PRE-ORDER AWAY!

Secret technology in my laptop allows me to discern who does and who doesn’t.
Just kidding.
BUT
As I said to a relative, I may have missed her birthday, but that doesn’t let her off the hook!!

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IRAQ WAS A COLD-BLOODED FRAUD

that left hundreds of thousands dead, cost trillions, is still raging, and has now led to ISIS. No one knows that better than Ambassador Joe Wilson, who was slimed by Cheney and his low-life crew for telling the truth. You’ve got to read him at talkingpointsmemo.

It’s time to take the gloves off–and time to declare soft-ball questions like Megyn Kelly’s for what they are–and expose the “if you’d known what we know today” false-bottom. They did know. It was a homicidal fraud from beginning to end. And, as Greg Sargent insists in the Washington Post, it’s time for Hillary to tell us why she played along.

And what the right-wing echo chamber is doing when it goes ballistic on Bush is basting him for not playing along with Kelly’s own fraud–not validating the revisionist meme she was peddling. “Nooooo. . . not if I knew NOW what we DIDN’T know then….” That’s the command performance Jeb was expected to give. He got shellacked for not going along with the right-wing game. In other words, he spectacularly flubbed his cue.

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BY THE SKIN OF OUR TEETH

Harvey Wasserman at Common Dreams asks how close NYC and environs came to annihilation in the most recent Indian Point fire — there have been no fewer than three there in the past decade. Even the useless Nuclear Regulatory Commission admits that Indian Point “among other reactors—-has been out of compliance on simple fire protection standards for years.”

While the “mainstream” media obfuscates and the corporate ownership issues their boilerplate assurances, Wasserman notes that Indian Point, the ancient, derelict nuclear complex 38 miles from New York City, is basically functioning–as, indeed is the entire nuclear industry–“in open defiance of the laws of the public, the economy and basic physics.”

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NEXT WE’LL HEAR THAT JENNIFER ANISTON ISN’T RUNNING

So John Bolton’s not running. Big whoop, right? But a sign of how sick our politics are that he or anyone would consider himself presidential timber. A lying, war-mongering loony who drove America over the cliff into Iraq and was one of those I’m-here-to-blow-up the-institution-I’m-representing when it came to being UN ambassador.

When it comes down to it, I’m sure Aniston would do a better job than Bolton.

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THE SCOUNDREL JEB BUSH

He’s hiding behind our troops, using them as a shield to deflect his blatant if unwitting admission that he would do Iraq all over again.

Are the Democrats going to let him get away with it?

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SHE SAID IT AND WANTED IT HEARD

Someone who used to translate for Plisetskaya during her American press conferences and interviews recalls frequently asking her, “Do you really want me to translate that?” after Plisetskaya had said something indiscreet, uninhibited, proscribed. The answer was always a resounding Absolutna by the law-unto-herself. Her autobiography, by the way, is a must.

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SHORT AND TALL PROJECTING MAGNIFICENTLY ON THE MET STAGE

The tall would very much be Veronika Part. It’s a given that she dominates any theatrical space that she’s in. But after watching her for more than fifteen years, Part can still surprise me. As the Mistress in Lilac Garden at ABT this week, she embodied Tudor’s adage about humans being able to live without extremities but not without a center. Let’s say her back can grab you by the throat! Tudor, whose rehearsals I loved watching in the 1980s, would have been thrilled.

The opening Theme and Variations was led by Sarah Lane and Herman Cornejo. Lane is always a good dancer, but sometimes when I’ve seen her in the past she seemed to be trying to acquire length by stretching herself into a kind of perpetual allonge stiffness. But tonight she accomplished more by doing less. She danced with altogether admirable aplomb and no sense of trying too hard. She was marvelously on top of her technique as well, except for a couple of what must have been nervous moments.

Cornejo was brilliant all the way to his very last tour. Some interesting personal expression in the arms too.

In the closing Rodeo, Xiomara Reyes dominated the stage without pushing her petite self at us over on the other side of the proscenium. Because of how she used her entire body, how she paid attention to details, how much she could convince us that she believed in what she was doing. It’s like something baritone Gerald Finley once said to me–it’s the focus of your tone not the exertion of voice production that lets you fill a huge theater without strain.

Lilac Garden and Rodeo haven’t been seen on the Met stage for a long time. I’d forgotten how they live up to that scale. Those infinite plains and vistas on Rodeo’s backdrop–did they ever pull us to the horizon. The ballet and the stage became partners.

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SCALES FALL

The scales have fallen from America’s eyes about the way our Supreme Court weighs those scales of justice–with their thumbs pressed down!

Jim Newell at Salon reports on the country’s awakening to the sham perpetuated by our Supreme injustices.

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38 MILES FROM MANHATTAN: AGING AND NOW EXPLODING INDIAN POINT

The Indian Point complex is one of the oldest, most dilapidated nuclear installations in the country, and it’s in our own backyard. A transformer there exploded yesterday and caused a fire. And this is the nuclear plant complex that will now be cheek-by-jowl with a big oil pipeline. And is now scheduled to be re-licensed by the Nuclear “Regulatory” Agency, yet another government agency completely captured by the industry it purports to regulate.

The question is: why do we tolerate this?

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JAMIE SETS OBAMA’S CLOCK

In his desperate desire to deliver TPP for the co-President (Dimon has of course come out with his kiss-of-death endorsement), Obama has now taken himself to depths of self-engineered humiliation that are just too graphic to be believed.

Yes, he is going to Nike to hawk the TPP—and, yes, we do mean THAT Nike: poster child for outsourcing of U.S. jobs to countries that pay starvation wages to populations beleaguered by environmental degradation and prohibited by law from unionizing.

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