Category Archives: Liberal Blog
All graduating policy wonks who aspire to blog should apply – more info here, at ThinkProgress.org
I refuse (cannot try) to rhyme this because the word “blog” has many limitations. Live blogging a blogging convention seems very meta to me – Philip Seymour Hoffman, where are you?!
8:11 PM – Tom Duvall just shouted into a microphone, said tonight was the greatest night in Michigan sports history and introduced Mark Brewer… who then proceeded to still talk about sports. Is game a synonym for blog? Now we’re discussing Derek Dobbies. I like his tie.
8:12 – Conservatives don’t like Obama. Obama likes blogs. Therefore, conservatives don’t like blogs. Also, we like the stimulus package, so the stimulus package likes blogs and blogs are stimulating (but not for conservatives) and Obama is a great package. SO blog for money and Obama but not conservatives (because they don’t want to be stimulated.)
8:13 – UPDATE, ALERT, there will be a Governor’s race in 2010. A whole lotta bloggers for John Cherry.
8:15 – people smoke marijuana… people who are politicians.
8:16 – Bloggers are the best! They are better than the mainstream media! They are sticking it to Republicans in Grand Rapids! PS – here is Marcy Wheeler!
8:17 – Wheeler got her PhD at Michigan and therefore is da bomb. She straight chilled in the Libby trial and clacks mad keys for automotive issues and, more recently, the AIG scandal.
8:18 – Q: Where did the need for blogs come from? A: the internet. (but plus smarter stuff, too.)
8:19 – in the good old days, Pubbies could harnass the media (like the talkey talk box!) but now, with the evolution of the interwebs, we’ve usurped their power. Apparently bloggers are allegedly feisty than Rush Limbaugh… this is probably not the case. IN THE GOOD OLD DAYS, PARTISAN SKEWS WAS GOOD AND KIND. (Or, at least wildly accepted.) Partisan journalism cranks out da vote.
Most people know the mad love I have for the Obama Art Report and all the snazzy politically charged art it posts. Wooster Collective, the original site that found these images in a New York subway, is very similar to the Obama Art Report but solely focuses on street art. If you can’t read the bottom of the second poster, it reads, “Out of the White house, but not offÂ the hook. Arrest Cheney and Bush for crimes of high treason.” Admittedly, that is a bit harsh, but it is definitely one slick image.
The office of the Lt. Governor announced an exciting new promotion this week: Play ball with John Cherry!
Now, despite what the name implies, don’t expect to be rounding the bases with John this Spring. Instead, you’ll have the opportunity to join his fantasy baseball league–free of charge!
The LG will be accepting 11 new bffs to join his personal fantasy baseball league team; he promises to run the account himself. To enter for a chance at greatness, email email@example.com (subject: baseball) to be entered in the random drawing.
Who knows, this might be our most successful athletic endeavor to date. RIP Dems Sports.
SNL pretty much summed up the feeling of Democrats everywhere with Saturday’s opening skit, featuring SNL alumnus Dan Akroyd. Impeaching Obama? Unfaltering love for Rush Limbaugh? Banning slumber parties? What will they think of next? Just more of the same.
My favorite moment of Conservative insanity came from Friday’s Wall Street Journal opinion page, with a piece from Bradley Schiller that opened:
President Barack Obama has turned fearmongering into an art form.
Hold up. After the last eight years I’ve become very adept at spotting fear mongering and false analogies. Nice try. If you’re feeling riled up, just read another one of these. The metaphor of John Dingell as a “vintage” automobile should be enough to cheer you up.
Sorry, House. Not even the defibrillator will bring the health care provisions back.
In this time of great need, when people are losing jobs, health care without a doubt an issue on the forefront. I guess Senator Ben Nelson (D-NE) and Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) both thought, when brokering this supposed bipartisan stimulus package, that putting money towards health care related areas wouldn’t really help out the American people. (Education, too, but I think Nathaniel had that one covered well.) It’s like adding coffee to milk instead of the other way around.Â Weak coffee is bad. The need to reach an agreement is necessary, yes, but diluting the Act defeats some of its purpose.Â Regardless, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act passed, $110 billion trimmer. The list below covers a few of the cut items. (Ezra Klein captures some of my unhappiness.)
So yes, in case you’re wondering, the centrist compromises not only cut jobs and increased the long-term cost of health care, but also ensured the preventable deaths of thousands of people. Nebraskans, presumably, think we’re saving enough lives already. And the people in Maine, I hear, think we’re saving way too many lives. (Ezra Klein, The American Prospect)
+ $2 billion for Health Information Technology Grants
+ $5.8 billion for Health Prevention Activity
+ $870 million reduction in funds to Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority for pandemic flu preparedness
+ $5 billion reduction in funds for federal subsidies for health insurance under COBRA
And because I love Paul Krugman and his post was incredible today:
What do you call someone who eliminates hundreds of thousands of American jobs, deprives millions of adequate health care and nutrition … but offers a $15,000 bonus to affluent people who flip their houses? A proud centrist, for that is what the senators who ended up calling the tune on the stimulus bill just accomplished. (Paul Krugman, New York Times)
A sign of the times today at President Obama’s press conference.Â Huffington Post now has a White House correspondent alongside the host of traditional media outlets from television and print media.
I don’t know how many of you are familiar with Maira Kalman’s previous column for the New York Times, The Principles of Uncertainty, but she is back again with monthly updated column, And the Pursuit of Happiness, an exploration of American democracy. The visuals are gorgeous and I absolutely love it. The first post is on the Inauguration — do check it out, add it to your Google Reader, and watch for the updates on the last Friday of each month.
The Associated Press is seeking compensation for the now ubiquitous Obama “Hope” poster. In a recent claim, the AP contends that it owns the copyright to the original image on which the poster was based. The artist Shepard Fairey claims that his use of the photograph is protcted under fair use.Â
The original article can be found here, via The New York Times.
For additional investigation into the popular world of Obama pop art, take a look at this blog.
FYI: The “HOPE” poster has been added to The National Portrait Gallery.