"On Topic" With Doug Krile

Thursday, November 30, 2006

Not Liking What's Happening

The rift is widening.  The meltdown continues.


Gov't Revolt Widening: Sunni Politicians Criticize Al-Maliki...



Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki faced a widening revolt within his divided government as two senior Sunni politicians joined prominent Shiite lawmakers and Cabinet members in criticizing his policies. Vice President Tariq al-Hashemi said he wanted to see [...]



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Slanted News

Interesting discussion over at the News Hounds site where they're comparing two versions of one story.  Take a look.  There's video to watch and a pretty darn solid analysis.


One Story, Two Very Different Slants



If there are any doubts that Fox News sells fear, a look at how Fox News and another network covered the same story should dispell them. With video [...]



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Not Yet Fixed

Looks like Florida doesn't quite have those electronic voting machines figured out.


FL-13: officials unable to explain most of problems in test



What a mess. Yesterday, we found out that a staged test, by election officials, focused on voting properly, still dug up a bunch of voting mistakes. The knee-jerk reaction at the time was that it was all "human error", even though if election officials can't vote properly, how are regular voters supposed to?  Well, it's gotten [...]



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Hurricane Help

It's been well over a year, but a lot of folks along the Gulf Coast still need help.  Lots of it.


Victory for Katrina Victims: FEMA Told to Resume Storm Aid



A U.S. District Judge handed Katrina victims a victory yesterday and dealt a blow to the Bush administration all in one fell swoop. The judge ordered that “the Bush administration unconstitutionally denied aid to tens of thousands of Gulf Coast residents displaced by hurricanes Katrina and Rita and must resume payments immediately.” U.S. District Judge Richard [...]



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A View From A Military Historian

Now, this is fascinating.


Military historian says Iraq is "most foolish war since Emperor Augustus in 9 BC"



There is a remarkable article in the latest issue of the American Jewish weekly, Forward. It calls for President Bush to be impeached and put on trial "for misleading the American people, and launching the most foolish war since Emperor Augustus in 9 BC sent his legions into Germany and [...]



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Bush Vs. Webb

George Will has some thoughts. But, he really needed to get his quotes straight first.


George Will’s creative editing



The spirited conversation between Sen.-elect Jim Webb (D) and President Bush has raised more than a few eyebrows. Dems seem to believe Bush was rude and provoked the heated exchange, while Republicans tend to believe the opposite, but either way, George Will’s “reporting” on the issue was wrong. Wednesday’s Post reported that at a White House [...]



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Special Comment

Olbermann put the words together again tonight. In another Special Comment.  This time, it's on free speech, Newt Gingrich-style. I'll be looking for a video clip. In the meantime, do it the old-fashioned way, read it.



...This was the annual Loeb First Amendment Dinner in Manchester, N.H. — a public cherishing of freedom of speech — in the state with the two-fisted motto “Live Free Or Die.” And the arsonist at the microphone, the former speaker of the House, Newt Gingrich, was insisting that we must attach an “on-off button” to free speech. He offered the time-tested excuse trotted out by our demagogues since even before the Republic was founded: widespread death, of Americans, in America, possibly at the hands of Americans. But updated, now, to include terrorists using the [...]



UPDATE:  Crooks and Liars has the video.  They always do. Good work, guys.


Olbermann’s Special Comment on Gingrich: “We fight for liberty by having more liberty and not less”


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Froomkin Nails It

He's figured out what's wrong with journalism today.  With a few outstanding exceptions.  via AmericaBlog and, yes, I slightly sanitized his original headline.


Calling B.S.



It's the job of a real journalist [...]



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Field of Dreams

Here's looking at the 2008 Presidential hopefulls. 


Carville and Thoughts on 2008



James Carville gave a speech this morning. Here is some of what he said. Breezing through his standard roster of jokes (Mary Matalin and estrogen, Howard Dean, Dan Quayle), James Carville, one of politics' most successful consultants and one of Bill Clinton's best friends, pronounced the 2006 election "pretty predictable." But, he said, "The most disturbing thing to me as a Democrat was that this was the third election cycle in a row that [...]



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Olbermann's Ratings

The guy is good.  His numbers are dramatically higher than a year ago. That, in this industry, is called a "trend". 


Olberman Leads MSNBC Surge



Olberman really soaring: Some highlights: "Olberman's 266,000 Adults 25-54 represent a 63% increase versus November 2005. His 689,000 total viewers represent a 49% increase. Olbermann is now a solid number [...]



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Not A Done Deal

I'm on board with Pamela Leavey's position in this post from The Democratic Daily blog today.  I think there are going to be too many candidates with too many opinions and positions for Hillary Clinton to just waltz in and grab the nomination.


Does Hillary Have a Primary Problem?



For all intents and purposes some folks seem to think Hillary Clinton will take the Democratic nomination in ‘08, with a wink of the eye. She’s been declared the frontrunner before she’s even announced she’s running. I’m curious… just how does that work? Aren’t our elections about voters making choices? Or are they about believing [...]



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College Costs

I can tell you from personal experience, the cost of college is getting totally out of control.  It's time for Congress to step in and do something about it.  And, yes, that IS the Democrats' plan. Not everybody likes it, though.


Stop the Dems before they help more students afford college



Speechwriter-turned-pundit David Frum delivered a commentary on NPR yesterday that you’d swear was a parody if he weren’t so serious about it. (via Tapped) Imagine if the Republicans had retained their Congressional majority and the first thing they did was suggest big new subsidies for, say, the oil industry. Would there no public outrage? But that’s exactly [...]



