January 23rd, 2007

Chris Keeley

shooter Steven Meisel "confirms our life-long conviction that fashion photographers deep inside (

Vogue's "camwhore" photo spread mimics web video tarts

In the Vogue Italia photospread "Live on the Web," shooter Steven Meisel "confirms our life-long conviction that fashion photographers deep inside (sometimes not so deep) really wish they could be pornographers," observes the blog Fashion Addict Diary: Link to scans. 


Vogue Italia 01/07 depicts "horny teens" engaging in simulated raunch before the watchful eyes of webcams. What's different here? The faux camsluts wear Balenciaga. Here's the spread excerpted on Vogue's website, but warning: seizure-inducing Flash abounds. Link. Oh, everybody's Cobrasnake these days. (Thanks, Susannah Breslin!


posted by Xeni Jardin

Chris Keeley

The prodigious Mr. Libby, on the other hand, remembers all 79 “Star Trek” episodes. And their titles

Technically this is called the “Honey, I was too busy preparing the family tax return to think clearly when you asked about the lap dancers” defense. 

The prodigious Mr. Libby, on the other hand, remembers all 79 “Star Trek” episodes. And their titles, too.

A Trial to Remember

Who knew that 12 angry Americans could be so easy to come by — and a jury so difficult to assemble? “It took us all day to get six jurors qualified,” Judge Reggie M. Walton lamented last Thursday, after a contentious afternoon of voir dire in the Scooter Libby trial. Judge Walton had hoped to have seated his panel by then; selection took twice as long as expected. Opening arguments are scheduled for today, not the sort of trailer you would normally run before a State of the Union address.

To some minds, a jury has not been the only thing missing from United States of America v. I. Lewis Libby. “In the most important sense, this is a case without a crime,” The Wall Street Journal reminded us over the weekend. An artful leap followed: “Yes, Mr. Libby is charged with perjury and obstruction of justice, which are serious offenses.”

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Jurors then listened intently as Mr. Libby is heard on tape testifying that he first learned about M

Mr. Wells, Mr. Libby’s chief defense lawyer, said that the charges against Mr. Libby amount to “a weak, paper-thin circumstantial case about ‘he said-she said’

Jurors then listened intently as Mr. Libby is heard on tape testifying that he first learned about Ms. Wilson in a conversation with Tim Russert of NBC on Thursday, July 10. Mr. Libby told the grand jury that he was taken aback by the news.

Libby a Scapegoat, His Lawyer Tells Jurors

WASHINGTON, Jan. 23 — The chief defense lawyer for I. Lewis Libby Jr. told a jury today that his client was innocent of perjury and obstruction of justice charges and that White House officials had sought to make him a scapegoat in the investigation of the leak of a C.I.A. operative’s name to protect Karl Rove, the White House deputy chief of staff.

In his opening statement, Theodore V. Wells Jr., said that the unnamed White House officials wanted to protect Mr. Rove because they believed his survival as President Bush’s political adviser was crucial to saving the Republican Party.

“Scooter Libby was to be sacrificed,” Mr. Wells told the jury on the trial’s first day, using the nickname of Mr. Libby, who was Vice President Dick Cheney’s chief of staff. It was important to keep Mr. Rove out of trouble because, Mr. Wells said, he was the “lifeblood” of the president’s political operation and “was most responsible for seeing the Republican Party stayed in office. He had to be protected.”

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Robert William Pickton, 57, is accused of killing 26 women who were prostitutes and drug addicts in

But during the search, the authorities found an asthma inhaler, used syringes and documents belonging to Sereena Abotsway, one of dozens of prostitutes who had been reported missing over two decades. 

Before the trial, the evidence was deemed too much for one jury to handle, so the case was split up. Mr. Pickton faces six counts of first-degree murder in the trial that began Monday. He is to face the other 20 in a subsequent trial. 

BCTV-Vancouver/Canadian Press, via Associated Press

Robert William Pickton, 57, seen in a video image, is charged with killing 26 women, the largest number of serial killings in Canadian history. 

