Sunday Reads: Long Weekend Links

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Plenty of links for you this morning, so let us just get down to it…

In the New York Times this weekend, more information was reported about the DOJ investigation into Fox News reporter James Rosen, as well as other DOJ press investigations during the Obama administration: Leaks Inquiries Show How Wide a Net Is Cast

Even before the F.B.I. conducted 550 interviews of officials and seized the phone records of Associated Press reporters in a leak investigation connected to a 2012 article about a Yemen bomb plot, agents had sought the same reporters’ sources for two other articles about terrorism.

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The emerging details of these and other cases show just how wide a net the Obama administration has cast in its investigations into disclosures of government secrets, querying hundreds of officials across the federal government and even some of their foreign counterparts.

The result has been an unprecedented six prosecutions and many more inquiries using aggressive legal and technical tactics. A vast majority of those questioned were cleared of any leaking.

You can read the rest of the article at that link, it is rather a long read.

There is one thing about all this Rosen stuff I do find interesting, this little tidbit reported by Tommy Christopher at Mediaite: DOJ Document Reveals Fox News Reporter James Rosen Wanted To Impact U.S. Foreign Policy

The emails revealed in the government’s affidavit appear to show, however, that James Rosen’s solicitation of government secrets wasn’t nearly so narrow. The affadavit describes how Rosen assigned himself the codename “Alex,” and Mr. Kim the moniker “Leo,” and in their early contacts, explained the noble aims of their prospective relationship:

Thanks Leo. What I am interested in, as you might expect, is breaking new ahead of my competitors.

Sure, that sounds bad, as if James Rosen would jeopardize America’s contacts in a hostile foreign government just to get some eyeballs away from his competition, but surely, every reporter has this competitive urge. Although it was the first thing Rosen mentioned, there was another consideration. After outlining the kinds of secret information he hoped to get from “Leo,” Rosen summed up his intention to… report the news objectively? To serve the public?

Let’s break some new, and expose muddle-headed policy when we see it – or force the administration’s hand to go in the right direction, if possible.

Wait, what? Is that what a News reporter is supposed to do, force the administration’s hand to guide American foreign policy to the reporter’s whim? Separate and apart from the DOJ investigation, this email seems to indicate that James Rosen is not just a News reporter, but an activist intent on pushing his own agenda, with the stated goal of manipulating U.S. foreign policy.

Enough on that, check out the latest legislation getting passed in Dakinikat’s state: The Volokh Conspiracy » Louisiana Set to Criminalize Publishing That Someone Has a Concealed Carry Permit

The bill is HB8, though there’s a Senate amendment; apparently, the Legislature plans to enact the bill as amended. The bill bars the government from releasing information about who has applied for or gotten a concealed carry permit, and the Legislature certainly can impose such restrictions on the government itself. But then it also criminalizes speech by everyone else (I merge the House Bill and the adopted Senate amendment):

Absent a valid court order requiring the release of information or unless a recipient of a concealed handgun permit is charged with a felony offense involving the use of a handgun, it shall be [a misdemeanor] … to release, disseminate, or make public in any manner any information contained in an application for a concealed handgun permit or any information regarding the identity of any person who applied for or received a concealed handgun permit issued pursuant to this Section.

So blogging that you happen to know that a gun control advocate actually has a concealed carry permit himself would be a crime. Or say that you know someone has a concealed carry permit, and that person is sued for supposedly making death threats, or is criminally prosecuted for a felony offense involving a shotgun, or otherwise seems dangerous and unstable — mentioning the permit in publicly discussing the situation would be a crime. Mentioning applicants’ names in giving examples of cases where you think a concealed handgun permit was wrongly issued, or wrongly denied, would be a crime, too. So would talking about a person’s concealed carry permit in a biography of the person, or in a newspaper or magazine story that is trying to give a sense of the kind of person he is.

There is more analysis at the link.

