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SOME BILE WITH YOUR MORNING COFFEE?: Salon excerpts the Katrina chapter from Paul Alexander's new biography of Karl Rove, Machiavelli's Shadow. Watch your elected officials tear each other to shreds in print! For instance, Sen. Mary on Sen. David:

"As soon as Vitter said he had just gotten off the phone with Rove and other Republican officials," Landrieu says, "he started in on the first talking point to come out of the ordeal. I said to myself, 'Oh my God, I can't believe the White House has already given David Vitter talking points to talk about this.'

DITCHED!: Obama punks the press corpse, letting his campaign plane full of reporters fly off to Chicago while he has an after-dinner meeting with Hillary Clinton...

SPEAKING OF: You can now buy Barack Obama underwear.

SHUT UP AND DRIVE: A state senate committee has approved legislation banning Louisiana motorists from using hand-held cell phones while driving. Now it's off to the full Senate. WIZZZZARD!...

OPENING THIS WEEKEND I: The Fall, Kung Fu Panda, and You Don't Mess With the Zohan, of which A.O. Scott of The New York Times says "You Don’t Mess With the Zohan is the finest post-Zionist action-hairdressing sex comedy I have ever seen." (Time to resubscribe to Netflix.)...

OPENING THIS WEEKEND II: Ron Forman debuts his big bug collection for Audubon members only this weekend; it opens to the gen-pub on Fri. the 13th. Cockroaches and mosquitos? It's gotta be better than Zohan.

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