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  • Dianne Feinstein Will Not Keep Your Counterterrorism Intelligence Secrets on the D.L.

    Okay, here's the thing. Never, ever, ever trust Sen. Dianne Feinstein with information about where you were last night when you were supposed to helping a friend move a desk into his apartment, or in which LOTR figurine you keep your cannabis reserves.

    She's totally not gonna be cool about it

    A senior U.S. lawmaker said Thursday that unmanned CIA Predator aircraft operating in Pakistan are flown from an airbase inside that country, a revelation likely to embarrass the Pakistani government and complicate its counterterrorism collaboration with the United States.

    The disclosure by Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), the chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, marked the first time a U.S. official had publicly commented on where the Predator aircraft patrolling Pakistan take off and land…

    The basing of the pilotless aircraft in Pakistan suggests a much deeper relationship with the United States on counterterrorism matters than has been publicly acknowledged. Such an arrangement would be at odds with protests lodged by officials in Islamabad and could inflame anti-American sentiment in the country.

    I would not be surprised if Pakistan decided to not invite Feinstein to it's keg kill out by the power lines next weekend.


    Tags: California, Dianne Feinstein, Pakistan, Senate, Terrorism
  • LiveBlog: The Inauguration of That One Guy Everyone's Always Talking About

    12:40 – Well, that's the ceremony. Now, there is just the parade to be endured.

    12:39 – Damn! I was hoping for sea shantiers!

    12:38 – Sea chanters?!

    12:36 – From the comments: "Bush to Obama after speech: 'Hey, did you understand anything that guy up there just talked about?'" – JC

    12:34 - At the rate he's reading, we all might die mid-prayer. – Matthew Tobey

    12:33 – I hope this guy doesn't die mid-prayer.

    12:32 – Another reverend? Where's the imam? where's the rabbi? Where's the witchdoctor? I feel left out.

    12:31 – This po – em su – cks.

    12:30 – What about the separation of poetry and state? – Mary Phillips-Sandy

    12:28 – I think I rejected this poem back when I was editing my old online lit-zine.

    12:27 - This – lady – enunci – ates – clear – ly. – Mary Phillips-Sandy

    12:26 - Well, that was a pretty nice speech. It's really weird to be aware of yourself watching history unfold. It feels a little like huffing spray paint.

    12:25 - Doris Kearns Goodwin just got the vapors. – Karen Lurie

    12:24 - From the comments: "I keep expecting the camera to catch Bush hastily thumbing through a dictionary to follow Obama's speech." – Paul

    12:23 – From the comments: "Obama just mentioned, 'The Force.' A Jedi is he hmmmph!" – Cube

    12:21 – Is Obama the first president to actually acknowledge that some people might not believe in a sky god, hallowed be its name?

    12:20 – "Nonbelievers." God bless him. – Matthew Tobey

    12:18 – They sure didn't waste any time updating whitehouse.gov.

    12:16 – Wow! What an amazing day for America! We actually have a Muslim atheist communist foreign-born president with a fake birth certificate.

    We've come a long way, baby!

    12:14 – He just said "science"! And he didn't say it with a sneer! Oh my god, is that guy really my president now?

    12:13 – Any time my excitement about this moment flags, I just think about how much all of this cuts into the souls of people like Michelle Malkin.

    12:10 – There are about twenty million Americans puzzled as to why Obama is not raising the roof right now. – Dustin Chinn

    12:08 – From the comments: "I can't decide whether I'm supposed to make popcorn or genuflect." – Katie D.

    12:07 – Shit! That canon is shooting at Obama! Stop that thing!

    12:06 – It's over! Barack Obama is our president! George W. Bush no longer.

    12:05 – Holy shit, this is actually happening. Obama is being sworn in for real right now!

    12:04 – So is Joe Biden Bush's VP until Obama is sworn in? – Matthew Tobey

    12:03 - Here's a 2%er: Yo Yo Ma playing is probably giving Josh Lyman flashbacks to when he got shot. – Matthew Tobey

    (Apparently, that's a West Wing joke. I didn't get it, because I refuse to watch a show that supposes an Irish president.)

    12:02 – Is that Yo Yo Ma playing with Itzhak Perlman? Too much diversity! Too much diversity!

