June 12, 2005


Booman Tribune: Raising gifted children in an anti-intellectual age. A public service announcement by the ancient order of the crones. The Bush administration is trying to relax restrictions on mountaintop removal mining. Two good op-eds on the gulag flap and Republican poverty pimping.

Four US allies in the Middle East are called out in a government report on human trafficking.

How to Save the World: The US energy map, and a fun roundup of favorite things wherein we're pointed to the theocracy watch. Finally, this boiling frog cartoon is probably the best satire of global warming denial I've seen yet.

The Poor Man: Negativity, contrary to common assertion, is in fact very useful in politics. The Bush administration is keeping infamous company with its attacks on Amnesty International. In a massive snark attack, the Poor Man channels National Review Online for your reading entertainment. The snark continueth as we hear about the merger of CNN and MSNBC into the Where the White Women At? (WWWA) network. And as much as we all wish it were snark, it's inescapable by now that Bush played everybody for chumps over the Iraq war. He also points to a post by Ted Barlow about Ohio's coingate scandal and Sisyphus' take on the most ironic all-time use of the Geneva Convention.

Pandagon: What every progressive should know about abortion, and how 'pro-life' equals pro-control. A great web round up covering such diverse topics as feminism, politics and the apocalypse.

Juan Cole defends his pessimism about Iraq, and writes about the return of Baghdad Bob.

MyDD: Sudanese refugees and their children are eating leaves to keep from starving. A portrait of the GOP faithful. Walmart will compare its opponents to Nazis. The American media's response to the Downing Street Memo: the crickets are drowning them out. The week in Bush scandals.

Nathan Newman: Why abortion is good for society. The Social Security tax evasion vehicle of choice. How the common crime of violating wage laws gets swept under the rug. Unions brought us the middle class, which is rapidly going the way of the union.

Public Opinion discusses the deregulation of Australian labor, which is doubtless a preview of what the Republicans would like to achieve here.

Daily Kos: You know there are problems when Iraqi army troops start the day by singing the praises of Saddam Hussein. Eighty percent of pro-life voters support access to contraception, putting Democrats on very firm ground to oppose the laws being proposed in 15 states to make it harder to get. A 9-11 widow is denied her husband's pension by United Airlines, which apparently treats employees' spouses even worse they treat their customers. How the US ranks on female empowerment, measured by education, opportunity, health and well-being. How to tell if you're a Republican. A very useful history of the United Nations.

As always, you should go read The Sideshow. The link should take you to the post mentioning the Republican committee votes to eliminate funding for public broadcasting.

I can't find the referrer, but that won't stop me from recommending that you take a gander at the conservative version of Working Assets.

Mark Morford exhaustively lists the major categories of Bush administration lies, particularly about the environment. Morford used to always be either fey or funny, but I think the neotheocons have started to wear him out, because this is the biggest joke he managed to crack:

Or rather, in more plain terms, it means this: The environmental policies of the most powerful and gluttonous nation on the planet are being written by the world's most powerful oil company. Which is, of course, a bit like our national dietary guidelines being written by Burger King, or our national health care guidelines being written by Merck, or our national school curricula being written by lost born-again Neanderthal creationists. Oh wait. ...

But Morford as we know him is far from lost to us, as shown by his columns about why women have orgasms, how Bush will the country's doom, the attack of the skinny white girls, and the Real ID bill.

And our flashback story: The Relatively Charmed Life of Neil Bush. I found this story during an indignant round of Google searching that began when I heard Sen. Evan Bayh, in the course of the argument over the filibuster, suggest that Democrats had been wrong to target Neil Bush because it was just a retaliatory partisan attack on the president's son. Senator Bayh, there's this thing called the public record that can occasionally help keep your toes out of your mouth, you should try it out.

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