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Achenblog: January 14, 2007 - January 20, 2007

The Gender Test

[My column in the Sunday magazine.] "An Indian runner who won a silver medal in the women's 800 meters at the Asian Games failed a gender test and was stripped of the medal. [The runner], 25, took the gender test...

By Joel Achenbach  |  January 20, 2007; 8:48 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (510)
 
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Hillary: Escalate in Afghanistan

[I'm very sad to hear just now of the passing of Art Buchwald, one of the most beloved figures in the history of The Washington Post and someone who showed such humor and grace in the past year. He...

By Joel Achenbach  |  January 18, 2007; 9:38 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (397)
 
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American Idol: Everything That's Wrong With America

The new season of "American Idol" did the impossible last night: Showed more scenes of torture than "24." The judges and the viewers were tortured by contestants whose delusions of grandeur and hegemonic vanity had led to them to...

By Joel Achenbach  |  January 17, 2007; 12:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (167)
 
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Jack Bauer Takes Bagel Break, L.A. Suburb Destroyed

Like everyone else I was not only gripped but also manhandled and bludgeoned by the 4-hour, 2-night, 20,000-death season premiere of "24," in which Jack Bauer has a typically busy morning stopping terrorist attacks and whispering portentously but fails...

By Joel Achenbach  |  January 16, 2007; 10:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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