Monday, June 30, 2003

In this New Republic article, John Judis and Spencer Ackerman examine how the Bush administration misused intelligence information to make their case for war in Iraq. Here's an excerpt:

"From late August 2002 to mid-March of this year, the Bush administration made its case for war by focusing on the threat posed to the United States by Saddam Hussein's nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons and by his purported links to the Al Qaeda terrorist network. . . Yet there was no consensus within the American intelligence community that Saddam represented such a grave and imminent threat. Rather, interviews with current and former intelligence officials and other experts reveal that the Bush administration culled from U.S. intelligence those assessments that supported its position and omitted those that did not."

Tuesday, June 24, 2003

Daniel Gross explains how the rich are staying rich through the help of the federal government (Bush tax cut) in this Slate article.

Monday, June 23, 2003

My friend Paul has been drinking Pabst Blue Ribbon for years. According to this article from the New York Times Magazine, Paul was a man ahead of his time. After years of decline, Pabst is making a comeback.

Sunday, June 22, 2003

Doug Grow examines the similarities and differences between Howard Dean and Paul Wellstone in this Minneapolis Star Tribune column.

Thursday, June 19, 2003

In this Slate article, William Saletan tells the surprising story of John Kerry, comedian.

Wednesday, June 18, 2003

Danny Goldberg is a music industry executive and a left-wing activist. In his new book "Dispatches From the Culture Wars: How the Left Lost Teen Spirit," he argues that one reason Democrats are losing elections is that they have lost touch with American popular culture. He discusses his argument in this Salon interview. (Thanks, Mike!)

Tuesday, June 17, 2003

Rand Beers was the Bush administration's top anti-terrorism operative until he resigned a few months ago. In this Washington Post article, Beers says he quit because, "The administration wasn't matching its deeds to its words in the war on terrorism. They're making us less secure, not more secure." Beers is now national security adviser to Senator John Kerry's presidential campaign.

Monday, June 16, 2003

In this Boston Globe article, Thomas Powers discusses two questions raised by the failure to find Iraqi weapons of mass destruction: "How could America's $30 billion-a-year intelligence industry get things so wrong? And why did the White House persuade itself to go to war on the basis of evidence so flimsy?"

Thursday, June 12, 2003

Last week New York Times columnist Tom Friedman argued that the failure to find Weapons of Mass Destruction in Iraq wasn't really important because it wasn't the real reason for the war in Iraq. Now CNN columnist Mark Shields points out some things that Friedman seems to have forgotten: democracy, informed consent, and the President's credibility.

Wednesday, June 11, 2003

Dan Chiasson reports on the Northeast regional semifinals of the U.S. Air Guitar Championships in this Slate article.

Tuesday, June 10, 2003 senior writer Rob Neyer has selected his Dream Team for each major league baseball team. The Milwaukee Brewers Dream Team is here. Yount and Molitor were so good that they both get to play two positions.

Monday, June 09, 2003

QTVR panoramas let you see a 360 degree view of a location. Here's a panorama of the Golden Gate from Lands End, San Francisco and here's the view from the summit of Mount Everest. Links to other QTVR panoramas are at the top of each page.

Sunday, June 08, 2003

According to this Opinion Journal article by John McDonough, Bob Hope's films, "contain some of the boldest, most inconspicuously avant-garde strokes of postmodern sleight of hand ever seen on the screen."

Thursday, June 05, 2003

The Geekmaster defines a geek as, "a person who is talented in an area outside the boundaries of social normality." To find out if you are a geek, take his geektest.

Wednesday, June 04, 2003

Hendrik Hertzberg compares the Bush Administration's Iraq policy with its domestic policy in this New Yorker article.

Tuesday, June 03, 2003

Fred Kaplan asks, "Did Iraq really have weapons of mass destruction?" in this Slate article.

Monday, June 02, 2003

Norman Ornstein, a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, asks the question, "What would happen if a bomb wiped out the federal government?" in this article from The Atlantic.