That's a surprise . . . if you weren't paying attention. The CIA-backed 'rebels' never had popularity on the ground in Libya. Many were based out of Virginia.
This was a plot to get Libyan oil. It was about empire and nothing less.
On empire, last night in Iowa?
I can understand people being upset that Ron Paul didn't come in first. I wish he had come in first in the GOP caucus. However, it wasn't that long ago that he wasn't a 'serious' candidate according to the media. He got over 20% of the votes. He came in third. First place (Romney) got something like 25% of the votes.
This was a very strong performance by Ron Paul. He can have more strong performances and stronger ones too.
"TV: The Toxic Drips Of Tiny Penises" (Ava and C.I., The Third Estate Sunday Review):
If you think NPR makes up for the sexist nature of Terry's all male posse by offering balance elsewhere, you are wrong. Remember that's the radio network that was pimping sexist stereotypes in September. And as we noted then:
It's on NPR where Terry Gross brings on TV and film critics. All men. But it's not just Terry, now is it? Over the summer, Morning Edition decided it was time to review Oprah's new channel. If you thought a woman would be assigned that task, you forgot how sexist NPR is.
That's how you got a commentary from a man which included, "This may be the most harrowing assignment I have ever tackled for NPR: spending a day watching Oprah Winfrey's new cable channel. [. . .] I consider myself a confident guy, but it's a little scary to enter a world where my concerns are among the least considered in the universe. OWN is aimed directly at women. It's a world of swimsuit dos and don'ts, lunch with the girls and makeovers."
In the 1970s that would have been considered patronizing and sexist and that's before we get to the man's knuckle dragging efforts in his cooking remarks.
He was back, the Oprah 'critic,' Eric Deggans, on Morning Edition Friday. Like an Esquire "Women We Love" peep show feature from earlier deacdes, he opened with, "Is there anybody on TV more adorable than Zooey Deschanel on Fox's new hit sitcom New Girl?" It never got better.
Why is it that NPR can't feature women providing TV criticism? Two leading papers (The New York Times and The Washington Post) feature females providing strong critiques of TV. But NPR can't find one woman to make a regular? Whatever happened to their supposed diversity mandate?
Part of the reason TV sucked so long in the first half of the '00s was the Water Cooler Set. The power they had they squandered and abused. As a result, networks listen to them less and less. Having wasted far too much money on bad, non-entertaining shows that the Water Cooler Set swore were wonderful (if you wanted to do a disseration on all the sources they plagiarized), the networks has learned that the Water Cooler Set doesn't reflect the viewers. Once upon a time, they were supposed to be a line of defense. They were supposed to argue for better TV and to rail against bad TV. In the '00s, a bunch of bald White men (and people of color and White women who enable them) took over and they've been jerking one another off ever since. No one wanted to see that, no one needed.
I love that piece.
If you love or hate the new look of this site, it was an accident. Sunny was playing with the template (with permission) and it did not create a backup of it as promised.
So it wiped out all of my links. If you know something I left off, feel free to e-mail me and we'll work on getting it back in. The switch wasn't planned.
"Iraq snapshot" (The Common Ills):