"On Topic" With Doug Krile

Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Moving Homeland Security $$$$$

No wonder New York is PO'd! New Orleans, too. Ain't this just about the most blatant money move you've ever seen?


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Still Hurting

New Orleans is having a tough time bouncing back.  Because people just are not coming back.  Fast enough.


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A Fiery Wes Clark

  didn't make a new friend during this interview with Retired General .


 Wesley Clark and O'Reilly  


Gen. Clark joined Bill to discuss and . It's nice to see O'Reilly come around on Iraq in his TPM, but he misses the point completely on Murtha and the marines.  Murtha has said over and over again that these actions happened because of the stress they are under. When Bill tried to say that this type of behavior occurred in conflicts the US was previously involved in; Wesley Clark got a little hot under [...]

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Insurgent Attacks

Don't know that you can spin these numbers any which way but negative.


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Student Loan Interest Rates

Headed higher.  40% higher.  Next month.  And, moms and dads don't dodge the bullet, either. 


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Mystery Time

You MUST read this post!  Great bit of spy-busting.  Maybe.  Or, is it something less sinister?





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Coming Out in Force

Youthful voters.  Planning to turn out en masse to vote.  Great sign for America - it means that generation is paying attention to politics and to the issues.  Will it benefit Democrats or Republicans more?  My guess - Dems get most of the benefit. Or will they?  Especially given the updated info at the end of the post.  Many SAY they'll vote.  Not all of them do.


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Video Game Violence

Where's the outrage now?


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Katie

You want to.  You know you really want to.  Kleenex.  Tears.  Laughs.  Just be careful if sugar does bad things to you.


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Another Tax Cut

It's headed for the Senate next week.  It'll be talked about.  Argued about.  Who will prevail?


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Election Fraud

Oh, this should be interesting. Really interesting. 


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Haditha. The Other Perspective

 In the interest of fairness, go and read .  Then, come back here, click "comments" and type a few words.





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Putting the Pieces Together

Is the entire Middle East situation a bit confusing to you?  Here's a clear, concise, critical explanation of much of what's going on and the politics that provoked it all.


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Splintering the Conservative Wing

Obviously, there is no common goal.  No solid face.  Very little agreement on key issues.


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Eroding Support

Even the architects are now bailing from the Bush Administration.  Saying the doctrine isn't working.


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They Love Those Chicks

The , that is.  Ya know, SOMEBODY must think their anti-war message is on-target.  Listen up, corporate radio.  Your new audience MAY be talking to you!


And they're #1.  NEW YORK, May 31 /PRNewswire/ -- As Taking The Long Way debuts at #1 on the Billboard Top 200 best-selling albums chart this week, with first week's sales of 525,829, the Dixie Chicks have become the first female group in chart history to have three albums debut at #1, breaking the record the [...]

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Support from the Left

Amazing.  One of the premier liberal bloggers thinks Huckabee could be a strong candidate for the GOP.  Make sure you read the Daily Kos comments.


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Talking With Iran

You must wonder if public or political pressure contributed to this move. 


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Final Throes. Indeed.

I'm no military expert.  Not by a long shot.  But, common sense would lead you to think things aren't going in the right direction in Iraq right now.


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Attack Dog Post For the Day

Politics really CAN be a mean-spirited business.  I think it's safe to say that Mark Noonan, writing at "Blogs for Bush", really REALLY doesn't think much of Al Gore.


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Haditha Coverup

Although the "military analysts" on TV preface comments about Haditha by saying "nobody has been proven guilty", their continuing statements make it very plain that they're personally convinced that something very bad happened.  This explains why:


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Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Reporters Told the President

Isn't this somewhat upside down?


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Vine Time

THIS just might help explain the huge darn vines that are covering one side of my house.  I cut the stem in half and the part ABOVE the cut continues to grow!  I've sprayed it with "this will kill anything" stuff and it's starting to help, but the vine isn't dying.  At least, not as fast as it should.


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Will This Career Last?

Unbelievable.  Nothing more can be said. 


Nice to meet  you.  You killed my cousin.


It was live on CNN, I saw it. Fresh from meeting President Bush at the White House, the new went on CNN today and accused US troops of intentionally killing his cousin in Iraq without cause. Let me try to explain how big a deal this is [...]

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Right Back At Ya'

nThe William Jefferson story just took another turn.


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South Dakota Abortion Ban

Looks like the fine folks of South Dakota weren't too pleased with what their legislators did!


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Taking the Fall

Looks like they're not looking at the top to place blame for .


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Challenging Gore

From a blogger up in Northwest Arkansas (Republican country), comes this challenge to the scenario.


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More Troops for Iraq

AmericaBlog's new military writer (with some great credentials) is concerned about the latest reports.


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The Al Gore Movie

Certainly looks like SOMEBODY is concerned enough about global warming to go see the movie. A LOT of somebodies.


