Sunday, May 31, 2009

Around the Internets

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Never Underestimate The Pizza Guy

What A Difference A Draft Makes

Former Wizards coach Eddie Jordan opts for the more established Philadelphia 76ers.

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Because America Is So Undereducated

Friday, May 29, 2009

"The Dark Knight" Changed The Game

And in doing so, all but guaranteed a better Spider-Man movie than the last:

CANNES, France (AP) — Like other superhero fans, Sam Raimi agrees that "The Dark Knight" raised the bar for every comic-book movie to come.

Raimi figures it can only benefit the next chapter in his "Spider-Man" franchise, the first installment of which had been the top-grossing superhero flick until "The Dark Knight" blew it out of the record books last year.

"`The Dark Knight' was brilliant, and the audience seemed to love it, and I think it rightfully raises expectations for the other superhero pictures," Raimi said in an interview at the Cannes Film Festival, where his horror tale "Drag Me to Hell" played. "Which is a great thing for everybody. For the filmmakers, for the audience."

Raimi said he expects to have the script for "Spider-Man 4" in hand within a few weeks. Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright David Lindsay-Abaire is writing the screenplay for the film, due in theaters in May 2011.

The director said he has discussed the story with Tobey Maguire, who stars as Peter Parker and his alter ego Spidey.

"I'm interested in making the best of the `Spider-Man' movies ever, and Tobey's really excited," Raimi said. "I'm really looking forward to that collaboration."

Now for any of the smaller comic book companies, or the B-list Marvel and DC characters, I'm not expecting much. But the "flagship/mascot" characters have been put on notice.

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Like "Police Academy," Only Icky

Just what our enforcement institutions need: more potential sex scandals:

The FBI is investigating allegations that female cadets in a widely used, MBTA-run police academy were coerced into having sex with superior officers, according to a law enforcement official and a lawyer representing T police unions.

FBI agents have questioned several female and male officers about sexual misconduct allegations dating back to 2002, according to the union lawyer, Douglas I. Louison. The span of years, combined with what one official described as unusual after-hours fraternization between female recruits and male superiors, raises concerns about a culture of impropriety at the

The FBI, which started contacting the officers a couple of months ago, asked "just generally about allegations of inappropriate conduct at the academy, and none of the individuals interviewed were advised they were subjects of the investigation," said Louison, who represents the MBTA Patrolman's Association and the MBTA Sergeants' Association.

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The Wizards' website has a list of all of the #5s ever picked in the NBA Draft. I think it's safe to say that while you can get someone decent every now and then, finding a All-Star Player isn't an annual occurrence.

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Can't Deny It Any Longer

He Should Have Stayed In The Military, Then

What does former President G.W. Bush miss most about being the Chief Executive?

BENTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Flying on Air Force One, eating meals prepared by the White House kitchen staff and drawing inspiration from his encounters with U.S. military personnel were among things former President George W. Bush missed since leaving office, he said Thursday.

The often-tearful meetings he had with relatives of fallen soldiers were "in some ways... very hard and in some ways, it was very uplifting," the Texas Republican said in a speech to The Economic Club of Southwestern Michigan at Lake Michigan College.

So let me get this straight: in a job where you get to travel the world, make judges politically immortal and learn the greatest secrets this country has ever kept, the things Bush misses the most are:
  1. Flying on an airplane;
  2. Eating food; and
  3. Hanging around military personell.

Hell, he could have done that by staying in the military! Even after becoming a CO, he would be able to get plane rides, have whatever dish he wanted, and smooze with people in uniform.

It's like Harry Potter saying the thing he misses most about Hogwarts is the uniforms.


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Thursday, May 28, 2009

The New ACORN, Except Not

Apparently the latest talking point emerging from the anti-Sotomayor crowd is her association with the National Council of La Raza. As the TP goes, this organization is a front for Latinos who to destroy White America, or something.

Of course, I can't think why a supposedly radical organization would host an awards show (Salma Hayek's looking good in that pic).

But more politically, why would such an organization carry favor with the 2008 Republican Candidate for President?

As in, Let's debate in their venue, Barack!

As in, If Obama visits them, so can I!

As in, When I did visit them, I didn't call the group racist or accuse them of having any radical intentions!

Can't wait to see if John McCain weighs in, and gives everyone an impression of his vote. Also can't wait to see people who work at FoxNews and CNN start talking about La Raza like they did ACORN, because those last two links show that each news organization was at least aware of it's existence, yet had nothing really objectionable to say about it.

UPDATE: C&L caught this before me (naturally) and they can't wait for a response either.

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Riddle Me This...

Why was criticism of Sarah Palin's ability to be Vice President of the United States sexist, yet criticism of Sonia Sotomayor's ability to be a Supreme Court Justice fair game?

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Stupid Reason To Oppose SCOTUS Nominee # 592

She has diabetes. Oh noes! She could be swayed buy a packet of sugar, or a lollipop!

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Another Example of Impartial, Objective Media

Yahoo Finance (just saying that makes me laugh) has this headline:

Initial jobless claims drop unexpectedly

The story tries to say that the "unexpectedly" part comes from the Labor Department's projections, but seriously, when has any department gotten a projection exactly right?

Oh, and the projection was a little more than 2% off.

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One Thought About LOST

If the Dharma Initiative turns out to be run by Jenna Elfman, I will be pissed.

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  1. Sometimes I forget AOL is still around; they aren't mailing all those free Internet CDs anymore.
  2. Major League Baseball is safe once more.
  3. Yeah: Pakistan's still being bombed.
  4. Virginia may be for lovers, but not for smiles.
  5. Like they had a choice.


Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Two Words For The Laker's Problems

And it's not Kobe, Phil Jackson, Gasol, Odom or Bynum. It's not the bench or the defense.

It's Tex Winter. The man who made the Triangle Offense a household name. For the Shaq/Kobe Lakers (and the Jordan/Pippen Bulls before them) Winter not only made sure that the offense was run, but run effectively (see: Tim Floyd).

After the 2004 Finals, when the Detroit Pistons beat on the Lakers to win in what is now known as the first "Five-Game Sweep," the were grumbles that the Triangle was to blame: it was too hard for Karl Malone to learn; Jackson should have had Kobe and Gary Payton run up and down the court more; Shaq was too old and big to be effective in it.