Grisly Details Bared as Serial Killing Trial Begins in Canada

NEW WESTMINSTER, British Columbia, Jan. 22 — The murder trial of the man accused of the largest number of serial killings recorded in Canada began here on Monday with grisly details of how the police found the dismembered hands and feet and severed heads of women on his pig farm.

Robert William Pickton, 57, is accused of killing 26 women who were prostitutes and drug addicts in the roughest part of downtown Vancouver over the course of nearly a decade before his arrest in February 2002. He has pleaded not guilty.

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The June 5 Initiative - the March of the Millions for Israeli-Palestinian peace - please distribute

*The June 5 Initiative*

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*International Support for Israeli-Palestinian Peace*

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*After 40 years - the time has come!*

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June 5 2007 will mark 40 years since the June 1967 war. On June 5 the
*/“march of the millions for Israeli-Palestinian peace”/* will take
place in cities and towns throughout the world in solidarity with the
people of Israel and Palestine who will march for Israeli-Palestinian
peace throughout Israel and Palestine. Several main events will be held
in key capital cities such as Jerusalem, Washington, Paris, Berlin,
London, Moscow, Rome, Amman, Cairo, Tokyo, and others.

The call for Israeli-Palestinian peace based on the “two-states for two
peoples” formula will be the uniting force that will bring out millions
of people across the globe.

This is a civil society initiative to be launched and supported by civil
society organizations including NGOs, political parties, labor unions,
universities, churches and other religious groups and organizations,
etc. The private sector is being called to join the initiative and to
provide financial support. All of the events and marches should be
covered widely in the media.

Efforts will be made to enlist the active support and involvement of
public personalities from politics, the arts, music, and the movie and
entertainment industries.

We need your help and support. We need to create an internet based
committee of hundreds of volunteers throughout the world to make this
initiative materialize. There is much to do and little time to do it.

Please heed our call and sign up to be a volunteer for this initiative.
Please send us your personal details, where you live and what you can do
to move this initiative forward.

*Name, location, position, telephone, fax, email and what you can do to

*Gershon** Baskin**, Ph.D.

P.O. Box 9321, Jerusalem 91092
Tel: 972-2-676-9460 Fax: 972-2-676-8011
Mobile: 052-238-1715
gershon@ipcri.org <mailto:gershon@ipcri.org>
http://www.ipcri.org <http://www.ipcri.org/>
Chris Keeley

Liz Cheney on the War in Iraq: WashPost op ed 1/23/07

  The only good news in this unbelievable screed is the word "former"
in the identification of the author at the end of the op ed. That is
progress. There must be widespread feelings of relief at the State
Department. For someone previously holding a very senior position in the
Near East bureau she shows an appalling ignorance of that region.
   The most outrageous statement is "America faces an existential
threat."  From terrorism? A tactic of the weak against the strong? She
has adopted Israeli propaganda, that any actions by "terrorists" (that
is, opponents of Israeli actions toward Palestinians) are an
"existential threat." A threat to the existence of Israel! Give me a break.
    I leave you to choose which are the worst of the other
exaggerations after that one. If the existence of the United States is
threatened by terrorists we are in real trouble. But we are in much
greater peril from people like this op ed author.

*Retreat Isn't an Option*

By Liz Cheney
Tuesday, January 23, 2007; A17

Sen. Hillary Clinton declared
this weekend, " I'm in to win
<http://www.hillaryclinton.com/feature/in/>." Anyone who has watched her
remarkable trajectory can have no doubt that she'll do whatever it takes
to win the presidency. I wish she felt the same way about the war.