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Our Tax $$$$$ At Work

Just another pretty picture.


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A Blatant Lie

You can't tap-dance around it, the way Tony Snow tries to do.  The timetable proves that the President lied.  The explanation just doesn't work. You decide if it's a big lie.  Or a little one.


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In Disbelief

I'm caught just shaking my head over this report. 


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Campaigning on the Economy

I, too, can't see it working as a campaign issue for Republicans. 


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Showdown in DC

It's shaping up to be a good, old fashioned, political cat fight.


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The Pendulum Swings

And Republicans are getting worried.


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If Gore Doesn't Run

Is Obama the one to keep our eye on?


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The Haditha Outrage

Take a look at a well-written op/ed in today's USA Today.  And, consider the blogger's comments.


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The Anger and Frustration Grows

Left-leaning bloggers are jumping all over the recent upsurge in violence in Iraq.  They're not happy.  And it shows.


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Gore Backing Down

Starting to sound like a man who probably won't jump into the big fight for 2008.


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Got a Whistle You Want to Blow?

Careful now.  This could get tricky.


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Help is On The Way

Will this solve the problem?  Is this the last round of troop increases?





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Global Warming

Where do they find these guys?!?! 


Fox Analyst: Global Warming is "Bogus...Dreamed Up by The Greens Because They Hate Industry" 


This weekend on the show "," analyst asserted that global warming was "bogus", and "dreamed up" by environmentalists to stop economic development: There’s no scientific proof that global warming even exists. To be honest, it’s a bogus consensus [...]

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Monday, May 29, 2006

Losing Their Homes

In bigger and bigger numbers.  Foreclosing on America.


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The Battle Over Public Schools

The Religious Right gets a bit of a boost from the Bush Administration.


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Scratching That Itch

Be careful out there, campers.  Be VERY careful.


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Afghan Violence

Prompted by American Troops.





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Money Worries

Keep your eye on the dollar.  The almighty dollar.


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Memorial Day Video

Before the day gets completely away from us, here's some video to remind you of the true meaning of this day.


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A Big Question

A big question posed by a Conservative blogger.  With very interesting results.


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Blair and Bush

Allegation.  Denial.  What's your best guess on this one?


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Quick Turnaround

This just seems so unnecessary.  If we don't have enough people, isn't it possible that we shouldn't be there?


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Murtha on Haditha and Freedom of Speech

Just be careful what you say.  Very careful.





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Signing Statements

Welcome to Memorial Day here in the states.  Yours truly had to spend a couple of hours in the office this morning, but am home now and dog-sitting for our son and his fiance.  We'll throw some bratwurst on the grill with them tonight and keep things generally quiet.  So, let's toss a few posts out here for you to check out.


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New URL

Might want to go bookmark the new URL for our upcoming program - we've made it easier - www.dougkrile.com  Yup. Finally registered my name. Right now, it just redirect to the old wb42 blog.  I"ll probably keep that in place, under the new url, for all the additional stations that will be joining us.  Not to mention a new website. Eventually.

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Going for the Good Stuff

Just a bit of legal opinion.


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Not Happy with Anybody

Interesting aspect from a conservative.


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Sunday, May 28, 2006

Changes in Iraq

Not really good ones.


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Yup. He's the Boss

Even though he really isn't.


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Power Shift

Editorial time.


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Good Writer

Just a quick kudo to another Little Rock blogger who does a GREAT job of putting words on the screen.  He writes only once a week or so, but he's good.  Enjoy. If you like, go and read his archives.  It's all good.


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Sound Familiar?

Almost verbatim from the David Gregory interview in Arizona last week. Talk about your "talking points"!


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Top Issues

Do these ring true in YOUR family?


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Memorial Day

Wonderful tribute.  Spend a couple of minutes, tonight or Monday, and watch it.


Tears In Heaven

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Murtha's Still At It

Accusation on top of accusation.


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Par-Tee Down, Gentlemen

Quite the little get together, it seems.


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The Duke Rape Case

It's truly beginning to seem that the DA went WAY out on a limb on this one.  And, is that a chainsaw I hear?


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A Sunday Kind of Love

Now, this just ain't what was intended, I don't believe.  Again, I'm pleased to tell you this is NOT in Arkansas.  Rather, next door in Missouri.


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How Nice

How VERY nice.  Give certain ships advance notice of searches. This had better generate some serious concern at the highest levels.  At least, it certainly SHOULD.


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Equal Protection

Cool.  Great news. True, it's just in California, but the precedent should mean something anywhere.


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Saturday, May 27, 2006

They Never Slow Down

Still trying to expand in the way they snoop.  Get a load of this.


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Late Friday Filing

Don't ya know, they hoped this would slip through the holiday weekend news cracks.


