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Saturday, February 5th, 2011

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61 Responses to “Morning Links”

  1. #1 |  Pablo | 

    Your daily dose of schadenfreude:

  2. #2 |  Joe | 

    Radley, no shit we have been giving Egypt money like that for years (acutally it started and is part of Camp David under Jimmy Carter). My point is not to justify giving Egypt that military aid as part of a peace treaty but suggest, perhaps, maybe the threat of taking that aid away should buy us a small amount of influence in Mubarak forces beating up western journalists. And President Obama happens to be President right now. Or would you rather blame Bush for this too? Like Chris Matthews did.

    And there is a “pattern” among right wing pundits? OOOOOOOOOh patterns. Why “right wing”? By ommission dp you suggest that left wing pundits don’t engage in hyperbole and excessive rhetoric? The left do not make off color jokes? I hear all kinds of horrible things said in the name of punditry by the left. I rarely hear them appologizing for it either.

    If you want to criticize policy fair enough. But this all started from Limbaugh joking about some reporters getting detained, then correcting himself when it was clear reporters really were being targeted. As rhetorical offenses go, it was pretty minor.

    And like I said above, I thank all the press for getting the coverage they did out of Egypt. I am sorry if I made a joke about it too.

  3. #3 |  Joe | 

    And as heroes go, I give more credit to those putting themselves in harms way for principals (and without payment or minimum payment) than multi million dollor anchorpersons just looking for ratings and finding themselves in a bad situation.

  4. #4 |  Joe | 

    And I have to say I missed that you were criticizing Limbaugh for being a chickenhawk in the first post. I guess he is a double chickenhawk since he promotes war and does not go, then as a political pundit he criticizes journalists in dangerous situations while he is safely protected in the EIB studios in Florida. Thanks for clearing that up.

  5. #5 |  Joe | 

    Putting themselves in harms way for “principles.” I doubt many of us would do anything for our old principals.

  6. #6 |  the innominate one | 


    nice strawman of the journalists you got there. you should burn it as an effigy.

  7. #7 |  Joe | 

    the innominate one. You are welcome. I will print out this page and put it in the wood burning stove and think happy thoughts.

    Actually I have decided my hero of the day is Mary Munoz for her heoroic battle with the tax authorities of Oregon.

  8. #8 |  Gerald A | 

    “Are you getting beaten, detained, and threatened with your life while trying to report what’s going in Egypt?”

    No, but I’ve been beaten, detained and my life threaten in several 3rd world counties. Mexico, Kenya, Phillipines and Alabama. Proper documents usually get your released. Proper documents having dead presidents pictures on them.

  9. #9 |  Joe | 

    Having lived in Egypt for several years and traveled through out the region, I have found those documents you describe work very well Gerald.

  10. #10 |  Henry Bowman | 

    Rush Limbaugh is a jackass

    I guess you’re getting a little jealous, Radley. Rush Limbaugh is simply funny. You need to seriously lighten up. And, as others have noted, referencing Media Matters is usually a rather stupid move.

    Best to listen to the whole show before you display your ignorance.

  11. #11 |  supercat | 

    One principle which many people seem to understand in social situations, but which cops seem unwilling to apply to searches, is that permission to search for one thing does not imply permission to observe anything and everything else. If overnight guest at someone’s house discovers at 3:00am that the bathroom is out of toilet paper, the guest would be reasonably entitled to search cabinets or drawers under the sink to try to find some. The guest would not, however, be entitled to take any notice of any objects he finds that would embarrass the host. The guest would be entitled to take notice of things for the host’s benefit (e.g. one of the pipes under the sink is dripping) but not to the host’s detriment.

    If a car crashes into a house, the cops may be entitled to search the immediate scene of the crash for evidence related thereto, but that does not imply permission to notice anything else in the house in any fashion detrimental to the homeowner. It’s too bad cops aren’t held to the same standards as civilized people (at minimum, defense attorneys need to be allowed to challenge the ‘reasonableness’ of any searches, and have juries instructed to consider it).