- The fighters over at the National Review, under fierce artillery barrage, bravely soldier on. Why, they have suffered fierce casualties in their war on terror, like some tendonitis, a carpal tunnel or two, and that twitch on that guy's back when he bent over to take out file folder from a cabinet. Such are the horrors of chickenhawk war.
- My Nightline appearance is up. My favorite part was when Jake Tapper talks about me getting a grand piano even though my current one seems fine. Then they show me playing a woefully out-of-tune and tinny sounding spinnet. And I didn't just buy a grand piano, I bought a KILLER piano.
And really, all news shows should do this, releasing the full transcript of the interview. Editing is important on television, so having the full context available is really the smart thing to do for news organizations that want to present news as fairly as possible.
- Some television stations are refusing to air MoveOn ads targetting congresscritters for corruption. One claims it has pulled the MoveOn ad for "business reasons". Apparently, the station owner is a contributor to one of the targetted corrupt Republicans, and has plenty of "business reasons" to keep his bought and paid for congressman happy.
- I agree with Chris Bowers. Enough with the meta!
- Bush agrees to more troops for Baghdad, taking them supposedly from parts of Iraq that are relatively quiet. Watch the insurgency's whack-a-mole strategy in action.
- Funny how there's always some idiot in the media (this time on CNN) saying how the latest disaster is good for Bush.
Now check out this extraordinary paragraph on CNN's politics page:
The Middle East crisis is giving President Bush a second chance to be a peacemaker and, however counterintuitive, an unexpected new chance to make headway on his grand goal of leaving the Middle East more democratic than he found it.
That one belongs in the time capsule, doesn't it? Anyone by chance recall Bush's first effort to be a "peacemaker"? Me either. I do, however, vaguely recall him initiating a war of choice on false pretenses that has left over 2,500 Americans dead and many tens of thousands severely wounded. Maybe in the world of CNN war is peace, as the Orwellian phrase has it. It's also worth pointing out that the Bush administration has actually rebuffed calls for the U.S. to push for a cease-fire.
- I get a great deal of negative mail, as do all people who are highly public. Some are vile, others are stupid. But check out this genuinely earnest one I received today:
I just wanted to say that I saw the interview that the editor of this website did with ABC nightline last night. I just wanted to say that I support the President and the Republican party. I also support the wars in Afganhanstain and Iraq. I think its better to take the fight to terrorist instead of them taking the fight to us and killing more Americans on our on soil. I think if a Democarat would be in office right now we would probbaly lose more freedoms then we already have because they would have abrought the troops home. Everyone has to realize that freedom is not free. The only reason we went to war with the Taliban is because they were hovering Al Qaida which was the terrorist organization that planeded and carried out the 9/11 attacks and killed over 3,000 Amerciacans. On Iraq I am actually glad we went ahead and went to war because what would of happened if Saddam actually had WMD and living in a post 9/11 world its better to be safe than to be sorry. Thats all I have to say.
While I originally wrote that this was "hilariously stupid", I've changed my mind. It's more tragic than anything else.
- Even Lieberman's rallies are taken from Bush's playbook. Digby has more. So does Jane, who was also tossed.
- CA-11: McCloskey (R), who lost a primary challenge to Rep. Richard Pombo, endorsed Democrat Jerry McNerney.