We're on a downhill run for the weekend. We finally got a little break in the heat around here. Supposed to get down into the upper 40's tonight. THAT's gonna be a real shock to the system when I reach out to grab the paper tomorrow!
So, stay comfortable at the computer for right now. And work your way through today's collection. Let's start with some photographs. I use that term, rather than "pictures", because Alan Chin is one of the best photojournalists around.
His photographs from New Orleans say more than any words could hope to say. In Chin's words:
"I shot it in black-and-white because we live in America, so no matter what happens, we always have visual elements that are very distracting. I was one of the only people who did this in black and white. I felt it should not be distracted by color, by the fact someone might have been wearing a hot pink t-shirt. I didn't want that irony in it. I wanted to get to the heart of the matter -- to the crucial thing."
Once upon a time, I thought Rush Limbaugh was, at least, a good "entertainer". Perhaps he's just turning into a mean-spirited old man. This kind of talk isn't entertainment. And is certainly mean. What does he hope to accomplish
with tirades like this?
Wonder what he'd say about this. The polar ice cap is melting. At a record rate.
Oh, I know. He's saying Global Warming isn't for real.
I'm betting Rush would be all over this one, too. An Alabama State Senator says Katrina happened because New Orleans was evil.
But, sir, what about the churches that flooded?
The New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary was flooded by Katrina. Erwin said the Baptists knew they had put themselves on the front lines ministering in a sinful place that could be targeted.
Tom Delay's being fingerprinted (after being indicted). Bill Frist is trying to explain his Blind Trust. As the investigation widens.
Not good times.
Simple math. How many Number Two guys in Al Qaida ARE there?
Good question! Anybody have the answer?
Here's a military man who is really going out on a limb. He's raising some very serious, and very important, questions about Iraq and prisoner abuse.
Pleading to eliminate confusion in the military. Confusion over exactly what constitutes torture. Seems absolutely amazing that there should be ANY confusion, doesn't it? Read his letter to Senator John McCain. You may have to scroll down to find it. Permalink doesn't seem to be working right.
And, then there is this news that ANOTHER judge has ordered the release of photos of the abuse in Iraq .
And there is still a little matter of body armor and protecting Americans fighting the War in Iraq.
Seems there was a plan, but the Defense Department hasn't done what it was ordered to do.
This one might have slid by in the attention being paid to Delay and Frist yesterday, but some eagle-eyed bloggers snagged it for posterity. President Bush has pardoned a number of criminals.
On the list for freedom: convicted drug dealers, ebezzlers, even someone who used explosives on an energy facility.
For those of you who bookmark The Drudge Report and count on that site for your news, consider this little posting at MediaBistro.
They try to hold "journalists" feet to the fire. Drudge doesn't get a passing grade.