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Quote Of The Day

This just may be it, until something better comes along!


‘This could be viewed as the week the wheels came off’



I’ve often wondered if a tipping point exists for Republicans when it comes to the war. Apparently, we’re not quite there yet. As of today, Maliki and Bush relations are fraying, the stability of the Iraqi government is shaky, the American public’s patience is gone, and the civil war rages on unabated. Taken together, even Republicans’ [...]




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Staying The Course

It was really quite an amazing news conference.  President Bush and Prime Minister al-Maliki.   Bush basically telling the Iraq Study Group that he's doing things his way, no matter what.


He’s All In



Newsweek:  For anyone expecting more out of Amman, or more out of the extensive policy reviews under way, they need look no further than President Bush himself. No matter what the result of the midterm elections, nor the conclusions of James Baker, there is only one commander in chief, and only one decider. And his decisions [...]



Apparently, al-Maliki kept talking, with reporters, after the President left.  Hmmmm.


Al-Maliki: We Can Take Over In June 2007



Al-Maliki told the media, but not Bush, that his forces would be ready to take command throughout the country by June 2007. Al-Maliki also sidestepped Bush and Condi's questions about disarming al-Sadr's militia without committing to it, because he clearly cannot.  Reuters was told that the Baker/Hamilton report will recommend [...]



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A New Poll

America's collective voice is getting louder and stronger.


Civil War



While it's taken the traditional media a little bit of time to catch up, the American public wasn't waiting on a pronouncement from Matt Lauer to make up its mind: "A majority of Americans think Iraq is in the midst of a civil war, a new Harris Interactive poll finds, and few are confident that Robert Gates's nomination as Secretary of Defense will improve the situation there. Sixty-eight percent of U.S. adults said they believe there is a [...]



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Incredibly Strong Proposal

Will it fly?


National Standards Institute Recommends Scrapping Touch-Screen Voting Systems



A federal agency is set to recommend significant changes to specifications for electronic-voting machines next week, internetnews.com has learned. The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is recommending that the 2007 version of the Voluntary Voting Systems Guidelines (VVSG) [...]



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Biden Is In

Frist is out.  The 2008 races are shaping up.


Dem Sen. Biden: "I Am Going To Run For President"...



"I've decided I am going to run" for President, Joe Biden says in a taped interview scheduled to air tonight on Boston's NECN-TV, according to the Boston Globe. Biden made a similar comment to ABC News earlier this month. In the Boston interview, interestingly, Biden also says he'd be surprised if [...]



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We Messed Up

This whole Iraq thing.  We really did mess it up.  Badly.


‘The Five Fatal Mistakes’



Time magazine’s Scott MacLeod, reporting from the Middle East, recently spoke to a veteran Western diplomat who couldn’t muster any optimism about the future of the region. “The region is in as serious a mess as I have ever seen it,” he said. “There is an unprecedented number of interconnected conflicts and threats.” It led MacLeod [...]



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Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Frist Scratches His Name

Won't be in the hunt in 2008.


Frist Will Not Seek Presidency in 2008



Bill Frist announced today that he will not run for president in 2008. “In the Bible, God tells us for everything there is a season, and for me, for now, this season of being an elected official has come to a close,” said the Tennessee Republican, a surgeon before he entered politics in 1994. He said [...]



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Funding the War

The numbers just keep spinning.  And the requests for more $$$$$ continue.


Administration Plans To ‘Let Her Rip’ In Gigantic New Emergency Spending Bill For Iraq



For several years, the Bush administration has been circumventing the traditional budget process by requesting emergency spending bill to cover the costs of Iraq and Afghanistan. (So far, more that $300 billion has been spent on Iraq alone.) The process has contributed to a fiscal situation that is “out-of-control.” After inheriting record surpluses, the Bush administration [...]



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Colin Powell on Iraq

Powell joins the "Civil War" crowd.


Powell: Iraq Is A Civil War And Bush Should Stop Denying It



Speaking with CNN reporter Hala Gorani in Dubai today, former Secretary of State Colin Powell said Iraq’s violence meets the standard of a civil war and thinks President Bush needs to acknowledge that. According to Gorani’s report, Powell said if he were heading the State Department right now, he would recommend that the Bush administration [...]



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My Guess?

Clark's going to run.  I'd suggest that you listen to him.  Another Arkansan who speaks out and stands up for what he believes.


GENERAL INTEREST



The main argument for Wesley Clark's '04 presidential bid was his credibility on national security, the dominant campaign issue that year. There's no reason to think national security won't still be the big issue two years from now, [...]



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More Troops For Iraq

The reason?  Iraq was supposed to provide another 4,000 troops.  Guess what?  They haven't shown up.  So, we're stuck filling in the holes.  That's wrong.


Pentagon plans Iraq escalation.



“The Pentagon is developing plans to send four more battalions to Iraq early next year, partly to boost security in Baghdad, defense officials said Wednesday.” The AP reports that the “extra combat engineer battalions of reserves, likely to be sent to Baghdad, would total about [...]



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Lou Dobbs Profile

Lou Dobbs and Keith Olbermann.  Two of my favorite people on cable.  Both willing to push the limits of conventional wisdom when it comes to keeping us up to date.


Lou Dobbs: Populist?



