May 28th, 2005

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"Pentagon officials said yesterday that investigators have identified five incidents of military guards and an interrogator 'mishandling' the Koran at the U.S. detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba."
-WashingtonPost.com

"Two Army analysts cited for faulty claims on Iraq's quest for weapons have received performance awards for the past three years."
-WashingtonPost.com

"More than a third of the mortgages written in the Washington area this year are a risky new kind of loan that lets borrowers pay back only the interest, delaying for years repayment of any loan principal. Economists warn that the new loans are essentially a gamble that home prices will continue to rise at a brisk pace, allowing the borrower to either sell the home at a profit or refinance before the principal payments come due."
-WashingtonPost.com
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Thursday evening was a tasty dinner at a certain Baltimore-ian diner with Black Queen, followed by Unleashed. Let me just say, this is the worst advertised movie of the year. The trailers make it look like an action movie, but what they filmed was a drama with some scenes of extreme violence. It's actually pretty decent, has a great look-and-feel, well-written if not overly complex. And while most of the performances were good, Bob Hoskins is downright impressive as a terrible, terrible person. Really.

New trailers:
* Land of the Dead - hot hot zombie action. Plus Hopper and Leguizamo! Should be fun, if nothing else. Eager to see how Romero's been spending his summer vacation.
* Cry_Wolf - It's a horror movie, but the gimmick is the killer uses AIM. No, I'm not joking.

Bonus material:
Courtesy Ocho, the trailer for Tim Burton's The Corpse Bride. The only way to make it any gothier would be to work in Christina Ricci somehow.
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"But this particular anti-press campaign is not about Journalism 101. It is about Power 101. It is a sophisticated effort to demolish the idea of a press independent of political parties by way of discouraging scrutiny of conservative politicians in power."
-E.J. Dionne Jr.

Tracking the Koran-Newsweek fiasco to... Hugh Grant. No, really.

Wow. Barry Petersen on a growing divide within China.

What free speech? Marx-Bush posters taken down after a student complains.

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There's a mystery on Titan.

Johnny Depp foots the bill for a Hunter S. Thompson memorial.

Tom DeLay takes on... Law & Order?