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Hopefully, You're on Our Side

On OUR side on this one.  This is right up at the top of my "anger scale". 


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Malkin on MacBeth

All kinds of weird stuff floating around the story this weekend.  has a solid collection of fresh information.


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Showdown Averted

Looks like things got a bit tense around the White House this week.


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Lotsa Stuff For You to Do

There's enough in the way of linkage in this one post to keep you busy for quite a while.  Really.


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A Little YouTube Fun

Local News Bloopers.  via YouTube.  Follow the link for several GREAT clips!




youtube logoOh, YouTube! Where were you back in the day when the wrong graphic appeared next to a Portland news anchor's head? It was a photo of a man with the caption, 'Arm Amputated', and he said, "With this tight economy, everybody's making cutbacks." Classic.  YouTube is quickly becoming a great place for [...]

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Say a Little Prayer

Maybe.  Just maybe.  There's a shred of truthiness in this report.


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Suggested Reading

Kudos to the Arkansas Times blog for suggesting this piece.  Good stuff.


Profile in courage  


Your Memorial Day Weekend reading assignment: An op-ed by , the retired Navy general counsel, in the Washington Post. He's the courageous Bush Pentagon official who tried to blow the whistle on abusive and torturous tactics by U.S. troops in Iraq years before they were exposed [...]

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GOP Divide

Yes, indeed.  Posting will be sporadic over the holiday weekend.  But, stop by with a cool one and catch up whenever you have a moment.  Look at the showdown coming among Republicans.


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Hillary In Waiting

Looking ahead to 2008.



Craig Crawford looks at the 2008 Democratic field and sets the bar for anyone wanting to challenge Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY). "Going negative on Clinton will probably doom any chances of getting on her ticket. Even more so than her husband, Clinton is well known for a take-no-prisoners stance against political foes. So it will be interesting to see if any of the also-rans are prepared to go after her. The first to do so can join the club of serious presidential contenders."  "But unless one of the newcomers [...]

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Midnight Post

Just a reminder, it's a holiday weekend here in the U.S.  Posts will be somewhat scattered, thanks to family matters and eating! Saturday morning means the Farmers' Market and errands.  I have to get the yard mowed and put in a few hours in the office on  Monday, before grills bratwurst and clogging our arteries.  Keep checking back. We'll do our best to keep an eye on what's happened and keeps a limited number of posts coming.

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Friday, May 26, 2006

Congress Goes Home. No Army Funding

Make sure you follow the link to read about the real impact this non-action will have.  For a country "at war", somebody's not pushing very hard for funding!


Congress' Memorial Day Message to the Troops: Make Do While We Go On Vacation


On Feb. 16, 2006, President Bush requested $72.4 billion in supplemental funds for continuing military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Just over three months later, the current Do-Nothing Congress has yet to pass the bill, and is instead busy fighting over how much pork to keep.  Earlier this week, the conference committee that is negotiating a final bill announced that it would not complete [...]

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How Bad is This?

Democracy in action in Iraq.



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Murtha Was Right

In all of the posts about how Military officials here are now basically confirming the Haditha massacre stories, we failed to make the point that Murtha was correct.  Remember all the online bashing he took?


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Going Down

One down.  The big one, still to go.


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Hastert Hanging Tough

Amazing performance.  It really is.  Conservative bloggers and columnists can bash Brian Ross all they want. I'm betting his story of the FBI investigation of Hastert ends up being substantially true.  Why?


SOURCE: Abramoff Considered Hastert 'A Reliable Ally For His Clients'  


House Speaker (R-IL) continues to deny he is under investigation in the conspiracy case, despite an ABC report by ss saying he is “in the mix.”  But Kim Eisler, national editor of the Washingtonian magazine and friend of Abramoff, told Think Progress that “Jack considered Hastert a reliable ally [...] 

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Shoptalk. Olbermann. O'Reilly

Bland?  CNN.  Not Bland?  MSNBC and .


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Broadcast Indecencies

The fines are going up, based on a campaign of lies and deception.  Do you really want the government to protect you from all-things-nasty on radio and TV?


Keeping the airwaves safe for ... who?  


Knee-jerk legislators and right-wing media 'activists' would have the country believe that Congress is acting in response to the public's demand that that feds act to stop a tide of indecency that's swamping the airwaves and endangering the nation's young people. But nothing could be further from the truth. According to an excellent post by Jonathan Rintels, the entire issue of broadcast indecency has been created and stage-managed by a handful of right-wing groups [...]


 

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Welcome Addition to the Blogosphere

This gentleman seems to have the background to be a rock solid contributor to the blogosphere.  Kudos to AmericaBlog for bringing him onboard.


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Putting the Pieces Together

In the big puzzle called "".  Fascinating read.  If you don't take the time right now, bookmark it for reading during some down time this holiday weekend.


