GRANDMOTHERBLOGGINGONLINEMAGAZINEING: My grandmother turns 91 in a little over a week; we had a get-together today with her, my mother, my sister, and assorted family kids (plus one neighbor kid who showed up). She got out of the nursing home skilled nursing facility a couple of weeks ago, and is living with my mom now. She can get up and down, and walk some, on her own, though she's mostly mobile via wheelchair and walker. The physical therapy is continuing to help, though her balance isn't what it used to be.
Still, she's in good spirits, generally, and had fun hanging out with all the great-grandchildren. That's not bad, when you're 91.
Now that Time Inc. has turned over documents to federal court, presumably revealing who its reporter, Matt Cooper, identified as his source in the Valerie Plame/CIA case, speculation runs rampant on the name of that source, and what might happen to him or her. Tonight, on the syndicated McLaughlin Group political talk show, Lawrence O'Donnell, senior MSNBC political analyst, claimed to know that name--and it is, according to him, top White House mastermind Karl Rove.
Stay tuned. Perhaps those who charged that all these subpoenas were actually part of a cover-up effort may change their tune, too . . . .
UPDATE: Many people have doubts about the reliability of Lawrence O'Donnell as a source. We'll find out, I suppose. Meanwhile, Rand Simberg emails:
Of course, the people who change their minds about a crime being committed in the Plame case will be perfectly consistent. They are simply changing their position in the light of new information, since everything Karl Rove does is, almost by definition, a crime.
MORE: Kaus on O'Donnell: "[H]e's almost always wrong."
posted at 12:56 PM by Glenn Reynolds
BILL QUICK is continuing his pattern of weekend cooking threads. This weekend's is about cookware, something I've blogged about a time or two myself. (Okay, maybe three.) My big problem is that the Insta-Wife will put anything in the dishwasher, even if it's not dishwasher safe. So, basically, everything I have has to be able to tolerate at least occasional exposure to the dishwasher. Judging by the comments, I'm not the only one with that problem.
HERE'S A ROUNDUP of the Supreme Court Nomination Blog's copious coverage. I notice that they're paying a lot of attention to Alberto Gonzales, but I don't know if that means they have inside information. Also Larry Solum has loads of interesting posts -- just keep scrolling.
Either they confirm her, or they raise hell. Assuming they raise hell enough to block the nomination, anyone else Bush puts up as a replacement looks moderate by comparison.
Well, it's hard to argue with that.
posted at 09:25 PM by Glenn Reynolds
I'M SURPRISED THAT THIS POLL didn't get more attention:
Gallup announced yesterday that it had taken a snap poll after the speech given by George Bush on the war in Iraq from Fort Bragg. The poll showed some movement bolstering support for the war. In fact, it showed Bush picking up ten points on whether we are winning in Iraq (up to 54%), twelve points on keeping troops in Iraq until the situation improves as opposed to setting an exit date for their evacuation (now at 70%/25%), and seven points on whether Bush has a clear plan for handling the war in Iraq (up to 63%/35%).
This would seem pretty newsworthy to me. (Emph. added).
posted at 04:37 PM by Glenn Reynolds
MEGAN MCARDLE characterizes the confirmation battle: "The battle for control of the courts between Democrats who think they have a right to a pro-Roe judge, and Republicans who are salivating to get an originalist on the court, will now commence."
At this point, a confirmation battle will be supply-side driven--the interest groups have the money already, and they are going to spend it one way or the other. And then try to raise some more. And the politicians are going to try to raise money by pandering to these same players. No one is going to roll over on either side just because a particular nominee is thought to be "moderate" rather than "conservative".
Maybe I'll just go back to the beach . . . .
UPDATE: Reader Paul Carbone emails:
If a libertarian like yourself was nominated to the Supreme Court (something I'd certainly support) Do you think that would make it easier for he Democrats to swallow?
Maybe instead of going to the beach, you could go to the bench...
