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Entries by Jason Linkins from 05/2010

TV SoundOff: Sunday Talking Heads

Posted 05.02.2010 | Media

Okay, so, car bombs and oil slicks and God knows what else is threatening America, plus Charlie Crist is history's greatest monster.

Charlie Crist: Joe Lieberman Inspired My Independent Run

Posted 05.03.2010 | Politics

Last week, when the whole world was anticipating Florida Governor Charlie Crist's jump to an independent run for the Florida Senate seat, the reliably...

Arizona Immigration Law Spawns Panicky Exaggerations

Posted 05.03.2010 | Politics

There have been a number of items creeping into my RSS feed that seek to sound some sort of distant early warning that the immigration law, recently passed in Arizona, may soon be coming to a state legislature near you.

Oil Spill Economic Outlook Is Gloomy, Says CNBC Analyst David Kotok

Posted 05.03.2010 | Green

The Washington Independent's Annie Lowrey highlights analysis from Cumberland Investors David Kotok -- frequent contributor to CNBC, the New York Time...

Faisal Shahzad Arrest: John McCain Is Upset Times Square Bomber Was Mirandized

Posted 05.04.2010 | Politics

McCain doesn't seem to know that Mirandizing criminal suspects is something that we do here in America. Especially in instances where the goal is to make the suspect "face charges" that potentially result in a "death sentence."

Massey CEO Blankenship Says His Critics Are 'Evil'

Posted 05.04.2010 | Green

Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship is really upset that after years of neglect and safety violations led to a terrible tragedy in his Upper Big Branch ...

Bill Maher And George Will's Energy Claims Factchecked

Posted 05.04.2010 | Media

This past Sunday, when Bill Maher claimed on ABC's "This Week" that the nation of Brazil "got off oil" in the 1970's, I thought to myself, "Oh, man. L...

Glenn Beck Is Against Mother's Day Now?

Posted 05.04.2010 | Media

Beck, for reasons I suppose only he can understand, interrupted his monotone introduction of ad copy by going off on an anti-Mother's Day screed, calling it a "big business scam" that was created by Woodrow Wilson.

Mike Gravel And Pot Brownies: 'Those Were Pretty Good'

Posted 05.04.2010 | Politics

Things on the Mike Gravel blogging front have been a little light of late, so I am pleased to report that the former Alaska senator and one-time presi...

Washington Times Compares 'Tea-Bagger' To N-Word

Posted 05.05.2010 | Media

This "Inside the Beltway" column from Jennifer Harper in the Washington Times begins, "The term 'tea-bagger' is like uttering the 'n' word, some say." Oh, really? Well, "some people" are wrong!

Gulf Oil Spill: Palin Camp Says You Can't Trust Foreign Oil Companies [UPDATE]

Posted 05.05.2010 | Green

Today, Sarah Inc. took to its Twitter account to offer some lessons about What The Gulf Oil Spill Teaches Us. Her bottom line: don't trust the foreign oils!

Faisal Shahzad Investigation: Lieberman's Response Is A Solution In Search Of A Problem

Posted 05.05.2010 | Politics

Yesterday, we noted that the eminently reasonable tone that initially pervaded the entire discussion of the failed Times Square bombing attempt of Ame...

Fox Refuses To Carry VoteVets Energy Independence Ad

Posted 05.05.2010 | Media

Via Ben Smith, it seems that the internets are a-buzz today because of Fox News Channel's decision to not carry this ad from VoteVets, which "seeks to...

Dan Fanelli, Florida Congressional Candidate, Wants To Fight Terror With Racial Profiling (VIDEO)

Posted 05.05.2010 | Politics

While we're on the subject of political ads, some attention should be paid to this real gem that Greg Sargent highlighted today, from someone named Da...

FCC's Genachowski Backs Net Neutrality, Reports WSJ

Posted 05.05.2010 | Technology

Just days ago, it appeared that FCC head Julius Genachowski was suggesting that he wanted "to keep broadband services deregulated," a decision that wo...

GOP Senators Can't Remember This "Drill, Baby, Drill" Thing People Keep Talking About

Posted 05.06.2010 | Politics

At some point in the past, you may have gained a passing familiarity with this catchy, chantable little phrase, "Drill, Baby, Drill." It was sort of semi-ubiquitous, remember? It was pretty much one of the three or four things that everyone who watched the McCain campaign understood as an actual, sort of, policy that the Arizona Senator supported. But maybe it is just a trick of memory! Because with gallons of oil floating around in the Gulf of Mexico as a backdrop, Senators Jon Kyl and Pat Roberts are basically telling reporters, "Drill, baby, drill? Was that, like, a thing?"

Marco Rubio, Florida Senate Candidate, Flip-Flops On Arizona Immigration Law

Posted 05.06.2010 | Politics

Just a week ago, GOP Florida Senate candidate Marco Rubio became one of a handful of conservatives to come out against the recent immigration law in A...

'Los Suns' Get Sports Shows Talking About Arizona Law (VIDEO)

Posted 05.06.2010 | Media

TNT's typically freewheeling playoff coverage had former hoopsters Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith, and Chris Webber discussing the law and the Phoenix community.

John McCain Not A Maverick: Proven With Math!

Posted 05.06.2010 | Politics

[N.B. I inadvertently bollixed some of the attributions below. Corrections have been made, errors struck through. Apologies to all for my mistake.] H...

Kendrick Meek: Silent Party In Florida Senate Race

Posted 05.06.2010 | Politics

Coverage of the Florida Senate race has been pretty much universally centered on the pitched battle that now-Independent candidate Charlie Crist has w...

UK Elections Inspire Witless Microtrends From Mark Penn

Posted 05.06.2010 | Media

Oh, Nick Clegg. I'm sorry, I'm so, so sorry. But you have become a Microtrend. It's not Clegg's fault, of course. The culprit is Burson-Marsteller...

NPR Does Lady Gaga's 'Telephone' (VIDEO)

Posted 05.06.2010 | Media

It would seem that lip dubs of Lady Gaga are basically the new, new thing these days, so here's various luminaries and staffers at National Public Rad...

The White House Press Corps Will Not Be Getting A Supreme Court Pick Date Today

Posted 05.06.2010 | Media

President Barack Obama is expected to make a decision on a replacement for retiring Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens any day now. And that "an...

Frum On Lieberman's Citizenship Amendment: A 'Bad Idea'

Posted 05.07.2010 | Politics

The recent push by Sen. Lieberman to amend existing law to make it possible for American citizens to be stripped of their citizenship if they are suspected of having ties to terrorist organizations seems to fulfill no practical need.

Shahzad And Taliban: New York Times Jumps The Gun

Posted 05.07.2010 | Media

McClatchy Newpapers is reporting that "U.S. officials" are contending that there is "no credible evidence" that would-be Times Square bomber Faisal Sh...