Mother Jones’ Sridhar Pappu has a profile of CNN’s Lou Dobbs… Perhaps more than his peers, Dobbs has used cable’s niche messaging and agitated viewers to refigure the role of news anchor. While Brian Williams may, in gross numbers, have more viewers, Dobbs’ daily interpretation of the news flickers more brightly both on the 13-inchers sitting [...]



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Who Cancelled The Meeting?

It all depends on who you talk with. One thing is certain, the meeting between Bush and al-Maliki didn't happen tonight.  Tomorrow's is supposed to still be on.  Any bets on whether it happens?


Look In The Mirror



And while the White House now incredulously insists that this meeting was a social meeting only, and that it was they who canceled today’s three-way meeting, the Iraqis tell a different story: they never wanted to leave the country at this time (coup concerns?) and didn’t want Bush to have a hand-holder at a meeting ostensibly to discuss issues directly between the Iraqis and Americans. And they say it was they who [...]



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The AP Story on Iraqi's Set On Fire

This has been at the center of a firestorm of debate between blogs on the left and blogs on the right for the past five days. Via The Carpetbagger and Editor and Publisher. Follow the links to read the full analysis.


Wednesday’s Mini-Report



Right-wing blogs were apoplectic yesterday, but the AP is standing behind its story about Shiite militiamen who dragged six worshippers from a Sunni mosque, doused them with kerosene, and set them on fire. [...]



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Not So Fast, Mr. President

A judge throws down a figurative "spike strip" in front of the President's anti-terror plans.


Judge Rules Part of Bush Anti-Terror Order Unconstitutional



A federal judge in Los Angeles, who previously struck down sections of the Patriot Act, has ruled that provisions of an anti-terrorism order issued by President George W. Bush after September 11 are unconstitutional.  U.S. District Judge Audrey Collins found that part of the law, signed by Bush on [...]



Over on the right, Michelle Malkin is wondering


A federal judge did what?


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The Fight Over Global Warming

All eyes on the Supreme Court. 


Bush’s Warped View of Global Warming Goes to Court



Environmental groups will be watching Massachusetts v. Environmental Protection Agency in the Supreme Court this week, as the Bush administration defends their refusal to regulate carbon dioxide emissions from new motor vehicles. The Environmental Protection Agency lacks the power to regulate carbon dioxide as a pollutant under the Clean Air Act, the administration said in [...]



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Those Secret Rendition Flights

By my figuring, this is roughly three to four flights a day!  Somebody certainly is keeping busy!


ABC: EU report will say CIA conducted 1,245 kidnapping missions



Just how much extraordinary rendition has been going on? ABC News reports, quite a bit: The CIA flew 1,245 secret flights into European airspace, according to a European Parliament draft report obtained by ABC News. The report is the result of a year-long investigation into secret CIA “extraordinary rendition” flights and prisons in Europe. […] But citing records from [...]



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Cheney's Weekend Jaunt

It was a strange little weekend journey for the Vice President.  So very strange.


Saudi Arabia ’summons’ Cheney



Dick Cheney was in Riyadh over the weekend, but the VP’s office, which is not exactly forthcoming on a regular basis, was unusually vague about this trip. According to what Cheney aides were willing to share, the Vice President traveled half-way around the world for a two-hour meeting with King Abdullah, then hoped on his [...]



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Caught In The Middle

It's the place you NEVER want to be.


"We're . . . Being Shot at by Both Sides"



Actually, the full line from Fareed Zakaria’s new article is “We’re in the middle of a civil war and are being shot at by both sides”. And while the “responsible” media has finally been smacked in the face by the brick of reality and has “made the official call” that Iraq is in the midst of a civil war, it is even more clear with each passing day that our troops have absolutely no business being in Iraq any longer. Zakaria lays out some chilling facts with respect to the [...]



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Just A Quick Conversation

But, oh my goodness, it speaks volumes.


‘That’s not what I asked you’



The president held a private reception at the White House shortly after the election for newly-elected members of Congress. Sen.-elect Jim Webb (D-Va.), whose son is a Marine lance corporal serving in Iraq, attended, but had no interest in being phony — Webb skipped the presidential receiving line and declined to have his picture taken [...]



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Tancredo Puts Foot In Mouth

But, likely, still doesn't know it.


Tom Tancredo Calls Miami A Third World Country



Is there nothing Tom Tancredo won't do for a soundbite? He's now called Miami a "third world country." "In South Florida to attend Restoration Weekend, a gathering of conservative activists, the Colorado Republican, whose district includes suburbs of Denver, pointed to Miami as an example of how ''the nature of America can be changed by uncontrolled immigration,'' the story says. ''Look at what has happened to Miami,'' the WorldNetDaily quotes Tancredo as saying in [...]



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The Hadley Memo

What a way to set up a crucial meeting.  Blast the other guy in a scorching memo. 


Lots of cooks in the kitchen now



Bush will meet with al-Maliki in Jordon today to try to get him to step up security in his country. "But in a classified Nov. 8 memo following his Oct. 30 trip to Baghdad, Hadley expressed serious doubts about whether al-Maliki had the capacity to control the sectarian violence in Iraq, and recommended steps to strengthen the [...]



UPDATE:  AP says the big meeting is on hold.  Delayed until Thursday.  That's not a good sign.


UPDATE 2: Just try to make sense out of Bartlett's explanation...


