New RSS/Atom Feeds Location Starting July 5th

Starting July 5th, those of you who view the site via syndication will need to update the url of your feeds, because the other locations are going away. I am switching to a service called FeedBurner, which allows me to have stats on the feeds. I always saw syndication as a statistical black hole for websites to know what is being read, this will allow me to keep better track of you guys think is interesting.

Let me reiterate: there should be no difference between what is currently available and the new location aside from the url change. I have been testing this service for the past week and things seem stable enough to use it for my own site. It’s a pretty cool service too for anyone who wants to check it out.

Anyways, it was a tough decision to make: Should I keep both feed locations? Switch to FeedBurner and risk pissing people off by making them update their newsreaders? Or, just say f__k it, and keep things they way they are? You know what my choice is. I am hoping that they will also introduce some form of advertising buglet into it. I know it’s being an ass, but I’m seriously trying to grow this site out of hobby and into a legitimate news/opinion source and the only way to do that is for this to be profitable. I’m a capitalist and I’m not afraid to say it.

After the 5th, the old feeds will be cut off, your newsreader will give you errors and things will generally be bad if you haven’t changed your settings. You’ve been warned.

Here’s a list of urls so that you can update your newsreader of choice directly instead of having to visit the site. Because if you’re like me, you barely visit sites anymore unless their feeds are chopped off:

UPDATE: I guess I should have waited to post this… FeedBurner has a way to send out just one feed, so adjust your urls to just THIS feed.

FeedBurner SmartFeed (one location of all feeds, it will detect your newsreader and send you correct data) I am keeping the url local so that readers that detect a favicon will still do it properly. !!!

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Poker with Dick Cheney

What else is there to do on a Friday night except play some poker with the vice president? The Editors from Poor Man tried their hand against the vice president and the results were ah, somehow predictable. From Poker with Dick Cheney:

Transcript of The Editors’ regular Saturday-night poker game with Dick Cheney, 6/19/04. Start tape at 12:32 AM.

The Editors: We’ll take three cards.

Dick Cheney: Give me one.

Sounds of cards being placed down, dealt, retrieved, and rearranged in hand. Non-commital noises, puffing of cigars.

TE: Fifty bucks.

DC: I’m in. Show ’em.

TE: Two pair, sevens and fives.

DC: Not good enough.

TE: What do you have?

DC: Better than that, that’s for sure. Pay up.

TE: Can you show us your cards?

DC: Sure. One of them’s a six.

TE: You need to show all your cards. That’s the way the game is played.

Colin Powell: Ladies and gentlemen. We have accumulated overwhelming evidence that Mr. Cheney’s poker hand is far, far better than two pair. Note this satellite photo, taken three minutes ago when The Editors went to get more chips. In it we clearly see the back sides of five playing cards, arranged in a poker hand. Defector reports have assured us that Mr. Cheney’s hand was already well advanced at this stage. Later, Mr. Cheney drew only one card. Why only one card? Would a man without a strong hand choose only one card? We are absolutely convinced that Mr. Cheney has at least a full house.

Go read the rest. It’s possibly the best blog satire on the Iraq war that I have seen. On par with The Daily Show and Saturday Night Live.

Poker with Dick Cheney [The Poor Man]

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Bush, Irish TV Interview: Can I Finish? Can I Finish?

You know, when I mentioned Ross Perot the other day, I didn’t mean that Bush should channel Perot. Regardless, this 15-minute Carole Coleman interview of George Bush by Ireland’s RTE is surely being watched repeatedly in a creative meeting at the The Daily Show. On no less than five occasions, the interviewer interjected — to either steer Bush back towards the question being asked or follow-up (it was a tad rude by American standards, but the frustration is classic). Here’s a partial transcript of one of the finer moments:

Coleman: “The world is a more dangerous place today.”

Bush: “Why do you say that? . . . ”

Coleman: “I think there is a feeling that the world has become a more dangerous place because you have taken the focus off Al Qaeda and diverted into Iraq. Do you not see that the world is a more dangerous place? I saw four of your soldiers lying dead, on the television, the other day. . . . ”

Bush: “You know, listen, nobody cares more about the death than I do.

Coleman: “Is there a point at which —

Bush: “Let me finish. Please, please, let me finish, then you can follow up, if you don’t mind. Nobody cares more about the deaths than I do. I care about it a lot. But I do believe that the world is a safer place, and becoming a safer place. . . .

