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Posted on Jul 13, 2006 READ MORE


Kim Cattrall
From Craig Blankenhorn / HBO / N.Y. Times

The Taming of a Slur

The N.Y. Times reports that the word “slut” has gone the way of “queer” and “pimp” before it—from derogatory to affectionate. A prime mover behind the trend: Kim Cattrall’s portrayal of the slutty Samantha Jones on HBO’s “Sex and the City.” (h/t: Huff Po)

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Brangelina
From univision.com

Brangelina’s Next Project: Mariane Pearl Movie

Angelina Jolie will star as the wife of slain Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl in an adaptation of her book “A Mighty Heart.” Jolie’s husband Brad Pitt will produce the film, and Michael Winterbottom (whose “The Road to Guantanamo” is in theaters now) will direct.

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Bombs in Lebanon
AP Photo / Mohammed Zaatari

Humanity Lost in Lebanon

As Israeli warplanes ravage Beirut in retaliation for Lebanon-based Hezbollah raids, a prominent Beirut-based blogger decries being made a “pawn on the board of an imaginary game.” He is “infuriated that such risks and actions can be taken with absolute disregard of the lives that are at stake, the lives of the people that make a country what it is.”

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Belated Justice: Army Cancels Halliburton Contract

We’re a bit late to this story, but we couldn’t let it go un-blogged.
HUURAH!

  • You know the old saying: You can overbill some of the government agencies all the time, all the government agencies some of the time…but you can’t, apparently, charge $45 for a case of soda and get away with it forever.

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  • Paper Drops Coulter’s Column

    An editor at the Cedar Rapids Gazette said that conservative readers felt she was misrepresenting their views.
    May a thousand newspapers follow suit.

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    Donny Deutsch and Ann Coulter

    Deutsch Rips Into Coulter on Widows

    CNBC Host Donny Deutsch gave Ann Coulter the Joe McCarthy treatment (“Have you left no sense of decency?”) over her vitriolic attack on the 9/11 widows. Deutsch also questioned whether Coulter’s liberal boogeymen even exist. (A really long interview—a great way to see what Coulter is all about)

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    Stephen Colbert and Rick Larsen

    Colbert to Congressman: ‘Are You High Right Now?’

    “Your state is one of the few that has a medical marijuana program,” Stephen Colbert said to Congressman Rick Larsen of Washington.
    Larsen: Uh-huh, that’s right.
    Colbert: Are you high right now?

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    Jon Stewart on Ted Stevens

    Jon Stewart Lampoons Sen. Stevens’ Net Nonsense

    “The Daily Shows” host tees off on Senate Commerce Committee Chairman Ted Stevens’ instantly infamous speech about Net Neutrality—which Stewart likened to “something you’d hear from a crazy old man in an airport bar at 3 a.m.”

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    Ellen Goodman: What’s Eating Us About Eating Lobster?

    The arguments for banning the cooking of live lobsters may have their merits, but by making lobster meat just another shrink-wrapped commodity we further disconnect ourselves from the food chain that sustains us.

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    Joe Conason: Sen. Lieberman Literally in Bed With Drug Lobby

    The senator who would lecture us on ethics drafted a bill in 2005 that made generous giveaways to pharmaceutical companies—one month after his wife went to work in the pharmaceuticals division of a major lobbying and PR firm.

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    Marie Cocco: Your Papers, Please

    The current push to require voters to supply proof of citizenship at the voting booth has very little to do with preventing illegal voting and much more to do with keeping away from the polls those most likely to vote for Democrats.

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    Classic Molly Ivins: Economic Morality Has Been Buried

    Molly Ivins is on vacation. In this column from 2001, she argues that in a country where CEOs make 475 times the salary of their employees, most people’s “economic freedom” is limited to a choice between cinnamon- and mint-flavored toothpaste.

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    Green Antarctica
    AFP/ Craig Potton

    Expert: Trees Could Grow in Antarctica Within Century

    Due to global warming, the icy continent could revert to how it looked 40 million years ago—with bushes and trees, an environmental expert told an international scientific conference.

