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22 Sep 2003

Anti-Americanism

Michael J. Totten's blog Via Jeremy at the excellent new blog Who Knew? I learn that Jean-François Revel’s French best-seller L’Obsession Anti-Américaine will soon be translated in English and released in the United States. The English version will ...

Saddam Gets Desperate

Michael J. Totten's blog Here’s an underreported story from the Mirror . SADDAM Hussein has been in secret negotiations with US forces in Iraq for the past nine days, we can reveal. The Iraqi dictator is demanding safe passage to the former Soviet ...

20 Sep 2003

New Tech Central Station Column

Michael J. Totten's blog My new Tech Central Station column is up: An Open Letter to the Party of Wilson and Roosevelt . Politics ...

18 Sep 2003

Laugh Out Loud Post of the Day

Michael J. Totten's blog Andrew Apostolou: Fat Bastard Captured . ...

17 Sep 2003

The Paradox of Terror

Michael J. Totten's blog Three different countries were recently polled, and respondents were asked whether or not they were satisfied with their lives. The three countries were Israel, the United States, and Canada. Now. Ask yourself which of these ...

Activists Against Nation-Building

Michael J. Totten's blog Judith Weiss sent me this from the left-wing activists at moveon.org : The US occupation in Iraq has left American soldiers unprepared and vulnerable, the country degenerating into chaos, and the Iraqi people embittered and ...

16 Sep 2003

Required Reading

Michael J. Totten's blog Today’s required reading . Via Andrew Apostolou , who is also required reading. ...

Left-wingers Against Howard Dean

Michael J. Totten's blog Oliver Kamm is the latest to weigh in : Howard Dean demonstrated his unfitness to be President several months ago with his judgement on the overthrow of Saddam Hussein: “We’ve gotten rid of him. I suppose that’s a good thing. ...

Tectonic Shift

Michael J. Totten's blog The world has truly turned upside down. Thomas Friedman, liberal Democrat at the New York Times , calls France an enemy, yes an enemy of the United States . Europe and Central Asia France ...

14 Sep 2003

Ted Rall: Left-wing Terror Apologist

Michael J. Totten's blog Ted Rall demonstrates how the far-left meets the far-right on the nasty side of the political circle . NEW YORK–Nearly 70 percent of Americans tell Newsweek that “the United States will be bogged down in [Iraq] for years ...

The Christopher Hitchens of Britain

Michael J. Totten's blog I am pleased to announce that this is the first web log to provide a permanent link to British journalist Johann Hari’s new Web site . (The permanent link is under “Columnists” on the left. His site is not a web log.) If you ...

10 Sep 2003

The Problem of Yasser Arafat

Michael J. Totten's blog Israel has decided to remove Yasser Arafat . The security Cabinet decided on Thursday to expel Yasser Arafat but put off immediate action. Individual government officials and Cabinet ministers have not yet commented. “Recent ...

9 Sep 2003

September 11, 2003 – Why We Fight

Michael J. Totten's blog Saddam-controlled media commemorates the first anniversary of September 11, 2001 Women’s rights in Afghanistan Hamas “activists” in Palestine The handiwork of SE Asian Communists Saddam Hussein’s victims, Halabja, Iraqi ...

8 Sep 2003

Not So Right-Wing

Michael J. Totten's blog Oliver Kamm praises George W. Bush: President Bush, man of the Left . He’s serious. ...

7 Sep 2003

Chomsky in Havana

Michael J. Totten's blog If you think you can stomach it, here is the transcipt of an interview with Noam Chomsky by Bernie Dwyer on Radio Havana , dutifully published in Z Magazine . (Via Oliver Kamm .) Here are some excerpts. [Bernie Dwyer] A ...

A Glass Half Full

Michael J. Totten's blog If you turn on the news or look at the headlines in the newspaper box, the post-war reconstruction of Iraq looks like a failure. Look more carefully. The Iraqi summer of 2003 is a violent one, but something wonderful and new ...

4 Sep 2003

Bomb Found in Portland

Michael J. Totten's blog Someone found a bomb on a commuter train in the Portland suburbs. Investigators are trying to determine how a bomb with the power to kill a person was left on a MAX train in Washington County. Police explosives experts ...