That bridge collapse in Washington could have been a lot worse, at least there were no fatalities. Click here on this link for a infographic on bridges in the US: Bridge Collapses And Structurally Deficient Bridges Across The Country (INFOGRAPHIC)

In his State of the Union address this year, President Obama urged repairs of “the nearly 70,000 structurally deficient bridges across the country.” He proposed a plan called “Fix it First,” which would have invested $50 billion in repairing transportation infrastructure, starting with the most urgent repairs.

Instead, Congress failed to avoid the sequester and transportation repair spending faces a $1.9 billion cut.

The collapse of the Interstate 5 Bridge over the Skagit River in Washington State on Thursday once again sounded alarms over our nation’s aging infrastructure. While this incident had no fatalities, there are hundreds of other bridges in Washington with worse sufficiency scores and more than 150,000 structurally deficient or functionally obsolete bridges across the nation.

And when this bridge collapsed, there was another article that caught my attention as reported by a local Seattle news station: 911 Dispatcher Tells Woman About To Be Sexually Assaulted There Are No Cops To Help Her Due To Budget Cuts « CBS Seattle

An Oregon woman was told by a 911 dispatcher that authorities wouldn’t be able be able to help her as her ex-boyfriend broke into her place because of budget cuts.

Oregon Public Radio reports that an unidentified woman called 911 during a weekend in August 2012 while Michael Bellah was breaking into her place. Her call was forwarded to Oregon State Police because of lay-offs at the Josephine County Sheriff’s Office only allows the department to be open Monday through Friday.

“Uh, I don’t have anybody to send out there,” the 911 dispatcher told the woman. “You know, obviously, if he comes inside the residence and assaults you, can you ask him to go away? Do you know if he’s intoxicated or anything?”

The woman told the dispatcher that Bellah previously attacked her and left her hospitalized a few weeks prior to the latest incident. The dispatcher stayed on the phone with the woman for more than 10 minutes before the sexual assault took place.

“Once again it’s unfortunate you guys don’t have any law enforcement out there,” the dispatcher said, according to Oregon Public Radio.

The woman responded: “Yeah, it doesn’t matter, if he gets in the house I’m done.”

Police say Bellah choked the woman and sexually assaulted her. He was arrested by Oregon State Police following the incident.

“There isn’t a day that goes by that we don’t have another victim,” Josephine County Sheriff Gil Gilberson told Oregon Public Radio. “If you don’t pay the bill, you don’t get the service.”

The sheriff’s department had to cut 23 deputies and the entire major crimes unit after it lost a multi-million dollar federal subsidy, according to Oregon Public Radio. There are now only six deputies left.

The sheriff’s department even put out a press release warning domestic violence victims to “consider relocating to an area with adequate law enforcement services.”

Sickening. Disgusting.

You can read more about this and hear the 911 calls at the OPB report quoted by the CBS article:  Josephine County Tax Levy Would Add Deputies, Fund The Jail » News » OPB

Meanwhile, in Oklahoma…look what got defunded on the quiet:  Oklahoma Senate Votes To Defund Planned Parenthood Two Days After Tornado

In the wake of one of the most destructive tornadoes in history, Oklahoma state senators passed a bill on Wednesday that would effectively defund Planned Parenthood.

Senate Bill 900, which re-allocates family planning funds to public providers and hospitals instead of private providers like Planned Parenthood, passed by a vote of 33 to 8. The state Senate was able to pass the bill somewhat under the radar because it was not posted on Wednesday’s legislative agenda.

Planned Parenthood operates five clinics in Oklahoma and serves about 8,400 men and women there a year. The family planning provider has faced scrutiny from Republicans in recent years because it provides abortions, even though it cannot use public family planning funding to pay for abortion services.

State Rep. Doug Cox (R), a family physician, said he will vote against the legislation when the House takes it up on Thursday. “To defund a program like Planned Parenthood would be a mistake,” he told The Huffington Post in a phone interview. “They perform a valuable service as far as breast cancer screenings, cervical cancer screenings, parenting classes, many things that benefit our state that we’re sorely in need of.”

