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Why I've lost interest in AIPAC's Policy Conference

Mar 4, 2013 11:39 AM PT

I attended my first AIPAC Policy Conference in 1993, as the official liaison from my youth group to the pro-Israel organization. 

It was a lot of fun. Some of the highlights were: observing the carping between the Republican Jewish Coalition and the National Jewish Democratic Council (which continues until this day); hearing Rep. Newt Gingrich bring the house down after a robotic address by Vice President Al Gore; and meeting a young Debbie Wasserman Schultz, then just an earnest staffer for Rep. Peter Deutsch (D-FL).

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Oscars 2013

Cry havoc, and let slip the sacred cows of mockery

Mar 4, 2013 11:29 AM PT

In response to Of Ace and Seth MacFarlane's 'Boobs':

I'm somewhat agnostic on the "boobs" controversy itself, but I'm completely with you on the value of take-no-prisoners satire without sacred cows.  I generally see MacFarlane himself as less than a pure practitioner of the art: like many others, he claims the mantle of irreverent humor, but he keeps plenty of sacred cows quietly and carefully protected in his pasture.  Even when The Simpsons was at the height of its wit and relevance, it did the same thing.  

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Bill Keller Blames Obama for the Sequester

Mar 4, 2013 11:17 AM PT

Bill Keller of the NY Times wrote an op-ed over the weekend which, while still taking some shots at the GOP, managed to lay some of the blame for "the large mess we are in" at the President's feet.

The piece is titled "Obama's Fault" and that more or less sums up the theme. Keller's opening paragraph sounds like something Charles Krauthammer might have written, "The White House spent last week in full campaign hysteria, blitzing online followers with the message that heartless Republicans are prepared to transform America into 'Les Misérables' in order to protect 'millionaires and billionaires, oil companies, vacation homes, and private jet owners.'”

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