Bartlett On Cancelled Maliki Meeting: ‘It Was Going To Be More Of A Social Meeting Anyway’



Today’s widely anticipated meeting between President Bush and Iraqi Prime Minister Maliki was abruptly canceled. CNN suggests that it “was put off to Thursday after a U.S. memo cast doubt on al-Maliki’s ability to deal with the sectarian warfare in Iraq.” Bush counselor Dan Bartlett put that speculation to rest with this clear explanation: BARTLETT: The [...]



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Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Free Speech

The religious right apparently doesn't think much of it..


The religious right doth protest too much



Following up on an item from last week, the religious right continues to be apoplectic about Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) speaking from Rick Warren’s pulpit at Saddleback Church in California, 30,000-member megachurch. The reaction is far more telling than the invitation. Warren and Obama apparently became friends last year, and have kept in touch. When Warren’s [...]



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Re-Tooling The Military

Think about this one:  The costs to re-tool the military once we get out of Iraq.


Here's a number for you



Col. Lawrence Wilkerson, Colin Powell's former chief of staff, tells me he's been trading emails with folks around town -- generals, colonels, Pentagon officials -- who have been looking carefully and analytically for the [...]



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Too Progressive, I Guess

Yes, indeed. His ideas were just a bit too progressive for Conservative Christians.


President Elect Of Christian Coalition Resigns: Told "Reducing Poverty...Global Warming...Won't Speak To Our Base"...



The president-elect of the Christian Coalition of America, which has long served as a model for activism for the religious right, has stepped down, saying the group resisted his efforts to broaden its agenda to include reducing poverty and fighting global warming. The Rev. Joel C. Hunter, pastor of a Florida megachurch, was named [...]



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The "Gravy Train" Derails

A changing Congress means life for government contractors will be changing.  And not the way they'd like.


Contractors Face More Scrutiny, Pinched Purses: Democrats Vow to Examine Large Deals



After riding high for five years, government contractors are bracing themselves for increased oversight, tighter budgets and stepped-up regulations as Democrats take over on Capitol Hill and vow to keep a closer eye on how companies spend taxpayer dollars. Every company that does business with [...]



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Nice Deal

Talk about an end run around public opinion.  I'd forgotten about this sweetheart deal -


Dubai Ports World auctions off American security



Remember Dubai Ports World? That was the private foreign corporation based in the United Arab Emirates that the White House had set their hearts on out-sourcing US port security to. A huge outcry of public and Congressional indignation stopped them from contracting American security out to a foreign corporation (with alleged ties to Osama bin [...]



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Quote of the Week

Maybe the month. Or the year.


Jimmy Carter: "Iraq Invasion...One Of The Greatest Blunders That American Presidents Have Ever Made"



BLITZER: In the scheme of things, how big of a blunder was it in terms of foreign policy blunders that American presidents has made? CARTER: One of the -- it's going to prove, I believe, to be one of the greatest blunders that American presidents have ever made. BLITZER: Bigger than [...]



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From al-Anbar to Baghdad

But, it Baghdad really any better right now?


Pentagon Considers Major Shift In Iraq Strategy...Troops Pulled From Dangerous al-Anbar, Sent To Baghdad...



ABC News has learned that Pentagon officials are considering a major strategic shift in Iraq, to move U.S. forces out of the dangerous Sunni-dominated al-Anbar province and join the fight to secure Baghdad. The news comes as President Bush prepares to meet with [...]



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It's The Economy

You know all the happy talk in recent months?  About how great the economy is/was? There were critics who didn't buy it then.  And, it looks like they had it right.


Warning Signs



The media is just now noticing that the falling dollar, plunging durable goods orders, falling home prices, over 300,000 weekly first-time filings for unemployment insurance, soft retail sales and profits, and slackening home construction may add up to a problematic 2007? You mean the happy and meaningless talk about [...]



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Ooops

Here's one phone call you have to bet the National Guard wishes it hadn't made! Via John at AmericaBlog.


The National Guard just tried to recruit my 9 year old nephew



Seriously. Dad took the call. The person on the other end wanted to talk to my 9 year old nephew. Dad asked why. Because they wanted him to consider enlisting in the reserves or the National Guard. Dad said there's only one problem, the kid is 9. Person on the other end said oh, well I should probably remove his name from our lists. They said that my nephew probably [...]



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Auditing The Voting Machines

Read this one carefully and note what could happen to the faulty voting machines.  They could be in YOUR precinct next election!


FL-13:  Testing, Testing & A Junk Sale To Boot



In Sarasota County, Florida, home of the touch-screen machines that seem to have eaten some 13,000-15,000 votes, an audit is underway today. That audit, which is open to the public, is obviously being observed by various representatives from the Vern Buchanan ( R) and Christine Jennings (D) campaign, voting rights experts and activists, as well as by state officials.  The audit includes the following: "State auditors will be looking for evidence that computer programs, which tell the machines what to do, were changed in a [...]



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Conversation Starter

Guaranteed to work.  No matter which side you're on!


A ‘direct link’ between mental illness and Bush support



This probably won’t come as a big surprise to any of you, but it’s nevertheless helpful to have empirical data on the subject. (via Tom Tomorrow) A collective “I told you so” will ripple through the world of Bush-bashers once news of Christopher Lohse’s study gets out. Lohse, a social work master’s student at Southern Connecticut State [...]



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Cheney's Weekend Road Trip

Just a little chat with the Saudis. That's all.

Saudi Arabia ’summons’ Cheney

Dick Cheney was in Riyadh over the weekend, but the VP’s office,
which is not exactly forthcoming on a regular basis, was unusually
vague about this trip. According to what Cheney aides were willing to
share, the Vice President traveled half-way around the world for a
two-hour meeting with King Abdullah, then hoped on his [...]



