Monday, October 03, 2005

What We Need to Know Today

Harriet Miers, the new nominee for the supreme Court is described as a pit bull in size six shoes. Yuck. Harsh. Who is this chick who is described as the President's work wife? Another mediocre Bush lackey promoted up the ladder for loyalty rather than ability.

Quote from Senate Judiciary Committee member Dianne Feinstein from today's LA Times: "She's a woman, she's clearly bright, she's very intelligent, and she clearly knows the issues because she's been involved in them for years," Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) said at a San Francisco news conference. "Now what her values are and where she will stand in this very conservative court, we don't know. And that's what we have to take a look at."

The only thing that's giving me a little hope is that the folks on the right seem much more upset about this than those on the left- so far.
Here's a quote from Bill Kristol: "I'm disappointed, depressed and demoralized."

What abortion people think about Miers.

Slate's Emily Bazelon on Miers.

Women in China can now get out of crappy marriages with cheating husbands with more ease now that the stigma of divorce has been eliminated.

I can't remember seeing as big a roll out (except for Harry Potter) for a book than I have seen over the last several weeks for the new Joan Didion book, The Year of Magical Thinking, her memoir about the death of her husband John Gregory Dunne and the severe illness of her daughter. I have not read much of her work but this one looks facinating.

You knew it was in the works- recently released from the slammer New York Times reporter Judy Miller has landed a $1.2 million book deal with Simon & Schuster to be edited by uber-editor Alice Mayhew.

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