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Sadly, a decline in interest, hits and money for  invaluable online chronicler of deaths in Iraq and Afghanistan, iCasuatlies.org.  “We had 50 US deaths in Afghanistan last month, and we are on course for 50 deaths this month, but it is not talked about,” Michael White said. “It is not on the nightly news.”

Fox News slogan, via The Simpsons: "Not racist, but #1 with racists."…. Heads of conservative males explode as Fox’s Megyn Kelly (left) shows a lot of skin as "hottie" in new GQ.

Hillary Clinton asked if she would endure an airport TSA patdown: "Not if I could avoid it. No. I mean, who would?"….  Warning: This may be the worst TSA "patdown" story you will read.  …. Or: TSA forces breast cancer survivor, a veteran flight attendant, to remove prosthetic. Stories like these reportedly leading to some easing of enforcement.

Documentary on John Lennon’s years in New York, LennonNYC, debuts tonight on PBS. See my new piece, anecdotes about my contact with John during the 1970s, and video excerpt here. 

Angry Krugman on GOP blocking everything, from arms control to extending unemploymen benefits, unless they win, titled, There Will Be Blood: "My sense is that most Americans still don’t understand this reality. They still imagine that when push comes to shove, our politicians will come together to do what’s necessary. But that was another country."

Tom Ricks: Why the creation of an all-volunteer army + Reagan tax cuts led to the wealthy "checking out of America."

START ME UP Edward Luce of Financial Times on GOP blocking START treaty: "There is a greater hatred of Obama than there is a love of American national security."   

DADT’s GOOD NEWS  Wash Post reports that the Pentagon’s report on Don’t Ask Don’t Tell to be released a day early next week and likely to conclude that it can be axed with only "minimal" problems.

BUSH LIES  Dan Froomkin explodes: "The Two Most Essential, Abhorrent, Intolerable Lies Of George W. Bush’s Memoir."  

NOTABLE PASSINGS  Norris Church Mailer, widow of Norman and a writer herself, has died at 61. Met her several times, very nice person, it seemed…..Also passing away this weekend: The writer Betty Jean Lifton, wife of my friend and co-author (on two books) Robert Jay Lifton.

TORTURE PROTESTS  NYT visits Fort Benning, Georgia, to report that the annual, and long-running, protests of the School of Americas training center are dwindling at long last.

TWAIN MEETS BESTSELLER LIST  My piece on some guy named "Mark Twain" making bestseller list. Was kind of a blogger, too, some say. 

A SIGN FOR YOU Okay, fans, you are hereby invited to take part in fundraising auction for The Nation featuring whatta deal on autographed copies of not one, not two, but FIVE of my books, here.

JFK ASSASSINATION  On 47th anniversary: Secret Service agent who jumped into JFK convertible to cover president and first lady writes about the memory. 

A GOOD KOS  Swell review of my book "The Campaign of the Century" from longtime Daily Kos ace Susan Gardner today. 

SURVIVING PALIN  Frank Rich thinks Palin could win in 2012. Or maybe just means as contestant on Survivor Alaska, with rigged voting. … David Frum on why Mike Huckabee is just the man to save the Republic from Palin….  Meanwhile, a good report on how the wacky Sharron Angle blew its chance to oust Harry Reid.  

WHAT’S UP, DOCS?  Academy names 15 finalists for best doc film Oscar—very good list, from Spitzer to Glenn Gould, I’ve seen most. Got to go with Tillman, though.


SNL on the TSA patdowns.  Or should they change name to T & A?




The Decemberists with the great Gillian Welch guesting on Conan.


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