Any of these could probably become a post in the future, or has been a post in the past:
(1) I still believe that clean government laws are an essential step for the progressive cause. The countries with the most successful social democracies are also those that have very little corruption. Remember, it's in the Conservatives' best interests to keep government not working well... they get to make a profit whilst extolling the faults of a broken system that they broke.
(2) Juno is a good movie. If it hadn't had a really good cast and director, the idiosyncracy of the dialogue would've been cloying and sophomoric, but luckily it had both of those things and so it works really really well. Post-Cyrrano I have an irrational hatred of Jennifer Garner. Not that she isn't perfectly serviceable in this film (and she is exactly that: serviceable). I just never want to see her in anything again.
(3) I think it is a mistake to read Charlie Wilson's War as a neo-con movie (which both lefties and righties seem to be doing). It is instead a liberal interventionist movie, the kind of movie made by the kind of people who believe incompetence was the problem with the Iraq war. Still, it's nice to see Aaron Sorkin in good form.
(4) The Wire season IV is the most uneven of the four seasons. The four kids' plotline is stunning, but structurally it's oddly shaggy for them (it needed at least one more episode) and the whole Bubbles/Sherrod plotline doesn't work. Still the best show on television evah, but I think that Season III is the strongest (and season II is the my favorite).
(5) Speaking of education... I still think that the best way to improve education is to improve the welfare state and to stop expecting schools to do all sorts of things (like provide health care) that they have no business doing.
(6) I'd like Barack Obama a lot more if he didn't coopt right wing talking points to attack fellow democrats. That's fucking despicable.
(7) Does anyone understand how the Iowa caucuses actually work? Isn't it sort of like playing the hokey-pokey while voting and learning how to be a professional tumbler? Or something?
(8) I have become addicted to Lolcats. Kill me now.
(9) Scott Pilgrim is one of the more charming things I've read in a long time.
(10) I am so unbelievably happy it's not 2007 anymore.
Happy new year.