Chertoff as Lenin

August 14, 2007


Chertoff and Lenin

Via Mickey Kaus.


Is Bush Even Trying Any More?

July 10, 2007

Fred Kaplan on today’s Bush speech in Cleveland:

Unlike earlier talks of this sort, in which Bush’s speechwriters at least assembled some stray facts and passed them off as evidence of progress, this speech—which seemed entirely improvised—was founded on nothing but faith.

“We can accomplish and win this fight in Iraq,” Bush said at one point in the speech. “I strongly believe we will prevail … that democracy will trump totalitarianism every time,” he said later, as if the war in Iraq is somehow about democracy and totalitarianism.

I caught a portion of the speech on TV this afternoon, and I felt like I was in a time warp from a year or two ago. The rhetoric is all the same about Al Qaeda having no regard for human life, that’s how they differ from us, fight them there instead of over here, on down the line. Can he really keep going to the same old rhetorical well for another 18 months and pass the mess on to a successor?

I also wonder if Chertoff’s remarks were coordinated.

On Tuesday, Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff told the editorial board of The Chicago Tribune that he had a “gut feeling” about a new period of increased risk.

Is there any point to issuing these vague warnings about possible terrorist strikes without any specific information at all? Other than stirring up the media and getting people scared? It’s like Groundhog Day with these people.

Why does Michael Bay get to keep on making movies?

July 2, 2007

Transformers opens Tuesday, and I’m expecting another 300 experience: exciting effects and action, cringe-worthy script and acting. So far, online reviewer fanboys seem to like it at least.


And can we please drop the ridiculous attempts to find non-existent political subtexts to mindless entertainment?

That planet was once home to two alien races: the upstanding Autobots and the sneaky Decepticons. (Does anyone but me hear the echo of “Democrats” and “Republicans” in these names?)

I hope Dana Stevens is being sarcastic there (I’ve noted this tendency in her work before).

Before anyone defends the director of such masterpieces as Armageddon and Pearl Harbor from my post title, let me note that it is a song lyric from Team America.

Monica Goodling Wishes You a “Wonderful, Wonderful Day”

April 9, 2007

One of the things I posted to the sidebar feed over the weekend was Monica Goodling’s personal web page (an archived version) from the Regent University site, which I found via a link in Dahlia Lithwick’s weekend Slate column.


Hi. My name is Monica Goodling,
and I’m a student at Regent University,
in Virginia Beach.
If I only had two seconds to tell you why I’m here,
I’d have to say this: I want to leave the world a better place than I found it. Tough assignment, but, worth a try.
Take a look around and see what’s up.
Send me an e-mail if you want… I love to get mail.

And smile,
the world can be a good place or a bad place,
depending on which way you look at it.
But it’s a lot better when you’re smiling.

Thanks for visiting, and have a wonderful, wonderful day.

Looks like somewhere along the line, Goodling became less keen on communication.