"On Topic" With Doug Krile

Friday, March 31, 2006

New Poll

One up. One down.  For the President.



Time magazine poll: "A large majority of Americans (79%) favor a guest worker program that would allow illegal immigrants to remain in the U.S. for a fixed period of time...Though President Bush also supports the popular side of the immigration issue, "it hasn't helped his sagging approval ratings. They sank to 37% in the poll, a new [...]

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Lou Dobbs and Objective Journalism

Changing the face of the business.  I might note that WE do cross the original line, once in a while.


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Public vs Private Schools

Long standing debate. New research.


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Remember When?

This one is good.  AmericaBlog says it's going around in email. Haven't seen it there, yet.  But you can have it right here.


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Jill Carroll Update

The right-wing bloggers who were all in a tizzy about Jill Carroll's "interview" in which she said nice things about her captors had better get out the condiments and start eating their words.  Note that we guessed yesterday that duress might well have played a role in what she said and how she said it. Today, confirmation from a pretty darn good source - her parents. 


Jill Carroll Update  



"Bergenheim said Friday that Carroll's parents, who spoke to her about the video, told him it was "conducted under duress.-When you're making a video and having to recite certain things with three men with machine guns standing over you, you're probably going to say exactly what you're told to say," [...]


Make sure you follow the link and read the rest of the post, noting the horrible comments from one conservative blogger.  Heartless.  And stupid. And, by the way, here's a bit more water to put out the conservative fire:


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Memories of 9/11

Audio of 911 phone calls on 9/11.  Pictures.  Memories. 


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A Reality Jab?

Is that the kind of language a military boss should be using and, more importantly, are "reality jabs" a recognized military action?


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Friday Folly

Wonder if they thought this one would slip through, unnoticed, on a Friday.  Throw another log on the fire, honey.  We're settling in for the long haul.


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Chemical Plant Security

Let's compare plans and proposals for chemical plant security and safety.  What the administration wants and what Democrats are proposing.  Let's pretend the choice is YOURS.  Use the comments.


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Lie Often Enough

Rep. Tom Tancredo pointed out today that, in politics, is generally accepted that a lie can become true if you tell it a thousand times.  Apparently, President Bush buys into that argument.  Fully. 


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Medicare Drug Plan Debacle

Yet another example of the problems with the Medicare Drug Plans, except this one is truly "priceless" -


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Immigration. Illegal or Not.

We're focusing on the immigration debate in today's 5:30 Report.  Two reports and then we're off to the blogosphere.





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Dissed

Well, this is one place the President can't count on for help!


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Positive Steps

Baby step, to be sure.  But, babies grow up.  Let's hope this spreads.


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Mistakes. Thousands of Them.

It seems to be quite an admission from Secretary of State Rice. In fact, I'm amazed that she said this.




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Silence on Saudi Arabia

Yup.  Pretty much between a rock and a hard place, I'd say.


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Wesley Clark

High profile and making sense to a lot of people.


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A Bit of Friday Religion

A rather hefty collection of clips dealing with religious issues.  Read 'em when you have the time.  Let us know what you think.  That's what the comments are for.



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New Orleans in Trouble

Just read them.  And weep.



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Dean, Bush, Nixon

He certainly should be in a position to know.  But, will anyone really hear his words.


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Body Armor

It is simply beyond understanding.  Why?


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Ethnic Cleansing

ABC News report explaining why Iraqis are nervous. Very nervous.


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Thursday, March 30, 2006

Just for Fun

Since you stayed up so late, here's a great post.  Chevy is letting anyone create and post ads for its SUV's online.  Some type of contest.  Ooops.


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Their Economy vs Your Economy

Can you say "disconnect"?  Between corporate business and your bank account? 


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Unrest Growing

And not just here at home. Among those stationed in Iraq, too.  And they are speaking out.  Letting reporters use their names.


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Energy Gluttony



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Criticizing A Captive

Jill Carroll. Released today. At last. By kidnappers in Iraq.  And this right-leaning blogger just HAD to pick apart what she said in an interview taped by her captors. Did they ever stop to think that may, just MAYBE, she was still worried about her future, even if they'd treated her okay. Until then.


The Mujahideen Interview Jill Carroll  


I think the mujahedeen are very smart and even with all the technology and all the people that the American army has here, they still are better at knowing how to live and work here, more clever,” she said. “Does this mean something to you?” the man questioning her asked.  “It makes very clear that the mujahedeen are the ones that will win in the end,” Ms Carroll said in the video"...Note that even after her release, Carroll maintained that she had been treated well by her captors—so it would appear that this journalist for the Christian Science Monitor made these anti-American comments voluntarily [...]

