Here’s a few nekkid little links, for those who aren’t already sick unto death of these topics:
Tim Heffernan at Esquire says “Rudy Giuliani Is Still a Colossal Seven-Letter Word”, this time about the Not-At-Ground-Zero Non-Mosque. He takes just 10 cogent & witty paragraphs to make his case, although probably not many BJ readers need convincing.
Dave Weigel posts his Cato Institute Speech, “Libertarians: How Do They Work?” at his Slate blog. He argues, among other things, that Sharron Angle won her primary “partly because she had the strongest libertarian credentials”, and that she’s slipping in the polls now because she’s not being libertarian enough. Oooookay…
Ben Smith at Politico (you have been warned) breathlessly reveals that “Key White House allies are dramatically shifting their attempts to defend health care legislation, abandoning claims that it will reduce costs and deficit and instead stressing a promise to ‘improve it.'” The Herndon Alliance rebuts: “Our research reaffirms that the more the public hears about the specific reforms in the law, the more they like it. The strategy of informing and educating the public about the law continues to be the right strategy.” Shape of the earth? — Opinions differ, but I know which side I don’t trust.
Tom Scocca at Slate spoils a feel-good week making fun of such worthy targets as Ross Doubt-that (“Douthat Thinks We Could All Learn Something Valuable from the KKK”; “Douthat Still Trying to Explain Why Bigotry Is Good for America”; “Douthat Clarifies Why He’s Still Wrong… “), Rudy Guiliani, Brett Favre (“Even BF Cannot Fathom BF Any More”), Politico (“The Culture War Is Over! Did Your Side Win?”), and Roger Clemons (“Is It Perjury If Your Mind Lives in an Alternate Dimension”) by oversharing on the “missing” BP oil plume and the news that the Great Pacific Garbage Patch may have three as-yet-unidentified global siblings.
Bill McKibben has one of his patented jeremiads, “Why has extreme weather failed to heat up climate debate?”, at the Guardian. If you have been looking for a short, well-written link source to combat the forwarded emails from your denialist acquaintances, this is an excellent start.
And, finally, a blast from Jack Shafer at Slate about the “knucklehead” Eighteen Percenters:
… Unfortunately, the percentage of poll respondents who said Obama is a Muslim and could also successfully define Islam was not on the list of questions. Nor was the question, “If a Muslim bit you on the ass, would you be able to identify his religion?” I’m guessing that the percentage of respondents who would answer yes to either of those questions would be low, as would the percentage who could accurately describe the tenets of faith observed by Muslims.
What we do know from the Pew survey is that beliefs about what religion Obama practices closely track the political assessment of him: About two-thirds of respondents who think Obama is a Muslim disapprove of the job he’s doing as president, while about two-thirds of respondents who believe Obama is a Christian approve of his performance.
I’d be more upset about the Pew poll if a Gallup Poll hadn’t also reported that 18 percent of Americans think the sun revolves around the earth or that only 18 percent of Americans believe all or most of what is published in the New York Times. We can count on stupidity, willful ignorance, and intellectual sloth to plague us 100 percent of the time. All we can do is fight the darkness with light.