Slightly re-written 27th January
Three completely unconnected things:
FAIR on the "Chavez is anti-semitic" meme (found via LGFW). Norm raised this issue and dealt with it long before anyone else jumped on the bandwagon. I don't want to defend Chavez - he is a megalomaniac authoritarian whose rule is based on a cult of personality - but he is not the dastardly threat to peace and security that the conservative blogosphere think he is.
Google Blogocoped and Ars Technica on Google's jumping into bed with the totalitarian Chinese regime. China: everything bad about Stalinist dictatorship combined with everything bad about free market capitalism. Those people who are dissappointed in Google are foolish, though - corporations are corporations are corporations, whatever their mission statements are their primary objective is profit, and thinking some are groovier than others is daft.
Harold Meyerson on Bush the incompetent. I'm getting sick and tired of George Bush - tired of defending him and apologising for him, tired of trying to persuade my friends he's not as stupid as he looks. Despite his correct decisions on some key foreign policy issues, his domestic policies have been probably the worst of any American president ever.