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Entries by Marty Kaplan from 02/2006

Snapshots from the Coolness Conference

| Posted 02.03.2006 | Huffington Post

I've been attending eg2006, a gathering about information and entertainment at the Skirball Center up in the Sepulveda Pass above Los Angeles. Here are a few Kodachromes from the more than 50 presentations.

How Do You Solve A Problem Like Urea?

| Posted 02.05.2006 | Huffington Post

Yes, it's really puzzling, how such a grounded, sensible lad like George Deutsch could go from college, to the Bush campaign, to become the scourge of the NASA scientific community.

From Paul Wellstone to Coretta King

| Posted 02.08.2006 | Huffington Post

Republicans love playing the civility card. I wonder where these Emily Posts were when the Pentagon lied about the circumstances of Pat Tillman's death at his funeral. I don't recall them denouncing Pat Robertson -- while the towers were still smoldering.

What -- No Up-or-Down Vote, Dr. Frist?

| Posted 02.09.2006 | Huffington Post

There's no mystery about Frist's motives for inserting a pro-Big Pharma provision into a Defense appropriatiation bill. But you have to wonder why he and Hastert resorted to the dead-of-night maneuver.

We Are All Harry Whittington

| Posted 02.14.2006 | Huffington Post

The White House decided that the best strategy was to make self-deprecating jokes about it.

Yoohoo! Yahoo!

| Posted 02.15.2006 | Huffington Post

For nearly a decade, not only has Yahoo! allowed the Chinese version of its search engine to be censored; worse, it has also turned over to Chinese state security the IP and e-mail addresses they have sought in order to nail and jail dissidents.

Knee-Jerk Jerks

| Posted 02.16.2006 | Huffington Post

In the crunch -- when crisis reveals character, and values are flushed from the covey -- we now know all too well what the members of the Bush administration are truly made of.

King George and King Canute

| Posted 02.17.2006 | Politics
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Today Bush told a Florida audience that it was Saddam's decision that America go to war in Iraq, not ours. Does W really believe his Just So story, or is he counting on American amnesia to leave his account of recent history unchallenged?

Prof. Harold Hill Hits the Road

| Posted 02.20.2006 | Huffington Post

Bush's energy "plan" is the policy equivalent of "the think system" -- the con run by The Music Man's Prof. Harold Hill.

"It Keeps the Elephants Away"

| Posted 02.21.2006 | Huffington Post

Republicans haul out the argument that Democrats are the party of "doom and gloom," and that they are the party of optimism.

W's Balls That Clank

| Posted 02.21.2006 | Huffington Post

Maybe it's Rove; maybe it's Cheney; hell, maybe it's Laura. This Dubai advice has nothing to do with the merits, and everything to do with power.

W: "My Government"

| Posted 02.23.2006 | Politics
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Bush said "my government." It's not a Freudian slip; it's an Orwellian siren, an anti-democratic red alert.

Soft Bigotry, Hard Bucks

| Posted 02.27.2006 | Huffington Post

Looks like no contractor is being left behind, either.

Drudge's Strategy, Strategery's Drudgery

| Posted 02.28.2006 | Huffington Post

Hooray for all those "ideas and thoughts out there," says Bush. What he means is: hooray for Drudge, Coulter, Hannity, O'Reilly, Malkin et al.