Author Archives: mweiss

 

New York Times Resorts to Tween Girl IM-Speak

That’s “two,” not “to,” but you actually have to read the article to figure out that the cast of The O.C. isn’t in charge of writing the headlines these days. Space-saving maneuvres evidently apply only when the Times isn’t apologizing for some major blunder. It’s a nice idea, though. Read more on New York Times Resorts to Tween Girl IM-Speak…
 

Who Can It Be Now?

The New York Daily News indicated in this morning’s story about Cheney being a possible indictee that it’s likely someone within the White House is playing the role of what Matt Cooper would call a super duper top secret rat. Read more on Who Can It Be Now?…
 

Harriet the Sly

Well, that was easy. You don’t run for local office without being hit with a barrage of PAC and interest group questionnaires. Not to answer them means receiving no endorsements; and we all know how Harriet Miers hungers for those. Frankly, I’m surprised this “revelation” didn’t happen weeks ago to someone who once had the option to vote for her for Dallas City Council. It’s all public record. She answered “Yes” straight down the line on the Texans for United Life sheet. Among the queries: If Congress passes a Human Life Amendment to the Constitution that would prohibit abortion except when it was necessary to prevent the death of the mother, would you actively support its ratification by the Texas Legislature? If the Supreme Court returns to the States the right to restrict abortion, would you actively support legislation that would reinstate our 1973 abortion law that prohibited all abortions except those necessary to prevent the death of the mother? More after the jump. –MICHAEL WEISS Miers Backed Abortion Ban in 1989 [WaPo] The Docs [AP] Read more on Harriet the Sly…
 

Dubya: A Columbus of the Very Near-at-Hand

Before the National Review goes to war with the other Families of intellectual conservatism (“That’s alright, this thing’s gotta happen every five years or so — ten years — helps to get rid of the bad blood”), in swoops Adam Bellow to argue that the real problem is what Harriet Miers doesn’t know, not necessarily whom she does. Bellow is of course the author of the book In Praise of Nepotism: A History of Family Enterprise from King David to George W. Bush, and must be thanking every one of his outstretched bootstraps that the current tussle over the president’s Supreme Court pick has him working again. (Outstretched definitions, too: he’s the one conflating cronyism with nepotism). But hang on a minute: Read more on Dubya: A Columbus of the Very Near-at-Hand…
 

Zen and the Art of Federal Emergency Management

When FEMA was absorbed into the greater Homeland Security apparatus, the protocol for immediate disaster relief operations changed. An event labeled an “incident of national significance” — like Hurricane Katrina — meant an automatic realignment of bureaucratic hierarchy, and Michael Brown was technically demoted before he should have been fired. The Washington Post snagged some 80 e-mails which were furiously sent back and forth among now-high-profile incompetents, who also don’t talk so good: Read more on Zen and the Art of Federal Emergency Management…
 

Righty Fratricide: No One Gets Away Clean

The first thing we do is kill all the better-qualified lawyers. Then we sack the think-tankers. Bruce Bartlett of the Dallas-based conservative brains trust, the National Center for Policy Analysis, has been axed from his position there as a senior research fellow. Now, we’re not saying it’s because he recently scribbled this: Read more on Righty Fratricide: No One Gets Away Clean…
 

Are You Ready, Boots?

The footwear: Personalized/emblemized black leather cowboy boot. The man: Texas Senator John Cornyn. The setting: Monday’s press conference on the immigration bill. The fearful: All. –MICHAEL WEISS Roll Call
 

SHARI-BGB’s

Reason Editor-in-Chief Nick Gillespie exposes the fussy evolution of fissile pride: Some 50 years ago, Allen Ginsberg told “America” to “Go fuck yourself with your atom bomb.” A decade or two after that, Frank Zappa noted that having nuclear weapons and football teams helps, but “you can’t be a real country unless you have a beer and an airline.” Read more on SHARI-BGB’s…
 

