November 16th, 2005

Scorpion

something to tide you over

All courtesy Dan Froomkin:

"On available evidence, the President himself has not grasped the essential criticism of moving against Iraq when he did: that a war in Iraq undercut the broader and longer term war against Islamic terrorism. Not in one speech, not in one interview or off-hand remark, not in one insider account of White House deliberation has there been the slightest indication that President Bush recognizes this concept sufficiently to offer a rebuttal to it."
-James Fallows

"Does the president think that the many generals, former top administration officials and senators from his own party who have joined over two-thirds of the country in questioning the president's handling of the war in Iraq are all unpatriotic too? The president does not have a monopoly on patriotism, and this is not a country where only those who agree with him support the troops and care about defending our country."
-John Kerry

And while I'm here, Tom Toles.
Scorpion

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"A White House document shows that executives from big oil companies met with Vice President Cheney's energy task force in 2001 - something long suspected by environmentalists but denied as recently as last week by industry officials testifying before Congress."

GAO faults politically-motivated morning-after pill decision.

And Tomlinson apparently broke federal law in pursuit of politics while he worked at public broadcasting. The plot thickens. Good read.

A media critic complains about... media critics.

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Otters defeat scientists.

Here's what's wrong with the term "chick flick".

"In fact, there are some Hollywood observers who seem to believe that there is a good reason Lewis is among the last of the classic children's authors to be adapted for the movies, and that in taking on Narnia, Disney has backed itself into a corner. If the studio plays down the Christian aspect of the story, it risks criticism from the religious right, the argument goes; if it is too upfront about the religious references, on the other hand, that could be toxic at the box office."