What the critics forgot is that the TO is one of those sets that (again, used properly) can get you a basket in a crucial juncture of the game. Sure, MJ, Pippen, Shaq and Kobe were great players and closers in their own right, but having an offensive set that gets you a high-percentage shot made them even better.

Of course, back then Jackson and Winter had to tweak their roster to make things work: no small point guards, the forwards had to be able to defend, the center had to be big and able to score and everyone had to be a good passer. Also, multiple ball handlers were key. Well look at the Lakers current roster: two PG under 6'3"; forwards too small or too weak-minded to guard anyone consistently; big men who are centers-in-name-only; and passing that's adequate at best. And if anyone trusts Brown, Ariza or Vujacic to bring the ball up at least five possession each, more power to you. With the absence of Winter and his version of the Triangle Offense, the Lakers actually resemble the teams from the Dell Harris Era: talented but hollow.

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GOP's Views On Judges and Race Have Changed In The Last Few Months

Here's Sen. Lindsey Graham, trying to preemptively remove any suspicion that now-Justice Alito may have bigoted feelings:

And here's Graham's fellow GOP congressman, Tom Tancredo, on President Obama's nominee for SCOTUS, Sonia Sotomayor:

TANCREDO: I’m telling you she appears to be a racist. She said things that are racist in any other context. That’s exactly how we would portray it and there’s no one who would get on the Supreme Court saying a thing like that except for a Hispanic woman and you’re going to say it doesn’t matter!

Wonder if Graham will use the same logic he used for Alito, or the one that Tancredo is using.

UPDATE: And the hits just keep on coming.

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Sunday, May 24, 2009

Around the Internets

Friday, May 22, 2009

Too Lame For Words

How can someone as famous (and powerful) as Wonder Woman have such a sucky rogue's gallery? Makes me appreciate the Bruce Tim Universe so much more.


Thursday, May 21, 2009

Not Even Close

Jesse Ventura makes Brian Kilmeade look like a little kid, and Barney Frank educates Michele Bachmann.

Funny moments: Kilmeade acting like he'd actually serve in the military if that would get Ventura to change his POV on torture and Lou Dobbs acting like he some kind of neutral bystander (in light of learning from Frank that the Bush Administration gave money to ACORN).

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Who Is Barack Obama?

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Get Your Popcorn

Can't Say The British Don't Know how To Attract Attention


LONDON - A gory video meant to shock teenagers into avoiding pregnancy by showing a girl giving birth on a school field while ogling children taunt her is capturing plenty of attention from Web users.

Public health officials in the city of Leicester, about 100 miles (160 kilometers) north of London, produced the video and posted it on social networking and video-sharing sites such as YouTube and Facebook.

Organizers said Wednesday that the video, filmed to look as if it were shot on another student's cell phone, had received more than 250,000 hits.

While I think this is more effective then plastering pictures of aborted babies or even bombing abortion clinics, something tells me that Pro-Lifers won't exactly copy this idea.

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You Don't Understand The Pain I Feel

It's like getting a date with a rocket scientist who moonlights as a supermodel, only to watch her get seduced by the waiter and leave you with the $100.00 bill. It's like finding out that "LOST" has just been Walt's dream the whole damn time. It's like Superman learning that Lois Lane prefers Kryptonite jewelry because it brings out her eyes. It's like going to the zoo to show your kids cute animals then being attacked by a cyborg-gorilla hybrid that's hopped up on PCP.
Sure, there are more things going on in the world, but as far as sports are concerned, I can't shake the feeling that this is it. The final curtain call. I can't remember an NBA team who has been screwed as many times as the Wizards. I don't care what any of the execs say; they did not want the fifth pick. Trying to make lemonade out of rotten bananas isn't fooling anyone.
How can I count the hurts?
  1. We lose to a franchise who's notorious for either losing good picks to free agency and injury or choosing the worst possible player. Looking at their roster, they don't even need Blake Griffin! In short: The L.A. Clippers were the team that deserved the #1 pick the least.
  2. That whole "play the vets to try to win some games" plan was for nothing. Now they have a pick that's basically useless to them (on it's own) and added mileage on Jamison and Butler.
  3. The minutes that Butler and Jamison collected could have been divided amongst the younger players, giving them the experience needed to either (a) make them good trade bait; or (b) make the Wizard's bench stronger. But the sporadic playing time has resulted in sporadic results: other than Dominic McGuire, no one else is ready for heavy/starter minutes.
  4. Coaching-wise, we wasted money. The management fired Eddie Jordan believing that this would somehow spark the players. What really happened is that Butler went into a funk, Jamison started a mini-civil war between the vets and the kids, and the younger players began to tune Eddie Tapscott out. We got an upgrade in Flip Saunders, sure, but Ernie Grunfeld could have just as easily fired Jordan at the end of this season, hired Saunders and still got his money's worth from both transactions. And after looking back on the season, keeping EJ would have certainly kept the mood lighter than it became under the Palace of Good Play.
  5. Now the team is on health watch and death watch. Anything worse than Second Round should be considered an utmost failure and the team needs to start thinking about rebuilding. I can't see this current squad getting past a LeBron-led Cavs team or a Celtics squad that still has The Big Three and Rondo, but Grunfeld remains convinced. The fan base isn't going to stand for another season of "coulda, shoulda woulda" from this incarnation of Wizards.

Nevertheless, I'm going to remain as optimistic as a Wizards fan can be at this moment, and hold out hope that Grunfeld and Saunders can turn this around.

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  1. Damn, damn, DAMN.
  2. He'll be back...with another budget.
  3. At least some one's winning.
  4. Another winner not connected to Washington sports.
  5. Still not making it easy.
  6. If the Democrats loose the Senate in 2010, this will be one reason why.


