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Entries by Jason Linkins from 07/2009

Glenn Beck Guest: Osama Bin Laden Should Attack Again (VIDEO)

Posted 07.01.2009 | Politics

As many of you know, the modern and civilized life that we lead in America, as sensible people, has long clashed terribly with the panoply of phantasm...

Civil Liberties Groups Deny Support For Obama "Prolonged Detention" Policies

Posted 07.01.2009 | Politics

So, here's the story: The Obama administration wants to close Guantanamo Bay. But Congress is filled with people who either inanely claim that housin...

AP Blows The Doors Off Of This 'Sex' Stuff We Keep Hearing About

Posted 07.01.2009 | Media

The brave souls at the Associated Press are finally going to get to the bottom of all of this sex stuff. And AP's report, entitled, "What Is Sex? Americans Can't Agree," is just as delightful as you might suspect.

As Debate On DADT Rages, Robert Gates Looks For 'Humane' Stopgap

Posted 07.01.2009 | Politics

Spencer Ackerman flags a "curious choice of words" from Defense Secretary Bob Gates, apparently bravely stating the case that maybe, someday, someone ...

Franken's Critics Agonize Over Senate Victory (VIDEO)

Posted 07.01.2009 | Media

Yesterday, Al Franken, after a protracted Hundred Years War with Norm Coleman that played out in front of every legal body in the state of Minnesota, ...

It's An Eat The Press Canada Day (And The Rest Of Your Scritti Politti)

Posted 07.01.2009 | Media

Hmm. It's July 1st! Somewhere, out in the recesses of memory, a strange, clarion call is sounding, reminding me of a hallowed Eat The Press traditio...

The Mark Sanford Affair Commemorated In Poetry

Posted 07.02.2009 | Politics

Republican legislators are wondering whether Mark Sanford has gone crazy. "That's a troubled man," said Sen. Harvey Peeler, R-Cherokee, a longtime Sa...

Jon Stewart Blasts Glenn Beck & Michael Scheuer For Promoting Slaughter Of Americans (VIDEO)

Posted 07.02.2009 | Comedy

Stewart spoke from the perspective of someone who lived through a terrorist attack and had little patience for fools who just casually suggest that maybe we'd all benefit from another one.

Washington Post Plans Salons With Lobbyists: Anyone Shocked?

Posted 07.02.2009 | Media

Whenever I try to point out how, in Washington, DC, the line between "edit meeting" and "cocktail party" has become blurred to the point of ridiculousness, there's never a shortage of people who'll line up and tell me how cynical I am.

Karl Rove Goes 'Pot-Kettle-Black' On Obama Administration For Health Care Town Hall

Posted 07.02.2009 | Politics

Ahh, Karl Rove! Not too long ago, Rove had command of an astonishing political portfolio. From his perch, he created the many great works, for which...

ABC News Reporter Tweets That Iranian Detainees Are Being Waterboarded [UPDATED]

Posted 07.02.2009 | Politics

UPDATE: Days after writing this, it's hardly surprising to wake up and find that the New York Times has suddenly found a use for the word "torture," w...

TV SoundOff: Sunday Talking Heads

Posted 07.05.2009 | Media

OMGZ HA HA SARAH PALIN! She's resigning! And suing the entire internet for defamation! And breaking new ground in CRAZY AWESOME?

Robert McNamara Reads Creepy, Ironic Poetry (VIDEO)

Posted 07.06.2009 | Politics

One of the things that is likely to prevent former Defense Secretary Robert McNamara from receiving the same wall-to-wall coverage in death that Micha...

Henry Waxman Schooled On Restless Leg Syndrome (VIDEO)

Posted 07.06.2009 | Politics

As you may have heard, California Rep. Henry Waxman was released recently from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, having been admitted after ...

McNamara Never Stopped Looking Down On War Critics

Posted 07.06.2009 | Politics

It's very difficult to get taken seriously in the media today, unless you were strongly beating a drum in favor of the Iraq misadventure. Getting it right still comes with consequences: a diminished share of the pundit-hole. Getting it wrong still comes with rewards.

Sarah Palin: Working Class Hero? (And The Rest Of Your Scritti Politti)

Posted 07.06.2009 | Politics

I appreciate that Ross Douthat is looking for a working-class hero for the future GOP of his book, Grand New Party. The sooner he can bring himself f...

NRSC Distorts Franken Video To Make New Senator Look Angry (VIDEO) [UPDATED]

Posted 07.07.2009 | Politics

[UPDATED, below.] The GOP is running this ad online, lamenting the fact that the Democrats now have the sixtieth Senate vote in the form of Al Franke...

Washington Post Profiles The Women In Marion Barry's Life

Posted 07.07.2009 | Media

I'm not sure that the news managed to penetrate America's subconscious, since Sarah Palin's Point Guard Resignation Speech absorbed so much of the new...

Sarah Palin Complains That Critics Are Applying A 'Double Standard' To Her Decision

Posted 07.07.2009 | Politics

All anyone seems to want to focus on is how Palin is a big old Quitty McQuitsalot who wants to use Twitter to sue to the internet and send the blogs to Syria for "enhanced interrogation techniques."

Sarah Palin Resigns: Winners And Losers

Posted 07.07.2009 | Politics

So, over the holiday weekend, Sarah Palin filmed her very own mumblecore epic, for the Sundance Film Festival, entitled "Oh Hai I Am Resigning, For No...

Is The Recession Over Now That Gonzo Has A Job (No.) (And The Rest Of Your Scritti Politti)

Posted 07.07.2009 | Media

What a frabjous day for former Bush Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, who have finally surmounted what seemed to be his most insurmountable object --...

Thomas Frank On WaPo Salons: 'A Moment Of Rare, Piquant Hypocrisy'

Posted 07.08.2009 | Media

Over at the Wall Street Journal, Thomas Frank has weighed in on the way the Washington Post attempted to launch a massive "Hey, Lobbyists, Let's All G...

George Allen To Pen Treatise On "The Triumph Of Character"

Posted 07.08.2009 | Politics

Via Wonkette comes the news that former Virginia senator and mutterer of racist exotica George Allen is going to be writing a book, and that book is g...

Investigators Smuggled Bomb Parts Into Ten Federal Buildings

Posted 07.08.2009 | Politics

Sarabeth at draws attention to this downright scary story from CNN, detailing how investigators, sent to test security protocols at all sorts...

Marion Barry Threw Girlfriend Out Of Hotel Room For Refusing Oral Sex

Posted 07.08.2009 | Politics

Sweet sassy molassey! Mike DeBonis of the Washington City Paper has WON THE AFTERNOON with this epic slice of awesomeness, in which he reveals many l...