    12:00 – How'd that fiddler get down off his roof? Get back up on the roof, fiddler!

    11:58 – Did you feel a disturbance in the force? Dick Cheney is no longer vice president. He's just some mean old Mr. Potter-looking guy.

    11:57 - Joe Biden is getting sworn in. He looks like he's been blinded in some kind of bar fight, though.

    11:53 - Now THAT is a church hat Aretha's wearing. – Dustin Chinn

    11:52 – This invocation is mighty Christiany, isn't it? What about the rest of the country?

    11:51 - Sasha does not have five syllables, Rick Warren. Matthew Tobey

    11:51 – I wonder how many hardcore Evangelicals are spitting at their TVs right now.

    11:50 – Funny. They didn't "forget" to televise Warren's prayer.

    11:49 - From the comments: "A purpose driven Warren looks like he needs a purpose driven diet." – banana

    11:48 – Rick Warren just told me that everything exists for God's glory. I wish somebody would have told me that before. I would have taken better care of my old Millenium Falcon toy.

    11:46 - Dianne Feinstein looks like she buys her hair from the same place as Rod Blagojevich.

    11:44 - From the comments: "The crowd boos Bush and sings "Na Na Na Na, Na Na Na Na, Hey Hey Hey, Goodbye." Is everyone in the Mall from Philly?" – Cube

    11:43 – Jesus H. Christ, it's Barack H. Obama!

    11:41 – Holy god, that's a lot of people crammed in there! I wonder who's the guy in the way back.

    11:40 – Wow! That's a whole lot of people applauding for Joe Biden. Seems unnatural.

    11:39 – Wonder if Michelle Obama's discovered the treasure map hidden in the Lincoln Bible. – Dustin Chinn

    11:37 – What the hell is that thing on George Bush Sr.'s head? Shouldn't the Secret Service be taking care of that problem?

    11:34 - From the comments: "Like I told my wife, while I have never known a world with a black President, our daughter will never remember a world without one." – Bearness

    That's a pretty cool thought.

    11:33 - As of right now, George Bush is still president. Soak it up now while you can.

    11:30 - The crowd is chanting, "Obama! Obama! Obama!" Yes, I believe they are ready to do his bidding.

    11:25 – Okay, so I'm finally set up. Sorry I'm so late. My morning ablutions toward the White House took longer than I'd expected. But I'm here now.

    So, uh, what's going on here? Some kind of ceremony or something?


    Tags: Barack Obama, Barbara Bush, Bill Clinton, Christianity, Constitution, Dianne Feinstein, Dick Cheney, George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush, Hillary Clinton, House of Representatives, Inauguration, Jenna Bush, Jill Biden, Jimmy Carter, Joe Biden, Laura Bush, Malia Obama, Michelle Obama, Rick Warren, Sasha Obama, Senate, Supreme Court, Washington DC
  • Screw This! Let's Just Swear Roland Burris into Senate and Get a Drink

    After all that hoohah yesterday afternoon, it looks like Blagojevich-appointed former Illinois attorney-general Roland Burris will be sworn into the U.S. Senate to replace Barack Obama after all.

    Yesterday, apparently, the fact that his appointment letter was not signed by Illinois' secretary of state was so important that Burris was allowed to turn Capitol Hill into the set of the Jerry Springer Show.

    But today, aaahhh, that signature's just a formality. What's a little constitutionally-questionable appointment by a possibly illegitimate governor between friends?

    Sen. Dianne Feinstein, who chairs the Rules Committee, told reporters Tuesday evening that Burris should be seated.

    "If you don't seat Mr. Burris, it has ramifications for gubernatorial appointments all over America," the California Democrat said. "Mr. Burris is a senior, experienced politician. He has been attorney general, he has been controller, and he is very well-respected. I am hopeful that this will be settled."

    Yes. Because that was what was in question: Burris' qualifications. It had nothing to do with the fact that an untried but almost certainly guilty criminal had decided to place him in one of the most influential seats in the nation.

    If you think about it, this is kind of the best of both worlds now.

    It's embarrassingly chaotic and possibly illegitimate.

    The 111th is off the a great start!


    Tags: Dianne Feinstein, Illinois, Rod Blagojevich, Roland Burris, Senate