This is, by far, my favorite quote of the week. When asked by an insistent reporter during his second primetime press conference why he waited a couple days before speaking out on the AIG bonuses, this is what Obama said:

“It took a couple days because I like to know what I am talking about before I speak.”

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NAACP President Julian Bond gave a forceful speech at an HRC dinner on the importance of fighting for gay rights:

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I’ve been on Twitter for a relatively short time and have only come across a few truly compelling people to regularly check up on.

Well, I think I found the best Twitter feed to follow: Christopher Walken.

A sample:

Mrs. Liebowitz’s cat has gone missing again. He answers to “Martin” and walks with an unfortunate limp. This was only partially my fault.

To clarify – It’s partially my fault that the cat answers to “Martin.” I believe his name is actually “Pookie” but I won’t call a cat that.

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It is said that a picture is worth a thousand words. However, the number of words needed to fully describe the stupidity behind a Christian children’s coloring book that contains images like this would rival Proust:

Is it any wonder that the most fundamentalist states in the south also have the worst test scores?

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It is said that a picture is worth a thousand words. However, the number of words needed to fully describe the stupidity behind a Christian children’s coloring book that contains images like this would rival Proust:

Is it any wonder that the most fundamentalist states in the south also have the worst test scores?

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It is said that a picture is worth a thousand words. However, the number of words needed to fully describe the stupidity behind a Christian children’s coloring book that contains images like this would rival Proust:

Is it any wonder that the most fundamentalist states in the south also have the worst test scores?

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Matt Taibbi’s new article in Rolling Stone speaks some serious truth about what truly caused our current financial crisis:

The mistake most people make in looking at the financial crisis is thinking of it in terms of money, a habit that might lead you to look at the unfolding mess as a huge bonus-killing downer for the Wall Street class. But if you look at it in purely Machiavellian terms, what you see is a colossal power grab that threatens to turn the federal government into a kind of giant Enron — a huge, impenetrable black box filled with self-dealing insiders whose scheme is the securing of individual profits at the expense of an ocean of unwitting involuntary shareholders, previously known as taxpayers.

You have to read the whole article — it’s brutal and filled with a lot of hard truths.

I do have to warn you — It’s hard not to finish reading the article without getting the sense that we’re completely and irretrievably fucked.

I’m really not sure at this point whether we’re ever going to learn anything truly valuable from this crisis.

Update: Rachel Maddow just covered much the same ground on her show tonight.

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I just received a fundraising email from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, which was addressed as being sent from Paul Begala. First, I’ve never given money to the DCCC or given them my email address so I’m unclear why I got an email from them. I guess it was because I donated to Obama during the campaign…?

Anyway, aside from the fact that I never gave them my email, why the hell does the DCCC think that addressing fundraising emails as coming from Paul freaking Begala would be somehow attractive to me? Maybe it’s just because I’m only a recent fellow traveler in Democratic circles… Do people in the party actually like this syrupy, mendacious “Ahm so charming because ah talwk with a Southern accent” Clinton shill?

I went to the DCCC’s website to unsubscribe from their list and here is what I wrote when it asked me why I wanted off:

Because Paul Begala is an unscrupulous gasbag and I no longer wish to receive emails from him.

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