Cox said he believes that some of his Republican colleagues in the House also support Planned Parenthood, but they still feel pressured to vote for bills that would defund it. “I have people who tell me they feel the way I do, but are afraid to vote the way I do,” he said.

That is a real shame, too bad those GOP Reps don’t have the cahones to stand up to the PLUBs who got them into office.

On with the rest of the morning’s post after the jump…

I don’t know why Roman Polanski is still given any international forum to show his films…Roman Polanski complains birth control pills are ‘masculinizing’ women | The Raw Story

Oscar-winning director Roman Polanski on Saturday blamed birth control pills for “masculinising” women, as he premiered what he called a satire on sexism.Polanski unveiled “Venus in Fur” starring his wife Emmanuelle Seigner, which was the last movie in competition to be screened at the Cannes Film Festival.

Asked by a reporter how his views of women had changed over time, the filmmaker said he thought feminism and advances in contraception had blurred the distinctions between the sexes.

“I think that now offering flowers to a lady becomes indecent, that’s how I feel about it,” he told a news conference after a well-received screening of his film.

“I think to level the genders — it’s purely idiotic. I think it’s a result… of progress in medicine. I think that the Pill has changed greatly the woman of our times, ‘masculinising’ her — how would you say it?” he said, looking to his cast for a prompt.

He added: “I think that it chases away the romance from our lives and that’s a great pity.”

Polanski wasn’t the only one talking shit: Artsy Male Directors At Cannes Say Sexist Shit Too. Who’da Thunk?

These might the kind of sound bites you’d think would come from, say, the premiere of a Michael Bay movie, but — nope! Roman Polanski and Francois Ozon, two iconic male directors, with scores of nuanced, sensitive and artistic films behind them (although, obviously, not without a patchy sexual history on Polanski’s end) went to Cannes, arguably the highest-minded annual film festival there is, and said some of the most ass-backwards shit about women’s relationships with contraception and prostitution that I’ve ever heard. As if it would be completely okay to do so. Except, as far as we know, it was received okay at the festival; after all, only one female director’s movie was selected for competition up against 19 entries from men.

Uh, this quote up top is from Jezebel, written by Anna Breslaw and I think that opening sentence is a bunch of shit.

…not without a patchy sexual history on Polanski’s end.

The man was arrested and charged with raping a child under the age of 14!

In March 1977, film director Roman Polanski was arrested and charged in Los Angeles with a number of offenses against Samantha Gailey, a 13-year-old girl[1] – rape by use of drugs, perversion, sodomy, lewd and lascivious act upon a child under 14, and furnishing a controlled substance to a minor.[2] At his arraignment Polanski pleaded not guilty to all charges,[3] but later accepted a plea bargain whose terms included dismissal of five of the initial charges[4] in exchange for a guilty plea to the lesser charge of engaging in unlawful sexual intercourse.[4][5]

Polanski underwent a court-ordered psychiatric evaluation,[6] and it was expected that he would only receive probation at his sentencing. However, upon learning that he was likely to face imprisonment and deportation,[5][7] Polanski fled to France in February 1978, hours before he was to be formally sentenced.[8] Since then Polanski has mostly lived in France and avoided visiting countries likely to extradite him to the United States.

That is no way a “patchy sexual history.”   At least I wasn’t the only one who thought that. Not sure if she was being sarcastic or not but still…What The Fuck?

You may have missed this from yesterday: Colin Powell: Soldier’s convicted of rape shouldn’t be ‘categorically’ discharged | The Raw Story

Former Defense Secretary Colin Powell said Saturday that U.S. troops convicted of sexual assault should not be automatically dishonorably discharged from the military.

“You can’t make a categorical statement like that,” he told Bloomberg TV. “We have a military justice system that is driven by our law, and it is not that dissimilar to the civilian system.”

Despite the high rate of sexual assault and instances of convictions being overturned by commanders, Powell said the military justice system was working.

