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The New Republic, in Cohen study of left-liberal "silence" on Afghanistan, notes two main exceptions: The Nation and Mother Jones.
Weekly Standard selling Obama "stress doll" that allows you to crush Obama’s head in your hand.
Soccer to me: World Cup began this morning with 1-1 tie in South Africa. Colbert last night: "I hate soccer–one more thing the world is trying to cram down our throats." If you dare: The Onion has a guide here, and Dave Barry comments here.
Newsweek cover story coming tomorrow: "Saint Sarah: What Palin’s Appeal to Conservative Christian Women Says about Feminism and the Future of the Religious Right." Vanity Fair has some fun with devlish alternative images of Palin (left) for that cover while Jezebel calls her "false prophet" of feminism…. Bill Maher on HBO tonight brings together (?) Rachel Maddow, Oliver Stone, Bill Frist and Jon Meacham.
Media Matters has what it calls an "exclusive" look at Glenn Beck’s wacky upcoming novel: "As we slogged through its many plot holes, ridiculous narrative devices, and long-winded limited-government sermonizing passed off as dialogue, we singled out ten moments that define The Overton Window as the truly and remarkably awful novel that it is." Even a sex scene where the man advises, "don’t tease the panther." That’s already inspired dozens of Beck jokes.