The Paddy Wagon: Then and Now

At just 45 years-old, Patrick Fitzgerald may be only a hatchling of an independent prosecutor, but his deposition skills have been forced to mature rather quickly. This is because they haven’t always been used for good; they were formerly used for even better. And once again, African intrigue related to occluded intelligence about Saddam’s WMD program was at the heart of the matter. Read more on The Paddy Wagon: Then and Now…
 

*BREAKING* The Turn of The Lew

So either Libby’s a moron or he’s a Straussian genius of recondite literary sleuthing. Where else have the “aspens turned” before? Using to the latest in forensic science — Amazon’s “Search Inside This Book” function — WonkCentral has cracked the Da Scooter Code. Look no further. The winks, the nudges, the war-ravaged pillow talk: It’s all in here. Read more on *BREAKING* The Turn of The Lew…
 

Bush’s Pick Doesn’t Clear Her Brush

What kind of Christ Love is it that lets a lawn go to hell? Harriet Miers made Dallas clear the overgrown grass on a number of vacant lots she owns in the city, and then was sluggish in her reimbursement payments. Ergo, a tax lien or ten. And the burnished idol of schoolmarmy perfection comes crashing down, for she hath sinned, according to the San Francisco Chronicle: Read more on Bush’s Pick Doesn’t Clear Her Brush…
 

Bang the Frum Slowly

Howie Kurtz is from Brooklyn and he knows a good street fight when he sees one. The Post‘s media masturbator does his thing this morning on David Frum’s role as top bruiser in the righty gangland war over Harriet: Read more on Bang the Frum Slowly…
 

Vaporized Lithium Pumped Through Ventilation Shaft at National Review

Last night Jonah Goldberg diagnosed himself and members of his ilk as sufferers of Mm’Doh!: “Miers Mental Dementia Obsessive Hysteria.” Symptoms may include lumping together contradictory psychological disorders for cute acronym purposes, and making reference to the following in a single NRO column: Read more on Vaporized Lithium Pumped Through Ventilation Shaft at National Review…
 

Sunnis Divided, and Under Attack, Day Before Elections

Sunni clerics and political party spokesmen may be encouraging their constituents to go to the polls tomorrow, but this has only redoubled the efforts of jihadists to murder and intimidate them, regardless of their democratic ambivalence or committed disdain for an American military presence in Iraq. The New York Times reports: Sunni insurgents launched five attacks against the largest Sunni Arab political party on the eve of Iraq’s crucial referendum Friday, bombing and burning offices and the home of one of its leaders in retaliation after the group dropped its opposition to the draft constitution. –MICHAEL WEISS Continued after the jump. Sunni Divide on Display a Day Before Iraq Vote [NYT] In Iraqi Swing City, Hope vs. Defiance [WaPo] Zawahiri Letter [English translation] Read more on Sunnis Divided, and Under Attack, Day Before Elections…
 

Up Next: Backclinic.com

Thanks to FishbowlDC, we in the Gawker Aquarium emitted little gasp bubbles this morning to learn that Backfence.com, a service operating “community-focused Web sites,” has just received a $3 million cash infusion from tech backers SAS Investors and Omidyar Network. The site, which launched this spring, has already given gossip-mongers, horny housewives, and perverts in Reston, McLean and Bethesda even more reasons to go on living. Craigslist gets a snugglier block radius: Read more on Up Next: Backclinic.com…
 

Louis Farrakhan Less Terrifying (On Paper)

He’s recovered from prostate cancer; he’s swapped the menacing schoolboy bow-tie for a shiny new zootsuit; he’s finally made nice with the gays. Where else, you ask, has Louis Farrakhan gone soft? This is an excerpt from the “About” section of the official website for the “Millions More March,” scheduled to take place in Washington tomorrow as a 10th anniversary replay of the 1995 event. Read more on Louis Farrakhan Less Terrifying (On Paper)…
 

It’s What’s for Dinner — But Not Here, Please

Mad cow disease was the reason meat and poultry donated by the UK to help Katrina victims never wound up in American bellies. Instead, the food has idled, at a cost of $16,000 per month, in an Arkansas warehouse. Read more on It’s What’s for Dinner — But Not Here, Please…