Gerry Canavan

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Friday Night Links

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Friday night links while I wait for Jaimee to get home so I can watch some science fiction and turn my brain off.

* George Will is in the news this week for his latest stunningly dishonest column on climate change, which the Washington Post has perversely decided to stand behind. The statement from the paper’s ombudsman is here.

* The EPA under the Obama administration will finally be able to take carbon seriously.

* Secure website authentification questions.

* Howard Machtinger looks back at his participation in the Weather Underground to acknowledge the group’s failures. Via MeFi and Matt Yglesias.

While “New Morning” signaled the WU’s commitment to taking greater care after the accident to target property and not people, it did not acknowledge the WU’s own responsibility for the politics of the Townhouse collective.

WU leaders––then and since––failed to reckon candidly and directly with what it meant, politically and humanly, that core members of the organization had planned to use fragmentation bombs to kill attendees at a dance.

* The complete Pac-Man dossier: everything there is to know about the game, from ghost logic to how to play the kill screen. Via MeFi.

* Hard to believe we’ve all outlived Late Night with Conan O’Brien. I haven’t watched the show in years, but it was formative to my sense of “funny” as a teenager. Here’s Colbert saying goodbye the only way he knows how.

* Wither Burris? It doesn’t look good for the man nobody wanted to be Senator anyway.

A Little Bit of Politics

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A little bit of politics.

* Yesterday’s Tina Fey/Sarah Palin skit was another instant classic. It’s no exaggeration to say that Tina Fey may have single-handedly saved America from a Sarah Palin presidency, and for that she deserves our deepest thanks.

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* As for what Gwen Ifill thought of the debate she (poorly) moderated, on Meet the Press this morning she seemed a little miffed that Palin “blew [her] off.”

* For better or for worse Obama has decided that the Keating Five scandal is now fair game. I say “or for worse” only because it’s not clear to me that aggressive negative campaign is still necessary anymore; the Ayers smear to which it is a response is very old news, and there’s strong evidence that McCain has permanently damaged his own brand through his lying and smearing. There’s also good reason to think McCain is already beat, which makes me wonder whether it’s worth it at this point to climb back down to McCain’s level and potentially damage the Obama brand as a consequence.

* Open Left also has a post on realignment elections with some nice very nice historical maps.

* And Nicholas Kristof tackles privilege in the time.

One of the fallacies this election season is that if Barack Obama is paying an electoral price for his skin tone, it must be because of racists.

On the contrary, the evidence is that Senator Obama is facing what scholars have dubbed “racism without racists.”

Written by gerrycanavan

October 6, 2008 at 3:16 am