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Really excellent interview with Rick Perlstein on Ronald Reagan by David Dayen

This passage caught my eye, even though it's not about Reagan:

You talk about Jimmy Carter as just this smile, someone who was an empty vessel for everyone’s beliefs that they projected onto him. You use this phrase, “they yearned to believe,” to describe liberal feelings toward Carter.

Could you believe that Dems could be attracted like iron filings to a magnet to a blank-slate candidate where everyone sees what they want to see? Yes, how about Barack Obama? It’s very similar. Of course, there’s this old adage, Republicans fall in line, Democrats fall in love. But I hope people see the parallel between liberals’ love of Carter, who was not a liberal, and who studiously declined during the campaign to commit himself to any liberal policy, and the present day. Remember in late 2006, Ken Silverstein wrote this article in Harper’s, talking about how Obama was in bed with agribusiness, in bed with local energy interests in Illinois, and not to be trusted? Well, in this time I’m writing about, also in Harper’s, there was an article by Steven Brill called “The Pathetic Lies of Jimmy Carter,” pointing out all of his flaws and misstatements, and it went nowhere. Because they yearned to believe. That’s something I put in throughout the book, they yearned to believe. And it’s a powerful force.

It is, it is. Read below the fold...

Hopefully nothing nuclear

I found this on the Internet

A cat in a shark suit riding a vacuum:

Why US Propaganda Goose-Step to Nuclear War with Russia?

David North and Alex Lantier in a provocative article entitled “Are you ready for nuclear war?” insist that we all should be asking ourselves that question especially since the mysterious but war-mongering propaganda-useful destruction of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17! Read below the fold...

In the garden: I do believe the cukes are starting to be ready

46 days from the second week in June, and they were from flats....

IIRC, last time I ate with sliced and spread with crème fraîche and some good salt. Extravagant, but not extravagant for a complete meal.

Unfortunately, I also spotted a Japanese beetle sitting comfortably on one of the cucumber leaves. Presumably, they won't go for the cukes since they have a whole raspberry patch and some roses for decoys, but, what if: Read below the fold...

Obama floats immigration trial balloon

The headline says it all: "Obama Said to Plan Giving Millions U.S. Work Permits":

White House officials have told allies in Congress to expect an announcement of a large-scale action most likely in September, just before the midterm congressional elections, the aide said, asking for anonymity to discuss an unannounced plan.

“One thing that seems clear is that they are seriously committed to using the full extent of their legal authority to start fixing the system,” said Marshall Fitz, director of immigration policy at the Center for American Progress, a Washington policy research group with close White House ties.

So it's a career progressive move.

“That includes doing as much as possible to enable undocumented individuals with significant equities who have committed no serious crimes to come forward, register, undergo background checks and request temporary status,” Fitz said.

What the heck does "significant equities" mean? A house? A small business? What? Read below the fold...

MH17 from the Ukraine villagers' perspective

Read it all, a very good piece. Makes most of the work by the reporters who parachuted in look childish. For example, if I'd been picking up, or even guarding, body parts for two days, I would probably welcome a good stiff drink too.

UPDATE Oops, pasted the headline instead of the URL. Here's the headline in case the link doesn't work; Google it, and that link should work: Read below the fold...

Ilan Pappe: Israeli Myths and Propaganda

Hat tip, Rangoon78. This really is an awesome video. I have to say that I like the professorial tone; professors are my people....

Evil No Longer ‘Lesser’, Even from Ostrich Stance

It’s hard to fight for human and social justice when one recognizes that the communication of horrifying truths has little chance of penetrating -- SERIOUSLY -- the hearts and minds of so many, many of those still dedicated to crony “truthiness” and the status quo -- hearts and minds of so many low-information and dead-conscienced but stubbornly self-labeled “progressives” of America. Read below the fold...

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The Chavez font


Supporters of Venezuela's late socialist leader Hugo Chavez on Monday unveiled yet another novel way of keeping his memory alive - a font for typing in "El Comandante's" handwriting style.

The distinctive 'ChavezPro' font was launched by a group of young "anti-imperialists" to coincide with nationwide commemorations of the 60th anniversary of his birth.

Chavez's bold scrawl became famous to Venezuelans as he used to spend hours on national TV writing and drawing on boards and papers to explain policies, develop ideas and sign deals.

His signature, in red for socialist, adorns T-shirts, baseball caps and the walls of buildings around the nation.

They used letters written by Chavez while he was in jail for a failed 1992 coup attempt to digitalize his handwriting.

Here's what it looks like (definitely better than Comic Sans): Read below the fold...

In the garden: If I want to know where the sun's coming from, I can just ask the squash

And here is the answer!

("Bad Lambert" because I should have weeded that quack grass. I have been very remiss in my weeding, and after the rain, the weeds are humongous!)

Here's another tropism: Read below the fold...

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Shakesville under attack

This Is What Has Been Happening

I just want to throw some solidarity link love to a good and useful site. Shakesville is a safe blog, that is no hurtful rhetoric is tolerated. Some might derisively call that politically correct. I call it scrupulously thoughtful. It seems some people feel threatened by all that courtesy and are lashing out. CorrenteWire came in for a little of that back in 2008, but nothing on the scale that Shakesville is experiencing. Read below the fold...

This one chart shows why the fear and loathing of the Clintons that some factions of the political class feel does not translate to normal human beings

This 1 chart shows why the fear and loathing of the Clintons felt by some factions of the political class does not translate to normal human beings

The Clinton administration was the only administration since Nixon where take-home pay increased over a sustained period. The only one.

But NAFTA! But Glass-Steagall! But dot com bubble! But great moderation! But Bob Rubin! But wag the dog! But et cetera! Read below the fold...

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