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Le mot du jour

Dana Milbank's semiotic analysis of Bush's press conference notes the idiosyncratic ways that the President bobbed and wove. As with last month's torture talk, the more he had to bob, the more he talked about weaving: running out the clock with Eddie Haskellesque fawning over reporters' apparel, as opposed to confessing "I got nuthin'." Read below the fold...

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"Thank God Cory Lidle's a Lousy Pilot"

...says Denny Hastert.

Wow. I mean come on CNN. Isn't there anything else to talk about?

If Mr. And Mrs. Smith from Brooklyn had been flying that plane we wouldn't be hearing anything about it at all. Read below the fold...

Dems: It's the abuse of power, stupid

As we've been saying. Now the Dems are saying it, in a close race in Ohio. New York Times: Read below the fold...

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Perfect Holiday Gift for George W. Bush

Hastert, Reynolds radioactive

And it couldn't happen to a nicer bunch of pedophile-enabling authoritarian death cultists. WaPo:

Weeks before the Nov. 7 elections, the Mark Foley scandal and its aftermath have already had a visible effect on Republican prospects: Speaker J. Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) and Rep. Thomas M. Reynolds (R-N.Y.), the two men leading the GOP efforts to keep power in the House, have both been largely sidelined from the public campaign.

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Goodnight, moon

First night with the wood stove.

Winter's coming! Read below the fold...

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When Humor and Irony have a Baby

We can alllaugh. What's funnier? The music, the models, or the promises? It reminds me of high school, for some strange reason... Read below the fold...

Compromised AP reporter Solomon pens a second hit piece on Reid

No point giving AP any hits; Lord Kos does an excellent takedown of John Solomon's story.

But let's remember the nugget Xan dug up on Solomon, when he did his first non-story smear on Harry Reid (boxing tickets):

Go read this piece from 2003 from the Center for Public Integrity and decide for yourself:

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When Some Pilot's

luck runs out
Run in circles
Scream and shout

--Burma Shave Read below the fold...

ABC: It's the abuse of power, stupid

Finally, somebody picks up on this. ABC:

[This] should be the key bit of learning from this entire tawdry affair. The principals involved — Foley and Rep. Dennis Hastert, R-Ill., the speaker of the House — offer some key lessons about abuse of power and the unwillingness of leaders to deal with that abuse.

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Wow! It's a campaign speech!

Bush grabs all the networks for a presser on Korea and the excellence of Iraq and the first words out of his mouth are about tax cuts!

Give me a fucking break!

"[BUSH] I also want to talk about the unfolding situation in North Korea..."

Nuclear!

Nuclear!

NOT NUK-U-LAR!

UPDATE "We're on the move! We're taking action! We're helping this young democracy succeed!"

He's got this weird querolous rising intonation--he's exasperated because people don't seem to understand and won't fall in line. Read below the fold...

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Owl Pellets of Progress

Departments: 

Remember the howls of derision that greeted The Lancet's now 2-year old report of 100,000 civilian deaths in Iraq? Well, the study has been updated, so prepare for the screech owls of denial to tune up for a mass hoot: Read below the fold...

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Government Successfully Encouraging Kids to Do Drugs

Your tax dollars at work:

The effectiveness of government-produced ads in curtailing drug use has long been a matter of debate. At the start of its media campaign in 1998, the ONDCP hired Westat, a firm that specializes in research for government, to gauge whether the advertisements were decreasing drug use among youth. Westat analyzed parents' and teenagers' responses to the ads and concluded that the messages did not lead young people to disapprove of drug use. In fact, researchers concluded the opposite, finding that in some cases the ads increased first-time marijuana use.

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