by Lee, 03/27/2010, 11:17 PM

- I started to fully understand the root cause of the infighting at Fox News over Glenn Beck after his insane interview with Eric Massa. The problem is that – unlike pure con artists like O’Reilly and Hannity – Beck actually believes his own bullshit. What he does isn’t an act. He’s an emotionally disturbed person working through various psychological issues while trying to confront an inability to comprehend both the rationale and the popularity of progressive politics. But while the average teabaggers are being exposed as ideologically incoherent buffoons in relative obscurity, Beck is going through that journey in front of millions of television viewers every day. It’s been quite the spectacle.

- Glenn Greenwald has written some good posts recently on our special relationship with Israel. Maybe Americans are finally starting to recognize that the way the Israelis have been treating the Palestinians doesn’t quite jibe with our nation’s historic emphasis on the importance of property rights.

- As always, lots of drug war news to pass along. Paul Armentano debates former Drug Czar Barry McCaffrey about California’s approved ballot measure to legalize marijuana. Scott Morgan writes about the NFL and pot. Radley Balko on the Jonathan Ayers case. Officials in Texas are still waging war against KopBusters creator Barry Cooper. And Pete Guither on the enemy within.

- I’ve recently been checking out the Analytics X competition, a contest that offers up a small prize for anyone who can use analytics to most accurately predict the incidence of homicides across the city of Philadelphia.

- Good to read something from this guy again.

6 Responses to “Saturday Night Open Thread”

1. proud leftist spews:

With regard to the tea partiers, as Gertrude Stein said, “there is no there, there.” By November, they will be an afterthought.

2. Bruce Partington spews:

You’ve made it clear your ego will never allow this to appear, but you mean “jibe” not “jive”, turkey. Look it up.

Ya know, Norbizness wouldn’t be afraid of me. Maybe you’re a Republican after all. Aren’t you the guy who blamed Metro for some baby crapping its pants? That kind of misdirected anger would easily qualify you for Teabaggerdom…

3. Lee spews:

@2
You’ve made it clear your ego will never allow this to appear, but you mean “jibe” not “jive”, turkey.

Fixed. Thanks.

Ya know, Norbizness wouldn’t be afraid of me.

That’s good to know.

Maybe you’re a Republican after all.

I’m not sure what the hell you’re talking about.

Aren’t you the guy who blamed Metro for some baby crapping its pants?

No I’m not, but it may have been one of the other people who blog at this site. Look right below the title of this post, there’s a hyperlinked name, “Lee”. That’s me, the author of this post. Now go back and find the post you’re thinking about and look for the hyperlinked name under the title. If it’s not “Lee”, you should feel something – a small sense of stupidity (similar to what I just felt when I realized I confused “jive” and “jibe”).

That kind of misdirected anger would easily qualify you for Teabaggerdom…

Maybe it would if I’d done it.

Thanks for coming by, you appear to be someone who could potentially have an intelligent conversation, but who is either too lazy or obnoxious to try.

4. Roger Rabbit spews:

@2 Why you shouldn’t depend on employment.

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/dannywestneat/2011461320_danny28.html

Hey, I know it’s not easy to become financially independent — been there, done that — but if you start young, maybe someday you won’t need an employer anymore if you base your life on that, not consumption.

5. Chris Stefan spews:

Councilwoman Jean Godden questions the wisdom of a Chihuly museum at the Seattle Center:
http://www.publicola.net/2010/03/28/sunday-oped-dont-put-the-chihuly-museum-at-seattle-center/

Goldy, I wonder if she’ll support your “kick-ass playground” idea?

6. sarah68 spews:

America’s treatment of Native Americans doesn’t jibe with our nation’s historic emphasis on the importance of property rights, either.