"On Topic" With Doug Krile

Saturday, December 31, 2005

Looking Ahead to January One

In the New York Times.  Most interesting piece.




Sunday's explanation of its decision to report, after what it said was a one-year delay, that the is eavesdropping domestically without court-approved warrants was woefully inadequate. And I have had unusual difficulty getting a better explanation for readers, despite the paper's repeated pledges of greater transparency. For the first time since I [...]

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Last Post on Iraq for 2005

From the NBC news crew that blogs inbetween stories. 



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Tax Break!!

Really.  Not kidding about this one.



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Happy New Year!

And, thanks for stopping by!  This is an hour early for the central time zone in the US, but I know that we'll be sound asleep long before the true midnight hour.  For those of you who watch our program, thanks for doing so.  Spread the word. Let your friends know that we're just a little bit different from most.  For those of you who have found us via internet searches, references, or blog explosion - please check back. Don't be afraid to beat us up over something we post.  Read. React.


And, HAPPY NEW YEAR!  Watch for improved podcasts in 2006 (my kid got a video IPod for Christmas, so I have new software to make the posts better!)


And, always, suggestions are welcome.  Hit the comments.  And, welcome to 2006.

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New Year. New Target?

We've been linking to posts about this possibility for some time now.  Look for it to become a major topic very soon.


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Musical Fun

For your New Years' Eve fun.  I played with this a bit today and it IS pretty impressive!



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2006 Predictions

From the Conservative side of things.  Liberal guesses to follow, when I find them!



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Iraq Email

President Bush was talking about all the postive things he sees happening in Iraq again this morning (during his weekly radio speech).  It would probably be good if somebody could slip him a copy of this -



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How Good is the Economy?

Pretty darn good, if you buy into these numbers -



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Tom Delay and the U.S. Family Network

Just a little end-of-the-year "revelation" to spice up the Tom Delay story.  What a tangled web it seems they try to weave -



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Don't Forget Jack

It's crunch time for Jack Abramoff.  Down to the wire.  Make up your mind.  Probably not a calm New Years' Eve around his place.



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Prescription Drug Plan

If you're 65 or older (or know someone who is) - here's a good bit of information on the new Medicare Prescription Drug plans.  They are confusing to most.  And that makes knowledge all the more important.



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Iran is Next?

Oh, it's just so impossible. Isn't it?


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Friday, December 30, 2005

Merry Christmas

Another of those Holiday pieces that needs to be passed along.  Consider it passed. You do the same.



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Employed in Louisiana

Welcome Home.



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New Orleans Horror

Watching football and basketball and working the blogs.  This one caught my eye.  Another horrifying tale from New Orleans and Hurricane Katrina -


Imagine This Was Your Mother - Unbelievable.


(Front-paged at my/ Left Wing and my/ blog) This is the Green Family Tree. At first glance, they look remarkably similar to many American families.  Only the Green's are different in one very significant way: they have all been uniquely affected by . Make the jump [...]

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Who Leaked the NSA Story?

The Justice Department wants to know.  Malkin is pleased.



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Another Year End List

But, it's fascinating.  Take a quick look.



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Setting the Record Straight

Good talking points for your New Years Eve party discussions.




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Selling the War in Iraq at Home

We'll let you come home, but....





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Shifting Iraq Troops



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Untitled - Entry



“In the past, presidents set up buffers to distance themselves from ,” said A. John Radsan, assistant general counsel at the CIA from 2002 to 2004. “But this president, who is breaking down the boundaries between covert action and conventional war, seems to relish the secret findings and the dirty details of operations.”
It’s sooo much fun pretending to be president. Oh, wait The paragraph above is from an article by Dana Priest in today’s Washington Post, “Covert CIA Program Withstands New Furor: Anti-Terror Effort Continues to Grow.” Priest describes a CIA program called “,” which has “grown into the largest covert action program since the height of the Cold War [...]

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Unsettling Explanation





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More Torture Memos




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Yeah, the Economy is Doing Great

Early New Year's Present.  Is this what 2006 will be like?



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Slow Blogging

Well, it's really not quite this bad, but he has a point.  Even watching Countdown is tough - it's all year end compilations.



