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Monday, November 28, 2005

Blog Triumphalism Daily

Congrats to Josh Marshall for bringing down Rep. Duke Cunningham.* I only knew who this guy was when he resigned today because of the reporting on TPM about the scandal.

*Kidding! Blogs don't completely control the world, I know.

Thursday, November 24, 2005

Archbishop of Hypocrisy

Today's Boston Globe reports that Archbishop Sean O'Malley won't be attending the Catholic Charities holiday dinner this year:

Archbishop Sean P. O'Malley has canceled plans to attend the annual Christmas dinner for Catholic Charities next month because the event is honoring Mayor Thomas M. Menino, a supporter of Catholic Charities who has also been an outspoken advocate of abortion rights and same-sex marriage.

Basically, O'Malley is saying that pushing the church's divisive social agenda is more important than helping the poor, and we all remember the passage in the Bible where Jesus made this so crystal clear in a sermon to his disciples.

The comedy continues with an article in the same newspaper with the headline "O'Malley calls on Catholics to stop bias against gays." Mr. Archbishop, I think we could start by not boycotting dinners that honor advocates of same-sex marriage.

This comes in advance of the Vatican's release of a report about gays and the priesthood, which many are interpreting as a response to the pedopilia scandal. Somehow I think conflating pedophilia with homosexuality isn't going to make gays feel so welcome in church.

Tuesday, November 22, 2005

So much for not targeting journalists

Report: Bush Talked of Bombing Al-Jazeera

Eason Jordan must be interested to hear this news.

42 Years Ago

Monday, November 21, 2005

Pandamonium

Wow, the obsession with the baby panda bear at the National Zoo knows no bounds (via Wonkette). I knew I should've tried to get tickets.

Tricky Dick Cheney

Dana Milbank:

Vice President Cheney protested yesterday that he had been misunderstood when he said last week that critics of the White House over Iraq were "dishonest and reprehensible."

What he meant to say, he explained to his former colleagues at the American Enterprise Institute, was that those who question the White House's use of prewar intelligence were not only "dishonest and reprehensible" but also "corrupt and shameless."

Glad we could clear that up.

Gobble

I have now arrived in the comfortable confines of my parents' Boston-area home for the Thanksgiving week. You can expect some blogging over the holiday period.

Saturday, November 19, 2005

Broncos-Colts

Those are the two favorites in the NFL, writes Bill Simmons:

But if you drew up someone to beat the 2005 Colts ... wouldn't that team look almost exactly like the 2005 Broncos?

Does Bill remember what happened when the Broncos played the Colts in the playoffs the last two years?

Thursday, November 17, 2005

7th Floor Crew

Ah, memories of my college days.

The moral tut-tutting has begun now that the University of Miami admits its football players made a dirty rap song. The least ESPN could do, after drawing me in with the headline, is offer a sampling of the lyrics. But of course that would be too much fun. You can hear the whole thing here, and it's actually pretty good.

If your ho only know
That she was getting [screwed] on the seventh floor
If that bitch only knew
That she was getting muddied by the whole damn crew

Lowering the Bar

Your current CNN.com top headline: "Iraq minister on torture: 'Nobody was beheaded'"

I hope he can do a little better than that, good grief.

Monday, November 14, 2005

A Peaceful Vibe Awards!

It's unfortunate when that gets into the headline recapping an awards show, like it's a surpise.

Sunday, November 13, 2005

Drunk President Bush

Not an original link, but an interesting one: Bush's drunken campaign appearance with Jerry Kilgore from Monday night on his way back from Argentina (via Atrios).

I would post something about his speech from Friday, but it makes me too angry (he's still fighting John Kerry, Jesus). These polls showing a majority of Americans now believes were were misled into war indicates to me that people are finally getting it--better late than never, America.

He's got three years left in office, how bad is this all going to get?

Thursday, November 10, 2005

Another unique way to die

I should have this be a running series, strange ways that people's lives end. Today's entry, a former Pittsburgh Steelers lineman who died when the tree he was cutting down fell on him. What, exactly, are you doing trying to cut down a 44 foot tall tree with a five foot circumference all by yourself, with your chainsaw? I personally would employ an expert to do that. Then again, I'm not an admitted steroid user like this guy apparently was. SportsCenter also reports he may have been trying to save his dog. Awwwww.

Saturday, November 05, 2005

Alito Gives Details!

What a refreshing change: a Supreme Court nominee who will discuss substantive issues.