(kind of a sample post based on the “How To“)
Really, read this book. Just finished the first world-scene-setting chapter that closes with the birth of Palestinian nationalism, confirming my theory that Palestinianism is in major part a construction of Zionism. At the same time that Palestinian intellectuals were reversing their initial assumption that they would be part of a Greater Syria, they were producing literature like the play The Ruin of a Palestine, staged in January 1920:
…[A] Zionist maiden seduces two Arabs and steals their money and land. The play ends with the suicide of the two men, shouting: “The country is ruined, the Jews have robbed us of our land and honor.”
Have really been enjoying Balloon Juice lately for intelligent and entertaining leftwing-progressive critique of the budget debate especially – and withering attacks on Andrew Sullivan for his intoxication with Paul Ryan and Bowles-Simpson.
Nothing there today that I found exciting enough to procrastinate to.
Thing I liked best at GoodShit was this image of Yuri Gagarin, on the 50th Anniversary today of Man in Space:
Eh, the usual from those guys.
Seems the thinking is/was that Obama is going to retreat to the vicinity of Bowles-Simpson, using Ryan’s proposal as a foil.
Trump’s African American fans, and others, suspect that Birtherism is symptomatic of a racist impulse – a refusal to accept the legitimacy of a black Prez.
Amusing article about the (predicted) fall of Sarah Palin, suggesting that the R base has gotten the coordinated message from R elites about her unacceptability. (Link actually came via Andrew Sullivan/The Daily Dish.)
Comment at the Boot/Assad thread. Just for testing purposes – but that’s where the discusso-action seems to be so far today in these parched parts.
More experimentin to come…