Generation X and the American Flag

Michael J. Totten's blog Sean LaFreniere, real liberal and fellow GenXer, wants to take back his country and his flag from the Baby Boomers. North America US ...

3 Sep 2003

No to the GOP

Michael J. Totten's blog Why I am not now, and do not plan to become, a Republican . (Link via War Liberal .) ...

Moonbat? Or Not?

Michael J. Totten's blog Mike Silverman, a real liberal, posts two quizzes. Are You a Leftist ? And Are You a Rightist ? I am thankfully neither. ...

Don’t Panic

Michael J. Totten's blog Andrew Apostolou in a piece that manages to be both refreshing and sobering at the same time: That mistakes have been made in postwar Iraq is not in doubt, but that predicted disasters have not transpired is rarely ...

Blogging At Its Finest

Michael J. Totten's blog This smackdown of the Washington Monthly at the Daily Howler is one of the finest pieces of muckracking media criticism I’ve read in a while. What’s the beef? Liberal bias? Nah. Laziness and sheer contempt for the audience. ...

2 Sep 2003

Two Shiite Views of the “Resistance”

Michael J. Totten's blog Here’s one , as reported in Yahoo! News : Lebanon’s top Shiite Muslim cleric warned that Iraqi Shiites would join the armed resistance against U.S. and British forces if the occupation of Iraq persisted for too long. Grand ...

Liberalism and Socialism

Michael J. Totten's blog In the comments section of this post is a debate over whether or not liberals are socialists. I’d like to leave you with the following quote from Winston Churchill which, I think, is exactly right. Liberalism is not Socialism ...

Race: Human

Michael J. Totten's blog James Lileks : I’m lucky; I don’t know where I come from. We have some theories, but they’re just that. One side of my lineage dead-ends in an adoption; the other trails off in Europe, east of Paris. Don’t know. Don’t. Care. ...

31 Aug 2003

Oregon’s Outback

Michael J. Totten's blog When people think of my state of Oregon they think of green. And not just those who don’t live here. Most Oregonians live to the west of the Cascade mountains in the wet, lush, dripping, fogged-in valley between the snowy ...

29 Aug 2003

The Graphic Left (Updated)

Michael J. Totten's blog Long-time readers of this Web site know that I used to think of myself sometimes as a liberal, sometimes as a leftist. These days I think of myself sometimes as a liberal and increasingly as a centrist. Sometimes a picture ...

28 Aug 2003

Notes on the “Resistance”

Michael J. Totten's blog Mark Steyn on why Iraq is not the West Bank : For purposes of comparison, consider two suicide bombings within hours of each other: the Canal Hotel attack in Baghdad, the bus bomb in Jerusalem. The latter was greeted with the ...

Hate

Michael J. Totten's blog Michelle at A Small Victory has posted a collection of violently anti-Semitic and anti-American cartoons that keep appearing on Indymedia . North America US ...

The New Ace of Spades?

Michael J. Totten's blog My wife bought me a deck of Baath Party playing cards. You know, the ones with Saddam Hussein al-Tikriti as the Ace of Spades. The deck sits on our coffee table in the living room, and I like to flip through it every now and ...

26 Aug 2003

Howard Dean Surprises

Michael J. Totten's blog Interesting article in the Washington Post about Howard Dean. The challenge for Dean now is to transition from champion of the antiwar, anti-Bush left to electable Democrat without losing his steam and solid liberal base, ...

24 Aug 2003

The Argentine’s Ice Box

Michael J. Totten's blog A work of fiction. (Note: This is the longest piece I have ever published on this site. If you want a printable version, I think the best option is to copy and paste the text into word processing software and print it from ...

Taking Responsibility

Michael J. Totten's blog I don’t know if we can reconstruct Iraq. I am optimistic, I am hopeful, but I won’t make a fool of myself and say it’s inevitable. When the US decided after so many decades of feet-dragging that it was in the same trench as ...

Greatest Figures in American History

Michael J. Totten's blog John Hawkins at Right Wing News asked several left-of-center bloggers, including yours truly, to send him a list of who we think are the 20 greatest figures in American history. Rather than invent objective criteria I decided ...

