Thursday, August 31, 2006

David Sirota is one sexy, sexy wonk.

David, loud as he may be at times, makes me wish I could afford to just blog all the time.

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Where The Moose Rove: The Answer is Always Three

The Moose is very proud of being a "hawk". He avers over and over again that "only hawks get elected president."

What exactly is a "hawk"? Is a "hawk" a person who is not averse to using military force when the situation, calmly and clearly analyzed, seems to demand it, and all other measures have been tried and failed? By this definition, I personally would never vote for a non-hawk, and you probably wouldn't either.

But that's clearly not what Moosie means. What Moosie means by being a "hawk" is a person who prefers military solutions. Any and all disputes are reduced to a bitter, us-versus-them battle to the death.

In what universe is this a sane approach? It's like saying "I'm a three." Whatever question you are asked, the answer is "three". Once in a great while, someone will actually ask you a question for which you have the correct answer, but most of the time, umm, no.

The Moose is a terribly angry, terribly paranoid, terribly cowardly animal. He sees bogeymen behind every single tree in the forest. Make no mistake, the bogeymen are out there, but come on, Marshall, they're not behind every tree. Face the world like a man, not a mouse.

A MooseHawk will bravely root for Israel as they stupidly embroil themselves in a no-win situation in Lebanon because, well of course, violence is the only answer for people who dare to oppose the will of Israel. Okay, Moose, you got your way. Let's see your analysis of the unalloyed good that this brave little war achieved. It didn't even get the two prisoners that started the whole thing back. Is the word "failure" in your vocabulary?

But that's not going to happen. MooseHawks have a strange deformity; they are not capable of turning around and examining where they've been. To the Moose, the Lebanon campaign was a rousing success. On to the next battle against the next bogeyman.

Add this deformity to his black-and-white-only visual problems, and you have one very dangerous, very stupid animal.

Oh, and Atrios, thanks and welcome to the party.

Killing the Messenger

Take a good, hard look at what the Bush administration would love to reduce the press to in our country. You can almost hear their wistful sighs...
SHANGHAI, China - Apple Computer Inc. said Wednesday it was working to resolve a dispute over alleged labor abuses by an iPod manufacturer in China.
Hongfujin Precision Industry Co., a major exporter owned by a Taiwanese company, filed a defamation lawsuit against two journalists at the state-run newspaper China Business News who ran stories alleging that workers on iPod assembly lines worked under harsh conditions for low pay.
According to local media reports, the Shenzhen Intermediate Court, in the southern export hub of Shenzhen, accepted the case on July 10 and froze the personal assets of the two journalists, Wang You and editor Weng Bao, of the Shanghai-based paper.

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Welcome Home

So why another blog from Sundog? Does the world really need this?

Probably not, but I find that I do. Much as I enjoy contributing to DemProgress, it's a place with a certain agenda, and many of the things I want to talk about don't really belong there. Plus the fact that I want to wail on Joe Lieberman a great deal more than would probably be polite there.

I love my blog at TPMCafe, but there is no way to control commenters there other than troll-rating them to death. Unfortunately, like something dead stuck to the bottom of your car, I seem to be being trailed by a couple of persistent trolls from my time at LieberDem. Here, I can control the comments. When some rightwing, faux-Democrat loudmouth shoots his mouth off HERE, you'll never see it. My little personal trolls, don't even bother; I will happily delete anything you say, smiling the whole time.

This doesn't mean I don't want lively commenters. I'm just not going to put up with rightwing bullshit. Those that are here to insult, to namecall, to spout phony arguments with no logic, this isn't the place for you. But if you're like me, and you want good discussion without trolls breaking in with their abusive crap every ten minutes, this IS the place for you.

Check back now and then. And thanks for dropping by.

Hello Cruel World

Welcome. Stay tuned.