The [Friday] Papers
Roger Ebert gives Sicko three-and-a-half stars.
Mystery Debate Theater
Just like the budget.
I can't wrap my head around electing a president virtually straight out of the Illinois legislature either.
"'Media pundits and Washington insiders are already speculating about our end of quarter fundraising totals,' Plouffe wrote. 'They claim the money we raise by this Saturday, June 30th, will determine the success or failure of our campaign,' Plouffe wrote."
How meta. Prove the pundits wrong by beating them at their own game!
This Week in the Beachwood
* "The importance of power calculations in the making of a political news story was further evidenced by how the Washington Post constructed the attempt of Representative John Conyers (D-MI) to publicize the implications of the memo by holding a House informational hearing. That hearing was held in the political context of Republican dominance of the House, and the continuing muddle among Democrats about making an election issue out of being deceived on the war.
"Given this context, the hearing was unlikely to result either in a shift in Democratic position or in any direct political repercussions for the Bush administration. The degree to which these power considerations by the press trumped (indeed defined) the implications of the document is shown in a telling story by Washington Post reporter-analyst Dana Milbank which began with the headline 'Democrats Play House to Rally against the War."
"The lead sentence was even more revealing about the power calculus underlying news construction: 'In the Capitol basement yesterday, long suffering House Democrats took a trip to the land of make-believe.'"
* "We like to call this the Cub Chill Factor. It's the difference between the real temperature of this team and what it 'feels like' to Cubs fans.
"For example, when the Cubs go, say, .500 over a period of 10 games, it 'feels like' they've won seven of 10. When the Cubs win one of six but a couple of losses are close, it 'feels like' they've gone 3-3. When the Cubs win two in a row - or sweep the White Sox - it 'feels like' they are a contender. And when the Cubs are closer to last place than first but are within a half-dozen games of .500, it 'feels like' they are making a run for it."
* "The post-Real World life has obviously been good to Trishelle. Not so sure about the others. Former go-go dancer Brynn Smith, who had a threesome with Trishelle and hunkmate and condom-refuser Steven three days after they met for the original series, is married with two kids, who, um, she has brought along for the reunion show. Buzzkill, dude. Her marriage actually seems solid, though she is purportedly jealous of the wild, single life Trishelle still lives while Trishelle pretends to be jealous of Brynn's married life."
* "Jimmy Swaggart Ministries claims it has sold 13 million gospel music albums worldwide, and although that assertion is impossible to verify because JIM Records, as a private label, isn't audited by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), there's no doubt Swaggart's popularity as a musician is immense and has changed the face of gospel music forever."
The Beachwood Tip Line: Pending appeal.
Posted on June 29, 2007
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