The Weekly Wrap

Today on the Dish, the lionization of Petraeus and the military incensed Andrew. The GOP pledged to America to massively deepen its debt, and wasn't much better on civil liberties according to Conor's tally. Massie compared Palin to Gerald Ford, and Graeme Wood exposed Glenn Beck on his anti-Semitic (and insane) source. Lexington argued against "constitutional idolatry," Gene Healy reconsidered Carter, and Democratic complacency could ruin their chances this fall, unless they devote themselves to the debt.

Andrew bucked against the dissent of the day, and defended calling bullshit on the Dems and HRC. Readers see-sawed over Log Cabin Republicans, and Dan Savage bemoaned Obama's absence on the day of the DADT debate, though he did have time to call some WNBA players.

We learned the science behind lethal injection, Jonathan Weiner waged war against aging, and drug companies risked major money to save lives. Matthew Kahn believed the Spocks could save the Homer Simpsons from global warming, commuter and hobbyist bicyclists clashed, and this guy had a death-wish to fly. Middle class incomes haven't changed in a decade, college subsidies don't always work and you can check your job against your divorce rate. We saw life through the eyes of Muslim America, and abroad, and Johann Hari protested the Pope while supporting Catholicism.

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McArdle gave hope to nerds, Chris Good paved the way for a Mustached American leadership, and Ta-Nehisi loved living in sin. Yglesias award here, FOTD here, VFYW here, and MHB here. The Facebook fail made it hard for us to find out who was hungry or tired, more content and more clicks signaled tragedy for our attention-span, and Colbert explained corn-packer to a congressman.

Thursday on the Dish, Andrew assailed the Republican Party's "Pledge To America." Reax here and here. The Obama administration decided to defend DADT against Republicans. Andrew called for Solmonese's head and sparred with other bloggers over Dem inaction. Steinglass instructed HRC to take notes from the Tea Party.

The "all fags must die" plot thickened. A Dem congresswomen race-baited her opponent, Boxer and Fiorina went a round, a conservative group aired a maudlin ad against Obama, and Larison rolled his eyes. Snapshots from the Tea Party here and here. Christianism watch here and Trig watch here. DiA disagreed with Douthat over Palin, a GOP congressional candidate slammed her celebrity, and Sharron Angle pwned the press. Wilkinson wanted members of the media to stop picking on red-staters, while Dan Savage sought to keep bigots from picking on suicidal teens.

A drug warrior in Spain came to his senses, Iran kept oppressing its press, and we may have already attacked the country's nuclear plants.  The world got fat, but cookstoves could be cleaner. Adam Ozimek looked at illegal immigration around the world, Felix Salmon warned us about market forecasters, Tyler Cowen defended the liberal arts, and Kate Hopkins kept the "culinary luddite" thread going. Readers dissented over Andrew's portrayal of Burning Man, and a combat vet called for showing more graphic content.

Blockbuster finally bit the dust. David Broder and Bob Woodward buck-raked to their wallets' content. A clever new ad strategy is coming to your captchas and this app went from cool to profound. MHB here, VFYW here, and FOTD here. Be lucky your name isn't Sarah Palin.

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Wednesday on the Dish, the New York Times torture farce continued. Andrew was unimpressed with Woodward's excerpts, but more importantly disappointed with Obama's ultimate decision for Afghanistan. But at least the president spoke to Americans like adults.

McCain knew nothing about DADT. Andrew sparred with readers over yesterday's vote, HRC and the Democrats weren't any help, Reid was indefensible, and Mataconis spread the blame around. A Chambliss staffer didn't know the internet could trace his homophobic rants, and Dan Savage reminded gay kids that things will get better.

Following her mama grizzly mentor, O'Donnell swore off the national media. Bernstein and Douthat debated Palin's chances, another of her proteges campaigned on bigotry, and Nyhan charted her unfavorability; she looks a lot like Dan Quayle.

Andrew responded to Ross on what might change for the GOP base between now and 2012, and he agreed with Mark Greenbaum that divided government could benefit Obama. Rand met with the neocons, and Kos got so defensive it sounded like straight-up paranoia. The FBI lied to Congress over monitoring activists, a cartoon helped us understand health care, and Stewart and Colbert blurred what little is left of the line between media and politics. On race, Ta-Nehisi went after Marty, Matthew Duss called out a double standard for Jews and Palestinians (eg Helen Thomas and Marty), and Pat Buchanan played the race card. Sullum and Stimson argued over intoxication, while support for Prop 19 kept getting higher.

VFYW here, MHB here, and FOTD here. More Americans believed Obama was a cactus, Milton's Paradise Lost was headed for 3D, and Burning Man made people all sorts of happy.


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Tuesday on the Dish, McCain stooped to a new low by stalling the repeal of DADT, while gay soldiers continue to sacrifice. We compared the Tea Party to its establishment counterparts and investigated the Palin model of doing business. Serwer pointed out that "individual liberty" extends to marriages - whether they involve children or not - and Boaz called out conservatives for ignoring divorce. Andrew unearthed the reality behind O'Donnell on wanking.

There was little progress made on punishing torture in Iraq, even if atrocities are committed by our own soldiers; but waging a different sort of war on Congo's rebels could offer a smarter way forward. The recession may be winding down but unemployment isn't (a reader shared his own view) and taxing pot may solve our revenue woes. Climate change critics stayed quiet over record summer temperatures.

Skip Gates defended Marty, Pat Buchanan played the race card, and a reader backed artisanal foods. Cool ad here, MHB here, and dissent of the day here. Bristol tapped "virgin territory", Kenny Powers mastered the art of seduction, and Antoine Dodson laughed all the way to the bank. VFYW here, and a stump-worthy window contest here.

Monday on the Dish, O'Donnell was a bit of a flake; Palin urged CQ Politics to "print truth;" Tea Partiers weren't quite libertarians; and a review of the full O'Donnell files can be found here. A majority of Americans were for marriage equality , even if the National Review thought marriage was only for mating and we reiterated that DADT isn't just about parades.

Andrew fired back at the Krauthammer dissent, defending his Malkin award; and Newt was today's inductee for his Sebelius "in the spirit of Soviet tyranny" remarks. We mined history for the roots of Marty's mistakes; and while the American right was scary, it still didn't hold a candle to the Taliban. Graeme Wood wondered about the Medal of Honor; Ta-Nehisi grappled with compassion and the Civl War; and Buckley got real on the Boomers.

The Life Sack saved lives; hype trumped security in Haystack; and Fidel Castro helped create the gay rights movement in the U.S. Pope protestors created quite the signage; the killing continued in Iraq and even journalists weren't immune from PTSD. Weed got crowd-sourced; essay mills weren't worth the money; and Rachel Laudan wrote in defense of processed foods. Jeff McMahan wondered whether all meat-eaters on the planet could be evolved into herbivores; green jobs were made to move abroad; and the war on Christmas came early this year. You can find the VFYW here; MHB here; and FOTD here. Ira Glass read the New York Times; Livejournal remained timeless; we gazed at shrooms and capitalism killed Prep.