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    Tom Cruise lampooned on
    From E! Online

    ‘South Park’ Scientology/Tom Cruise Spoof Rejoins Lineup

    The Emmy-nominated episode that lampooned Tom Cruise and his Scientology beliefs will rejoin the rotation on Comedy Central, nearly four months after the network yanked it, reportedly under pressure from Cruise himself…. (more)

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    Vanatu Man
    From AFP/ Marc Le Chelard

    Vanuatu Is World’s Happiest Country, Study Finds

    The AP reports: “The tiny South Pacific Ocean archipelago of Vanuatu is the happiest country on Earth, according to a study published measuring people’s wellbeing and their impact on the environment.”

    Zimbabwe came in last of the 178 ranked countries. The U.S. came in at a dismal 150th. Of the G8 industrial powers, Italy scored highest at 60th.

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    Mikhail Gorbachev
    From ABC News

    Gorbachev: Americans Have ‘Winner’s’ Disease

    The disease is “worse than AIDS. It’s called the winner’s complex,” the former Soviet leader said in an ABC News interview. “You want an American-style democracy here [in Russia]. That will not work.”

  • Gorbachev railed against Cheney and Rumsfeld, calling them “hawks protecting the interests of the military ? shallow people.”

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    Zinedine Zidane
    From Canal Plus

    Head-Butting Soccer Star: Opponent Insulted My Family

    According to the AP: “Zinedine Zidane apologized for head-butting an Italian opponent during the World Cup final, saying Wednesday that he was provoked by harsh insults about his mother and sister.”

  • Watch the interview (in French, no subtitles)
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    Gov. Schwarzenegger
    From the Sacramento Bee / Anne Chadwick Williams

    Schwarzenegger Reaffirms Support for Minutemen

    The Calif. governor said about the group of private citizens who are patrolling the country’s border with Mexico, “I support any time that a civilian wants to go and do the job that law enforcement cannot do.” (Story—scroll down)

  • Ironically, the governor made the statement at a campaign stop while trying to burnish his credentials with Latino voters—many of whom view Minutemen as akin to the KKK.

  • Also, higher up in the piece: Karl Rove gets booed while trying to woo Latinos at a conference.

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    Rep. Emanuel Makes Satirical Mincemeat of White House Salaries

    Responding to a recently published list of White House salaries—including $100,000 a year for the “director for lessons learned,” Rep. Rahm Emanuel (D-Ill.) ran through a few “lessons” the White House apparently missed.

  • Money quote: “When you’ve ‘turned the corner’ in Iraq more times than Danica Patrick at the Indy 500, it means you are going in circles.”

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    Steve Bradbury

    Bush, Infallible to His Sycophants

    Testifying before Congress yesterday, the Justice Department’s top lawyer had a succinct answer to a question posed by a senator about whether Bush was wrong or right in his interpretation of the Supreme Court’s Hamdan case: “The President is always right.”

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    Stephen Colbert

    Colbert Sounds Off on the Feminine Ideal

    Stephen Colbert has some thoughtful advice on the female quest for beauty.

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    Jon Stewart

    Jon Stewart Mocks Bush’s Claims on Diplomacy

    “The Daily Show” host uses a montage of video clips of Bush alternately dismissing and praising the use of diplomacy in dealing with WMD-bent dictators like Saddam Hussein and North Korea’s Kim Jong-Il.

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    Sectarian Blood Bath Drenches Baghdad

    Over 100 people were killed in a three-day stretch. A N.Y. Times reporter writes, “Militias now appear to be dictating the ebb and flow of life in Iraq.”

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    U.S. Terror Targets: Petting Zoo and Flea Market?

    The official anti-terrorism database is so flawed that it lists 8,591 potential terrorism targets in Indiana—50% more than in New York and twice as many as in California. Examples: “Old MacDonald’s Petting Zoo, the Amish Country Popcorn factory and the Mule Day Parade.”

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    Novak Names Sources in CIA Leak Case

    Columnist Robert Novak revealed for the first time, in a column to be released Wednesday, that both Karl Rove and former CIA spokesman Bill Harlow had confirmed Valerie Plame’s status as a CIA agent. He said that this occurred only after another administration official first supplied him with the info.
    This is not a huge deal, relatively speaking, but certainly of interest to Plamegate junkies….

