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Inside the Bubble: Wayward Woodward

• “For the sake of a new book, Woodward has evidently been willing to protect the American public from various revelations about a government intent on destroying the republic. What a difference a few decades make.” [Mother Jones] • Jeff Toobin says the only thing that can help the White House with PlameGate is if “the whole thing just goes away and people forget about it. That’s not going to happen.” [CNN] • Gives a whole new meaning to “probes”: “If [reporters] keep going into the secret world they can come under the gravitational pull of another planet– the people in power, the secret-makers themselves. They’re still sending back their reports, but have ‘left’ our universe, so to speak.” Bob’s become an alien. [WashingtonPost.com] • Walter Pincus’s refusal to back Woodward’s story makes Bob glum: “I did tell him; we have different memories,” Woodward said, his voice sounding sad and hurt. [VV] Read more on Inside the Bubble: Wayward Woodward…
 

OSM: The First Victim of Blog War

So apparently some rightwing bloggers (and David Corn) got together to decided to make coin, change the world, and generate a shitload of publicity. They’ve been at it for five days in and it’s clear they have some idea of how to do one of those things: Make a massive error in naming your company. Formerly known as “Pajama Media,” they took the name “Open Source Media” and promptly fell victim to anyone who could Google the, uhm, first Open Source Media. Then there’s how they’re not exactly “open source.” The blogging world has been watching this train wreck very closely. Read more on OSM: The First Victim of Blog War…
 

Virginia Is For Nazi-Lovers: Kaine Victory Spins

• Dems feel especially good about sticking it to Kilgore consultant Scott “Kaine Would Let Hitler Live” ads. [DKos] • Will they finally get religion? Kaine’s victory shows that a “religious Democrat can neutralize the recent Republican advantage on cultural issues and character.” [Washington Monthly] • It’s not Bush’s fault, it’s Kilgore’s: “The bottom line is that Kilgore ran one of the worst campaigns I’ve seen since, well, Kerry’s.” [NRO’s The Corner] • NASCAR dads are so 2004: “The story behind Kaine’s victory in ’05 may be found in subdivision, not the holler.” [Hotline on Call] • “We’re trying to show here that God isn’t a Republican.” [Richmond Times-Dispatch] • Official GOP Talking Point: Eh, we didn’t think he’d win anyway. [GOP.com] • Official DNC Talking Point: Americans are tired of hate. Except when it comes to hating George Bush. [PR Newswire] Read more on Virginia Is For Nazi-Lovers: Kaine Victory Spins…
 

Remainders: Jon, Judy, Lou, and the Nipple Clamps They Rode in On

• Maybe it was her sexy nipple clamps that made Kay Bailey Hutchison forget all about blowjobs. • Gawker breaks down the Weekend of Judy. Friday: Keller puts heart on sleeve, Judy in bulls’ eye. Saturday: The redhead goes wild. Sunday: Judy fights back. • Mike Brown memorialized as a ringtone. • Did you know you could watch every “Colbert Report” for free on the interweb? Yes, you can. Tonight’s show will be a gravitas barn burner: Lou Dobbs! Tell us how you feel about immigration, Lou. • Jon Stewart doesn’t have an email address. So who’s been reading all the porn I send? Read more on Remainders: Jon, Judy, Lou, and the Nipple Clamps They Rode in On…
 

The Week in Wonkette: Today Harriet, Tomorrow the Jury

• Harriet Miers love (and lack of it) life continues to fascinate us. • But not as much as her wardrobe. • And what does Barney know? And why isn’t he saying? • She is, however, the best note-writer ever! • Anderson Cooper’s love affair with man hands. • The government uses soldiers as props. And then asks them to pay for the privilege. • Jonah Goldberg at full metaphorical tilt. • Looking for love in all the wrong places. • Karl Rove continues to do his duties. Read more on The Week in Wonkette: Today Harriet, Tomorrow the Jury…
 

The Week in Wonkette: Roberts Confirmed, Judith Denied

• Chief Justice John Roberts gives Bush control of Congress’s executive branch. • Bill Bennett gambles on an ad absurdum argument. • Laura Bush, international spokesmodel. • David Dreier not hard enough to replace the Hammer. • Drudge’s headline writing skills decoded, demystified. • White House staffers introduced to concept of “subways.” • Judy Miller fucked us. Read more on The Week in Wonkette: Roberts Confirmed, Judith Denied…
 

Inside the Bubble: Does Banal Rhyme with “Canal” or “Anal”?