“People join terrorist organizations because there’s no hope and there’s no chance to raise their families in a peaceful world where there is not freedom . . . so the idea is to promote freedom and at the same time protect our security

Here’s the video of the interview with Coleman in the Map Room.

UPDATE: Here’s a text transcript of the interview from the White House web site.

Bush Interview (Realvideo) [RTE]
Interview of the President by Radio and Television Ireland [WhiteHouse.gov]

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Clinton’s ‘My Life’: The Powerpoint Summary

Ok, I got some giggles out of this. As Slate put it: “Nine hundred and fifty-seven pages!? To hell with that.”

My Life, by Bill Clinton: The PowerPoint version [Slate]

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Jack Ryan to drop from Ill. Senate Race?

Jack & Jeri RyanIt looks like Jack Ryan is being pressured by the GOP to drop out from the race. CNN has the details in Sources: Ryan dropping out of Senate race in Illinois:

Ryan, the sources said, will formally drop out later Friday.

On Thursday, an aide said Ryan was “assessing his options” about whether to continue his election bid amid allegations that he visited sex clubs with his then-wife, actress Jeri Ryan.

Ryan, abruptly canceled a planned Thursday trip to Capitol Hill, where Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tennessee, expressed his disappointment in the allegations and pointedly declined to offer words of support for Ryan.

[…]

Jeri Ryan, who starred in the TV shows “Boston Public” and “Star Trek: Voyager,” said in a written statement that she now considers her ex-husband “a friend” and has “no doubt that he will make an excellent senator.” But she has not disavowed the account she gave in court papers.

Frist called the allegations “disappointing” Thursday, and said Ryan must make any decision about his continued viability in the race himself.

I think they are disappointed that he wasn’t satisfied with banging the hot Jeri Ryan, and had to screw it up by taking her to sex clubs. What a fool.

UPDATE: Confirmed (thanks Angry Finger). The Associated Press has a statement on from Ryan in Illinois’ Jack Ryan Abandons Senate Bid:

“It’s clear to me that a vigorous debate on the issues most likely could not take place if I remain in the race,” Ryan, 44, said in a statement. “What would take place, rather, is a brutal, scorched-earth campaign – the kind of campaign that has turned off so many voters, the kind of politics I refuse to play.”

Sources: Ryan dropping out of Senate race in Illinois [CNN]
Illinois’ Jack Ryan Abandons Senate Bid [AP/Yahoo!]

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WashTimes: Blame Clinton too for Al Qaida/Iraq Link

Bush & ClintonIngenious. Who knew that you could get a free pass on lies if your predecessor lied as well?

Apparently, Bush and Cheney are absolved of their numerous statements touting a link between Al Qaida and Saddam because… Clinton did it too. Forget about government responsibility, let’s just pass the buck. The Washington Times has the full write-off in Clinton first linked al Qaeda to Saddam:

The 1998 indictment said: “Al Qaeda also forged alliances with the National Islamic Front in the Sudan and with the government of Iran and its associated terrorist group Hezbollah for the purpose of working together against their perceived common enemies in the West, particularly the United States. In addition, al Qaeda reached an understanding with the government of Iraq that al Qaeda would not work against that government and that on particular projects, specifically including weapons development, al Qaeda would work cooperatively with the government of Iraq.”

Clinton first linked al Qaeda to Saddam [Washington Times]

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Drudge Spun Clinton’s Record Book Sales as Disaster

Media Matter for America is reporting that Drudge Report covered up Clinton’s record-shattering book premiere, going so far as to report on 22 articles where sales were being reported stagnant. Clearly, this was an agenda, and the spin was picked up on shows by right-wing pundits such as Brit Hume, Sean Hannity, Joe Scarborough, and newspaper The Washington Times. Full story in Drudge hid Clinton’s boffo book sales — and the right-wing followed his script:

…news from the publisher of former President Bill Clinton’s new memoir, My Life, that the book — with record sales of more than 400,000 copies — had shattered the previous record for single-day sales for nonfiction… According to Leiby, “Drudge, usually one of the quickest cyber reporters around, picked up that story [announced at 1:30 p.m.] in the late afternoon, after we sent him requests for comment.”

