19 Dec 2010

Went From Nasty Nas To Esco’s Trash

Complex has the brilliant idea to revisit the Nastradamus predictions. A prediction of my own: Nastradamus will enjoy the kind of critical reappraisal that Sandinista! enjoyed. No sarcasm. Believe in the 2011 revival.

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19 Dec 2010

Secret Treaties

Who could have predicted this? [Three prominent Republican senators announced they would vote against the treaty. Senators Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and Jon Kyl of Arizona, the top two Republican leaders, said on Sunday talk shows that they would oppose it because of concerns about its possible impact on missile

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19 Dec 2010

Shmaltz It Up!

Not doing anything Monday at 7:30? In D.C.? Come by the Historic Sixth & I Synagogue, where a bunch of writerly Jews will be telling tales of great jewwy Jewishness. I’ll be one of them. Self-indulgent? Certainly, but there’ll be true-life-tales of Jewishness and foreign travels. And what a cast!

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18 Dec 2010

When There’s Nothing On The Horizon, You’ve Got Nothing Left To Prove

IMMEDIATE RELEASE No. 1162-10 December 18, 2010 DOD Identifies Marine Casualty The Department of Defense announced today the death of a Marine who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. Lance. Cpl. Jose L. Maldonado, 21, of Mathis, Texas, died Dec. 17 while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan. He was

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18 Dec 2010

Equality, Dignity and Respect

65 to 31. The least we owe to the gay men and women in our military who protect us. Today’s vote is the beginning of your long, long, long overdue recognition. On behalf of a grateful nation, we extend this to you, the same as we extend it to everyone

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18 Dec 2010

Victims of a Night Raid

Time‘s Jason Motlagh has an excellent story about the aftermath of an Afghanistan night raid. Read the whole awful thing, but this stands out: In Loyi Rud, the effects of the night raid appear to have alienated even the local law enforcement officials. Nimatullah, after all, had no prior criminal

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18 Dec 2010

Bending Toward Justice

Sixty-three votes for cloture to repeal Don’t Ask Don’t Tell. Procedural hurdles cleared, final repeal inevitable. Now for the Pentagon’s “deliberate” certification on implementation, signed by Gates and Mullen in consultation with the service chiefs. This is going to take a while — through 2011, certainly — but repeal is

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17 Dec 2010

When There’s Nothing On The Horizon, You’ve Got Nothing Left To Prove

IMMEDIATE RELEASE No. 1160-10 December 17, 2010 DOD Identifies Army Casualty The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. Spc. Sean R. Cutsforth, 22, of Radford, Va., died Dec. 15 at Ghazni Province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his

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17 Dec 2010

Are You Now Or Have You Ever Been A Muslim In America?

Rep. Peter King will hold hearings on “the radicalization” of American Muslims when he gets his gavel for the House’s homeland-security committee. Framing the question that way predetermines its outcome: millions of Americans will be presumptively guilty of drifting into fellow-traveling with al-Qaeda. But King is right that even a statistically miniscule rise in homegrown terrorism deserves thorough analysis. The question is how real King will allow his hearings to get.

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17 Dec 2010

Are You Now Or Have You Ever Been A Muslim In America?

Rep. Peter King will hold hearings on “the radicalization” of American Muslims when he gets his gavel for the House’s homeland-security committee. Framing the question that way predetermines its outcome: millions of Americans will be presumptively guilty of drifting into fellow-traveling with al-Qaeda. But King is right that even a

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