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New Orleans

Kudos to the folks at Arkansas Times for providing the links.  I read the article recently and made a mental note to do something with it here on the blog.  You know what happens to mental notes at my age!  This is definitely worth the read.  And, keep an eye on the comments over at the ARTIMES blog.


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Bump in the Numbers

Apparently temporary.  New presidential poll numbers out today.


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Playing Politics

The ramp-up to the war with Iraq.  The details continue to be filled in, bit by bit.  And the picture gets uglier and uglier.


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Drones. How Nice.

Yup.  They really don't want us to get away with anything, do they?


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Economic Enthusiasm

This might be good news, if oil prices hadn't jumped. What's pushing them up?  Oh, just that little threat that we're going to bomb the heck out of Iran.


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Immigration Suggestion

Worth your time.  Does this immigration idea make sense to you?


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Louisiana Elections

You must admit, it looks a bit suspect, even for Louisiana!


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Threat Advisories

Does anybody really pay attention to those color-coded "threat advisories" any way?


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Pentagon Spending

Yessiree.  We investigated ourselves and decided we're doing things just fine, thank you.


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The Great Immigration Debate

Make no mistake, the entire immigration debate is complicated on many levels by emotions, facts and figures.  Obviously slanted, this blogger has some facts and questions for everyone.


How stupid is the US media?  


They can be pretty damn stupid, says writer Alisa Valdes-Rodrigues. She tears CNN's Lou Dobbs and the rest of the US media a few [...]

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Rigged Elections

The stories do seem to be coming more frequently, don't they?  It's simply becoming impossible to think that everything is above-board with electronic voting machines.


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America is Changing

Ready to tackle the trip?


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FISA Judges and the President

There has been much debate and confusion over what a group of said this week about the President's "".  Conflicting newspaper accounts added to the confusion.  Finally, one blogger seems to have pulled all the pieces together, read the transcripts and says the information that has flooded conservative blogs is just flat out wrong.


What the FISA judges really said  


Yesterday the Washington Times published an article with the headline: "FISA judges say Bush within law."...Bush's defenders wasted no time jumping to the conclusion that Bush had been vindicated and all this talk of FISA and illegality was utter nonsense. One small problem: the article is complete and utter rubbish. Even some of Bush's chief apologists sensed something was amiss; [...] 

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Another Nuclear Power?

So, it looks like Saudi Arabia has been busy.


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New SUV Fuel Standards

We're reporting on the new mileage targets in today's 5:30 Report.  My initial reaction when I looked at the story was that the new numbers didn't look all that much different from the current standards.  Here's some analysis from a blogger who thinks the same.


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Detroit Sleeper Cell

Oh, boy, did THIS one come unravelled!


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National Security Plan

Debating the Democrats' ideas.





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Jill Carroll Released

She's been released.  And a prominent conservative columnist couldn't resist the chance to look for a negative slant.  Bloggers on the other side aren't pleased.



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Couldn't Happen to a Nicer Person

.  In a tad bit of hot water.


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Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Public Relations

Shaping up to be a nightmare for the military.


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Bush Wants Him Out. But...

Guess What?  Oh, you just had to know this was the way this would play out.



The Iraqi Prime Minister wants to keep his job. The Bush administration wants him gone. He says he's staying. He should probably keep in mind what Bush did to the last leader of Iraq. Bush only has so much respect for sovereignty, especially when his poll numbers are [...]

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Presidential Explanation

The topic:  played "teacher" during a speech Wednesday.  One problem: his arguments just don't hold up to scrutiny.


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Immigration 101

This one is long and detailed.  Worth saving for an evening when you have some time on your hands.


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Iraq Documentary

Take a look at the video clip previews.  This truly does appear to be unbiased commentary (both pro-war and against) and pretty darn incredible footage.


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Details on the Democratic Plan for Iraq

Some more thoughts on what the Democrats came up with today. 





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What Can Americans Do?

Memo to Josh Bolten:  Please make sure the President sees this note from CNN's Nic Robertson.  He really should read it before he goes out and makes another speech.


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Stepping Up To The Plate

At least the Democrats came up with an Immigration Plan.  Just how "bipartisan" it is, remains to be seen.


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The Inner Circle

Card out.  Bolten in.  Rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic?



Howard Fineman: "The truly astonishing thing about the Bush Way is how little the real inner circle has changed. For years, even decades, it has consisted of mostly the same people: Karl Rove, of course; Clay Johnson, the personnel man; Karen Hughes, the spinner; Dan Bartlett, communications director; Condi Rice, who began in Austin as foreign policy 'mother hen;' Harriet Miers, longtime counsel; Scott McClellan, press guy... and Bolten, who began as the domestic policy 'briefer' -- a matched set with Condi in substance and [...]