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Thursday, December 29, 2005

Tom Delay Money Troubles

Must have been a really big Christmas around the Tom Delay camp.




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Where The 9/11 Money Went

Somebody always finds a way to beat the system.  You'd think a government that has a tax system in place that knows if you fail to report $100 in income could track big loans.  Guess not.



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Daniel, the Bible and NBC

This could be interesting.  With the conservatives going after it, the new NBC show "The Book of Daniel" will certainly have a lot of eyeballs for the premier (January 6th).




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King Kong. He Liked it More Than I Did

Maybe I was too critical.  John makes some good points here and I don't want to be TOO critical!  King Kong.  The remake.  He is right (as you'll note from my original post) the female lead is great.



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Technorati Tags

We're going to try a change in the Technorati Tags. Instead of creating links at the end of each post, key words WITHIN the post will be linked to Technorati, so you can find more information.  Let me know if this works for you!

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Interesting Interview

Back from Iraq.  The impromptu interview.



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Excellent Katrina Blogs

Hat Tip to Daily Kos.  This is excellent stuff.  Print it out.  Save for the kids and grandkids.  It's true history from those who lived it.  Hurricane Katrina.





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Rolling Stone on Bush

Another of those "blood pressure alert" posts - if you're a conservative supporter of Bush.  A new Rolling Stone piece gets downright viscious.



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Aw, Give Me a Break

Michelle Malkin has jumped WAY too quickly on her latest little "item".  They were holding a news conference, for gosh sakes.  The kid didn't "out" her.  Please, somebody tell me she wasn't being serious.





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U.S. Forces in Iraq. The Future.

From the NBC Iraq reporters' blog.  Two scenarios for our troops in Iraq.





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Updates From Iraq

A trio of stories from Iraq. None of them very optimistic.



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Even the Spies Aren't Happy

There are enough red flags all over the NSA spying story now.  Even people inside the spy agencies aren't happy.





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Strategery Rethought

Big debate, apparently, in the White House - How to change the spin.





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New Orleans and the President's Speech

I know I keep harping on the New Orleans situation, but it's just so outlandish that we need to keep talking about it.  Maybe, someday, somebody will wise up and actually DO something.




Historian Doug Brinkley, appeared on Scarborough Country and hit the President hard over his apparent abandoning of the people and the region that has been decimated by Hurricane Katrina. The residents are fuming down there because the politicians that talked tough after being embarrassed by the initial response have since not followed up to help the region [...]




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Tom Delay - Reporters, Check Your Sources

Here's a slap up aside the head for some reporters.  Rule Number 1 - Check your sources.



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Iraq Conspiracy?

Not all the liberal-leaning newspapers are getting on-board the "Iraq Conspiracy" bus.  Case in point - the Chicago Tribune -





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NSA Ooops

I'll cut them a little slack.  Maybe it was an accident.  Still, it doesn't look good, given the recent events.





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Wednesday, December 28, 2005

Trouble in the Sky

Now, this truly would be frightening.  Great post, as the blogger says -



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New Wiretapping Poll

I've stumbled on this poll a couple of times today and came up thinking that way the questions were phrased really didn't reflect what could be happening with the NSA Wiretaps.  I was starting (in between continued family things) to write a post and then discovered this one - which pretty much nails what I was thinking.  Feel free to argue away.




If you need proof of the debate going on over this poll, here's one blog from the Conservative side of things -





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Tricky Times Coming in Iraq

One of those little articles that just never seem to make it to the front page.  Or anywhere close.




Have we won yet?

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It's The Economy, Stupid

Here we go.  It all depends on how you read the numbers, doesn't it?  Conservatives are pounding the table, shouting that all the economic trends are postitive.  The Stock Market has yet to respond.  Could it be that investors are feeling more like this?



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An Easy Retirement. Right? Probably Wrong.

Think you're all set for retirement?  401K in place.  All systems go.  Not so fast, my friend.  Not so fast.



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NSA Wiretaps - Talking Down






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New Orleans - The Right Says it's All Okay

Oh, I won't get into what I've heard from friends and relatives, but this just doesn't ring right. Not at all. -


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