Bush held his last presser of the year today.
His solution for what ails us: "I encourage you all to go shopping more."
If we don't, how will we achieve that biblical ideal of "a shining mall on a hill"?
A few quick takes...
Though reporters have taken up his "surge" framing to describe throwing more young American bodies onto the funeral pyre that is the O.I.L. mission, he was tentative about saying that the new troops he wants will be added to Iraq — as opposed to, maybe, relieving some of our overtaxed soldiers or giving us five or ten guys who can guard us while the rest of our forces chow down on Iraqi chocolates. Read more about Last gas(p) before new year
Via Phoenix Woman, we find out that Lieberman is full of shit. I hope the Lamont campaign gets the apology they deserve, although I highly doubt they will.
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I get all misty eyed when I read Royko. I mean really. There is just something about politics in Chicago. The city, its culture, its history are all cut form the same cloth -burlap. FYI â€“ Obama is from Hawaii. This hard scrabble sensibility that understands urban Americana - twisted. Daley reminds me of Robert Hansen, sociopathic ideologues who yearn for order. Sounds like someone we all know. Read more about Don't get caught - Royko on Daley or - Chicago
If you thought the US military was way too big, and a danger to its own country and the rest of the world, how would you go about reducing it, or at least its effectiveness in imposing imperialism? It was by all measures and estimations the most indominable force ever assembled...but now?
President Bush acknowledged for the first time yesterday that the United States is not winning the war in Iraq and said he plans to expand the overall size of the "stressed" U.S. armed forces to meet the challenges of a long-term global struggle against terrorists.
Miriam Shear says she was traveling to pray at the Western Wall in Jerusalem's Old City early on November 24 when a group of ultra-Orthodox (Haredi) men attacked her for refusing to move to the back of the Egged No. 2 bus. She is now in touch with several legal advocacy and women's organizations, and at the same time, waiting for the police to apprehend her attackers.
People passing by the vice president's residence over the weekend were shocked to see a dead deer on his lawn. "Who killed it!?" asked one horrified witness. "The deer has been there a while, because a friend E-mailed me earlier this morning to report the sad sighting. I just saw it myself, in a cab going down [Massachusetts Ave.]. I'm crying."
Coverage on this one has been pretty scanty, and there are some obvious questions to ask: Read more about What's with the dead deer on Dick Cheney's front lawn?
Bush to Work With Democrats
[Pause for hysterical laughter, followed by thudding sound as of forehead hitting wet bar, followed by sobbing, breaking glass, screams.]
During an Oval Office interview with The Washington Post, Bush said voters are "sick and tired of the needless partisanship in Washington..."
[More breaking glass, screams.] Read more about When narratives collide!
Harry Reid speaks out AGAINST troop increases at HuffPo:
Frankly, I don't believe that more troops is the answer for Iraq. It's a civil war and America should not be policing a Sunni-Shia conflict. In addition, we don't have the additional forces to put in there. We obviously want to support what commanders in the field say they need, but apparently even the Joint Chiefs do not support increased combat forces for Baghdad.
Last night when I stopped at the Crackhead Market at the bottom of The Hill to get a soda for the ride into the big city, the featured item next to the cash register was Toby Keith's "Angry American Chopper", presumably destined to be a big hit this Christmas in the trailer courts surrounding the market and making up much of its clientele. Read more about Stocking stuffer