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Hermione Granger is officially open for business

Overgrown lad-mag Ask Men has finally trained its sights on a barely post-pubescent Emma Watson. It’s a wonder the editors were able to hold off as long as they did. Perhaps they concentrated on baseball statistics or something.

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Keeping your friends close

So ex-Iowa gov Tom Vilsack does his also-ran bit in the Democratic sweepstakes. He amasses little support, but a fair amount of debt. He bails out of the race. He throws his support to Hillary Clinton. Mirabile dictu, forty-five Clinton donors find it in their collective heart to pay off nearly $90,000 of his campaign debt. It’s all very tidy, in a Sopranos-ish kind of way.

Thinking that this arrangement seems seems all mobbed-up and generally wrong? How unsophisticated you are, says polisci guy Larry Gerston:

San Jose State University political science professor Larry N. Gerston, noting that such arrangements were not unusual, called it “a pretty good investment by Hillary Clinton,” given Vilsack’s standing among Iowa Democrats.

“He is a ‘name’ there, and that is a wide-open race,” Gerston said. “Is this anything new? It is not. Far be it from me to say it is wrong, because there are few wrongs. There are far more opportunities than there are wrongs.”

Far be it.

Goddamn, but I hate politics.

(Via Political Wire, and cross-posted.)

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Nearer my God to Thee

Barack, Hillary, and John full of grace
Not much to say about this Wonkette image of the Big Three Dem candidates all swole up with the Holy Spirit except that while Barack and John are gazing upward here in standard supplication, Hillary seems to be coolly regarding a peer.

(Cross-posted.)

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When the boss of bosses speaks

(Same topic as Liss’ post, but without the nice stationery.)

If George Bush could order anyone to defy a Congressional subpeona, it would of course be Harriet Miers, whose unabashed idolatry of the president is well-established. Even given that, the defiance of Miers – who isn’t even on the Bush payroll anymore – is still quite remarkable. It’s one thing to plead privilege, but quite another to refuse to even show up. I always shake my head when I hear people use the term “Bush Crime Family,” but it certainly seems to apply here. I haven’t seen a better example of the code of omerta outside of a Scorsese gangster movie.

The committee is practically obligated to respond harshly. One hopes her attorney has uttered the phrase “contempt of Congress” to Miers once or twice.

Indeed, the response to Miers’ mouthpiece from Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers and Subcommittee Chairwoman Linda Sánchez:

A refusal to appear before the Subcommittee tomorrow could subject Ms. Miers to contempt proceedings, including but not limited to proceedings under 2 U.S.C. § 194 and under the inherent contempt authority of the House of Representatives.

We are prepared at the hearing tomorrow to consider and rule on any specific assertions of privilege in response to specific questions. We strongly urge you to reconsider, and to advise your client to appear before the Subcommittee tomorrow pursuant to her legal obligations. The Subcommittee will convene as scheduled and expects Ms. Miers to appear as required by her subpoena.

What Miers needs is a good mob lawyer.

(Cross-posted.)

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Your liberal media at work

ABC News takes pains to include Edwards haircut meme in article on celebrities and “their people.”

(Cross-posted.)

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Next trip, we’re staying at a Marriott

Puritan busybody groups (you know the type) blast Mitt Romney for not doing more – or doing anything, actually – to kill Marriott’s porn movie trade while he served on the hotel chain’s board of directors.

Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney, who rails against the “cesspool” of pornography, is being criticized by social conservatives who argue that he should have tried to halt hardcore hotel movie offerings during his near-decade on the Marriott board.

Two anti-pornography crusaders, as well as two conservative activists of the type Romney is courting, say the distribution of such graphic adult movies runs counter to the family image cultivated by Romney, the Marriotts and their shared Mormon faith.

“Marriott is a major pornographer. And even though he may have fought it, everyone on that board is a hypocrite for presenting themselves as family values when their hotels offer 70 different types of hardcore pornography,” said Phil Burress, president of Citizens for Community Values, an anti-pornography group based on Ohio.

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You gotta have (my) faith

Shorter Chuck Colson:

While I fully respect the fact that there should be no religious test for public office, my personal biases compel me to make one up anyway.

