The attempt at snark falls flat here, Attaturk. You know full well that writers are seldom responsible for article headlines. The actual story clearly notes that US media bias toward Israeli government positions is longstanding. And the headline, though awkwardly constructed, does refer to this as the party line.
Your snark hangs on the word “new,” and arguably there is something new about the stridency and intensity with which Israel apologists are defending the indefensible this time around. They “protest too much,” at higher volume than ever, to drown out the screams.
ralphbon commented on the diary post Jackie Gingrich Cushman and the Epitome of Anti-Obama Animus by SJGulitti.
I’ve bookmarked this post so I can return to it if I neglect to refill my Ambien prescription.
ralphbon commented on the diary post Re: Your Bumper Sticker Gun Logic “If You Out Law Guns blah, blah, blah” by spocko.
As long as you’re printing bumper stickers…
Hey, NRA: Pry your minds from your cold dead arguments
ralphbon commented on the diary post War With Syria: Where Do Your Congressional Representatives Stand? by Jane Hamsher.
From the web site of Brooklyn Congresswoman Yvette Clarke (proud member of the worthless CPC):
The deployment of chemical weapons violates basic standards of human rights that have been established for a century…We have a responsibility to deliberate prior to the start of any military operations…I applaud President Obama’s decision to request authorization from Congress prior [...]
[T]he shape of the world today just does not permit the luxury of an anemic democracy.
This was my first exposure to that line, although others here may be more familiar with it (I see from the google that MLK used it elsewhere).
Left me gobsmacked by its ongoing relevance. Our democracy is all the more anemic today, courtesy of a familiar roster of blood-suckers.
ralphbon commented on the blog post Democratic Leadership Vote To Continue Spying On Americans
By my informal count, which should be checked, 11 members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus voted against the amendment, plus one (Frank Pallone) who didn’t vote. Together, these 12 could have pushed the amendment through.
They should henceforth be known as the WTF Caucus.
Eddie Bernice Johnson
Joe Kennedy III
Ann McLain Kuster
ralphbon commented on the diary post Is Obama’s Faith in Carbon Capture a Technicolor Dream? by Kevin Grandia.
Carbon capture is the Obamacare of environmental policy — a convoluted and counterproductive workaround created solely to delay the overdue demise of an obsolete economic sector.
I wish I could get more excited about this petition. Why should anyone imagine that a Congress too feckless to reprise the Pecora hearings would come anywhere close to an honest reprise of the Church hearings?
Marcy’s post is hardly a resounding and unequivocal endorsement. She points out that Comey was a far more tepid supporter of torture than John Brennan, but a supporter nonetheless. For a president who appoints the likes of Brennan, Geithner, and Pritzker, the choice of Comey is refreshingly somewhat less abjectly disgusting. Given what we’ve come [...]
Well, I was hoping someone would take the bait on the orchestra, but that’s what I get for posting near midnight using a teaser title. So before I head to work, I’ll add that the orchestra is not an orchestra at all. Rather, the work was composited with amazing care and true musicianship by Jay [...]
Comey looked like a paragon of integrity in the Bush years largely because the bar for integrity was set so low. His reputation as hero was exaggerated, as was Patrick Fitzgerald’s. Mixed bags, both. I agree with codeine that the sickbed narrative was a modified limited hangout . That said, few things are more self-parodic than a [...]
Blessed mod, can you fix the embed? For others, the YouTube link is http://youtu.be/02tkp6eeh40.
Update: That was quick; thanks! Update 2: A double thanks for digging up and embedding the Fantasia clip! The reason I didn’t try to do that myself was because I fear Disney more than the Holder DOJ.
May 29 is the actual centenary of the scandalous premiere of Stravinsky’s Le Sacre du Printemps , and before the day is out (if I can post this in time), I’d like to offer a modest coda to Edward Teller’s superb diary on the work . One thing ET didn’t mention was how most of us first encountered The [...]
ralphbon commented on the diary post Would a White Girl Be Prosecuted for a Botched Science Experiment? by Jesse Lava.
Soon to be adapted as a Robert Ludlum novel: The Glotfelty Overreach.
ralphbon commented on the blog post Saudis Explicitly Warned U.S. Intelligence Agencies About Tamerlan Tsarnaev
A big X2 on the skepticism. The Daily Mail article is based on a single unnamed Saudi source. That’s it. It’s very much in the Saudis’ self-interest to portray themselves as vigilant partners in the GWOT. DHS and the White House deny the Saudi source’s claims. I don’t trust anyone here — the source, the newspaper, or the US government.
The lack of skepticism in the title and text of this blog post, and most of the comments I scanned, is unwise barring some kind of corroboration.
ralphbon commented on the blog post Obamacare Grows Less Popular and Less Well Understood
FYI, the study of medical bankruptcies highlighted in the article you link to was co-authored by now-Senator Elizabeth Warren, along with longtime single-payer advocates Himmelstein and Woolhandler.
ralphbon commented on the diary post NY AG concerned his ‘private’ concerns are communicated by others by acmerecords.
ralphbon commented on the diary post Saturday Art: The Joys of Watching Young People Mature as Musicians by EdwardTeller.
Thanks, ET, and congrats to the amazing sax player and the other young champion. I’m gobsmacked at the richness of your experiences, between composing, teaching, activism, and raising a dog with the good sense to take a dump in Sarah Palin’s yard.
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