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Hastings Is Out of the Running

Pelosi pulls a surprise move just now

Pelosi Tells Hastings No On Intelligence Chairmanship

As National Journal's CongressDaily reports, after meeting with House Speaker-elect Pelosi this afternoon, Rep. Alcee Hastings
, D-Fla., issued a statement confirming he will not serve as chairman of the House Intelligence Committee."I have been informed by the speaker-elect that I will not serve as [...]



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Quiz Time

It's not very long, but the questions (and answers) will likely give you something to talk about over lunch or dinner. 


How Well Do You Know Muslim Radical?



The key to defeating terror is to defeat radical Islam right? That’s the line we are fed daily from our President, so of course it must be true. So if we need to defeat Radical Islam Inc. (a wholly owned subsidiary of Jihad Unlimited Corp.) we should probably have some idea of who they [...]



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Texas Ethics

  The words "Texas" and "Ethics" really don't fit together, when you're talking politics. 


A Wheelbarrow Full of Cash? Priceless.



And the medal for most imaginative ethics ruling goes to... Texas! From The Houston Chronicle: A Texas official who receives any sum of cash as a gift can satisfy state disclosure laws by reporting the money simply as "currency," without [...]



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Prayer or Terror

It was obviously a tough call for airline officials recently.  I've been critical of the airline for pulling those Imams off a plane, thinking it was a bit over-reactive.  After all, according to the Imams, they were just praying.  Were they?


How the Imams Terrorized an Airliner



It’s becoming quite clear that those six imams removed from a plane at Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport were not simply “praying,” but were deliberately staging an incident for political purposes: How the imams terrorized an airliner. (Hat tip: LGF readers.) "Muslim religious leaders removed from a Minneapolis flight last week exhibited behavior associated with a security probe by terrorists and were not merely [...]



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Digging His Heels In

Looks like George W. Bush isn't going to be open to much in the way of change in Iraq, no matter what the Iraq Study Group says.  No matter what the new Congress suggests.  Pelosi is sounding P-O'd.


Bush: US Is Staying In Iraq...



President Bush, under pressure to change direction in Iraq, said Tuesday he will not be persuaded by any calls to withdraw American troops before the country is stabilized. "There's one thing I'm not going to do, I'm not going to [...]



Over at "The Left Coaster", Steve Soto takes that statement and runs with it -


President Bystander



Why does Bush’s visit to Estonia sound like a Marx Brothers movie to me?  Bush today said that we won’t leave Iraq until the mission is done, and said that the real problem in that country is Al Qaeda pushing the Sunnis and Shiites to attack each other. That gross inflation of Al Qaeda’s role and minimizing of the sectarian violence by a man who [...]



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Fleeing Iraq

It's short.  Take a moment and read it.  This one will stick with you.


"First-hand report from Iraq" (reporter flees Baghdad)



I left my home Monday.  As my family fled the fighting that's engulfed our neighborhood in Baghdad, I gazed out the car window, thinking that I might never again see the fruit stand off our street, the shops where my sisters and I bought soft drinks, the turquoise-domed mosque where we prayed in [...]



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Nostalgia

Just take a moment or two.  And remember a simpler time. 


So, who screwed up our kids? Why can't public schools get these kids to perform......



you know, like we did way back when. How many tests, besides classroom subject tests, did we have in school? (I started kindergarten in 1960something). I'm sure there must have been some kind of standardized test we took that measured our progres. I know it wasn't every other week though! I don't remember at the moment. I just went to school, did what I was told -- LIVED for recess and [...]



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Monday, November 27, 2006

The "Civil War"

As we noted earlier, NBC and MSNBC have decided to call the War in Iraq "Civil War".  Finally.  How does the Right see that?


We've Lost Matt Lauer



NBC Today Show host Matt Lauer has declared that there is a Civil War in Iraq: On the Today Show, [...]



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The "Civil War"

As we noted earlier, NBC and MSNBC have decided to call the War in Iraq "Civil War".  Finally.  How does the Right see that?


We've Lost Matt Lauer



NBC Today Show host Matt Lauer has declared that there is a Civil War in Iraq: On the Today Show, [...]



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Pelosi's Problems

She's creating her own, unique, set of problems.  Avoiding the obvious and making some strange choices.

“She’s angry, associates say…”


We’re not the only ones who think Pelosi has too few political strategists
around her. There used to be two parties. Now, since the election,
there are at least five: centrist Democrats, anti-war Dems, quietly
relieved GOP, bitter GOP, scared GOP. Pelosi is the key straddler of
the Dem parties. She needs to [...]

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He Deserves It

He really does. He's a Limbaugh wanna-be.


Fisking…or… idealogue at work?



BuzzFlash.com guest blogger Jeff Cohen tees off on Glenn Beck and HLN… Turn on CNN Headline News — a supposed “news” channel — on weekday nights and you’ll be subjected to the lectures of a loudmouthed, factually-challenged, occasionally funny know-it-all whose shtick is that he’s “just a regular American schmoe.” His name is Glenn Beck, a [...]



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Tough Talk

Joe Wilson knows the arena.  And he's not optimistic.


Not As Easy As It Looks



In yesterday's book salon, Joe Wilson stopped by and in response to a question regarding Iraq, he said: "[W]ith every passing day the situation becomes ever more grave. I worry that we might actually have to fight our way out. There are no magic bullets." Joe is an experienced diplomat with impressive wartime experience in the region [...]



