"As Libyan 'rebel' offensive stalls, NATO bombs kill hundreds" (Alex Lantier, WSWS):
NATO bombed cities across Libya over the weekend as fighting continued in Sirte and Bani Walid between troops loyal to Muammar Gaddafi and the NATO-backed forces of the National Transition Council (NTC).
There are mounting reports of casualties due to the NATO bombing. NATO spokesmen said yesterday that on Saturday NATO forces bombed 11 targets in Sirte, 11 in the nearby Al-Jufra oasis, and 3 in the city of Sabha, far to the south.
Moussa Ibrahim, an official of the Gaddafi regime, released a statement yesterday saying that 354 people had been killed and 700 injured when a NATO air strike in Sirte hit the city’s main hotel and a nearby apartment block. He said an additional 89 people were still missing.
“In the past 17 days,” he added, “more than 2,000 residents of the city of Sirte were killed in NATO air strikes.”The Libyan War has not ended. It probably won't end any time soon. It's another Iraq. Should they capture Muammar Gaddafi, I'm sure they'll do a victory dance and pretend that's the end of it the way they did when Saddam Hussein was captured.
But Hussein's capture didn't end the Iraq War. Nor did his execution.
The Libyan War is probably going to last a lot longer. Even though the MSM pretends otherwise.
"TV: The backlash whines 'poor men'" (Ava and C.I., The Third Estate Sunday Review):
Last month, we were noting Lucille Ball's 100th birthday and using it to reflect on the difference, 60 years later, in opportunities for women in broadcast TV. We noted that in 1951, women were only leads (or hosts) in 9 primetime programs. And this fall, we noted, that number had risen to 25 which we didn't see reason to applaud. The number seemed tiny especially when the networks are offering 97 programs. (We cover broadcast TV here.)
But Rosen would have you believe women are taking over television this season -- working women -- a classification she frowns on. She states, "The difference now, as I say, is, in a lot of these, there are these alpha female characters, you know, these women at the office or the wife who's kind of eating these men for lunch." And what of the "mancession" (a term she appears to claim credit for)?
She says while women are "alpha female characters," mean are portrayed as weak, "But all sorts of, you know, bumbling of the husband taking care of the baby, the wife is kind of a big shot at work, those kinds of things that happen. The husband can't find his way around a supermarket. The wife never gets home from work. He's staying at home whimpering, wondering what to do with the baby, sad, alone, depressed, that kind of thing - playing videogames, mostly. "
Maya Rudolph's Ava, she will insist, is that alpha power female while speaking to Conan. At The Atlantic, she will write Rudolph's character "is the embodiment of supreme female power."
Really? We've seen four episodes and we're not seeing that. The only episode that's aired, the one she's referencing, features Applegate returning to work to find Ava in her office, weepy and gorging on a cake (stress eating) while lamenting what has become of her show.
That's a power female? That's an alpha female?
Throughout the episode, she will have an intense and needy desire for her best friend (Applegate) and that's a power female?
Maya's delightful in the role but who the hell would mistake it for a power female?
Time and again, it appears the person most threatened by working women is, in fact, Hanna Rosen.
I think it's rather obvious that we in the community who blog are all in awe of Ava and C.I. They are this amazing writing team. They cover so many things.
So we're awestruck by what they do.
Never more so than with this piece. Jim's taken the blame so I'll give it to him, he hit the wrong button (he assumes he hit delete) and lost the TV article that Ava and C.I. had spent two hours and 30 minutes writing.
This wasn't in the morning or the afternoon. This was after Ava and C.I. had left for LA, after they'd attended the Emmys and after they'd gone on to parties. At which point, Jim calls them and tells them, "Uh-oh, we need you to redo it."
They had no time for it, they had no idea of what they wrote, they had been drinking heavily (they will tell you that) and they managed to write something so incredible.
Great job by Ava and C.I.
"Iraq snapshot" (The Common Ills):