The Weekly Wrap

Today on the Dish, Andrew and E.D. Kain meditated on doubt, and Andrew was not alone in his hybrid politics; Jon Stewart was right there with him. Andrew sized up the Simpson-Bowles proposal relative to Britain's austerity measures, and Judge Judy could balance the budget with Obama. Weigel argued voters don't care about debt, McArdle wasn't tricked by budget sleight of hands, and readers sounded off. Derek Thompson chastised liberal bloggers for their lack of support, Chait made the liberal case for Simpson-Bowles, Bulworth jumped on the bandwagon, and Drum was willing to bargain. Yglesias clarified his position, and Stan Collender still needed some convincing. Palin couldn't get the record right even on stories about cookies in schools, but grocery items were actually shrinking in size. Readers let us know why they voted, Andrew Sprung compared voting to prayer, and Will Wilkinson raged against the TSA.

Even though Marco Rubio is a Catholic he goes to church with Southern Baptists, and Romney was embraced by moderates despite all odds. DADT divided the McCains, and a gay Texan couple married in DC via Skype. Douthat rooted for the unknown darkhorse in 2012, the B-list is better than the A-list, Roger Ebert spoke to the internet lonelies, and marriage was still magic. Cantor pre-empted Clinton on Israel, Dogs can save soldiers lives, David Cameron didn't support torture, and China could be the America of the 1850s.

Tina Brown became editor-in-chief of both Newsweek and The Daily Beast, and we tracked the reactions. Andrew seconded Alan Jacobs on the internet's new brand of scholarship, and TNC evolved his blogging form. We previewed Uwe Boll's new Auschwitz film which sparked readers' ire, and Democrats and Republicans didn't watch any of the same television shows. Fake legal marijuana made this reader throw up, and this reader didn't appreciate a four-year old weed-growing apprentice. Male circumcision was close to a collapse, and nut shots in film trailers predicted a deathkiss for movies. Quote for the day here, FOTD here, MHB here, email of the day here, and VFYW here.


Thursday on the Dish, Andrew kept the spotlight on the Simpson-Bowles breakthrough, with complete analysis here, here, here, here, here, here, and here. Kilgore predicted the GOP will go after Medicaid, Cato thought the Tea Party could help trim the Pentagon budget, and Kevin D. Williamson fired back at NRO readers on why the deficit plan makes sense.

Andrew remained aghast at Bush's interviews and reviews of his book, and a Pentagon study group reported we could end DADT with minimal risk, and no special treatment. Drum discussed the GOP brain-drain, Damon Root defended federalism, and birthers loved to email absurd videos. Bernstein examined the GOP's lame horses, Douthat offered a second opinion, and Tom Jensen found a bright side for Palin. We examined inflation charts to check out Palin's grocery numbers, and the cookies were debunked. People like to vote even if their votes don't matter, but they didn't appreciate their politicians acting out of spite.

Iraq reached a new government agreement, and Goldblog reprimanded Bibi on borders. Poppy seeds cost a mother the first days with her newborn baby, the Cannabis Closet book was coming, and the war on drugs pushed people to buy chemically-laden "legal high" drugs. Fallows engaged his coal critics, and we might one day replace street lamps with glowing trees.

Barack wasn't Jimmy Carter, Bristol Palin sported a Tea Party t-shirt during dance rehearsals, and Old Spice got spoofed. Poem for Veterans Day here and six word memoir video here,VFYW here, best view in London here, MHB here, FOTD here, Moore award here, and vintage gay tumblr here.


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Wednesday on the Dish, Andrew had hope for the Simpson-Bowles proposal to crack down on the debt, with more reax here. He took on Maureen Dowd (and her brother) about the Big Lie of the right, and readers rallied. Andrew expressed shock and dismay at the recent round of Israel's settlement rhetoric, violence raged on London campuses, Afghanistan has developed into a blitzkreig, and sectarian violence surged in Iraq. We rounded up reax to ending DADT, and the new threats to DOMA.

Palin served cookies at a school, but didn't want John Dickerson posting on her wall. This Alaska voter corrected the record on Miller vs. Murkowski, and this one lobbed the head off Limbaugh's twinkie distortion. Andrew rejected this reader's grocery list computations, and Ezra Klein dared the GOP to repeal the popular parts of healthcare reform. Nate Silver comforted the Dems about 2012, we gathered assessments of the GOP's lame horses, and Allahpundit wondered What Would Karl (Rove) Do about a Romney / Mitch Daniels square off.

