D - 110 and counting*
I got elected, Sweetscent, but the drats knocked me right out of office in a no-confidence recall thing they cooked up. Having to do with the Pact of Peace. They were right, of course; I shouldn't have gotten involved in it. But who wants to make a deal with four-armed shiny bugs who can't even talk, who have to go around carrying a translation box like an indoor potty?' --Philip K. Dick, Now Wait for Last Year
These links are lighter than usual. Sorry! Tomorrow I'll do much more extensive work on both Chicago and Montreal. For now, it's quite late....
Occupy Montreal: "The camera loves you, baby!" Good, detailed, vivid blog of today's march. Not getting a clear picture of what the march is achieving other than, well, occupying the streets. (Not "unfiltered" because the reporter's sensibility is clear, but better than the official Gazette story.) Oakland: Portraits from the Occupation. Representatives of the Oakland Police Department, and the police union, declined our invitations to participate, as did the editors of Adbusters magazine.
NATO summit Bobbleheads translate MTP: "GREGORY: wow look at these crazy violent NATO protestors! Audience: ooh white people." The summit actually opened: "The global leaders met over a large round table" (around, surely). Bernard Harcourt: "Welcome, Nato, to Chicago's police state". And a hearty thank you to President Obama, his BFF, Rahm Emmanuel, and D operatives and enablers everywhere for making it all possible! RNN video of march (DCBlogger). "In the age of camera phones, the message is that protesters are watching police too." Miscellaneous Chicago NATO Links (Bob).
CO (Swing state). Moms battle fracking.
OH (Swing state) Shalersville speaks out against fracking.
NC (Swing state) - "The Romney and Obama campaigns also seem to be behaving as though their internal polling is showing at least a very close race."
WI (swing state) Journal-Sentinel endorses Walker (again): "It's time to end the bickering and get back to the business of the state. We've had our differences with the governor, but he deserves a chance to complete his term. We recommended him in 2010. We see no reason to change that recommendation."
Inside Baseball HCR in classic NYRB letters exchange. Martha Angell: "So the mandate that requires uninsured people to buy private insurance, which is at the heart of the Supreme Court challenge, would cover only 16 million people, a mere 5 percent of the population." So (to my mind) it really is the mandate -- forcing citizens to purchase a defective product, private health insurance -- that's the goal. Not the care. Think of the possibilities! How the Senate "avoids unpredictable democratic floor action, and the accountability of public debate. Picking the speakers for the RNC in Tampa. Whenever you read "delicate balancing act," stop and do something else. The phrase is a tell for insiderese. (And if you're attending the RNC, check the FL listening above). The issue nobody mentions: "Can Washington govern?" No, but I bet a man on a white horse could!
Ron Paul MN GOP convention: "They took over, basically. Nobody else was organizing."
Greens Jill Stein interviewed in the Sun Times: "The politics of fear has brought us everything we were afraid of." (OK, a Sun Times blog. But still.)
Romney Romney's new ad introducing himself: Squee! Gary Wills: "Everyone has noticed by now the non-laugh laugh of Mitt Romney, a kind of half-stifled barking." (I'm trying to remember what Obama's laugh sounds like. But I can't.) Bain gives more campaign money to Democrats than it does to Republicans.
Feeding frenzies. None.
* 110 days 'til the Democratic National Convention ends with bottomless steins in a giant beer garden specially constructed by Walt Disney and the Department of Homeland Security in a public/private partnership on the floor of Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, NC. The Sears Tower in Chicago has 110 stories.