Around The Sphere Thanksgiving Blogging Roundup Nov. 22, 2007
It’s Thanksgiving Day…a day when we should take stock and make a list of things for which we are thankful. And one thing is the Internet as an increasingly popular informational tool. Will it continue to wreak havoc with the traditional mainstream news media or will traditional info outlets such as newspapers adjust to it?
This is a special Thanksgiving Edition of our nearly four-year old blogging roundup — complete with two graphics that are sure to please — and displease — each party. Links (not necessarily on the holiday theme or listed in any specific ideological) do not necessarily represent the viewpoint of TMV or its co-bloggers.
THE FACE OF THE DAY IS FROM CYCLONE-STRICKEN BANGLADESH and it is truly haunting. An update on Bangladesh from The 3rd World View (written in Dacca).
THERE ARE SIGNS THAT IRAN’S PRESIDENT IS NOW IN MORE TROUBLE than if he was attending a Jewish bris.
SPAIN’S KING JUAN CARLOS TOLD CASTRO WANNABE HUGO CHAVEZ TO “SHUT UP” and now Spaniards want to hear it (and read it and wear it) over and over…
IS IT SCIENCE SCHMIENCE or politics schmolitics?
IS IT TIME TO REVAMP A KEY JUVENILE JUSTICE LAW? aTypical Joe says yes.
JOE BIDEN LETS ‘ER RIP ON FOREIGN POLICY and wouldn’t the Democrats be better off if more of them did just that? Ezra Klein raises this prospect in a must read post:
So long as I’m pumping up the Biden bubble, this interview he gave to Walter Shapiro on the inadequacy of the Democratic foreign policy visions has some interesting stuff in it. As always with Biden, there’s a fair bit of ego, but the upside of that ego is a total self-confidence when talking national security and international relations, which is an all-too-rare thing on the Democratic side. We really don’t have many national politicians who speak easily and confidently on foreign policy — which isn’t to say they don’t know foreign policy. But there’s a sort of embarrassment, an insecurity that what they want to say and what they really think will be rejected by the electorate, and that undercurrent of fear is pretty well sensed by voters. And because of that, Democrats spend a lot of time hedging their language, or making commitments that they think show resolve.
Shapiro is one of the country’s most solid columnists (he used to bless the pages of USA Today and their loss is the Internet’s gain). And Klein’s comment is a valid one. In 2000 you got the feeling Republicans were holding back how they REALLY felt on the Supreme Court and getting rid of Roe Vs Wade in some public pronouncements…as if by doing so they’d lose votes. These days there’s a sense when some Democrats talk that they are also holding back what they’d really say in private. And Biden? His candor is a breath of fresh air. It’s too bad the style of our media coverage and politics aren’t set-up to reward those who speak bluntly (if you don’t, The Conventional Wisdom Police take you down with the swarm technique).
SPEAKING OF PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGNS Rick Moran takes a look at what’s wrong with the Fred Thompson campaign. Is there something wrong? Is it on track? Are the media and bloggers just not getting it? READ THIS.
GEORGE BUSH’S SUPPORTERS LIKE TO SAY THERE ARE PARALLELS BETWEEN HIM AND PRESIDENT HARRY TRUMAN but is that really the case?
MORE ON THE HOLLYWOOD WRITERS STRIKE and how you can help — and how the Internet may play a role is HERE.
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ON THANKSGIVING WE REMEMBER THAT WE LOVE OUR FAMILY but perhaps some folks go too far…
BUS TRAVEL HORROR STORY: How riding a bus can now be as bad as air travel. CLICK HERE.
ARE DEMOCRATS HAVING AN IDENTITY CRISIS? The Heretik thinks so.
SPEAKING OF DEMOCRATS former Senator Gary Hart believes Americans should be grateful for Thomas Jefferson’s trust. Details HERE.
“HEY LOOK…I GOT A TASER AND I CAN USE IT ON YOU and then laugh about it” (we are NOT thankful for this..)
BY THE WAY, IN CASE YOU HAVEN’T NOTICED BY NOW, NEGATIVE CAMPAIGNING with lots of attacks works. Just keep watching the Clinton-Obama struggle. And what do you see?
GET YOUR THANKSGIVING DAY NFL PICKS here..
BUT SHOULD WE BE CELEBRATING THANKSGIVING or Thankstaking?
WE’D GIVE THANKS TODAY ON OUR COUNTRY HELPING SAVE AFGHANISTAN only it now appears as if there is a real threat of Afghanistan being lost.
A POST ON PAIN: But not the same kind of pain you get when reading this roundup. Although it’s in the same general area…
WHEN SOMEONE FLIES DOES THAT MEAN they have a license to drink at all hours?
CREEP SHORTIES: A great blog round-up (especially because TMV is in it) from Short Woman.
THE UN IS HOLDING A GLOBAL WARMING CONFERENCE at a nice, warm plush resort… UNnecessary…and UNhelpful in terms of imagery (“But that was the only place available…” RIGHT!)
THE FBI 2006 HATE CRIMES REPORT CAME OUT and of three major groups that have found themselves under attack just guess which group is not protected…