It’s a perfect storm for slow blogging: internet out at the homestead, the weather outside is beautiful and I just picked up a new drum machine that is fun as heck to play with. In the midst of all that, blogging takes a back seat for the weekend. In order to accommodate my blogging sloth, here’s the lazy man’s form of a blog entry: the aggrepost. Enjoy.
OBL/Pakistan/War on Terror:
» Washington Post: The Hunt: The Search for Osama bin Laden
Great initial read of the years-long adaptation and conclusion to the hunt for OBL.
» National Journal: The Two Faces of Pakistan: Understanding an ally that hides terrorists even as it kills many of them (Michael Hirsh)
» Washington Post: In Pakistan, no more secrets (Vali Nasr)
» Brookings: Melting Pot Cities and Suburbs: Racial and Ethnic Change in Metro America in the 2000s (William Frey)
» Statesman: Asian population surges in Austin
“Not your father’s suburbs” starts to get academic.
» Express-News: S.A.’s metro area growing
Kuff has more on this item.
» Alice Linahan: Governor Perry “Stand With Us”- We the People Showed up in Austin Yesterday
» Texas GOP Vote: Ask Gov. Perry to Veto CSHB 600 SBOE Redistricting Map
For those of you doubting that legislators can be accused of being “too liberal” for drawing a map that creates nearly 2/3 of SBOE districts as GOP seats.
» AV Club: We’re No. 1 Def Leppard’s Hysteria
Great read on the niche-ification of music … regardless of what you think about “Pour Some Sugar On Me.”
2012 Presidential Race:
» Politico: Poor Buddy Roemer: Pledge kept, 2012 bank balance low
» Politico: Buddy Roemer turned away from South Carolina debate
Turns out that Roemer raised about $25k and loaned himself another $25k. That’s not likely to set the world on fire, let alone South Carolina. But having over 250 contributors to date seems to suggest that the guy probably has better name ID than at least two of the candidates who did make the cut for last week’s debate.
Elsewhere in Politics …
» Washington Post: Kaine, Allen tied in 2012 Virginia Senate matchup, Post poll shows
The purplification of Virginia continues, once more proving that 2010 was primarily a turnout-driven phenomenon.
» Washington Post: Louisiana Gov. Jindal releases birth certificate
Obama Envy now has a name: Bobby.
» TPM: Jon Stewart Spars With Social Conservative David Barton Over Church And State
A good glimpse of the polemic style of David Barton and a good identification of it by Jon Stewart.
» TX Tribune: Deadlock Grips the House Floor
The funny thing about super-majorities … you still have to show up to work in order for them to be functional.