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Re: King of Lear

By on 2.8.06 | 1:35PM

I agree with Paul. We should have some sort of award for Wlady for coining the phrase.

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Re: King of Leer

By on 2.8.06 | 12:56PM

Wlady: I'm almost glad now that Clinton spoke (almost), just for the opportunity of hearing you use the term "unscotchable hankering."

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Football, Shouted

By on 2.8.06 | 12:09PM

Kornheiser is headed to Monday Night Football. Yes, yes, it's hard to argue with success, it's good work if you can get it. I'm sure Kornheiser will boost MNF, attracting those who like a constantly high level of shouting about sports. Kornheiser The Brand is great for radio, a short sound-bite show on ESPN (PTI), and even a corner on page 2 of the Post sports section. But let's hope that the bar-argument style of sports broadcasting is the exception rather than the rule.

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King of Leer

By on 2.8.06 | 11:48AM

Never fear, James. Bill Clinton stole the show, his nodding Hillary doll smirking with approval at his every word. Most incredible was the following passage, which not only doubled as a plug for his wife's candidacy but reminded everyone of his unscotchable hankering for women of all ages:

We're here to honor a person.

Fifty-four years ago, her about-to-be husband said that he was looking for a woman with character, intelligence, personality and beauty, and she sure fit the bill.

(APPLAUSE)

And I have to say, when she was over 75, I thought she still fit the bill pretty good....

(Check his Oscar-worthy performance among the videos that accompany this Washington Post story.)

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Carter, For The Record

By on 2.8.06 | 10:30AM

Transcript courtesy of USA Today:

Years later in Oslo I said, The Nobel Prize profoundly magnified the inspiring global influence of Martin Luther King Jr., the greatest leader that my native state, and perhaps my native country, has ever produced.

(APPLAUSE)

And I was including George Washington and Abraham Lincoln and the others.

(LAUGHTER)

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On the Air

By on 2.8.06 | 8:13AM

I'm on again this morning for Laura Ingraham. Tune in. We'll be talking to Laura in Baghdad, to Sen. John Kyl on the NSA surveillance program and about the Corretta Scott King funeral. Heavy news day. See ya on the radio.

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Journalism Under Fire

By on 2.8.06 | 8:11AM

The Washington Post today commends Middle Eastern newspapers for "bravely" republishing the offending Muhammad cartoons, yet chides European newspaper for doing the same in journalistic solidarity. (The Post still hasn't published the cartoons for its readers, as a letter writer points out -- fortunately, there's the Internet.) The Post's reasoning is a bit silly: the freedom of the press isn't threatened in Europe, so newspapers should restrict themselves. Further, the Danish prime minister should have met with Muslim ambassadors to defuse the controversy, when he has no control over these free newspapers. In other words, by the Post's understanding of freedom of the press, freedom isn't free.

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Langley the Anti-24

By on 2.7.06 | 11:55PM

Report from most trusted intelligence source re the sudden removal, exit, hatcheting of veteran CIA officer Robert Grenier, chief of Clandestine Services the last year.

This is evidence of profound turmoil at a wounded enterprise. Grenier is said to be an accomplished secret war fighter, working in Pakistan in the early part of the war after 9-11, later working in the Iraq Issues Group. There is mention of poor relationship with superiors; there is mention of the CIA's Counterterrorism Center now rudderless, demoted, dejected.

Langley now qualifies as the Anti-24.

DCI Porter Goss is either cleaning house of institutional memory or is recruiting from an unknown deep bench that is not obvious. Morale, never strong since 9-11, since Tennant's unexplained departure, since the WMD story got lost in an Agency drawer, has now matched the ratings for the put-on-hiatus Commander-in-Chief.

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Re: Lefties for Jesus

By on 2.7.06 | 10:12PM

John: Thank you for the plug. Claiborne's book is better than you might be given to believe, though one's religious background will certainly come into play in forming conclusions. His commitment to service seems utterly genuine, whatever one thinks of his political conclusions, which do tend to be unswervingly left-wing. The world is a better place for having him.

And doesn't it tell us something about the times in which we live that "radical Christian" denotes a benevolent pacifist like Claiborne, and radical Islamist denotes.... well, something else.

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Re: Political Funeral Watch

By on 2.7.06 | 7:01PM

The political unseemliness was not restricted to Bush-bashing. Clinton, as usual, delivered the best lines from the highest heights of dizzying hypocrisy. Unreported has been Carter's promotion of MLK above every American leader to have ever existed. On the left there couldn't be a more noble gesture -- but Carter piled subterfuge on subterfuge with a well-placed, chickening-out "perhaps"...

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