It’s good to see someone calling Drudge to task over this. I admit that I was initially taken in by his extensive list of slow sales as well.

Drudge hid Clinton’s boffo book sales — and the right-wing followed his script [Media Matter for America]

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Trial by Cartoon: Bill Clinton’s ‘My Life’

To lift a page from American Dynamics’ Trial by Tabloid series, here’s a rundown of the editorial cartoons for Clinton’s new book. Here’s a couple of my favorites:

Clinton book cartoonClinton book cartoon

Trial By Tabloid – June 22nd [ American Dynamics]
Clinton’s Book [Slate]

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H.R. 3922: Last Week’s Joint is Tomorrow’s DUI

Let me preface this by making one thing clear: I firmly belive that if someone drinks and gets behind the wheel, they deserve punishment; And if someone smokes a joint and tries to drive, it’s not much of a difference except in semantics. That said, alcohol is detectable in your system for a very short period of time since it is water soluble. Marijuana on the other hand, is fat soluble, which means that if you smoke a joint and are high for a few hours, that joint is going to be detectable a week later when you are completely sober.

Now, is it fair to cart someone off to jail for smoking some reefer a week ago and chargin them with a DUI simply because it takes longer for the body to remove the traces of THC metabolites? Hell no, but that’s exactly what Congress is proposing. The November Coalition has more in Your License, Your Urine:

[T]he Walsh Group argued that these existing laws are too lax on illicit drug users. To bolster their claim, they argued-without explanation-that actually linking illicit drug use to impaired driving is a “technically complicated and difficult task.” Their solution? States should enact zero tolerance per se laws redefining “drugged drivers” as any motorist who tests positives for any level of illicit drugs or drug metabolites, regardless of whether their driving is impaired.

The bill — Drug Impaired Driving Enforcement Act of 2004 (H.R. 3922) — aims for a “Zero Tolerance” of drivers regardless of whether they are actually impaired. It is being backed up with another bill — H.R. 3907 — which would enact mandatory minimum sentences and withhold 1 to 50 percent of federal highway funds from states which “do not enact laws to prohibit driving under the influence of an illegal drug.”

Do we really need to be putting more non-violent offenders in jail and wasting valuable police forces on this? Look, if the cop pulls over someone who’s car reeks of freshly smoked pot, then I expect they will put them in the back of a cruiser. But this kind of legislation just encourages abuse. Just think of the possibilities: If you get pulled over and the cop decides to do a search and comes across some marijuana in the trunk, you may get a DUI on your record. If you get pulled over and a passenger has weed on them, police can arrest you for suspicion of DUI and take you to jail for a drug test.

Your License, Your Urine [November Coalition]
Drug Impaired Driving Enforcement Act of 2004 (H.R. 3922) [LOC.GOV]
H.R. 3907 [LOC.GOV]

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Bush Campaign: Totally Losing the Plot

An anonymous submitter told me to check out Bush’s latest campaign ad — Kerry’s Coalition of the Wild-eyed. From the TotalFark comments, CineKal said: “Bush made his bed, now he has to lie in it. That ad just shows how pissed off people are at him.” and DasWo0t! added: “I love the little piano motif at the end.”

It’s supposed to be a montage of clips of crazy liberals acting all nuts and yelling, and features Al Gore, Michael Moore, Howard Dean, John Kerry and MoveOn.org ads. It’s a great message, if that message is: “Don’t be mad at us, take some Paxil and vote Republican.”

Bush's positive ad
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Kerry’s Coalition of the Wild-eyed [GeorgeWBush.com]

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Cheney to Sen. Leahy: ‘Go Fu*k Yourself’

Dick CheneyI’m disappointed this little exchange between Vice President Dick Cheney and Senator Pat Leahy of Vermont on the Senate floor didn’t escalate into a fistfight or at least some spitting. I would have loved to be able to use the title “Lougie Leahy” somewhere in the future. Anyways, CNN has some of the details in “Cheney curses senator over Halliburton criticism”:

Cheney, who as president of the Senate was present for the picture day, turned to Leahy and scolded the senator over his recent criticism of the vice president for Halliburton’s alleged war profiteering.

[…]

Responding to Cheney’s comment, Leahy reminded him of an earlier statement the vice president had made about him. Cheney then replied with profanity.

