Saturday, September 27, 2008

The Reaction in Review (Sept. 27, 2008)

A week's Reactions that deserve a second look:

This week's "round-up" is slightly delayed in order to accommodate our best presidential debate reactions.


By J. Thomas Duffy: "Debate results: The Flintstones vs. The Jetsons" -- Duffy's creative, inimitable style, along with great out-takes and tons of good links, enriches this post -- well worth the read.


By Michael J.W. Stickings: "Initial reflections on the first Obama-McCain debate'" -- Excellent summary of the debate includes the author's insightful reflections, along with those of other highly respected bloggers (includes an interesting comment thread).

By LindaBeth: "LA Representative wants the poor sterilized, rich to procreate more" -- " . . . he's going to racistly assume that it's because they're voluntarily having "too many" children "they can't afford," . . . we should encourage, not free contraception and education, but sterilization. . . ?"


By Michael J.W. Stickings: "On CNN's appalling coverage of Obama, McCain, and the bailout negotiations" -- "McCain is playing leader, and the media are playing along, but he isn't actually leading anything."

By Carol Gee: "Will it always be about conflict?" -- "The word that best describes the United States' role in the world under the Bush administration . . . is "versus, " U.S. vs. mid-east, right vs. wrong, etc."

By J. Thomas Duffy: "Top Ten Cloves: Things John McCain will do Friday evening, instead of debating Barack Obama" -- Duffy's famous countdown list, plus bonus photo of McCain and Rick Davis.


By Grace: "Stephen Harper vs. The Arts" -- "The true wealth of the arts community is our talent and enthusiasm for sharing it - by trying to stifle it, Harper has proven himself to be a cultural pauper."

By Carl: "Politics stops at the border, right?" -- Carl predicts the classified Afghanistan National Intelligence Estimate will be leaked Nov. 5. . . Adm. Mullen: "I'm not convinced we're not winning it in Afghanistan."

By Michael J.W. Stickings: "Crisis" -- A very well-reasoned argument that is skeptical about the administration's Wall Street bail-out plan.


By Libby Spencer: "Obama offers specifics -- media isn't there" -- Libby laments that Obama's media coverage is only about the "horse race" and the polls, leaves out the substance.

By Creature: "For old times' sake" -- Revelations about the real reasons for the agreement to withdraw troops from Iraq in 2011.

By Capt. Fogg: "It's my party and I'll lie if I want to" -- Dead-on post about Sarah's silly New York coming out party; "but she won't be coming out and we won't be coming in," The Press.


By Carl: "Risky business" -- Very thoughtful analysis of the Wall Street banking bail-out options - with hat tips to Paul Krugman and George Will.

By Dan Tobin: Rock-throwing McCain's (seven) houses made of glass? -- Clever post about the presidential candidates' vehicle fleets.

By Capt. Fogg: "From lie to shining lie" -- A searing post key to an electorate that is too easily swayed by Palin's prevarications.

Special free bonus -- By Michael J.W. Stickings: "Painful Palin" series -- "Free Sarah Palin," "Not to belabor the point," "Palin and the press," "Yeah, mocked, I guess that's the word, yeah."

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