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How Nice

Arkansas is making headlines.  Again.


Touch-Screen Votes Flipping in Arkansas Run-off Election



Yes, we're as tired of writing about it, as you likely are of reading about it. But as run-off elections proceed (Arkansas' is tomorrow), touch-screen votes are still flipping from one candidate to the other on ES&S' touch-screen machines during early voting. (ES&S made the touch-screen machines in FL-13, btw.) Heber [...]



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The Bush Library

The Arkansas Times compares the Clinton Library costs with the projected costs for the Bush Library. Enjoy -


Gold-plated library



You thought $200 million was a lot for the Clinton Library in Little Rock?  How about a half-a-BILLION bucks for the Bush library in Dallas. That's the tab the NY Daily News is putting on a soon-to-be-announced fund drive. Oh, but wait. It's a library AND [...]



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Religious Schools

There is this line that you really don't want to cross -


Supreme Court upholds Maine law that prevents vouchers for religious schools



Big loss today for theocrats and politicians like George and Jeb Bush who are trying to undermine public education in America. The Supreme Court refused to hear their case against a Maine law that prevents public funding for religious schools: [...]



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Cenk On Iraq

I really wish the "Young Turks" hadn't jumped to Air America.  I miss them on the drive home.  But, it appears, Cenk is still talking long and loud about Iraq -


View: Iraq is 'Completely Hopeless'



Cenk Uygur: Iraq has passed the tipping point. It is spiraling out of control. There are no more solutions. There has never been any good solutions, but now there are no solutions whatsoever. Everyone is wasting their breath trying to figure out a sensible and moderate way out of Iraq. It is completely [...]



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Thanksgiving And Family

Okay, it's a bit dated. Again.  But, still good!


Yes, it's time to gather the family 'round the table for the Thanksgiving meal.  But, for many, this will be one of only a few times during the year that the "family meal" happens.  That, my friends, is a shame.  Unless you have a dysfunctional family!


Family



The NYTimes spotlights one of the all-too-often neglected areas of diplomatic negotiation:  the family meal.  The problem: Americans, as a whole, have lost touch with the ritual of the shared homemade meal. Although we eat at home a lot, the food often is from restaurants or the prepared foods section of the grocery store. Families eat [...]



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Thanksgiving And Family

Okay, it's a bit dated. Again.  But, still good!


Yes, it's time to gather the family 'round the table for the Thanksgiving meal.  But, for many, this will be one of only a few times during the year that the "family meal" happens.  That, my friends, is a shame.  Unless you have a dysfunctional family!


Family



The NYTimes spotlights one of the all-too-often neglected areas of diplomatic negotiation:  the family meal.  The problem: Americans, as a whole, have lost touch with the ritual of the shared homemade meal. Although we eat at home a lot, the food often is from restaurants or the prepared foods section of the grocery store. Families eat [...]



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Iraq Civilian Casualties

This dates back to last week, but I lost track of it over the long weekend. It's still valid tonight.


NBC's Baghdad Bureau Chief debates the numbers, but gets to the bottom line.


The Numbers Game



Today the U.N. mission in Iraq released a new report, saying that 3,709 Iraqi civilians were killed in October, the highest monthly toll since the 2003 U.S. invasion. The Iraqi government disputed this number calling it inaccurate and exaggerated. Whilst [...]



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Olbermann's Success

Whatever it is, it's working for Keith Olbermann and MSNBC.  Guess what?  It's contract time!


Keith Olbermann's Ratings Soar As The Gloves "Come Off"...



The LAT is the latest to come out with a glowing profile of MSNBC'c Keith Olbermann, whose ratings have been a-climbin' in recent months, contributing to and along with those of his network. Matea Gold's article hits on the Olbermann "Special Comments" excoriating the Bush administration, how his leftward tack resonated with viewers who felt unrepresented, and his gleeful attacks on [...]



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Cheney's Status

Is the VP still part of "the in-crowd"?


CQ Analyst Suggests ‘Rumsfeld’s Leaving Is Just The Beginning,’ Cheney Might Be Next



Appearing on MSNBC this afternoon, Congressional Quarterly political analyst Craig Crawford speculated that, as “neocons are heading for the hills,” Dick Cheney may be the next to leave the administration. He claimed the Vice President’s “authority is waning, if not gone.” “And my point is why would he want to stick around in this environment?” [...]



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McCain's Little Stumbles

He's trying to talk the talking points, but they're just not working.


McCain’s mixed messages



For the last couple of weeks, as Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) has been more forceful in his demands for tens of thousands of additional troops in Iraq, his messages have started to conflict a bit. Over the weekend, for example, McCain acknowledged that if his own plan was implemented, “it would be terrible.” He added [...]



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Iraq - The Reality

CNN's Michael Ware tells it like it is when reporting from Baghdad. Follow the link for video of another outstanding report.


Iraq'd



Michael Ware explains Iraq to Kyra Phillips.



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Just In Case

Just in case  you missed it in the hustle and bustle of the Holiday Weekend


Iraq War Now Longer for America Than WW II - And Continuing to Get Worse



While Americans enjoyed family, friends, football and turkey over the long weekend, a regrettable milestone was hit: As of yesterday, the Iraq war, which has gone on for a bit over three years and eight months, has now lasted longer than the U.S. involvement in World War II. Senator John Warner [...]