In fairness, Clinton, with her proposal for arbitrary caps on troop
levels and hemming and hawing about her vote for the war resolution, has
company on both sides of the aisle. Sen. Joseph Lieberman is the only
national Democrat showing any courage on this issue. We Republicans --
with help from senators such as Chuck Hagel -- seem ready to race the
Democrats to the bottom.
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The Barbarian Invasions (International: English title) (USA)

The Barbarian Invasions (International: English title) (USA)
Invasion of the Barbarians (International: English title)
MPAA: Rated R for language, sexual dialogue and drug content.
Runtime: 99 min / Canada:112 min (DVD version)


A revisiting, some 15 years later, of the principal characters of Denys Arcand's 1986 comedy drama film, "The Decline of the American Empire." Rémy, now divorced and in his early fifties, is hospitalized. His ex-wife, Louise, asks their son Sébastien to come home from London where he now lives. Sébastien hesitates; he and his father haven't had much to say to one another for years now. He relents, however, and flies to Montreal to help his mother and support his father. As soon as he arrives, Sébastien moves heaven and earth, brings his contacts into play and disrupts the system in every way possible to ease the ordeal that awaits Rémy. Around his father's bedside, Sébastien also reunites the merry band of folk who were all players in Rémy's complicated past: relatives, friends and former mistresses.
Also Known As:
Barbarian Invasion
Cruel Invasions
Les Invasions Barbares
Production Status: Released
Genres: Art/Foreign, Comedy, Drama and Sequel
Running Time: 1 hr. 51 min.
Release Date: November 21st, 2003 (LA/NY)
MPAA Rating: R for language, sexual dialogue and drug content.
Miramax Films
Production Co.:
Cinemaginaire, Flach Pyramide International
Funding: Canal Plus, Telefilm Canada
Funding (distribution support): U.K. Film Council
U.S. Box Office: $3,432,342
Produced in: France

The Barbarian Invasions' Teaser Trailer

Chris Keeley

State Department Legal Adviser Joins the Blogers

State Department Legal Adviser Joins the Blogers

Carmen Grayson wrote:
  *Much enjoyed Mr Peck's sardonic "musings," they're spot-on, of
course.  His ironic humor is a relief from what, au fond, must be a
near-despairing outrage. President Bashar Al Assad is no slouch in
disdainful wit either-- complimenting our crack patrols at the Mexican
border as role models for Syria vis-a-vis Iraq. *
  ** *John Bellinger, legal adviser to Secretary Rice, is putting
himself out there on _a blog, for heavens sake! _   Mr. Bellinger is
getting powerful, fundamental challenges over at www.opiniojuris.org
from his legal cohort.  *
  ** *I'm curious as to why  Secretary Rice allows her legal adviser
such an open public platform and what mystifies me even more, given the
Administration's noxious position on these detainee issues, is what
motivates *John* B. *Bellinger* III to engage these scholars. Or is the
S.D. engaging in a subcategory of public diplomacy?*
  ** *Any light you or your friends could shed on this public first (as
far as I know) would be appreciated. *

RVK response:
   You are right in your conclusion that the State Dept. is indulging
in some "public diplomacy" to counter criticism of the administration's
abandonment of international law in many respects. This is of course
illegal, or would be if indulged in by the old U.S. Information Agency,
which was not allowed to propagandize the American public. I suppose the
State Dept. is allowed to do so, however.
  You have a way of finding more and more obscure websites. This one I
have never heard about. I checked it out and all I found was that it is
sponsored by the "Social Science Research Network." It may be
commercial, because they also promote "S.S. Electronic Publishing,"
whatever that is.
  Bellinger was apparently invited to participate in their blog by
posting six entries in the week of January 16, which then invited
comments from viewers of the blog. This permitted Bellinger to also
advertise his speeches to various groups, and provided links to those
texts. I suppose this invitation was seen by Bellinger and his people as
an opportunity to answer their critics about the administration's
policies re detainees, etc. They are trying to argue back to the
international law professoriat and other legal profession critics.
  The only thing that surprised me was that I learned Bellinger's
Office of the Legal Adviser has 160 workers there. When I last worked in
the Dept. I would guess that they had no more than a dozen or two. Since
we were then not extensively violating international law, Geneva
Conventions and God knows what else, they probably didn't need more than
a dozen or two--to vet new treaties on mundane subjects before
submitting them to the Congress. If we now need 160 lawyers helping the
Legal Adviser to Rice you know that we are in deep kimche as far as
international law is concerned.

Robert V. Keeley