a citizen’s journal by Thomas Nephew

Good for a grin

Posted by Thomas Nephew on December 6th, 2007

# Steve Benen (“The Carpetbagger Report”) explains why Huckabee didn’t have a clue about the Iran NIE — “He hasn’t assembled a group of top-notch policy advisors — who could walk him through the basics, such as how to read a newspaper…”

# Scott Lemieux (“LG&M”) — “The guy who filed fictions in the guise of reporting from Lebanon is also the author of the seminal The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Understanding Intelligent Design.” (Lemieux’s title is worth the visit.)

# Commenter “menehune,” on the ThinkProgress report about the White House fumbling questions on when Bush learned Iran had shuttered its nuclear weapons program — “That’s a state secret! Executive privelege! A president has to be able to meet with his advisors and decide how best to put one over on the American People!”

# Roy Edroso (“alicublog”), on Rupert Murdoch’s purchase of the religion-oriented web site Beliefnet — and Christian pundit Rod Dreher’s enthusiastic approval: “Like Dreher, I look forward to Murdoch’s improvements of Beliefnet content: the “Who Would Jesus Do?” photo-features, and examinations of the theologies of Jack Bauer and Peter Griffin, etc. With any luck Dreher will be commissioned to write them.”

# All — well, both — “Longer Glenn Reynolds” posts by Gavin M. (“Sadly, No!”). E.g., “My understanding of the details of this story shall remain deniable, as I am given to hiding behind a gnomic scrim of grunts and vagueness in order to disguise my political extremism and rising paranoia.”

# Former White House communications director Dan Bartlett on the right-wing blogosphere: “I mean, talk about a direct IV into the vein of your support. It’s a very efficient way to communicate. They regurgitate exactly and put up on their blogs what you said to them. It is something that we’ve cultivated and have really tried to put quite a bit of focus on.”So who are The Regurgitators? Hint: Back in 2004, TIME Magazine gave them a big attaboy — and who better to recognize such regurgitatory talent.

# Commenter Scott, at Jonathan Schwarz’s “Tiny Revolution” post titled Dear U.S. Government: Please Get Your Preposterous Stories Straight: “It could be worse: Bush could be intentionally ignoring intelligence to justify a military attack, taking liberties with the Constitution, overstepping the bounds of executive privilege AND prevaricating about a White House intern performing fellatio on him. Then we would really have a case for impeachment.”

# “Behold the atheist’s nightmare.” Or laughingstock, depending on your point of view. Satire? Sadly, no. (Via Unqualified Offerings.)

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