poliPicks

1 May

polipicksThe weekend is typically a time of minimal internet dwelling and more outdoor living (Vitamin D is good for you). Here a bunch of articles, tidbits, and videos that should hold your interest until, oh, let’s see happy hour.

  • Souter’s Replacement: Will it be a woman, a minority, or both?
  • Do You Feel Safer?” ad: House Minority Leader, John Boehner (R-OH), made an ad against President Obama using close-ups of online articles relating to the release of the torture memos (intense close-ups), photographs from over 3 years ago of insurgents menacing the streets of Fallujah, a collage of pictures where Obama is thinking (possibly plotting!) and al-Qaeda training camp footage. All with ominous questions like: “Do you feel safer?” Well, now that I know you are in Congress…
  • Torture architects identified: These two guys are a hoot. First off, they “boast” to anyone willing to listen how they were paid $1,000 a day by the CIA. Second, they had no interrogation experience before they created the 10-point torture/interrogation manual. And finally, the CIA only realized once they were both under contract that they were, in fact, not experienced enough for such a task and that their techniques were “far more intense” then they expected. Oh CIA, when will you learn *kneeslap*
  • CEO pay falls, but perks rise: From 2007 to 2008, overall pay for CEOs fell 7%. Yipee. The value of their perks and perks-allowances (basically cash funds they can dip into anytime they want) rose 7%. Yip–what?! Perks also made up a larger percentage of their compensation package. The median value of perks for CEOs in 2008 was over $170,0000. I wonder if that includes free Diet Coke.
  • First Lady’s kicks too chic et cher?: Note to self: avoid Lanvin when volunteering at food banks.
  • Obama’s “Enchanted” response: In case you missed it, the president showed off his comic timing when answering a 20-part question posed by the NY Times that was at first ridiculed and then praised as pure genius.
  • Racism and the Swine Flu: There some things that just make logical sense. Using butter to make your omelette is one of them. Leaving work early on Fridays is another. And of course, using a global pandemic to promote racist accusations and xenophobic remarks is another. Just a taste, Michelle Malkin on the lessons learned from recent history:  “9/11 didn’t convince the open-borders zealots to put down their race cards and confront reality. Maybe the threat of their sons or daughters contracting a deadly virus spread from south of the border to their Manhattan prep schools will.
  • Elizabeth Edwards tells-some about you-know-what: Read her (probably mild) account about John Edwards’s cheating ways in her new book. A taste: “Elsewhere in the book, Edwards explains how her candidate husband originally lied to her about the depth of the affair (he originally said it was just one time), and how the “pathetic” Hunter hit on him with cheesy lines like: “You are so hot.” Saucer of milk, table for two, meow!
  • Sigh…I told you, do NOT let Joe go on morning shows. What part of that don’t you…ah, forget it“:

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