Posts from May 23, 2004

Sopranos

Sopranos

: The familiy redeemed itself with tonight’s episode.

Fore!

Fore!

: Focus reports (auf Deutsch) that for the first time since the Soviets marched into Afghanistan, golf is back in Kabul.

: Reuters auf Englisch:

It may provide new challenges to any modern player, but it used to be a lot worse. The entire area has had to be cleared of mines in recent months and three Soviet tanks and a multiple rocket launcher have been removed.

Quelle surprise

Quelle surprise

: What, we should be surprised that the French like Michael Moore?

Hyperlocal fame

Hyperlocal fame

: The Chicago Tribune blurbs the hyperlocal blog work being done by the students at Northwestern with whom I’ve been working.

Back in Iraq

Back in Iraq

: Chris Albritton, the journalist who was paid by his readers to go to Iraq as the war wound down is back in country.

Hot blog babes!

Hot blog babes!

: Getaloada the cheekbone action in this meeting of Washington’s — if not America’s — two hottest bloggers: Wonkette and Washingtonienne.

Now if you’ve missed the saga of Washingtonienne, she blogged about her alleged Capitol Hill sex and was fired by Sen. Mike DeWine. The Washington Post sums it up. Wonkette has had the story at every step.

Washingtonienne said that she was paid after (if not for) sex. The Post reports:

One diary entry described a “married man who pays me for sex” as “chief of staff at one of the gov agencies, appointed by Bush.” That man, she claimed, paid her $400 on Tuesday for sex, but she declined to provide his name to The Post, saying, “I’m not trying to ruin his life.” (On her blog she identified all the men by initials.)

And for this, she was fired.

I think she could claim protection under the whistleblower law. She says she, ahem, blew a government official’s whistle and then blew the whistle on him and she was fired. I say she should sue to get her measly $25k job back…. or at least get that much on her book and movie rights.

Cameras equal transparency

Cameras equal transparency

: I get the military need for secrecy.

But not these days!

And so it would be quite numbnutty if it’s true that Rumsfeld is ordering a ban on camera phones, digital cameras, and camcorders in Iraq and the military. Ban stupidity, don’t ban exposing it.

Iraq: Everybody’s pawn

Iraq: Everybody’s pawn

: Iraq is a mined chessboard with outsiders — American left and right, Europeans, Saudis, Palestinians, and on and on — all playing the big pieces while Iraqis are everybody’s pawns. Iraq is at the center of political fights all over the globe but we hardly hear from the Iraqis.

So consider these related posts today. As they say on This American Life, our story today is in four acts:

: ACT I: AN IRAQI BLOGS: Ali writes another remarkable post about everybody else in the world speaking for — and killing and killing for — Iraqis but we don’t hear from Iraqis themselves. He laughs at a huge demonstration organized by Hezbollah in Lebanon “protesting against the ‘violations’ of the American army in the holy cities of Najaf and Kerballa” while in Iraq…

Despite some alleged “Fatwas” and few speeches about