A three part profile on Glenn Beck by Salon.com's Alexander Zaitchik
A morality play in three acts, or, how Glenn Beck
parlayed a parlayed his finely honed skills as a drug addled morning zoo shock jock, into the media force that is making America dumber by the minute
. Some excellent profiling by Alexander Zaitchik
of Salon.com: [more inside]
Little Mr. Conservative.
The interview concluded, Jonathan wistfully handed his mother her cellphone. His parents still won’t let him have one, even though he turned 14 last Sunday, right after he became an instant news media darling and the conservative movement’s underage graybeard
at last weekend’s Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington
Party Like It’s 2008 [SLNYTOE]
Almost every wrong prediction about this election cycle has come from those trying to force the round peg of this year’s campaign into the square holes of past political wars. That’s why race keeps being portrayed as dooming Mr. Obama
— surely Jeremiah Wright
= Willie Horton
! — no matter what the voters say to the contrary. [more inside]
The week started off in classic campaign form: a report
of remarks made by Obama
percolated through the media
and came to dominate the news cycle. In typically circular fashion, the exhaustive coverage came to provide its own justification, as journalists covered the controversy
that they had largely created... [more inside]
Pat Robertson Endorses Giuliani for President
Back in mid-2001
, when Mayor Rudy Giuliani
was busy committing adultery
, lurching into his divorce and third marriage
with a gay couple he promised to marry
as soon as the law allowed, who among us would have imagined that one day he would be endorsed for president
by Pat Robertson
? Truly, Sept. 11 changed everything
. Odd though this may be, it raises the question of what an endorsement actually means
Sarko l'Americain addresses US Congress.
French President Nicolas Sarkozy has told the US Congress it can count on France's support against terrorism in Afghanistan and Iran's nuclear plan. [Full Text here PDF
]. Here also, is a recent take on Franco-American relations [more inside]
Turkish MPs back attacks in Iraq.
[BBC] The vote was taken in defiance of pressure from the US and Iraq, which have called on Turkey for restraint. Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan
has said the motion does not mean a military operation is imminent. But he said Turkey needed to be able to respond to a recent rise in bomb attacks
blamed on PKK rebels
from Iraq [Previously]
Also, [SeaTimes] Flourishing Kurdistan raises specter of war
. Needless to say, this is giving the Bush Administration a four alarm Turkish headache
on two fronts.
Lieberman-Kyl’s Iran amendment passes.
By a vote of 76-22, the Senate passed
amendment, which threatens to “combat
, contain and [stop]” Iran
via “military instruments.” Sen. Jim Webb (D-VA)
called the amendment “Cheney’s fondest pipe dream” and said it could “read as a backdoor method of gaining Congressional validation for military action
Tough talk about impeachment.
A public opinion poll from the American Research Group
recently reported that more than four in ten Americans — 45% — favor impeachment hearings for President Bush and more than half — 54% — favored impeachment for Vice President Cheney.
, who wrote the first article of impeachment against President Bill Clinton, and THE NATION's John Nichols
, author of THE GENIUS OF IMPEACHMENT. Transcript is available here
'A Different Understanding With the President'
The first of four chapters
in this week's Washington Post on how Dick Cheney
became the most influential and powerful man ever to hold the office of vice president
. This series examines Cheney's largely hidden and little-understood role in crafting policies for the War on Terror, the economy and the environment. By Barton Gellman
and Jo Becker
Senator Lieberman advocates military strike on Iran
Newsfilter: Senator Joe Lieberman (I-CT) on CBS's Face the Nation yesterday morning laid out a case for the US taking military action against Iran
Glenn Greenwald says that while neocon true believers are becoming harder to find in the GOP ranks, Holy Joe embodies one in its purest form.
The Salem-News simply calls his demands cowardly
, and others wonder if he has a point
Paul Wolfowitz faces calls to resign after admitting he helped his SO win a promotion to a high-paying job at the World Bank.
