Gingrich goes for ‘revealed Federal Christianity’ by cataloging memorials in Washington D.C. If you ask me, the man’s lost it, completely. The cornerstone of the Capitol was laid in 1793, with Masonic ceremonies. Smoking something, Newt?
The older rock ‘n’ roll acts are beginning to lose copyright protection on their songs.
NY Times Editorial:
For the record on Social Security. We’re getting “Iraq’d”, again.
Malpractice mythology. Everyone’s got an iron in this fire. The GAO laid it on the line a while ago. We need to understand the middleman, the insurance company, before we go burning witches.
President Gingrich?! Stop the world, I want to get off.
Feds paid pundit to push Bush policy. We’re already knee-deep in yellow journalism; one might naturally expect this as the next step in the evolutionary chain. Rafe poses the best question, given this revelation.
Bush names Mack and Breaux to head tax panel. Put on your foil hats and defend your wallet ... Connie Mack was a member of the Flat Tax Caucus, and Breaux, as a former “Blue Dog Democrat”, is halfway there.
NY Times Letters to the Editor:
Lots of aid, now spend it sensibly.
WSJ Opinion Journal:
Iraq’s heritage, not out of the woods yet.
NY Times Op-Ed Contributor:
We are all torturers now. “Mr. Gonzales is unfit because the slow river of litigation is certain to bring before the next attorney general a raft of torture cases that challenge the very policies that he personally helped devise and put into practice. He is unfit because, while the attorney general is charged with upholding the law, the documents show that as White House counsel, Mr. Gonzales, in the matter of torture, helped his client to concoct strategies to circumvent it. And he is unfit, finally, because he has rightly become the symbol of the United States’ fateful departure from a body of settled international law and human rights practice for which the country claims to stand.” Heave-ho.
SF New Mexican:
Oppose drilling in the Valle Vidal. Interesting, that at this present moment in time, the US Forest Service won’t allow snowmobiles up there when the elk are in the Valle. I suppose drilling is *better* for the elk ... ?
SF New Mexican:
The investigation’s over, but the fate of the ‘two missing disks’ from Los Alamos remains a mystery.
Appeal by “Pretty Woman” Star Perplexes Palestinians. “We don’t need the Americans’ intervention. We know who to elect. Not like them—they elected a moron.”
Good Copts, sad Copts. Interesting; successional instability to come in Egypt.
Review of “Oppenheimer: Portrait of an Enigma.” Having grown up around the Institute for Advanced Study, I can safely say that your average theoretical physics genius is about as political as a hedge. Surround the hedge with Communists; it’s still a hedge.
NY Times Editorial:
Ethics in the House. Rather, lack thereof.
Tsunami may ameliorate terrorism. Using the wave as a lever.
Nice little flip-flop. House Rule Change Makes Ethics Probes Harder. Split decisions, or no decisions, equals no wrist-slapping. The circus that is the House of Representatives just gets more perverse. We’ll have harlequins and pierrots dancing in the aisles soon ...
Book reviews, “Imperial Hubris, Why the West is losing the War on Terror” and “The 9/11 Commission Report.” Lots of noise, few remedies.
Columbia Journalism Review:
Blog-Gate. “First, much of the bloggers’ vaunted fact-checking was seriously warped. Their driving assumptions were often drawn from flawed information or based on faulty logic. Personal attacks passed for analysis.” Sounds terribly familiar, doesn’t it? Gobs to say about this, but it would be better discussed over a cup of hot chocolate (it’s slushy and cold here). Don’t have the time to type it all out.
Filing this under “yuck” ... Cleric Suspect Misses Hearing Due to Long Toe Nails. Ranks right up there with having an enjoyable evening snack ruined by a graphic network toe-fungus commercial ...