The Weekly Wrap


London, England, 2 pm

Today on the Dish, Obama's debt ceiling deal was basically the former GOP ideal, Larry Summers stressed the gravity of the situation, and the 14th Amendment idea gained steam. Andrew reunited Marcus Bachmann to Christopher Guest's inspired character Corky St Clair. Will Wilkinson expected Bachmann's star to fade, but Larison called her the new Huckabee. Palin lost to polar bears, Mitt pulled a Romney, and Romney's fundraising paled in comparison to Obama's. We parsed the DSK news, and Andrew signed off for Independence Day in Britain.

Catholics still supported Cuomo even after gay marriage, and readers confronted their families. Ireland welcomed gays, families fled an over-priced Portland, and Hertzberg imagined what would have happened if Obama had endorsed marriage. Genetic profiling could change the nature of healthcare, Serwer and Douthat went another round on sex-selective abortion, and Mara Hvistendahl challenged him on abortion in Asia. Afghanistan hasn't planned to maintain the schools we've built, 98% of torture abuse cases were dismissed, Syrians rallied, and China's recruits were up.

Obama reignited the drug war despite the fact that there is no causal relationship between medical marijuana and an increase in teen marijuana use. Geeky writers view tax incentives differently from other people, and Pareene waved goodbye to Glenn Beck. Players choked up against superstars, and a miraculous reader dieted with Chipotle. History of English here, chart of the day here, Hathos alert here, Malkin award here, Hewitt award here, quote for the day here, view from your airplane window here, VFYW here, MHB here, and FOTD here.

Thursday on the Dish, Andrew seized on Boehner's economic terrorism, compromise evaporated, Chait assessed the 14th Amendment option, and Mark Halperin was a dick and a hack. Suzanne Mettler examined tax expenditures for rich and poor, Americans were prepared to take the Tory route, and rich Americans were willing to pay $2,500 to find a job. Rick Perry spread prayer, Romney spread untruths about Obama making the recession worse, and Bachmann promised to boost Romney's chances.

Gay bars felt like church, and readers regaled us with their firsts. Robbie George stayed bitter, cops still raided gay bars, and Dan Savage sang Carl Kruger's praises. The progress of gay marriage awed us, and families, straight and gay, fled to red states for cheaper living, and readers argued the Catholic church does approve interfaith marriages. 

We parsed terrorists' use of the internet and tried to make sense of the surge, Beinart didn't foresee a happy ending for Afghanistan, and illegal immigrants may be better at their jobs than Americans. America aged, and remained more comfortable with violence than sex. Librarians defended their turf, law may be too important to leave to lawyers, readers attacked Douthat's position on sex-selective abortion, and violent sex helped one woman get over her PTSD. Carp got caught, nerds rode yachts, and we celebrated Independence Day early.

Sane conservatism watch here, hathos alert here, Yglesias award here, VFYW here, MHB here, and FOTD here.

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Wednesday on the Dish, Andrew praised Obama for getting so much done in what may be the most seismic period for gay equality in history. Andrew challenged Chris Christie's non-argument against gay marriage, compared his own radical fight to Larry Kramer's conservative one, and regaled us with tales of his first gay bar experience. Changing your mind is a legitimate conservative move, we kept an eye on Minnesota's marriage vote, Texas welcomed gay families, and K-Lo and Robbie George had a bitter pity party.

Kucinich showed up in Syria, tear gas rained down on Tahrir, a rift opened up between Iran and Bahrain, and al Qaeda got rebranded. Obama avoided copping to war in Libya, the Goldstone retraction didn't undo certain Israeli crimes, and Niebuhr's God wouldn't approve of the American Empire. Bin Laden got us to spend $4.4 trillion with boxcutters, we treat our veterans like shit, and leaving Afghanistan is popular.