The executive board of the World Bank has said it did not approve a hefty pay rise ordered by its president Paul Wolfowitz for his partner, Shaha Riza. This comes after a 2006 pledge to target corruption
and stating that staff members should be praised when they raised concerns about corruption in projects. Seems as though this new tactic is starting to work. For those with short memories, prior to being picked by the President head up the World Bank
, Paul Wolfowitz
studied under neo-con grandfather Leo Strauss
while a grad student at the University of Chicago
, was a founding member of the PNAC
, and an architect of the Bush Doctrine
, and by extension, the Iraq War
An highly quantitative approach to state by state poll analysis.
This is a meta-analysis directed at the question of who would win the Electoral College if the election were held today. Meta-analysis provides more objectivity and precision than looking at one or a few polls, and in the case of election prediction gives a more accurate current snapshot. Backup site here
These calculations are based on all available state polls, with an emphasis on likely voter data that include Nader where he is on the ballot. Three or more recent polls (up to seven days old) for each state are averaged and the standard error of the mean is used to calculate the probability of every combination of possible state results. The map is not identical to the median. Results are defined as not statistically significant (n.s.) if the probability is less than between 5% and 95%. The effects of turnout are not included, but can be calculated using the bias analysis.
Porn and politics bump and grind synergistically in an erotic flick benefiting the Kerry campaign.
With the hotly contested election looming, nothing brings our country together like pornography. At least that's the theory behind Fahrenheit 69: The Porn for Kerry DVD.
A group of Ivy League grads, appalled by the prospect of four more years of Bush, seized the opportunity to meld their passions for business, politics and porn into Porn for Progress. The crew, led by Executive Director "Dick Tater," a 23-year-old Wharton biz-school alum, spent two months creating this full-length film, which retails for $19.99 (more info at www.pornforprogress.com [WARNING: some content VERY NSFW]
Kerry Haters For Kerry
Are you going to vote for John Kerry even though you find him unpleasant, annoying, arrogant, waffling, misguided or just generally unappealing in some profound way? Then you've come to the right place! We're Kerry Haters for Kerry -- perhaps his largest constituency! No need to hide in the Kerry-hating closet anymore while you pretend to everyone that he'll be a great president. Here you are among friends. You can speak freely and honestly. You can admit: 'He's awful! And I'm for him!' via Wonkette
The maven of midwestern gentility weighs in on today's GOP. How did the Party of Lincoln and Liberty transmogrify into the party of Newt Gingrich’s evil spawn and their Etch-A-Sketch president, a dull and rigid man, whose philosophy is a jumble of badly sutured body parts trying to walk?
The real center of power in the War on Terror: Katherine Harris
. Officials in Indiana and Washington, D.C., said they are dumbfounded by a statement U.S. Rep. Katherine Harris made about a terrorist plot to blow up a power grid in Indiana.
For those of you not familiar with Harris
, she's certainly been no stranger to controversy
over the years, and is not lacking for a significant fan base
According to the Paris Business Review
, the Bill O'Reilly-led Boycott of French Goods is wreaking havoc on the French Economy. Or is it
US Presidents: Lists and Records.
For Presidential Historians and Trivia addicts only. More inside
The intern accused of having an affair with Kerry does some investigative reporting of her own.
And so my education had taken me pretty much as far as it could. I started out as an ambitious young woman inspired by politics and the media. I’ve ended up disenchanted with both. If I had been an ambitious young man, this story would not have happened. I’m never going to know exactly what happened, but that matters less to me now. I lost a good friend and learned a few lessons. I am struck by the pitiful state of political reporting, which is dominated by the unholy alliance of opposition research and its latest tool, the Internet. Even the Wall Street Journal’s Website ran Drudge’s story, with only a brief disclaimer that his stories weren’t always accurate.
It was important for me to set the record straight. I don’t mean to dredge up old news by writing this, and I’m not trying to create any now, though I’m not unaware of the irony that I am adding to the ink spilled on this story. I don’t intend to discuss it again in public either. But for me, this painful experience will be hard to forget. It may be only a minor footnote to the campaign, but it has changed my life completely.
Dean Goes Nuts Don't get me wrong! I am actually a Howard Dean supporter and will be voting for him when, and if, the time comes. I just think that January 19, 2004 was a magical day in politics and Howard Dean should be immortalized on the internet. I'm just doing my part to make sure that happens.