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Entries by Eric Alterman from 06/2007

"Top of the World, Ma"

| Posted 06.03.2007 | Politics
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The first cop kept interrupting me as I tried to explain myself and finally I turned around and said, "Can I please finish a sentence here?" That's when the first cop decided to arrest me.

When I was just a baby, my mother told me, "Son, always be a good boy. Don't ever play with guns."

| Posted 06.04.2007 | Politics
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You may have already read somewhere that I was briefly arrested last night in the "spin room" at the Democrats' debate in New Hampshire. It's a bizarr...

"Modest and Respectful No More"

| Posted 06.06.2007 | Politics
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You'd never have guessed it but right-wingers don't like it one little itty-bitty bit when the administration turns its "patriotism" guns on them.

On Richard Rorty

| Posted 06.11.2007 | Media
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My life has been happily marked by the good fortune that, for whatever reason, I've been able to get to know personally the people whose life paths ha...

Bible Class

| Posted 06.13.2007 | Politics
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Biblical literalism is the scourge of small and twisted minds like our president's. Look instead at cause and effect.

The Root of the Problem

| Posted 06.14.2007 | Politics
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If you wanted to find the root problem of how and why the Bush administration has screwed up the world, the answer I think lies less in the fact of 9...

Poll Faults

| Posted 06.21.2007 | Politics
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If campaigns are only focusing on talking about issues and character in certain places, why is it so important that we measure the opinions of people who haven't even been introduced to the candidates?

Here We Are Now, Entertain Us

| Posted 06.25.2007 | Politics
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Marty Peretz is kvelling about what he calls "The End of Palestine." Read the piece here. Reading the piece , I was reminded of an earlier quote of P...

I Walk Streets of Fire

| Posted 06.26.2007 | Media
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I've noticed two stories of late that do not seem to interest my hometown paper, The New York Times, terribly much: 1) The baseball team from the sam...

You fasten the triggers / for the others to fire

| Posted 06.27.2007 | Politics
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As George W. Bush's chief speechwriter, Michael Gerson wrote the words through which this country was purposely and dishonestly led down the road to d...

The Assault on Reality, Part II

| Posted 06.28.2007 | Politics
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Rather than admit or even address Al Gore's arguments, the media have by and large responded with character assassination and self-refuting self-defenses. It's almost too perfect.

And hey, lookit, Al's ahead in New Hampshire

| Posted 06.28.2007 | Politics
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And hey, lookit, Al's ahead in New Hampshire. "Sure, Hill led Obama 37 percent to 19 percent with John Edwards slipping back to 9 percent, tied with B...