Friday, February 15, 2008

I'll Be Back

Between traveling and illness, I obviously haven't been blogging much. For the two or three regular readers: rest assured, I'll be back.


Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Right To Life

And Republicans want to leave health care to the private sector:

The Los Angeles Times leads locally with word that the state's largest for-profit health insurer, Blue Cross of California, is sending copies of health insurance applications to doctors and asking them to tell the company if they come across any pre-existing medical information that it can use to cancel a patient's coverage. Physicians say they've never seen anything like it before, while the company insists it's standard practice and emphasizes that it's a voluntary program.


Monday, February 11, 2008


You just never know who will turn out to be decisive. Reprinted here in full, a salient post from Rising Hegemon:

It is not just going 4 for 4 plus the Virgin Islands, it's getting the "anti-Bush" endorsement.
If everything King Merde touches turns to shit, than the anti-touch has to be good news:

Talking to folks who know Bush well say he just doesn't believe Obama's earned it; that he's worthy. He has a lot more respect for Clinton and apparently would be more comfortable seeing her or McCain as his heir than Obama.

It's like Obama won a goddamned lottery. If I were them I'd be cranking out a commercial about this right frigging now.


Perfect Metaphor

Via Atrios:

If the Government is a car setting out to give every one a ride to work, then for 40 years the Republicans have been puncturing the tires, pouring sand in the gas tank, stealing the distributor cap, and, whenever they can get their hands on the wheel, driving it straight into the nearest ditch and then, pointing to the wreckage as the tow truck backs up to it, saying, See, this proves that people were meant to walk. And they do this so that they don't have to chip in on gas.


Disgusting News Of The Day

It's absolutely no surprise that now Gates is calling for a "slowdown" of the reduction in troops promised after the "surge".

I say no surprise because anyone who has watched this administration knows that it was inevitable. But in addition, it's not difficult to see that when you expand your occupation footprint, it's gets increasingly more difficult to back away. That will be the problem that the next President has to overcome .... a ego momentum of enormous proportions.


Sunday, February 10, 2008


Kevin Drum summarizes it well so I don't have to discussing the latest GOP caucus results:

Bottom line: this has been a disastrous night for McCain. Sure, he'll win the nomination eventually, but he looks like a goner in the general election. He's either going to be forced to spend so much time pandering to pissed-off conservatives that he loses the independent vote, or else he's going to beg for independents and wake up on November 5th to find out that half his base decided to stay home rather than vote for him. He's screwed either way. This is a mighty narrow tightrope he's walking, and it looks like he's going to be fighting gale-force crosswinds the whole way.