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By the time you read this it will be April 1, 2009.

And on this day, as was foretold in The Email of Sacking & Kthnxbai!, back-stabbing douche Roger L. Simon will have shoved his affiliate bloggers out of the nest because he’s tired of subsidizing their Citizen Journalist asses. By now it should be apparent that B-SD Roger has bigger fish to fry….like introducing this intranets whosee-whatsis called "Twitter" to the conservative masses which is, this time,  totally gonna make money. Enough to buy a fedora made out of the nutsacks of a thousand chinchillas. So, like, a fuckload of money. I mean, lots.

But what does this mean for those plucky patriots of the keyboards now that their income stream has gone the way of a thousand chinchilla scrotums? Besides explaining to their significant others (wives, girlfriends, parents, parole officers) that they weren’t really sacked…they’re…. Going Galt. Yeah that’s it! Galt! There will be deprivations.

For Gun Counter Gomer,  Ol’ Sparky the BBQ is going to have to hang on for one more summer of grilling okra and squirrel ribs. And that four-in-one BBQ spatula with the laser-sight and pistol-grip he’s had his eye on? Maybe for Christmas, Bubba.

For Ace O’ Spades, let’s just say that he won’t be changing the Play-Doh in his fleshlight every 3000 miles like the instruction book advises. Trust me, you don’t want to know any more than this.

And Godlstein will have to trade in:

As a bit of a gloss, let me relate some of my own academic experiences. During one of my summers as a fellow at the School of Lit Theory and Criticism, we were treated to a host of guest lecturers who consistently hit on these same themes — a kind of fetishizing / infantalizing of Otherness combined with a pointed rebuke of our own cultural trajectory — without once consciously recognizing their own rather dripping condescension toward those exotic cultures they were ostensibly speaking for (by telling us that we have no right to speak for them or, in certain cases, even intelligently of them), and without once acknowledging that their critiques, inasmuch as they were offering them, were as much a part of our culture as the caricature of our culture they were condemning.

…for:

 All of the footlongs are $5. No. Bacon is extra….

But  they’ll still have their memories of those halcyon days when the money flowed like Zima and women were easier to get into than community college. They were pundits once and young, and nobody can take that away from them. Their cars and their Rent-2-Own furniture, yes, but not their memories.

And one more thing: there have been no  terrorist attacks in America since Pajamas Media was created. Coincidence? Not fucking likely.

Engaging Iran, Rethinking Border Security, and Blindsight

Obama’s position vis-à-vis Iran received a great deal of attention during the primary and presidential campaign. He was often mocked for saying that he would meet with Iran’s leaders or hold diplomatic talks without preconditions. Since taking office he has released a video statement addressed to the people of Iran calling for more open dialogue and, this week, at a one day summit on the security of Afghanistan, high level diplomatic talks were held for the first time since the 1979 Iranian revolution. 

According to the Associated Press, "Washington ruled out what it called "substantive" discussions with the Iranians ahead of the session and [Secretary of State] Clinton told reporters aboard a flight to the conference that she had no plans to seek them out." But she added that, "it was a good sign that Iran decided to come."

Does this mark a shift in US diplomacy in the region and with Iran in particular? Is it a departure from the policies of the last few decades? Or is it the resuscitation of American empire?

Paul McGeough, the author of Killing Khalid: The Failed Mossad Assassination of Khalid Mishal and the Rise of Hamas, and Hamid Dabashi, Hagop Kevorkian Professor of Iranian Studies and Comparative Literature at Columbia University and the author most recently of Post-Orientalism: Knowledge and Power in Time of Terror discuss US initiatives in Afghanistan and whether a change in policy can be expected.

Also, the story of six Tibetan teenagers and their remarkable journey up a 23,000 foot peak on the northside of Mount Everest. We speak to filmmaker Lucy Walker about her recent documentary, Blindsight

Thanks to New America MediaAl Jazeera, and Soviet Films for video in tonight’s show. 

Swing and a Hiss: Ann Coulter Loses the Anti-Abortion Crowd

She’s filled with tinier hate!

Keep an eye out for flying pigs, plagues of frogs, the death of reality TV, and other heretofore unpossible events: in a freakish 2-for-1, Ann Coulter is being demonized by far right whackjobs in Colorado because she backed the big-shouldered Mormon.

