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Achenblog: June 21, 2009 - June 27, 2009

Michael Jackson: Sui generis

[From baggage claim in Jacksonville...] MJ's death has inspired a predictable amount of numbskull commentary of a nature that makes me glad that I've mastered the art of skimming and then instantly forgetting what I've just skimmed. The nonsense...

By Joel Achenbach  |  June 26, 2009; 11:49 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (358)
 
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Michael Jackson

What a sad moment. Michael Jackson may not have been perfect, but he was part of the soundtrack of our lives the last 40 years. At his best, he was the best. Not long ago I showed my kids...

By Joel Achenbach  |  June 25, 2009; 5:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (153)
 
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The Love-Drunk Governor

It feels voyeuristic to read these e-mails, but it's hard not to look. Is there something called being love-drunk? Mark Sanford's rambling, confessional press conference would potentially be the classic example. He's down there for five days. Then Stanford...

By Joel Achenbach  |  June 25, 2009; 10:48 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (109)
 
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Mark Sanford's Sin of Overwriting

It's bad enough that Mark Sanford skedaddles off to an adulterous tryst in Argentina, but now we learn, via emails published in The State newspaper, that Sanford is also guilty of the sin of overwriting. This we cannot forgive:...

By Joel Achenbach  |  June 24, 2009; 5:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (117)
 
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The Red Line

The nine people killed on the Red Line on Monday were just going through their normal lives. Read the story today. It's a tragic tale in part because of the randomness and suddenness of misfortune. None of us is...

By Joel Achenbach  |  June 24, 2009; 8:21 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (99)
 
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On the Far Side of the Moon

Al Reinert's documentary, "For All Mankind," screened at the AFI Silver Theatre last night as part of the Silverdocs festival, and afterward I moderated a panel discussion that featured Reinert and three actual astronauts: Tom Jones, Frank Culbertson and...

By Joel Achenbach  |  June 23, 2009; 12:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (89)
 
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Golf, Revolution, etc.

Random notes on a sunny Monday afternoon in DC: This just in: Someone named Lucas Glover is the national champion of golf. Another in a long line of U.S. Open champions who inspire the immediate reaction of, "Who????" There...

By Joel Achenbach  |  June 22, 2009; 12:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (172)
 
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