Truth Among Friends

Though we love both the truth and our friends, piety requires us to honor the truth first. 

— Aristotle

In this week’s sift:

  • Barack, Can We Talk? I can live with the budget compromises, even if I don’t like them. But we need you to build a Democratic brand and defend a progressive view of reality. When you start repeating deceptive Republican rhetoric — that’s just wrong.
  • A Primary Issues Guide. As the Republican presidential campaign gets national attention, any misinformation the major candidates agree on is going to get a big boost. Let’s try to head that off.
  • Irene and Uncle Sam, and other short notes. Natural disasters underline the importance of government, unless you’re Ron Paul.
  • Last week’s most popular post. Traffic went crazy last week. Why I Am Not a Libertarian is about to pass 17,000 hits. The previous week’s One Word Turns the Tea Party Around picked up a second wind on Thursday and had over 4,000 hits this week, pushing it above 6,000. (About 400 came from a link on this knitting blog. Thanks, Norma.) Both totals are higher than any previous post in the Weekly Sift’s 3 1/2 year history.
  • This week’s challenge. Add a comment to an article on a news web site. (At some sites you might have to register, but it’s easy and free.) Short comments hit hardest, and there are some simple comparisons worth making: Our Libya intervention was so much smarter than our Iraq intervention. And Irene got handled a lot better than Katrina.
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