Archive: November, 2005
The progressive site reports that Seth Williams will be appointed Philadelphia's Inspector General today. Williams is a former assistant prosecutor who ran against DA Lynne Abraham in the Democratic primary last spring and attracted a following among many bloggers.
What's the job? YPP mines this bit of legal desciption:
B) "It may seem impossible, but Philly saw an even bigger flop on Monday- the pre-game "funeral" for Terrell Owens, held outside the stadium during WIP's pregame show. A "casket" was filled and jerseys were burned, along with copies of Owens' memoir "Catch This!," but the din of drunken fans chanting "TO Sucks!" was so distracting that it was all but impossible to hear the hosts (not that that's a problem, in Howard Eskin's case). Also not such a great idea to have a massive mock funeral on the same day that Cowboys' coach Bill Parcells went to an actual funeral, for his own brother."
C) "The Eagles are now in a wasteland - and McNabb put them there with that interception, and there was no hiding from it."
So what's up with Karl Rove? Investigative reporter Murray Waas continues his strong work mining the Plame Affair, writing in the National Journal that the top presidential adviser could face indictment as long as the I. Lewis Libby case is going on - perhaps for two years. Or more.
Quotes sources saying special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald is waiting to see if Libby, who was the vice president's chief of staff and has been indicted for perjury among other charges, provides any information about any role Rove might have had in outing CIA operative Valerie Plame.
Here's another take, from Talk Left, after noting articles in the Washington Post and Wall Street Journal talk about a more imminent decision on Rove's fate. The piece sees the conflicting information coming from the Rove camp as a smokescreen "to prepare the public for the disclosure that Rove cooperated against Libby and Cheney, which likely will come in the coming weeks, while the final decision as to the outcome of his cooperation won't be known for months or even years, depending on whether Fitzgerald is successful at getting Cheney and/or others as well as Libby, or just Libby. It's the only way to reconcile the different versions as to whether we will know within weeks or not for months or longer."
Those aluminum hats that protect you from the government's steady efforts to control your mind through radio signals?
They might just amplify the signals.
As expressive as an Irish setter.
Three things this morning that make us go hmmmm.
Former Inquirer reporter Mark Bowden writes about the endurance of torture in an op-ed piece for The Wall Street Journal. Bowden, author of Black Hawk Down, wrote a 2003 cover piece about the dark art of interrogation for The Atlantic Monthly, where he is a national correspondent. He begins with a fresh episode from Commander in Chief, where the president, played by Geena Davis, become outraged when a security adviser misunderstands her, and orders the torture of a terror suspect who'd targeted elementary schools. "There is always another way to get information," the prez says.
Bowden writes: "Would that it were true. We like problems to have easy solutions in America, just as we like stories to have neat, happy endings. The show illustrated to me some of the wishful thinking, mythmaking and confusion that surround the difficult issues of torture, coercion and prisoner abuse, which our nation seems incapable of thinking about coherently."
"I was wrong" about Iraq, writes former Democratic vice presidential candidate John Edwards in Sunday's Washington Post.
Wait, it's a trend.
Cool contest going on at the Long Cut. It's a rock and roll version of six degrees of separation: you name two artists or bands, then see how long it takes him to connect them through those they've played with.
His wife, for instance threw in, two political opposites. Get me, she said, from Charlie Daniels to Michael Stipe.
He did it in three moves:
Balls, Sticks & Stuff declares Supreme Court nominee Sam Alito unsuitable based on the fact he attended a Phillies fantasy camp in 1994.
Writes long-suffering blogger Tom Goyne:
Now, remember who was on the Phillies roster in 1994?...I'm efforting to determine if Alito accepted financial advice from Lenny Dykstra...
Should the Eagles take back T.O.? the paper asks columnists and scribes Nick Cafardo, Bob Ryan, Dan Shaughnessy, Jerome Solomon and Mike Reiss.