¶ Lousiana Sheriff Larry Deen Forms 'Operation Exodus' Paramilitary Group (AOL News): paranoïa's running high in the boondocks!
¶ NYC and Las Vegas from above, at night (The Big Picture).
¶ Space shuttle Endeavour's mission to the space station (The Frame): beautiful photos.
¶ Afghanistan: Six days of the NATO offensive (The Frame).
¶ Photo Essay: Afghan Landscapes by Franco Pagetti. Aerial photography.
¶ Simon Norfolk: Data Center Overload (photography).
¶ In Video, Audio and Writing, Pentagon Shooter Left Bizarre Internet Trail (Gawker): another nutcase.
¶ David Brooks - The Wal-Mart Hippies (NYTimes):
There are many differences between the New Left and the Tea Partiers. One was on the left, the other is on the right. One was bohemian, the other is bourgeois. One was motivated by war, and the other is motivated by runaway federal spending. One went to Woodstock, the other is more likely to go to Wal-Mart.
But the similarities are more striking than the differences. To start with, the Tea Partiers have adopted the tactics of the New Left. They go in for street theater, mass rallies, marches and extreme statements that are designed to shock polite society out of its stupor. This mimicry is no accident. Dick Armey, one of the spokesmen for the Tea Party movement, recently praised the methods of Saul Alinsky, the leading tactician of the New Left.
These days the same people who are buying Alinsky’s book “Rules for Radicals” on Amazon.com are, according to the company’s software, also buying books like “Liberal Fascism,” “Rules for Conservative Radicals,” “Unholy Alliance: Radical Islam and the American Left,” and “The Shadow Party: How George Soros, Hillary Clinton, and Sixties Radicals Seized Control of the Democratic Party.” Those last two books were written by David Horowitz, who was a leading New Left polemicist in the 1960s and is now a leading polemicist on the right.