Wednesday Blogging – 8/20/08

Another day. Another blog. Another post.

Of all the stories on this CNN homepage, why is a story about spanking school children #1?


All this Veep talk is getting annoying. And I must be going insane, because I’m starting to want Obama to pick Clinton.

Ezra Klein has a great post about how the media hates John Edwards, and how they’ve used the evidence of his infidelity to push an interpretation of Edwards they’ve held for years – that he’s a huge phony. Read the whole thing.

I wish stuff like this would garner more attention nationally:

In all the discussion of John McCain’s recently recovered memory of a religious epiphany in Vietnam, one thing has been missing. The torture that was deployed against McCain emerges in all the various accounts. It involved sleep deprivation, the withholding of medical treatment, stress positions, long-time standing, and beating. Sound familiar?

According to the Bush administration’s definition of torture, McCain was therefore not tortured.

From Andrew Sullivan.

Joe Windish at TMV says we should encrypt our GMail because otherwise those nasty hackers can get into your accounts.

To permanently switch on SSL log on to your GMail account, click on Settings at the upper right corner of the page. The last choice at the bottom of the Settings page is ‘Browser Connection’. Choose ‘Always use https.’

Done and done.

Atrios thinks the rightwingers will throw a hissy fit to try to dull Obama’s convention bounce. But what if they do what they did in 2004, and bump up the terror threat level?

Josh Marshall thinks Obama’s tepid response to McCain’s attacks aren’t helping. I totally agree. There are so many true things that Obama can attack McCain on. McCain has flipflopped on tax cuts, he supports the kind of torture he endured in Vietnam, he voted against the GI Bill, he agitates for new wars seemingly each week. His tax plan helps mainly the wealthy, his healthcare plan isn’t nearly as good and his campaign insists that Obama isn’t patriotic.

MSNBC has hired another liberal talkshow host. First Keith Olbermann and now Rachel Maddow. And of course people are already complaining that MSNBC is shifting too far to the left. Do these people realize that every other host on MSNBC is a conservative or centrist?

One Comment

  1. Ian

    I’ve been trying real hard to ignore all the news about the election right now until the conventions actually make some worthwhile news. I want Obama to pick Clinton too, but I know he won’t.