Tuesday, May 19, 2009

I'm Sure This Will Get Twisted Around Somehow

But in the meantime, let's be glad O'Malley is doing something newsworthy:

ANNAPOLIS, MD (May 19, 2009) - Governor Martin O’Malley today joined Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. and House Speaker Michael E. Busch to sign a number of public safety measures into law, including legislation that takes firearms out of the hands of domestic abusers and legislation enacting stricter penalties for drunk drivers and establishing speed cameras in highway work zones to protect drivers and road workers. In addition, Governor O’Malley signed into law today a provision that positions Maryland as the nation’s leader in developing Health Information Technology, enhancing the safety and efficiency of our health care system.

“One of our most solemn obligations as public servants is the safety of the citizens we serve, whether in our homes, throughout our neighborhoods, or on our roadways,” said Governor O’Malley. “The legislation signed today enhances public safety by improving safety on our roadways by cracking down on drunk driving and speeding, and in our neighborhoods by removing firearms from the hands of domestic abusers. In
addition, today we honor Marylanders with impairments by ensuring their safety with the creation of the Silver Alert, a statewide message system in the event an elderly or impaired citizen is lost or missing.”

It's not a question of whether someone will object to "having guns taken away" (even if the offender is beating up their kid) but when. And most likely this legislation will be mentioned in a future conversation about gun laws, minus the context of it applying to domestic abusers.

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Riddle Me This...

...why is the press so eagerly using the "Nancy Pelosi lied" meme now yet were hesitant to even hint that then-US President George W. Bush might have done or participated in something equally as deceptive?


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  1. Irony: using statistical information in a story about how teachers are failing at math.
  2. Slow and steady.
  3. Obama takes California's lead on auto emissions.
  4. No comment.
  5. Netanyahu and Obama discuss Mid-East peace.


Monday, May 18, 2009

About Time

Monday Night Football makes a much-needed change.

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They Said We Should Fix Our Health Care...

...but Steele said, "No, no, no..."

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I Think I Know Why "Joe the Plumber" Quit The GOP

...he realized that he was being replaced by a beauty queen.

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Quote Of The Day

If you're writing a suicide note and you're not thinking about killing yourself, it's an autobiography.

-- Dane Cook, being more "A-ha" funny than "Ha-ha" funny.

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Michelle Malkin's Bottom Line

Obama's economic plan is about as honest as the marketers for Cheerios.

P.S. "Please ignore the fact that while I'm attacking Obama for having no job growth since he came into office five months ago, job growth under both of President Bush's terms was the worse it's been since Eisenhower. Also ignore that I'm attacking his Administration for not posting data they don't have yet."

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Back To the Water, uh, Drawing Board.


WASHINGTON -- A sharply divided Supreme Court ruled Monday that FBI Director Robert Mueller and former Attorney General John Ashcroft can't face a lawsuit from a former Sept. 11 detainee who argued they were responsible for his restrictive confinement because of his religious beliefs.

The court on Monday overturned a lower court decision that let Javaid Iqbal's (Ick-ball) lawsuit against the high-ranking officials proceed.

Iqbal is a Pakistani Muslim who spent nearly six months in solitary confinement in New York in 2002. He had argued that while Ashcroft and Mueller did not single him out for mistreatment, they were responsible for a policy of confining detainees in highly restrictive conditions because of their religious beliefs or race.

But the government argued that there was nothing linking Mueller and Ashcroft to the abuses that happened to Iqbal at a Brooklyn, N.Y., prison's Administrative Maximum Special Housing Unit, and the court agreed.

"The complaint does not show or even intimate, that petitioners purposefully housed detainees in the ADMAX SHU due to their race, religion or national origin," said Justice Anthony Kennedy, who wrote the majority opinion. "All it plausibly suggests is that the nation's top law enforcement officers, in the aftermath of a devastating attack, sought to keep suspected terrorists in the most secure conditions available until the suspects could be cleared of terrorist activity."

I had no idea that the charge was "The government put me in here because they're racist/anti-Muslim." I had assumed that the charge was, "The government put me in here because they had no idea what to do, and oh yeah, people were tortured." Sure, flushing the sacred texts down a toilet is discriminatory, but was that really the purpose, or a means to an end?

And the way the WashPost phonetically pronounces the prosecution's name? Classy. often do they do that for hard-to-say names anyway?

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Sunday, May 17, 2009

Around the Internets

Friday, May 15, 2009

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  1. My question is, "Why didn't Pelosi mention the CIA when she was first asked?" This is getting into "changing rationales for going into Iraq" territory.
  2. They're getting tired.
  3. D.C. mayor wants crime bill passed, like now.
  4. Shorter Mexico: don't blame us for your immigration issues, America.
  5. In their prime, Shaq and MJ would never have allowed this.
  6. Finally: someone makes the Carlyle Group pay.


Thursday, May 14, 2009

Oh My...

My, my, my.

Former top White House official Karl Rove will be interviewed tomorrow as part of an ongoing criminal investigation into the firing of U.S. attorneys during the Bush administration, according to two sources familiar with the appointment.

Rove has remained in the news as a commentator and political analyst since departing the White House. In an essay in today's Wall Street Journal, he criticized House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), arguing that she may have misled the public about her knowledge of detainee interrogation tactics that critics assert are torture.

Rove is either really brave or really dumb. We''l find out which very soon.

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Riddle Me This...

...why is Barack Obama called an "elitist" yet rapper Jay-Z is still considered "street?"


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Wednesday, May 13, 2009

LOST: OK, We Get It; Jacob Knows Everyone...

...or, "Rose And Bernard Are The Lucky Ones"

On that note, how cool was it to learn that Rose, Bernard and Vincent have been living like an interracial hippie couple all this time? And how equally disturbing that none of the other background survivors are anyway to be found (guess the Tail Section people who were kidnapped came out on top in that regard, huh)?

And in regards to Jacob, how cool would it have been if we saw that Jacob had visited all the major characters from Flight 815?

