Archive for September, 2010

Midday Misc: Killer Army Unit Also Smoked A Lot Of Hash, Rich People Things, Really Impressive Abs…

I don't usually see the Express since I live exactly 0.47 newsbox-free miles from the office, but it wins today's A.D.D.-combatting front page contest with its "real talk"  explanation of how four or six (depending on whether you believe the Pentagon, or the murderous soldier's skull tattoos) Afghan civilians lost their lives (and fingers) at […]

Did The New Yorker Really Have To Blow Every Last Member Of The C Street Frat House?

The Fellowship, which is also known to members as the Family, is a secretive worldwide confederation of mostly Republican politicians and their associates. Until three of its more highly placed denizens got busted for cheating on their wives last year, the Fellowship's public profile consisted mainly of its sponsorship of the annual National Prayer Breakfast […]

Morning Misc: Dana Milbank Pinpoints Culprit Behind Obama’s Problems: Bitches!

Chiefly, Valerie Jarrett. Nameless "current and former" White House officials with whom Milbank has spoken "raised questions about Jarrett's effectiveness and judgment," is the thing. She "flaunts her friendship" with Barack Obama. When the president ran into PR problems over his all-male basketball games, he "conferred with" her about it and she convinced him to […]

Morning Miscellany: Soldiers On Drugs, Nihilists On Drugs, Brooks On Joads, Etc.

The New York Times fronts new news of those soldiers who killed Afghan civilians for fun and collected their body parts for many months even after one of the soldier's dads started bothering the Pentagon about it. They belonged to an Army unit "consumed with drug use," says the lede. WHAT FUCKING DRUGS, you are […]

Did Shia LaBeouf Scam Energy Investors While Oliver Stone Was Sleeping?

Yesterday I saw Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps. The acting must have been pretty good because the movie had about 79 serious problems in the "vaguest modicum of plausibility" department that nevertheless somehow did not totally ruin my viewing experience, probably because they chose to preview this thing immediately prior to the screening. There […]

Twitpicking The Tweets Of DC “Media” “Celebs”

The twittosphere is all a-twatter with twalk of a blasphemous new Malcolm Gladwell essay about how Twitter is not actually "revolutionary." Will the DC media break its unofficially ban on reading media critiques that cannot be summarized in 140 characters, authored by writers who have not even Tweeted since October 2009? I don't know, but […]

But Why Is Paul Krugman So Angry?

Howard Kurtz profiles "disaffected liberal" Paul Krugman today for a column that involved traveling all the way to an Upper West Side cafe and asking the eternal question that is so vexing about Paul Krugman. (Which is to say, not the one about whether Krugman is right about how the same rapacious corporate nihilists that […]

Morning Dump: Woodward On Woodward On Obama In Afghanistan And Other Actual News

Perhaps you thought Bob Woodward was "last week's news" but today the Post pulled an old/new trick out of its sleeve and led the front page with a story by Bob Woodward himself. Since they don't identify whether bylines indicate "Washington Post staff writer" anymore they get around that awkwardness. The Bob Woodward version of […]

Deficit Reduction For Dummies

Ezra Klein (bless his heart) just interviewed two guys from the Center for American Progress who (bless their hearts) have written a long PDF file (there is also a six-page "executive summary", for all those busy executives dying to hear the latest from the Center For American Progress) that professes to deliver real talk on […]

Forget Body Language, Who Is Michelle Rhee Wearing?

One of the torments of attempting to act in any sort of "aggregative" capacity for a blog is, adding insult to the lost hours sustained executing the injurious task of scanning all the aggregators, opening tabs, taking in the terabytes of wasted effort, the inordinately larger waste involved in the depressing effort to re-locate all […]