How To Spoil Glenn Greenwald’s Day

Put out an article on MSNBC entitled, “Whatever Happened to the NSA Furor?” Among the highlights: …[T]he NSA apparently continues to eavesdrop on Americans, and Congress seems increasingly likely to open the way to after-the-fact approval of the surveillance in legislation that may reach the Senate floor in the next several weeks. Senate Majority Leader [...]

How Not To Win An Argument, By Jane Hamsher

Part XXXVIII: If the South Dakota Rapist Rights bill goes through, it won’t matter how many brave souls are willing to staff an abortion clinic, they won’t be able to do so. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: there is no more important task right now before the pro-choice movement than changing [...]

Tuesday Evening Quick Shots

Lots of stuff going on today… As our friend Peter pointed out, a new Zogby poll shows that 72% of troops on the ground in Iraq say we should withdraw within a year. I merely take the opportunity to point out the financing of the poll – make of it what you will: John Zogby, [...]

Buckley: We Did Win (Sort Of)

Well, William F. Buckley had me confused for a minute – but I think I have him figured out now. As most everyone knows, the conservative icon declared Iraq a lost cause a few days ago. Buckley’s earlier missive was steeped in the language of failure and defeat. Now, he follows up with a piece [...]

Andrea Mitchell, Call Your Lawyer

You, too, Russert – it’s on!: The judge in the CIA leak case said Monday that lawyers on both sides in the perjury trial of former White House aide I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby will be allowed to subpoena journalists and news organizations. Well it help get to the truth? Who know? It’ll sure throw a [...]

An Admirably Blunt Statement of Purpose

Regardless of how you feel about abortion as an issue, or the South Dakota law in particular, the bill’s main sponsor lays out his case here in language that is refreshingly blunt. My purpose is not to extol the bill’s virtues (my own position, as I’ve stated elsewhere, is that I think Roe is bad [...]

UN Nuclear Agency Says Iran Not Forthcoming

Hard to square this with reports that a deal has been reached with Russia: Iran has accelerated its nuclear fuel enrichment activities and rejected demands of international inspectors to explain evidence that had raised suspicions of a nuclear weapons program, according to a report by a United Nations agency. That could make it easier for [...]

A Short, Critical Piece on Iraq

If you read nothing else about Iraq today, read this brief but oh-so-informative piece by Nelson Hernandez in the Washington Post. It’s a must-read on the back story to the recent violence, and on the role that Kurdish and American diplomacy played in averting the civil war (Zalmay Khalilzad, the U.S. ambassador to Iraq, has [...]

Rob Reiner: Fiscal Magician

See beautiful state attract millions. See people prosper. See Hollywood has-been secure millions for liberal pet projects at taxpayer expense. Watch millions leave beautiful state to escape Meathead economics. See condemnation rain down on Meathead for misuse of funds. Watch Meathead go on leave of absense…

A Bloody, Bloody Toll

Well, there’s no way to put a happy face on this. The main morgue in Baghdad is estimating a death toll of 1,300 during the sectarian strife that followed the bombing of the Al-Askari Shrine: Grisly attacks and other sectarian violence unleashed by last week’s bombing of a Shiite shrine have killed more than 1,300 [...]

New Poll: All Tied, Again

The Cook Political report has a 2008 poll out, and – you guessed – Rudy G. and John McCain are tied at the top, as the preference of 30% of Republican voters apiece. Consider this, for those who think neither gentlemen can win the primary: that’s 60% for the two ‘unelectable’ moderates…methinks that little piece [...]

Things That Make It All Worthwhile

I defy anyone, anywhere, to come up with a definition of ‘smooth’ that tops the sound of Francis Albert Sinatra & Antonio Carlos Jobim. It simply can’t be done… Because love is the saddest thing when it goes away…

Iraq Update: Disband the Militias

Mohammed at Iraq the Model brings us an update on the situation, and it’s more good than bad. First, the bad: Mohammed says it is clear that the clerics are manipulating the ‘spontaneous’ reactions to this latest atrocity and he lays blame on both Sunni and Shia. The good news, however, is that life is [...]

It’s Not About the Media? I Beg To Differ

Was the story two weeks ago that a man shot his hunting companion a cover-up, or an example of a press corps that’s one step up from tabloid journalism? I suggest to you the latter – sure, the Cheney story was worth a day or two’s coverage, but surely not this: Mike McCurry, who was [...]

It Happens In Threes?

Don Knotts, Darren McGavin, and now…Dennis Weaver, RIP…

My Beagle Presents The News of the Week

Is there anything a dog can’t do? The question is, of course, rhetorical, as this story about dogs and calculus shows. Many observers of the canine world will tell you that beagles aren’t very intelligent, but don’t you believe it! For proof, I direct you to this well-written passage: Beagles are intelligent, quick dogs, but [...]

MoDo On Hillary and Feminism

And, lo and behold, she’s quite good on the subject: TONY JONES: Let’s move onto the woman that Democrats hope might be President. Is she gramma or alpha, how do you rate her? MAUREEN DOWD: She’s a gamma too. She was a sort of an alpha in the White House, but in the Senate she’s [...]

Deep Thoughts from Deepak

When the weight of the world crushes you down, there is one certain way to cheer yourself: read some Deepak Chopra and marvel at the insipidness that wafts over you. Chopra, whose version of peace consists of handing over thousands of dollars to him for his quack treatments and feel-good platitudes, feels the winds of [...]

RINOs Raging…

…for spring to begin. The Ex-Donkey has you covered…

Rove On Hillary

From the forthcoming Strategery: Rove said he expects the Democrats to be hungry in 2008, since they will have been out of the White House for eight years. He predicted that Clinton will draw on her extensive campaign experience in her bid for the presidency. “She has seen what the job requires,” he said. “And [...]