" Only 5% are willing to tell pollsters that they wouldn't vote for an otherwise well-qualified candidate of their own party if he were black; another 9% would have reservations. That strikes me as astonishingly good news, even if we take it at a discount. On the other hand, 53% wouldn't vote for an atheist; we've gotten more unpopular over the past eight years."
"I keep saying that the United States is not going to attack Iran, but nobody believes me (six months from now, I’m expecting everyone to congratulate me on my prescience). One good indicator is the propaganda being churned out by the Bush Administration. It lacks all the conviction of the Iraq lies, and, even more telling, the mainstream media reports on it while simultaneously mentioning both that there are opposing views (something we never saw in the build-up to Iraq), and that the Bush Administration told similar stories about Iraq, stories which were all untrue and which led Americans into a disaster. The American Establishment has obviously ordered its lackies to try to tell the truth this time. "i have to agree with xymphora here - there is a lot to point to that indicates that the iran war is , and has been, right around the corner - but it feels *completely* different to the iraq invasion buildup. i'm not sure whether the intent has changed, or if the rules have changed, or some other bloody thing - but it feels categorically different. otoh, we still hear lots of propaganda that points to an imminent invasion - where it stops, nobody knows.
"Robert Fisk, the best real Western journalist working in the Middle East, is consistently awful in writing about Lebanon, due to his friendship for Hariri and the Hariri clan. The facts on the ground are so obvious, however, that he finally seems to be getting it. "