Sympathy for the General

My NPR favorite Anne Garrels is back in Iraq and this time, has chosen to seek out the most unfortunate Iraqis to interview; those most unfairly impacted by the war. Those who, through no fault of their own, now find themselves shut out of the post-war process. Yes, I’m talking about

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Kerry and Color

Kerry is continuing to draw fire for the somewhat, er, pale complexion of his “inner circle”. The latest is a takedown from Colbert King at the Washington Post, who points out that the Kerry campaign is quite literally taking a divide-and-conquer approach to American ethnic groups, but still can’t seem to bring itself to let […]

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Can Catholic Cardinals Cancel Kerry Communion?

Isn’t the Catholic Church doing Kerry a huge favor by starting to make noises that Catholic politicians who, like Kerry, support abortion rights are not fit to receive Communion? Finally, an issue that even Kerry is unlikely to waffle on and can demonstrate Strong Moral Character in his steadfast — but respectful! — disagreement with […]

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More on Citizen’s Media

More from Jeff: As various of us try to enable and encourage weblogs and citizens media — and I’m one of those — I also try to stay mindful that we can’t ‘mold it into our image of what we think it should be. It will be what it wants to be — that’s the […]

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Proposal: Citizen’s Media Association

Jeff Jarvis is leading the charge to develop a “trade association” for bloggers and other citizen’s media types, tentatively called (what else), the Citizen’s Media Association. In Jeff’s proposal, the Association would: > Gather and disseminate statistics on the size and success of citizens’ media in terms of both audience and revenue: total audience; total […]

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Undead Reality Show Zombie

So the Apprentice is done, and Bill is The Donald’s guy. Expecting some great philosophical discussion of the significance of The Apprentice in our culture or the impact of reality television on civilization? Nah. It entertained me, and that was enough. But I did have one closing thought. As expected, last Thursday Trump finally said […]

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One of these things is not like the other

Salon continues its descent into liberal insanity. Nice photo montage. No, I don’t care if it’s explained later in the article, thank you very much. P.S. – Heather, would you please get the hell out of there, so I don’t have any reason left to sully my browser with Salon bits anymore? P.P.S. – Yes, […]

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NYT: First With the Scoop, if Not the Truth

From the New York Times’ feature on Wonkette: In a relatively short time, she has drawn her share of detractors… Jack Shafer of Slate called Ms. Cox a “heaving puke” in a column that also lambasted Gawker.com, the New York-based gossip blog created in 2002 by Nick Denton, the publisher behind Wonkette. Well, yes, he […]

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Business o’ Blogs

Listening to Jeff Jarvis drive the “Blogging As Business” session at Bloggercon today on how to make money from blogs. Best quote thus far (roughly transcribed) from Jeff, as he hurries to run through all the topics: “We’ve got about twenty minutes left and we [may have to] skip ‘ethics’… ” Quips aside, it’s good […]

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Sex and the Sistani

Last week a few bloggers (see Wonkette; Marc Cooper; Kaus) noted with a snicker that Grand Ayatollah Sayyid Ali Husaini Sistani in Iraq has a website which, among other things, dispenses rather specific advice on which sex acts are permissable under the Ayatollah’s view of Islam. Two noted examples of the Ayatollah’s Dr. Ruth-like pronouncements […]

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Word of the Day

Frankenfreude \fran-KEN-froy-duh\ ; noun: A salicious satisfaction in the misfortune of self-important and unfunny leftys. Apologies to Dictionary.com.

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Kerry’s Super Plan

Everybody’s been commenting on Kerry’s editiorial in the Washington Post laying out his plan for Iraq more clearly, so since I bashed him for it the other day, I figure I owe him another pass. I’m lazy and tired, though, so I’ll just reproduce some of my favorite passages here for your edification. I might […]

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The Success of 9/11

At the 9/11 hearings yesterday, Commissioner Fred Fielding opened his questioning of former FBI Director Louis Freeh with the following statement: FIELDING: I am sure it’s no surprise to you or anybody here that there’s a lot of interest in today’s hearings and there’s a lot of interest simply because on September 11th we were […]

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Kerry: The Man With the Plan

Glenn wants to know what the Democrat’s plan is for Iraq, as opposed to their simple sniping from the sidelines. Why, it’s right here, of course! That’s the page on John Kerry’s web site that you get when you click on “Iraq Plan for Peace” on his home page. And it outlines “precisely” what Kerry […]

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Kerry Makes Me Miserable

I haven’t heard anybody else do it yet, so I’ll call “bullshit” on Kerry’s new “misery index“. Why? Well, first, because the description of the formula used is utterly incomprehsible, and he doesn’t provide any data to actually review to check his work. (Don’t give me hard numbers and a spreadsheet, ’cause I’ll kick your […]

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Could we have a little subtlety, boys?

Has anybody ever asked why the two presidential candidates’ web sites are .coms, as opposed to .orgs? Recognizing that politicians tend to make a buck at their trade, aren’t they supposed to at least pretend that they are not in it for profit? The .com kinda gives the game away, no? PS – In related […]

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Is anybody actually watching the road?

Observing the 9/11 hearings, I’m struck by exactly how awful it is to have the process of election taking place at the same time as the process of governance . I understand the Democrats need and desire to prove to the electorate that they represent a superior choice to govern the country; this is all […]

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Views of the Left

Is it me, or is the lefty side of the blogopshere getting even more partisan lately? We’ve got Kos, a previously vaguely rational lefty, gleefully degenerating to ANSWER-like hysterics, and now Mickey (who steadfastly refuses to decide which team he’s playing for — not that there’s anything wrong with that) is beating up on Josh […]

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