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That Rolling Stone profile of Gen. Stanley McChrystal causing tsunami-like waves–see full list of links below.  Also for full range of opinions on whether he should get fired, see my collection of views here.  Even many on right say he should go. 

Plus: Writer of article says most damaging quotes came in first 24 hours–so wasn’t a case of "charming" the general of him letting down guard….  Politico wrote that Rolling Stone editor says McChrystal saw article before publication–and raised no objections at all.  But Rolling Stone later denies–says he okayed facts in fact-checking, didn’t see whole thing ….Vanity Fair:  3 giant ways the general went wrong in dealing with Rolling Stone.

Surprise: U.S. judge overturns Obama moratorium on offshore driling after families complained.

Karl Rove demands NYT and Gail  Collins correct claim that President Bush suggested Americans "go shopping" after 9/11.  Text of letter.  Fact checking surely to come.  The Rude Pundit finds somewhat similar Bush quote.

Editor of Sarah Palin’s hometown paper who sort of threatened writer Joe McGinniss with violence gets sacked.

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange now says key documents related to air strike on civilians in Afghan to be released this week but that rumored video to not appear until later in summer.

That acclaimed documentary about my old friend William Kunstler — by his daughters — on POV tonight at 10 pm in New York, possibly also elsewhere on PBS. 


McCHRYSTAL’S NEW PERSUASION:   Explosive Rolling Stone article — just posted in full — on Gen. Stanley McChrystal and tension w/ Obama administration over Afghan policy and problem causing huge stir.  It’s titled "Runaway General."  Thin-skinned and underachieving general disses "out of depth" Obama and aides mock Biden and ambassador.  First, he apologized  saying,  "Throughout my career, I have lived by the principles of personal honor and professional integrity. What is reflected in this article falls far short of that standard."  Read plenty here via Politico.  Juicy excerpts here.  Key  updates:  McChrystal has fired a press aide — and the general has been recalled to Washington for a talk.

Juan Cole:  Should Obama fire McChrystal (who has not kept his Afghan promises anyway) like Truman axed MacArthur? Yes, general should go, argues Jonathan Capehart at Wash Post.  James Fallows says Obama must can him"It’s about civilian control of the military, respect for the chain of command, and the concepts of disrespect and insubordination." Gen. Jack Jacobs on MSNBC: It’s mainly aides’  fault but "McChrystal will show up tomorrow with his resignation." Also, what’s Petraeus up to?  "Chain of command breakiing down in both directions."

In article McChrystal aide makes a "fucking gay" remark, to boot….   NYT covers: At least no doubt now where general stands. 

GENERAL DISORDER  On above, Seth Meyers tweets:  "To be fair, who could have possibly known granting access to Rolling Stone could have a downside?" …  Adam Serwer:  "BREAKING:  Joe Barton apologizes to McChrystal." …. Harry Shearer:   "White House plans severe punishment for McChrystal — making him remain in charge of Afghan war."  Also from Harry:   "McChrystal defense: why he talked to Rolling Stone–"They were fair to Korn." 

HAYWARD LEEWARD  Jon Stewart on Tony Hayward yachting: "So NOW he’s into wind power."  Andy Borowitz:  "Thanks to McChrystal,  the BP oil spill has now dropped to second-worst leak."

COMCAST WINS    Opponents win some concessions, but Comcast / NBC Universal purchase going through.

DON WE NOW OUR MALE APPAREL  For Mad Men fans:  Yes, it’s returning July 25 and, yes, that’s an exclusive look at poster for this season (left)…. Industry hitting back at HBO film Gasland, which aired Monday, so strong it led to rare occasion of Jon Stewart reading off some of the critique in interviewing director of the film, Josh Fox, last night. … Yes, folks, there is a second season of Treme coming. 

OUR MONEY TO TALIBAN  Congressional report finds taxpayer money may be going to Taliban insurgents in Afghanistan fighting our troops via you-guessed-it (American private contractors)…. 

GOODBYE TO ALL THAT  Bob Herbert:  While Dems and Repubs squabble, or blame Glenn Beck, "the greatness of the United States, which so many have taken for granted for so long, is steadily slipping away."

THAT’S WHAT HE SAID  President Obama and GOP Sen. Kyl in "war of words" he said / he said duel over what was said at private meeting about border security. 

NEW ‘NYT’ SCOLD  NYT names new public editor and it’s a famous namesake in journalism history: Arthur Brisbane.    During the first decades of the 20th century, Arthur Brisbane, his grandfather,  was one of William Randolph Hearst’s top editors and columnists. The current Brisbane, former editor of the Kansas City Star,  was one of two execs in line to head Knight Ridder before it was sold to McClatchy.

AP KILLER:  CNN cuts ties with the Associated Press….   Doonesbury today with poke at ever-thinner print newspapers–becoming not just the proverbial "rag"? 

BITS & PIECES:  As world watches:  85 Senators sign on to AIPAC letter backing Israeli action vs. Gaza flotilla…. Double standard alert:  Marty Peretz, bigoted against Muslims and Arabs, condemns Helen Thomas heartily…. In a free speech vs. national security case, U.S. Supreme Court on Monday upheld a federal law that makes it a crime to provide “material support” to foreign terrorist organizations, even if the help takes the form of training for peacefully resolving conflicts.


A new auto-tuning the news with TV pundits talking/singing about pot and Elena Kagan’s possible sexual orientation.


I gave up on the show after about three shows but that won’t keep me from giving you Snoop’s new homage and offer to be a "Bon Pimp."  Can some Dogg get some love?