All this optimism, yet ABC is suprised!

ABC reports: Surprising levels of optimism prevail in Iraq with living conditions improved, security more a national worry than a local one, and expectations for the future high.Huh. Imagine that. In just three years, the Iraqis are taking to Democracy like ducks to water, the rest of the Middle East (whether covered or not) are wondering when they get their turn...and it's all a big freaking surprise to a major organization charged with gathering and delivering information. And yet...so … [Read more...]

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There go 800,000 Jobs? Not Really.

Joseph at Straight Shot of Politics has decided that he is a consumer of news and information, while I and others like me are not so much consumers of news and informations as philosophers about how news should be reported.When I saw this, I thought to myself, "Now I know why most blogger critics of news coverage [whatever their political views] and I are simply not on the same page!" I am interested in news. They are interested in "news coverage". I am interested in fact. They are interested … [Read more...]

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Zogby jumps a shark?

Ugh. This is pretty unseemly. … [Read more...]

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Not that Moonves cares what I think

But after reading this open letter to him in which he is given the very good advice NOT to hire Katie Couric for the CBS Evening News, I just had to comment:Yes, Couric has winning appeal - mostly in the form of a bubbly charm -- and she would most likely attract a boatload of new viewers to your network. ... ...I would like to suggest another approach, a much CHEAPER route than Couric to fill the job (Do I have your attention now? I thought so).Instead of chasing after America's … [Read more...]

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UN Confirms: WMD smuggled out of Iraq? UPDATED

UPDATE: Bumped to top! *** Scroll down for new posts ***Bumped to top for this update from Jason at Generation Why: Documents May Reveal Iraq had WMDs and Ties to Al-QaidaThere is a project underway in Doha, Qatar where several intelligence analysts, together with several dozen translators, most of them from Jordan, are sifting through millions of pages of documents unearthed in Iraq after the toppling of the regime.Many of the documents from Doha had been entered into a database known as … [Read more...]

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Alexandra outdoes herself for Pajamas!

Oh, I'm sorry, not for Pajamas Media but for Open Source Media, which had their launch yesterday.I like the minimalist graphic, but I must say, I think Alexandra's graphic is a brilliant masterpiece! and on top of all that, she also has the best notes on the launch I have yet read. Head over there - it's really great!They must be doing something right, they've managed to awaken the easily-roused ire of the elegantly fussy and disdainful James Wolcott, who could be predicted to hate it. … [Read more...]

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“Boogie to Baghdad?”

I always liked "Rock the Casbah," myself.But Byron York tells us that this is something written, way back during the Clinton Administration.I dunno, I cannot imagine staid Richard E. Clarke writing this almost giddy passage: “old wily Osama will likely boogie to Baghdad.”In case you don’t remember, “Boogie to Baghdad” is the phrase that Richard Clarke, when he was the top White House counterterrorism official during the Clinton administration, used to express his fear that if American force … [Read more...]

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Billy’s Good-Time Salvation Caravan is rolling!

This show has only been on the road for a few months and I'm already tiring of it.What show is that? It's the Bill Clinton is the greatest living man in the East, West, North and South dog-and-pony show that has been testing the waters for a while. Now Esquire magazine calls him The World's Most Influential Man with accompanying bill-gasm:Since leaving office, Clinton has been so active that his post-presidency amounts to "a third term" for the Democrat who held the White House from 1992 … [Read more...]

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Smacking away the hand meant to soothe

I wasn't going to post regarding this article, but I find I really must, if only in the hopes that its author, Maria Eftimiades, will see my post and understand that her own prejudicial assumption puts out hurtful misinformation about a group of people doing good work.Discussing her choice to abort her son upon learning that he had Down's Syndrome, Eftimiades wrote: I'm sure pro-lifers don't give you the right to grieve for the baby you chose not to bring into the world (another euphemism, … [Read more...]

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A memo the NY Times finds distressing

This is a hoot! The NY Times editorial board presents us with an irresistable irony, and the headline says it all: Ignore the Man Behind That Memo.The man, btw, is SCOTUS nominee Sam Alito, who - gasp - wrote a memo in 1985, yes, twenty years ago - that deeply troubles this writer:First, he has extreme views on the law.Actually, if you read further, he has "extreme views" on that one law, Roe v. Wade (and a goodly number of people in the country, do not find those views "extreme.") But … [Read more...]

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