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Telco Troubles in Paradise

Ooops.  Somebody blew their cover.


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Hayden Confirmed

Neglected to pass this along earlier today.  Hayden got the gig.  Officially.


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Immigration Boondoggle

Already, our are so messed up.  I'm worried we're just fixin' to make things worse.  How bad is THIS?


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Just A Joke

Don't take this seriously.  Please.  NOBODY take it seriously.  But, it is highly humorous.


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Nuclear Power

Just a short trip into the past.  Consider it your history lesson for today.


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Saving Accounts Tank

I'm not an economist.  Not by a long shot.  But continued reports of this, month after month, can't be a good sign.


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Massacre

So sad. So wrong.





...I've spent awhile reading some of the responses to this story by conservative bloggers, and every one I read (which should not be conflated with every one, period) has taken the position that this happens in all wars, move along, blah blah. You know, I don't think they're wrong, but while they use this ghastly fact [...]

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Playing Politics

It's the normal game in Washington.  But, my how it's escalated in recent days.


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Enron. Should You Care?

Yup.  You really should.  It's much more than just a story about money and business and corruption.




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Another View

On the speeches. And the comments.  From and .


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Surreal Speaches

They were strange, weren't they?  and .  Both looking and sounding tired.  Both saying things that surprised the pundits, but not saying what many were hoping for - an exit plan for the war.


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Editorial Excellence

One of the great things about the blogosphere is that a lot of folks have time to read the major newspapers, looking for stories and editorials that deserve to be read.  Let's get things going today with one of them.


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Clark Weighs In

Topic: Iraq.  Wesley Clark says it's time to get out.


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Global Warming

Rebutting the rebuttal.


FACT CHECK: National Review's Cover Story Distorts Facts On Global Warming


The National Review's June 6 cover story, Scare of the Century by Jason Lee Steorts, has several serious errors and omissions. By distorting evidence, Steorts misleads his readers about the threats of . Here’s a debunk of some of Steorts’s inaccurate claims: [...]

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War on Birth Control

Note the new appointments to the FDA.  And their backgrounds.


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Bush and Snow

Together.  Again!  Any big news out of the news conference?  Some of the TV folks were either in love with the  Bush "what went wrong" comments or hating them.   Interesting split. 


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Thursday, May 25, 2006

Nailing our Neighbors

Over some outdoor advertising. Billboards.  We're about three hours from Branson, Missouri, the exploding little County and Gospel music center.  Follow the link for a picture. Honestly, it IS tacky.  Really.





...that the nutwits running crap shows in wouldn't co-opt an image of America's greatest civil rights leader for use in a tacky advertisement [...]

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Big Fight on the Way

Between the House and Senate and Conservatives and Liberals.  The Senate set it up this afternoon.





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Scientific Progress

Oh, boy!  Here's your watercooler special for the office Friday!  Who'll be the first on your block to get one?


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NSA Wiretap Update

Now you have some members of Congress getting uppity about this whole situation.


Hinchey Introduces Measure to Force Bush Administration  


In an effort to find out who blocked an internal U.S. (DOJ) investigation of the agency's role in the (NSA) warrantless surveillance program and the reasons for doing so, Congressman (D-NY) today introduced a resolution of inquiry in the House that would force top members of the Bush administration to turn over all materials related to the termination of the probe..." and the broke more news today on this story. It looks like Gonzales blocked the clearances himself [...]

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Big Oil Price Gouging?

You know the answer, don't you?  Nope. Nothing to see here.  Gas up and drive off.


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Stolen Veterans' Records

Just follow the six point timeline.


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Rush Vs Snow

Rough stuff today for Tony Snow on the radio with Rush Limbaugh.


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Fear Mongering

We're getting an unusual amount of information from unusual (and unknown) sources tonight.  Interesting reading. If it's true, we should be concerned.  Not only about what could happen, but how they smuggled this stuff in.


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Iran's FIRST Peace Proposal

From The Asia Times via Patriotdaily.com -


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Murderers in the Marines

They're looking at formal charges.  It's so tragic to see so few tarnish the image of so many.


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GOP Folks Just Aren't Happy

Things aren't going their way. 


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Military Discharges Increase

But, mostly because you're gay.


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The Coverup That Wasn't

Oh, the Valerie Plame investigation just gets jucier and jucier.   Here's a great summary.  If Murray Wass has this one right, it's HUGE.


Novak promises to cover up fro Rove!  


On September 29, 2003, three days after it became known that the CIA had asked the Justice Department to investigate who leaked the name of covert CIA officer , columnist telephoned White House senior adviser to assure Rove that he would protect him from being harmed by the investigation, according to people with firsthand knowledge of  [...]

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Special Treatment?

Not a problem.  We'll slide you right in, pardner.


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The Jefferson Papers

Just one incredible twist after another.





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