21 Aug 2003

A Fair and Balanced Judge

Michael J. Totten's blog Al Franken easily beats Fox . A federal judge on Friday slammed Fox News’ trademark infringement lawsuit against humorist Al Franken and his publisher Penguin Group and refused to stop the sale of the satirist’s new book that ...

20 Aug 2003

What Must Be Said

Michael J. Totten's blog Joe Katzman is one of my favorite conservatives in the blogosphere. No. Wait. I shouldn’t put it that way. Joe Katzman is one of the best writers in the blogosphere. How many other Jews after September 11 dedicate every ...

Blaming America First

Michael J. Totten's blog Jessica Stern in the New York Times says every problem in Iraq is our fault . Yesterday’s bombing of the United Nations headquarters in Baghdad was the latest evidence that America has taken a country that was not a terrorist ...

19 Aug 2003

Right-Wing Terror Apologism

Michael J. Totten's blog Via Andrew Northrup I find this nasty little screed about yesterday’s terror attack in Baghdad from Emperor Misha (in his own comments section), who likes to think of himself as an “anti-Idiotarian Rottweiler.” I am not ...

18 Aug 2003

Unhinged in Paris

Michael J. Totten's blog Europeans used to blame Jews when people got sick. That same impulse still thrives on the continent. Howard Fineman in Newsweek: The blame-America attitude gets silly at times. For example, you might have wondered what caused ...

Target: UN

Michael J. Totten's blog The Baathist “resistance” hit the UN headquarters in Baghdad with a truck bomb . The top UN envoy to Iraq was killed. These attacks are not a cry for help. They are committed by Saddam’s goons determined to kill their way ...

17 Aug 2003

The State of Serial Killers

Michael J. Totten's blog In David Fincher’s nightmarish film Seven , Kevin Spacey plays John Doe, mad Bible man and the creepiest on-screen killer since Hannibal Lector. John hated sinners and he set out to kill seven, one victim for each of the ...

One is Enough

Michael J. Totten's blog Andrew Northrup (aka The Poor Man) has a short succinct post explaining why the US doesn’t need an American Guardian . There are a lot of complaints one might make about the American media – there are a lot of complaints one ...

16 Aug 2003

What I Did During the Blackout

Michael J. Totten's blog We didn’t get a blackout here in the Pacific Northwest, but Shelly and I wanted one. So we went “camping” this weekend at a long narrow lake in a canyon in the central Oregon desert. Proper camping is when you hike at least ...

13 Aug 2003

The Lure of Destruction

Michael J. Totten's blog The Washington Post says Mt. Rainier is far more dangerous than we knew. My first reaction: excellent . Only later did I think yikes . I can see the mountain from my office in Portland. It’s bigger than you think. Shelly and ...

Blog Bias

Michael J. Totten's blog The liberal blogger Kevin Drum has a list of who he thinks are interesting conservatives . And the conservative writer Daniel Drezner posts his pick of interesting liberals . Matt Yglesias points out that the people on Kevin ...

Email of the Week

Michael J. Totten's blog George Jong emails: I have to admit, I get a little freaked out by the fact that you keep appearing in the comments of all the blogs I read – Kevin Drum , Jeff Jarvis , Roger Simon , etc. It’s like pulling over to three ...

12 Aug 2003

Which Country Are You?

Michael J. Totten's blog Randy Paul took the Country Quiz and it told him he is India. Apparently, I’m Canada. You’re Canada! People make fun of you a lot, but they’re stupid because you’ve got a much better life than they do. In fact, they’re ...

11 Aug 2003

What’s Up with Arnold

Michael J. Totten's blog Gerard Van der Leun calls me the “Swiss Army Knife of commentators.” Hey. I think I like that. And it seems I inadvertantly helped Gerard figure out what’s up with Arnold. Arnold, Gerard says, is a bi-liberal . (Notice how we ...

Socialism Without the Socialism

Michael J. Totten's blog James Becker emails and points me to an article by Ronald Bailey in Reason about a universal health insurance plan from the New America Foundation . It looks good to me. In fact, I think it’s the best one I’ve seen. Every ...

Democracy Should Be Fun

Michael J. Totten's blog George Will : Truly conservative Californians — you few know who you are — will vote against the recall to protest its plebiscitary cynicism. Oh, lighten up, Will. Look. I changed my mind about the goofball celebrity thing. ...

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