Orson Welles makes a porno & more links

With the President's storming of Capitol Hill in the news today, I was tempted to turn links into nothing but a bunch of articles detailing why the administration can not be trusted to negotiate this trade deal, and why Congress ought to reject it. I've resisted that temptation, though, and instead have a great, varying collection of items for people to read while they're hunkered down in the AC and fleeing this oppressive heat

The Middle East fell apart - but it's not on us!
The United States put troops on the ground in Iraq, and it went to hell. American troops stayed out of Libya with just logistical / air support, and it went to hell. America has stayed completely out of Syria, and that went to hell, too. I agree completely with the article that the Middle East would be a disaster with or without our involvement; the operative question is whether we're making it better. 

Lee Siegel is a dick.
The Gray Lady really had a tough week. Between its huge strikeout on all Marco Rubio-related reporting and this horrible Op-Ed, I'm not sure what to say. The entire absurdity of this article is too much, from the author's absolutely necessary three Ivy League journalism degrees, to his decision to simply ignore his debt because it would be inconvenient to him; it's almost criminal this was published. We all make decisions, and need to be responsible for them. In America a person isn't guaranteed to be what they want simply because they wish it, and slogging off a burden, financial or otherwise, because it's inconvenient ought to be a crime. This guy is a giant bag of dicks.

Orson Welles: Pioneering filmmaker and porn director
Citizen Kane. The Magnificant Ambersons. Touch of Evil. 3AM: The Touch of Sexuality. In his later days of commercial malaise, Orson Welles helped edit some hardcore porn for the unpaid crew on his films. Vulture has the details (and the clip from the film itself).

Redemption of the Rockefeller Republican?
I self-identify as a Republican in the school of Rockefeller: limited government, strong American power and social liberalism are core to my views. As George Pataki, also of this school, launches his long-shot presidential campaign, it's worth asking: what happened to the Rockefeller Republican? How was that school so easily marginalized in the modern party? The American Interest lays the blame at the feet of a Rockefeller himself.

The death of the hipster
If only what followed does not sound even worse. 

Eastern Europe is all Russia's
Not surprising, but the results of a poll published in Vox today are disheartening. It appears that most of the world, including Germany (who should know a thing or two about Russian oppression), is simply not interested in defending Eastern Europe in the face of hypothetical Russian aggression. Maybe this scenario changes if there's actually boots on the ground, but this poll confirms Putin's sense of Western weakness.