“No hand shows”
As MacQ said,
hand raising has no place in a presidential debate. People are there to hear the candidates on issues, not watch them wave their hands around.
Dean Barnett liked Fred at the debate, too.
“A new Gallup Poll, conducted Dec. 6-9, finds 37% of Americans approving of the job George W. Bush is doing as president, an improvement from his recent scores in the low 30s. Meanwhile, 22% of Americans approve of Congress, essentially unchanged from last month.”
Someone send Nancy Pelosi flowers, and bring back her make-up artist.
Sing, it, Barbra!
Via Karen and Jay, Democrats Vote Yes to Ramadan, But No To Christmas
Doug Ross lists the Democratic-approved interrogation methods but forgets to mention Kenny G. and Barry Manilow.
Blue Crab Boulevard posts on Cynical manipulation on food being diverted to ethanol production. (h/t Larwyn)
Samuelson points out that the embrace by politicians of this cynical subsidization to benefit a few special interests has, at best, dubious impact on anything the increased use of ethanol is supposed to address. If 100% of American corn production were diverted to ethanol production, it would replace only 12% of petroleum fuels used in the US. In other parts of the world Rainforests are being burned to the ground to make way for palm oil plantations. The net effect of all this is actually worse for the global environment.
I had neglected to mention that my friend Pieter Dorsman has launched PoliGazette. Pieter tells us that PoliGazette
a new moderate right-of-center news and blogsite developed by Michael van der Galien (Van Der Galien Gazette) Pieter Dorsman (Peaktalk) and Jason Steck (Militant Moderate). You will find it here:
The founders of PoliGazette want to encourage debate and discussion without descending into shrill partisan rhetoric which has increasingly become the norm on both the left and right blogosphere. PoliGazette will be a place where moderate liberals, centrists and conservatives feel at home. We want this site to be a place for civilized debate. We want, in short, to offer readers a wide range of opinions and perspectives so that they can make their minds up more easily – or at least more informed. We therefore will not be reluctant to invite bloggers and writers from both sides to participate in PoliGazette by writing and commenting on our site.
PoliGazette already has the benefit of having contributors and writers in different geographical areas and that is something we wish to expand over time. And while the focus will be on news and recent developments, there will over time be more analysis and culture, such as book and film reviews.
I added PoliGazette to my blogroll and it has become one of my daily reads.