Ultra-conservative Christian talk-radio hosts are taking a new approach to get their message out — ambushing right-wing pundit Ann Coulter for supporting 2008 GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney. Absolutist anti-abortion activists accuse Romney of being “willing to sacrifice children for your vote.”

Jinkies. Did you ever think you’d live to see the day when Ann Coulter, the once omnipotent she-wolf of the Conservative movement, was hoisted up on a major platform of the Right and pummeled like a pinata at a party of 7 year-olds hopped up on Cap’n Crunch with Crunchberries™? Methinks they smell the rotting carcass of Coulter’s influence in the Mile-High City.

Brian Rorbough, one of the leaders of the Colorado Right to Life, issued this statement:

Ann Coulter has misrepresented and even defended some of the most egregious and immoral behavior. When Ann covers up aggressively anti-marriage action, and pro-abortion legislation that actually funds the killing of unborn children, she apparently is motivated by a desire to distort the truth and deceive Christians for some personal gain.

Welcome to reality, Brian. Viciously distorting the truth for personal gain has been, is, and will always be Ann Coulter’s modus operandi. Now hand the stick to one of your buddies. Let ‘em have a go while she’s still in one piece.

The Waxman-Markey Green Jobs Bill Isn’t Perfect, But it is Absolutely Necessary

markey-ed.thumbnail.jpgRepresentatives Henry Waxman and Ed Markey Tuesday at long last made public a discussion draft of the American Clean Energy and Security Act (ACES). Some are calling this the opening shot in the battle over what the United States will do about global warming. Rep. Markey, not one who is prone to understatement, told a conference call for environmental bloggers Tuesday that this is "the beginning of an incredibly intense period of political debate in our country." Speaker Pelosi amplified this sentiment, explaining that "there’s an inevitability to this that everyone has to understand."

Chairman Markey emphasized that "we must have something on the president’s desk for Copenhagen." By Copenhagen Markey is referring to the United Nations Climate Change Conference slated to take place this December in the Danish capitol. The annual meeting, which seeks to generate an agreement on reducing emissions among as many countries as possible, takes on added significance this year since it is considered by many to be the last chance to reach a major international climate agreement before the 2012 expiration of the Kyoto Protocol. Appropriately, Democrats in Congress are planning an aggressive schedule, to be wrapped up in "no longer than six months."

– March 31, 2009: Discussion draft
– April 6 – 17: Representatives return home for spring district work period
– Week of April 20: Hearings
– Week of April 27: Energy and Environment subcommittee mark up
– Week of May 4: Full committee hearing
– May 11: Full committee mark up begins

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Concerned Women for America's slanted poll makes me crazy

crossposted on Holy Bullies and Headless Monsters

According to People for the American Way's Right Wing Watch, Concerned Women for American sent a survey to its members asking their opinions on the so-called “impact of the radical homosexual agenda in public schools.”

You have to see these questions. They are unbelievable. Allow me to add some degree of editorialization (is that even a word) after each question:

1. Do you support teaching children in grades as early as kindergarten that cross-dressing is acceptable?

No. Children should learn to cross-dress before entering kindergarten.

2. What kind of impact do you believe this kind of teaching would have on young children? .

It would teach them how to properly accessorize.

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Melanie Sloan Joins AIG, Goldman and the Dee Cee Village Idiots

Those Dee Cee masters of the world have recruited a liberal, Melanie Sloan. I bet she will soon be eating weenies with Cokie Roberts. Melanie wants to free the corporate lobbyists from Obama who has taken away their freedom. Oh, the horror, Obama wants the lobbyists to only communicate in writing with government officials handing out handout money.

CREW claims to be concerned with ethics. The obvious ethical issue here is how can you swindle the taxpayers when you are not allowed to bribe or be bribed. This is another socialist attack on the thirty thousand corporate lobbyists in the Village. Their corrupt way of life, Congressional Earmarks, junk bonds, offshore accounts, and hookers is being threatened. But Mealanie is lobbying for the lobbyists which means lobbying for Disaster Capitalism.

Oh, Melanie I thought you wuz a librul. But you are now an ally of the American League of Lobbyists (ALL). Certainly, lobbying by the "people peaceably" for a better country by citizens should be encouraged. But corporate lobbyists are mostly criminal parasites who wave millions of dollars in front of government officials. Mark Penn and the rest of them have brought us Olestra, Oil Wars, Financial Meltdowns and their corrupt (more…)

Hey Hollywood, What’s With Stiffing Your Peeps?

