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Al Gore Is Up In This Piece

By Jesse Taylor
Saturday, July 19, 2008 16:16 EDT

imageAl Gore just stepped onstage at Netroots Nation, meaning that I am compelled by my contractual liberalism to post on the environment.

The Wall Street Journal surprisingly opines against carbon-based environmental regulations yesterday. I am also surprisingly wearing shorts and sandals in Austin. And Al Gore is also surprisingly handsome and manly.

The thrust of the argument is that the EPA wants to become some Big Brother regulatory agency that would drastically change how our buildings and vehicles are built and operated, regulating much more of the construction and assembly processes in order to ensure a greener and less damaging economy. Am I the only one who doesn’t see much of a problem with this?

Our economy is, in many critical ways, failing to innovate. And not the we-made-Crystal-Pepsi failing to innovate, but the we-brought-back-old-Coke-as-Coke-classic failing to innovate. It’s affecting every sector of our economy, from automobiles to housing to technology, and our main response to it seems to be to promote tax breaks and incentives that keep said industries from failing rather than encouraging them to succeed and new industries to innovate. If the heavy hand of government needs to come in and shake things up and get us out of this stupor, then so be it – but the fundamental problem with competitiveness in our economy today is that government isn’t doing enough of the right things to shape and focus our economic direction, which has the perverse effect of overloading and even crippling the “free market” with the mandate of government non-intervention.

The Iraqi Prime Minister May Have Been Born A Muslim

By Jesse Taylor

The Iraqi Prime Minister, Nuri Al-Maliki, endorses Barack Obama’s withdrawal plan for Iraq. Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki told a German magazine he supported prospective U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama’s proposal that U.S. troops should leave Iraq within 16 months. In an interview with Der Spiegel released on Saturday, Maliki said he wanted U.S. troops to withdraw from Iraq as soon as possible. “U.S. presidential candidate Barack Obama talks about 16 months. That, we…


Family Research Council in desperate need of design skilz

By pams

This is what happens when fundies avoid the creative class because of teh gay, and are left with graphic designers without any sense of style. In the Family Reseach Council’s latest e-blast, look at the icon designed to represent “traditional marriage” – a genitals-free, shapeless Play-doh figure. I think that…



By Amanda Marcotte
Friday, July 18, 2008 22:11 EDT

Now this is some serious smackdown, blogger style. No it’s not. Ever since I heard that they’re having this right wing convention in town as a sort of shadow “fuck you for being better than us” convention, I’ve been telling everyone I meet at Netroots Nation. Not one has heard…


Obama: Gay Chick Lover

By Jesse Taylor

It needs to be said: this Obama fellow is sort of cool. Barack Obama is a dedicated feminist who “lives surrounded by women,” his half-sister, Maya Soetoro-Ng, told a mostly female crowd at a Women For Obama event in downtown Tampa on Thursday. Soetoro-Ng told the crowd that Obama helped…


Watch the now-infamous panel

By Amanda Marcotte

Webcast by Ustream.TV Dubbed the “infamous” fucks panel by Gavin. Watch Kevin Drum say dirty words! Watch Jesse tell an infamous joke. Watch Atrios be smart and shit. Watch the Rude Pundit explain his limits. Watch Digby defend cursing. Watch Amanda drink a lot of water.…


Without comment

By auguste

Aftermath of a crime: “I am ready to sign a deal [with Blackwater] in exchange for an admission of the crime and an apology,” Mohammed Hafidh Abdul-Razzaq, a car spare-parts dealer from Baghdad, told the BBC. “This is important for me, morally, for my family and my tribe.” He said…


More Netroots Nation thoughts

By Amanda Marcotte

After watching the panel with Digby, Atrios, Paul Krugman, and Rick Perlstein, I can say I see a theme shaping up this year’s Netroots Nation. The assumption hanging over all panels and other get-togethers is that Obama is going to win in November and we’ll be facing what’s basically a…


Further thoughts on Harold Ford

By auguste

Live Streaming by Ustream.TV (Moulitsas & Ford begins about 26 minutes in) In no particular order: 1. “Just be glad you live in a country where you can gather together for a political movement without being arrested” is the last refuge of the obfuscator. Especially when the issue you’re responding…


Harold Ford Explains It All

By Jesse Taylor

Watching the Markos/Harold Ford panel right now. I can only dream of one day sitting in a chair like Harold Ford does. This man owns casual seating. I always find that the truest measure of a politician’s skill is how they handle a potentially hostile crowd. Harold Ford does it…