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TUOA

October 31st, 2005

Is the third time a charm? After promoting Roberts to Chief Justice, and watching Meirs crash and burn, Bush has nominated Samuel Alito for Sandra Day O’Conner’s seat on the Supreme Court. Alito is exactly what the ultra-fundie conservatives want — a radical right wing judge — and exactly what I don’t want. The Democrats better fight this with everything they have if they want to retain any shred of credibility.

Wow

October 31st, 2005

The best show on television right now is Craft Corner Deathmatch — if you aren’t watching it, you’re lame. Two crafty competitors enter the ring, make crafty things (like a windchime made out of silverware, or a purse made out of duct tape). Judges (among them Frank Decaro) then evaluate the results, and the winner goes on to face the Craft Lady of Steel in a deathmatch.

But the very best thing about the show is host Jason Jones, a sometime Daily Show correspondent and super-funny guy. And speaking of the Daily Show, a couple of CCD writers and producers worked on The Daily Show, so you know CCD is funny. And I haven’t even told you about Amber yet — I’ll let you discover her on your own.

You won’t regret giving this show a try — so do it! now! And remember, it’s cheaper and easier just to buy stuff.

No Way

October 24th, 2005

George W. Bush spoke at the opening of a new pavilion at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library last week. He tried to claim the Reagan legacy as his own, perhaps in an attempt to shore up his sliding popularity by associating himself with the most popular president in U.S. history.

This struck me as hugely (and ironically) appropriate. And it made me giggle.

Reagan had a consistent approach to government based on three core ideas: opposition to the USSR, fiscal restraint (this was very nuanced and was not about fiscal restraint exclusively but extended to the goal of killing the welfare state), and family values. Since Reagan, the Republican party has tried to carry on that legacy — however, the war on terror cannot occupy the crucial psychological turf that communism and the USSR occupied in the American pysche, and fiscal restraint has turned out to be much more difficult than Regan anticipated. That leaves Republicans with just the family values part of the Reagan vision, and while they have made much of it (see the 2004 election for proof), it is an awkward, stupid, cruel, and heartless version of Reagan’s legacy.

In many ways, our current president is the most perfect embodiment of this crippled Reagan legacy. His entire presidency has been an ongoing attempt to reinvigorate the Reagan approach, by turning communism into terror, fiscal restraint into tax cuts for the rich, and family values into action. Even his folksy, man-of-the-people persona is a riff on Regan’s grandpa-of-the-nation image. Bush is a shell, a caricature, of Reagan and exemplifies exactly how awry the Republican party has gone since the end of the Reagan era. They have done a good job hiding their small-spirited aimlessness by cloaking it in a hate-soaked family values rhetoric. But it’s time for us to understand the Republican party as the lost dog that it is.

They have no new ideas. I’m not sure they have any ideas at all.

Whew.

October 24th, 2005

I wouldn’t normally sigh with relief when a category 3 hurricane hits Florida — you see, I lived in Florida for a few years and evacuated for one hurricane — however, I had anticipated that Wilma would be another category 5, and well, I’m just plain relieved that she is not. We’ve suffered enough this year.

I know that Florida is in bad shape from all the hurricanes from last year and this year — I just can’t escape the feeling that the state has dodged a bullet. Of course, that doesn’t mean that it won’t get punched in the gut.

Weird animals

October 19th, 2005

I had no idea that ligers are real, or for that matter, that tigons are real.

Nitro Express

October 13th, 2005

I’m getting very, very tired of seeing lists of potential democratic presidential candidates for 2008 that start with “Hillary” and then move on to “Biden,” “Warner,” and “Feingold.” When writing about these candidates, please engage in a little bit of consistency and refer to them all by either first names or last names. Lists such as the one above betray an unconscious sexism — these details matter matter.

And here’s another hint: if you’re going to refer to the first person on that list by last name, call her Rodham Clinton. I’ve complained in the past about the changes in how she has used her name since her marriage (first Rodham, then Rodham Clinton, then Clinton, now back to Rodham Clinton) but I think it is important to call anyone — but particularly a married woman — by whatever name she chooses, even if that name changes with the political winds.

Astonishing

October 7th, 2005

This map of where Hurricane Katrina victims have fled to is astonishing. Right after the hurricane, I said to a friend “this is like the Dust Bowl.” I meant that it was a huge social disruption as people relocated to other areas of the country, perhaps entering local job and housing markets and competing with the locals for resources. I know that many of the people who left the area will return, but this kind of mass movement carries tremendous (and largely unpredictable) social implications for all involved.