The Weekly Wrap

Oct 1 2010 @ 11:21pm

Today on the Dish, Andrew replied to Glenn Greenwald on the al-Awlaki case, while Massie and others attacked "assasinations."  Andrew championed Obama's Gen44 speech, but Bob Shrum jinxed it. Andrew Shirvell finally took a "personal leave" but he still wasn't fired by AG Mike Cox and Andrew  tackled history's penchant for homophobia but found hope in how far we've come.

Fox News Corp contributed to the Republican party and lost its cred as an objective news source. David Brooks hopped on the Mitch Daniels bandwagon, and Congressman Paul Broun didn't want the government telling him to eat his fruits and vegetables. Meg Whitman employed an illegal immigrant, but we found out that the Washington system hasn't always been a hindrance.

California made big strides on the decriminalization front, taxpayers could benefit from receipts, and E.D. Kain did some hamburger helper math for McDonalds. Marijuana might save Big Tobacco, bullet hole logic wasn't what you'd expect, and readers rode the wave of flying humvees. A better wi-fi was on its way, and the Truth of Facebook wasn't as cool as its story, which Douthat reviewed here. Homophobia helped explain HIV, and Dan Savage's site continued to offer hope even if four years is a long time to wait.VFYW here, cool ad watch here, FOTD here, Malkin award here, and MHB here.

Thursday on the Dish, Andrew challenged O'Reilly to duel it out, and he fact-checked D'Souza because Forbes was incapable. Anderson Cooper nailed Andrew Shirvell's bizarre vendetta against a gay student, and this reader shared a heartbreaking story of times before it got better. Germany approached the finish line on its WWI reparations, Pakistan closed its borders to NATO supplies for Afghanistan, and the Derry/ Londonderry drama wore on.

Sarah squared off with Mitt, and Will Wilkinson wasn't buying the "mama grizzly" phenomenon, especially with someone like Carly Fiorina. Brendan Nyhan researched Chait's unenthusiastic Dems, Tom Jensen looked into angry voters, and Andrew scolded unenthusiastic Prop 19 supporters because this vote does matter. Atheists scored more points on world religion, and one in nine black children have an incarcerated parent. This reader wanted the Tea Party to weigh in on the liberty of marijuana, Allahpundit questioned and John Cole answered on James O’Keefe's motives for attempting such a bizarre stunt, and Republicans found their own double rainbow dude.

On the technology front, Jonah Lehrer reached back in time to rebut Gladwell on Twitter while tech pessimist Evgeny Morozov agreed. Walter Russell Mead imagined a world with lots of electric cars, and Jeff Jarvis didn't appreciate The Social Network's portrayal of geeks. Las Vegas was too hot for this hotel, and this marketing stunt might actually save lives. Larry Summers and Megan wanted better airports, and Bruce Schneier feared function creep in internet wiretaps. VFYW here, MHB here, and FOTD here.

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Wednesday on the Dish, Andrew fisked both parties on the looming fiscal crisis. Larison countered him and called it political poison. Andrew needled Goldblog on Israeli settlements, rejected Cowen's predictions of a backlash against marriage equality and marijuana, and slammed Jonah Goldberg on education reform.

Immigration reform might actually include gay men and women, Rob Tisinai pulverized NOM on Prop 8, McWhorter urged Long to come out, and Dan Savage's project could teach a lesson to school officials. Ben Adler and Ramesh Ponnuru debated the GOP's Pledge to reference each bill's Constitutional justification and Obama couldn't convince Massie on his assasination program. DeMint might fill the Palin vacuum, conspiracy theorists established their own "fact checks," and Larison critiqued Limbaugh on mass American culture. Matt Steinglass argued for raising the recruitment age for war, pot legalization could save the budget, and a stable of today's thinkers reacted to the question of what future generations will condemn us for.  

Colbert made Catholics proud, atheists schooled everyone on religious history, and Michael Klarman argued that we as a country, moreso than the Constitution, determine the world we live in. Wetlands are endangered, and even the VFYW was subject to history's cruel lessons. Readers corrected the record on booing Palin, and on the first Hispanic quarterback.

We played with model-morphosis, secretive texting endangered lives, and Don Draper's sexy shoulders signaled the end of men. Hewitt award here, VFYW here, MHB here, and FOTD here, and Dissent of the Day here.

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Tuesday on the Dish, Andrew urged Obama to unleash the hounds in the fiscal fight with the GOP. In a harrowing story, some U.S. soldiers saved Afghan body parts as souvenirs and took pictures. Heather Mac Donald eviscerated Dinesh D'Souza, and Hume joined ranks with Sprung on how Obama has already won. Reihan and Ezra argued over immigrants and visas, and Chris Good warned Obama about being a buzzkill on Prop 19. And there was one act of true American tyranny that the Tea Party didn't dare protest, but Tim Lee did.

Serwer pointed fingers at the media for the Petraeus Syndrome, while Andrew nailed Petraeus for the rise (again) of Al Qaeda in Iraq. CIA bombings escalated in Pakistan and Uganda gay-baited. Limbaugh went loco over Latino advertising, a Grayson campaign ad stooped to new lows, and Dish readers didn't defend Coulter's presence at Homocon. Jelani Cobb and Hitchens skewered Pastor Long.

Palin's publisher promised "soberly argued" books from the right, and the woman herself may or may not have been booed on her daughter's show.  Readers rejected McArdle's niggling over bullied gay teens, confusion over health care reform still reigned, and a reader couldn't take Bill Bennett gambling because he'd turn into a hedonist. Malcolm Gladwell got smacked around. The genesis of good ideas got animated, and the earth's oldest tree may be headed for the lumber yard. Mataconis praised the death of the salesman, centenarians hadn't always led the healthiest lives, and Joan Dejean chronicled the sofa's hold on humanity.

Canada churned out cheap cigarettes, Manzi ate his cheeseburger in French paradise, and science got dumbed down for newspapers. Yglesias award here, MHB here, cool ad here, VFYW here, FOTD here, and VFYW contest #17 winner here.

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Monday on the Dish, Andrew shared Beinart and Goldblog's regret for what Israel should have done, instead of failing to extend the settlment freeze. Homocon misstepped with Coulter's off-color jokes, Andrew Sprung predicted Obama would be the transformative president he promised to be and Andrew agreed. Stephen Colbert wasn't joking about his Catholic faith and defending "the least of his brothers."

Gideon Levy tried to rehumanize the plight of Palestinians in Israel, Ahmadinejad clowned around, living with HIV in Haiti meant hiding the truth, and Joe Klein informed Obama most civilians won't mind if he dials back in Afghanistan.

Paladino continued to ride the horse of race-baiting, Boehner didn't want to talk about fiscal solutions, and Larison envisioned a Romney run. Exum tried to play gotcha with Andrew on double standards for the military but, like the AEI after Gordon Adams was done with them, was shot down. Torture was still redacted in the New York Times, drug czar Bill Bennett conflated hedonism with healing, but polling on Prop 19 improved. Bernstein asserted the constitution's primacy in our politics today, and Congress wanted to curb liberties on every communication device possible.

Urban planning insulted people's living rooms, Mary Elizabeth Williams saw porn everywhere, and a reader and bicyclist rebelled against Felix Salmon's read on road rage. Yglesias relished aiming low, Dan's project spread, and VFYW here, MHB here, Map of the Day here, FOTD here, academic beard migrations here, and reader reactions to the Read On feature here. Lehrer let us see the world through infants' eyes, and Katherine Dalton learned everything she need to know from living in a small town.

–Z.P.