Thursday, April 30

A lot of groups seeking change establish the lines of conflict by constantly naming and accusing their enemies, and insisting on their essential evilness. This isn't great politics, but it's not usually a problem -- unless it moves to the next stage, where the group starts expressing a clear intention to eradicate those perceived enemies. This can be a signal that they've accepted the need for violent action in their own minds, and may be actively planning something. It's a shift that should never be ignored.

When Sean Hannity runs a poll asking whether his viewers prefer a military coup, secession, or armed rebellion -- and armed rebellion wins -- that's evidence of this kind of shift. Right-wing talkers have built careers out of demonizing liberals; but when they start talking about what specific steps should be taken against them, that's not something we should ignore.


Thursday, April 16

"...those upset about President Obama's plans for taxes and spending would be better off trying to defeat him and his Congressional supporters in the next election. They need a political party, not a tea party."

And please, Google the term "teabagging" before throwing it around any more.

Thursday, April 2

The financial rescue package(s) and plans are now reaching $12.8 trillion.
The nation’s gross domestic product for 2008 was $14.2 trillion.

Has your head popped yet?

And what does a trillion dollars look like anyway?

Wednesday, April 1

"It is my hope that the steps I am announcing today will go a long way toward answering many of the questions people may have about the future of GM and Chrysler. But just in case there are still nagging doubts, let me say it as plainly as I can -- if you buy a car from Chrysler or General Motors, you will be able to get your car serviced and repaired, just like always. Your warranty will be safe. In fact, it will be safer than it's ever been. Because starting today, the United States government will stand behind your warranty."

OK, personally, I always thought it was John Edwards who was the car salesman, but I guess I was wrong.