26 Dec 2010

Requiem For Old New York

SOMEWHERE IN SUBURBAN MICHIGAN — Via Metal Lungies, Sheek Louch’s new slow jam, which just sounds like 90s-era New York hip hop: an eerie piano loop and total disregard for differentiating the chorus. Not really something I’d listen to a second time, but it’s nice to have a memory of

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25 Dec 2010

Editing Tips From Keith Richards’ Memoir

My fiance was thoughtful enough to get me Keith Richards’ Life for (yes) Christmas, a book I’ve been meaning to read ever since not-that-Bill Wyman imagined Mick Jagger’s response, so I’ve spent my day tearing through it. Much like the Rolling Stones’ career, the end drags on forever, giving the

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24 Dec 2010

Sink, Florida, Sink!

Florida’s fusion center monitors anti-BP protests; Ron Paul rallies; demonstrations against the Gaza flotilla raid; Code Pink rallies; and other well-known epicenters of Consitutionally-protected speech terrorism. Thank you, Public Intelligence.

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24 Dec 2010

Two Middle Fingers To Anwar al-Awlaki

Salafist Saudi cleric Salman al-Ouda pens a denunciation of Awlaki’s bloodthirstiness: The single-minded pursuit of resistance and fighting will not improve the state of the people. It will not develop them morally, nor will it strengthen their faith. It can neither foster economic development nor stabilize society. It won’t build

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23 Dec 2010

‘Take The Kurds Under Your Tanks, And Save Your Bullets For The Iranian Revolutionary Guards’

I think it was 2003 or 2004 when I happened by a rally thrown by supporters of the Mujahideen-e-Khalq on Capitol Hill. It attracted maybe 100 middle-aged Iranian emigres from the Virginia suburbs. Their bored twenty-something girls in pink sweatclothes tried their hardest not to fall asleep standing up; I

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23 Dec 2010

Bob Gates Has Officially Ruined It For All Future Defense Secretaries

I have a long freelance magazine piece about to come out on one of Gates’ likely successors, and one of its minor themes is how maddeningly difficult it’ll be to be the post-Gates defense secretary. Pretty much only Charlie Dunlap doesn’t like Gates. Immediately, the military will pine for the

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23 Dec 2010

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

IMMEDIATE RELEASE No. 1178-10 December 23, 2010 DOD Identifies Marine Casualty The Department of Defense announced today the death of a Marine who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. Lance Cpl. William H. Crouse IV, 22, of Woodruff, S.C., died Dec. 21 while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan. He

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22 Dec 2010

One Last New START Observation

SOMEWHERE IN MICHIGAN — Line of the day on the politics of New START goes to Dave Weigel. START was only a win because Republicans stupidly chose to fight on it… Back when John Strausbaugh was editing New York Press he used to say lines like that possessed “bitch-slap accuracy.”

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22 Dec 2010

I Said This Day Would Never Come

SOMEWHERE NEAR DETROIT, FAR FROM D.C. AND MY TWEETDECK ISN’T WORKING, SO CHALK ANY OUTDATEDNESS UP TO THAT — My track record of predictions is pretty stone-cold awful. And yet I never learn my lesson, probably because that would make for joie-de-vivre-starved blogging. But if there’s one thing I really

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22 Dec 2010

Time To Settle All Debate About The Surge

Judging from David McCormick’s book review in the Weekly Standard, the new oral history Al-Anbar Awakening looks like an excellent through-the-participants-eyes understanding of what the Awakening was and wasn’t. And that goes a long way toward clearing out historical dross over the surge. Good for the Standard for printing this:

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