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    Ex-gay book review
    From Salon.com

    Gay, Godly and Guilty

    Salon reviews a thoughtful new book that examines the mental anguish suffered by homosexual Christians who enter residential programs to battle their sexual desires. (Reg. req’d.)

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    The Most Overpaid White House Staffers

    The National Journal just published the new salary list for Oval Office employees, and Think Progress deliciously singled out a few who definitely aren’t earning their money. For instance: Deborah Nirmala Misir, the ethics advisor, earns $114,688; Stuart Baker, director for lessons learned, earns $106,641.
    There’s a “director for lessons learned”? Where’s his office? A solitary confinement box at Guantanamo?

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    Study: Mushroom Drugs Produce Mystical Experiences

    Duh!
    In a Johns Hopkins study, many volunteers who took a single dose of psilocybin-laden “magic” mushrooms said it was “one of the most meaningful or spiritually significant experiences of their lives. Some compared it to the birth of a child or the death of a parent.”

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    Michael Moore
    From pub.tv2.no

    Michael Moore: Going Beyond ‘HMO’s Suck’

    The guerrilla documentary filmmaker’s next movie, “Sicko,” will be “a comedy about 45 million people with no health care in the richest country on earth.” But it’s not just “a movie that tells you that HMOs and the pharmaceutical companies suck. Everybody knows that. I’d like to show you some things you don’t know.”

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    Syndicate: Coulter Didn’t Plagiarize

    The company that syndicates Ann Coulter’s column says it has found no evidence the hatemonger plagiarized in her work. (Read about the original allegations here.)

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    Bush's fingers crossed
    From Tinselwing

    Bush’s Signing Statements: The Top 10 List

    A blogger surfaced The Boston Globe’s list of President Bush’s most egregious use of signing statements (the “interpretations” Bush makes of about-to-be-signed bills to avoid following the laws’ intent). Worst one: Bush asserts a right to waive the torture ban if doing so will prevent terrorist attacks.

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    Ted Steven'

    Sen. Stevens’ Internet Ignorance Goes Viral

    Check out a glorious techno mash-up song of Sen. Ted Stevens’ instantly infamous speech last week on Internet technologies, in which the 85-year-old chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee—which is debating Net Neutrality—betrayed his woefully inadequate grasp of Net fundamentals.
    (h/t: Crooks and Liars)

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    Robert Scheer: Bush Should Channel Nixon in North Korea

    Truthdig’s editor in chief argues that President Bush could defuse the nuclear standoff with North Korea by coddling its attention-starved leader—similar to what Nixon did with China. “Hell, Bush might even empathize with Kim’s desire to escape from the shadow of a father from whom he inherited his crown.”

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    Rep. Barney Frank

    Rep. Barney Frank Rails Against Anti-Gambling Bill

    The Democratic congressman from Massachusetts slams the GOP for its attempt to legislate morality in the realm of online poker (while Republicans hypocritically protect other forms of gambling). Money quote: “If we were to outlaw for adults everything that college students abuse we would all just sit at home and do nothing!”

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    Jack Abramoff Must Be Smiling…

    ... Because the House is considering an anti-gambling bill that would include an exemption for horse racing and intrastate lotteries. The disgraced lobbyist worked to ensure the latter in a bill several years ago.

  • Gambling is bad, bad, bad. Unless it’s on horsies or lotteries. Then it’s OK.
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    Iraq to America: We Need Security—Against Your Soldiers

    Iraq will ask the United Nations to end immunity from local law for U.S. troops, reports Reuters. Iraq’s human rights minister says the lack of enforcement of U.S. military law has led to crimes like the rape-murder allegedly committed by five U.S. soldiers.

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    Wanna Play the Budget Expectations Game?

    It goes like this: Make artificially gloomy budget forecasts at the start of the year; then, at the end of the year, when the numbers outperform your disingenuousness, announce that the economy is on the upswing. The L.A. Times has the lowdown…. (more)

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    Reverend Tony Campolo
    From CBS

    Religious Left Leader: Jesus Was Mum on Gays, Abortion

    “Jesus never said one word about homosexuality, never said one word about civil marriage or abortion,” said a prominent religious left leader in an article about religious progressives trying to regain the political ground they lost after the MLK Jr. era. (h/t: Huff Po)

  • The mixing of religion and politics is a bad idea regardless of the ideological slant. But until Sam Harris wins that argument… (more)

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    Gitmo detainees
    From antiwar.com

    U.S. Will Give All U.S. Detainees Geneva Rights

    The White House said this morning that every prisoner in Gitmo and in U.S. military custody everywhere is entitled to Geneva Convention protections. Bush spokesman Tony Snow claimed that this apparent about-face is “not really a reversal of policy,” while admitting that it stems directly from the Supreme Court’s striking down of Bush’s military tribunals.