Observations/Theories ('cause when you talk season finale, they're almost the same):
  1. When I realized that Juliet was the only character with a non-Jacob flashback, I thought, "She is so dead." I hate being right.
  2. When I saw Frank's "Aww, Fuck Me!" reaction to Ilana's crate, I thought, "If that's John Locke's corpse, than the Fake John Locke is probably the Guy In Black who wanted to kill Jacob in disguise (maybe even the Monster?). Again: I hate being right, so I hope I'm only partial on this one.
  3. Well, we know how Hugo and Sayid got on the plane (Jacob personally visited Hugo and convinced Ilana to nab Sayid). Not that it was really pertinent to the storyline.
  4. Miles saved his dad. Awesome.
  5. Oh, and the way the Losties came to Jack's aid? Even more awesome.
  6. Was I the only one who thought Jack and Locke's fight was a few seasons off?
  7. From the Everyone Had A Purpose File: Juliet was meant to fall down, and live, because the bomb didn't go off when Jack dropped it (of course the real reason is because the writers thought this would be more dramatic for the audience to know she survived while none of the other characters did, but whatever) and she was the "cause" of "the incident."
  8. On that note, "the incident" could very well be what we just witnessed. One could argue that the nuke going off, combined with all of that metal, temporarily kept the "time energy" at bay long enough for The Hatch to be built. Just sayin'.
  9. Was I the only one who thought Ben was going to stab Fake Locke, just to test his dead daughter's threat?
  10. Jacob visited everyone during a crucial point in their lives (Kate almost becoming a thief; Sawyer after his parent's funeral; Jack during his "Five Second" surgery; Locke after his fall; Sun and Jin's wedding; Sayid almost getting run over) with the possible exception of Hurley. His being released from prison wasn't either an entirely positive or entirely negative event, and on top of that he was the only person Jacob had an extensive conversation with.


  1. Where the hell is Claire? Was she leaping through time like everyone else? Where did she end up?
  2. Oh and what about Desmond? It's not the same having a season finale without him.
  3. How did Rose and Bernard get food without being caught (Hurley or Jin, maybe)?
  4. If Jacob never wanted to see/meet Ben, why did he become the leader of the Others?
  5. How could Richard, who has obviously been around a long time, be fooled by Fake Locke?
  6. Who else thinks that the explosion released enough energy to send everyone at "Ground Zero" back to the present time? Hands?
  7. Will the Island heal Sayid, or will he be next season's first casualty?
  8. Why did Jacob visit the survivors when he did? Besides Hugo, what was the significance of having a 10-second conversation with people who are not likely to remember you?


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  1. Whatever he may say, for Donald Trump it's all about making the pageant entertaining and profitable.
  2. Considering the issue has been in the news for over a week, I can't really qualify this as "quick."
  3. Remember Al Gore's "lockbox?" Well, it's beginning to look like a matchbox.
  4. Pope sighting.
  5. The winner and loser of the 2008 NBA Finals win their respective statement games.
  6. Not exactly part of your balanced breakfast.
  7. Obama gives the EPA something to do.


Tuesday, May 12, 2009

When Journalists Rely On The Internet To Do Their Job...

Riddle Me This...

...why are the network ratings of a cable show proof of their credibility yet the approval ratings of a US President worthless?


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  1. When did our generals start getting treated like professional football/basketball coaches? possible explanation.
  2. Don't see this happening (basically because the detractors will claim that it's all about race) but I've been wrong before.
  3. Sweet Jesus.
  4. Yeah, sure; the minute Davis made that shot I was thinking, "Whoa! Great Defense!"
  5. Soldier who killed soldiers is identified.


Sunday, May 10, 2009

In Honor Of Mother's Day

Saturday, May 09, 2009

They're Much More Entertaining Now That They Aren't Running The Country

Now that Joe the Plumber is gone, the GOP has to work overtime to promote their remaining "average American" figurines across the country and around the media.

That includes trying to get Sarah Palin back in the spotlight (aided by FoxNews, no less), reigning in Michael Steele and Bobby Jindal trying to show his conservative stripes.

I'm still not sure what this has to do with having an actual policy on anything, but whatever.

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Around the Internets

  1. I agree with maybe six of these.
  2. Well, should be better than "Daredevil."
  3. A book about nothing.
  4. Bwah-ha-ha.
  5. Who said only the shunned geeks play video games?
  6. Star Trek was light years ahead of the media in regards to torture. GET IT?


Friday, May 08, 2009

Rick Pitino Not Getting Bit Twice

Despite yet another opportunity to coach an NBA team who could get the #1 pick in the draft, the former Celtics coach will stay in college.

Good move, considering that the last time this happened Pitino had to watch helplessly as The Spurs happily snatched up Tim Duncan.

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The Forgotten Demographic

Ass. Hole.

According to Michael Lee, James just misses the Wizards:

You'd think that the Wizards would be long forgotten, with Washington finishing with the worst record in the Eastern Conference and hoping for some lottery luck and the Cavaliers a championship-caliber team staring down an unimpeded path to the NBA Finals. But before the Cavaliers smashed the Atlanta Hawks 105-85 -- Cleveland's sixth consecutive double-digit win this postseason -- James was asked about the suspensions the league levied on Orlando's Rafer Alston and the Los Angeles Lakers' Derek Fisher and used the opportunity to needle the Wizards.

He mocked the Wizards for trying to get tough with him last postseason, a tactic that led to Cleveland Coach Mike Brown pounding tables and some amusing face scrunches, constant lip-touching and nauseating over-acting by James. The crack-the-could be-king tactics also failed to slow down James and the Cavaliers, who beat a banged up Wizards team in six games.

"Washington tried something and it didn't work," James told reporters in Cleveland last night. "They lost in the first round again. We all know Washington is not a physical team. They tried to be physical and they lost."

Seriously? His team is practically walking the red carpet to the Eastern Conference Championships will the 19-win Wizards just got a new head coach and a talking draft. The two teams are in completely different worlds right now but James can't help but make some snide remark. As Lee points out, neither Detroit nor Atlanta have really touched him in their match ups, but when Washington did get physical in last year's playoffs James had fits.

And his "they tried to be physical and they lost" comment is a little misleading. The big mistake was then-coach Eddie Jordan going on TV midway in the series and all but guaranteeing that James was going to get knocked on his ass on every possession (something Cavs coach Mike Brown took full advantage of). There's the fact that ex-Wizard Larry Hughes was telling his new Cav teammates what plays Washington was running. There's the story of Arenas being around for only one-out-of-three of the match ups. This isn't like those Lakers-Kings match ups of the 2000-2003 Era where both squads were relatively healthy and the superior team (Lakers) still won. Yet James obviously wants people to see it that way (whether he's the Kobe or Shaq in this analogy is unknown).

