Entries by Anne Laurie

Calling the Judicial Radicals Out

E.J. Dionne, bless him, is shrill: The nation owes a substantial debt to Justice Samuel Alito for his display of unhappiness over President Obama’s criticisms of the Supreme Court’s recent legislation — excuse me, decision — opening our electoral system to a new torrent of corporate money. Alito’s inability to restrain himself during the State […]

Early Morning Open Thread

Tomorrow is a marker day — Candlemas, Imbolc, Groundhog Day — the point halfway between the Winter solstice and the Spring Equinox. Still plenty of ugly weather to live through, but as my Irish ancestors used to say, “Live, horse, and you’ll get grass.” Coldest weekend so far here in New England, but there’s a […]

Douthat & O’Keefe, Legacy Comics

You know the old chestnut, “History repeats itself — first as tragedy, then as farce”? Well, comedy works the same way. And it turns out (sorry, DougJ) that Ross Douthat might actually consider himself to be a comedian, in the mold of Bill Murray. Recent events have convinced me that Douthat, the NYT’s “new, young” […]

Early Morning Open Thread: Rud-AIEEE!

At first glance, I read “Ghailiani” as “Guiliani”. That was really scary… Ted Rall periodically Goes Too Far, but he has a genius for combining two or more of the latest political outrages to best storytelling effect. (People will pay for content that’s worth paying for, and I have been subscribing to www.gocomics.com for six […]

Early Morning Open Thread: Lexiconning

I have spent some more hours happily OCDing through the Lexicon, adding attributions, cleaning up links, and including such neologisms as PTDB, Green Balloon Juice, Teabuggers, Moderation (Your Comment Is Awaiting) — linked the WP Codex spam list there — and Firebagger: Firebagger – Unfortunate portmanteau of FDL ‘Firepup’ and ‘Teabagger’, possibly coined by Firedoglake […]