I think Bush could mess with the Democrats by appointing a libertarian like Eugene Volokh, Alex Kozinski, or Randy Barnett. I suspect that I'm a bit too far to the pro-choice end of the spectrum for the Bushies.
ANOTHER UPDATE: On the other hand, here's someone who grudgingly suggests that I'd be an improvement over Sandra Day O'Connor, even though I'm pro-choice. Karl Rove is pretty much guaranteed not to agree.
Hard Rock Band Copper Takes the Gold
FARMINGDALE, NY, July 22, 2005—It’s happened. A winner has been selected for the historic J. D’Addario/Guitar.com, Fuse TV “We’re Listening” contest, which drew nearly 3,000 bands and 41,000 individual voters. Copper, out of Knoxville, Tennessee have been chosen as “The greatest band we’ve never heard” – until now.
Nearly 3,000 bands uploaded songs in MP3 format onto the We’re Listening web page with more than 41,000 votes cast to whittle the entrants down to a top 150. The voting closed April 15, and D’Addario’s panel of judges carefully listened to each Top 150 song, breaking the group down to a Top 20, which was then scrutinized once again. The judging was done by a panel of experts at D’Addario plus guest judges Jeff Stinco of Simple Plan, former Marilyn Manson guitarist John 5, Jane’s Addiction bassist Chris Chaney, former Megadeth bassist David Ellefson, producers Roy Z and Joe Beressi, and others. At the end of the long, intense judging process, Copper came out on top.
Copper, a melodic hard rock band, won the judges over with their song “Turn.” The band nets prizes ranging from an endorsement deal from J. D’Addario, a place in the next D’Addario television advertisement on Fuse TV and an appearance on Fuse TV’s live “Daily Download,” to full-page print ads, lots of J. D’Addario product, including gear from D’Addario, Evans drumheads, and Planet Waves cables and accessories, and more. Although Copper has not been signed to any label, they’ve been making a good name for themselves on their own, performing more than 200 shows a year in 23 cities.
This is my youngest brother, Brad, not the history-professor brother. You can hear the tune online here.
posted at 03:16 PM by Glenn Reynolds
ORIN KERR has a lot of thoughts on what an O'Connor retirement means, but observes an important lacuna in the discussion: "Oddly, Justice O'Connor's letter does not mention the all-important question: what is to happen to Sasha Volokh?"
O'Connor's, um, variable voting pattern means that if whoever replaces her is more consistent it will make a disproportionate difference. That also means that this fight is likely to be nastier than the fight over, say, a replacement for Rehnquist. Bench Memos has a lot on the politics involved.
And Mickey Kaus is pushing Robert Nagel for the vacancy. Good suggestion, but I doubt it'll happen.
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posted at 08:51 AM by Glenn Reynolds
IRAN AND HOSTAGES: Gateway Pundit has the latest on the bizarre history of Iran's new President.
I think this story is overblown -- if he weren't a hostage-taker, he'd certainly be just as bad anyway -- but it certainly illustrates that we're still suffering the consequences of Jimmy Carter's limp and inept middle eastern policy 25 years later.
STEPHEN GREEN RECOMMENDS the latest issue of Parameters, the journal of the Army War College. In response to one article, Stephen observes:
Our Cold War containment policy wasn't easily arrived at, and went through several permutations - some good, some bad - through 40-plus years. We're still in the early stages of this new war - and we'll need time for a good policy to cohere. (NOTE: When I say "early stages," I mean that this Terror War is likely to last as long, if not longer, than the Cold War. If the Cold War began in 1948 and the Terror War began in 2001, then today we're only up to the equivalent of 1951. By that measure, we're doing much better at this early stage than we were doing back then.)
HOW TO HELP THE TROOPS AND THEIR FAMILIES: the United Warrior Survivor Foundation is ""dedicated to the surviving spouses of Special Operations military personnel killed in the line of duty since 9/11. UWSF offers Survivor Transition Assistance to surviving spouses, along with educational counseling, financial guidance, investment planning, and other programs."