  • Reminder: This is far from total victory. Constitutional expert Glenn Greenwald reminds us that the Hamdan ruling also removed any conceivable argument to support Bush’s illegal wiretapping programs, and we haven’t heard about any policy shift on that front….

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    Colbert and Flag Freezing

    Colbert’s Method of Flag Disposal

    The “Colbert Report” host has a novel method for getting rid of unserviceable U.S. flags…

  • Watch it.

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    Hallelujah! Spanish Leader Snubs Pope

    More than a million worshipers in Spain showed up to hear the pope deliver a homily in which he made a veiled attack on Spain’s liberal legal attitude toward gay marriage and divorce. Conspicuously not in attendance: the Spanish prime minister. It’s apparently the first time in history that a Spanish leader has missed such an address.
    Que bueno. Memo to Pope Benedict XVI: Keep on dressing up hate speech as The Good News and you’ll continue to be marginalized by more-enlightened world leaders.

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    Molly Ivins: The Politics of Greed

    “Anyone who doesn’t think this is a country where the rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer needs to check the numbers—this is Bush country, where a rising tide lifts all yachts.”

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    Marie Cocco: The Lieberman-Lamont Litmus Test

    Is Ned Lamont running a one-issue campaign against Conn. Sen. Joe Lieberman? Perhaps. But can you think of any one issue more important than the one in question?

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    Joe Lieberman
    From manifoldreality.org

    Lieberman to Conn. Voters: Drop Dead!

    Well, we knew this was coming, but now it’s official: Sen. Joe Lieberman has created a new political party that he will use to appear on the November ballot if he loses the Democratic primary in August.

  • As such a move would amount to sticking his thumb in the eye of Conn. voters, the name of his new political party is deliciously ironic: Connecticut for Lieberman.

  • Maybe he should have picked something more representative of his backing: Lieberman for Lieberman

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  • Sullivan: Bush Channeled Tony Soprano on Torture

    Bush and Rumsfeld gave the go-ahead to CIA interrogators to threaten the family of Al Qaeda leader Khalid Sheik Muhammed if he did not talk, according to Ron Suskind in his new book, “The One Percent Doctrine.” Former Bush defender Andrew Sullivan says the green light made Bush “the moral equivalent of a mafia boss.”

     

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    Child brides of Afghanistan
    From Stephanie Sinclair / The New York Times

    The Child Brides of Afghanistan

    The N.Y. Times presents a photo essay on girls as young as 11 being married off to men three or four times their age, sometimes to settle gambling debts. The last line of the accompanying textual essay is as heartbreaking as anything you’ll ever read.

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    Bush the robot

    Bush’s Mysterious Bulge, Explained

    Remember the unexplained shape visible under Bush’s jacket during the 2004 debates? A German TV station has solved the mystery: It’s Bush’s gas tank. Check out this very funny satirical riff on “Bush, the puppet.”

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    Patton's famous slap
    From fantasfilm.com

    Think Tank’s Claim: Soldiers Faking Post-Battle Stress

    The American Enterprise Institute suspects that U.S. soldiers are fabricating instances of post-traumatic stress syndrome. Blogger Respectful of Otters dismantles the claims.
    Gen. George Patton famously made the same charge (incident depicted above by George C. Scott) during WWII. He was made to apologize and almost lost his command. Wonder if the AEI will suffer an analogous fate?

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    Cowboy Diplomacy
    From Time magazine

    Even Ascendant, Condi is Still Ineffectual

    From this week’s Time magazine cover story: Although the secretary of state has persuaded Bush to give diplomacy a go in the fight against radical Islam, Rice “has yet to pull off any major diplomatic breakthrough that could burnish the Bush legacy.”

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