Bachmann had to maintain her crazy edge, but her gaffes were less troubling than her actual policies, and Palin was set to lose Alaska to Obama. The debt negotiations failed, and we hailed Coburn/Lieberman for saving money while it saves Medicare. Sex-selective abortion troubled Douthat, smartphones were made with slave labor, and all immigration appeared morally problematic. We parsed the Supreme Court decision on video games, and wrongful convictions cost us a ton of money. Ze’ev Wurman picked a fight with librarians, innovation is complicated, and caffeine is still the best drug around. Curly haired women became heroines, Chipotle broke our hearts, and Bill Hicks found God in psilocybin.

Chart of the day here, quotes for the day here, here, here, here and here, cool ad watch here, VFYW here, FOTD here, and MHB here.

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Tuesday on the Dish, New York marriage brought glasnost to the NRO, who also happened to endorse Barney Frank and Ron Paul's marijuana bill. People opposed marriage equality for the same reasons they opposed freeing slaves, and it meant some gay men had to leave behind their outsider status. Meanwhile, New York's decision could impact the Supreme Court, boost tourism, and aid feminism.

Michele Bachmann struggled to get anything right, partially because the right can't reconcile slavery with the infallible Founding Fathers. Our ears perked up for the next wave of Bachmann attacks, Romney ripped off Thatcher but butchered her pun, and Palin was ready for her close-up. Default precautions could still seriously mess with our economy, and some assholes weren't paying any federal income taxes.

The Taliban attacked Kabul, but we're screwed if we leave Afghanistan and if we don't. We treated military children like we used to treat soldiers at Walter Reed, and we may be feeding the dictators in the Middle East with our insane appetite for oil. Petraeus remained powerful, brain scans can't indicate whether someone's a terrorist, and the Israeli family is more diverse than many Jews care to admit. Private prisons go against society's best interests, China faced down the US, and intellectuals picked on Al Gore.

Andrew challenged the idea that science killed God, and pondered whether the universe being conscious of itself is a workable definition of God. Miss America remained ambivalent about evolution, New York battled the Canadian goose, and diabetes boomed. We investigated the linguistics of "like," Giles Turnbull nailed all job interviews, and home is a malleable thing. Assault by flatulence here, blog of the day here, merry go-round horse race here, chart of the day here, cool ad watch here, quotes for the day here and here, poseur alert here, Colbert bait here, MHB here, FOTD here, VFYW here and contest winner #56 here.


Monday on the Dish, we collected the web's best reax on marriage equality in New York, and Andrew eviscerated the right's sucker punches. Cuomo basked, Mehlman helped behind the scenes, and Frum admitted the conservative case against marriage equality didn't pass the real world test. TNR reprinted Andrew's original case for gay marriage, political donors stayed socially liberal, and family values came around. The long arc of history bent towards justice, our country needs more "threats" like gay marriage, and readers rejoiced around the world.

J.L. Wall couldn't walk out on Israel, Yemen was prepared to offer a safe haven for al Qaeda, and genocide in Sudan seemed imminent. A warrant for Qaddafi's arrest went out, an Egyptian gladiator fought a confused and possibly drugged lion, and air-conditioning for the US military in the Middle East totaled $20.2 billion. Sanction on Iran affected more than Iran, and China held its grip on freedom and blamed the deaths of prisoners on toilet paper.

Chris Christie spoke frankly and wouldn't apologize for it, Andrew debated instituting cuts first, and Herman Cain had all the warmth that Romney can't muster. Tough females broke the double bind, and Joe McGinniss deconstructed Palin's odd lie of being Undefeated. Obama prepared to fight for North Carolina, and education does give good returns over a lifetime. Apologizing to cops lowers your ticket price, bike lanes create more jobs, and Europeans do it better than us. HIV out-evolved us, science needs our humanism, and crime in DC never ceased to amaze us. Bill Hicks got spiritual on psilocybin, cigarettes still appealed to some after all the stigmatization, our stomachs outsmarted our tongues, and even the healthy cereal contained as much sugar as a chocolate bar. 

Chart of the day here, Malkin award here, quote for the day here, poseur alert here, VFYW here, FOTD here, and MHB here.