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September 7, 2010

TUESDAY'S MINI-REPORT.... Today's edition of quick hits:

* This really is scandalous, and it's created real emergencies throughout the judiciary: "A determined Republican stall campaign in the Senate has sidetracked so many of the men and women nominated by President Barack Obama for judgeships that he has put fewer people on the bench than any president since Richard Nixon at a similar point in his first term 40 years ago."

* On a related note, the judiciary is becoming so politicized that Justice Clarence Thomas will only accept clerks who've worked in the offices of judges appointed by Republican presidents. It's unheard of on the modern court.

* NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen is the latest leader to denounce the fringe right-wing church in Florida planning an event this week to burn copies of the Quran. "I strongly condemn that. I think it's a disrespectful action and in general I really urge people to respect other people's faith and behave respectfully. I think such actions are in strong contradiction with all the values we stand for and fight for," Rasmussen said.

* In his first-ever column, former OMB Director Peter Orzag calls for keeping all of the Bush-era tax rates in place for two more years, and then scrapping all of them at the end of 2012. Jon Chait isn't fond of the idea.

* Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (R) very quietly backed off her ridiculous "beheadings" claim, but she has plenty more to apologize for.

* Marty Peretz's contempt for Muslims isn't new, but it's getting uglier. Now he isn't sure if Muslim Americans are "worthy of the privileges of the First Amendment"? Seriously?

* Are American colleges like American car companies?

* I read and thoroughly enjoyed "Heads in the Sand," and can say with certainty that Jonah Goldberg's criticism of the book makes no sense at all.

* I'll look forward to Hannity, Beck, and other Fox News personalities condemning News Corp's indirect investments in North Korea.

* Tom Toles has a unique talent for capturing an important phenomenon in just one powerful frame. He does this frequently, but some days stand out. Today is one of those days.

Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.

Steve Benen 5:30 PM Permalink | Trackbacks | Comments (32)

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Many good hits, Steve. A more powerful point re Qur'an burnings is the Right's own hero (not meant as putdown in this context) Gen. Petraeus warning that the burnings will endanger Americans. Of course, those cranks just like to wallow in their vanity and venting and don't care how it affects even the beloved troops and other Americans abroad.

Justice Thomas - more of that pitiful "epistemic closure" of conservatives.

Taxes: how about tying corporate deductibility of labor costs directly to how much FICA the company takes from payroll? That forces the deduction to reflect only wages (and only so much) paid to US citizens. Also, I'd rather see increase in cap gains rate and a trading transaction tax, and let the top rate stay as trade. BTW at his picnic yesterday Rep. Bobby Scott (D-VA-3) told me that tax breaks for hiring new workers won't help unless there's an increase in demand. That requires more stimulus. But at least we could make it unprofitable to pay the wages to foreigners (much recent job loss is due to outsourcing not overall slow economy, it's a major and under-heralded scandal of the era.)

tyrannogenius

Posted by: neil b on September 7, 2010 at 5:45 PM | PERMALINK

Marty Peretz definitively crossed the line into frank evil with that last post. Up until now, he was someone that could be excused as being overwrought on certain issues.

Posted by: sj on September 7, 2010 at 5:46 PM | PERMALINK

Marty Peretz is the left's Newt Gingrich.

Posted by: Jeff In Ohio on September 7, 2010 at 5:51 PM | PERMALINK

In his first-ever column, former OMB Director Peter Orzag calls for keeping all of the Bush-era tax rates in place for two more years, and then scrapping all of them at the end of 2012. Jon Chait isn't fond of the idea.

I am certain that the first piece of legislation coming out of the 2011 congress will make the Bush era tax cuts permanent. And I give a roughly 70% chance of Obama signing it into law.

Posted by: thorin-1 on September 7, 2010 at 6:02 PM | PERMALINK

Maybe Marty isn't really "left" then, by definition.

BTW Steve, the digs at horrible Repubs are bracing, but we need good news too. (Like, more reminders of the bikini graph.)

Posted by: neil b on September 7, 2010 at 6:09 PM | PERMALINK

[Find your way back to FDL, Jackass.]

Posted by: I'm, Larry on September 7, 2010 at 6:44 PM | PERMALINK

Perhaps I'll roast a few King James bibles on my BBQ and post it on YouTube and see how the kooky Konservative Kristians feel about it. As a gay WASP, whose ancestors fought in the American Revolution with nice blond hair and blue eyes I could give a damn about what they think.

