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The Plame Truth and The War in Iraq

Monday, August 28th, 2006

So now we know for sure — it seems– who the initial leaker was in the still sputtering Valerie Plame affair. None other than former Deputy Secretary of State Dick Armitage. My good buddy and Nation colleague David Corn reveals it all in, Hubris, his soon-to-be-published book he has co-authored with Newsweek investigative reporter Mike […]

Little Miss Sunshine

Friday, August 25th, 2006

Faster, shorter movie review: Little Miss Sunshine is fabulous. It’s been a long, long, long time since I have so thoroughly enjoyed a movie. Go see it this weekend and report back.

Suspect News

Thursday, August 24th, 2006

Stuck on one of L.A.’s notorious freeway’s Thursday evening, I passed the time listening to CNN’s Anderson Cooper (absolutely NO relation) on my XM radio. At exactly 21 minutes into his prime time show he came up with this startling segue into a 30 secord “reader” story about the French willingness to contribute troops to […]

Unfriendly Fire: Republicans Gone Wild

Thursday, August 24th, 2006

It’s getting kind of wet and smelly inside that big GOP tent. Some big time Republicans aren’t bothering to step outside before letting loose with a pungent political whiz. There was John McCain yesterday, campaigning for Ohio Republican Senator Mike DeWine, sounding very much like Jack Murtha and hosing down the White House for misleading […]

Jig Is Up

Wednesday, August 23rd, 2006

Looks like George W. Bush’s political team may be playing out its last card and coming up way short. As noted in the post below, Bush took a calculated risk in this week’s press conference by once again trying to link the war in Iraq to Al Qaeda. He may have, however, gone one lie […]

Psyched-Out

Monday, August 21st, 2006

Don’t know about you, but I’m with George W. Bush when he says  that the war in Iraq just might be “straining the psyche” of Americans. Listening to his Monday hour-long press conference certainly strained the heck out of my psyche.  I don’t fault the guy for being inarticulate. But irrational — and mendacious– are […]

Closed Until Tues August 22nd

Tuesday, August 15th, 2006

Dog days of summer. Woof woof. See you on Tuesday the 22nd. Talk among yourselves. Don’t throw any chairs.

Adios Fidel?

Sunday, August 13th, 2006

Fidel Castro celebrated his 80th birthday yesterday. It might very well be his last. The nature of dictatorship is such that El Jefe Maximo has categorized his illness as a “state secret.” Witholding as much information as possible from the very people you claim to represent is a defining characteristic of any authoritarian regime which, […]

Radical Leftovers

Friday, August 11th, 2006

Yikes! I had a software meltdown and lost a 1500 word post I just did on the wonderful work of Michael Berube. I’ve had a 16 hour day and I’m way too tired to reproduce the whole thing. So you’re off the hook. Let me just say that Michael has taken on and accomplished the […]

New Justice News Blog

Thursday, August 10th, 2006

I’ve started editing a new justice and journalism blog as part of my work at the USC Annenberg School. We’re aggregating a daily, scrolling feed of social-justice related reporting. We’re still in semi-beta mode and soon we will be expanding the material posted and even opening up for comments. But take a look, bookmark it, […]

Mehlt-Down

Wednesday, August 9th, 2006

That screeching, grating, shuddering noise you hear is the Bush White House scraping bottom. First comes Tony Snow casting out the pathetic party line that anyone who criticizes the war in Iraq is encouraging another 9/11. Given the latest poll numbers, that would mean that just about 3 out of 5 Americans have now joined […]

Dorothy Ray Healey R.I.P.

Wednesday, August 9th, 2006

Legendary Communist and, later, legendary ex-Communist Dorothy Healey died last Sunday at age 91. At barely five feet tall, with piercing blue-gray eyes, a razor sharp-intellect, often a pipe or a panatela in her hand, Dorothy was a power-house orator, a relentless organizer, and fireball of political energy and optimism. She was also a friend […]

Now What?

Wednesday, August 9th, 2006

Amidst the early yakking about the Lieberman defeat, one posting at Tapped really got my attention. Alec Oveis argues that pouring so many resources into defeating Lieberman might have been a gigantic “waste of influence” by the netroots. Instead, he says, a better target would have been some vulnerable New England House Republicans. Defeating them […]

Spoilin’

Wednesday, August 9th, 2006

Please don’t call me or disturb me right now. I plan to spend the next several hours Rolling On The Floor Laughing. Joe Lieberman has lost his Democratic primary election to Ned Lamont but now says he plans to run in November as an independent. My, my I love it. Wasn’t it the Gore-Lieberman supporters […]

I Confess: I Was a”Premature” Anti-Liebermanist

Monday, August 7th, 2006

By sometime Tuesday night we’ll know if Joe Lieberman has survived the primary challenge from rival Ned Lamont. I haven’t spent much time thinking or writing about this contest but I think it would be great if Holy Joe gets booted (and I will be just as happy if Congresswoman McKinney also gets plowed under […]

Manufacturing War

Monday, August 7th, 2006

The move by Reuters news agency to fire an Arab freelancer caught doctoring a photo of the Israeli bombardment of Beirut serves as a sobering revelation: liars, cheaters and trimmers are to be found not only among the ranks of politicians, political activists, teachers, cops, soldiers, bankers and bloggers but also — gasp!– among the […]

Sunday Musings

Sunday, August 6th, 2006

Stolen from Next Left Notes: Next Left Notes Is A News Magazine Devoted To Direct Action By Thomas Good 10. I flunked out of my adult reeducation class.  9. Who needs a Cultural Revolution when you’ve got Ann Coulter?  8. I missed the IPO when Beijing went public.  7. I can’t eliminate all traces of […]

Hezbollah Hoax Story Goes Up In Smoke

Thursday, August 3rd, 2006

The five days of shameless, nauseating speculation by the right side of the ‘sphere that the massacre in Qana was somehow staged now comes to a crashing halt. The official Israeli inquiry into the gruesome murder of dozens of civilians has now concluded and the IDF takes responsibility for the tragedy. At least, sort of. […]

Some Personal News

Wednesday, August 2nd, 2006

I’m up at a professional conference in San Francisco until Friday, so blogging will be light over the next few days. I’m pleased, however, to announce some good personal news.

Tinfoil Update

Wednesday, August 2nd, 2006

Jeff Morley, blogging for the Washington Post, has a round-up on the sputtering blogosphere conspiracy theory that Hezbollah staged the Qana massacre. Jeff also has a few basic questions for the Tin Foil Battalion that they don’t seem able to answer, surprise, suprise. This particular “theory” presumes some sinister collusion in which many of the […]