info 06.24.05

Bad Behavior

Tom Cruise
"There's no such thing as a chemical imbalance in a body," opines Dr. Tom Cruise on the Today show this morning, chiding Matt Lauer for being 'irresponsible' in suggesting that Ritalin, antidepressants, or psychotherapy might help some people. Offensive, self-righteous, ignorant, patronizing, Tom Cruise has gone from top gun to major a**hole while we weren't looking. It is wantonly destructive to have someone with such a public profile mouth off about the treatments that many people with mental illnesses have found literally life saving.

The Supremes
Let's see if we've got this straight: it's okay for local goverments to use eminent domain and evict private property owners so that private developers can build on that land? So what piece of property in the whole country is then actually free of the threat of governmental takeover?

Focus on the Family
This conservative Christian group is holding a conference this weekend in Seattle to 'cure' gays and lesbians. Now if they could just come up with a cure for the endless misery fostered by fundamentalism.

No Malice Aforethought
We're glad KKKer Edgar Ray Killen is off to jail for 60 years for killing the three civil rights workers in 1964. But manslaughter? What would he have to have done to bag a murder conviction?

The Washington Post and the Internets
In today's Washington Post, in an article (registration required) about Hermes' contretemps with Oprah, the Post writer gets this one off: "The story has been taken over by the Internet, a forum not known for its subtlety and accuracy. (One posting had Winfrey going to Hermes to 'get her hair done.')" No question that the web has plenty of questionable information. But if it were us, we'd rather get the beauty parlor wrong than, oh, say, weapons of mass destruction.

Ed Klein Shame Spiral
The NY Post's John Podhoretz on Ed Klein's crapfest The Truth About Hillary: "This is one of the most sordid volumes I've ever waded through. Thirty pages into it, I wanted to take a shower. Sixty pages into it, I wanted to be decontaminated. And 200 pages into it, I wanted someone to drive stakes through my eyes so I wouldn't have to suffer through another word." If the NY Post is calling Hazmat on the book, little Ed Klein should go sit in the corner for a decade or two.
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