Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Hillary's YouTube Moment

I just saw this on Andrew Sullivan's site. Wow. This is quite a bit more embarassing than Kerry's "I voted against it before I voted for it."

Friday, November 16, 2007

Krugman: Fighting the Last War

Paul Krugman bops Obama on the head today in a column titled Played for a Sucker:
Lately, Barack Obama has been saying that major action is needed to avert what he keeps calling a “crisis” in Social Security — most recently in an interview with The National Journal. Progressives who fought hard and successfully against the Bush administration’s attempt to panic America into privatizing the New Deal’s crown jewel are outraged, and rightly so.

The fear, expressed by others in the Lefty blogosphere, is that accepting the Right's framing of a Social Security crisis puts the program in mortal peril.

I know, Social Security -- even with growth projections well below the historical norm -- is going to be solvent for another couple of decades. I get it. But can we get real? Privatization failed. It didn't even get out of committee. It didn't come close to getting out of committee, and that was before the 2006 election. Liberals are so traumatized, so used to being abused, that they would rather keep clutching the orthodoxies they're used to rather than grabbing the advantage. And that is precisely what Obama is doing!

He has proposed raising the cap on Social Security income, making our most regressive tax a little more progressive. Is Hillary Clinton really being a better liberal because she punts on the issue and leaves it for a blue ribbon bipartisan committee to work out later? Is there a more progressive solution this committee might come up with? Raising the retirement age? Lowering benefits? Are those more progressive solutions?

We've got to stop acting like scared children about this. We won. Privatization is dead. Now... can we talk to people about our solutions to their problems?

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Revver Features BGRG

Blue Guy vs Red Guy is featured today as an Editor's Pick on the Revver front page. With a little luck, I'm hoping to be able to afford a beer with the proceeds of this film!

Sunday, November 11, 2007

I know this is total crap but...

cash advance

I appreciate even spurious praise. (That's probably why I did well: I use 10-cent words like 'spurious' occasionally.) On the other hand, Kevin Drum's site only gets a "high school" rating and he's got about 20 IQ points on me.

Friday, November 2, 2007

Blue Guy vs. Red Guy

And since I'm sharing other people's video, I might as well share my own. Here's Blue Guy vs. Red Guy, a little 3D short I spent my free time on this summer. Once the short starts rolling you'll see an expand-to-full-screen button on the bottom; click it to see the film properly.

Enjoy! (And if you enjoy, share with others!)

Thursday, November 1, 2007

I Got You, Mr. President

Here's something a friend of mine, John Schnall, whipped up.