We’ve got a new “Think Again” column called ” It’s Still the BushEconomy” about the proclivity of so many in the media to treat thiseconomic crisis as if it were caused by Obama, rather than Bush, hereand I did posts for the Daily Beast arguing that:
a) The release of the torture memos here and
b) It’s OK to love France (and San Francisco) again here and
c) There may be an actual political strategy behind Obama’s willingnessto overload the political system with far more legislation than he canpossibly pass here
Now Here’s Pierce
Name: Charles Pierce
Hometown: Newton, MA
“I’ve seen the world with a five-piece band/lookin’ at the backsideof me/Singing my songs, one of his now and then/But I don’t think Hankdone ’em this way.”
Weekly WWOZ Pick To Click: “Expression Of Love” (Honey Island SwampBand)–I’m no organizer, but I’m willing to bet that, even without thehelp of Sean Hannity and his fellow primates, I could get more than100,000 people to gather nationwide to support the proposition of howmuch I love New Orleans.
Part The First: If there’s a central core of bad journalism at theheart of that breeder reactor for bad journalism that is Ye Olde HouseOf Mulch for brains, it’s got to be Mike Allen. Mike had a bad week. First, Mike decides to talk about real Americans, as though he’s ever met any. (Extra points to Mike for making this point to a radio-talker who was sure we’d all be praising President Mitt Romney by now.) Then, he meets in a dark garage with former officials of theAvignon Presidency who, having been granted anonymity, break the startling newsto Mike that they were great and the new guy sucks. Mike will be waiting in vain for the movie deal on this one, I’m thinking.
Part The Second: Said it before. Will say it again. When the Lordhanded out the big brass ones, Rod Blagojevich got in line twice. No judge in his right mind is going to let this happen. As soon as he hits the ground, our boy is going to be off into the jungle, never to return, until they send somebody upriver to kill him in the middle of the crooked real-estate empire he’s built among the local tribes. Good thing that this is still in effect.