Archive: November, 2010
What is it good for? Absolutely nothing -- and when people are killing people over some God-forsaken island in Korea....well, that would seem to prove the insanity not just of North Korea's rulers (that's a given, sadly) but pretty much any war that doesn't involve self-defense and/or genocide prevention.
Meanwhile, here's a cartoon history of the Bush administration's Middle East policy:
The new owners want to increase online traffic, so I figure if this picture of an adorable, injured-but-recovering kitten doesn't do the trick, nothing will.
UPDATE: Nevermind, soft launch...sorry.
...nothing, unfortunately, and we'll probably never know the truth. I hate that.
Tied up with a story for tomorrow's iPad...just kidding, tomorrow's newspaper, so please identify the real killers of JFK in the space below, and then also discuss whether full body scanners in Dealey Plaza might have prevented the president's murder.
....only united states where people are up in arms about TSA and its body scanners, pat-downs, etc.
Maybe it's because I have no vacation time and less salary and have no immediate plans to fly anywhere, but other than admire the gross (literally) ineptitude of it all, I have to say I'm not as energized by this story as I probably should be (although somewhat lost in all the hullabaloo is the fact that two-thirds of Americans either rarely or never fly, but they don't host cable TV or radio talk shows.)
I am interested in the fact that liberals and conservatives seem equally outraged. That could mean the TSA scandal transcends politics, which in 2010 never happens with anything. Or it could be that right-wing distrust of all things governmental, especially in the Age of Obama, is finally combined with left-wing suspicions about homeland security engendered during the Bush years.
Had a whole post on Chris Stigall that was destroyed by a horrible blogging platform called Clickability that no one should ever buy and our new owners need to get rid of immediately. You'll have to do your own research until then. (OK, you can start with this.) And have a great weekend.
There may or may not be a Tea Party revolution in America, but two of the right wing's top voices will be silenced here in Philadelphia -- at least for now.
The Big Talker-1210 is dumping Glenn Beck and Sean Hannity for more local content. Of course, there are less popular destinations on the AM dial -- 990 springs to mind -- that would likely jump at the chance to pick up Beck and Hannity, the third- and second-most listened-to radio talkers in America, so they may not be off the air here for long, or at all:
Speaking of Muslims, an Islamic terror suspect was tried in an American courtroom, before a jury, with well-established rules of evidence, including some that could not be admitted because of Bush-era torture tactics. The jury found for acquittal on almost all of the charges but still found enough evidence for a conspiracy rap that will put the suspect away, probably for the rest of his life. Upholding the sacred U.S. Constitution AND locking away a terrorist for life? Folks on the political right should be ecstatic! Yeah, right.
As expected, Glenn Greenwald has the best take: