Monthly Archives: September 2009

Under the heading of “Holy Shit!”

Matt Yglesias drops this graph into a short discussion on a recent Krugman column or post.  Note, if you will, the two lines that show a 1 to 1 correspondence.

The institutionalization of militarism.


Sarah Palin, author

Sarah has penned a book and it will be out just in time for Christmas.  And the title apparently is “Going Rogue”.

Let us briefly weight the number of tons of bullshit in just the above.

Update: Palin’s ghostwriter is revealed

Boom dee adda

h/t Andrew Sullivan

Genius and animation art

A favorite book for my daughter and I in our home library was Finch’s “The Art of Walt Disney”, a huge hardcover volume which included hundreds of astounding illustrations along with the wonderfully interesting story of Disney Studio and the artists who worked there.  We are still both pretty serious fans of animated art and film.

And that brings us pretty inevitably to the work of John Lasseter.  The adjective “genius” gets thrown around a lot by lots of us when we get a tad enthusiastic.  But sometimes the use is appropriate.

And here I was going to link you to a really good piece in the current NYRB on Lassiter but apparently the online edition has the piece behind the yagottapay wall.   Just one more reason you should have a subscription to this wonderful periodical.  This month’s contents can be surveyed here .  Take my recommendation.  Get a subscription.

Rightwing bloggers pick their favoritist people

23) John Stossel 4
23) Mitt Romney 4
23) Daniel Hannan 4
23) John Bolton 4
16) Fred Thompson 5
16) Antonin Scalia 5
16) Glenn Reynolds 5
16) Bobby Jindal 5
16) George W. Bush 5
16) Sean Hannity 5
16) Tom Coburn 5
14) Victor Davis Hanson 6
14) Dick Cheney 6
12) Ed Morrissey 7
12) Ann Coulter 7
10) Jonah Goldberg 8
10) Newt Gingrich 8
9) Jim DeMint 9
7) Mark Levin 10
7) Glenn Beck 10
6) Charles Krauthammer 11
5) Mark Steyn 14
4) Michelle Malkin 15
3) Thomas Sowell 17
2) Sarah Palin 20
1) Rush Limbaugh 24

This list comprises a wonderful illustration of the closed-in echo chamber world of the modern right.  Talk radio, FOX, and the National Review augmented by aggregating sites like Townhall.   One curious ommission…Bill Kristol.  Few, if any, individuals have been more central to the new conservative movement’s propaganda universe than Kristol.  Perhaps he’s not listed here because he doesn’t yell.

h/t Andrew Sullivan


Though there are some good staff at Politico now, it is a site which I purposefully avoid and which I have commonly recommended that others avoid too.  As I’ve written earlier, its business model is not “dig in and report on Washington for the sake of citizens’ increased knowledge and understanding” but rather a model that can be more correctly stated as “let’s make money”.   Josh Marshall at TPM notes:


You may have seen that there’s a new meme afoot in the news world which has it that the mainstream media either ignores or is insufficiently ‘in touch’ with the right wing noise machine of Fox, Drudge, Glenn Beck, etc. What’s notable however is that the idea seems to be emanating from the folks at Politicowhose founders’ theory of the media is that its narratives are largely defined by Matt Drudge and who used Drudge as the key vector to build their national audience. I’m not sure how these two facts compute.

Krugman on global warming

There are a lot of very good reasons to hope that this modern American “conservativism” will be rejected by a majority of voters for the next few elections.  But climate change is the most important of them.  Tough enough to get anything done with the power of business lobbyists influencing Dems in government but add in the anti-intellectualism of the modern right and we end up with just about the worst possible combination of factors blocking both perception and action.

But the larger reason we’re ignoring climate change is that Al Gore was right: This truth is just too inconvenient. Responding to climate change with the vigor that the threat deserves would not, contrary to legend, be devastating for the economy as a whole. But it would shuffle the economic deck, hurting some powerful vested interests even as it created new economic opportunities. And the industries of the past have armies of lobbyists in place right now; the industries of the future don’t.

Nor is it just a matter of vested interests. It’s also a matter of vested ideas. For three decades the dominant political ideology in America has extolled private enterprise and denigrated government, but climate change is a problem that can only be addressed through government action. And rather than concede the limits of their philosophy, many on the right have chosen to deny that the problem exists. full piece here