I'm thinking it's a bit too late for this...
[h/t anonymous photoshopper]
Paris Hilton, her long blond hair tied back in a ponytail and oversized sunglasses shading her eyes, pulled up to L.A. traffic court near downtown Friday more than 15 minutes late for her probation violation hearing.There is a debate going on right now about how deserving she was of such a harsh sentence. Some say it doesn't fit the crime while others are of the opinion that perhaps now faced with the consequences of her actions will wipe the perpetual smirk from her multi-million dollar visage.
It was perhaps a moment when being prompt would have proved more fashionable.
Two hours later, Hilton departed with a 45-day jail sentence and a verbal comeuppance from the judge, who told her the time had come to take responsibility for her own actions. She has until June 5 to report to Century Regional Detention Center in Lynwood to serve her time or risk a total of 90 days behind bars.
Get Him Eat Him, Hallelujah The Hills, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Girl In A Coma, Acute, Palomar, The Clientele, Through The Sparks, Elliott Smith (new 24-song posthumous release), The Electric Soft Parade, Cat-A-Tac, Matt Lutz, The Teeth, Eloise, The Boggs, Pop Levi, The Phoenix Foundation, Midnight Movies, Shapes And Sizes, Ray's Vast Basement, Great Northern, and Volunteer Pioneer.As usual the show starts at 9:00 A.M. Pacific and, of course, that's noon for us East Coasters. Enjoy!
Howard Fineman: [T]he problem here is that the old conservative coalition, which was built by Ronald Reagan, in who's building we are, and really perfected, if not over-perfected, by George W. Bush, is now falling apart. It's falling apart on defense It's falling apart on government, because George Bush has been a big government conservative so a lot of them dislike him for that, and a lot of evangelical Christians don't find any of these candidates to their liking. So those three parts of the conservative movement have fallen apart before our eyes and with it the Republican party over Iraq.Ouch. MSNBC's not going to win over many FOX viewers with insight like that. This GOP debate night* is turning out to be more fun than I thought it would be.
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Success is not, no violence. There are parts of our own country that have got a certain level of violence to it. But success is a level of violence where the people feel comfortable about living their daily lives. And that’s what we’re trying to achieve.Leaving aside the grammatical faux pas, such a statement redefines chutzpah in a whole new way coming less then 24 hours after a State Department official seemed to be saying that the increased violence in Iraq is actually a good thing.
Iraq’s prime minister has created an entity within his government that U.S. and Iraqi military officials say is being used as a smokescreen to hide an extreme Shiite agenda that is worsening the country’s sectarian divide.Remind you of anyone?
The “Office of the Commander in Chief” has the power to overrule other government ministries, according to U.S. military and intelligence sources.
Those sources say the 24-member office is abusing its power, increasingly overriding decisions made by the Iraqi Ministries of Defense and Interior and potentially undermining the entire U.S. effort in Iraq...
Ali Dabbagh, spokesman for the Iraqi government, would not respond directly to questions about what authority the Office exercises within the Iraqi government. He denied allegations that the prime minister's advisers were trying to push a Shiite agenda.
However, a senior Iraqi army officer disagreed. The officer, who is seeking help from the senior U.S. command, said: "The Office is not supposed to be taking charge like this. It's overstepping its role as an advisory office. It's not a healthy thing to have. It's people with no power who want to have power."
Attorney General Alberto Gonzales signed a highly confidential order in March 2006 delegating to two of his top aides -- who have since resigned because of their central roles in the firings of eight U.S. attorneys -- extraordinary authority over the hiring and firing of most non-civil-service employees of the Justice Department...The whole piece deserves a read, but as one official who talked to Waas said, the reason such actions are so verboten is because they "posed a serious threat to the integrity of the criminal-justice system." Funny how the same can be said of the Bush administration and the rule of law.
The existence of the order suggests that a broad effort was under way by the White House to place politically and ideologically loyal appointees throughout the Justice Department, not just at the U.S.-attorney level. Department records show that the personnel authority was delegated to the two aides at about the same time they were working with the White House in planning the firings of a dozen U.S. attorneys, eight of whom were, in fact, later dismissed.
This time, Iraqi and American forces will have a green light to enter those neighborhoods -- and Prime Minister Maliki has pledged that political or sectarian interference will not be tolerated.The president went on to quote Prime Minister Maliki directly:
Here is what he told his people just last week: "The Baghdad security plan will not provide a safe haven for any outlaws, regardless of [their] sectarian or political affiliation."So, a large part of the surge's success was predicated on the prime minister and his new heavy-handed approach with his own base. From the start it was pretty clear, for those of us who did not believe in ponies, that such reliance on Maliki was foolish, if not deadly. Today, the Washington Post reports that despite the president's assurances that this time things would be different, like a drunken, cheating husband asking for another chance, it turns out things are not so different after all:
A department of the Iraqi prime minister's office is playing a leading role in the arrest and removal of senior Iraqi army and national police officers, some of whom had apparently worked too aggressively to combat violent Shiite militias, according to U.S. military officials in Baghdad.If this coordinated, sectarian, military purge does not prove, once and for all, that the United States is being played the fool by Maliki (and his true master, al-Sadr) then I do not know what will.
Since March 1, at least 16 army and national police commanders have been fired, detained or pressured to resign; at least nine of them are Sunnis, according to U.S. military documents shown to The Washington Post.
Although some of the officers appear to have been fired for legitimate reasons, such as poor performance or corruption, several were considered to be among the better Iraqi officers in the field. The dismissals have angered U.S. and Iraqi leaders who say the Shiite-led government is sabotaging the military to achieve sectarian goals.
Five U.S. soldiers were killed in Iraq over the weekend, raising the number of American troops killed this month to over 100 and making April one of the deadliest of the war for U.S. forces.