Ring One: Patrick Frey exposed LA Times columnist/blogger Michael Hiltzik of sock-puppeting, i.e., using pseudonyms to bolster his own opinions and belittle those of his detractors. When confronted with the incontrovertible truth, Hiltzik responded with jaw-dropping intellectual dishonesty. The editors at the LA Times judged the match over by TKO and suspended Hiltzik from further pugilism, er, journalism. Frey hoped that Hiltzik's suspension would not end the LA Times' blog experiment but, rather, use journalists who have integrity and candor (follow-up posts here, here, here and here). However, the first response from an LA Times writer is disengenuous and does not bode well (Patterico responds here). Interestingly, Frey exposed another LA Times employee using a pseudonym here, here and here. I agree with Patterico that masha/workingjournlist committed no transgression (provided that said pseudonym is not Hiltzik). There is no crime in masha/workingjournalist coming across as a barking fruitcake.
Ring Two: By way of Gateway Pundit, Iraqi prime minister al-Jaafari gave up the fight to keep his job, withdrawing his nomination for a second term. In his stead, al-Maliki was chosen. This was one of those pivotal moments, and it looks like the Iraqi government has eked through it, breaking the deadlock and hopefully paving the way to forming a workable coalition. [Update: Publius Pundit is not optimistic since al-Maliki is a Dawa Party member and most likely an al-Jaafari clone. Adil Abdul-Mahdi would've been the better choice.]
Ring Three: In phase two of his travels, Michael Totten's fight is with time, trying to get from Istanbul to Dohok (in northern Iraq) by car in three days time. His six-part series begins here, and it's worth a full read.
Ring Four: Starting officially on Monday, we'll be seeing regular sparring matches between two middleweights in the Hispanic division. Should be interesting.
Ring Five: Michael Tomasky is fighting for an overriding philosophy for the Democrats, a "big idea that unites their proposals and converts them from a hodgepodge of narrow and specific fixes into a vision for society." Good luck. Perhaps the Euston Manifesto would be a good place to start.
I've been too busy to post much, but these are a few things that have caught my attention this morning. Some of you might want to start a fight against bad metaphors, and I don't blame you.