Detroit's Cheap Dates
Plus--O'Reilly was right about Bourne.
Monday, August 20, 2007
Rasmussen: "By a 56% to 31% margin, voters want the government to continue building a fence along the Mexican border. " But do they know about the stranded jaguars? ... P.S.: I don't quite see how Rudy Giuliani's ID-card for foreigners will work. How are people supposed to know that someone is a foreigner in the first place (in order to require the ID card)? Won't illegal immigrants simply forego the ID card and pose as non-foreigners? Of course, by applying for the ID card illegals would apparently qualify for the Giuliani semi-amnesty program, which seems to differ only in detail from the Bush semi-amnesty program. ... Buried Lede: Why is Mitt Romney attacking Giuliani on the relatively complicated issue of whether New York is a "sanctuary" city, when he could attack Giuliani straight up for proposing a Mccain-like semi-amnesty that would give citizenship to illegals? Isn't support for amnesty sort of a death sentence in the Republican presidential primary? ....
TNR Gags Its Leaker: Richard Miniter of Pajamas Media reports that The New Republic sent a "cease and desist order" to now-fired publisher's assistant Robert McGee, who leaked tidbits about the Scott Thomas Beauchamp controversy to various blogs (and gave an interview to Pajamas). Assuming Miniter's report is accurate, I don't quite understand the legal basis for TNR restraining McGee. Did McGee sign a confidentiality agreement (maybe because he worked on the business side of the magazine)? Was the letter restricted to leaks of confidential business information, leaving McGee free to talk about editorial-side issues? Or is TNR claiming some general fiduciary duty of employees not to discuss any internal matters? Will it send a cease and desist letter to Marty Peretz when he writes his memoirs? .. Even if there is a solid legal basis for the letter--if the letter, for example, only forcefuly reminded McGee of his general responsibilities under the laws of libel--isn't it a bit much that the magazine would resort to this tactic? Judging from Miniter's account, McGee doesn't even have all that much damaging to report (e.g., TNR editor Franklin Foer "sounded almost rehearsed" at an office party). If McGee's not telling the truth or isn't credible, that is more likely to come out if TNR lets him speak. ... More important, publications like TNR rely on individuals in large organizations--like, say, the U.S. Army--who are willing to blab about what they know (and, indeed, the magazine called on the Army to let Beauchamp talk to them when they believed he was being restrained.) I would think TNR's position would be that openness should be the rule. ... 10:49 A.M. link
Saturday, August 18, 2007
If we pay Starbucks a surcharge--say $1 on a grande latte--will they stop playing Paul McCartney? ... 3:32 P.M.
Friday, August 17, 2007
Photograph of Ann Coulter on Slate's home page by Brad Barket/Getty. Photograph of a wedding cake with two grooms on Slate's home page by Hector Mata/AFP Photo. Photograph of Princess Diana on Slate's home page by Georges De Keerle/Getty Images.