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Saddam In Charge

Hmmm.  This idea has been bouncing around the blogs for a while now, but it's apparently getting some mainstream notice now.
Iraq: This is how bad it is



Understanding that what is happening in Iraq is out of the control of the US, Jonathan Chait wonders whether bringing back Saddam is such a bad idea. Yes, I know. Hussein is a psychotic mass murderer. Under his rule, Iraqis were [...]



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Like Father, Like Daughter

You could have guessed this one, right?

U.S. Embassy asks Bush twins to leave Argentina



Because the headlines generated by their trip so far have created security concerns, ABC News reports. The twins refused and are sticking to [...]
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The Bush Library

Note: I'm still bouncing around, trying various blogging software alternatives. Just when I think I've found one that's pretty good, things start going wrong. Aaargh!



Looks like they are pretty confident the Bush Base will still open their collective (and individual) checkbooks for his library.

Bush Wants $500 Million To Build His Legacy Library...



He may be a certified lame duck now, but President Bush and his truest

believers are about to launch their final campaign - an eye-popping,

half-billion-dollar drive for the Bush presidential library.Eager to begin refurbishing his tattered legacy, the President hopes to raise $500 million to build his library and a think tank at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. Bush lived in Dallas until [...]

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Figuring The Future

Time to look ahead to 2008 and run the numbers. Just for fun.

“The Math”

Most likely you remember the Karl Rove interview on NPR where he talked about "the math" going into the 2006 election (and my dissection of his craptastic inability to bluff). I may not be a "boy genius," but I can do a little math as well. And the WaPo poses an interesting problem, that is well [...]



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Now, It's Laura's Turn

It appears First Lady Laura Bush has caught the White House "foot in mouth" disease.  She's been dodging it for quite some time, but it looks like the bug has caught up with her.


Woodward serves Laura Bush



On Reliable Sources, Booby Woodward basically called Laura Bush a liar on what she revealed about Donald Rumsfeld's job performance. (the next Medal of Freedom winner?) Tony Snow and Cotton candy is pretty silly.  LAURA BUSH, FIRST LADY: Andy Card, also went on television and said that's not true. And let me just say the one [...]



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Scaling Down in Iraq

Catching up with a bit of chatter based on some of the Sunday talk show activity. Keep in mind, this showed aired Sunday, BEFORE MSNBC announced it was going to refer to the Iraq War as a "civil war" from now on. So, you can't blame Nora for not getting the memo!

Welcome To NoraWorld

For every real journalist that succeeds in presenting the facts in an accurate and unbiased manner, like Solomon Moore from the LA Times, or CNN's Michael Ware and John Roberts, you have a Candy Crowely, or a Nora O'Donnell who consistently exhibits an uncanny ability to avoid the facts, as if these faux journalists were born with an allergy to tidbits of truths.Today on The Chris Matthews Show, MSNBC's Chief Washington correspondent, Nora O'Donnell discussed the Democrats' call for a phased withdrawal of U.S. forces from Iraq. appeared absolutely flabbergasted as to why Democrats were [...]

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Saving History

Here's your quick look at one of the bigger stories floating around the blogs today. It all has to do with George W. Bush's legacy.

Will Bush triangulate to save his presidency? It’s unlikely

Both the NYT and the WaPo have major articles today on how Bush might try to salvage what’s left of his presidency. As Jim Rutenberg sees it, some kind of triangulation strategy is under consideration. "Senior Republican staff members in Congress have voiced the fear that Mr. Bush will now put his legacy over the party’s [...]

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Iraq Violence

More thoughts from a Baghdad dentist. Brace yourselves, this is ugly. Really ugly.

Iraqis Prepare for Further Sectarian Violence

As the cycle of sectarian violence in Baghdad rages on, despite a three-day curfew, many people in the war-torn capital are bracing themselves for what they fear is the worst phase of the war to come.The attack on Sadr City with five car bombs last Thursday will most likely be another turning point, ushering in a rising level of violence in Iraq, just the same as the shrine incident in Samarra last [...]

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Ready to Rumble

It's Monday. Time to get ready to rumble. MSNBC kicked things off this morning, by announcing that they (along with NBC) have decided to start referring to the War in Iraq as a "civil war". That ought to get them booted from White House press briefings! Speaking of war. And peace.

The War on Peace Continues

So a woman hangs a Christmas wreath on her house in the shape of a peace sign- you know, Peace on Earth, Goodwill To Men... her neighbors go apeshit thinking that it's a sign of Satan or an anti-war protest (which perhaps it might be and so the hell what?) And why on earth doesn't the president of the association tell the morons who think it's a satanic symbol that it's not? The homeowners [...]

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Saturday, November 25, 2006

Hagel On Iraq

Strong words from the Republican Senator from Nebraska. Time to sit up and take notice. Follow the link and read it all, via Atrios at Eschaton.

Out



There
will be no victory or defeat for the United States in Iraq. These terms
do not reflect the reality of what is going to happen there. The future
of Iraq was always going to be determined by the Iraqis -- not the
Americans. Iraq is not a prize to be won or lost. It is part of [...]



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Rumsfeld And Torture

Okay. What's wrong with this picture?

Rumsfeld Gave Written Instructions Okaying Torture

Now that Rumsfeld’s been thrown under the bus, revelations come seeping out of the woodwork, with the latest coming from Former U.S. Army Brigadier General Janis Karpinski, who ran Abu Ghraib, according to Reuters: [...]