• CNN’s opinion of its viewers, encapsulated in the DC bureau chief’s description of “The Blog Report”: “It’s sort of like Blogs 101…Or the Reader’s Digest of blogs. Or Blogs for Dummies.” They said it, not us. [NYO] • Isikoff on Cooper: He should have tried to “cajole [Rove] into going on the record and leaning on him with information gleaned from other sources. Instead, Isikoff asserted, ‘It seems like Time stopped reporting.'” [Media Nation] • Anderson Cooper and Aaron Brown have hot co-anchor action. [TVNewser] • Rumors of violence in New Orleans prove to be just rumors, but Bush still glad he didn’t actually have to go until it was dry and stuff. [NYT and NOLA] • CBS’s “Public Eye” has tin ear: Headlines regarding “Early Show” exec Michael Bass include “Reeling In A Bass” and “Pump Up The Bass.” • “Inside the Bubble,” the movie: “Watching the film is going to subject you to a lot of ungainly behavior.” [ABC] Also: The Stephanie Factor returns (WM). Read more on Inside the Bubble: Does Banal Rhyme with “Canal” or “Anal”?…
 

Remainders: I Apologize for All the Teenage Sex

• Producer “bilks” investors in a “reality” television show about the DHS. That’s Karen Hughes’ job. [DHS] • Killer dolphin alarmist also an expert on crop circles, the sinking of the Gaul. [Gelf] • “Michael Brown, who recently resigned as the head of the FEMA, has been rehired by the agency as a consultant to evaluate it’s response following Hurricane Katrina.” No joke, too busy retching. [CBS] • “When College Republicans invoke the Establishment, they mean a clique of former College Republicans.” Of course. [TNR] • I am responsible for 13-year-olds having sex. (FWIW, I would never think of sex as something to “just get over with.” I barely remember it to begin with.) [Reasoned Audacity] Read more on Remainders: I Apologize for All the Teenage Sex…
 

Inside the Bubble: You Know, For Kids

• asap, like AP but without all that “news.” [Gawker] • MSM’s big foot side-steps “Socialist Worker” scoop on shot-at Katrina survivors. [WCP] • TVSpiers speculate on MSNBC’s “death pool” for hed Rick Kaplan. [TVSpy] • Admiral Stockdale “ran as an independent in 1992 with Ross Perot, not as a Republican in 1996 with John McCain, who was not a nominee.” [Reference Tone] • Kinsley to telecommute even further. [FishbowlDC] • NBC posts a trove of Katrina-related docs, including the PowerPoint presentation on the now-famous “Hurricane Pam,” and “lists of upcoming FEMA and DHS exercises showing how the threat of terrorism had trumped natural disasters in the minds of emergency planners, at least at the federal level.’ [MSNBC] Read more on Inside the Bubble: You Know, For Kids…
 

Katrina Detritus: Boneheaded and Bureaucratic

• Presidents (and FEMA directors and news anchors and Homeland Security directors) say the darnedest things. [Political Humor] • “George Bush Don’t Like Black People,” the musical. [apophenia] • The t-shirt you demanded, before you demanded it. [busblog] • “Judging by the DHS response to Katrina, we can breathe a sigh of relief that they didn’t expand their bureaucracy vendetta further.” [Slate] • Rebuilding the infrastructure: First person geek aid accounts. [Joel Johnson, Jacob Applebaum] • We were doomed: “FEMA for Kidz Rap.” [Buzz] Read more on Katrina Detritus: Boneheaded and Bureaucratic…
 

Katrina Detritus: Rush on Broadway (Yes!)

We’re taking a break. Someone keep an eye on whatever bone-headed thing Bush does. • MSNBC photojournalist talks about what he “couldn’t” air. [CJR] • FEMA’s Mike Brown (“Browie” to Bush) gets his face rubbed in it. By girls: Paula Zahn (“Sir, you’re not telling me, you’re not telling me you just learned that the folks at the convention center didn’t have food and water until today did you?”), Soledad O’Brien (“How is it possible that we’re getting better intel than you’re getting? We had a crew in the air. We were showing live pictures of the people outside of the Convention Center.”), and, uhm, Ted Koppel (“We’ve been reporting on the crisis at the Convention Center for alot longer than just today, but you say that you only heard about it today?”). • CurrentTV’s videoblog of a citizen rescue. [Current.tv] • Shoot the looters, they say. But who does the shooting? And which looters? [LawDork] • Willing to help disaster victims. No fatties. [Craigslist via TRL] • Is there too much sympathy for the victims, and not enough for the bureaucrats? [Attytood] • Daryn’s boyfriend does his part. [WABC] Read more on Katrina Detritus: Rush on Broadway (Yes!)…