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A life Jimmy! You know what that is? It’s the shit that happens while you’re waitin’ for moments that’ll never come.

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We have seen this movie many times before since the 1960s. Liberals personalize everything, fetishize presidential power, and turn against their own every time some progress starts to be made. They do not stick with the patient work of building responsible public agencies, electing better Congressional representatives, and building movements across many localities. They quickly give up on yet another President and hand the country back to a right wing —- that has become more and more extreme and selfishly rapacious.

In 2010, it is time for progressives and liberals to wake up and grow up. No, Obama is not perfect, and he and his administration make some mistakes. But they are moving in the right direction on many fronts in the face of almost insuperable obstacles. They are facing multiple, constantly emerging crises with a federal government that has been systematically denigrated and torn apart for decades. They do not have a Congress willing to vote for even basically sensible things in many areas. And they face determined, well-funded opponents. They need friendly criticism from the left —- and they certainly need social movements to elect better Congresses and press Congressional representatives. But they do not need childish hysteria of the kind Olbermann is dishing out — or unrealistic demands of the sort that Maureen Dowd and Huff Post are pushing.

Theda Skocpol (via southpol, catbus, and squashed)

I’ll totally grant the Administration their record of accomplishment. I’d be more sympathetic to Theda’s viewpoint if Obama didn’t insist in finding a common ground with a Republican Party that has no interest in that common ground, or in taking the politics out of politics.

That eternal search for a Goldilocks-like middle – on display again today, when he talked about immigration reform – is endlessly frustrating.

6-4, 3-6, 6-7, 7-6, 70-68

183 games. 11 hours, 5 minutes. The greatest tennis match that will ever be played. And I saw it happen.

One thing the speech didn’t do, though, is sound new. Obama sounds similar calls often. What hasn’t happened is actual action. He spoke of the climate change bill the House passed last year, but declined to chastise the Senate on its health care-bill-like posturing and inaction. That’s probably the biggest source of frustration over the administration’s handling of the oil spill. Contrary to many others, I doubt the dissatisfaction has much to do with the president’s failure to bang a fist on a lectern. I think it’s more that even the best speeches, in the face of a witheringly endless disaster, are starting to sound hollow.

Monica Potts at TAPPED.

I couldn’t have put better myself. Everything just sounds hollow and empty. Even the Organizing for America email that was sent immediately after the speech felt that way:

Critics will say that a real transition to clean energy is a challenge that can’t be met. But the President made it clear tonight that he will not back down — even if the path forward is not easy. And, as this movement has shown time and again, neither will we.

Washington has put this off for far too long — now we must act. If you haven’t already, please stand with the President for a clean-energy future.

Hell, with a few edits, it’s the same damn email that’s gone out every damn time. Just substitute “jobs” or “health care” for “clean energy”, and you get an idea of what I mean. 

*Sigh*. 

Was there any English player who offered any support to Green after the goal or at halftime? I didn’t see any. All left him to swallow it. I thought it was still a team sport? Now that you mention it, nobody said a word to him immediately after the goal or on the way off at half-time. You could spin that positively by saying that nobody hit him either.

Peter Cederblad, quoted over at the Guardian’s live blog which gives you a great feel for how the British are seeing the game unfold.

Again for emphasis: “…nobody said a word to him immediately after the goal or on the way off at half-time. You could spin that positively by saying that nobody hit him either.”

(via 2010fifaworldcup)

Well, as was said, that was rather more the War of 1812 than the American Revolution – but I’ll take it! 

He has all of the virtues I detest and none of the vices I admire.

Sir Winston Churchill. The man did have an ear for English.

If the soul is left in darkness, sins will be committed. The guilty one is not he who commits the sin but he who causes the darkness.

Rev Dr Martin Luther King, Jr, used to say that, borrowing it from Victor Hugo, whose words these were.