Rhymes with “Mrs. Sharpie”

Atrios brings us this delightful observation from Barbara Bush, the queen mother: "Why should we hear about body bags and deaths and how many, what day it's going to happen, and how many this or what do you suppose? Oh, I mean, it's, not relevant. So why should I waste my beautiful mind on something [Read More...]

The Good, the Bad and the Hackneyed

Congratulations to David Brooks of The New York Times who Saturday became the 100,000th pundit to submit a column titled "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly." Times staffers gathered for a special ceremony commemorating the event, at which Clint Eastwood presented Brooks with a plaque marking the occasion. "When we were shooting this film, [Read More...]


Atrios points out this delightfully absurd story from The Philadelphia Inquirer: Concerned about the appearance of disarray and feuding within his administration as well as growing resistance to his policies in Iraq, President Bush — living up to his recent declaration that he is in charge — told his top officials to "stop the leaks" [Read More...]

Gaza on the Tigris (cont’d.)

One of the Bush administration's talking points on the occupation of Iraq is to compare this effort with the rebuilding of Japan and Germany in the years following World War II. I'm not sure this is a comparison they really want to be making, since it sets a very high standard for the eventual outcome [Read More...]

Early Returns

As the networks cover returns from California, you can be sure they'll offer projections, even after only a small percentage of precincts have reported. Imagine, hypothetically, that California had 130 precincts. Imagine if, after returns were in from 10 of these, 100 percent of those returns showed voters in favor of the recall, with 0 [Read More...]

One year before the war

Calpundit continues to be vital reading for keeping up with Leak-gate. (It probably helps to keep Kevin's mind off of his state's downward spiral.) The simple fact is that two high-level officials in the White House have betrayed their country and broken the law. Apologists for this treason, inside and outside the Bush administration, have [Read More...]

Sending a very clear signal

Tim Dunlop of Road to Surfdom provides some helpful clarity about the issues of consequence (and of no consequence) in the CIA leak-gate investigation. He frames the issue more clearly in 13 short lines than I have heard done from a whole afternoon of cable news chatter. One odd aspect of today's news coverage was [Read More...]

“Bring ‘em on”

For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. (Matthew 7:2) Candidate George W. Bush, 1999, discussing the state of the U.S. military: "Resources are over-stretched. Frustration is up, as families are separated and strained. Morale is down. This administration [Read More...]