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Drew Peterson Arrested

Just because his first wife divorced him for cheating, his second wife divorced him for beating, his third wife died under mysterious circumstances and his fourth wife just up and disappeared doesn't mean we should be suspicious.

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Riddle Me This... can coal, the thing Santa Claus gives to naughty children for Christmas, ever, ever be considered "clean?"

And this is just sick:

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Quote Of The Day

"I'm not sure what a producer does, but - I don't know, help get cool people in the cast?"

-- Paris Hilton, while in court. The truth in this one is just too much to be ignored.

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The Nigerian Scammers Have Invaded The FBI

I'm curious as to how many people are getting messages like this. I found it in my junk mail this morning:

Anti-Terrorist and International Fraud Division.Federal Bureau Of Investigation.Seattle, Washington. Telephone Number : (206) 973-2572


This is to Officially inform you that it has come to our notice and we have thoroughly completed an Investigation with the help of our Intelligence Monitoring Network System that you legally won the sum of $800,000.00 USD from a Lottery Company outside the United States of America. During our investigation we discovered that your e-mail won the money from an Online Balloting System and we have authorized this winning to be paid to you via a Certified Cashier's Check.

Normally, it will take up to 10 business days for an International Check to be cashed by your local bank. We have successfully notified this company on your behalf that funds are to be drawn from a registered bank within the United States Of America so as to enable you cash the check instantly without any delay, henceforth the stated amount of $800,000.00 USD has been deposited with Bank Of America.

We have completed this investigation and you are hereby approved to receive the winning prize as we have verified the entire transaction to be Safe and 100% risk free, due to the fact that the funds have been deposited at Bank Of America you will be required to settle the following bills directly to the Lottery Agent in-charge of this transaction whom is located in Lagos, Nigeria. According to our discoveries, you were required to pay for the following -

(1) Deposit Fee's ( Fee's paid by the company for the deposit into an American Bank which is - Bank Of America )
(2) Cashier's Check Conversion Fee ( Fee for converting the Wire Transfer payment into a Certified Cashier's Check )
(3) Shipping Fee's ( This is the charge for shipping the Cashier's Check to your home address )

The total amount for everything is $500.00 (Five Hundred-US Dollars). We have tried our possible best to indicate that this $500.00 should be deducted from your winning prize but we found out that the funds have already been deposited at Bank Of America and cannot be accessed by anyone apart from you the winner, therefore you will be required to pay the required fee's to the Agent in-charge of this transaction via Western Union Money Transfer Or Money Gram.

In order to proceed with this transaction, you will be required to contact the agent in-charge ( Mr. Benson Edward ) via e-mail. Kindly look below to find appropriate contact information:



Telephone Number : +234-808-250-7237

You will be required to e-mail him with the following information:


You will also be required to request Western Union details on how to send the required $500.00 in order to immediately ship your prize of $800,000.00 USD via Certified Cashier's Check drawn from Bank Of America, also include the following transaction code in order for him to immediately identify this transaction : EA2948-910.

This letter will serve as proof that the Federal Bureau Of Investigation is authorizing you to pay the required $500.00 ONLY to Mr. Benson Edward via information in which he shall send to you, if you do not receive your winning prize of $800,000.00 we shall be held responsible for the loss and this shall invite a penalty of $3,000 which will be made PAYABLE ONLY to you (The Winner).

Please find below an authorized signature which has been signed by the FBI Director- Robert Mueller, also below is the FBI NSB (National Security

FBI Director Robert

Authorized Signature

NOTE: In order to ensure your check gets delivered to you ASAP, you are advised to immediately contact Mr. Benson Edward via contact information provided above and make the required payment of $500.00 to information in which he shall provide to you.

Well, after looking around a bit I see that the D.C. Office knows something about it, and the FBI homepage makes a mention as well. Seeing how they knew this since last December, I'm surprised that the newspapers haven't made some noise.

FYI: Currently, the special agents in Seattle are: Special Agent-in-Charge Laura M. Laughlin, Assistant Special Agent-in-Charge David C. Gomez, Assistant Special Agent-in-Charge Steven M. Dean and Assistant Special Agent-in-Charge Ronald Twersky.

And while we're on the subject of the FBI: anyone remember this story in the news? I'd think the murder of a US Attorney would make some headlines, even in the wake of the 9/11 Attacks.

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  1. There are still some Congressional Democrats who don't understand the phrase "spend wisely." They are the ones who will help the GOP paint President Obama as a tax-happy liberal.
  2. Not. Surprised. At. All.
  3. Now this is something worth celebrating.
  4. Is it me, or is the Philippines always getting hit?
  5. If every big company made the move GE just did, maybe health care wouldn't need such a brash, systematic overhaul. Then again, maybe that's what GE's trying to accomplish.


Thursday, May 07, 2009

If Obama Really Wanted to Make The Heads Of The Senate GOP Spin...

...He'd nominate a openly gay conservative judge to serve on the Supreme Court.

RELATED: what Eugene Robinson said. Time to take care of these wedge issues. When we have soldiers and translators being let go simply because of their orientation, something's wrong.

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Yeah. Sure. All Doctor Shows Are Different

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Some People Still Can't Figure Out the Whole "Election" Thing

FoxNews is really in a tizzy; after eight years of being the unofficial news channel for the Bush White House, they find themselves as lost as the GOP with Democrat Barack Obama at the helm.

I'm not too worried about the GOP; either they'll make a honest move to appeal to mainstream America, they'll lie to get just enough voters to make a fight of things or they'll listen to people like Limbaugh and end up folding into themselves like a neutron star.

But for FoxNews and their heavy hitters, it's like having a snowball fight in Miami. Every program has seemed to have devolved into, "Barack Obama Bad/Democrats Mean/Why No One Like Conservatives?"

Take Sean Hannity for example. As Newshounds notes, he was desperately trying to get Bernard Goldberg to agree with him that the problem is not Republicans or the conservatives that are sucking the life force out of the party with their purity nonsense, but rather those lying Democrats and that gosh-darn socialist Obama. Like all things GOP nowadays, this is part or a quasi-coordinated theme that the Republicans need to get the truth out about what their party really stands for (guess they think people forgot over the last four months) .

