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Olberman to hold Dems accountable too


Last week, [Olbermann] delivered one of his trademark blistering critiques of the country's leadership — this time charging that President Bush failed to learn the lessons of Vietnam by perpetuating the "monumental lie that is our presence in Iraq." And don't think the victors of the midterm election are going to escape his sharp tongue.

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On the nature of "the vital center"

There's been a good deal of serious, prayerfully considered (not) discussion today on what it means to be a Centrist.

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Watchdog holds skits so Congressional staffers can see what oversight actually looks like

I kid you not. WaPo:

In September, the Project on Government Oversight, a watchdog group, began holding seminars for Hill workers of both parties on how to conduct investigations, including sessions on the anatomy of a government contract and skits in which oversight hearings were acted out. About 150 people have attended the sessions, said Jennifer Gore, the group's spokeswoman.

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For some reason, nobody wants to work with Condi


Another Republican rat leaves the sinking ship. WaPo:

One of Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice's closest advisers said yesterday that he will resign at the end of the year, depriving her of a key sounding board at a time when she is still searching for a new deputy and faces difficult challenges in the Middle East.

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Pelosi: No on Hastings

Thank the God of your choice. We can't be making impeached judges chairs of the intelligence committees, because the number one priority is restoring Constitutional government. That's going to get very rough, very fast, and the chair can't have baggage. AP: Read below the fold...

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Shoshone being pushed off land – again! ?!

Seriously, not a word from MSM.

The ranch sits atop some of the most valuable real estate in the world. It is the second-largest gold producing region on earth. Mount Tenabo is estimated to be worth $8 billion to the Gold Mining industries - but to the Western Shoshone, it is one of their most revered spiritual sites. Fishel, of the Western Shoshone defence project, told Al Jazeera: "They are offering the Shoshone people approximately 15 cents an acre. And at the same time they then turned around and were waiting to open up the same land for privatisation for multinational corporate interest." Speaking to Al Jazeera English, Dann said: "I can't believe that this is happening supposedly in America where everybody talks about democracy, and how good democracy is. As far as the indigenous people go, we have not seen that democracy." Dann is actively challenging the legality of the US government's claim of ownership to millions of acres of traditional Shoshone territory. But the US bureau of land management insists that Dann has broken the law by not applying for a grazing licence and refusal to pay fees. >>

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Corporate Media "emboldened" to tell the truth now?

Wouldn't that be cool. The LAT on NBC's shocking decision to disagree with the White House's version of reality:

Words have power, and naming it a civil war does begin to shape people's perception of what's happening there," said Thomas Hollihan, a professor at USC's Annenberg School for Communication who studies political rhetoric.

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One more digital timesink. Or not. I am so behind the times.

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Iraq: The Republicans have fucked us so badly

Amazingly, an ISG member leaks to Kos (Can you say "disintermediation"? I thought you could! I'm proud of you!) The whole post is well worth a read, but here the highlights: Read below the fold...

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Ahem, Mr. Morris. Your attitude is displeasing. I don't think I can top this total smackdown, but to say that I don't even give it six months. Corporate arrogance never ceases to amaze me. This may be a "product review" but it feels political to me:

No, the Zune's sole wireless feature is "squirting" -- I know, I know, it's Microsoft's term, not mine -- music and pictures to any other Zune device within direct Wi-Fi range. Even if the track is inherently free (like a podcast) the Zune wraps it in a DRM scheme that causes the track to self-destruct after three days or three plays, whichever comes first. Read below the fold...
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The sand is running out of Iraq's hourglass...

For a dire prediction, read what Dale R. Davis, a Middle East Specialist and former Marine Counterterrorism officer who knows the Middle East well, has to say about "The Perfect Storm in the Middle East": Read below the fold...

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Reflections after the Election

I wonder what will happen now that the election is secured and the conservatives have won? The economy won’t be able to withstand the Iranian oil bourse coupled with an exit from the dollar by China. If/when, that happens, this will be the beginning of an incredibly painful correction in the American way of life. Read below the fold...

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Corporate Restructuring That Might Do Some Good


No CEO, CIO, or CFO ought to make more than twice as much money as the average of the frontline workers. Outsource some of that GOP greed!!! Ford's going to lay off four factories full of workers in a futile effort to return the corporation to profitability. Better they should fire that guy they hired away from Boeing : NOBODY is worth that much money, especially when the company is going under. Plus, he couldn't build a decent Mustang to save his Camry-driving life. Poseur. Read below the fold...

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Fairytale Endings

The End of "The Emperor's New Clothes":

"But he has nothing at all on!" at last cried out all the people. The Emperor was vexed, for he knew that the people were right; but he thought the procession must go on now! And the lords of the bedchamber took greater pains than ever, to appear holding up a train, although, in reality, there was no train to hold.

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