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Entries by Marty Kaplan from 08/2008

McCain: MLK and RFK Were Dumb Blondes

| Posted 08.01.2008 | Politics

I think I've finally figured out what those McCain ads about Paris and Britney -- and, yes, the Summer of Love -- are saying.

Why Americans Hate Journalism, Part 62

| Posted 08.05.2008 | Media

In less time than it takes to say "Dick Cheney," the secret Iraq letter -- what would be one of the most outrageous violations of the Constitution in the history of the Republic -- is made into a left/right issue.

Welcome to the Orwell Olympics

| Posted 08.06.2008 | Politics

Bush doesn't have to ask Hu Jintao to tear down the Great Wall of China, but the least he can do is to use in public, in China, some of the lovely human rights language he claims he's been saying in private.

George W. Bush is to Georgia as George H.W. Bush is to Kurdistan

| Posted 08.11.2008 | Politics

I'm not bothered by 41 having an Oedipal thing to work out with 43. I just wish it they could do it around the dinner table, instead of breaking so much crockery on the world stage.

Say It Ain't Jew, Joe

| Posted 08.12.2008 | Politics

Does Joe Lieberman not realize that he is using one of the oldest anti-semitic tricks in the book to accuse Obama of being the Islamic candidate?

Why I Have a Man Crush on the Large Hadron Collider

| Posted 08.14.2008 | Healthy Living

Now that the theorists of the Higgs boson have won the Nobel Prize, here's my take on the God part of the God particle, and why I have a mancrush on the Large Hadron Collider.

Will Someone Please Make Obama Watch the McCain Version of the Katrina DVD?

| Posted 08.19.2008 | Politics

The last Democratic presidential candidate who failed to engage, who abjured ruthlessness because it wasn't consistent with the noble kind of politics he wanted America to practice, was Michael Dukakis.

Happy Birthday to Me

| Posted 08.21.2008 | Healthy Living
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Somewhere along the line we're supposed to learn that the secret to happiness is adjusting our expectations to reality. Maturity means accepting that failing to get the gold or the Golda isn't the same thing as failure.

The Cut-and-Runners Have Won, and They're Bush/Cheney

| Posted 08.22.2008 | Politics

Now that Condi has negotiated a timetable for withdrawal from Iraq, all the Republican rhetorical crap of the post-Mission Accomplished era, which was masquerading as statesmanship, is now inoperative.

"But He's a Muslim!"

| Posted 08.25.2008 | Politics

I'm not shocked by Americans' ability to think untrue things. But to enough voters that it matters for the outcome of this election, Muslims are as other, if not more so, as blacks.

Why Don't They Just Issue Swami Turbans at MSNBC?

| Posted 08.26.2008 | Media

So this is what political journalism has come to -- evidence-free, unaccountable, redfaced, shouted, demagogic cocksure mindreading.

Peggy Noonan and the Two-Headed Bowling Ball Child

| Posted 08.29.2008 | Media

For the right-wing commentariat, Peggy Noonan's snark this morning was a Katrina moment. It was a benchmark for how out of it and, well, disgusting, that crowd is.

President Palin

| Posted 08.29.2008 | Politics

Like it or not, John McCain, this is your case: Obama, you said the race is about presidential temperament. Well, eat this, Barack. You want to see my presidential temperament in action? Sarah f*in' Palin, man. That's the ticket!