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POSTED: Wednesday, June 16, 2010, 7:44 PM

And I promise you I'll never desert you again because after 'Salome' we'll make another picture and another picture. You see, this is my life! It always will be! Nothing else! Just us, the cameras, and those wonderful people out there in the dark!... All right, Mr. DeMille, I'm ready for my close-up.

-- Norma Desmond, 1950's "Sunset Boulevard"

POSTED: Wednesday, June 16, 2010, 7:03 PM

Oh yeah, and one more thing!

The Supreme Court’s refusal to consider the claims of Maher Arar, an innocent Canadian who was sent to Syria to be tortured in 2002, was a bitterly disappointing abdication of its duty to hold officials accountable for illegal acts. The Bush administration sent Mr. Arar to outsourced torment, but it was the Obama administration that urged this course of inaction.

POSTED: Wednesday, June 16, 2010, 1:07 PM

Ba-daba-daba Obomba! From John Baer (one of the "other folks," a moderate and not a liberal):

I SUPPOSE HE could have pledged to forego summer vacation on Martha's Vineyard and promise instead to take Michelle and the girls down to the Florida Panhandle.

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POSTED: Tuesday, June 15, 2010, 10:11 PM

The president addressed the nation from the Oval Office last night and didn't offer one word on how he would stop the catastrophe now unfolding in the Bronx and threatening to spread to South Philadelphia. Not a word on capping the Phillies' liabilities, and nothing on alternative sources of energy for Chase Utley or Jayson Werth.

Worst. Defending. National. League. Champions. Ever.

POSTED: Tuesday, June 15, 2010, 4:59 PM

Um, didn't I mention a few weeks back about how Saudi Arabia used a flotilla of supertankers to scoop up the oil from a (somewhat) secret massive offshore spill back in the 1990s. People are still asking where is that level of response, including Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Eugene Robinson:

The issue isn't what Obama is feeling, it's what he's doing. Why haven't skimmers been brought in from around the world to scoop up more of the oil? Why isn't the defense of the coastline being run like a military campaign, with failure not an option? Why is the answer to every question essentially the same -- "We've repeatedly asked BP to get that done" -- when we're dealing with a crisis that has to be seen as an urgent matter of national security and the public welfare?

POSTED: Tuesday, June 15, 2010, 3:11 PM

You know, things could get actually worse in the Gulf than they already are. I mean, it's not like the recovery ships are catching fire or anything...oh, wait!

NEW ORLEANS -- A bolt of lightning struck the ship capturing oil from the blown-out BP well in the Gulf of Mexico on Tuesday, igniting a fire that halted containment efforts in another setback for the embattled company in its nearly two-month struggle to stop the spill, the company said.

POSTED: Tuesday, June 15, 2010, 9:28 AM

I told you something was coming.

This is an open thread. Unfortunately, I've been learning so far this month that my old schedule and old Daily News responsibilities (which were more editing and less writing and reporting) were a lot more blogging friendly than my new ones, but hopefully that can be worked out. In the meantime, this is an open thread to talk about how terrible everything and everybody is.

POSTED: Monday, June 14, 2010, 3:30 PM

Ladies and gentlemen, the next Congress of the United States of America!

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