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In a second day of major bloodshed, two suicide bombers wearing explosive vests blew themselves up at the gates of a Shi'ite Muslim shrine in Baghdad on Friday, killing 60 people, Iraqi police said.

The attack was the deadliest single incident in Iraq since 63 people died in a truck bomb blast in Baghdad on June 17 last year, and came amid growing concerns that a recent drop in violence might turn out to have been just a temporary lull.

Remind me again who Timmy's boss is?

A chilling vignette on Geithner from Portfolio: Read more about Remind me again who Timmy's boss is?

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Why do they do it? Because they can. YES THEY CAN.

It appears the Obama administration is looking to rollback the rights of defendants. Why? Well, basically, because they can:

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is asking the Supreme Court to overrule longstanding law that stops police from initiating questions unless a defendant’s lawyer is present, another stark example of the White House seeking to limit rather than expand rights.


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Will Harry Reid snatch defeat from the jaws of victory?

Chris Bowers:

If Democrats provide cheaper and more accessible health care to Americans, Republicans have promised to publicly turn themselves into the biggest partisan assholes of the last forty years.

Seriously. That is the actual political calculation Senate Democrats face on health care reform right now. It is the most obvious win-win political calculation Democrats have been presented with during my entire lifetime.

The Republicans plan the destabilize the country through a process of legislative sabotage. It would be easy for Harry Reid to expose this, but that depends upon whether he wants to. Read more about Will Harry Reid snatch defeat from the jaws of victory?

Remind me again why we're kowtowing to the forced pregnancy loons?

They're holding Sibelius up, and confirming her is going to require 60 votes (translation: Filibuster, except it's not a filibuster when Republicans do it, and we have a free press, and up is down). Anyhow, what Reid should do is let 'em filibuster. But the old-fashioned way Read more about Remind me again why we're kowtowing to the forced pregnancy loons?

Larry, Larry, oh no, you gotta go

I'd been wondering where the switch was. Apparently, Larry's asleep at it. Read more about Larry, Larry, oh no, you gotta go

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Is it wrong to respect a Fox Anchor?

Why are the banksters still running the country?

James Kwok:

For a snapshot of what’s wrong with our banking policy, look at the front page of the business section of today’s New York Times. On the left side: “U.S. in Standoff with Banks over Chrysler.” On the right side: “Banks Show Clout on Legislation to Help Consumers.”

How to hustle free drinks

Here. The interesting part of the post, though, is the idea of "The Proposition Bet":

The main theme of all these hustles is something called a Propostion Bet. Basically, a proposition bet is a challenge which looks like it only has one outcome...and it always favors the person placing the wager. That's because you know something the other folks don't. You know the 'challenge' is always going to go your way.

TALF tanking

What Pravda says, anyhow:

Officials envisioned TALF supporting tens of billions of dollars a month in new lending, saying it could eventually total $1 trillion. But in March, when it was launched, it backed only $4.7 billion in auto loans and credit cards. For April, it logged only $1.7 billion.

Deep thought

One really good way for Democrats to show people they're not the same as Republicans would be to prosecute Republican criminals.

And those of their own who are also criminals, of course. Read more about Deep thought

"Learned helplessness"

Well, that's the theory our elite runs the country on, so why wouldn't they they think "learned helplessness" would work on captives? Hence, torture. Read the whole Times article for the detail, which is startlingly congruent with M. Scott Peck's idea that evil is a form of laziness. Read more about "Learned helplessness"


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