The former Watergate felon and current prison ministry impresario says only Christians and Jews need apply for public office in these United States. The beliefs of Wiccans and pagans aren’t “compatible” with, you know, democracy.

And, uh, the Founding Fathers would so totally agree with him.

(Cross-posted.)

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Iraq, the Rorschach test

The Psychologist-in Chief whips out a new inkblot on which to project our hopes for Iraq: Revolutionary War America, conflating images of Continental Army soldiers trading pitchforks for muskets to defend their homeland with National Guardsmen sent to play referee in another nation’s civil war unleashed by, well, us.

It’s not the ever-shifting series of analogues that the president applies to Iraq to which we should pay attention (despite the bizarreness of some of the comparisons); rather, it’s the subtext, the rationale behind them. So when Bush held up South Korea as a fit model for the future of American militarism in Iraq, it’s not the relatively placid scene of peacekeepers sleepily gazing across a quiet demilitarized zone that we should envision so much as the prospect of “a long-term, imperial military presence.” When Bush posited Israel as a yardstick – not free from violence, maybe, but “functioning” and “carrying out its responsibilities” – it’s hard to avoid hearing the tacit admission of drastically lowered expectations: the violence in Iraq cannot be borne away and that the Iraqis will just have to live (and die) with it.

The subtext of Bush’s American Revolution analogy is simple, obvious, breathtakingly cynical: Your fear is required in order to prosecute the war. So be afraid. It’s the patriotic thing to do.

(Cross-posted.)

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95% American, kind of

Affirm your citizenship by wasting time and energy on this MSNBC quiz based on questions pulled from the INS website.

(I missed one question that I should have gotten right…on the other hand, I correctly answered a couple of questions that I had no business getting right, so it’s all a wash.)

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Live free, die hard, evade taxes

Ed and Elaine Brown: Not down with the whole Sixteenth Amendment thing. Big on Jimmy Cagney impersonations, however.

Ed Brown warned authorities they wouldn’t take him alive: “We either walk out of here free or we die.”

Meanwhile, their supporters certainly make a rational case for the Browns’ civil action.

Sitting in lawn chairs around the Browns’ long gravel driveway, the couple’s supporters rail against Freemasons, the Illuminati, the Federal Reserve, the Vatican and the mainstream media.

Somehow, the Trilateral Commission eludes blame.

Whatever happens next, the Browns are going to pay, and it will be their own fault. Freemasons notwithstanding.

(Cross-posted.)

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This modern age

A technological first for me: Being privy – as it were – to a mobile phone conversation in an adjoining stall as I conducted urgent business in my own stall.

What made the experience really odd was the accompanying low level sound of a computer hard drive grinding away.

The gentleman was obviously a strong proponent of multitasking.

The caller finished his conversation and hung up before I could give my toilet a good loud flushing. I tried to hurry, but some things just can’t be rushed.

(Cross-posted.)

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Best care anywhere

As if the patients at Walter Reed didn’t have enough concerns, now they’ve got guards shooting at other guards.

A security guard at Walter Reed Army Medical Center opened fire at another guard Wednesday outside a busy entrance to the hospital, police said. No one was injured.

The guards had been arguing at about 8:30 a.m. when one of them fired as many as 10 shots, Lt. Jimmie Riley said.

The other guard, who was not hit, ran to a nearby house to call police, Riley said. The guard who fired the shots was taken into custody.

“We’re very fortunate,” Riley said. “It could’ve been tragic.”

The guards are employed by a private security firm, which is under contract to Walter Reed.

Not that employees from private firms are inherently unstable, but it does strike me as odd that a military hospital would contract out its security. People in uniform with guns…don’t they have a supply of those close to hand?

(Cross-posted.)

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Number two with a bullet

Iraq places second on the Failed States Index compiled by Foreign Policy and the Fund for Peace. It probably could have beaten out Sudan for first place with a little more practice.

Afghanistan, another American client state, ranks eighth.

Some criteria:

The authors of the index said one of the leading benchmarks for failed state status is the loss of physical control of territory or a monopoly on the legitimate use of force.

Other attributes include the erosion of legitimate authority, an inability to provide reasonable public services and the inability to interact with other states as a full member of the international community.

(Cross-posted.)