Leahy would not comment on the specifics of the story Thursday, but did confirm that Cheney used profanity.

According to Wonkette — who I am quoting the actual profanity used — in “Dick Advice”: “the fighting words sprang from an exchange in which Cheney told Leahy he didn’t like what Leahy had been saying about Halliburton, to which Leahy replied that he didn’t like Cheney calling him a bad Catholic.”

Way to restore honor to the White House.

Cheney curses senator over Halliburton criticism [CNN]
Dick Advice [Wonkette]

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Ross Perot Could Breathe Life Into Libertarians

Ross PerotI know this may just sound hopeful and a stretch, but I think there’s a place for Ross Perot in the 2004 elections. Not as a candidate, but as a visible endorsement for the libertarian candidate Michael Badnarik. After doing some research and finding the Salon article — Perot gears up — from August 2003, I’m convinced that it would catapult the libertarians into the media spotlight and we could witness a redux of 1992, with a libertarian snagging upwards of 19% of the vote:

But Perot is mad about more than Bush’s tax cuts, which he clearly (and correctly) blames for blowing the budget hole wide open. He also thinks the country is awash in “waves of jingoism” since 9/11 and offers sane counsel for dealing with the threat of terrorism: “Avoid panic and judge the odds like poker players.” Most refreshing, he’s got no use for the Bush administration’s efforts “to hobble the commissions appointed to investigate 9/11” and slams the USA PATRIOT Act for going too far. Perot, who played the libertarian when he ran for office but zealously policed the private lives of his employees, now attacks the government’s holding incommunicado of American citizens Jose Padilla and Yaser Esam Hamdi as the equivalent of the “Star Chamber trials of 17th century Britain or Josef Stalin’s gulag.”

“We, the people, must restore rational thought and sound management principles to our government,” Perot and Champy write. It almost sounds good, until you remember Perot’s penchant for irrational thought and military management principles. Perot refers to himself, “with all due modesty” as a “veteran change agent,” but it’s clear that what he’s looking for is one more moment in the sun.

Both Perot and Badnarik are from Texas and consider their views to be common sense, so it’s not like there’s going to be a huge cultural chasm.

Right now, I’m doing a list of 25 10 things Badnarik can do in order to get media attention and support. You can expect it to be published Monday on WatchBlog.

Ross’s Reform Party party has cut ties with him and recently endorsed Nader as it’s candidate. Is there anything to that story?

UPDATE: I wanted to add the following quote from an old Political Wire entry — Ross Perot Is Back — on the forthcoming book title:

America the Broken: How to Reform and Revive the Greatest Democracy Ever Known is described in the proposal as a “short, intense book” which will be “liberally furnished with charts, of the sort Ross Perot used in his 1992 campaign.”

Perot gears up [Salon]
Ross Perot Is Back [Political Wire]

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Larry King Interviews Ron Reagan, Jr.

I’m going over the transcript from the CNN interview, and it turns out the whole talking about religion in the eulogy was totally wrong. Other great goodies in there as well:

KING: You said, dad was also a deeply unabashedly religious man, but he never made the mistake of wearing his faith on his sleeve to gain political advantage. Were you referring to the president?

REAGAN: You know, it’s interesting.

KING: Everyone thought that.

REAGAN: I know. I wasn’t watching TV much after I delivered the eulogy for a few days. But after a couple of days I started getting calls from people saying, boy you really stirred something up, didn’t you? I thought, well, what? Well, you know, the stuff you said about Bush. I said, I didn’t say anything about Bush, why would I mention George W. Bush in my father’s eulogy?

No, no, no, no, the stuff about the religion. I thought, ha, funny, you then everybody thought I was talking about George W. Bush. And then I heard — everybody thought I was talking about George — but people connected with George W. Bush thought I was talking about George W. Bush. And then I began to think, maybe I was, I just didn’t know it. [ed- emphasis added. Seriously… what the hell?]

KING: Do you think he wears his religion on his sleeve? He certainly refers to it more than your father ever did.

REAGAN: Well, you know, there was that answer he gave to the question about, did you talk to your father about going into Iraq? No, I talked to a higher father, you know, the almighty. When you hear somebody justifying a war by citing the almighty, God, I get a little worried, frankly. The other guys do that a lot. Osama bin Laden’s always talking about Allah, what Allah wants, that he’s on his side. I think that’s uncomfortable.

