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Globe_15Our occasional medly of links from weblogs of all political persuasions. Opinions do not necessarily represent the opinion of The Moderate Voice (unless they are expressed by The Moderate Voice).

THE REAL COST OF THE WAR IN IRAQ: Whether you’re a liberal, conservative, Republican or Democrat, you want to read Jack Grant of  Random Fate’s cautionary note on the real cost of war in full. He starts noting the impact of the war on a friend of his who is veteran and wonders: do people forget the REAL cost behind the statistics and words "the military" ? Read it ALL…but here’s  tiny excerpt:

Do those in power who decided upon war and how it is waged, the Rumsfelds, the Ashcrofts, the Gonzaleses, the Bushes, really, truly, ultimately understand the price they are asking of not only hundreds, but thousands and tens of thousands of our best and brightest in our armed forces? Do any of them know personally any close friend who suffers from the effects of what they are asking of our people?

Do those who casually write their weblogs, in the warmth and safety of their family and their homes, truly understand what is going on in Iraq? Do they truly understand the price paid, not only in time away from family and friends, births missed, spouses unsupported, but ultimately the long-term loss of peace of mind?

ARE CONSERVATIVES JUST TOO GLEEFUL ABOUT DAN RATHER?  The inimitable James Wolcott firmly believes they are and saves some of his delicious acid-scorn for  conservative columnist Charles Krauthammer. MUST READ (even for conservatives)

MEANWHILE, THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA IN THE INTERNET AGE is discussed extensively and thoughtfully by Doug Fridley. Read all of it, but here’s a smidgen: 

The MSM monopoly wasn’t on information. It was on the media for distributing information. Those “castle walls� represent the cost of getting information published or broadcast. The walls are coming down because the Internet is making those costs so cheap as to be effectively free.This is not a hair-splitting distinction. The difference is huge.

The transformative power of blogs today, and the challenge to legacy-media institutions, was only hinted at in events like Rathergate. Perhaps because it’s only a hint, many of those within those institutions are missing the true significance. Certainly CBS’ lack of serious change in wake of their internal investigation might represent this. But they’re hardly alone.

THERE IS SOME GOOD NEWS FROM IRAQ and Arthur Chrenkoff offers you a ton of it.

WHAT IS THE POLITICAL MIDDLE…AND DOES IT REALLY EXIST? Preemptive Karma’s Carla argues that it really doesn’t.

BE SURE TO VISIT BLOGSPECTRUM which is a fascinating group blog where they take an issue and dissect it. They’re not into name calling (as Random Fate’s Jack Grant experienced due to his honest post linked above) but discussion of ISSUES by people of ALL political persuasions. The Internet (and our national political debate) needs more people who feel the same way.

HOW WILL THE LEGISLATIVE DEMOCRATS ATTACK THE WHITE HOUSE’S SOCIAL SECURITY PLAN? The Principled Objection has some specific thoughts.

THE PENTAGON HAD BEEN WORKING ON A CHEMICAL WEAPON THAT WOULD CHANGE ENEMY TROOPS’ SEXUALITY No  kidding.

SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE MADE FUN OF HOWARD DEAN’S QUEST TO BE DNC CHAIR and Mike at Running Scared thinks it truly sucked. He also notes the decline of sketch comedy on SNL and MAD TV in general.

CONSERVATIVE HUMOR: A web satire on Dan Rather and the news media.

ARE YOU OUTRAGED ABOUT COMMENTATOR ARMSTRONG WILLIAMS TAKING BIG BUCKS FROM THE ADMINISTRATION TO PITCH ITS LINE? If so, Americablog wants you to send an email to the FCC demanding an immediate investigation.

OR ARE YOU A COLLEGE STUDENT UPSET ABOUT YOUR PROFESSOR TALKING POLITICS RATHER THAN TEACHING? If so check out the Indepundit (formerly Citizen Smash).

WHAT DOES SOMEONE LEARN AFTER BLOGGING VERY SERIOUSLY FOR A MONTH by writing thoughtful posts, promoting them by sending them other blogs, networking — and then standing back and evaluating this whole new  communication tool? AZ Perspective tells you here.

THE IRAQI HITMAN PICTURE SHOW is a satire from the ever-original and mysterious Ayn Clouter (a woman? a man?) on The American Street. Must read for satire fans.

WHAT WAS IT LIKE WHEN YOU GOT YOUR FIRST MAC AND YOU WERE HOOKED INTO THE WORLD OF COMPUTERS? Actor-writer Wil Wheaton (who has a big and SUPERB non-political blog) writes about that as he prepares for a talk at MacWorld.

PRESIDENT BUSH THINKS HIS ELECTION RATIFIES HIS IRAQ POLICY AND THAT NO ADMINISTRATION OFFICIALS THEREFORE NEED TO BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE…but Gary Farber adamantly disagrees…and from the ton of arguments he can make supporting his position it’s clear GWB is playing with political fire with comments like that. (Read Farber in full and you’ll see).

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