Added a bunch of new links, and I put them in alphabetical order. Hopefully I got rid of that email a friend thing. Ugly.
John Cole started Balloon Juice early in 2002. Those who have followed along know that this has been quite the journey.
In an attempt to prove that guest letter writers can be as idiotic as regular columnists (insert your Ted Rall, Jacob Weisberg or columnist of your choice link here), a WaPo reader states that:
At this time, when disagreeing with the foreign policy of our country is akin to treason, maybe we should take a moment to look at what we do to cause our own internal fanatics, if only to understand what we can do to help prevent future foreign fanatics from attacking our shores.
Let’s see, one sentence indirectly covers non-existent civil rights erosion hysteria post 9/11, touches on the ‘blame America’ theme, and cries out to examine ‘root causes.’ Folks- this is a left-wing trifecta!
Happy, Happy! Joy, Joy! The people who brought you Amtrak, the Post Office, the Brady Bill, and Mohair subsidies have further involved themselves in education.
In a rhetorical smack-down of unparalleled dimensions, Anne D. Coughman at Protein Wisdom gives Ted Rall the thrashing of his life. I have read this four times, and I laugh out loud each time. This really should be a how-to example for bludgeoning morons, and it ranks up there with P.J. O’Rourke’s Kennedy-hating manual (Mordred Had a Point- Camelot Revisited in Give War A Chance). Perhaps reciting this should be required to join Charles Johnson’s Anti-Idiotarian party.
Also, do not miss PhotoDude’s take on the H. Rap Brown trial, currently underway in Atlanta.
Back to work. Let it be known I officially hate writing abstracts.
The Illuminated Donkey discusses name changes for blogs. This site (Balloon Juice, not Blogical Suspects) has had more name changes than days of existence. Now I find out that one of the reasons Blogical Suspects changed names was that when abbreivated it was BS. Balloon Juice, shortened, me thinks is worse. Sometimes I want to cry.
Andrew Sullivan notes that it is a sad world because the 10 day old daugher of Britain’s chancellor of the exchequer, Gordon Brown, died. I disagree. This is a terribly sad event, and we do extend our condolences, but the remarkable rarity of this sort of tragedy as opposed to the frequency with which it occurred just 30 years ago is reason enough for a positive outlook for the future. The daily expansions in our medicine, science, and technology, as well as the unprecedented freedoms we enjoy, are truly a marvel to behold. Don’t forget what we are fighting for when we send out troops into Afghanistan to stop an enemy who wants to terrorize us back to the stone ages.