Friday, June 12, 2009

The Reaction in review (June 12, 2009)

A week's Reactions that deserve a second look:


By MSS: "Iran:Mousavi claims he won the presidency" -- This writer provides a helpful and interesting analysis of the Iranian presidential election results, votes yet to be completely counted.

By (O)CT(O)PUS: "When 'pro-life' means pro-death" -- (formerly known as "Swampcracker"), the author lays out an excellent history of the militant anti-abortion movement, including various significant court decisions, asking in conclusion, "Which is worse: The threat of international terrorism from abroad, or the threat of terrorism at home that can strike at any moment?"

By Edward Copeland: "A liberal's plea: Health care is too important to screw up" -- As our Editor, Michael said of this post, "Please take the time to read this important post. Edward has been dealing with some pretty serious health issues recently, notably MS, and his experiences with the health-care system provide him with sound insight into what a more fair and equitable system would be. As always, all of us at The Reaction wish good health and send our warmest regards to our friend and fellow blogger, a valued member of our team. -- MJWS.

By Michael J.W. Stickings: "An open letter to the Rev. Jeremiah Wright" -- Michael asks now-outsider J. Wright to please stop, shut up, go away because "You're not helping . . . proving yourself to be, first and foremost, a bigot."


By J. Thomas Duffy: "Maybe Starbucks can sponsor the AMA's Operation Coffee Cup II" -- Duffy's great trademark post exposes the long history of the American Medical Association's opposition to the inclusion of a public/government option in the current health care reform legislation (includes bonus riffs).

By Mustang Bobby: "Not alone" -- A great writer, Bobby carefully examines the shooting at the Holocaust Museum with an eye to the larger societal picture of far too much hate speech (includes good comments).


By Capt. Fogg: "Holocaust" -- The good Captain's thoughtful and provocative essay raises the possibility that our "society should examine our own angers and stop blaming a host of straw men for having messed up our country."

By Michael J.W. Stickings: "David Brooks backs Sotomayor -- but still espouses the racist double standard of the right" -- In this very fine and insightful essay, Michael exposes Brooks' identity politics which seeks to "demonize multiculturalism, still a favorite target of the right. . . Brooks' view amounts to this: Their racial and ethnic identity matters, ours doesn't."

By Michael J.W. Stickings: "Jon Voight? The actor?" -- Michael takes apart the Republican fundraiser speech by Voight as irrelevant nonsense from "post-stardom oblivion whence he came."


By Carl: "Palin in comparison" -- Covering the Palin-Gingrich face off at the big Republican fundraiser, Carl concludes, "Given what we learned about her during the McCain campaign, my gut tells me she took Gingrich to the mess he left and stuffed his nose in it:"

By Carol Gee: "Congress and the President are busily legislating" -- This overview of Congress concludes, "With Democrats in control Republicans are left with little to do but obstruct and complain. The world moved past them. It may take years to become relevant again."


By Carl: "Escape to which mountain?" -- Carl's wonderful personal and pictorial essay captures the on-going challenge we all face when we can neither fight nor flee, "the concept of stress relief."

By Capt. Fogg: "Hell, high water and Burger King" -- In this very effective piece, Fogg wonders whether the world will come to its senses soon enough to save itself from the effects of actual global warming.

By Hamid M. Khan: "The beginning of dialogue" -- Another wonderful guest post, by a writer we are beginning to know and admire, analyzes President Obama's Cairo speech to Islam for its brilliant strategic importance.

By Michael J.W. Stickings: "Sarah Palin, Newt-hungry plagiarist" -- Michael argues effectively that it was plagiarism, and that it "was Sarah being Sarah" typifying a "movement that has run out of ideas . . . a party that continues to run on failure."

Bonus Creature Feature: " It is time to take some responsibility" -- A too-powerful insurance lobby, Bolton on Iran vs. Israel, GOP for deficits, Bad mortgages and banks.

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