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Big Oil Ripoff

Skyrocketing gas prices.  Skyrocketing profits for big oil.  What are we getting out of it? 


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More Democrats Than Republicans

Those, my friends, are the latest numbers.  From right here in the good old  U.S. of A.  Is it a trend? 


Gallup: In Shift, More Americans Now Call Themselves Democrats than Republicans  


This is, as E&P says, potentially historic. For years now we've been bemoaning the fact that more people called themselves Republicans. Now, Republican has become [...]

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Another Electronic Election Debacle

Okay, this finally pushes me back into the dark ages.  I want my paper ballots back. 


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Distancing Themselves

That's the Republican stance these days - keeping the President arms' length away.  Need proof.  It is, as they say, in the pictures.  Or lack thereof.


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Congressional Confusion

In keeping with the previously used "confusion" theme, how about this for the latest chapter?










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Iraqi Confusion

Who can blame 'em?  This whole thing seems to have been doomed to deteriorate into this from the git-go.





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Ignoring Science

That's what the folks running our country seem to delight in doing.  Just turn away.  Don't look.  Everything will be okay.


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Pulling the Strings

And you thought we were REALLY standing back and letting the Iraqis "do their own thing" and elect their own leaders.  Gotcha!


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More Cutbacks for the Elderly

Our senior citizens are already angry about the Medicare Drup Plan problems.  Now, more fuel for the political fire.  I sense some swing votes in the next election coming from those over 55.


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GOP Conundrum

Do they side with the President.  Or not?  RNC Chair, Ken Mehlman, through a GOP pollster, has a warning for those who might want to distance themselves.


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FOX News

Oh, this is just SO wrong.  From every journalistic vantage point.  And it took The Daily Show to point it out. Shame on FOX News.  You'll find the video clips on the link below.


TDS on FOX News  


Jon Stewart takes a look at a segment on FOX. The humor comes between the subject matter and the video footage that they show while the people are speaking [...]

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Didn't Get the Memo

Well, now.  Looks like the State Department didn't get the "good news in Iraq" memo.


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Democrats Have a Plan

Finally.  A plan.  It must be a good one, because the conservative bloggers are attacking it already.


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Republicans and Immigration

So THIS is what all the arguing is about!  The elections!


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Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Soldiers Who Don't Like the War

And, what are they doing?  Heading for Canada.  Sounds very much like the 1960's, doesn't it?


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Halliburton Still Fails

We keep handing Halliburton big contracts, even when they can't handle the ones they have.  Why?


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Best Buddies. Not.

The President calls some private parties with reporters.  Does that make them best buddies?  Don't think so.  But, they should politely say "No".


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More Memos

Doggone it, but these things are leaking everywhere! The latest batch is from the RNC.


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Labor Law Protests in France

Looks like we all may need to study up a bit on the situation in .  If you believe this writer, much of what we're hearing is just flat out wrong.


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Presidential Popularity

New polling numbers.  In the interest of fairness.


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Supreme Court and the Guantanamo Detainee

This gets complicated folks.  But, it's an important issue that deserves discussion.


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Olbermann. On Fire.

I take this as supporting evidence that there is a changing political tide in America; that Americans are not pleased with the direction of our country and are open to new and different ideas.  Countdown with is beating some big-time competition and MSNBC is touting the all-important demographic details that attrack advertisers.


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Technical Illegality

There's just so darn much politics involved in this whole "the bill that's not legally a bill" debate.  Every civics class should be talking about it.




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Hurricane Season

Wonder how effectively FEMA will plan and prepare for THIS one.  Anybody want to bet that they'll do better, since the storm could hit Washington?


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Immigration Issues

Another day.  More demonstration.  More discussion.  More confusion.  Let's try to sort through all of the ideas, all of the proposals, all of the issues.




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Wrong Resignation?

Well, you know those people in Washington.  Just never satisfied.


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The Latest Memo

Detailing plans for the war before the war.  and both spent a lot of time on the story.



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More Fitgerald Indictments

Apparently.  And they're getting higher and higher up the chain of command.


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Card Out. Bolten In.

A change near the top.  What's the impact?  Random thoughts from the bloggers.




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Soft Drink Debate

Got a Diet Coke on your desk?  Maybe something with more of a fruit flavor?   You need to do a bit of reading before you take that next sip.


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Who Do You Believe

Zacarias Moussaout caught everybody off-guard yesterday, testifying that he was supposed to fly a fifth plane into the White House.  But, there are some problems with that testimony.  Read on.




Bump and Update: Two more al Qaeda members Tuesday say Moussoui had no part in 9/11:  In both cases, for security reasons, their testimony was read to the jury because the government did not want them to appear [...]


And, how about THIS issue?