“There will always be a case where somebody disagrees with a judgment made by somebody in the appellate procedure,” he explained. “Well, lets examine that, but lets not toss out a system that I think has worked very, very well over the years. I have been in that position as a commander. I have been the appellate authority. I have decided who should get tried and who should not get tried, and I can tell you that in my experience as a commander, we take it very, very seriously.”

Democratic Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand (NY) and Barbara Boxer (CA) have proposed legislation that would change the way the military prosecutes sexual assault cases. Currently, unit commanders handle the prosecution and investigation of sexual assault cases. Under Gillibrand and Boxer’s bill, that authority would be transferred to an independent body.

All I can say is that what ever the military is doing now…it ain’t working!

Hey, this is something good to pass on, Prince is back and with an all girl band. Singing  Prince “Fixurlifeup” video: Prince goes political in music video for new song.

Prince leads his new band 3rd Eye Girl through a throwback video filmed, ’80s style, in front of an audience. Prince has always featured people of all colors and genders and sexualities in his bands, and here he emphasizes the subversive nature of his all-female backing group: “Girl with a guitar is 12 times better than another crazy band of boys/ Trying 2 be a star when you’re just another brick in the misogynistic wall of a noise,” he sings, before ceding the floor to bassist Ida Nielsen and guitarist Donna Grantis, who each rip into a solo.

Though he takes aim specifically at the U.S. and Britain, the overall message—squarely in line with his power-to-the-people dance anthems like “Uptown” and “1999”—is utopian: “When the leaders learn how to follow and let all the people lead/ Instead of everybody getting’ what they want, they can get what they need.” One of the song’s final messages could also apply to Prince himself, who seems to be excelling lately in a groove of his own: “Don’t worry about what the crowd does/ Just worry about just being good at what you love.”

The rest of the links will be in link dump fashion…

‘If we are going to mandate that our kids must be in school, then we need to mandate that they have somewhere safe to go when there’s a tornado.’ – The Maddow Blog

From global warming to fluoride: Why do people deny science? The potent combination of our powerful intelligence with our massive reality denial has led to a dangerous world – Salon.com

Food Stamp Politics – NYTimes.com

“That hunger and malnutrition should persist in a land such as ours is embarrassing and intolerable.” So declared Richard Nixon in May 1969 in his now widely forgotten “Special Message to the Congress Recommending a Program to End Hunger in America.” In that document, he summoned the country to a new level of generosity and concern and laid out a series of strong legislative steps and executive actions, including a significant expansion of the food-stamps program.

Employers Eye Bare-Bones Health Plans Under New Law – Yahoo! Finance

Employers are increasingly recognizing they may be able to avoid certain penalties under the federal health law by offering very limited plans that can lack key benefits such as hospital coverage.

Benefits advisers and insurance brokers—bucking a commonly held expectation that the law would broadly enrich benefits—are pitching these low-benefit plans around the country. They cover minimal requirements such as preventive services, but often little more. Some of the plans wouldn’t cover surgery, X-rays or prenatal care at all. Others will be paired with limited packages to cover additional services, for instance, $100 a day for a hospital visit.

Federal officials say this type of plan, in concept, would appear to qualify as acceptable minimum coverage under the law, and let most employers avoid an across-the-workforce $2,000-per-worker penalty for firms that offer nothing. Employers could still face other penalties they anticipate would be far less costly.

Federal Judge Chronicles Lawlessness of Joe Arpaio-Led Sheriff’s Office  The self-proclaimed “most famous” sheriff in America, engaged in the illegal racial profiling and harassment of Latinos in his County.- Andrew Cohen – The Atlantic

10 Optical Illusions That Will Blow Your Mind (PHOTOS)

Optical Illusions

If you’re in the mood to have your mind blown, these 10 optical illusions will definitely do the trick.

Neanderthal Greek Paradise Found : Discovery News

Anthropologists have discovered a beautiful Greek waterfront paradise once inhabited by generations of Neanderthals up to 100,000 years ago, according to a new study.

