Mark 8:36

The most important news story to follow lately, certainly in terms of U.S. politics but also likely in terms of medium-term (next two years, or so) U.S. foreign policy has been that Christian Bale cannot answer the question, “When did you stop beating your mother?” I mean that Robert “Prince of Darkness” Novak hit a pedestrian with his car and then tried to flee the scene no, that John Edwards is having an affair with someone who isn't very photogenic, I don't know why this is happening.

I mean to say that Iraqi Prime Minister Maliki came out in favor of U.S. military withdrawal from Iraq on a schedule very similar to that favored by Barack Obama; that event caused John McCain's strategy to come asunder; John McCain responded to some true things Obama said about the effects of the temporary escalation of the Iraq war which substantially began in March of 2007 (the so-called “Surge”) by wondering how Obama could be so stupid as to not realize that the Surge caused events in September 2006 and then told an audience that “It seems to me that Obama would rather lose a war in order to win a political campaign.”

Oh, and last week McCain suggested adding more soldiers to Afghanistan, which was a) a position he had previously criticized Obama for holding and b) impossible in the near-term without redeploying soldiers from Iraq, so McCain had to immediately retract the suggestion, though it nevertheless caused Marc Halperin to forget both Obama and McCain's previous positions.

Anyway, I don't want to write about any of that, but all the blogs I read are, and it's all more important than what I do want to talk about, namely a fucking maddening op-ed by Northwestern Law Professor Steven Calabresi, The Elements of Style, and black & white cookies, respectively. So the above is an attempt to address my worries about people who are counting on me as their sole news source and allow me to get on with what I'd prefer doing.