TO BE FAIR. In response to Sam's comment about how Edwards "didn't even show up" at the Planned Parenthood event yesterday, it's worth remembering that both Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton kind of... work down the street. Edwards, alternately, no longer works in DC and was traveling through poor rural regions discussing poverty, which is also a somewhat important issue not entirely unrelated to women's reproductive health.
ON THE SUBJECT OF RELIGIOUS FUNDAMENTALISM. Jesus is coming to Wal-Mart, at least in the form of a 12-inch talking doll. CNN reports that Wal-Mart will soon be testing a set of "biblical action figures" in some of their stores "aimed at Christian parents who prefer their children play with Samson, David, or Noah rather than with a comic book character or Bratz doll." The toys will show up in 425 locations, mostly in the South and Midwest.
LESLIE WAYNE'S EDWARDS PROBLEM. An article in today's New York Times offers a critical assessment of John Edwards' new poverty tour, as well as his relatively low standing in the polls among low income voters. The author of the piece, of course, is Leslie Wayne, who has a history of writing major NYT pieces criticizing Edwards under the guise of objectivity.
MISSING THE POINT SLIGHTLY In response to Ezra's assessment that Transformers is "a movie about GIANT ROBOTS some of whom want to DESTROY THE EARTH," not "a commentary on the righteousness of Operation Iraqi Freedom," I just want to say that wasn't my point exactly. I really don't care about Transformers. Rather, I care about how Hollywood cooperates with the Pentagon on many other movies as well, and the obvious creative control issues inherent in this.