(Not really...but that just sounds funny.)
As far as blogs go, I've been really digging Balloon Juice lately. (Last one on my blogroll over there on the right.) I never really read it, but I found some links to it one day and have been back ever since. I find myself reading some of their stuff and thinking to myself, "Well, I guess I don't have to do that post."
And they've been on a roll.
Here's Tim F. taking on the global warming skeptics and asking:
Is there something inherently liberal about avoiding catastrophe?That bold part is mine. That's a point I've been thinking about on and off ever since Al Gore won the Nobel Prize.
It seems to me that the sad saga of warming denial illustrates a major weakness of conservative monementarianism. Climate science isn’t really partisan in any meaningful way, yet as long as the movementarians think that attacking the science will score a vctory against liberalism they will go on attacking just the same. All the petro lobby needed to do was polarize a scientific matter along political lines and the rightwing movement willingly became what amounts to the private army for a cause almost completely tangential to their individual interests.
What's with the contempt for all things environmental? I can understand the petro lobby angle, but Tim is right about the spontaneous army of dittoheads. That phenomenon I don't understand, the blind unthinking loyalty.
I see that in the torture debate too. People who would condemn torture if it was done by Saddam Hussein or the Viet Cong defend torture by the United States government with pathetic legalisms and definition changing. Enhanced interrogation? What the fuck?
John Cole has more outrage, the full context of which can be read here.
Let me say that again. Bush’s administration has tortured men who were factually innocent.That's what I said!
Not men who got off on technicalities. Factually Innocent.
Your hypothetical demands that the government be CERTAIN of the following things:
This man is who we think he is.
This man knows what we think he knows.
No non-torture technique will work.
Patterico, you work with the government. You know for a fact that it gets things wrong all the time. Even when we go through the huge and complicated process of a trial, it gets things wrong. And we aren’t talking anything like a trial here. In reality, we are talking about torturing suspects. That is not a power to be given to the government.
On a completely unrelated topic, Michael D. takes a few swipes at smokers, but ultimately defends us:
Another day, another smoking ban. Let’s play a game: Which of these is a public place? Restaurant, Shopping Mall, Grocery Store, Dance Club, My House, Your House, Ice Cream Store, Bowling Alley, Law office, Bus Station…Fucking voters, that's who.
If you answered “none of the above” you’re right! Each is a private establishment. So what, specifically, gives the government the right to ban smoking on this privately-owned property?
Fucking voters, man...
Anyway, my point is Ballon Juice is a good inside-blog blog.
And speaking of inside blog stuff, check out this stuff from the Cat, Justa:
The war for oil is a war for the beast,Alright, dude, we got the lyrics. Where's the song?
The war on terror is a war on peace