Friday, August 07, 2009

The Reaction in review (August 7, 2009)

By Carol Gee

A week's Reactions that deserve a second look:

Good News --
Now that he is back home after vacation, you can follow our esteemed Editor, Michael J.W. Stickings on Twitter, via a link at The Reaction website. Thanking Creature for minding the store in his absence, here is the. . .

Creature Feature -- Ten succinct posts run the gamut from "Death Panel," making Creature "want to disconnect completely," to "Not a bad week" indeed, for the President. Somewhere in between Creature was fighting the teabaggers, criticizing Michelle Malkin, looking for an outlet, watching the polls, and wishing for a single-payer form of health care.


By (O)CT(O)PUS: "I have seen the enemy: America's mega-corporations and their media shills" -- "The author's self-described "diatribe" asserts that "the hooligans have taken over; the corporations have won," citing news that CNN refused to run an ad critical of the insurance industry. See also, Michael on CNN.

By Mustang Bobby: "Sen. Martinez to resign" -- Bobby, a Floridian, offers a very good analysis of what could likely happen in the 2010 U.S. Senatorial race.

By Michael J.W. Stickings: "Stop the fearmongering" -- Michael firmly corrects any assertion that the White House would set up an enemies list of dissenters, noting that the project is actually a campaign to rebut lies.

By Michael J.W. Stickings: "John Hughes (1950-2009)" -- Michael is one of the best when it comes to tributes to his favorites who have passed on; this warm and very knowledgeable obit is no exception.


By (O)CT(O)PUS: "How astroturfing and town-hall hooliganism will destroy American democracy" -- Our beachcomber-contributor worries that "we are reaching a tipping point where we lose both" the two sides of the coin, "freedom and responsibility."

By Michael J.W. Stickings: "How the conservative critics of Clinton's trip to North Korea are both heartless and stupid" -- Point by point, Michael's fine post argues against the right's (Krauthammer, Bolton and Morris for example) unfair responses to Bill Clinton's trip to North Korea.

By Michael J.W. Stickings: "Senate confirms Sotomayor, Republicans commit mass seppuku on Capitol steps" -- Michael analyzes the reasons for our new Justice's rather easy confirmation vote, concluding that President Obama had a "remarkably good week" despite his falling poll numbers.

By Carol Gee: "This week's Senate update" -- A roundup of Senate action on confirmation of nominees, health care reform, emerging political news, and the outlook for recess activities.


By Capt. Fogg: "The quiet American" -- The Captain effectively takes on former U.N. ambassador, John Bolton, for his "pathetic and childish and disgusting and embarrassing" criticism of President Clinton's successful mission to North Korea. See also Carl's wonderful: "The Big Dawg!"


By Carl: "Choices and decisions" -- Carl humbly asks his readers to "forgive the indulgence" of his (wonderfully warm and insightful) "thought piece" on choices, in which he rightly asserts that "you act upon those things you love."

By Capt. Fogg: "Birthers, believers and bananas" -- Fogg's excellent post concludes, ". . . for the bigots, for the believers, for the people who equate fact and reason, law and decency with fascism. . . If it feels good believe it. If challenged by the facts. . . never give up, never surrender, never stop hating."


By Mustang Bobby: "Kristol channeling" -- Bobby' great post asserts that NYT columnist Ross Douthat compares favorably to William Kristol, when it comes to gross generalizations and silly comparisons between Repubs and Dems, contrasting Texas with California. See also, Going South.

By Carl: "Plagues and pestilence" -- Carl skillfully surveys the latest "nasty bugs" and a new strain of HIV, concluding that "things are a bit scary."

By Carol Gee: "The future of health care reform" -- A set of predictions regarding what is likely to happen legislatively by the end of the year, citing political news sources and offering personal opinions.


By J. Thomas Duffy: "The tsunami to come" -- Incomparable Duffy is not going to buy the Michael Jackson Lithographs, at any price.

(Cross-posted at Behind the Links.)

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