Anyway, Goldberg couldn't take the sweet, sweet bait Hannity kept throwing out there and insisted that the fault of Republicans isn't their conservatism but their electability. He ended it by saying -I kid you not- that the GOP need their own version of Barack Obama. That Hannity didn't say, "I do declare..." and faint like a Old Southern White Woman was a shocker.

But I think Goldberg, while close to having a point, still missed the mark. I can think of at least two Conservative Black Republicans who are telegenic enough to make waves in the party (three if Limbaugh and the Purity Brigade would cut him some slack). But the party would be hard-pressed to find any African-American under 35 who openly wants to slap an elephant sticker on their chest. Also, the idea that the Democrats won the White House back because their candidate was "younger and hipper" completely ignores the Longest Primary Ever, when everyone (conservative and liberal alike) was so sure that Hillary Clinton was going to dance through (until Obama and John Edwards introduced the pundits to reality).

The point is this: Hannity, FoxNews, Limbaugh and a whole mess of Congressional Republicans at like we didn't have an election recently. We did; and the American People chose Obama and Joe Biden (oh yes; I believe in the "Package Deal" Theory). All the ranting about socialism, the Tea Party demonstrations, the so-called listening/teaching/lying tours in the world will not changed the results of 11/4/08, just like all the claims of non-citizenship, alliances with radicals and "unpatriotism" did much to keep people from the polls.

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LOST: The More Things Change, The More They Stay The Same

If you were expecting the gang to get together before the season finale, you were probably disappointed. But as far as the Rules of LOST go, there must be various factions seemingly heading in the same direction before the finale. Them's the rules.

Which also means that some predictable things (predictable for LOST, anyway) had to occur, like:
  1. Sayid shooting someone;
  2. Kate running away because she didn't like the situation;
  3. Hurley grabbing food;
  4. Jack being stubborn;
  5. Locke lying to people;
  6. Ben playing both sides;
  7. Sun and Jin refusing to do anything until they find each other; and
  8. Juliet saying and doing as little as possible.

Of course, there were slight tweaks. Jack is all about Destiny now. Locke finally thinks he knows what he's doing (funny how when this happens, it always involves killing someone). Kate actually let herself get captured. Sayid on a mission that has little direct benefit for him. Sawyer still love Juliet.

So all and all, we have some playing to type mixed in with a smidgen of character growth.


  1. The Dharma Initiative is an extremely violent bunch. I don't know whether it's the fact that they just recruited a very paranoid bunch, the Others were just fucking with them when they first arrived or the Island's been driving them batty since they came along. Could be all three.
  2. Considering everything Locke's done up to this point, Sun sure is trusting.
  3. Guess Kate's given up trying to find Claire.
  4. If you would have told me that out of the Original Kahana team that Frank would leave the Island (only to come back, natch) and Miles would stay and survive until the end of the Fifth Season, I'd tell you to put down the crack pipe.


  1. This one is going to sound silly at first read, but: Locke believes that Jacob is mortal. Jacob: the guy who speaks through dead doctors and dead (adopted) daughters. Jacob: the guy who could apparently cure cancer. Jacob: the guy who Locke claimed to have heard when he and Ben first visited the Cabin. It's obvious that Richard doesn't want Locke (let alone the entire Band of Others) meet the guy, and I think it has nothing to do with a fear that Jacob is really some old guy hooked up on life-support. Locke is in for a surprise.
  2. Sayid's going to try to kill either Eloise or Richard. I mean, he hasn't shot someone in a good hour, right?
  3. Kate's totally trying to test Sawyer's commitment to Juliet. I can only imagine a spin-off show where Kate stalks Juliet trying to ruin her relationships then date her exes.
  4. Miles, Jin and Hurley will save the day. We saw so little of them, and it wasn't exactly clear what their plan was. Either Miles proves to be a master strategist or Hurley stumbles on the next episode's Plot Device, but it will happen.


  1. What has Sayid been doing for food this whole time? And how did he not run into the Others since he left?
  2. Why didn't the Others bury the bomb (sorry, putting it in the Island's basement does not count as burying. Nikki and Paulo were buried; the bomb was stored away)?
  3. Why did the DI decide to ship Sawyer, Kate and Juliet away on the sub?


Our Approach To Sex Continues To Be Stupid

If aliens from outer space ever wanted to confound the human race enough for a successful full-scale invasion, all they would need to do is:
  1. Attack a major city with low-tech weaponry/vehicles;
  2. Spread rumor about prominent world leaders (their sexual orientation, their religion, their patriotism);
  3. Give less than 1% of the world population the flu;
  4. Flash pictures of naked people all over the world.

Case-in-point for Option #4:

In Fairfax County, a teenage boy sent out a text message asking girls to send photos of their breasts. Word got out at his high school, police said, and when authorities tracked the teen down, they discovered a cache of naked images on his phone.

Thus began another investigation into "sexting" -- sending sexually explicit photos by cellphone -- and another deliberation about when adolescent impulsiveness and indiscretion become a serious criminal act. Some of the photos could qualify as child pornography, a felony in Virginia, police said...


...The sexting phenomenon, which has alarmed parents and educators, is also raising an array of practical questions about how police and prosecutors should respond and what the long-term fallout could be for children.

Locally, the issue appears to have hit a tipping point in public concern. In Fairfax, police organized a community meeting April 20 with a flier that said: "Sexting: It is here. It is destroying lives. Is your teen sending racy photos using their cellphone?"

"This whole phenomenon seems to have exploded in the last 60 days," said John McCarthy, the state's attorney for Montgomery County, who said prosecutors across Maryland have exchanged ideas about the troubling trend.

The problem, he said, is that child porn laws never contemplated "children sharing images of themselves," and youthful sexters have little concept of their actions as a crime. "You can literally see the shock on their faces," McCarthy said.

I don't know what's stranger: that McCarthy is suggesting that those lawmakers of the original child pron laws should have asked, "Well, what if kids start sending naked pictures to each other?" or the idea that because this is all occurring via text message it's some sort of epidemic.