And he comes back from a commercial break to lay down another smack at Bush (or maybe he doesn’t know it yet?):

KING: Do you ever think of running for office?

REAGAN: No…

KING: You’ve got a pretty good name going in.

REAGAN: It seems to work for some people.

The whole interview is pretty good and has some good Alzheimer’s and stem-cell research qoutes for anyone who wants to use them

CNN LARRY KING LIVE Interview With Justin Falconer; Interview With Ron Reagan Jr. [CNN] [via PoliticalWire]

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Badnarik to Attend Next SpaceShipOne Flight?

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SpaceShipOne, Government Zero

Image found at Reason: Hit & Run’s entry “Who Needs NASA?”

Michael Badnarik is getting smart in finding ways to pop himself into the spotlight (or near it). He’s applauded the SpaceShipOne launch and sent them a congratulatory letter saying:

It is my hope to attend a subsequent launch of SpaceShipOne — perhaps at the second “X-prize” flight — and if possible to shake your hand and extend these congratulations personally.

It would be extremely timely and would highlight the libertarian stance of private business over government (and the press could snap some photos of him shaking hands). He’ll need to get on the ball and clear a day off his schedule though because that’s going to be very very soon. According to the X-Prize rules, “The flight vehicle must be flown twice within a 14-day period.”

Who Needs NASA? [Reason: Hit & Run]
SpaceShipOne, Government Zero [Badnarik Blog]
ANSARI X PRIZE Competition Guidelines [X Prize]

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Libertarians: Whispering from the Rafters

Originally posted at WatchBlog on 6/21, copied here for archiving purposes.

(WatchBlog Exclusive – Atlanta, GA) – If libertarian strategists have their way, come November 2nd, George W. Bush will be returning to Crawford, Texas in defeat and fiscal conservatives will have sent a resounding message to both Republican-controlled Houses: “cease and desist.” And they won’t even have to win a majority of the vote in order to do it.

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U.S. Will Not Seek U.N. War Crime Immunity

Why the change of heart my dear American compatriots? Has the government finally seen the light that torture and abuse is wicked and evil and is not excusable, even under the pretense of war?

No. We simply couldn’t get the required nine out of fifteen required votes from the U.N. Security Council to extend the exemption for U.S. soldiers from international prosecution. Reuters reports in “U.S. Withdraws UN Measure on Immunity for Soldiers”:

The United States has rarely faced such opposition in the council, with the notable exception of its attempt to get U.N. endorsement for the invasion of Iraq last year. Since then, the council has backed Washington on its plans in Iraq, with far less acrimony than before the war.

But this year specter of U.S. abuse of prisoners in Iraq and Afghanistan made it difficult for members to extend the resolution for the third time, even though analysts say the scandal would not come before the new tribunal.

No, really? You mean our reputation has been damaged? Shocking.

U.S. Withdraws UN Measure on Immunity for Soldiers [Reuters]

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Jack Ryan! Jack Ryan! Jack Ryan!

Jack RyanYou know, there’s some sex tapes out there that everyone actually wants to see. Move over, Paris Hilton, the Democrats are frothing for some raunchy, Republican Senate candidate Jack Ryan, sexcapades.

Wait… scratch that. No one wants to see (or hear) about some pasty middle-aged Republican jacking off with his wife, even if he’s running for Senate. Well, maybe they do.

If you want to hear about the dirty details of the moral depravity of Jack Ryan, there’s plenty to be found. The scandal-seeking Wonkette asserts in “Illinois Senate Race: Well, Someone Is Sure Getting Whipped Now”:

Ryan’s divorce papers have been plaguing him the entire campaign and the latest revelations are Starr report-level steamy: In them, Ryan’s ex-wife (Jeri Ryan, former alien hottie, later cast in the equally improbable role of a Boston public school teacher) accuses him of taking her to several sex clubs and says he asked her to get jiggy with him in front of other couples. Bright side for the family values folks: She insists he didn’t cheat on her.

But it’s funny because he did it in Paris; Everyone tries to do the nasty in Paris. Political Wire seems to think that the GOP is starting to bail on his (whipped) ass in “In Illinois, Ryan Cancels Key Fundraiser”:

NBC5-TV reports Hastert’s office says he has been called to a “leadership conference at the White House” and would be unable to attend the Ryan event.

