* It is totally, 100% appropriate to have paid product placement on the morning news.
* Slouching towards idiocracy: the L.A. Times is shutting down its book section.
* It hasn't been a very good week for John McCain. Having successfully goaded Obama into making a tremendously successful overseas trip that has managed to erase any lingering justification for McCain's own candidacy, he's now reduced to bitter rants that even a Villager like Joe Klein characterizes as scurrilous and desperate:
John McCain said this today in Rochester, New Hampshire:* I hadn't heard very much crowing from early Obamaniacs on the internets, and I'm glad of that, but the netroots should really be breathing sighs of relief that they didn't get their way about John Edwards:This is a clear choice that the American people have. I had the courage and the judgment to say I would rather lose a political campaign than lose a war. It seems to me that Obama would rather lose a war in order to win a political campaign.This is the ninth presidential campaign I've covered. I can't remember a more scurrilous statement by a major party candidate. It smacks of desperation. It renews questions about whether McCain has the right temperament for the presidency. How sad.
The National Enquirer spent months chasing John Edwards and digging into his relationship with Rielle Hunter before busting him spending the night in a hotel with the woman and the former Democratic presidential candidate's alleged love child.* And The Edge of the American West remembers the Detroit riots, 41 years ago today.