In which Barney Frank takes down the notion that Republicans would have voted for the bill if only Pelosi hadn't hurt their feelings
Hendrik Hertzberg sets the record straight.
Yet another emu has been tasered. That's right, a third emu tasering in less than six weeks. This one was in Clark County, Washington; the Columbian has the story.
The emu tale began Saturday, when Garrison reported his big bird missing from his home in the 200 block of Southeast Everett Road. The day before, he and his wife, Svetlana, had sold two other emus and three llamas, leaving the emu by himself.
Lonely, he escaped his pen to search for his friends.
I should say, I'm now living in DC.
What if there's a tie in the electoral college?
At a press conference in Caracas on Thursday morning, Human Rights Watch released a report critical of Venezuela. It got solid press. Then on Thursday night Venezuelan authorities went to the hotel of the two HRW guys, detained them, took them to the airport and put them on a plane out of the country (they arrived in Sao Paulo Friday morning).
An AP story out of Chicago today says that officers there are "working the streets less aggressively out of resentment toward their new chief and fear of being second-guessed by him."
With the 9/11 anniversary last week, there was some news analysis on the current status of "counter-terrorism" policy, and on where the presidential candidates stood. There seemed to be this notion that actually they're pretty similar on this stuff -- including on the matter of torture. Here are the quotes specifically on torture:
Shankar Vedantam's latest political psych piece is a good read, and utterly frustrating. He writes about what happens to people when they believe something that is incorrect (for example, that Sarah Palin fought against the "Bridge to Nowhere"). One might think that if you provide them clear information to show that the information is incorrect, their general view of the broader subject (say, their overall feeling on Palin) will return to where it was before they had that bit of misinformation.
One of the assertions in the new Bob Woodward book is that the decrease in violence in Iraq in 2007 and 2008 was not caused 100%, or necessarily at all, by the troop increase. I know, crazy. Because clearly a decrease in violence that began, oh, five months or so after the troop increase was because of that troop increase, and no other factors should be considered.
Beginning in the late spring of 2007, the U.S. military and intelligence agencies launched a series of top-secret operations that enabled them to locate, target and kill key individuals in groups such as al-Qaeda in Iraq, the Sunni insurgency and renegade Shia militias, or so-called special groups."
a number of authoritative sources say the covert activities had a far-reaching effect on the violence and were very possibly the biggest factor in reducing it.
There's an idea that if you hit someone over the head with something over and over and over it will stick. And if John McCain keeps calling himself a 'maverick' (nevermind voting with Bush more than 90% of the time) most of the traditional media will keep going with it.
"Give a reporter two points and he'll draw a line."