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Reaching Out

Governors have long held luncheon meetings with reporters.  Seldom is there any "news" out of those sessions. Yet, they have always bothered me, just a bit.  And such get-togethers at the Presidential level prompt similar feelings.


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Strong Accusations

Remember that "massacre" at an Iraqi mosque?  The one the U.S. Military was accused of doing?  Hmmm.


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Monday, March 27, 2006

Hot Talk

I was putting in some extra hours for a Little Rock radio station that touted "Hot Talk" several years ago.  The name isn't used as much, but the concept is still around.  Conflict on the air works.


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The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

Two sides to the economy.  And this, my friends, is why the stock market is so confused these days.  There is a disconnect between corporate finance and personal finance.



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20 Questions

Questions for the President. I'm not a huge Huffington fan, but I do think her questions are valid.  And worth reading. And asking.


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Making Bombs

Security is just so darn good!  NBC had this story, too.


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War is Hell

Especially if you spark the incident.



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Tap-Dancin' Scottie

Oh, man.  You really need video (and, yes, we're looking for it) to do McClellan's tap-dance routine justice today. 


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Smoke and Mirrors

I've come to believe that President Bush honestly believes some of this stuff that he spouts about the war AND believes that what's not real will become real if he says it often enough.  Case in point.  Tall Afar.


The Myth of Tall Afar 


dispels the myth of , the city that President Bush pointed to as a "success" of his Iraq policy:  "President Bush extolled Tall Afar as proof of the success of America's new strategy, "Clear, Hold and Build." Tall Afar had been subdued before, in 2004. But after U.S. troops moved on, insurgents moved right back and made over the city in 's image, with Iraqi police barricaded in their station under constant attack. Even the mayor [...]"

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Confidence Building

Oh, yeah.  Anybody believe will really get its collective act together by hurricane season?


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Special Session: Raising the Minimum Wage

Well, this is an interesting development.  Arkansas may be joining states that are bucking the national minimum wage and raising it to something a bit more worthwhile.


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Shop Talk



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Another Memo. Same War.



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Hold the Ketchup

First Cheney.  Now Kerry.  The Smoking Gun gets those hotel "riders".


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Making No Sense

This just isn't right.  Simply can't be right.


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Journalistic Truths

Here's a great summary of the media response to the argument that they are not reporting enough "good news" out of Iraq.


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Pushing Immigration

If you believe what you read...


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Medicare Drug Costs

Need more proof that this entire is a travesty?  Follow the numbers below.


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Deport Them All

Deport all 11 million currently in the United States.  Can it be done?  Should it be done?


Bay Buchanan: ‘It Is Very Realistic’ To Deport All 11 Million Undocumented Immigrants    


Today on CBS’s Early Show, — right-wing strategist and sister of Pat Buchanan — argued that the government can, and should, deport all the undocumented workers in the United States. Transcript:  BUCHANAN: Every guest worker program in the history of this country and any other country around the world has always turned into amnesty. He says it’s impossible to move these people out. It is certainly not impossible. It is very realistic. We should absolutely stand up to the law and [...]

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Republican Campaigns

Ooops.  Looks like that White House suggestion wasn't such a good one, after all!


DOD reissues uniform regs after Rep. Musgrave misuses troops for partisan gain  


You'll recall I wrote a few weeks back about how the White House sent out a directive urging Republicans to use our troops for partisan political events.  Well, the Pentagon is apparently not happy about what the the White House is doing, and reissued the rules about troops NOT attending partisan political events in uniform. The document reiterating the rules came from [...]

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Defining Democrats

If they really want to win in 2006, Democrats need to get their act together.  They should pay attention to these guys.


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A Country Falling Apart

Say what you want about the War in Iraq, the country does appear to be in trouble.


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Reporting the Good News

I've had it with everyone who accuses the reporters and photographers in Iraq of not reporting the "good news".   Lara Logan of CBS News effectively debunked that entire attitude yesterday.  Read it.  Watch it, if you prefer.   And, then, consider this strike comparison.  After all of that, if you would like to debate it further, hop on down to the comments link.


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Sunday, March 26, 2006

Death by Doctors

Well, they obviously forgot that oath every doctor takes.


Iraqi Doctor Admits to Killings 


A doctor in the northern city of Kirkuk has admitted to killing at least 35 Iraqi police officers and Army soldiers by giving them lethal injections, reopening their wounds and engaging in other deadly acts as they were being treated in Kirkuk Hospital [...]

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Sunday Summary

Good roundup of all that's been in the news today.  As Olbermann says every night, there is a countdown since the President said "Mission Accomplished."


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Chemical Plant Security

Lobbyists' leverage.  It's invaluable when you want to get around the law.


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The Russian Spies

Another case of a blogger out in front of the mainstream media.


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