Prehistoric Dog Lovers Liked Seafood, Jewelry, Spirituality : Discovery News

An analysis of ancient dog burials finds that the typical prehistoric dog owner ate a lot of seafood, had spiritual beliefs, and wore jewelry that sometimes wound up on the dog.

The Still Lives of Medieval Objects

Discussions of the relationship between time and medieval artworks often hinge on examinations of use and reception: how has the meaning of this object changed over time? To what new purposes was it put in its later life, or, to what new purpose did it put existing things? The recent developments in the conception of object agency shift these questions somewhat, so that we find ourselves asking what these works do or have done over certain stretches of time. Of course, these recent claims for the agency of objects have met with resistance, much of it rooted in skepticism about ascribing to non-sentient things the ability to act. Really, now, these are inanimate objects: how much can we claim they really do ? Are we perhaps just projecting a frenzy of activity on things that are so clearly inert?

Click here to read this paper from Academia.edu

BBC News – Irish potato famine pathogen identified

Scientists have used plant samples collected in the mid-19th Century to identify the pathogen that caused the Irish potato famine.

The Importance of Haiti | Black Agenda Report

Haiti this week marks its 210th anniversary as the world’s first Black republic. The descendants of Haiti’s self-emancipators have been forced to defend their national sovereignty in each succeeding decade. Yet, their struggle for freedom was “the single most important factor in shaping the geopolitical trajectory of the Western Hemisphere since Columbus.”

At Gettysburg, Johnson Marked Memorial Day — and the Future – NYTimes.com

IT was the year President John F. Kennedy traveled to Berlin to proclaim “ich bin ein Berliner” and the year he gave his famous American University speech arguing that peace was “the necessary rational end of rational men.” It was the year the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. spoke from the Lincoln Memorial of a “dream deeply rooted in the American dream.”

In American history, 1963 was a year rich in speeches. But of all the signature speeches that year, it’s the one that has been all but forgotten that might have transformed the country the most.

Fifty years ago, on Memorial Day in 1963, Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson gave a speech in Gettysburg, Pa., that foreshadowed profound changes that would be achieved in only 13 months and that mark us still.

The occasion was a speech that almost wasn’t given at all, for an anniversary that was still a month off, delivered by a man who had grown weary of his apparent uselessness in an office that neither interested him nor engaged his capacious gifts. It is a reminder that the titanic events of history sometimes occur away from the main stage — and proof of the power of a great idea, even if it is delivered ahead of its time.

“One hundred years ago, the slave was freed,” Johnson said at the cemetery in a ceremony marking the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg. “One hundred years later, the Negro remains in bondage to the color of his skin.”

With those two sentences, Johnson accomplished two things. He answered King’s “Letter From Birmingham Jail.” And he signaled where the later Johnson administration might lead, which was to the legislation now known as the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Now that is one op/ed you have to read in full…

And finally, take a look at these images by Photographer George Hoyningen-Huene there are 122 pictures spanning the 20′s, 30′s 40′sand 50′s. Here are a few of my favorites:

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Ava Gardner by George Hoyningen-Huene in 1956

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Unframed (matted) gelatin silver print, Horst Study (Twisted Torso), by George Hoyningen-Huene (American/Russian, 1900-1968)

Elsa Schiaparelli, 1932  Photographed by George Hoyningen-Huene

Elsa Schiaparelli, 1932 Photographed by George Hoyningen-Huene

"I don't think, I will ever actually climb to the top of the ladder, as I am always adding more rungs."-Hattie Carnegie, 1942 Photograph by fashion photographer George Hoyningen-Huene Dress by Hattie Carnegie, 1935

“I don’t think, I will ever actually climb to the top of the ladder, as I am always adding more rungs.”-Hattie Carnegie, 1942 Photograph by fashion photographer George Hoyningen-Huene Dress by Hattie Carnegie, 1935

Hoyningen-Huene, George

Hoyningen-Huene, George

Lillian Gish, 1920s, photo by George Hoyningen-Huene

Lillian Gish, 1920s, photo by George Hoyningen-Huene

Aren’t those wonderful?  I put the one picture with Schiaparelli since we were talking about her last week…anyway…enjoy your long Memorial Day Weekend. If you have time, leave a comment or link and have a good Sunday!


