Buried lede of the week

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July 18 2006 3:52 AM

Buried Lede of the Week

Did Clinton hint we went to war for Israel?

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I will seek refuge in this last-resort fall-back argument. It's still a PR-man's con to pretend that a movie's reaching "red state America" because it does well at the Angelika in Plano--just not for any of the reasons I said! ...

P.S.: Postrel gives her thoughts on the Brokeback-in-Plano debate too. l'll let you read them for yourselves. I deny, though, that in Brokeback "'[t]here are no cartoonish villains designed to prod you to [the protagonists'] side.'" What about the anonymous rube-ex-machina homophobic thugs who show up at various points to pummel suspected gays? They're so cartoonish the filmmakers don't dare show their faces. 11:21 P.M. link

Dem fave campaign finance expert Bob Bauer suggests that press (and kf) fave campaign finance expert Trevor Potter is helping prepare a powerful job for himself as head of the proposed new Federal Election Administration. ... 10:34 P.M.

Buried Lede of the Week: Did Bill Clinton "hint that we went to war for Israel":? Atlantic editor James Bennet, blogging about an Aspen colloquy between the former president and James Fallows:

That sounded like a hint that we went to war for Israel: When Jim asked how the Democrats should handle the Iraq war, Clinton replied in part, "We ought to be whipped, us Democrats, if we allow our differences over what to do now in Iraq to divide us" instead of sticking it to the Republicans. He segued into a discussion of Democratic Senator Joe Lieberman's position in favor of going to war, noting how it squared with the view of Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld and others that Saddam Hussein was such a menace he should be removed regardless of whether he had WMD. Then, out of the blue, came this: "That was also the position of every Israeli politician I knew, by the way." Huh? Where did that come from?

It may have been true - though I knew some Israeli politicians with doubts about the war - but what did it have to do with the rest of his comments? Was it an accusation of dual loyalty? [Emphasis added]

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Bennet's powerful alternative explanation: Clinton was just flirting with Queen Noor. ... 12:57 P.M. link

New Holden Commodore! It's Australian. It won't be sold here.  It was only introduced today and it already looks tired. But it's made by GM and might provide the company's North American branch wiith the rear-drive sedan chassis it desperately needs 2:11 A.M.

Saturday, July 15, 2006

I admit I doubted reading Lebanese and Israeli bloggers would be a very useful way to learn about the latest Mideast fighting. I mean, anyone with a modem can just spout off! But N.Z. Bear's Topics Page  turns out to be a highly efficient and engaging way to get the flavor and texture of the conflict. (Example: The advice of Big Pharoah'sdad.) Maybe Bear only picks the best ones. ...  P.S.: Are there really no Palestinian bloggers worth listing? ... Update:Kausfiles gets results! Bear has added Palestinian blogs--over a dozen of them. ... 11:52 A.M.

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Dead Man's Chest: "Keira Knightley is not suffering from anorexia. She's just incredibly, incredibly skinny." E. Snead:

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