Friday, May 08, 2009

The Reaction in review (May 8, 2009)

By Carol Gee

A week's Reactions that deserve a second look:


By non sequitur: " 'Everyone cheated back then' " -- A baseball fan gives an excellent heads up to a piece of writing that explains fan feelings associated with the Red Sox and the steroid scandal.

By J. Thomas Duffy: "Top Ten Cloves: Things about Manny Ramariz taking banned substances (Fertility Drugs)" -- Duffy's again at his best with hilarious Top Ten Countdowns, this one and also "Possible Reasons Google Flu Tracker didn't pick up Swine Flu."


By Carol Gee: "South Asia over Middle East" -- Reflections and reactions about the "Trilateral" meetings of the heads of state of Pakistan, Afghanistan and the U.S.

By Michael J.W. Stickings: "Ed Gillespie: There was no woman quite like Samuel Alito" -- Michael's insightful post regards the SCOTUS nomination today as contrasted with the previous Bush nominations of Alito and Harriet Miers.

By Capt. Fogg: "Just what it looks like" -- This post observes Rush Limbaugh through the eyes of Dr. Freud.

By Michael J.W. Stickings: "The Great Republican purge of 2009" -- Michael's analysis of the Republican Party's current state of disintegration and disrepute is spot on.


By Carl: "Cut the losses" -- Carl returns this week to his wonderfully lucid and helpful posting on the economic crisis, writing about the bank stress test results impact ; see also "Economic dodgeball," regarding corporate offshore tax evasion.

By J. Thomas Duffy: "A nothing sandwich, with everything on it" -- Duffy makes quick witty work of the great Dijon-on-a-hamburger Obama scandal.

By Michael J.W. Stickings: "Huntsman 2012?" -- This is an important post that introduces Republican Governor Huntsman as perhaps a real force with which Democrats must reckon.


By Michael J.W. Stickings: "Joe the Plumber, bigot" -- Michael exposes the amazing capacity of this Republican favorite for gay bashing and outright bigotry; the post drew a number of comments.

By Michael J.W. Stickings: "I want you... to proselytize in Afghanistan (or, how the U.S. military is trying to convert Muslims to Christianity) -- This great post examines the possibility that we face opposition around the world and that, "part of it is that it at least seems to be not so much a political (and cultural) hegemon as a religious one, that is, that the essence of American power is theocratic in nature, that is, that it desires not just to conquer the world one market at a time but to convert it one soul at a time."

By Michael J.W. Stickings: "Iraqi militias targeting gays" -- This searing post looks at one of the most disturbing recent consequences of the misbegotten U.S. invasion and occupation of Iraq.


By Carl: "Doin' ninety and still flyin' " -- Carl's lovely birthday tribute to a favorite of many of us, activist and folk singer, Pete Seeger.

By Capt. Fogg: "Fox Nation - are you man enough?" -- Fogg exposes "a month old 'Conservative opinion' site" as one serving the intolerant and rabble rousing lunatic fringe.

Bonus Creature Feature: Celebrating some good things -- "No prayer day at the new White House," "Quote of the Day (gay marriage/Maine), "More Specter" (to the end of the seniority line).

(Cross-posted at Behind the Links.)

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