38 Comments on “Sunday Reads: Long Weekend Links”

  1. Morning y’all,

    A few quick links on new headlines:

    2 rockets hit Lebanese Hezbollah stronghold

    The attack is raising fears that Syria’s civil war is increasingly spreading into Lebanon, where the Shiite Hezbollah group is backing Syrian President Bashar Assad.

    Obama to Visit Tornado-Hit Town – The Daily Beast

    President Obama on Sunday will travel to Moore, Oklahoma, the town devastated by a deadly tornado that killed 24 and damaged an estimated 12,000 homes.

    Native American Vets Push for Recognition – ABC News

    The Navajo Code Talkers are legendary. Then there was Cpl. Ira Hamilton Hayes, the Pima Indian who became a symbol of courage and patriotism when he and his fellow Marines raised the flag over Iwo Jima in 1945.

    Before World War II and in the decades since, tens of thousands of American Indians have enlisted in the Armed Forces to serve their country at a rate much greater than any other ethnicity.

    Yet, among all the monuments and statutes along the National Mall in Washington, D.C., not one stands in recognition.

    And, this year four women qualified for the Indianapolis 500, however for Formula 1…:things are a bit different: Girl power no longer a novelty at Indy 500 – Yahoo! Sports

    While Formula One flirts with the idea of a female driver, girl power is already as much a part of the Indianapolis 500 as turbo-charged engines and the winner chugging cold milk in Victory Lane.

    Swiss Simona de Silvestro, Brazilian Ana Beatriz and Britons Pippa Mann and Katherine Legge represent the four women who will take the command to start their engines alongside 29 men at the famed Brickyard for Sunday’s race.

    On the other side of the Atlantic, however, the only women on the starting grid at the Monaco Grand Prix, which will also run on Sunday, will be the glamorous models holding placards with drivers names on them.

    Good day to you all!

  2. bostonboomer says:

    Wonderful roundup this morning, JJ. So much to explore.

    Those comments from Polanski turned my stomach. He nothing but a pretentious little twerp, no matter how “artistic” his films are.

  3. RalphB says:

    Wonderful post full of longer reads and great information. Thanks, I’m gonna be busy with links for a while. The LBJ oped was really good.

    • Thanks, figured you all would come back and forth during the day.

      • Beata says:

        Another wonderful post, JJ. i don’t know how you manage to find so much great stuff!

        I love the photos. Wasn’t Ava Gardner amazingly stunning?

        • NW Luna says:

          ITA. Diverse collection of news and all worth reading. Except for the Polanski shit, which I refuse to read.

          You know, obviously, if he comes inside the residence and assaults you, can you ask him to go away?

          Isn’t that rather like asking a semitruck to go away when it’s going to run you over? Where did that person come from? The stupid, it should hurt.

  4. RalphB says:

    NYT: California Faces a New Quandary, Too Much Money

    LOS ANGELES — After years of grueling battles over state budget deficits and spending cuts, California has a new challenge on its hands: too much money. An unexpected surplus is fueling an argument over how the state should respond to its turn of good fortune.

    At first glance, the situation should be welcome news in a state overwhelmingly controlled by Democrats, who have spent much of their time slashing programs they support. After last November’s elections, the party has two-thirds majorities in the Assembly and the Senate, relegating Republicans almost completely to the sidelines.

    Good news. Hope they work it out well.

  5. RalphB says:

    NYT: ‘A’ Is for Avoidance

    Nice editorial about corporate tax reform.

  6. ecocatwoman says:

    JJ, great post. I think the Rosen story bothers me the most. He should be the poster child for exactly what is wrong with our media. So-called reporters & media talking heads who work the tv/radio circuit seem to believe they purpose is to drive the news instead of telling the story. What we’re getting are Op-eds labeled as either reporting or expert clarifying presenting the facts. Op-eds, as in In My Opinion & not necessarily based on anything factual, logical or of use. Anyway, if Rosen wants to influence foreign policy, wouldn’t those aspirations be better served working on K Street as a lobbyist?

