SNOLLYGOSTER - A shrewd, unprincipled person, especially a politician.

Tuesday, June 15, 2004

[ Abu Gharib in before the scandal ]Worldandnation: Her job: Lock up Iraq's bad guys

Worldandnation: Her job: Lock up Iraq's bad guys: "Whereas detainees used to cry at the very thought of Abu Ghraib, for many the 'living conditions now are better in prison than at home,' Karpinski says. 'At one point we were concerned they wouldn't want to leave.'"

Tuesday, May 11, 2004

The Morning News - Reading With the Enemy

The Morning News - Reading With the Enemy

ME: What if I only listened to the Eagles for a month?

ME: Horrible, but not enough.

ME: What if I only read Russian novels? Or chick lit?

ME: Yes, but reading only happens at bedtime – too easy.

ME: What if I only rode local buses everywhere?

ME: OK, now you’re just reaching.

My ideas were too superficial, too banal. Spurlock’s near-renal failure haunted my brainstorming process. A month of Don Henley is painful but no match for thirty days of Filet-O-Fish.

Then my girlfriend had an idea. An idea that required a real struggle, a complete lifestyle change, with the potential to ruin personal relationships, trash my psyche, turn my whole world not just upside down, but inside out and backward. In other words, a really great bad idea.

HER: What if you spent one month reading, listening to, and watching only right-wing media. No New York Times, no NPR, no network news, no CNN, no lefty blogs, no liberal novels. Nothing left-wing or centrist, and nothing ‘objective.’ Nothing that makes up the world you currently inhabit.

ME: Babe, you’re an evil genius, and I love you

D.C. Dispatch | 2004.04.28 | Powers

D.C. Dispatch | 2004.04.28 | Powers: "If you want to drive the political media crazy these days, mention God. They'll immediately start acting strangely, running for the exits."

Wednesday, April 28, 2004

NPR : Politically Speaking : Bush's Black Legacy: "My bet is that history will recall the administration's relationship with blacks for bringing black people into the highest levels of public policy. There is no guarantee that Powell, Rice or any white person wins every fight among the power players around the president. But in order to win, in order to influence, you have to get in the ring. And until the current administration, the most elite circle of advisors to the most powerful man in the world, the foreign policy apparatus, might as well have had a 'Whites Only' sign on the door.
Once he leaves the government, Powell is on his way to being the next Henry Kissinger, a former secretary of state widely regarded as a wise man on world affairs. Rice, once she leaves, will always be a candidate to be secretary of state in any Republican administration. And once President Bush leaves office, history may recall his relationship with black Americans for the fact that he opened doors."

Monday, April 05, 2004

Asia Pacific Media Network :: Rice Will Surely Try to Make Nice ?- But Terrorism War Creates All Sorts of Casualties

Mercury News: Bay Area news, technology, jobs, cars & real estate: "Rice at center of terror dispute


By Douglas Jehl and David E. Sanger

New York Times

WASHINGTON - Condoleezza Rice was, perhaps, in the best position to galvanize the government to take action against terrorism before the Sept. 11 attacks because as national security adviser she sat at the nexus of the intelligence, foreign policy, defense and law enforcement agencies who shared responsibility for counterterrorism measures.
That is why -- as the White House scrambles to defend against charges that President Bush and his advisers paid too little heed before Sept. 11, 2001, to the threat of terrorist attacks -- Rice finds herself at the center of the storm.
Thursday, finally testifying publicly in front " [ I detect the distinct odor of scapegoat. - Barry ]

Thursday, April 01, 2004

Turning the Tide: "The official weblog of Noam Chomsky, including exclusive, original observations drawn from personal correspondence, ZNet Sustainer Forums posts, and direct blog entries"

Monday, March 22, 2004

BRIAN DICKERSON: Court race turning into ho-hum affair: "The nonpartisan charade
Though nominally nonpartisan, candidates for the state's highest court are nominated by the major parties and tend, once elected, to favor interests and constituencies important to those parties.
Since assuming working control of Michigan's judiciary in 1999, the current Republican majority has dramatically restricted plaintiffs access to the courts and upheld controversial legislation designed to reduce the exposure of insurance companies, negligent manufacturers and other deep-pocket defendants. "

Monday, January 05, 2004

Road to the White House: Gephardt campaign a mix of policy, emotion