That’s Republican code for “oh snap! If we don’t bail on this guy, we’re total hypocrites.” This guy is sooooo not getting elected, bet money on it.

Illinois Senate Race: Well, Someone Is Sure Getting Whipped Now [Wonkette]
In Illinois, Ryan Cancels Key Fundraiser [Political Wire]
Hastert Spokesman: ‘Iraq Trumps Jack Ryan’ [NBC5-TV]

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Airlines & TSA: “Woops. We Totally Lied About That Privacy Policy Thing”

Via Slashdot comes and interesting story by Wired New: “More False Information From TSA”:

Delta, Continental, America West, JetBlue and Frontier Airlines secretly turned over sensitive passenger data to Transportation Security Administration contractors in the spring and summer of 2002, according to the sworn statement of acting TSA chief David Stone. In addition, two of the four largest airline reservation centers, Galileo International and Sabre, also gave sensitive passenger information, including home phone numbers, credit card numbers and health data, without disclosing the transfers to travelers or asking their permission. {emphasis added}

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In November 2003, the senators also asked Stone’s predecessor, retired Adm. James Loy, whether “any contractors working on CAPPS II used any real-world data for testing purposes.” Loy led the TSA from July 2002 until he was promoted to the second-highest position in the Department of Homeland Security in October 2003.

Loy’s sworn written response was, “No. TSA has not used any (passenger) data to test any of the functions of CAPPS II.”

Two TSA spokesmen also made false statements to Wired News about the extent of the transfers.

One of the best summations of the problem with news like this was said by one of the readers at Slashdot:

Nobody’s going to get fired over this, nobody’s going to go to jail over this, nobody’s going to even care about this.

If you do, you’re un-American. Welcome to McCarthyism, population: you.

Airlines Gave More Data Than Previously Disclosed [Slashdot]
More False Information From TSA [Wired News]
Comment: It’s legal when you make the laws [Slashdot]

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Shut up About Clinton Already!

Drudge ReportGive me a break with the Clinton book coverage already. We know! He wrote a book! And the right-wingers are already scrambling onto the OMG-no-one-is-buying-the-book bandwagon. Here’s a snapshot of Drudge Report right now… 22 goddamn links to cities that are non-plussed or ecstatic about the book sales. But the créme du la créme has to be when they interview Jeb Bush. I mean, it’s obvious to any political news junky that he’s not going to read any book about Clinton. I mean, BIG FUCKING SURPRISE! No? The best part of the interview has to be where he talks about his short attention span, “I briefly read a great novel about the Alamo after watching the movie.” (emphasis added). Because you know, books are like, long and shit.

Frankly, no one cares… which means no one cares about the kajillion stories that the press is trying to fob off on us about nobody caring. Get over it already.

Props to Angry Finger for letting me know about the Jeb story via AIM.

Florida governor doesn’t plan to read Clinton’s autobiography [Naples Daily News]

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Roger Ebert: ‘Bush has been a Disaster for America’

I gotta hand it to Roger Ebert, he reviews Michael Moore’s Fahrenheit 9/11 and slams it due to the blatant inaccuracies caresses it gently like a soft kitten because he is aware of Moore’s integrity and adherence to the truth. Speaking of Moore’s earlier film — Bowling for Columbine — Eber said “some of his ‘facts’ were wrong, false or fudged”, he goes on to agree with Moore’s politics, but can’t get past the part where Moore is prevaricating in order to push his agenda. “But I cannot ignore flaws simply because I agree with the filmmaker. In hurting his cause, he wounds mine.” But he sums it up nicely saying that he agrees that there are some things that are wrong and “I agree with Moore that the presidency of George W. Bush has been a disaster for America.”

It would have been nice if Moore hadn’t let his hatred blind him, and unfortunately he is quickly becoming the liberal counter-part of the vitriol spewing pundits like Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity. These are men who are willing to lie in order to push their agenda, and none of them can be trusted, I wish people would wake up to the truth of it.

‘9/11’: Just the facts? [Chicago Sun-Times]

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Hunter Thompson for Kerry Veep?

