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Friday, August 22, 2003  

Around the blogosphere in 80 minutes...

After Kevin posted his thoughts about conservatives in the academy, readers had a lively discussion on the topic. John Lemon responds on the thread, and has posted long responses on his site.

On the newly-renamed Pacific Views (formerly The Watch), Natasha has posted a fascinating description of a public meeting that a Washington Representative held on Iraqi intelligence. The discussion included former ambassador Joseph Wilson, who has been at the center of controversy around the Niger yellowcake story.

Via Atrios, loyal Naderites respond to an attack by Michael Tomasky in the American Prospect. I'm troubled by Tomasky's approach and tend to agree with the points the Naderites make. Here's a representative passage:

"Tomasky claims conservative initiatives like the USA PATRIOT Act and the upper-class tax cut would never have passed if Greens had stayed out of the 2000 presidential contest and allowed Al Gore to carry the election (which he of course did).

But as Tomasky surely knew even when writing that disingenuous passage, those and other hard-right policy schemes were victorious, thanks in large part to congressional Democrats' support.

Problem is, Tomasky's also right when he says the way to affect change is through broad-based support, not through fringe candidates. Where I question Tomasky is in his tactics: the people who will lead America left are exactly those disenfranchised lefties who supported Nader in 2000 (I know, I was one of them). Attacking Nader is the wrong choice: setting a progressive agenda and asking Naderites to contribute is the right strategy.

Dr. Laura: an Orthodox Jew no more. She didn't get enough "warmth" from them, so now she's off to a "smorgasbord of 'very loving, very supportive' Christian faiths." I missed this story. Dustin at One Man's Opinion didn't. He's got a nice post on it.

Something else I missed: Republicans Against Bush. Thanks to the Mad Prophet for pointing it out. You know what? He's making the same point we lefties have been making for months. Nice to see other Republicans agree.

The US? Right where Osama wants us opines Max in a nice bit of analysis:

"In other words, the UN attack fits the profile of what I imagined was the Osama Bin Ladin strategy -- draw the U.S. into a broad, protracted conflict -- the Clash of Civilizations (CoC). The rationale is that it would destroy the U.S. as it did the U.S.S.R. Create conditions for the Islamic world to be ever-more alienated from the U.S. Under this hypothesis, the fundies want the U.S. to stay in Iraq so they can kill more Americans, just as they invited invasion of Afghanistan. Osama may have underestimated U.S. military capabilities, but there's no turning back now."

And finally, Poison Kitchen presents an ode to Ann Coulter made on the BBC's Vogon Poetry Generator. A passage:

Tell me, Ann Coulter do you
Wonder why the wildebeest ignores you?
Why its foobly stare
makes you feel Coultergeisty?

posted by Jeff | 10:38 AM |
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