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Another One You Likely Missed

As the Carpetbagger blogger noted, the interview that forms the basis of this post happened Wednesday night. It probably DOES deserve more attention than it has received.

‘Those on the liberal end of the spectrum…have no value system’


Focus
on the Family’s James Dobson made yet another hour-long
appearance on CNN’s Larry King live this week, and because the
interview was aired the night before Thanksgiving, it didn’t
generate much in the way of attention. Like Fred Clarkson, I think
that’s a shame — Dobson was in rare form.
Dobson said, for example, that [...]

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Saturday Blogging

It'll be a bit sparce today, too. We're running errands and trying to help the new dog adjust to family life. The kids are all scattered after Turkey Day, so we actually have some time to ourselves. But, trust me, there is PLENTY to do! Here's one that caught my eye this AM.

WaPo's Dionne, NYTimes' Krugman: 'Sarasota is Canary in Electronic Voting Coal Mine'


Let's
start with Krugman's "When Votes Disappear":
I've been shocked at how little national attention the mess in Sarasota
has received. Here we have as clear a demonstration as we're ever
likely to see that warnings from computer scientists about the dangers
of paperless electronic voting are valid - and most ...



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Friday, November 24, 2006

The Master Plan

Halftime of the football game. Down by two. Gotta get things back on track in the second half. Two very talented teams out there, I must admit. Here's an interesting something I spotted while waiting for halftime to pass -

Rep. Tancredo: Bush Wants To Merge U.S. With Mexico and Canada

Rep. Tom Tancredo (R-CO), one of the leading voices on immigration for
the right, claims President George W. Bush is plotting to merge the
U.S. with Mexico and Canada. An excerpt from WorldNetDaily:
Tancredo lashed out at the White House’s lack of action in
securing U.S. borders, and said efforts to merge the U.S. with both
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Black Friday

In the office for a while today, then it's back to the couch for the big football game. If you're in the states, it's the CBS national game, 1:30 Central Time. Arkansas vs LSU. Check it out. In the meantime, I'm avoiding the stores and will likely not do much in the way of blogging today. Except to note a couple of things that the gang over at AmericaBlog have posted today - concerning Iraq, where things appear to be deteriorating by the minute.

Baghdad Shiites burn six Sunni worshippers alive

Saddam's WMD: Slingshots and Molotov cocktails

And from Think Progress, this -

Marine Corps ‘can’t maintain [a] surge’ in troop levels.

At a press breakfast yesterday, Marine commandant Gen. James Conway
said that any decision to increase the number of Marines in Iraq -
currently around 23,000 - would have “long-term
repercussions.” “The payback is you can’t maintain
that surge,” Conway said. “‘And it’s probably
going to have an adverse impact’ on the ability to provide [...]







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Thursday, November 23, 2006

Thanksgiving Note

Before the entire day gets away from us, I'm stealing a few moments to post on this Thanksgiving Day, 2006. It's been a good one for us. Kids are here (albeit a short visit) and we had a great meal, including some "new" additions, thanks to daughter and future daughter-in-law. The newbies were green beans, wrapped in bacon and baked in butter and brown sugar plus a really good crockpot stuffing (thanks to son and future daughter-in-law) that was a real hit. A second batch of stuffing (yeah, it was kinda like "Iron Chef" around here today!) compliments of the Mrs. was also a hit. Add in turkey and Cream Cheese Potatoes and a fresh fruit salad and we're all stuffed. Football on the TV, two games down and one to go. Kansas City carries a new importance for daughter. Her boyfriend is from there and she's a big, new, fan! So, I'm off to watch with everyone. It appears (after a short breeze through Bloglines) that there is one big story today. I believe the numbers need to updated, but the basics are here. It's not good, what we're hearing from Iraq today.

Over 130 killed in Baghdad car bombings. Is Cheney headed there?



UPDATE: This is now being called the deadliest insurgent attack since the Iraq war began. Not much to give thanks for in Iraq today. Extreme violence on top of extreme violence:Six car bombs killed more than 130 people Thursday in Baghdad's Sadr City, according to Iraq's health minister. Police had conflicting numbers for those killed and [...]







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Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Striking Description

A true must-read from the Washington Post, via FireDogLake.  This is why so many of the pundits are saying we truly are stuck in Iraq.


Mmmmm…yeah…



Thomas Ricks, author of Fiasco and long-time military affairs reporter, had a very disturbing portrait in the WaPo of the mess that is the "training" of the Iraqi "military": Some advisers reported being personally targeted by infiltrators. "We had insurgents that we detected and arrested in the battalion that were planning an operation against me and my [...]



UPDATE: Okay, friends. On top of the kids coming home, Thanksgiving dinner to fix, etc - we have a new dog in the house.  We recently had to put our little Scottie to sleep and the kids decided Mom needed a replacement.  So, they went to the Animal Shelter and picked out an appropriate dog today.  She's cute. She's five years old. And she's housetrained! But, we'll all be spending some time with her. And our other pup.  Enjoy your time together.


UPDATE 2: Okay, so the Shelter was right. The previous owners turned the dog in because she always dug under the fence. Tongiht, we let her out and noticed she wasn't coming back in. I couldn't find her in the back yard. Daughter and friend took off to look for her, wife started walking.  Daughter called and said the dog was across the street. By the time I got outside, she was three houses up the street.  She went under one fence and then another. I went back in the house and she was at the back door. Looks like we have some fence work to do this weekend.!


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