    • RalphB says:

      The main issue I have with Rosen’s scoop is that it indirectly blew important intelligence assets and didn’t really contain any substantive “news” to further the story. Though I’m sure the North Koreans were very appreciative.

  7. RalphB says:

    NYT: Obamacare’s Other Surprise

    LISTENING to the debate about President Obama’s health care plan, some critics argue that Obamacare is going to need Obamacare — because it’s going to be a “train wreck.” Obama officials insist they’re wrong. We’ll just have to wait and see whether the Affordable Care Act, as the health care law is officially known, surprises us on the downside. But there is one area where the law already appears to be surprising on the upside. And that is the number of health care information start-ups it’s spurring. This is a big deal.

    Mustache found something to like about ACA. Though this isn’t a surprise, it was to be expectewd.

  8. dakinikat says:

    Here’s a fun one:

    Michele Bachmann Inspires Racy Romance Novel, But Is Still Stranger Than Fiction

    http://www.mediaite.com/online/michele-bachmann-inspires-racy-romance-novel-but-is-still-stranger-than-fiction/

    The next Fifty Shades of Grey has an unlikely muse: Minnesota congresswoman and conservative fabulist Michele Bachmann.

    Fires of Siberia, a Bachmann-inspired romance novel, tells the tale of a red state presidential candidate who crashes in Siberia during a trip to improve (or invent) her foreign policy credentials, and must make her way back to civilization with the help of a dashing stranger named—wait for it—Steadman Bass.

  9. Propertius says:

    Sorry, it doesn’t matter whether or not Rosen wished to alter government policy, anymore than it mattered whether the New York Times wanted to influence policy by publishing The Pentagon Papers during Vietnam. Government intrusion on (and intimidation of) the press isn’t any prettier when it’s done by a Democrat to Republican-leaning media than it was when it was done by a Republican to Democratic-leaning media. It’s particularly galling when, according to The New York Times, Kim only started talking to Rosen because an unnamed State Department press officer told him to do so.

    It’s the precedent that’s important here: any “justification” used by Obama supporters (pardon me if I can’t bring myself to refer to you guys as “the Left”) to justify surveillance and intimidation of Rosen will be used, down the road, by some wingnut to justify surveillance and intimidation of someone like Rachel Maddow.

    • RalphB says:

      Frankly, no one in the government gives a fuck about intimidating Rosen or any other journalist. They want to intimidate government employees into keeping their oath and not breaking the law by leaking damaging information.

    • Fannie says:

      Everybody wants to change society………..but when someone decides to use back channels and negotiations and declares nuclear war, and is obssessed with deceptions to the point of taking actions to create documents, photos, and stage it all, that someone should be looked over. Justicification started with Espionage Act of 1917, and the Bush administration was the biggest basketcase ever. The wingnuts are the tools, they have already caused alot of damage, and as Bob Dole said today they “is closed”.

      • RalphB says:

        Most people do want to change society, seems to me some others just want to ratfk everyone else, That’s one mark of some wingnuts.

  10. NW Luna says:

    Colin Powell’s comments that rapist soldiers should not be discharged as “dishonorable” — This comes from a man who lied us into expensive wars which killed thousands of our troops and unknown tens of thousands of civilians. What’s believable about him anymore?

  11. RalphB says:

    booman: Moral Ambiguity Should Be Our Lodestar

    Perhaps we need a psychologist to take a look at Rep. Peter King’s reaction to President Obama’s counterterrorism speech. Rep. King says he was offended by the tone of the speech and that the president should stop moralizing and “apologizing for America.” The president defended our counterterrorism policies as legal and effective, but he went on to say, “To say a military tactic is legal, or even effective, is not to say it is wise or moral in every instance.”

    “Es impossible,” responds Rep. King, “America can do no wrong.” …