Thursday, November 20, 2008

Link Dump

BETTER THAN EZRA? NOT THIS WEEK
Ezra Klein's on a roll. He had perhaps the best 20 column-inches of blogging I've seen in weeks the other day: Lieberman, Daschle, De-regulation, Global Warming, among others...

Today he has a good follow-up on Obama's options for Secretary of Agriculture. I'm still down on Vilsack, but he's not the worst guy up for the job. On the plus side, this guy looks interesting...
John Boyd, president of the National Black Farmers Association. Boyd helped lead the fight to hold USDA accountable for its long history of stiffing black farmers; his nomination is being championed by the Congressional Black Caucus. Virginia-based Boyd himself runs a relatively small-scale farm; seems like his position as a USDA outsider might lead him to champion the interests of small farmers in an agency that's long been beholden to large industrial operations.


WAX ON
This and this make me feel even better about Waxman bouncing Dingell.

YOU BE THE JUDGE
Minnesota Public Radio has an awesome online ballot inspection test with real examples of contested ballots from the recount—how would you rule?

ENERGIZE
New "Star Trek" Trailer here. Looks excellent, except for the casting of Kirk—too young. Then again, who's fit to carry this guy's jock?

11 comments:

Toast said...

I love that poster. Actually, I love that entire series of posters.

Rickey Henderson said...

Eh, the whole Trek reboot looks a little too cute and hip for Rickey. A little too geared towards the O.C. viewing demographic...

Mr Furious said...

Yeah, Rickey. That's my beef with Kirk—too Tiger Beat.

Nathan Fillian ("Firefly" "Serenity") is a guy I could've gotten behind. James Marsden maybe...

I'm all for casting relative unknowns—in fact that's probably preferable, but I'm skeptical on that one.

I wish it was Joss Whedon doing this and not JJ Abrams.

Smitty said...

Okay, I read the Dingell/Waxman articles. Bob will have my nuts, but I'm starting to come around.

Bob said...

Bob will have my nuts, but I'm starting to come around.

If you are coming around, you have no nuts. Get out of my state.

I hear Alabama is nice, they love the auto industry.

Mr Furious said...

If you are coming around, you have no nuts. Get out of my state.

I had to leave my nuts at the Ohio line when we moved to N.C.

steves said...

I think Trek looks pretty good. It certainly looks better than most of the movies, with the exception of II. Kirk does seem a little young for such a high rank. Nathan Filian would have been great, but I would have kept asking myself what Mal was doing with such a law abiding crowd.

Smitty said...

If you are coming around, you have no nuts. Get out of my state.

You and I have argued about this before. I'm sorry you won't let me disagree with you on this one.

Rickey Henderson said...

Yeah, Whedon would've been great to direct, or at the very least, someone who knew a damned thing about Trek. Heavens forbid we get a Trek movie where Kirk acts like a man.

Bob said...

I'm sorry you won't let me disagree with you on this one.

I can't. You are wrong.
Any questions?

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In all seriousness, I don't have an opinion on the rest of Waxman's commmittee agenda. I just don't want some Hollywood fool attempting to fix the environment on the back of the auto industry. It will kill the industry and won't do a shit for the environment.

Smitty said...

I can't. You are wrong.
Any questions?


And that's why I love you so much, Bob.