Change from the Top (Kathleen Parker) from the Washington Post
Saturday, November 29, 2008
Change from the Top (Kathleen Parker) from the Washington Post
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
"Obama must scrutinize and disassemble the post-Sept. 11 imperial presidency, even if he reduces his own power in the process."
Monday, November 24, 2008
What Michelle Means to Us from Newsweek
Sunday, November 23, 2008
"There's always an election more or less around the corner, and in this case, 2009 and 2010 should be exceptionally interesting years in term of the balance of power in the Senate, and the control of governorships prior to the 2010 census and subsequent redistricting."
Greetings from Kenya, the Center of the World from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
"The election of Barack Obama was big news in Kenya, his ancestral homeland. Karamagi Rujumba -- who was born in Kenya -- covered the election from there for the Post-Gazette. He has more to tell."
SCIENCE NUGGET! [A take-off on yesterday's similar posting]
Bring Back the Woolly Mammoth? from the New York Times Editorial Board
"The most gung-ho scientists think it could be done in a decade or two for as little as $10 million. The deeper question is, should we try?"
BOOK REVIEW NUGGET!
Review of 'American Lightening' by Howard Blum in the New York Times Book Review
"The 1910 bombing [of the Los Angeles Times Building] was a watershed event in our nation’s history, he insists, with dire consequences for the 20th century and a dark warning for the 21st."
Saturday, November 22, 2008
Resurrecting Mammoths Gets One Step Closer from Newsweek
Put this one (REALLY) in the "OH MY GOD!!" file.
Is Obama the Antochrist? (Lisa Miller) from Newsweek
"In this world view, "the spread of secular progressive ideas is a prelude to the enslavement of mankind," explains Richard Landes, former director of the Center for Millennial Studies at Boston University."
Requiem for a Maverick (Matt Taibbi) from Rolling Stone Magazine
"John McCain ran one of the most incompetent, schizo campaigns in history — and for that we owe him big-time"
Can Love Conquer Caste? from the Washington Post
"My family was completely aghast," Singh recalled, sitting with Pharti in their cozy living room, where they have helped clandestine inter-caste couples elope. "My father said he wouldn't let it happen. But I felt so sure about Anita. We were able to fight back. But we were the lucky ones. Many still get murdered for this."
Lessons From Across the Pond from the Guardian [of London]
"The Labour party should study Barack Obama's election tactics if it wants to regain the upper hand in British politics"
Friday, November 21, 2008
Thursday, November 20, 2008
"President-elect Barack Obama is poised to restore the United States' image in the international community, but experts say the president-elect must show the world that his actions will live up to his rhetoric."
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Monday, November 17, 2008
Quote of the Day
Question [From Jack Cafferty of CNN]: Why is there so much interest in Sarah Palin?
Answer: [From Andrew] "There are two reasons: 1) She’s attractive. For better or for worse, people listen when pretty girls talk, no matter what nonsense may come out of their mouths. 2) Incompetence, by itself, is not entertaining. However, when the incompetent are supremely self-confident, full of certitude, and absent of insight, it’s absolutely compelling."
Life With the Secret Service from Newsweek
"They were christened with their recently-released official Secret Service code names: Renegade (Barack), Renaissance (Michelle), Radiance (Malia), and Rosebud (Sasha)."
Obamaism from New York Magazine
"It’s a kind of religion. But one rooted in a deep faith in rationality. Last week, New York rejoiced in its promise. And sang the National Anthem in the streets."
Where Obama Can look for Help on the Hill from National Journal
"A look at the members of Congress who could serve as allies to the new president."
Learn or Languish (Charlie Cook) from the National Journal
"The GOP's focus on social, cultural, and religious issues cost its candidates dearly among upscale voters."
Jihadist Messages to Obama Reflect Their Uncertainty from Congressional Quarterly
"From the Taliban to al-Baghdadi’s Islamic State of Iraq, the messages welcome and wag fingers at the president-elect, carrying conflicting statements that show these groups have now found it difficult to figure out the next play."
Obama's Winning Formula: Education, Responsibility from the Chicago Sun-Times
"I hope two other issues get as big a boost from their association with President-elect Barack Obama as his Hartmarx suits."
In Obama, Brand America has a new salesman, and a very good one at that from the Standard [of Kenya]
"As a brand, America has never faced a qualitative problem. What it faces perennially are a number of average salesmen who occasionally defaced the brand. Even though America is a superpower, it is ideas and ideals more than might that have defined its place on the global stage. When it relies on might, it goes off rail. When it shows fidelity to the ideals that formed the foundation for its independence, America regains its greatness and rightful place in the world."
This Was Not King's Dream from the Guardian [of London]
"Debating whether Britain could elect a black PM distracts from the true purport of Obama's win."
Drama Club: How Obama Handles People from the New Republic
"His years as a law professor have made Socratic dialogue his chief intellectual reflex. "The most awkward moment on a conference call is when he says, 'Okay, anybody disagree?' and there's just silence," says the aide. "He wants to make sure he's fully explored the issue before we move on." "
Bill Ayers Talks Back (Walter Shapiro) from Salon
"After appearing on ABC's "Good Morning America" last Friday, Ayers sat down for a 55-minute interview with Salon's Washington bureau chief, Walter Shapiro."
Freedom Agenda in Flames (Jackson Diehl) from the Washington Post
"Ayman Nour, the popular young leader of that party, challenged Hosni Mubarak in Egypt's first contested presidential election in 2005. He did so in large part because of Bush, who called on Egypt to "show the way" in the democratization of the Middle East. Mubarak won the election handily, then used a handpicked judge to sentence Nour to prison on trumped-up charges."
How Obama Won from Rolling Stone Magazine
"Two leading political experts on the historic election – and how it could usher in "a brand-new nation""