hard heads soft hearts

a scratch pad for half-formed thoughts by a liberal political junkie who's nobody special. ''Hard Heads, Soft Hearts'' is the title of a book by Princeton economist Alan Blinder, and tends to be a favorite motto of neoliberals, especially liberal economists.

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Wednesday, June 19, 2002
stick a fork in these turkeys:

what we have now:
infotainment journalism
dramatic upper-class journalism
bon-bon journalism

what will replace it:
framework or context or public journalism
the irredeemable punditocracy and how to do better.
david wayne spence. Two innocent men and and probably three have almost certainly been executed. In each case the reason they have been executed because prosecutors and police offices have been unwilling
it was around this time, that Bush's Texas administration did something, which, in retrospect, can only be described as evil. They ordered a test when it was completely unnecessary. He did it to make it appear that he looked over at these cases and only went forward with the execution if he was 100% sure. From then on, whenever Bush was asked if he was sure he hadn't executed an innocent man, pointed to those two
to admit they have made a mistake that might have resulted in an innocent man dying.
It is absolutely obscene. Just imagine all that palling around going on the Panchito and the Dolce , and all these people lacking the competence or the backbone to ask a brutally tough, but vitally important question.
It's just sickening to think about, and it makes it hard to look at these people with any respect again. I'm still furious about it.
oj simpson
david brock and anita hill
both sides do it: democrats asserted time and time again that Republicans opposed the Airline security bill because they opposed federal unions. That was not what they were doing. What they accused the democrats of doing was pushing for federalization because they were for federal unions.

proves how excruciatingly difficult it can be to get at the truth

tax cuts
the environment
the social security system

tilting at windmills and reinventing the wheel: a friendly critique of the alternative left

a small biographical note.
the way that michel lasseter was treated wa a microcosm of what I find annoying
also the entire way Columbine was handled
trampling on the weak and pandering to the strong. the apotheosis of mediocrity.
all scape-goating all the time. like children. just following through on whatever their impulse is.