Gerry Canavan

the smartest kid on earth

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* 211 student activists in California have been arrested in the last 23 days. (via Facebook)

* When David Lynch turned down Return of the Jedi.

* Confessions of an NBA scorekeeper.

* 52% of Americans currently support cap and trade. Sounds like the doubt industry may need to pick up the pace.

* Glenn Greenwald on the Nobel speech and the Obama Doctrine.

But that’s the real danger. Obama puts a pretty, intellectual, liberal face on some ugly and decidedly illiberal polices. Just as George Bush’s Christian-based moralizing let conservatives feel good about America regardless of what it does, Obama’s complex and elegiac rhetoric lets many liberals do the same. To red state Republicans, war and its accompanying instruments (secrecy, executive power, indefinite detention) felt so good and right when justified by swaggering, unapologetic toughness and divinely-mandated purpose; to blue state Democrats, all of that feels just as good when justified by academic meditations on “just war” doctrine and when accompanied by poetic expressions of sorrow and reluctance. When you combine the two rhetorical approaches, what you get is what you saw yesterday: a bipartisan embrace of the same policies and ideologies among people with supposedly irreconcilable views of the world.

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