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Terror and Liberalism

The Future of Freedom: Illiberal Democracy at Home and Abroad by Fareed Zakaria


Polyarchy by Robert Dahl

The Nazi Seizure of Power

The Nazi Seizure of Power by William Sheridan Allen

Terror and Liberalism

Terror and Liberalism by Paul Berman

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The Moon Is Down by John Steinbeck



Just For Fun

Just to annoy my critics, here is the latest poll that stacks the two remaining Democrats up against Bush:

Kerry 55%
Bush 43%

Edwards 54%
Bush 44%

Enjoy. (via Oliver Willis)

  posted by Kris Lofgren @ 11:27:00 PM

Wednesday, February 18, 2004  


That's One Wicked Rotation

Greg Maddox is coming back to the Cubs. The Cubs will have one of the top two payrolls in the National League. Who saw either of those things happening just a few years ago?

There is no doubt that the Cubs will be solid in 2004. They will have three incredibly solid aces with Mark Prior, Kerry Wood and now Maddox in addition to two not-too-shabby fourth and fifth pitchers in Matt Clement and Carlos Zambrano. It seemed that in the heartbreaking 2003 playoffs the one thing the Cubs were missing was a consistent third ace. They managed to squeeze by Maddox's Braves but it was no gimme.

Now the Cubs should be set to battle the dangerous Houston Astros (Oswalt, Clemens, Pettitte) blow for blow all year in the National League Central. It should be fun to watch.

If the Cubs can take down the Astros the World Series will be the next stop. But then of course, they'll lose to the Yankees, who now own every player in baseball. Sigh.

  posted by Kris Lofgren @ 9:07:00 PM


Comparing Tactics

When Bush campaigned for president in 2000 he said he was going to "restore honor and dignity to the White House." If Democrats played like Republicans there would be an independent commission looking into just that statement. Instead the Bush administration has been the most shifty, misleading and outright lying administrations since the Nixon White House.

Josh Marshall has a brief reminder of what the Bush administration would be up against if the Democrats played by the Kenneth Starr rules of politics in regards to Bush's AWOL Guard time:

"Now, needless to say, if we were still operating under the rules that prevailed in the mid-1990s, James Carville would have been appointed Independent Counsel in the late summer of 2002 to investigate Halliburton. He'd have had the Intel shenanigans, the Plame matter and the Niger documents added to his brief since then. A cowed AG would have given him the Guard matter around the middle of last week. And in a couple days some FBI agents would be showing up on Calhoun's doorstep ready to squeeze him as silly as any freshly sliced wedge of lime in close proximity to a bottle of Corona.

"Lucky for him Dems don't play so rough."

It's time we hold our leaders responsible. It's one thing to lie about sex, its a whole different matter to lie about national security matters, service in the military and basic fundamentals of good government like controlling the budget and the state of American jobs. In some cases Bush lives in a bubble of advisors, in others he simply stands up straight, looks into the camera and pronounces a pure and unadulterated lie.

This is not who should be leading our country. Let's take it back.

  posted by Kris Lofgren @ 1:46:00 PM

Monday, February 16, 2004