobs.”

That’s three of the right’s favorite economic fallacies in just two sentences. No, the government shouldn’t budget the way families do; on the contrary, trying to balance the budget in times of economic distress is a recipe for deepening the slump. Spending cuts right now wouldn’t “put the economy on sounder footing.” They would reduce growth and raise unemployment. And last but not least, businesses aren’t holding back because they lack confidence in government policies; they’re holding back because they don’t have enough customers — a problem that would be made worse, not better, by short-term spending cuts.


Mr. Obama’s people will no doubt argue that their fellow party members should trust him, that whatever deal emerges was the best he could get. But it’s hard to see why a president who has gone out of his way to echo Republican rhetoric and endorse false conservative views deserves that kind of trust.


(Crossposted to Renaissance Post.)

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