Sometimes it's useful to tear the scab off and see our society's sores.

meanwhile,

Boycott The Wall Street Journal

It's boring, dated, and ugly.

Posted by: KurtRex1453 on September 7, 2010 at 6:51 PM | PERMALINK

Perhaps I'll roast a few King James bibles on my BBQ and post it on YouTube and see how the kooky Konservative Kristians feel about it. As a gay WASP, whose ancestors fought in the American Revolution with nice blond hair and blue eyes I could give a damn about what they think.

Sometimes it's useful to tear the scab off and see our society's sores.

meanwhile,

Boycott The Wall Street Journal

It's boring, dated, and ugly.

Posted by: KurtRex1453 on September 7, 2010 at 6:51 PM | PERMALINK

If you need to excuse yourself , don't stand on ceremony here , just leave . Other than a pitiful reflection on the contributor , repulsive enough , an otherwise unremarkable soul finding themselves rather too full , dreamily wishes to apply their own paltry measure as the reason they need to keep looking up . A stiff neck a just reward for a deep need to maneuver pity into a personal quality .

Posted by: FRP on September 7, 2010 at 7:01 PM | PERMALINK

Let it not be said that Marty Peretz would not be perfectly at home in Nazi Germany, OK?

Posted by: rabbit on September 7, 2010 at 7:03 PM | PERMALINK

If I'm not mistaken, if You-Tube posts burning korans on 9/11/10, all of our trillion(s) spent on wars in Iraq and Afghanistan will be for naught.

I cannot think of a more dreaded event.

We will wake up on 9/12/10 to a world truly changed.

I suggest some muslims go ahead and start burning bibles, US flags, and republicans in effigy. Then the Koran Burn won't be so absurd.

Man, we are not in Kansas anymore, Toto.

Posted by: Tom Nicholson on September 7, 2010 at 7:07 PM | PERMALINK

@LARRY: you complain that this blog has declined while calling the president Obamarahama?

idiot.

Posted by: Alli on September 7, 2010 at 7:12 PM | PERMALINK

Marty Peretz, liberal? yeah, I don't think so. I've never read his work because the titles of his articles are enough to turn me off.

Posted by: Alli on September 7, 2010 at 7:13 PM | PERMALINK

you realize, of course, that people who would react to burning bibles are really quite insane... The map is not the territory the symbol is not the object.

Of course the potential Koran burners know this and are, like Pat Robertson, merely doing this to gain attention and raise funds,

as for the people who react at their Koran being burned. they are excused, If I only had fourth grade, at best, education, and lived in a county which has a GDP of less than Exxon makes in a week, my semantic skills would be non-extant.

Meanwhile,

Boycott the Wall Street Journal

It's boring, dated and ugly,

Posted by: KurtRex1453 on September 7, 2010 at 7:28 PM | PERMALINK

So many stupid people I have to listen to and so many stupid headaches that I suffer through. When is enough stupidity enough? Oh,not you Steve..I still make certain I read you before I head to Daily Kos and DU.

Posted by: mishanti on September 7, 2010 at 7:29 PM | PERMALINK
Peter Orzag

Or "Orszag". Whatever.

Posted by: noncarborundum on September 7, 2010 at 7:35 PM | PERMALINK

Haters gotta hate, and Marty Peretz has always been a hater.

Posted by: Bobby Newmark on September 7, 2010 at 7:50 PM | PERMALINK

I have an idea to reduce the deficit: eliminate tax write-offs for corporate losses.

Why should taxpayers subsidize losers? America only supports winners. Make the tax code a reflection of true American values. In fact, why not charge the losers more because they screwed up?

No wonder America is in the state we're in.

Posted by: pj in jesusland on September 7, 2010 at 8:07 PM | PERMALINK

If I'm not mistaken, if You-Tube posts burning korans on 9/11/10, all of our trillion(s) spent on wars in Iraq and Afghanistan will be for naught.

I cannot think of a more dreaded event.

We will wake up on 9/12/10 to a world truly changed.

I suggest some muslims go ahead and start burning bibles, US flags, and republicans in effigy. Then the Koran Burn won't be so absurd.

Man, we are not in Kansas anymore, Toto
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So Koran burnings by some nobody in FL will bring about another 9-11, another Bali bombing, more bombings in Spain and England and Bom(b)ay, not to mention clitorectomies and killings of innocents in Afghanistan (or maybe just cutting off noses to spite female faces?) and additional beheadings of Buddhists in Thailand? Or maybe just DC snipers...

