Archive for June 26th, 2008

Me thinks he did.

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Much has been made of Barack Obama’s comments that he would talk to our enemies, pivoting as a policy shift of not even acknowledging the mere existence of the original Axis of Evil (Iran, Iraq and North Korea) and certainly not negotiating with them to change their policies. Since we’ve effectively blown Iraq to pieces, potentially taking North Korea off the list with this policy change today leaves only Iran as the Axis of Evil in today’s world.

The Bush Administration is chomping at the bit to bomb Iran before January, and if they do, there will be hell to pay. In the early 1950s, the U.S. sought to have better relations with the leadership of Iran, so we took it upon ourselves to stage a coup and insert a more America-friendly leader, the Shah. This action ultimately turned a generation of Iranians against the U.S. – or, as Ron Paul would call it, blowback – and led to the Iranian Hostage Crisis in 1979 and the ultimate overthrow of the Shah, led by the Ayatollah Khomeini. Now, with tensions increasing again, and with a new generation of Iranians having a negative view of the U.S., what would happen if the U.S. were to bomb Iran? And what would be the Iranian response?If we bomb Iran, we’ve literally screwed ourselves.

TPM: President Bush announces at a press conference this morning that he will be lifting sanctions on North Korea and may shortly remove them from the “Axis of Evil”:

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AP: With a bruised forehead, Stephen Colbert has found a new cause célèbre: fighting the glamorization of “face violence.”

As he did after breaking his wrist last year, Colbert has transformed a real-life injury into a mock crusade. Colbert was injured Saturday, and while he’s been cagey about the cause, he’s made no attempt to hide the scarring between his eyebrows this week on “The Colbert Report.”

In extreme close-up Monday, he detailed the wreckage: “What the hell is going on right here? What the hell did I do to myself on Saturday? I’ve got stitches up there, and it looks like I’m growing a little map of Norway down the side of my face.”

Colbert has declined to say how the injury happened. (His publicist and Comedy Central also declined to comment.) Instead, he has said what’s important is his new responsibility to fight “face violence” in Hollywood films.

In June 2007, Colbert broke his wrist while running around his set before the taping of a show. The comedian went on to wage a months-long fight for “wrist awareness” and widely circulated “WristStrong” bracelets for the cause. (Proceeds for the $1 bracelets have gone to the Yellow Ribbon Fund, a charity that assists injured service members and their families.)

This week, Colbert has joked that after the wrist injury, he pledged he would never break a fall with his hands.

Tuesday’s guest, Will Smith, had a theory: “I think I know what happened to your face, ’cause I can tell. Somebody kicked your ass, didn’t they?”

Colbert has claimed it could have happened by smashing watermelons with his head or by “practicing for a walk-on role in Cirque du Soleil and overestimating the number of French Canadians my forehead would support.”

This hilarious Madonna spoof aired Wednesday on Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report, as part of Stephen Colbert’s John McCain Green Screen Challenge.

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Gawker: Barack Obama is on the cover of Rolling Stone again! So soon after the last one. And just one week after he showed up on the front of publisher Jann Wenner’s UsWeekly! In fact, if you have a magazine, you have probably put Barack Obama on the cover. It’s summer, so nothing is really going on besides Batman and this Barack Obama character. Does anyone without a pair of breasts sell so many magazines? Did our prettiest president even get this much ink until he tragically died? Attached, a composite of the media maelstrom. (The Tiger Beat one, sadly, is from The Onion. It was our favorite too.)

AMERICAblog:

OR: The Chamber of Commerce (yep, you read that right) released a poll showing Gordon Smith barely squeaking by Jeff Merkley 38-34.

AK: The good folks at MyDD continue their series profiling the MyDD Road to 60 list.

CO: Remember this ad from the DSCC? Well, turns out it was right on – tonight Schaffer’s benefiting from a big fundraiser sponsored by the Ukrainian-Americans for Bob Schaffer 2008.

NC: Shock! Apparently being a big-name Republican isn’t such an asset when everyone hates Republicans.

TX: Rick Noriega has a great post on the HuffPo talking about his two weeks training soldiers.

GA (1 and 2): Jim Martin launches his first ad of the cycle while Kos talks about his chances in the Hill.

NJ: Lautenberg is up 45-28 on Dick Zimmer.

A nice Pulp Fiction/John McCain Green Screen Mash-up.

Here’s a clip from the 6/25/08 interview:

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Andy Roddick, who lost the 2004 and 2005 Wimbledon finals to Roger Federer, lost 6-7 (5), 7-5, 6-4, 7-6 (4) by Janko Tipsarevic.

AP: Former champion Maria Sharapova has been ousted in the second round at Wimbledon by 154th-ranked Alla Kudryavtseva.

Kudryavtseva has recovered an early break in the second set to beat the 2004 champion 6-2, 6-4 on Court 1 on Thursday.

It is Sharapova’s earliest exit from a Grand Slam event since her first full season on the circuit in 2003. Since her breakthrough at Wimbledon in ’04, Sharapova has added major titles at the 2006 U.S. Open and the last Australian Open.

Kudryavtseva, 20, has never won a WTA Tour title and was playing only her 10th Grand Slam match.

Sixth-seeded Andy Roddick has been upset in the second round at Wimbledon, losing to Janko Tipsarevic of Serbia.

Roddick, who lost the 2004 and 2005 Wimbledon finals to Roger Federer, was beaten 6-7 (5), 7-5, 6-4, 7-6 (4) by 40th-ranked Tipsarevic, who has never gone past the fourth round at a major.

Roddick reached the semifinals at the grass-court tuneup event at Queen’s, coming back from a shoulder injury that forced him out of the French Open.

He had three set points in the fourth to pull even and eight breakpoint chances overall, but Tipsarevic saved them all.

Ariel Sarousi, left, and Steve Bierfeld of Arlington, Virginia, celebrate the court's ruling Thursday.

CNN: The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Thursday that a sweeping ban on handguns in the nation’s capital violated the Second Amendment right to bear arms.

The justices struck down the ban in a 5-4 decision, with Justice Antonin Scalia writing the opinion for the majority.

Washington Mayor Adrian Fenty said he was disappointed in the ruling but will give the district’s police department 21 days to implement a process for registering handguns. It still will be illegal to carry handguns outside the home, and all pistols must be registered with police.

Officials said a hot line would be set up to handle questions about the new regulations.

“It is important to respect the court’s authority and to act quickly,” Fenty said.

I just wet myself. Mraz meets Sinatra.

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Wow. It’s been how long since Ellen DeGeneres has her primetime ABC comedy “Ellen”… and I completely forgot about the fact that Oprah interviewed her. Oy vey. But it still speaks to the heart.

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