Lawyers for Time Inc. are considering turning over documents that would reveal the identity of a correspondent's anonymous source, according to the reporter and people with knowledge of the matter.
The correspondent, Matthew Cooper, faces a prison sentence of as much as 18 months for contempt of court if he refuses to reveal the source to a federal grand jury by next Wednesday; if that were to happen, lawyers for Time Inc., a unit of Time Warner Inc., believe the company could be exposed to legal liability or government sanctions. . . .
Time Warner depends on government approval for a number of matters. It is, for example, awaiting antitrust approval for its acquisition -- with Comcast Corp. -- of Adelphia Communications' cable assets. It depends on the government's largesse to issue securities. And though it is a cable operator and holds no broadcast licenses from the Federal Communications Commission, the company is vulnerable to FCC pressures on issues of media content.
One other potential issue is a deferred-prosecution agreement struck last year between the Justice Department and Time Warner relating to America Online. A deferred prosecution contemplates cooperating with the government in its ongoing investigation into specific wrongdoing, in this case alleged accounting fraud.
"Time Warner has got to be inclined to be as cooperative with the government as they can on all fronts," says Washington attorney Hank Asbill, who is representing a former America Online executive charged with securities fraud.
Sounds like another argument against media consolidation. My USA Today piece on reporters' privileges from yesterday is here.
THE KELO AFTERMATH: Virginia Postrel rounds up some responses and adds: "I'd suggest another front: shareholder and consumer activism to get businesses to pledge not to use eminent domain for their own private purposes."
"Yes, I am coming for the Bush amnesty program." That's what one illegal immigrant reportedly told a U.S. border patrol questioner in a survey the Bush administration understandably failed to complete. About 45 percent of those questioned "said that 'amnesty rumors' influenced their decision to cross the border illegally," according to WaPo's report.
This won't play well among the Republicans who are angry at Bush over immigration, and there are a lot of those. Kaus also draws a parallel between welfare reform and immigration reform that seems apt to me.
JIM GERAGHTY: "It's interesting that Democrats are willing to study King of the Hill as part of their process of rebuilding and figuring out how to rebuild a majority, but listening to Zell Miller is apparently beyond the pale."
posted at 11:18 PM by Glenn Reynolds
TOM MAGUIRE PUTS THE HURT on William Safire. Safire is, I think, guilty of tilting too much toward the home team.
But perhaps more striking, considering the huge gap between the hopes stirred when American troops captured Baghdad in April 2003 and the grim realities now, were the number of Iraqis who expressed a more patient view. Among those people, the disappointments and privations have been offset by an appreciation of both the progress toward supplanting the dictatorship of Mr. Hussein with a nascent democratic system and the need for American troops to remain here in sufficient numbers to allow the system to mature.
If that's so striking, asks Jarvis, "why wasn't it the lead?" You may well ask.
[He is asking -- Ed. And well he may.]
posted at 03:08 PM by Glenn Reynolds
AUSTIN BAY has new posts on his blog. And I'm expecting more video from him.
JAN CRAWFORD GREENBURG has a piece on the White House's Supreme Court nomination process. I think it's doomed to failure, as the names "Volokh" and "Kozinski" are conspicuously absent from the short list.
posted at 11:21 AM by Glenn Reynolds
I HAVEN'T DOWNLOADED IT YET, but the new version of iTunes appears to make podcasting much more user-friendly.
posted at 11:14 AM by Glenn Reynolds
ED MORRISSEY finds editorial reaction to Bush's speech predictable.
posted at 09:28 AM by Glenn Reynolds
VIRGINIA POSTREL is feeling sorry for Steven Levy, who's suffering at the hands of a clueless boss. She's right that Levy's Hackers is a great book, and she's also right that it's painfully obvious that Levy's boss has no idea -- even at the Amazon-blurb level -- what it's about.
