May 29, 2003

Tour of the L.A. Blogs: Dam...

Tour of the L.A. Blogs: Damn if there aren't a whole mess of interesting Southland blogs these days. Let's take a tour:

* Kevin Roderick, the new L.A.-media blogger who scored that John Carroll memo about the L.A. Times' "liberal bias" yesterday, put up four posts before 7:15 this morning (that's a no-no Kevin ... unless you've been up all night); including a link to Robert Scheer's defiant, outraged response to the Pentagon (this was the LAblog theme du jour).

* Roger Simon discusses donating to the Black Panthers in Echo Park during the early '70s (a story which contradicts a New York Times article); also advocates firing Scheer, who he suspects of being "a right-wing plant."

* Eugene Volokh gives a fascinating analysis of the government's possible legal overreach in a case against a Saudi student suspected of sympathizing with terrorists (but actually charged with lying on his visa application).

* Lonewacko reports from a Sidney Blumenthal book-signing at the L.A. Library; asks him point-blank whether he's Atrios, and Blumey denies it.

* Kevin Drum writes a chunky post (with info-graphic!) about taxes, and defends Scheer.

* Luke Ford profiles Amy Alkon.

* Steve Smith expands on a comment he left here about Ann Coulter being a "Nazi."

* Cathy Seipp, who has a funny new column about Hollywood restaurants and pink meat, tells more anecdotes about Bob Scheer.

* Martin Devon busts out with the animal photo of the day.

* Moxie announces a reader contest whose winner will get a lunch date with the Mox and a "threesome with Donald Rumsfeld and his wife."

* Charles Johnson expresses skepticism at the Mideast roadmap to peace, flags a couple of stories about hateful Saudi sermons, and calls Scheer a "loathsome creature, so full of hate and contempt for his own country that it's risen past his eyes and blinded him."

* Tony Pierce: "today's bob hope's 100th birthday. fuck bob hope." Then, later: "happy birthday bob hope. i cant remember one thing funny youve ever said, but i appreciate the fact that you traveled the world with hot chicks. and you understood the american spirit of being on the road and cracking jokes along the way."

* Mickey Kaus makes some bizarre comment about how civil war in the Congo "is more important than Howell Raines' future," and then comes to his senses (and maybe outs Raines as a liar!).

* Ben Sullivan's Science Blog finds a funny study about how husbands and wives describe their exact same finances quite differently (men are optimistic, women pessimistic).

* Greg McIlvaine reviews The Matrix Reloaded (Good Good Good) and Adaptation (Good Good Good); also posts promos of the new McSmazeny Syr.

* Emmanuelle, who heads to France for two weeks tomorrow (boo!), complains about French strikes, then hears it from her readers.

Not bad for a day's work, eh?

Posted by at May 29, 2003 06:08 PM
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Please, no, I didn't defend Scheer. I think he gives liberals a bad name.

He did have one good point in his column today, but....

Oh hell, I guess maybe I did defend him. Sheesh. The first time I ever mention the guy and it's positive. Go figure.

Posted by: Kevin Drum at May 29, 2003 09:24 PM

Sorry! I meant to say "gives a qualified defense," but I was in a godawful rush ... you must think I lie awake at night, looking for inventive new ways to twist your words, but in fact it's my intern, whose resignation I have just accepted, with a sort of stern sadness....

Posted by: Matt Welch at May 29, 2003 10:49 PM

Matt: Thanks. I'm pretty sure it won't happen again.

Posted by: Kevin Roderick at May 30, 2003 11:14 AM

Great round up, could have done without the charles johnson bit though. If anyone hates his country it's that ugly twit! Anyway he just bugs me, I am surpised you can stand to read his site.

Posted by: Bob at May 30, 2003 12:42 PM
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munity/article1695.html">funny study about how husbands and wives describe their exact same finances quite differently (men are optimistic, women pessimistic).

* Greg McIlvaine reviews The Matrix Reloaded (Good Good Good) and Adaptation (Good Good Good); also posts promos of the new McSmazeny Syr.

* Emmanuelle, who heads to France for two weeks tomorrow (boo!), complains about French strikes, then hears it from her readers.

Not bad for a day's work, eh?

Posted by at May 29, 2003 06:08 PM
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Please, no, I didn't defend Scheer. I think he gives liberals a bad name.

He did have one good point in his column today, but....

Oh hell, I guess maybe I did defend him. Sheesh. The first time I ever mention the guy and it's positive. Go figure.

Posted by: Kevin Drum at May 29, 2003 09:24 PM

Sorry! I meant to say "gives a qualified defense," but I was in a godawful rush ... you must think I lie awake at night, looking for inventive new ways to twist your words, but in fact it's my intern, whose resignation I have just accepted, with a sort of stern sadness....

Posted by: Matt Welch at May 29, 2003 10:49 PM

Matt: Thanks. I'm pretty sure it won't happen again.

Posted by: Kevin Roderick at May 30, 2003 11:14 AM

Great round up, could have done without the charles johnson bit though. If anyone hates his country it's that ugly twit! Anyway he just bugs me, I am surpised you can stand to read his site.

Posted by: Bob at May 30, 2003 12:42 PM
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