who do you trust, conservatives?

Most on the right seem to accept as gospel Dick “We will be greeted as liberators” Cheney’s assertion that America is less safe because we no longer torture. Gen. David Petraeus, who saved the administration’s ass in Iraq, disagrees. I know the Washington Post won’t dissuade many conservatives, but their reporting here is thorough. In the end, though, not a single significant plot was foiled as a result of Abu Zubaida’s tortured confessions, according to former senior government officials who closely followed the interrogations. Nearly all of the leads attained through the harsh measures quickly evaporated, while most of the useful information…

the most annoying performances in filmdom

I’m sticking with flicks I’ve actually seen, so no “Patch Adams” or Adam Sandler. Tom Cruise, “Magnolia” I could focus on the irony of Cruise playing a cult leader, but, having portrayed Oberon, King of the Fairies in my high school’s production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” I’ll pass. But there’s no forgiving the atrocities visited upon the great Jason Robards in what would be his final film role. Imagine having to endure a weeping, badly overacting Scientologist warbling mournful Aimee Mann tunes as you lay dying. I would’ve pulled the plug. Michael Moore, “Bowling for Columbine” “Roger and Me” holds up…

jews for hitler

I’m assuming commenter northerncailGRL is female, though it doesn’t really matter as “she” wouldn’t be the only woman to defend poor Chris Brown. WHITNEY wrote: I’M STILL GOING TO SUPPORT CHRIS BROWN UNTIL THE END. I DONT CARE IF HE DID IT OR NOT. OBVIOUSLY SHE PROVOKED HIM AND EVERYONE MAKES MISTAKES SO, IM NOT GOING TO DOWN TALK HIM NOR TRY TO BRING HIM DOWN LIKE THE WHITE MEDIA IS GOING TO. HE’S STILL A KID. KIDS MAKE DUMB CHOICES EVERY ONCE IN A WHILE. GIVE THE KID A BREAK IT’S HIS FIRST TIME IN HIS 4 YEAR CAREER. Geez, maybe…

tackling the tough issues

Everyone from President Barack Obama on down to fans has criticized how college football determines its top team. Now senators are getting off the sidelines to examine antitrust issues involving the Bowl Champion Series. The current system “leaves nearly half of all the teams in college football at a competitive disadvantage when it comes to qualifying for the millions of dollars paid out every year,” the Senate Judiciary’s subcommittee on antitrust, competition policy and consumer rights said in a statement Wednesday announcing the hearings.

when markie met elvis

An excerpt from an upcoming piece by Malcontenter Markie Post for Georgia Music magazine: “I wanted to touch everything Elvis had touched — the walls, the floor,” Mabe says. “So I was stroking the shag carpet of the Jungle Room when something snagged my finger. At first I thought it was a rhinestone, but when I realized what it was I thought it *could* be from Elvis … so I call it the ‘Maybe Elvis Toenail.’” Whether the nail clipping — or, for that matter, the vial of “Elvis sweat” and the snippets of black hair gleaned from a barbershop floor —…

it’s the content, stupid!

Don’t fall for the “old media” vs. “new media canard. Format is irrelevant — journalism is not. I hope we see more professional reporters on the Web, not less. Of course, not everyone who writes a blog qualifies as a journalist, regardless of their claims. Credibility has to be earned. Which is my long-winded way of welcoming former CL editor Ken Edelstein to the blogosphere. His site, Atlanta Unsheltered, looks promising. (via Griftdrift)

they deserved it

That’s the implication in this story, posted on the ChristianNewsWire, about Sunday’s plane crash in Montana. Seven children and seven adults were killed when a private plane nose-dived into a Butte cemetery. But what the news sources fail to mention is that the Catholic Holy Cross Cemetery owned by Resurrection Cemetery Association in Butte – contains a memorial for local residents to pray the rosary, at the ‘Tomb of the Unborn’. This memorial, located a short distance west of the church, was erected as a dedication to all babies who have died because of abortion. What else is the mainstream news not…

send in the clown

Though he’s annoyed me for years, I wish nothing but the best for Robin Williams, who’s recovering from heart surgery. Doctors predict a full recovery. With that in mind, I think it’s only fair that Williams be forced to endure himself mincing at his bedside, re-telling stale jokes about Mr. T and Nancy Reagan. I bet he’s relieved his doctor wasn’t wearing a clown nose. “I got some great new material for the tour and can’t wait to get back on the road,” he said. “I’m thinking the next leg of the tour will be `Weapons of Self-Destruction and Reconstruction.’ “ Paging…

a blogger with bona fides

Check out Atlanta Unfiltered, a welcome addition to the blogosphere. It’s operated by longtime journalist Jim Wallis, former Investigations editor for the AJC. “We dig up and share public records on ethics and transparency in government and public institutions — all with minimal interpretation.” As Jim writes, “The Internet is overflowing with opinions. Facts? Not so much.”

plumbing the depths

In case you wondered where the party was Friday night: Joe (the Plumber) was all hot and bothered over the standing ovation he received as he walked on stage to accept accolades from the top liberal media watchdog. Lee Greenwood’s GOP country classic “God Bless the USA” boomed overhead as Joe, wearing blue jeans, a black t-shirt and a flannel shirt unbuttoned to his navel, strolled on stage. After declaring he was horny, Joe mumbled a few other things about being the “token redneck” and the media loving him, and then sat back down in a sea of conservative luminaries that included…