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  •  In other news, the sky is blue, the sun is bright, (1+ / 0-)
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    and every Right Wing news source is full of complete shit.

    Lawrence, KS - From ashes to immortality

    by MisterOpus1 on Tue Jan 08, 2013 at 08:42:58 AM PST

    •  Not always, but I see your point (2+ / 0-)
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      Sometimes Brooks is even-handed and a true moderate. But in this case, he's full of shit because he knows how high our military spending has been, and he also knows how much conservative voters love their social welfare programs -- as long as they don't have to pay for them through taxes. It's just a lie to suggest that our military is going to be weak, devastated by reasonable cuts.

      The civil rights, gay rights and women's movements, designed to allow others to reach for power previously grasped only by white men, have made a real difference, and the outlines of 21st century America have emerged. -- Paul West of LA Times

      by LiberalLady on Tue Jan 08, 2013 at 08:45:14 AM PST

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      •  I often hear Brooks commentary on NPR (0+ / 0-)

        and I think he tends to adapt his opinion somewhat in context to his surroundings.  Consequently, he tens to be a little more centrist.  But ultimately his dickishness comes out because he is a Conservative through and through.

        I actually have more respect for people like Limbaugh and Hannity because they at least don't put on a centrist front at any point like Brooks often does.

        Lawrence, KS - From ashes to immortality

        by MisterOpus1 on Tue Jan 08, 2013 at 08:58:58 AM PST

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      •  But I did not read him as saying that (0+ / 0-)

        cutting defense was a bad thing, merely that it is the plan going forward.

        For if there is a sin against life, it consists perhaps not so much in despairing of life as in hoping for another life and in eluding the implacable grandeur of this life. - Albert Camus

        by Anne Elk on Tue Jan 08, 2013 at 09:25:02 AM PST

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      •  "Sometimes Brooks is even-handed (1+ / 0-)
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        and a true moderate"

        I would change to "seems even-handed."  He is the ultimate "Wolf in Sheep's Clothing."  His job is to package horrible ideas in the guise of "reasonable conservatism," of which there is no such thing.

        Paul Krugman despises Brooks, but by Times formal or informal rules, can't name him it critiques.  But if you read Krugman's blog after some Brooks' columns, you'll find Krugman tearing Brooks' column apart without naming him.

        For example, this diary noted Krugman's Insta Response to Brooks "Structural" Gobbledygook.

        No Krugman update yet today.  Others, like Pierce and Driftglass are great Brooks eviscerators.

        Though I don't have time to check, I am sure that there is all sorts of fishy stuff about his GDP ratios today.

        The GOP: "You can always go to the Emergency Room."

        by Upper West on Tue Jan 08, 2013 at 09:35:20 AM PST

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