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I know, never going to happen. But it’s fun to throw that out there, because Hunter S. Thompson is one of the few great American writers who has always had his fist wrapped around the throat of the corrupt political pig-dogs. The real news is that John Kerry met with Thompson in a secret meeting while visiting Aspen yesterday. The New York Times had the news in it’s coverage piece “The Longest Day”:

Half the group headed to Aspen, in two smaller planes, for a fundraiser and a visit with the writer Hunter S. Thompson, while the other half spent its eighth, ninth, 10th, 11th and 12th hours of the day without hearing a word from Mr. Kerry.

That must have been a hell of a long meeting.

I snagged this nice bit of information from American Dynamics’ “hunter and jfk”, but I have to disagree with his assertion that HST is the “god of the angry left.” No man with that many guns and a fanaticism for explosives would call himself a liberal.

Since it was a secret, my best “real” guess is to agree with Blaze thickeye (that’s twice I’ve attributed wrong) that Hunter gave some political strategy insight to Kerry, which he will never follow. It would be really smart for libertarian Michael Badnarik to go talk to Hunter S. Thompson, if he knows what’s good for his campaign. Selah.

The Longest Day [NYT]
hunter and jfk [American Dynamics]
Michael Badnarik Blog

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Early Consensus: Clinton Book Sucks

Clinton - My LifeSlate is reporting early reviews of former president Bill Clinton’s book — My Life. Some good quotes from across the board in the snippet My [Boring] Life:

New York Times in “The Pastiche of a Presidency, Imitating a Life, in 957 Pages”:

“a hodgepodge of jottings” that’s “sloppy, self-indulgent and often eye-crossingly dull.”

The review ran as a front page item, which is rare for a book review. Are the editors at the Times trying to make a statement here or give a review?

Newsweek in “Bill’s Self-Portrait”:

In truth, it is hardly an edge-of-your-seat experience. Throughout its leisurely 957 pages, however, every facet of Clinton’s complex, nuanced and sometimes maddening personality is on display. He is by turns introspective and willfully obtuse, expansive and curt. One moment, he forces the reader on a joyless march through an arid policy debate.

The Associate Press was even more acidic in “Clinton’s ‘Life’ both too much, not enough”:

None of them comes alive, not even the main characters of this badly conceived, flatly written, poorly edited book. Not Hillary Rodham Clinton, who comes off as a cardboard saint who is said to be smart and tough and good. Not special prosecutor Kenneth Starr, the book’s villain, who comes off as pure evil – not really a human being at all, more of an incubus.

And not even Bill Clinton himself. Here is one of the most fascinating figures of his time, a charismatic and brilliant man – a fatherless boy who rose from humble beginnings to live, in his own words, “an improbable life” – and he has produced a book that lacks anything more than the most rudimentary insights. This master politician does not even offer a single good discussion of the art of politics.

My [Boring] Life [Slate]
The Pastiche of a Presidency, Imitating a Life, in 957 Pages [NY Times]
Bill’s Self-Portrait [Newsweek]
Clinton’s ‘Life’ both too much, not enough [AP]

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Hitchens on F9/11: ‘Rewriting of Recent History’

Michael MooreChristopher Hitchens over at Slate has a truly scathing review of Michael Moore’s new movie Fahrenheit 9/11 Here’s some choice qoutes from his article, “Unfairenheit 9/11: The lies of Michael Moore”:

Invasion of Iraq:

Watching the clips Moore uses, and recalling them well, I can recognize various Saddam palaces and military and police centers getting the treatment. But these sites are not identified as such. In fact, I don’t think Al Jazeera would, on a bad day, have transmitted anything so utterly propagandistic.

9/11 attacks:

Indeed, Moore’s affected and ostentatious concern for black America is one of the most suspect ingredients of his pitch package. In a recent interview, he yelled that if the hijacked civilians of 9/11 had been black, they would have fought back, unlike the stupid and presumably cowardly white men and women (and children). Never mind for now how many black passengers were on those planes–we happen to know what Moore does not care to mention: that Todd Beamer and a few of his co-passengers, shouting “Let’s roll,” rammed the hijackers with a trolley, fought them tooth and nail, and helped bring down a United Airlines plane, in Pennsylvania, that was speeding toward either the White House or the Capitol. There are no words for real, impromptu bravery like that, which helped save our republic from worse than actually befell.

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To him, easy applause, in front of credulous audiences, is everything.

“Unfairenheit 9/11: The lies of Michael Moore” [Slate]

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