UPDATE: In an update to Virginia's post, Levy defends his boss. But that produced this email from reader Paul Snively:
I'm a former Apple employee and have made my living writing software or supporting other people who do (Macintosh Developer Technical Support at Apple) my entire career. I've met Steven Levy, although he wouldn't remember it. . . .
From this we learn that Mr. Levy is just as clueless as his boss is, if not more so. The unwritten secret is that all of us who can write software and have had to learn the vagaries of the various operating systems and networks that we work on "CAN break into computers." The various reasons that we don't are the same as the various reasons other people don't steal, assault people, rape, murder, etc. (It literally never occurs to us, it occurs to us but we believe it's wrong, it might be tempting but we're afraid of being caught, we wouldn't mind getting caught but jail is a boring place, whatever).
We're a lot like locksmiths. The reason you can feel reasonably physically secure behind locked doors is that locksmiths do a reasonable job of guarding the knowledge that would make it possible to subvert all but the highest-grade industrial locks. Magicians-- escape artists--basically study the same materials that locksmiths do and then build a show around it (Erich Weiss, aka Harry Houdini, was a former locksmith's apprentice).
None of this would be worth noting at all, except for one thing: it seems to me like yet another instance of a disturbing general trend to fail to distinguish among classes of people according to what they do, as opposed to what they can do. Levy's comment means that it's OK to call both MIT's Tech Model Railroad Club of the mid 1950s and Kevin Mitnick "Hackers" because both "CAN break into computers." That's a ludicrous, and dangerous, conflation of definitions.
All definitions are permitted to the definer, if clear. But I can see why computer professionals would object to this choice.
ANOTHER UPDATE: Reader Lowell McCormick emails:
Hi Glenn, I read the book "Hackers" back in 1987(?). It is very entertaining, informative and full of computer history. I loved it. I loaned it out back then and never got it back. I bought another copy in the last couple of years and read it again. It was just as good as the first time. I highly recommend it.
Yes, I've assigned it in my Internet Law class before. It's excellent.
ANOTHER UPDATE: Saw all but the first couple of minutes. A good job, I thought, though Bush's delivery is never impressive. (And he had that "Jeezus I can't believe I have to explain this stuff again! -- don't you guys read Den Beste?" expression from time to time. Okay, I was kidding about the Den Beste part. Kind of.) He made the key points, though, and -- which is more important -- I suspect that the Administration will keep making them in the coming weeks.
Meanwhile, Mickey Kaus has an observation on deadline-fever.
MORE: Ian Schwartz has the video of the President's speech.
STILL MORE: Lorie Byrd: "I agree with Mort Kondracke that tonight’s was one of George Bush’s best speeches. (Transcript here.) It was clear and concise, and obviously heartfelt. The President made a strong, if familiar, case for the importance of the Iraq War to the general war on terror. He also made a good case for the contention that we are making progress and we will prevail."
Donald Sensing: "Overall, I don’t rate this speech very high - no better than a 'B' and maybe B-minus. . . . The speech reads betters than it hears. I think that Bush’s delivery, never stellar, was below even his par tonight."
John Hinderaker: "There was nothing in it that we and our readers didn't already know, but the message is one that many rarely hear."
That is the key point in the speech, the key point in the debate, and the president's clarity in making it made it a very successful speech. Over and over again he and his Administration, his supporters and the military must make that point again and again: It is all one war.
Reportedly, David Gergen is offended at the mention of 9/11. Perhaps if Gergen's media friends mentioned it more often, Bush could mention it less . . . .
Kaus, on the other hand, thinks that Bush's speech was "too Presidential."
Senators Laud Treatment of Detainees in Guantбnamo
By DAVID D. KIRKPATRICK
Published: June 28, 2005
WASHINGTON, June 27 - Senators from both sides of the aisle competed on Monday to extol the humane treatment of detainees whom they said they saw on a weekend trip to the military detention center at Guantбnamo Bay, Cuba. All said they opposed closing the center.
