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Bill Moyers interviews Andrew Bacevich:

One old warrior looked on sadly, his understanding of combat’s reality tempered by twenty-three years in uniform, including service in Vietnam. A graduate of West Point, Andrew Bacevich retired from the military to become a professor of history and international relations at Boston University, a public thinker who has been able to find an audience across the political spectrum, from The Nation to The American Conservative magazines. In several acclaimed books, including The New American Militarism: How Americans Are Seduced by War, Washington Rules: America’s Path to Permanent War, and his bestselling The Limits of Power: The End of American Exceptionalism, Bacevich speaks truth to power, no matter who’s in power, which may be why he reaches both the left and the right.

Just fascinating. Go read.

Hunger strike

Silly Marcy! Of course dropping bombs on Libya is more important than feeding our own children.

Dean to Dems: Even Palin could win

Sounds like Howard is trying his best to warn the Obama administration that they have to actually do something about the economy if they want a second term. Since he’s been nothing but supportive of the president, I hope this sinks into the minds of Obama’s campaign advisors, who seem to think it’s simply a matter of repeating the same uplifting rhetoric that worked the first time:

Howard Dean, the former Democratic National Committee chairman who helped Democrats capture the White House in 2008, warns that Sarah Palin could defeat President Obama in 2012.

Dean says his fellow Democrats should beware of inside-the-Beltway conventional wisdom that Obama would crush Palin in a general-election contest next year.

“I think she could win,” Dean told The Hill in an interview Friday. “She wouldn’t be my first choice if I were a Republican but I think she could win.” Dean warns the sluggish economy could have more of a political impact than many Washington strategists and pundits assume.

“Any time you have a contest — particularly when unemployment is as high as it is — nobody gets a walkover,” Dean said. “Whoever the Republicans nominate, including people like Sarah Palin, whom the inside-the-Beltway crowd dismisses — my view is if you get the nomination of a major party, you can win the presidency, I don’t care what people write about you inside the Beltway,” Dean said.

Dean says, however, that Palin is unlikely to win the nomination:

Dean thinks former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman, Jr. (R), who recently finished serving as the Obama administration’s ambassador to China, would be the president’s most dangerous general-election opponent in 2012, a view shared by many Democrats.

“He is an independent. He is a moderate on some social issues and has a strong record as a governor and also has international experience that I think is lacking in every other candidate,” Dean said, comparing Huntsman to the rest of the GOP field.

I agree with Dean that Huntsman is the most dangerous candidate. I don’t know if Huntsman could make it with his moderate bona fides intact after a grueling primary ruled largely by the GOP’s far right wing, but if he can somehow thread that needle, I think he can win.

He has the most important edge of all: The Beltway media mavens like him.

Cell phones

Check the radiation levels from the one you use.


I have no idea why it’s true, but from the time I was a kid, I noticed that I simply could not get a realistic idea of how the Phillies were going to do before the end of July. (While I do watch individual games, I refuse to check their rankings until then.)

Once I got this clear in my head, I saved myself a lot of aggravation by not agonizing over stories like this.

Good news

For my city. These boarded-up houses are a huge obstacle to improving a block, and now under new management, the Philadelphia Housing Authority is going to work with non-profits to see that they’re used.


Not only would it spread like wildfire because there’s no legal way to stop it, the people here CAN’T AFFORD TO GO TO THE HOSPITAL if they get sick:

(NEWSER) – If the new E. coli strain rampaging through Europe ever found its way into US crops, Americans would be pretty screwed—because it would be totally legal to distribute the contaminated veggies. Farmers and processors aren’t required to test their produce for emerging pathogens like this one, the Washington Post explains. “It would represent a major disaster in terms of the US food industry and risk to humans,” says one former USDA official. “The regulatory framework is a couple steps behind.”

Scientists tell Reuters that this new E. coli strain is probably the most toxic to ever hit humans: It combines a highly poisonous toxin with a rare “glue” that makes it stick to intestines.

Embraceable you

Ella Fitzgerald:

I told him that my dog wouldn’t run

Patty Larkin:


We’re still fucked.

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