Monday, November 2, 2015

Cheap shots

Meat Mark Halperin! At the Hickory Park in Ames, Iowa, I believe, 2007. Via.
That's so Halperin.

Expressing amazement that Plouffe should endorse Hillary—no clue that his judgment, or anybody's, could be about policy and politics rather than raw teen emotions. ("But he was against her eight years ago!" Yeah, Obama was running.)

Scores an interview with the man who said
“We need to send Barack Obama back to Chicago. I’d like to send him back to Kenya, back to Indonesia.” He went on to say, “We have to unmask this man. This is a man that seeks to destroy all concept of God. And I will tell you what, this is classical Marxist philosophy. Karl Marx very clearly said Marxism requires that we destroy God because government must become God.”
and chats about flan, dominoes, and when's the nicest time for a vacation.

Rafael Cruz, via Durant Democrat.

Worst person in the world:

Gregory Mankiw.

Image via AdBusters, where you can download it to use a a sticker on copies of Mankiw's works.
A Reporter

Carol Morello writes in the Washington Post:
when a Washington Post reporter called out a question about human rights at the conclusion of Kerry’s meeting with Karimov, an Uzbek official and an American wearing a “diplomatic security” pin each took her by an arm and firmly guided her from the room.
Uh, I realize it's not the most important thing, but would you mind mentioning which reporter that was?

Not that it's hard to find out, since it's in every account of the incident not in the Washington Post, and in the caption to Wapo's accompanying video; it's Carol Morello herself, unable to name herself because Wapo style, like that of the New York Times, requires reporters to refer to themselves as "a reporter" if they should happen to intrude on an ongoing story.

No big point to make, and certainly no shade thrown on Morello, who's doing wonderful work, I just never stop finding this funny. "A reporter." "Oh, they had a reporter there?"

Islam Karimov, president of Uzbekistan, in carpet form, via Streit Talk. "What? No personality cults here!"

I am so bummed! Apparently the Republican presidential candidates do not have what it takes to stand up to the abusively liberal commentatorate at CNBC and the rest of them—they're not going to send a list of demands to the media debate sponsors after all—and whether any of them is going to be able to stand up to Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin is anybody's guess.

What I was hoping was they would end up proposing a debate with no moderators at all, which is kind of obvious when you think about it. I mean, what do moderators do? They moderate, which is the last thing these guys want.

And then Lincoln and Douglas didn't have moderators, as any fule kno, they just stood there and ranted in the Illinois sun, one at a time, and no interruptions from a bunch of evil-minded journalists intent on trapping them into sounding like idiots. Giants in those days. It's not clear if America has the stamina for a debate on that scale, which would probably take at least as long as, likely a good bit longer than, a cricket test match, if all the candidates were to speak, rebut, and conclude. But I just think democracy is worth a sacrifice, as long as I'm not making it (I'll totally look at the transcripts).

Zombie lawn gnomes, via nerdmuch.

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