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Monthly Archives: September 2008

how to solve the nation’s financial and political crises, all at once


sell alaska to the russians for $700 billion.

an immodest proposal


while we are nationalizing businesses like aig and fannie mae and freddie mac and bear stearns, why don’t we just get it over with and nationalize the health care industry as well? it’s ironically amusing to me that the bush administration now walks into the sunset having accomplished the most socialist acquisitions in american history. […]

headline of the year


time’s take on the controversy surrounding mccain’s comments about prime minister zapatero: the pain in spain falls mainly on mccain. classic.

sarah palin and her three answers


watched her interview with charlie gibson last night. and i can now unequivocally say that charlie gibson is qualified to be vice president. sarah palin? not so much. as kirk and i watched, we kept saying that she sounded like she had been given canned answers to give based on keywords in the question. i […]

target’s “bullseye bodega”


on my daily walk at lunchtime (to clear out the cobwebs, get some fresh air, etc.) i passed a new storefront at 57th and 6th in manhattan. turns out that target has rented four storefronts to sell their designer goods from friday through sunday. they look brilliant, as you’d expect from target. it’s kind of […]

all you need to know about republican campaign tactics


…is contained in this short post (with accompanying picture) by jake tapper: The McCain campaign tells the media to stop intruding on the private life of the unmarried pregnant 17-year-old daughter of Gov. Sarah Palin while staging a photo op with Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., and the 17-year-old’s fiance, Levi Johnston. talk about have your […]

laura mcgann


here’s a name you may be hearing from in days to come. i learned about her via talking points memo…she has reported on alaska politics in the past and seems to know the lay of the land. she’s now in wasilla and has a series of posts at the washington independent. she’s doing the thing […]

joe klein nails the palin summary


in a must-read blog post about the desperately devious inanity of the mccain campaign’s newly-started “war on the media”, joe klein neatly summarizes what’s wrong [so far] with sarah palin: Palin raised taxes as governor, supported the Bridge to Nowhere before she opposed it, pursued pork-barrel projects as mayor, tried to ban books at the […]

obama breaks 50% in polling


for the first time, obama has broken through the 50% support barrier, in gallup and other polls. a post-convention bounce that will dissipate? maybe. but given that the polling time period includes the beginning of the paling of palin, i’m guessing that 50% may be a new low water mark for obama’s polling. or at […]

news you may have missed


i know i did. del martin, pioneer for glbt rights, died last week. Pioneering lesbian rights activist Del Martin, who married her lifelong partner in June on the first day that same-sex couples here gained that right, has died. She was 87. Along with six other women, they founded a San Francisco social club for […]

i’m just guessing here


but i’d imagine that unmarried 17-year-old high school student bristol palin, who was enough of an adult to make the decision to risk pregnancy, was not presented with a range of options and asked what her preference was.