"I feel very good" about the detainees' treatment, Ron Wyden, Democrat of Oregon, said.
That feeling was also expressed by another Democrat, Ben Nelson of Nebraska.
On Monday, Senator Jim Bunning, Republican of Kentucky, said he learned while visiting Guantбnamo that some detainees "even have air-conditioning and semiprivate showers."
Another Republican, Senator Michael D. Crapo of Idaho, said soldiers and sailors at the camp "get more abuse from the detainees than they give to the detainees." . . .
One senator, Richard J. Durbin, Democrat of Illinois, has come under criticism and apologized repeatedly for comparing reported abuses at the camps to treatment in Soviet gulags or Nazi concentration camps.
Buried, that is, on page A15. I wonder why? Maybe because good conditions at Guantanamo are old news?
IT SEEMS THAT PRESIDENT BUSH'S STRATEGY ON IRAQ IS MORE POPULAR than a lot of people seem to think:
As President Bush prepares to address the nation about Iraq tonight, a new Washington Post-ABC News poll finds that most Americans do not believe the administration's claims that impressive gains are being made against the insurgency, but a clear majority is willing to keep U.S. forces there for an extended time to stabilize the country.
The survey found that only one in eight Americans currently favors an immediate pullout of U.S. forces, while a solid majority continues to agree with Bush that the United States must remain in Iraq until civil order is restored -- a goal that most of those surveyed acknowledge is, at best, several years away.
52% think our presence in Iraq is good for America. That's up 5% since earlier this month. Interestingly, this coincides with a major outbreak of Vietnam nostalgia from the left. Or maybe it's not a coincidence. Whenever the war opponents start talking, Bush seems to do better. Somewhere, Karl Rove is smiling.
posted at 05:02 PM by Glenn Reynolds
JONAH GOLDBERG: "Thank goodness this country still produces heroes like me."
Could a hotel be built on the land owned by Supreme Court Justice David H. Souter? A new ruling by the Supreme Court which was supported by Justice Souter himself itself might allow it. A private developer is seeking to use this very law to build a hotel on Souter's land.
Justice Souter's vote in the "Kelo vs. City of New London" decision allows city governments to take land from one private owner and give it to another if the government will generate greater tax revenue or other economic benefits when the land is developed by the new owner.
On Monday June 27, Logan Darrow Clements, faxed a request to Chip Meany the code enforcement officer of the Towne of Weare, New Hampshire seeking to start the application process to build a hotel on 34 Cilley Hill Road. This is the present location of Mr. Souter's home.
Clements, CEO of Freestar Media, LLC, points out that the City of Weare will certainly gain greater tax revenue and economic benefits with a hotel on 34 Cilley Hill Road than allowing Mr. Souter to own the land.
The proposed development, called "The Lost Liberty Hotel" will feature the "Just Desserts Cafй" and include a museum, open to the public, featuring a permanent exhibit on the loss of freedom in America. Instead of a Gideon's Bible each guest will receive a free copy of Ayn Rand's novel "Atlas Shrugged."
REDSTATE has coverage of the FEC hearings on blogs and internet political speech.
posted at 08:03 AM by Glenn Reynolds
JUST HAVING IT ON IN THE BACKGROUND was almost a sort of Gitmo-level torture for me, but the Insta-Wife and Insta-Daughter -- who came with me on this trip -- watched this on pay-per-view in the hotel and liked it. More proof that you can love people whose taste differs from yours!
A newspaper investigation of a former columnist for The Sacramento Bee could not verify 43 sources she used in a sampling of 12 years of her work.
Diana Griego Erwin resigned May 11 as she came under scrutiny about the existence of people she quoted. She has denied making up information, but Executive Editor Rick Rodriguez said the Bee should have been able to locate the people named in the stories.
Main stream media sneer at bloggers, claiming that we are unregulated, out of control and no one checks our work like their editors do theirs. Yet time and time again we find it is MSM who are faking it.