Posted by: Lighter Fluid on September 7, 2010 at 10:46 PM | PERMALINK

On any given day I can come here and laugh or cry about the broken political system and the media that desecrate it.

Today's mini-report seems like a milestone.

Posted by: MikeBoyScout on September 7, 2010 at 11:42 PM | PERMALINK

Marty Peretz can suck flaming demon dick in hell for all eternity.

Posted by: The Answer Was Orange on September 7, 2010 at 11:43 PM | PERMALINK

* This really is scandalous, and it's created real emergencies throughout the judiciary: "A determined Republican stall campaign in the Senate has sidetracked so many of the men and women nominated by President Barack Obama for judgeships that he has put fewer people on the bench than any president since Richard Nixon at a similar point in his first term 40 years ago."***********************

Leave it to the repigs to muck up government, stall, delay, and get in the way, and then complain about how the government sucks and nothing gets done. Oh, and by the way, elect us repiggies to places of power in the government. We will drown it in a bathtub (except for OUR salaries, pensions, and benefits, of course!) These are the same morons who pulled the microphone plugs and shut out the lights on the Dems during proceedings (against all comity, rules, and protocol) when they were in power. dickless cheney tells the Dems to STFU! They always obstruct, act childish, but modify their ways based on conditions. Always putting themselves first, the corporations second, the people last. Always.

Posted by: In what respect, Charlie? on September 7, 2010 at 11:46 PM | PERMALINK

Another Obummer appointee to file with that asshole Rahm Emmanuel, that idiot Salazar, and the rest of the alleged "Democrats" in the Obummer Administration.

Posted by: TCinLA on September 8, 2010 at 12:28 AM | PERMALINK

Marty Peretz isn't "left." He's another Jewish Nazi like his fellow conspirators in the Likud.

Posted by: TCinLA on September 8, 2010 at 12:29 AM | PERMALINK

The First Amendment's guarantees of free speech and religious freedom are priveleges now? Who knew?

I guess he's correct: any right that can be denied to an unpopular minority religion isn't a right, but a privelege. I'd think a Jew would appreciate the implacations of that, but I'd be wrong, I guess.

Well, the Fourth and Fifth Amendments ceased to be operative a long time ago, so why not?

Posted by: RobW on September 8, 2010 at 2:54 AM | PERMALINK

(yeesh, I can't spell tonight. time for bed now.)

Posted by: RobW on September 8, 2010 at 2:56 AM | PERMALINK

Found complete list of HTML Tags.

interesting... Apparently French nationals not allowed on to US bases for Friendship Festival. Though nationals of the UK, Canada, Ghana, Turkey, Canadians like me etc. okay. What is wrong with you people? Posted by: snicker-snack on September 8, 2010 at 5:46 AM | PERMALINK

Um, the link title is obviously not what I wanted...

Posted by: snicker-snack on September 8, 2010 at 5:47 AM | PERMALINK

Republican obstructionism of Obama judicial appointees and Clarence Thomas' outright bigotry are the precise equivalent of making a rule that from now on only Republicans are allowed to vote in national elections.

That they somehow see this as governance is testimony to their depravity.

Republicans insist that government is the problem. And they prove it every time they get elected!

Posted by: chrenson on September 8, 2010 at 8:41 AM | PERMALINK
This really is scandalous, and it's created real emergencies throughout the judiciary: "A determined Republican stall campaign in the Senate has sidetracked so many of the men and women nominated by President Barack Obama for judgeships that he has put fewer people on the bench than any president since Richard Nixon at a similar point in his first term 40 years ago."

I think this is one of those rare problems that actually cries out for solution via Constitutional amendment: the Senate's power to reject Presidential appointees (and it might make sense to apply this to treaties as well) should require a positive action by a majority of the sitting members of the Senate to exercise, and if it hasn't been exercised within a set time after an appointment is made (say, 30 calendar days, counting from the first day on or after the day that the appointment is delivered to the Senate that the Senate is in session), the appointment should be effective without the Senate's approval.

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Posted by: vimax on November 18, 2010 at 11:43 AM | PERMALINK

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Posted by: Douglass Arntt on December 10, 2010 at 3:01 PM | PERMALINK




 

 

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