Liberal apostasy from Damon Linker as we revisit the Iraq war this week: http://theweek.com/articles/555970/why-liberals-tell-themselves-comforting-fables-about-iraq-war Look, Bush / Cheney lied a little… but it was a noble lie. The motivation was to plant the seed of democracy in the middle east, and remake the region for the benefit of them and us. So it’s noble. And it’s not as if it didn’t and doesn’t work, provided you keep a standing army in these countries at a cost of several hundred billion a year. Lyndon Johnson tried the exact same thing, and also lied with the truth not being persuasive. So let’s not have a double standard.
The grievance crowd is trying to draw some contrasts re this Waco biker gang thing, the point being maybe the bikers’ benefit from some assumptions and privilege. http://www.salon.com/2015/05/20/white_americas_waco_insanity_the_shocking_realities_it_ignores_about_racism_violence/ Uh hello, the police marched into that parking lot and started gunning everyone down. That’s not getting the benefit of assumptions or privilege…. I recall also a discussion in the last couple days where it’s asserted that ‘biker gang’ is not as pejorative as ‘thug’. I disagree, my sense as a writing / word / culture guy is that ‘biker gang’ is pejorative like ‘thug’ that one probably can’t split hairs over the difference.
Chait Stains: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/jonathan-chait-fox-news-blondes-sexist Chait’s observation is true, but there’s a problem that kinda obviates the larger takeway, which is supposed to be that FOX is shallow because they have good looking blondes on camera. That problem is, the blondes, Megyn and Kirsten, are formidable personalities and superior to Hannity and O’Reilly as journalists
He’s anti-science: Bernie Sander is against nuclear power. http://www.vox.com/2015/5/20/8628901/bernie-sanders-redditt