- Pew lists the top 10 stories of the last decade.
- Gary Bauer whines about how horrible Christians have it in America, compared to those Muslims who have it so easy.
If Muslims were treated like Christians, Muslims would be mocked by late night TV talk show hosts and lampooned in crude cartoon parodies. If Christians were treated like Muslims, conspicuous Christianity would be celebrated by our elites as a sign of our diversity and open-mindedness, not disparaged as an embarrassment, a nuisance and a breach of the law.
If Christianity were treated like Islam, our students would be taught a white-washed version of Christian history, with the troubling bits miscast or omitted from textbooks and lesson plans.
It goes on and on and on. But wait, what if Christians were treated like Muslims?
Christians would be racially profiled at public places and transportation hubs. Christians wouldn't be allowed to build churches wherever they pleased. Christians wouldn't be allowed to wear their traditional garb without mocking and angry looks. Christians wouldn't be allowed to say the word "Jesus" without triggering alarm bells at the NSA. Christians wouldn't be allowed to go to church without having their property vandalized, and even being physically attacked. Christians would be the villain in every action thriller. Christians wouldn't be able to run for office without having bigots accuse them of being in league with terrorists.
I could also go on and on and on.
You know who really gets screwed? Atheists. Discuss.
- The top 10 most viewed diaries at Daily Kos in 2010.
If you note, some of those diaries never even made the recommended list, proving that the most widely read stuff is widely read because it's picked up by social networks and rocketed around the web virally.
Too many people are still wedded to the notion that the recent and recommended lists are the only way to be found and read. DK4 turns that on its head, and makes those two lists some of the LEAST effective ways to be found and read.
Put another way, there are better ways for your content to be found than two front-page diary lists that only work if people visit the site at the same time you are featured on those boxes. It already happens now, and we don't even have the tools to encourage viral dissemination. That will change dramatically in DK4.
- Are there any bigger bunch of whiners in this country than Wall Street assholes?
What they really deserve is this.
[Time's Michael Scherer] believes that McConnell and the president have formed a sort of partnership and will be able to work on two specific areas together. The first is energy, which will not include any kind of climate change component. The other is on entitlement and spending issues. Norah O'Donnell and Scherer both agree that the big showdown is going to be on the debt ceiling and the question is whether or not the president will be willing to cut "sacred cows" like social security and whether the Republicans will agree to "reform" the tax code.
Boy I sure hope McConnell doesn't "blink" on any of these or we're really screwed.
2011 might very well be worse than 2010. What the fuck does the deficit have to do with Social Security? NOTHING! NOTHING! NOTHING!
But don't tell the establishment blowhards. Because in their mind, gutting the nation's most successful government program will magically do something to fix the deficit. What? They won't say, because IT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THE DEFICIT.
Social Security pays for itself. It's actually paid for itself all the way through 2037. Lifting the cap on payroll taxes would make it pay for itself through the end of time.
- Conservatives are desperate to return to an era of rampant elderly poverty.
During the Great Recession, we’re sadly seeing a slow return to those Gilded Age, pre-New Deal policies, as what remains of the safety net staggers along. Social Security is under attack from deficit frauds like Alan Simpson and Erskine Bowles. Unemployment insurance, food stamps and welfare have weathered blows for years, especially as their costs rose when demand for their services increased. A new Republican Congress will demand more cuts, squarely on these and other social programs, or will threaten to destroy the full faith and credit of the US government.
It’s important to look to history to see the inevitable consequence of these backslides. If Democrats follow Republicans down the deficit rabbit hole, especially if they break faith on the bedrock promise of Social Security, we’re sure to see a return of the poorhouse, and the cruel belief that the people contained therein are somehow inferior, somehow given to rejecting self-sufficiency, somehow lazy, somehow defective. That belief has already crept into discussions about the 99ers, or the long-term unemployed.
- The stimulus wasn't as robust as it needed to be, but it did have an effect. Too bad we have an opposition party vested in our nation's economic failure, or else we'd have more stimulus in the works.
- New Hampshire sure is different in 2011, which doesn't just suck for Granite State Democrats, but for the GOP presidential field.
It's hard to overstate what happened in New Hampshire on election day this past November. If political analysts described the national election results as a Republican tsunami, what happened in the Granite State was of Noah-like proportions.
Both congressional seats flipped from blue to red. The State Senate turned from a 14-10 Democratic advantage to a stunning 19-5 GOP edge. And in the 400-member House of Representatives, Republicans gained a staggering 124 seats — going from a minority to the largest majority the party has ever held.
But perhaps the biggest upheaval may lie not in those ballot-box gains, but in two GOP departures. US Senator Judd Gregg chose not to run for re-election this year, and former governor John H. Sununu announced this month that he will step down as state party chairman.
"New Hampshire politics, for most people's memory, has been two dominant political parties," says James Pindell, WMUR-TV political director. "Not Democrat and Republican, but Sununu and Gregg."