The whole high-horse act needs to be given a rest.
posted at 07:37 AM by Glenn Reynolds
GREG DJEREJIAN: "There is an obsession with 'deadlines,' isn't there, among the Democrat camp of late?"
He thinks that Kerry is giving bad advice to Bush. Kerry's advice is unlikely to do any harm, but it does provide a useful diagnostic.
It's apparent that the insurgents are getting better and better at what they do. It's becoming a race between getting the ISF/government on its own steam faster than the insurgents are able to improve. It's imperative to keep people at home from running out and leaving unfinished business. Otherwise, we will simply be teaching terrorists that terrorism pays.
I agree. I also think we need to be tightening the screws on Syria and Saudi Arabia. who are funding and supporting the insurgency.
posted at 07:20 AM by Glenn Reynolds
NANOTECHNOLOGY, CHINA, AND UNOCAL: Some thoughts from Mike Treder.
As a technical matter the content companies won MGM v. Grokster; the decision remands the case to a trial court for further factfinding as to whether defendants "induced" infringement. But it's clear that they didn't win anything like what they had been asking the Supremes for—a rule that would penalize any company that made money off a product widely used for infringement, regardless of what the company intended. And though the technical companies and consumer groups are troubled by the outcome in this case, there's still much to encourage them.
Forget piracy. I think that Big Entertainment will try to use this to shut down anything that looks as if it might become an alternative distribution system. Meanwhile Chris Nolan observes: "If Hollywood's lawsuits are persistent and ugly enough – if it keeps going after 20-year-olds – consumers could quickly and easily be brought to the tech community's side. The iPod is a cherished device. So is TiVo. It's not that hard to think of ways to use those innovations in smart consumer-oriented campaigns to change the law to protect inventors and innovators."
UPDATE: Tim Blair: "The New York Times has a 'Credibility Committee'?"
posted at 07:35 PM by Glenn Reynolds
JOE GANDELMAN has a roundup of reactions to the Ten Commandments decisions. He thinks that the Court has inflamed the political battle. Meanwhile, Mark Daniels offers a Christian perspective:
The cause to which every Christian is called to be committed--sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ's death and resurrection and their power to give new life to all who follow Him--is not something that we are to "farm out" to the government. Each follower of Christ is to embrace this as part of their personal mission.
For we Christians to insist that tax dollars be used in what often is an act of proselytization not only violates constitutional principles, but Biblical ones as well.
So does Michael Barone: "One reason that the Democrats are squawking so much about Rove's attack on 'liberals' is that he has put the focus on a fundamental split in the Democratic Party -- a split among its politicians and its voters."
FINISHED THE LECTURE, had lunch with some colleagues, now I'm headed out of town to give another one tomorrow. I'll try to hit the blog later this afternoon or evening. In the meantime, visit SCOTUSblog and Volokh for more on the Supreme Court's decisions. And I got a phone call from Austin Bay, who's back in the States after a 51-hour airborne marathon starting in Delhi. He'll be updating his blog later, but since he said he only got 5 hours of sleep on that trip, he may nap for a bit first.
VIRGINIA POSTREL thinks that the Kelo decision is likely to lead to more grassroots activism, and offers some thoughts on how that might look.
UPDATE: Fritz Schranck has some thoughts, too: "Given the overwhelmingly negative reaction to New London's example, it looks to me that the nation's citizens should accept the Court's invitation to deal with the issue with their state and local legislators."
UPDATE: CPT Niel Smith emails: "That statue is in the green zone near a traffic circle. That statue is to Iraqi soldiers killed in the Iran/Iraq war, not to US Soldiers. I know because I've been there. (15 months) Notice the AK-47's and "Steel Pot" helmets on the picture, for starters. Sounds like another one of those feel good internet pictures." Oh, well, at least this error was corrected within half an hour. Thanks to the speed of the blogosphere -- and its readers!
