Gates as SecDef: Whither Iran?

Listening to Hugh‘s discussion with Christopher Hitchens today (audio sure to be here shortly), Hitch brought up the fact that Robert Gates was a key architect of a paper with President Carter’s national security adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski which advocated (in Hitch’s words) “making nice with the mullahs”. Being a primary-source kinda guy, I went looking […]

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On Kerry

Why are some folks being so sensitive about Kerry’s remarks — and why are they right to be so? The key phrase we’re looking for here is “never again”. If people like Kerry — and indeed Kerry himself — had not been responsible for destroying the morale and reputation of the American military after Vietnam, […]

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International Talk Like Apu Day!

Given the date, and in honor of Joe Biden*, I declare that today, everyone must talk like Apu. Consider it an Indian version of Talk-Like-A-Pirate-Day. Now, to the Kwik-E-Mart I must go! * “”You CANNOT go to a 7-11 … unless you have a slight Indian accent … I’m not joking.” — Sen. Joe Biden […]

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Fight DDOS with DGOS?

Glenn reports that Jeff Goldstein is suffering another DDOS attack, limiting access to the Protein Wisdom we all crave. I agree with the Instafellow: this is indeed getting out of hand. So I have a thought. It seems that what we bloggers need is a way to combat a Distributed Denial Of Service (DDOS) attack […]

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two percent solution?

Glenn points out a fellow who notes the potential of solar energy: “If 2 percent of the continental United States were covered with photovoltaic systems with a net efficiency of 10 percent, we would be able to supply all the U.S. energy needs,” said Bulovic, the KDD Associate Professor of Communications and Technology in MIT’s […]

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fear the Kos

Markos Moulitsas: “TNR and its enablers are feeling the heat of their own irrelevance and this is how they fight it — by undermining the progressive movement. Zengerle has made common cause with the wingnutosphere, using the laughable “kosola” frame they created and emailing his “scoops” to them for links. This is what the once-proud […]

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Did Time Magazine prompt the Haditha investigation?

When I got this morning’s press release on the latest issue of Time Magazine, the following line stuck out: “The details of what happened in Haditha were first disclosed by TIME’s Tim McGirk and Aparisim Ghosh, and their reporting prompted the military to launch an inquiry into the civilian deaths. ” …because I remembered Captain […]

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it’s all in the mix

Where’s Wilford Brimley* when you need him? So ABC runs a story that says Dennis Hastert is “in the mix” in the FBI investigation of corruption in Congress. Do they provide context of what being “in the mix” might mean, as opposed to, hypothetically, being “under investigation”? They do not. But now, after a rather […]

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White House “reaches out to the base”…

…and thwacks it over the head with a two-by-four. Just got the following in my Inbox from the White House Communications folks: Setting The Record Straight: Heritage Foundation Report Overestimates Legal Immigration Increase Under Senate Immigration Bill A Heritage Foundation Report Claims The Hagel-Martinez Senate Immigration Bill (S. 2611) Would Lead To An Additional 84 […]

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special coverage: President Bush’s immigration speech

I’ll be providing special coverage tonight for President Bush’s immigration speech with a dedicated tracking page showing all the bloggers who are liveblogging or reacting to the speech. The tracking page is here, and includes a quick form for bloggers to sign up and let me know that you’ll be covering the event. Be sure […]

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ttlb and blogcarnival.com

I’m pleased to announce that TTLB is now partnering with BlogCarnival.com to bring the very latest & greatest blog carnivals to the TTLB ÜberCarnival page. The BlogCarnival team has done a great job in providing a spiffy interface to allow hosts to administer their carnivals, as well as allowing bloggers to submit their posts directly […]

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ttlb accounts: manage your own blogs!

Folks: Big news for those of you focused on your Ecosystem stats: as of right now, you can create your own personal TTLB user account, which will let you claim your blog and directly edit the URLs associated with it. No more waiting for me to get around to support requests: just log in, change […]

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Army of Davids Hits SoCal

I’m pleased to report that An Army Of Davids has arrived in lovely Southern California, and was last seen working on its tan. Which is a good thing, because let’s be frank: it may well be the best book to explain just how the Web and other digital technologies are reversing the polarities of modern […]

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Time: Nonstop awful

Joe Klein in Time: “The news from the Middle East – Iran, Iraq, Palestine – has been nonstop awful, and Bush is beginning to sound as airy and out of touch as Woodrow Wilson must have in 1919, when that President tried to sell the futile dream of a League of Nations. “ To the […]

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John Boehner’s Opportunity

The Majority Leader race is done, and Republicans have chosen John Boehner as their new leader. Congratulations to Representative Boehner and his team. While the first choice of many of us in the blogosphere, Representative Shadegg, did not win the election, his impact on the race cannot be denied. His candidacy reminded his fellow Representatives […]

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