Monday, January 16, 2006
Warning: the last 24 hours were particularly thin in the bloggospher.
Featured Blog I: Kentucky Fried
Intelligent Design's Next Crow
THE J TRAIN
[The J Train is a primary care physician in eastern Kentucky and an alluringly original writer. He's old enough to be routinely saving lives but too young to remember Louie Nunn, Kentucky's last Republican governor--until Ernie Fletcher took over in 2003, apparently not for Kentucky's better health. The J Train diagnoses.]
Ernie Fletcher would love nothing more than to change the subject. Kentucky's first Republican governor in my lifetime, thanks to Paul Patton's pecadilloes, he started his term by taking a dump on the state's teachers (and other state employees) before waltzing into his own little cronyism scandal. Rather than owning up to his mistakes and taking it like a man, he issued pre-emptive blanket pardons for anything anybody involved might have done. The only people left who truly support him are the ones who have drunk so much of the Kool-Aid that they frequently burst through walls and exclaim, "Oh yeah!". So, clearly, Ernie needs the state to start talking about something else, and his State of the Commonwealth (remember, we're a commonwealth, for some reason) Address was the perfect time to set new ideas afloat. Read the rest at The J Train...
Featured Blogger II: Washington Putsch
The Naked Lies of Deborah Howell, Washington Post Ombudsman
Jane Hamsher/Firedoglake, January 15, 2006
Deborah Howell is an outrage. Or rather, her title of "ombudsman" is an outrage. If you just change it to "Official GOP Steward" I would have far less problems with her continued presence at the WaPo. But they probably have adequate reason to fear that people like John Harris would then start to bristle and covet it for themselves. It is obvious that on a day-in, day-out basis Howell is being bombarded by representatives of GOP think tanks to complain about any deviation from the official GOP slant on any story, a job which she clearly relishes. She is most certainly happy to print obvious distortions on a daily basis, like this one in today's column about Jack Abramoff:
Schmidt quickly found that Abramoff was getting 10 to 20 times as much from Indian tribes as they had paid other lobbyists. And he had made substantial campaign contributions to both major parties.
That is just an out-and-out, boldfaced lie. It's hard to tell whether Howell is a hack or just an idiot and I suspect a bit of both, and I'm not going to waste any more time beating that one into the ground. I've already been there, as has anyone else paying even the littlest bit of attention. Then Howell goes on to indulge her favorite myth -- the smoke-and-mirrors "well both Democrats and Republicans are unhappy so we must be fair and balanced." I'm sure mother Dahmer was upset at the outcome of young Jeffrey's trial too, but that hardly adds up to "two equal stories." Read the rest at Firedoglake...