I mean, if a child had an actual photograph of another naked child and was caught with it, what would happen? Whatever the consequence, can't that rule also apply to pictures on a phone?

I mean, how difficult is this, really?

And as for the lack of foresight on the part of the original anti-child pornography laws: well, I'd call it a combination of ignorance and arrogance. The guys were obviously working under the assumption that technology wouldn't "advance" this type of crime, but also assumed that only adults like to look at naked pictures.

In reality, this is more about a lack of sex education than the perversion of our society. But with parents ranging from "Ask your mother/father" to "We'll let the schools cover it" an educational system that can barely seem to teach math, history and science, and politicians who would prefer that the Bible replace a textbook on the human anatomy, it's surprising that the kids don't have ring tones of people in the middle of getting their happy on.

Parents: talk to you kids and get the ball rolling. Schools: pick up where they leave off.

UPDATE: No wonder.

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  1. R.I.P; Venetia Phair.

  2. Hard to get support for a war when civilians keep getting blow'd up.

  3. Strange how oil comapnies can do so well and car companies can suck so badly.It's like Major League Baseball being so strapped that they have a lock-out season, yet baseball bats are selling like hotcakes.

  4. You'll never see this story about Super Mario.

  5. ...Then the Celtics realized that outside Dwight Howard, Orlando's not that big of a team.

  6. ...Then the Lakers realized that Rick Adelman is the coach of the Rockets.


Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Phil A. Busta

What a difference an election makes; or more to the point: what a difference a left-leaning Democratic President makes. President Barack Obama means the GOP has (temporarily, I'm sure) retired the old "Up or Down Vote" mantra in order to resurrect the old "Activist Judges" mantra. In short: when a Republican President selects a Supreme Court nominee, s/he should be approved with little-to-no fanfare or objection; but when a Democratic President does the same, their choice must be filtered less the Supreme Court becomes considerably unbalanced.

Of course this blantant 180 isn't surprising, whether you're talking about conservative Republicans or the so-called-Liberal Media. For the GOP, it's a way to prove that they're still relevant. For the media, it's a story they can latch onto and drain the life out of until the next mundane, typical political event arrives to be blown out of proportion.

Nevertheless, it's amusing to see the pundits "give advice" on who Obama should pick as if he won the 2008 election by only three votes.

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Wealthy Auto Executives Are Scared Of Online Newspaper Commenters

This is just sad.

On Monday we brought you news that the Chrysler bond-holding hedge funds courageously defending the U.S. Constitution by holding out for a bigger payout in bankruptcy court were appealing to have their names sealed after receiving death threats.

Blaming a "hostile climate" perpetuated by the Obama administration "publicity campaign," Tom Lauria, the attorney representing the group of twenty hedge fund calling themselves the "Chrysler Non-TARP Lenders," filed a motion to seal claiming the hedge funds "targeted by the president" -- presumably Oppenheimer Funds and Stairway Capital, since those were the only funds associated with the group -- had "received various threats, including dozens of death threats directed to their employees."

But today bankruptcy court Judge Arthur Gonzales denied the motion, seeing "no evidence that authorities found the threats bona fide" -- maybe because the only evidence of said threats cited in the motion was a printout from the comments section of the Washington Post website.

Imagine what would happen if people actually took their frustration to Chrysler's front door as opposed to the comfort of their home/work computer.

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The Only Way The Cavaliers Are Missing The NBA Finals

Other than LeBron James leaving the team to become a movie star that is:

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Bank On It

The results of the "stress test" for the banks are trickling in, and it looks like Bank of America and Citigroup will need some major capital.

I wonder if either will remember this moment months later when people are in their offices asking for loans.

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Call It: "The Tough Juice Redemption"

For Caron Butler, it's about overcoming one obstacle at a time:

"I want to be playing basketball now, but it starts with the baby steps. And one of the things I really wanted to do was get back on the baseball field and redeem myself," Butler said yesterday after successfully throwing the ceremonial first pitch, an accomplishment he celebrated with a cap toss most MLB pitchers reserve for a no-hitter or a World Series clincher. "Now the next step is getting in the gym and working hard on my craft and redeeming ourselves from last season."

Anything it takes to motivate the team for next year.

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"Star Trek" Movie Has Fans Pissed

This will be funny for a loooong time.

Trekkies Bash New Star Trek Film As 'Fun, Watchable'

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  1. If D.C. ever got the chance to vote, maybe they wouldn't vote on things that seem to piss some people off.
  2. A temporary solution at best.
  3. Coming back to their senses.
  4. Meet Mayor Dave Bing.
  5. R.I.P., Dom DeLuise.
  6. Once more, with feeling.
  7. If Gov. Schwarzenegger wasn't so popular, the GOP would have ousted him for ideas like this long ago.
  8. Things heat up in Pakistan.
  9. It's like they say, "13 birds on the legs is worth jailtime."
  10. It's not the new look as much as the fact she took a dead lady's face.I mean, the dead lady had no friends or family who objected? Was it a bum's face?


Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Bamboozlepalooza 2009

Heavy Mental

Because straight jackets aren't addictive, I guess:

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Many more Americans have been using prescription drugs to treat mental illness since 1996, in part because of expanded insurance coverage and greater familiarity with the drugs among primary care doctors, U.S. researchers said on Tuesday.

They said 73 percent more adults and 50 percent more children are using drugs to treat mental illness than in 1996.

Among adults over 65, use of so-called psychotropic drugs -- which include antidepressants, antipsychotics and Alzheimer's medicines -- doubled between 1996 and 2006.

"What we generally find is there has been an increase in access to care for all populations," said Sherry Glied of Columbia University in New York, whose study appears in the journal Health Affairs.

"Mental health has become much more a part of mainstream medical care," Glied said in a telephone interview.

In 2006, they said 16 percent of adults 65 and older had some form of mental health diagnosis.

I can only think of two things that may have contributed to this occurrence: a certain demographic in America that would fit the age description and a certain President whose policies regarding the mentally sick were, at the time, seen as little more than a budget expense the American people could do without. Combined, the two events could have produced what we have. But I'm pretty sure that, like most things, there are other contributing people sacrificing health care so they can send their children to school or buy gas to go to work.