070104-courtney.thumbnail.jpgBlame it on the economy, but Hollywood players are not being payers.

Queen Latifah just got sued by two of her glam squad for a cool $1 million-plus total in unpaid bills, while Courtney Love is being sued for breach of contract–plus Twitter- and myspace-based defamation of character and intentional infliction of emotional harm;  please stop her before she facebooks!

Makeup artist Roxanna Floyd is claiming Queen Latifah owes her $700,000 for unpaid work for 2005 to 2007 helping to develop, produce and market the Queen Collection, Latifah’s line of cosmetics for CoverGirl. And stylist Susan Moses alleges she is owed $300,000. In 2005 Moses advised Latifah in her role as a lingerie spokesmodel.

Along with with using myspace and Twitter to accuse Austin-based designer Dawn Simorangkir of being a prostitute and drug addict and calling Simorangkir (who is married to Billy Idol guitarist Mark Younger-Smith)

a nasty lying hosebag thief

Love allegedly refused to pay for the work Simorangkir did in designing a clothing line for her last year.  Before the designer filed suit, Love wrote on her myspace blogs that

we had a dal i gave her a VAST amount of money clothes id been collecting for 8 years and 40,000$ is that not a vast amont of momey? the clothes are insured for 340,00 but are mo wortgh 500,000 some were as i said a formr ziegfeld girls and some were a silent film stars,

According to Love, Simorangkir was seen walking out of

the chateau…with two massive army bags full of things

after she had

been paid a massive amount of money and is in ossesion of prcless noyions dresses and fabrics changedthe "rules" she now wants 1750 per item! she bogged she made me fifty dresses,

Meanwhile, the Fremantle North America, the production company behind American Idol, is being accused running a sweatshop by three former production staff, who say they were forced to work 20 hour days, seven days a week without required breaks, and that

Fremantle and several related companies, including American Idol Productions, Blue Orbit Productions, Kickoff Productions and Little Pond Television, of trying to disguise violations of federal labor law by paying employees for a 12-hour day and a 60-hour week.

Way to keep your overhead down and your facade up.

Please, Mr. President- Help People Like These

Update: Addie Polk passed away today.

It seems sadly and tragically appropriate to repost my diary from October 2008.

A Heartfelt Plea, To Whomever Wins This Election  

by: Louise

Mon Oct 06, 2008 at 21:20:20 PM EDT

Please- help people like Addie Polk, who fortunately will survive.

Help people like this one.

And this one.

And this one.

And this one.

And this one.

And countless others.

Help them all; help their neighbors. Help them not become so increasingly stressed, desperate and scared that they see no other options left.

Thank you.

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What the Scope of the IG Report on Warrantless Wiretapping Tells Us

Remember how when Congress passed the FISA Amendment Act last year, they required that the Inspectors General of the various agencies involved in the warrantless wiretapping produce a report on the program? They did an interim report–basically describing the scope of the report–last September (and produced in unclassified form last November). It took Secrecy News pulling teeth to get this released (six months after the fact), but here is the interim report.

General Scope

I’m going to show you the whole scope-related section, then unpack it line by line.

The DoJ IG is completing work on a broadly-scoped review of the Program, which the DoJ IG has been conducting over the past 18 months. In accord with its normal procedures and consistent with classification requirements, the DoJ IG will release its report when completed. The DoJ IG’s review examines the involvement of the DoJ and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in the Program, including the use of and control over Program information; compliance with relevant authorities governing the Program as these authorities changed over time; and the impact and effectiveness of Program information on DoJ’s and FBI’s counterterrorism efforts. The review also describes various legal assessments of the Program, legal and operational changes to the Program, any use of Program information in the FISA process, and the transition to Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court orders related to the Program.

The NSA IG’s review will examine the evolution of the Presidential authorization as it affected NSA, the technical operation of the Program, the preparation and dissemination of the product of the Program, and communications with and representations made to private sector entities. The review will address access by NSA to legal reviews and information concerning the Program and will also examine NSA’s interaction with the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court and the transition of Program activities to operations under court orders. The review will also include a description of NSA’s oversight of the Program. To conduct the review of the Program, the NSA IG will both initiate new work and draw upon a substantial body of completed evaluations.

The DoD IG will examine the involvement of the Office of the Secretary of Defense in the establishment and implementation of the Program.

The ODNI IG will examine the involvement of DNI senior leadership in the Program and DNI communication with private-sector entities concerning the Program. (more…)