Archive for November, 2005

Haughty Hussein

By Denise Best | Related entries in Blogging, In The News

Saddam Hussein’s trial is back in full swing with a new addition to the defense team – former U.S. Attorney General Ramsey Clark. Hussein’s posturing during the opening segment of the trial threaten to make a mockery of the rest of the proceedings. Maintaining the safety of the trial participants looks to be a challenge […]

November 28th, 2005 | Permalink| No Comments »

King Kong

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Media

A break from the politics, to talk about what could be the biggest movie of the year. Before he won a raft of Oscars for “The Lord of the Rings,” before he stunned the art-house crowd with the 1994 drama “Heavenly Creatures,” Peter Jackson, New Zealand’s favorite son, directed a series of demented, low-budget horror […]

November 28th, 2005 | Permalink| 4 Comments »

White House And Biden On Pulling Out

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in The War On Terrorism, War

Is it “cut and run” when both sides of the aisle are planning for it? WASHINGTON (AFP) – The White House for the first time has claimed possession of an Iraq withdrawal plan, arguing that a troop pullout blueprint unveiled this past week by a Democratic senator was “remarkably similar” to its own. It also […]

November 28th, 2005 | Permalink| 14 Comments »

The Radical Iran

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Foreign Policy, The War On Terrorism, The World

Members within Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s own party are trying to contain his radical ways. The AP has more: TEHRAN, Iran (AP) – Critics say the 1980s-style radicalism of ultraconservative President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is hurting Iran at home and abroad – to the point that even his natural allies in parliament have rejected his three choices to […]

November 28th, 2005 | Permalink| 7 Comments »

How Does Memeorandum Work?

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Blogging, Media

Robert Scoble, Microsoft’s chief blogger, begins to demistify the magic behind my favorite web-based news aggregator. You might not know Gabe, but I do. He’s a former compiler writer. Used to work for Intel. He’s one smart cookie. His algorithms might be simple to explain, but they aren’t so simple to implement. For instance, do […]

November 28th, 2005 | Permalink| No Comments »

Althouse On Goldstein and Cole

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Blogging

Beware the verbal ninjitsu of Ann Althouse! Jeff Goldstein and John Cole have no idea what I would say if I actually used my full verbal powers to cut them down to size. So catty, and yet…so fun. (HT: Balloon Juice) Tweet

November 28th, 2005 | Permalink| No Comments »

Novak To Testify In Plame Investigation

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Media, The Plame Game

No, not Robert Novak. This is another Time reporter, Viveca Novak. Apparently she had some conversations with Rove’s lawyer, Robert Luskin, and Fitzgerald wants to know what was said. From the AP: Novak, part of a team tracking the CIA case for Time, has written or contributed to articles in which Luskin characterized the nature […]

November 28th, 2005 | Permalink| No Comments »

Israel – Knight or Rook in the Political Game of Chess?

By Denise Best | Related entries in Blogging, The World

Interesting opinion offered in an attempt to facilitate a better understanding of Israel by an international audience. Read the whole article for a useful review of pivotal moments in Israel’s history and how its ascent as a nation compares with those of other more, relatively, acclaimed countries. The last paragraph, though, gets right to the […]

November 26th, 2005 | Permalink| 2 Comments »

Pulling Out

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in The War On Terrorism, War

I think it’s a bad move. Sure, the military has certain conditions for pulling troops out, but that doesn’t mean they haven’t been pressured by politicians to do it sooner rather than later. In short, this smacks of politics: WASHINGTON â€â€? Even as debate over the Iraq war continues to rage, signs are emerging of […]

November 26th, 2005 | Permalink| 5 Comments »

Michael Jackson To Convert To Islam?

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Media, Religion

So much trouble, so little time… American pop star Michael Jackson has officially announced that he has been following the five tenets of Islam and intends to convert to Islam, according to a report on the website of Arab-Israeli newspaper Panorama. The report is based on information elicited from sources in Bahrain. According to the […]

November 26th, 2005 | Permalink| 161 Comments »