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I Will Give Credence To Anything, Because I’m A Real ‘Murkin

By Jesse Taylor
Monday, June 23, 2008 14:14 EDT

imageMaybe I missed something spending three years toiling away in the salt mines of Ohio (I was miner of the month in September 2007!), but was there a point at which dictators and terrorists became credible communicators of their own intent and rationale?

It’s understandable why right-wingers run to bullshit like this every time it happens, but it sort of undercuts the whole steely warrior of truth mentality to incredulously run to any statement by a dictator or terrorist group and point at it like the goddamn gospel of reverse foreign policy just slipped out. Of course, if they didn’t leap like bunnies at the nearest picture of a carrot, we wouldn’t get golden nuggets like this:

Finally, as with Ron Paul’s refusal to return contributions from white supremacists, it’s reasonable to demand that a candidate unambiguously disavow the endorsement and denounce the endorser.

Taking a donation requires two active parties – one to donate, and one to accept. Someone endorsing someone else doesn’t require two active parties, because it’s not the same fucking thing. Personally, I’d prefer a Steely Warrior Man (And Woman) Guide To Interpreting Evil. For instance, when Iran calls Obama the “great whore of Israel” in 2009, is it a secret mating call? When North Korea calls America the “great tyrant of our sovereignty” in late 2011, is it because Obama beat Kim Jong Il at the game of online Risk they’ve been playing since last fall? When Hezbollah says that Obama is the tool of Zionist aggression, is it because he sent them an autographed copy of You Don’t Mess With The Zohan three weeks after their birthday passed?

We need to know these things.

Image: totally accurate portrayal of the Soviet Union circa 1988.

“Opt-Out” still a fantasy peddled in the male-owned press

By Amanda Marcotte

Mythago sent me an article from the WSJ that has almost the proper mournful tone in presenting the facts that the well-groomed, professional middle class of women are not actually giving it all up to be trophy wives in the numbers suggested by hopeful trend writers in the past few years. The widespread, yucky fantasy that women are largely rejecting the lessons learned from The Feminine Mystique has no basis in reality. I suggest the…


What Obama should have said

By auguste

“I salute the efforts that House Democrats have made in reaching across the aisle to restore our Constitution, but I have repeatedly said that I would support a filibuster on any FISA bill which included retroactive immunity, and I will. I will work with Senate colleagues to ensure that the…


Is it possible Obama’s FISA “reversal isn’t that bad?

By auguste

This is not a “defend Obama at any cost” post: Let it be known that, from my point of view, the baseline answer to the titular question is “no, it’s not.” Obama promised as recently as February to support a filibuster on any bill including retroactive immunity. Several bloggers, including…


Why Liberal Media Bias Is Fake

By Jesse Taylor

Because no matter what happens, the media always picks up on two narratives: can people trust the Democrat, and how does the Democrat stop people from trusting the Republican? With Gore, it was the NASCAR Dads and the beer test, with Kerry it was security moms and the national security…


You’ll be satisfied with our level of service, oral and otherwise

By Amanda Marcotte
Sunday, June 22, 2008 23:11 EDT

Hat tip.…


Save your marriage or save your credit

By Amanda Marcotte

Lindsay Beyerstein catches an important story—an FTC lawsuit against CompuCredit Visa has revealed some of the unusual things that will get held against your credit rating. Oh, it’s not just your income or your borrowing history. Nope. You’re considered a credit risk if you travel more than to work and…


Norm Coleman kerns his wife*

By auguste

Notice anything weird? The truth is, I doubt it’s faked. And even if it is, so what?** Both sides should probably work on being a little less obsessed with Ms. Coleman’s appearance, however. * Or should that be Norm Coleman doesn’t kern his wife? That whole thing confused me, I…


Attending my state party convention

By pams

At the New Bern Convention Center, as the festivities and business begin. Ninety-four counties out of 100 were represented at the convention. I was in New Bern, NC on Saturday for the North Carolina Democratic Party State Convention. Of course I know that most Pandagon readers won’t find this post…


A Contest!

By Jesse Taylor

Twenty dollars to the first person who can give any rational reason why Michelle Obama is mentioned in Maureen Dowd’s latest piece. This isn’t even the failure to write something relevant (the entire article is basically a laundry list of Weird Things The French President’s Wife Did), but Maureen Dowd’s…