I dislike the spectacle of people burning the American flag as much as the next fascist, right-wing, pro-capitalist extremist (I summarize some of my recent fan mail). But Steyn is surely right that criminalizing the activity is cosmetic plaster, as ineffectual as it is incompatible with the principles of a free society. Are we so weak that such dissent is threatening as well as unattractive? If so, we are in worse shape than I had thought.
CONTRARY TO BRIAN LEITER'S CLAIMS, I'm not behind this site. I'm not Juan Non-Volokh, either. I wonder, however, why Leiter is so obsessed with secret lives, and his false statements of fact, delivered with his habitual self-assurance, certainly don't enhance his credibility on other subjects.
UPDATE: Leiter has apologized for his error, with his customary grace.
posted at 08:26 PM by Glenn Reynolds
PHIL CARTER is going active duty. Send him your good wishes.
As I've noted before, this only eliminates one class of ethical objection to stem cell research, but it's still important. It would certainly be good news for the Bush Administration, which is dreadfully out of step with public opinion on this topic. However, the article notes that adult stem cells can't do everything, and I suspect that research with embryonic stem cells will be required in order to learn how to get more out of adult stem cells, though of course I could be wrong.
posted at 04:05 PM by Glenn Reynolds
IN RESPONSE TO MY POST YESTERDAY, several readers suggest this movie as the best ever made. They may be right.
A hostage held alongside Australian Douglas Wood in Iraq has hired bounty hunters to track down his former captors, promising to eliminate them one by one. . . . "I invested about $50,000 so far and we will get them one by one."
(Via Tim Blair, who is appalled at the insensitivity involved.)
posted at 12:14 PM by Glenn Reynolds
JOE GANDELMAN NOTES that some recent polls show Republicans losing independent voters in droves. I suppose I should claim vindication. Heck, even folks at NRO are complaining about the "puritanical zeal" of the GOP Congress.
China is building its military forces faster than U.S. intelligence and military analysts expected, prompting fears that Beijing will attack Taiwan in the next two years, according to Pentagon officials.
Perhaps we can kill two birds with one stone by floating a rumor that Taiwan is acquiring nuclear weapons from North Korea . . . .
"I suggest that he ask the French why the heck for so many years they encouraged Poles to build capitalism when as it turns out they are Communists themselves," Mr. Walesa, an electrician by trade, said in an interview published Friday in the Polish daily Gazeta Wyborcza. He added, "Piotr probably won't have the chance to say this, so he should at least publicize Poland well in Paris."
Read the whole thing.
posted at 09:25 AM by Glenn Reynolds
THE MISSING LINK: "The WaPo has a front page profile on Karl Rove. Karl's controversy is featured, but Sen. Durbin is not (even though he was mentioned in Karl's speech)."
BURNING SQUIRREL has been photoblogging from the Palo Alto anarchists' march. Best line: "The serious message has a way of getting lost when stuffed movie collectibles are involved."
posted at 08:55 AM by Glenn Reynolds
ARTHUR CHRENKOFF: "By the way, you have to be worried when a guy with too much mascara and a snake wrapped around his neck has a keener grasp of basic new millennium geopolitics than so many leading lights of the Democratic Party."
THE GIFT THAT KEEPS ON GIVING: I don't get many modeling jobs, so I was happy to pose in a t-shirt for ThoseShirts.com. But I've been amply repaid, as something about that photo just keeps driving people to make utter fools of themselves. Though perhaps that's not such a great feat, considering . . . .
UPDATE: The Insta-Wife followed the link to Wolcott's post and observes that he completely misunderstands the point of her film. True, but probably not as much as he would if he had actually seen it . . .
At any rate, nothing says more about the decline of the old media establishment than seeing someone like Wolcott -- once, whether merited or not, a man of some consequence -- reduced to snarking (repeatedly!) at internet t-shirt ads in a desperate bid for attention. Just because Gaia listens to you, James, doesn't mean that the rest of us do.