Sprung danced circles around Krugman on the stimulus, we could learn from Pittsburgh's failures, and jobless claims bottomed out. Dave Roberts added his input to Fallows' coal debate, student stalker Andrew Shirvell could be Fox's new star, Clay Shirky tore down the paywall, and BloggingHeads rocked out. Readers defended Maddow on her partisan honesty, even policy wonks were fleeing the GOP, and Jonah Goldberg was sorry he popularized fascism.

Spam might be worth more than gold since at least you can eat it, and industrious readers shared their weed secrets. Arnold pandered to pot a couple of weeks too late, teenagers needed to know if a joint was similar to birth control, Nate Silver sized up pot's future, and this reader benefited from a foreskin graft (to a foot). Chart of the day here, quote for the day here, beard for the day here, VFYW here, MHB here, FOTD here, and beards? There's an app for that.

Tuesday on the Dish, Andrew collapsed the Big Lie of the right, and Rush Limbaugh believed in the twinkie diet. Obama's Indonesian nanny was a tranny, and he used his trip to Asia to put Israel in its place, while Larison wondered what India on the UN Council would mean for Iran.

Sarah Palin still couldn't read the WSJ on grocery prices, and readers sounded off. Palin's Alaska heavily depended on federal funding, and we looked at the 2012 Tea leaves state by state. Romney's former sanity on healthcare has been destroyed by his ambition, Dylan Matthews doubted Hillary Clinton could have passed healthcare reform, and Frum proposed that eventually the GOP will realize it should have cut a deal on Obamacare. Douthat dissed the unprincipled moderates, Nils August Andresen charted the GOP's brain drain, and political scientists tracked Democrats' unpopularity.

Jack Shafer urged MSNBC to come out of the partisan closet, and Jason Mazzone pointed the way forward for Obama to end DADT, but Drum wasn't on board. Ryan Avent bet there'd be self-driving cars for his infant daughter to ride in 2026, and Americans overestimated the number of illegal immigrants in the U.S. FDR's innate leadership stemmed from his temperament, and readers insisted Mitch Daniels was pretty short. Johann Hari put Churchill's racism in perspective, and P.J. O'Rourke had sympathy but not empathy for politicians.

Andrew almost lost his lunch over this foreskin revelation, Serwer skewered The Walking Dead, and this writer was losing his words. This reader's father enjoyed his vaporizer over Christmas dinner, readers taught us all a lesson about illegal US plants, and many responded to the agnostic thread. This is how Michael Caine speaks, Yglesias award here, MHB here, FOTD here, VFYW here, and the VFYW contest #23 winner here.

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Monday on the Dish, Andrew countered Mark Vernon on civil partnerships and gay marriage and sounded the bells on Israel's eagerness to wage war with Iran. Gates backs an end to DADT, along with the rest of the country and the military. Andrew rebutted readers on the legality of natural plants, and we revisited Norml's pot map and Prop 19 results. Mike Meno wondered if Prop 19 could have passed in 2008, and, from the cannabis closet we got the story of when pot heals pain but could still ruin prospects for employment.

Andrew gagged a little over Politico's piece, and didn't want to underestimate the GOP, while DeMint continued to feed the fiscal fraud lines. Palin edits her own reality (television), Darlene McBride seemed like the pre-Palin Palin, and the Palins go way back with the Morlocks. Scott Adams imagined a world without political parties, and Andrew Sprung flipped his lid on Obama. Olbermann returned, the media nitpicked in predictable ways, and Marc Ambinder removed his blogging pajamas. Churchill may have harbored a dark side, Iraq drifted closer to sectarian war, and the U.S. joined China, Iran, Iraq and Saudi Arabia in using the death penalty the most. Razib Khan considered gridlock, and Obama busted a move.

Comics thrived on the internets, but didn't prevent Nicaragua from invading Costa Rica based on Google Maps. TNC had to explain the police to his son, video games were as dangerous as real life, but they also challenged players to solve climate change. Whole Foods didn't want Dan Ariely's experiments, smart parents don't always produce book-smart kids, and religion helped the health of cities. Quote for the day here, miracle of medical science here, TNR archive favorites here, FOTD here, MHB here, VFYW here and the new VFYW game here.