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August 12, 2004
Blogging the Blogs

First, let's say farewell to Jeff, although with a touch of bitterness. I know blogs come and go, but I do hate to see any of the handful of blogs I like best going. Notes on the Atrocities was on my top-ten list of favorite blogs and I miss it already.

Via Avedon Carol, we see a quote from someone who claims to work for a polling company whose "raw" data indicates Bush has zero support. Much as I'd like to believe it, I don't. Even aside from the people who honestly believe we did the right thing in invading Iraq, there are enough wingnuts in this country to show up on a decently run poll. Not to mention the people who will support anyone who says, "god" in public, disses abortion, or badmouths homosexuality.

Jane Galt at Asymmetrical Information has a post up, the meaning of which puzzles me, except when it makes me giggle.

Moe at Bad Attitudes has a story that says Republicans might just stay home in November.

Via Mustang Bobby at Bark Bark Woof Woof, the story of the day. The Washington Post says their coverage of the entire pre-invasion issue was inadequate. Following the NYTimes' recent apology for lousy journalism, this leads me to hope that in the future, we'll be getting less blind acceptance of Administration talking points and more actual reporting.

Jeanne at Body and Soul has the story about the upcoming Afghan elections. Warlords and criminals are running for office in the first country we "liberated" from terrorists.

Daniel at Crooked Timber has the story on how many lattes you can buy with trickle-down economics.

Cursor (still without permalinks) brings us the news of the great game in Africa. You know the one, it's the one where Western countries bed down with dictators and tyrants. We give them guns and WMD. They give us oil.

(Correct me if I'm wrong, but wasn't that one of GWBush's campaign promises? That we'd stop doing that? Arthur Silber at The Light of Reason has an interesting post up about "supporting thugs and dictators.")

Eric Alterman fears that protesters at the RNC Convention will be infiltrated by right-wing rowdies hoping to start trouble and give the Left a bad name. Coming from the party that's working desperately to get Ralph "Sellout" Nader on the ballot in as many states as possible, that doesn't sound that unlikely, does it?

It's almost painful for me to think about. "We can't run on our accomplishments because everything we touch turns to garbage, so let's just cheat in any way we can to stay in power and continue failing for another four years."

Atrios (I like the name) is staying on the Right's lies and misdirection about Kerry's Vietnam service, as is Digby. As is Josh Marshall at Talking Points. And Andrew Olmsted has a whole series of posts on the subject.

Note: Grammatical error found and corrected.

Lawrence is talking about why he supported the war in a post I don't have time to read thoroughly at the moment but will no doubt be taking exception to later in the day.

I was going to take exception to the support for a VAT by Edward at Obsidian Wings, but there are other readers already there ahead of me.

David Neiwert at Orcinus usually offers us longer, more detailed posts. Today he's pithy.

Via Sebastian Holsclaw, I got to A Handful Of Sand and the story of a soldier whose war-experience blog was discovered by his battalion commander, whom (one presumes) is high up enough on the food chain to cause him some serious problems. But it didn't happen that way. The soldier's blog is here. (I haven't read it. The black background with gray type is just a blur on this monitor.)

The Editors at The Poor Man tell us something the national press isn't stressing much. The turnouts at the Kerry-Edwards campaign stops are huge.

And, in the "good news" department, Christopher Hayes has the story of a corporate CEO who met the environment and decided it was worth preserving.

Posted by AnneZook at 10:55 PM


Fantastic roundup. THANKS!

Posted by: Jonathan Dresner at August 13, 2004 04:38 AM

Really amazing round up. Really. You make it pointless for me to read anything else, since I can save the time and simply read the stuff you post here. You're like the best news clipping service ever.

As to the Bush-McCain photo, which I've seen posted everywhere, I think the right-wingers are jumping for joy because it means McCain isn't leaving the reservation, despite the fact he occassionally says things that make Democrats happy.

Posted by: Lawrence Krubner at August 13, 2004 07:38 AM

By the way, I personally think it is good to write something like this:

"Atrios (I like the name) is staying on the Right's lies and misdirection about Kerry's Vietnam service, as does Digby. As is Josh Marshall at Talking Points. And Andrew Olmsted has a whole series of posts on the subject."

And bad to write something like this:

"Right wing lies."

This first is what you actually wrote, the second is probably the way Avedon Carrol would write it. I like your style better, because you give me enough information for me to figure out whether I want to click on the link.

Posted by: Lawrence Krubner at August 13, 2004 07:44 AM

Jonathan - Aww, shucks. :)

Lawrence - Stop picking on Avedon Carol. :) I love her blog. (But thanks for the kudos, anyhow!)

Posted by: Anne at August 13, 2004 01:18 PM

I am lazier than you are, he's right about that - sometimes I make the effort, but sometimes I'm just tired or stupid or afraid my browser is about to crash. (I really shouldn't have 35 tabs open at once, but I'm flakey that way.)

Posted by: Avedon at August 13, 2004 05:12 PM

Avedon - We all have days when we're busy. Having worked both with a bad computer, and a bad internet connection, I have complete sympathy for those days when it's just more work than it's worth to try and get on-line and stay on-line for long enough to do a really thorough blog entry.

Still, I want to say that your blog remains consistently one of my favorite stops each day.

Posted by: Anne at August 15, 2004 09:20 AM

Good list! I like the blogs so much! Mine, so far is mostly a lefty link dump, with a bit of my creativity. About the soldiers blog "my war-fear and loathing in Iraq", I am really enjoying watching this young man's travails in-country...a good tale-spinner...

Posted by: Joe at August 16, 2004 10:57 PM