August 18th, 2009


Two News Items About People I'm Not That Into

1) Conservative columnist and former CNN "Crossfire" co-host Robert Novak has died after a yearlong battle with cancer, his family said Tuesday. He was 78.

I used to have respect for Novak, even if we usually saw things from different ends of the political spectrum. Then he thought it might be a good idea to out Valerie Plame as a CIA agent in his column, either because his political masters told him to or because his journalistic instincts insisted he scoop everyone else and be the first, since his informants clearly would have moved on to other administration-friendly journalists if he refused. Regardless of Novak's reasons, his seemingly thoughtless actions put in danger the life of an undercover CIA operative working to keep weapons of mass destruction out of the hands of terrorists and rogue states, not to mention the lives of every one of her assets, friends, family members and other operatives using the same fake cover business she did. That this did not result in mass executions and assassinations all over the globe was, let's be honest, lucky.

2) The Consumerist not only embarrasses itself by writing a short piece on New York's nutso fringe Green mayoral candidate Reverend Billy, but embarrasses itself doubly -- nay, trebly -- by using the phrase "theater fag" to describe him. Way to keep it classy, Consumerist! The commenters quite rightly take author Carrie McLaren to task over it, too.

I've actually met Rev. Billy and found him very nice, but unfortunately one of those people who seems to put ideology above facts ("Consumerism is a deadly invention that came over our American culture in the last 30 years, dating back to Ronald Reagan"? Really, Billy?). On the other hand, he is a very good performance artist.


Hooray, the new Dexter season three discs are here from Netflix!

I've only watched the first episode so far, and I can already feel that old familiar sensation of being hooked by a show I love. Dexter just keeps being awesome.

Plus, Jimmy Smits!

(One note: It's weird watching Michael C. Hall and Jennifer Carpenter playing brother and sister when I know they're married in real life.)