October 1st, 2008


catching up

Vote the issues: "Science Debate 2008 - an effort spearheaded by a half-dozen voters concerned about the state of American science - posed 14 questions to the major parties' presidential candidates." Some brief analysis by John Tierney here.

Fact-checking: does McCain always agree with Bush?

"Glen Johnson looks at McCain's and Obama's plans for Social Security in the wake of the market turmoil."

"Here we have the distilled essence of the McCain campaign's ethos: Perception is reality. Facts don't matter. McCain has presented himself as the grizzled champion of timeworn values. But the defining trait of his candidacy turns out to be a postmodern disdain for truth."

"John McCain's running mate and his sharp reactions to the nation's economic crisis have led several prominent conservative columnists to slam the senator as reckless and strident."

"It's that utter power vacuum that gave McCain the opening to pull his potentially catastrophic display of economic 'leadership' last week." -Frank Rich

And, in case you missed it, Tina Fey does a rockin' Sarah Palin impersonation.


quick cuts

"I'm not holding my breath, but I would like to see the self-proclaimed conservative, small government, anti-regulation, free-market zealots step up and take responsibility for wrecking the American economy and bringing about the worst financial crisis since the Depression."

* Another good FAQ on the bailout. Also: why some of the Democrats voted against the measure. (Courtesy professorbooty.) Very interesting read.
* "Olmert would like us to believe that he could have been a contender, a visionary who could have brought peace to Israel, if only small-minded cops and bureaucrats hadn't dragged him down over a trifling little matter about cash, lots of cash, stuffed in envelopes."
* Updating the citizenship test. (I'd love to see if a certain vice-presidential candidate could pass it.)
* Great read: "Republicans must let go the idea that the market can do no wrong and government no right."
* "The arrival of colonial cities in sub-Saharan Africa at the dawn of the 20th Century may have sparked the spread of HIV."
* "When classical music masterpieces become soundtrack cliches."


Blame pictsy and pseudotheist

As evidenced by Katie Couric, Sarah Palin is unable to name any Supreme Court Case other than Roe v. Wade.

The Rules: Post info about ONE Supreme Court decision, modern or historic to your lj. (Any decision, as long as it's not Roe v. Wade.) For those who see this on your f-list, take the meme to your OWN lj to spread the fun.

My pick is the Miranda decision, without which Law & Order and other TV cop shows would have to come up with more clever plotlines.