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Selective concern trolling

Via Atrios, our awesomely impartial media watches out for the Dems:

Hannity: I think the Democrats have gone further left than anybody would have anticipated. I think these bloggers have really gotten to them. I think they’re really positioning themselves that they’re gonna have a very difficult time moving center. Do you see that?”

Russert: Absolutely…

Not so concerned about the GOP, oddly.

Conservative bloggers in full revolt over immigration

It’s increasingly clear from Web postings and interviews with top conservative bloggers that the immigration bill has done serious damage to the president’s credibility among the conservative netroots, the grassroots bloggers on the Web.

Erick Erickson, managing editor of the popular conservative blog RedState.com, says he receives between 800 and 900 e-mails a day from readers, most of whom are “enraged” by the White House’s immigration efforts.

“Of all the issues the president has picked to make his hill to die on, he has picked the one that has divided his base,” said Erickson, who lives in Macon, Georgia. “I am shocked by the anger and outrage out there … You’ve got war against the president within the Republican party.”

(Cross-posted.)

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Never blog where you eat

In retrospect, the newly-unemployed projectionist-slash-film reviewer will realize that his dismissal was always just one pan away, no matter how benignly copacetic his employer seemed to be. One wonders how many blogger-slash-citizen journalist types will have to be terminated for having an opinion before that lesson sinks in.

Even so, it’s not at all credible that Fox didn’t demand that the theater company fire this guy forth-slash-with.

Anybody here in constant danger of blog-related termination? (Redact names, please.)

(Cross-posted from a place of fairly tenuous employment.)

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Thou shalt have no other presidential candidates before me

<—-Rudy’s role model

That chorus of derisive laughter you heard was the response from both Left and Right Blogistan to Mayor 9/11’s attempt to invoke quasi-religiosity with his “Twelve Commitments.” I know they’re supposed to be charges that Rudy lays upon himself rather than others, but it so naturally – albeit clumsily – invokes an imperial Moses come down from the mountain that you find yourself looking around for stone tablets. Here’s hoping Giuliani didn’t drop any, ala Mel Brooks in History of the World, Part 1:

The Lord Jehovah has given unto you these fifteen… (his proclamation is interrupted by his dropping and shattering of one of three tablets) Oy!… Ten! Ten Commandments! For all to obey!

Comedy gold.

(Cross-posted.)

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Thou shalt have no other presidential candidates before me

<—-Rudy’s role model

That chorus of derisive laughter you heard was the response from both Left and Right Blogistan to Mayor 9/11’s attempt to invoke quasi-religiosity with his “Twelve Commitments.” I know they’re supposed to be charges that Rudy lays upon himself rather than others, but it so naturally – albeit clumsily – invokes an imperial Moses come down from the mountain that you find yourself looking around for stone tablets. Here’s hoping Giuliani didn’t drop any, ala Mel Brooks in History of the World, Part 1:

The Lord Jehovah has given unto you these fifteen… (his proclamation is interrupted by his dropping and shattering of one of three tablets) Oy!… Ten! Ten Commandments! For all to obey!

Comedy gold.

(Cross-posted.)

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LaVena Johnson story reaches the United Kingdom

The UK-based news and activism site, NewsInkling, has posted a story on the case of Pfc. LaVena Johnson. The story’s author, Waterflake, draws on the recent report by the Center for Media and Democracy, “War vs. Democracy: Untold Stories from the Lynch / Tillman Hearing.” The piece was co-authored by SP Biloxi of Justice League who has also written about LaVena. Many thanks to the both of them!

(Cross-posted.)

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LaVena Johnson story reaches the United Kingdom

The UK-based news and activism site, NewsInkling, has posted a story on the case of Pfc. LaVena Johnson. The story’s author, Waterflake, draws on the recent report by the Center for Media and Democracy, “War vs. Democracy: Untold Stories from the Lynch / Tillman Hearing.” The piece was co-authored by SP Biloxi of Justice League who has also written about LaVena. Many thanks to the both of them!

(Cross-posted.)

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“A failure of caring”

Two dead women, half a country apart. One of them dying in a failing hospital in Los Angeles, the other while being held in a St. Louis jail. Both of them failed by systems and authorities charged with watching over them. The Los Angeles case is making national news, while the St. Louis matter remains a local story…for the moment.

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