Month: January 2005

Looks like a very long-time friend of mine started a new blog, Threading the Needle, in November. I don’t know yet if he wants his name associated with the site, so for the moment I won’t out him, but for those of my friends who were at my wedding in September, you can probably guess who he is. Hint: He’s not me, and he’s also a newlywed.

Looks like he’s been busy writing since around then, and I for one am not surprised. I remember the tomes of material he produced on usenet dealing with legal minutiae surrounding the O. J. Simpson trial, in particular the Civil Rights aspects of the case.

Apparently his politics haven’t changed much, at least not at a fundamental level. (Neither has his tendency to be just a bit longwinded.) <wink/>

Check out the latest for a taste of things to come. The blog is great: Keep it up, man!

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For your video-clip-viewing enjoyment, here’s the Daily Show’s take [QT, 8’46”, 12.3MB] on the Presidential Inauguration, with special guests Dick Cheney and Hillary Clinton.

Bonus video: Daily Show coverage [QT, 7’04”, 9.8MB] of the Bush Administration’s admission earlier this month, that there are in fact no weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. (Duh.)

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New York Press: WMDUH!. Matt Taibbi writes about the mainstream media’s coverage of the Weapons of Mass Destruction scandal:

“Justice would seem to demand that a roughly equivalent amount of coverage be given to the truth, now that we know it. But that isn’t the way things work in America. We only cover things around the clock every day for four or five straight months when it’s fun.

“O.J. was fun. Monica Lewinsky was fun. ‘America’s New War’ was fun—there was a war at the end of that rainbow. But ‘We All Totally Fucked Up’ is not fun. You can’t make a whole new set of tv graphics for ‘We All Totally Fucked Up.’ There is no obvious location where Wolf Blitzer can do a somber, grimacing ‘We All Totally Fucked Up’ live shot … Hundreds of reporters cannot rush to stores to buy special khakis or rain slickers or Kevlar vests in preparation for ‘We All Totally Fucked Up.’ They would have to wear their own clothes and stand, not in front of burning tanks or smashed Indonesian hovels, but in front of their own apartments.”

Sad but true.

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