March 9th, 2010

TV

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Finally finished season two of Wolverine and the X-Men, and wow, yes. If you're a fan of the classic X-men stories, you should check it out. The premise starts off a little out there, but it is well-worth sticking with it. Rather than trying to recreate a lot of the classic stories and even moments, they mix the elements together rather successfully into a new remix, making it all their own. And it's clearly done with a fan's eye, as a vast number of minor characters get cameos or more. Excellent stuff for comic book fans looking for an enjoyable cartoon.

News

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"'Bush's policies came to seem less obviously reprehensible as the Obama administration drifted into embracing watered-down versions of many of them. Guantanamo hasn't been closed. No Child Left Behind is being revised and perhaps improved, but not repealed. The banks are still engaging in their bad practices. Partisanship is worse than ever. Obama seems about to back away from the decision to try 9/11 defendants in civilian courts, a prospect that led the ACLU to run an ad in Sunday’s Times with the subheading "Change or more of the same?" Above that question is a series of photographs that shows Obama morphing into guess who - yes, that’s right, George W. Bush.'

"I wish everyone would read that first, bolded sentence every day. This is a point I've been trying to make in different ways for many months. It is obviously impossible to maintain that the Terrorism and other national security policies of George Bush and Dick Cheney were radical, heinous, evil and wrong if the successor administration - one from 'the other party,' filled with people who spent years vehemently condemning those policies - end up adopting most of those same policies and the core approach itself. Inevitably, that behavior will come to be seen as vindication (now that Obama is in office, he sees those policies are necessary), and worse, converts what had been viewed as extremist, highly controversial right-wing policies into unchallenged bipartisan consensus. "