by Alex Carnevale
Senator McCain revealed this week that a meeting with President Bush would move from a scheduled appearance at the Phoenix convention center to a private residence. The Bush campaign presidency accommodated the request of the McCain campaign.
And so on: there is no one that McCain can talk to publicy. He has become sequestered in a retirement campaign where he eats bagged lunches with Senator Lieberman.
Such a move is blatant pandering to Jewish voters. But everyone is willing to pander to Jewish voters. A sociology professor I had once told me that. He added that the Ramones were Jewish and Perry Farrell was Jewish, presumably so is Senator McCain, and his opponent in the fall.
Danish suggested that since Obama is virtually a lock to win the presidency during an unpopular war and economic downturn, that Ms. Clinton should join the ticket to make history.
How about reaching across the aisle for Bobby Jindal? As long as you're going to win, why not tarnish the biggest rising star in Republican politics with the loser brush of the Democratic Party?
perry farrell makes us wild!
levi on myanmar
The changing spectre of race
Search for a lost B-2 bomber
Cynthia Ozick on Lionel Trilling
when Obama wins
Is Milton better than Shakespeare?
Funny newspaper headlines
Germany's best photographers
perry, you're out of control, I love it
Puff the Magic Dragon by Broken Social Scene
what the future of music will sound like
"Last Christmas" - Wham! (mp3)
WTF was Bobby Jindal wearing in Jerome AZ?
allergic to wifi
nytimes is crazee
the week in quotations
I didn't like this New Republic cover:
not enough colors
What went wrong in Hillary's campaign from inside the campaign. Michelle Cottle quotes:
"Harold Ickes's encyclopedic understanding of the proportional delegate system was never operationalized into a field plan. The campaign inexplicably wrote off many states entirely, allowing Obama to create the lead of 100+ delegates that he has today. Most notably, we claimed the race would be over by February 5, but didn't devote any resources to the smaller states that day and in the weeks that followed, allowing Obama to easily run up margins and delegate counts on the cheap--the delegate margin he will win by."
"There was financial mismanagement bordering on fraud. A candidate who raised more than a quarter of a billion dollars over the years had to pump in millions more of her own money to stave off bankruptcy."
"I don't think anybody in America doesn't think she can do the job. What they're dying for is to know a little bit more about her. And we were unable to present that side of her."
"If you look at this campaign as a 15- or 16-month gambit, the public turning point was the Philadelphia debate. Her non-answer on the driver's license issue. Again, it spoke to the character issue: The sense that she will say anything and do anything to get elected. It drove the Obama narrative of her home."
"Her dense and wonky speaking style was compounded by her speechwriting team's reporting to Policy Director Tanden rather than Communications Director Wolfson."
this young woman in the NYP
Peggy Noonan on Hillary
Mary Rambin thinks she is Cristina Yang
god bless AmApp
JA and Carrie Bradshaw
The Triumph of Bullshit
musing on The Bachelorette
Dos Press chapbook series
Hugh Hefner's son Marston
Tao Lin versus Bujalski
actual cover of Esquire:
Careful what you charge online
adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's The Road
This dude's Alex Balk stalking is pretty funny, Balk seems to be taking it well and not well. I think he should just be flattered.
Hilar nytimes comment
Naomi Wolf is a terrible prude
judging emily harshly
emily on NPR
obama's hard knock life
Speaking of Obama, the movement to convince his detractors that he is not a Muslim has approached critical mass. It is relatively clear Obama has never been a Muslim; it also seems clear that his father was once a Muslim, as was his stepfather. The problem I have with this Democratic gushing, "He's NOT a Muslim, GRRRRR" is the supposition that being a Muslim is such a terrible thing. If there was a presidential candidate devoting a page on his website to dispelling vicious rumors he was Jewish, I'd take offense pretty quickly. Of course we know why Obama supporters are doing this: they believe regular people are too dumb to not instinctively vote against a 'Muslim' candidate. That doesn't make it right.
is john mccain a muslim?
castro on obama, good lord
Peter Gizzi on Barbara Guest
Of Montreal covering MIA
sarahchristine and she and him
First look at new Woody allen
old Woody allen
Postcards from Yo Momma has a sweet new site
I didn't know A-Rod wore number 13 because of Dan Marino. Yikes.
took polaroid every day till died
honoring the fallen:
McGinnis was manning the turret in the last Humvee of a six-vehicle patrol in Adhamiyah in northeast Baghdad on Dec. 4, 2006, when an insurgent threw a grenade from the roof of a nearby building.
“Grenade!” yelled McGinnis, who was manning the vehicle's M2 .50-caliber machine gun.
McGinnis, facing backward because he was in the rear vehicle, tried to deflect the grenade, but it fell into the Humvee and lodged between the radios.
When he stood up to get ready to jump out of the vehicle, as he had been trained to do, McGinnis realized the other four soldiers in the Humvee did not know where the grenade had landed and did not have enough time to escape.
McGinnis, a native of Knox, Pa., threw his back against the radio mount, where the grenade was lodged, and smothered the explosive with his body. McGinnis was posthumously promoted to specialist, and he was awarded the Silver Star, the nation’s third-highest award for valor, while the Medal of Honor nomination was pending. The grenade exploded, hitting McGinnis on his sides and lower back, under his vest. He was killed instantly. The other four men survived.
"Violet Hill" - Coldplay (mp3)
"Praying for Time" - George Michael (mp3)
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