The point is this problem exists...and that it's getting worse.

One worrisome finding, Glied said, was that there has been little progress in access to care among people with more serious mental illness. They found treatment for older adults with mental limitations who need help dressing, eating, or bathing fell between 1996 and 2006.

About 7 percent of Americans with serious mental illness wind up in jail or prison every year, the researchers said.

"New policies are desperately needed to reduce the flow of people whose primary problem is a mental disorder into the criminal justice system," wrote Glied and colleague Richard Frank of Harvard Medical School.

In other words: we need to stop making Batman villains.


The Cat Tried To Plead Innocent, But His Mouth Was Full Of Canary

Very subtle, Fox Nation.

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  1. A family feud in Turkey goes too far.
  2. This might help explain the flu outbreak.
  3. Another battle for the Celtics.
  4. President Obama takes a stab at the tax havens.
  5. Sorry; but this is gross.
  6. I'm not sure how dating a 20-year-old helps.


Monday, May 04, 2009

Kinda True

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  1. "In many instances, we have gotten reports that they are being quarantined for the sole fact that they present a Mexican passport, whether or not they came from Mexico, whether or not they have been in contact with someone else from Mexico. It's just the fact they present a Mexican passport."
  2. "What are the Americans trying to do, micromanage our politics? This is not South Vietnam."
  3. “We are at the beginning of a great storm that is about to sweep the country. “It’s red alert for Pakistan.”
  4. "When you come to film in Rome, the official statement to you is that the Vatican has no influence. Everything progressed very smoothly, but unofficially a couple of days before we were to start filming in several of our locations, it was explained to us that through back channels and so forth that the Vatican had exerted some influence."
  5. "From the moment the Times Co. purchased The Globe in 1993, it has treated New England's largest newspaper like a cheap whore. It pimped her out for profit during the booming 1990s and then pillaged her when times got tough. It closed her foreign bureaus and cheapened her coverage of everything from the fine arts to the hard sciences."


Sunday, May 03, 2009

Around the Internets

Friday, May 01, 2009

What We Have Here Is A Failure To...Well, Just A Failure

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Osama bin Laden-hunter Michael Scheuer and conservative opinion writer Charles Krauthammer both think that torture (specifically waterboarding) is A-OK, but they use different arguments to reach their respective conclusions:

Scheuer makes the "If Lex Luther's hand was about to press the button on his death ray, surely Superman would use his heat vision to lop the guy's hand off!" argument:

In surprisingly good English, the captive quietly answers: 'Yes, all thanks to God, I do know when the mujaheddin will, with God's permission, detonate a nuclear weapon in the United States, and I also know how many and in which cities." Startled, the CIA interrogators quickly demand more detail. Smiling his trademark shy smile, the captive says nothing. Reporting the interrogation's results to the White House, the CIA director can only shrug when the president asks: "What can we do to make Osama bin Laden talk?"

Americans should keep this worst-case scenario in mind as they watch the tragicomic spectacle taking place in the wake of the publication of the Justice Department's interrogation memos. It will help them recognize this episode of political theater as another major step in the bipartisan dismantling of America's defenses based on the requirements of presidential ideology. George W. Bush's democracy-spreading philosophy yielded the invasion of Iraq and set the United States at war with much of the Muslim world. Bush's worldview thereby produced an enemy that quickly outpaced the limited but proven threat-containing capacities of the major U.S. counterterrorism programs -- rendition, interrogation and unmanned aerial vehicle attacks.

Krauthammer makes the, "Just like manslaughter and flagrant fouls, there's all sorts of variations of torture so let's not blow this out of proportion" argument:

Torture is an impermissible evil. Except under two circumstances. The first is the ticking time bomb. An innocent's life is at stake. The bad guy you have captured possesses information that could save this life. He refuses to divulge. In such a case, the choice is easy. Even John McCain, the most admirable and estimable torture opponent, says openly that in such circumstances, "You do what you have to do." And then take the responsibility.


The second exception to the no-torture rule is the extraction of information from a high-value enemy in possession of high-value information likely to save lives. This case lacks the black-and-white clarity of the ticking time bomb scenario. We know less about the length of the fuse or the nature of the next attack. But we do know the danger is great. (One of the "torture memos" noted that the CIA had warned that terrorist "chatter" had reached pre-9/11 levels.) We know we must act but have no idea where or how -- and we can't know that until we have information. Catch-22.


First, let's address Scheuer. The idea that torture is cool as long as it's someone like bin Laden is basically a variation of "If you could go back in time would you kill Hitler as a baby?" That question itself is stupid; not because it involves Hitler but it refers to something highly implausible (time travel). You might as well ask, "If you could become invisible, would you rob a bank?" To infer that "because it's bin Laden" opens up the door to a multitude of "you gotta look at the person" rationales. Are we now saying that as long as the person does something evil we should torture them? Is there a threshold? What is it?

Next, there's Krauthammer. His two exceptions boil down to a scene from "24" and the most dramatic moments from "007" movies. Because as long as we're pretty sure the alternative is Armageddon or John McCain says it's fine, we're justified.

What neither of these guys address it the question that's been mentioned in this space before: What makes you think that a person who's willing to kill himself for their cause will give in to torture? If we're talking about terrorists who fly planes into buildings, does Scheuer and Krauthammer really think these guys haven't prepared themselves to the various "methods" of extracting information?

And more to the point: what makes them so sure that we'll get relevant information? All we have to date are claims from officials from the previous White House; well, they also said Saddam Hussein had WMDs so forgive me if I'm skeptical.

The more people try to justify this mess, the more O'Donnell sounds like a genius for saying, "They only approve of it because they know it would work on them."

UPDATE: Glad to see that I'm not alone.

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Seriously? Well, if that's the moniker social conservatives want to take, their political counterparts need to either (a) shoot it down quick; or (b) come up with a better counter-phrase because otherwise the people who don't know any better will think that non-"Pro-Marriage" people hate marriage.

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The Never-Ending Series

Man, the Celtics-Bulls remind me of those Knicks-Heat matchups in the 1990's. Difference being, there's a tad more drama with these guys.

Minutes-wise, they've almost play the equivalent of six and a half games; which is just crazy.

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