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Happy Holiday

By on 1.16.06 | 8:12AM

Happy Martin Luther King Day. Good luck especially in having a listen to the one and only "I Have a Dream" speech. For some reason, the King family holds all rights to it, so that the one of 20th century history's greatest publicly delivered speeches is not in the public domain. Only in America! Read all about it in Sunday's Washington Post

There'll be lots of AmSpecBlogging today, but no regular lineup. We return in force on Tuesday.

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Re: So Far…

By on 1.16.06 | 8:11AM

Paul: Want to see real anger on Monday night's "24"? Wait until Jack's old girlfriend meets his new girlfriend. As the saying goes, "Hell hath no fury ..."

Sunday night's episode, though, was a good prelude (along with all the usual "24" audience easy-to-guess foreshadowing) to tonight's two hours. Jack is most definitely back, and needed.

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Horrors

By on 1.16.06 | 7:52AM

John, I'll have to e-mail my pal Hunter and ask why he's going to horror flicks at all. I have two boys, 11 and 6, and the movies we end up going to with them are quite horrible enough. I particularly worry about the sexual image imprinting from many cartoons, with their dominatrix female characters in thigh high boots and thrusting bazooms.

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So Far …

By on 1.15.06 | 10:09PM

The best line in the "24" season that debuted tonight was as follows:

"Listen kid, let's get one thing straight. The only reason you're still conscious is because I don't feel like carrying you. Now get in the truck."

But there will be more. The show's two-night season debut continues tomorrow. I'd say it's off to about a B+ start. It's tough to see patriots like Michelle Dessler and former President Palmer finally taken down by the forces of darkness. But Jack is back, and he looks angry. Something tells me he'll get his man.

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The Brit Al Gore

By on 1.15.06 | 7:13PM

The Guardian newspaper reported this morning that the British equivalent of Al Gore, young Mr. Phil Sands, was kidnapped in Iraq on Boxing Day and rescued about a week later by surprised US troops who were searching the building he was held in pursuit of bad guys. Mr.Gore, who has - fortunately -been missing for months is reliably reported to have been sighted somewhere in the DC area, in which he is expected to give a speech tomorrow. In response to which we can reasonably be expected to reiterate the question, as Mr. Sands related to the Guardian, asked by the US trooper who discovered him.

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Re: MoveOn Moving On

By on 1.15.06 | 7:02PM

John: MoveOn's relationship to the liberal press is that of a monkey to the mirror on the wall of his cage. There's only one side to the hyperlib story, and it makes the Military Industrial Complex look complicated. The liberals -- their radicals, media and congressbeings -- all live in the same bubble, and within the bubble there is a thermodynamic equilibrium. No heat or light enter or leave, no changes are allowed. And, they think, it will always remain undisturbed. Which is why they believe their press allies will always be faithful and immune to the real world economy. Fire liberal reporters? Fie on those who would fire. How dare they?

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Re: MoveOn

By on 1.15.06 | 6:53PM

I don't know, Jed. It would seem to be against MoveOn's long-term interests to force bloated liberal newspapers to go bankrupt rather than making staff cuts.

On the other hand, maybe the fat-cutting will make papers more responsive to readers and less apt to broadcast the unfiltered inside-the-bubble CW, in which case MoveOn can't win either way.

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MoveOn Moving On

By on 1.15.06 | 6:16PM

The Dems' campaign against Judge Samuel Alito's nomination to the Supreme Court is - as my sons might say - so over. The Sunday morning tv talk shows either beat on the Dems for making such a bad showing (as did the ever more liberal Chris Matthews) or simply ignored the whole thing (as did Meet the Press). Perhaps the best evidence of the unstoppable nature of the Alito momentum is that even MoveOn.org is demoting their anti-Alito campaign to the bottom of the page.

One of the new MoveOn headline stories is hilarious. Instead of defending the insane liberal bias of the media, MoveOn is now bashing the media for laying off reporters. MoveOn knows who its friends only reliable pals are, and - to its credit - will fight for them. Even as a broken clock is correct twice a day, there had to be a case in which MoveOn.org would perform honorably, even if only to its own lights.

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Shadegg for leader, Cantor for whip

By on 1.15.06 | 4:46PM

The current contest for GOP leader in the House of Representatives is the first time in the history of the Republican Party that party members, that is, all of us in the blogosphere, can directly influence the decision.

For the next three weeks, until the secret ballot vote on February 2, the back benchers will be eyes and ears open to e-mail and catcalling from us in the pachyderm herd. Establishment candidate Roy Blunt of Missouri -- who speaks in favor of grotesque earmarks and does not condemn DeLay for his lunatic 527 abuses -- has fallen short of pledged votes to lock it up for the first ballot. Challenger John Boehner of Ohio is a sincere and well-prepared reformer of the rotten practices that led to the present crisis. Boehner opposes earmarks and the egregious forms of lobbyist bribery such as travel tickets and accommodations, such as back-scratching, money-laundering 527s. And now there is John Shadegg of Arizona, who represents the Directory-fiery Republican Study Committee, which fancies itself the Spirit of '94, the clean it all up tyros, Cromwell rides again.

I am a fan of brooms.

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