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The new era of everyone else's responsibility

McCain...

...took a shot at Democrats who say the United States must bring some troops home within four to six months.

"I believe these individuals... have a responsibility to tell us what they believe are the consequences of withdrawal in Iraq," he said. "If we walk away from Iraq, we'll be back, possibly in the context of a wider war in the world's most volatile region."

That does sound like a big responsibility. Unlike, say, being one of Operation Pandora's biggest cheerleaders. Read more about The new era of everyone else's responsibility

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Lights Out in Iraq

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Let's just put this myth to rest: living conditions in Iraq suck, and are getting worse. They aren't even as 'good' as under Saddam:

By Ali al-Mawsawi
Azzaman, January 10, 2007

There is no electricity in Baghdad and the city of nearly 6 million people spends its nights in total darkness.

The Ministry of Electricity says the total outage is the result of sabotage in which power lines feeding Baghdad were knocked out.

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Iran: Time to Freak Out?

Steve seems to be buggin. Those are only two of many pieces I've read this week, which are claiming that the rumors we've heard for so long are true, and that now is when Hersh's words will come back to haunt us. Lambert riffs off Glenn. Read more about Iran: Time to Freak Out?

Misogynist of the Day

Another Heather MOTD. Peggy Noonan today in the Wall Street Journal:

[The Democrats seemed] wholly unserious in their thoughts and approach. When Nancy Pelosi showed up at the White House Wednesday to talk with the president it was obvious she'd spent a lot of time thinking about . . . what to wear. She wrapped herself in a rich red shawl. Dick Morris said it looked like a straitjacket. I thought she looked like a particularly colorful mummy.

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The Real Red State America

Technology is cool. The reason this sort of project is important: even an idiot can see, and no longer deny, the disparity of our "justice" system. They even came up with a catchy meme: the million dollar block. Who knew there was such a gold mine in Harlem? Read more about The Real Red State America

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War of Tomorrow, Surge of Today

Via Defense Tech, I came across this detailed report on the tactics and weaponry of the future, and I was interested. The guys at DT love their toys, and despite mocking the rhetoric a bit, generally approved Turse's review of developing military technologies. But I found myself thinking about the Surge, and the failures of Iraq.

Turse identifies a new (old?) direction in military planning: containing the urban superslum.
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Would You Trust This Man With 20,000 More Lives?

He's a fucking addict, remember? His solutions are always to increase the amount of whatever it is that isn't working: booze, coke, oil, sex, god, soldiers--increase the number of whatever he was into and somehow what had failed to bring him to climax before would now make a drug party the whole family could love. Think of Bush as our very first truly post-post-modern junkie President. Read more about Would You Trust This Man With 20,000 More Lives?

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NOW Hear This! Now HEAR This! Now Hear THIS!

Spocko> continues fighting the good fight vs. All-Hate-Radio -- show the Vulcan some love! Read more about NOW Hear This! Now HEAR This! Now Hear THIS!

And speaking of the sin of good judgment...

Pravda on the Potomac's demoted Froomkin. He used to be at the top of the "Today's Editorials, Opinions, Columns" dropdown. Now he's all the way down in No Man's Land at the very bottom, where you've got to scroll to get to him.

froomkin_demoted

WaPo management: If Froomkin's traffic drops, it's because you buried the link to his column where nobody can fucking find it. Read more about And speaking of the sin of good judgment...

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Irrational Fear of the Dirty Hippies Meme

In my most cynical moments (pretty much every waking or sleepless hour lately) I suspect that the reason many A-list progressive bloggers have not come out strongly in support of blocking funds for the escalation (and other measures that would actually stop the War) is that they are scared of the DFH meme. They know the meme is bullshit, but they fear it's awesome power over the American Public. They're scared that if the Dems do put an end the carnage in Iraq, they will be blamed for "losing the war", Americans will buy this and will therefore vote Republican in 2008. Read more about Irrational Fear of the Dirty Hippies Meme

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Somalia - The next Dubai??? Surge!!!

 

I know it’s scary isn’t it. The Surge Theory.

With the Islamic Courts smashed, the most organized and dedicated fighting force in the country is gone. But not completely, most members of the Islamic courts are still around, and will revive the organization in the next few months. They will be opposed by a stronger Transitional Government.

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Everything's peachy keen!

Jim Marshall is confused about whom he represents. Is it the Third or the Eighth District?

And is it the Democratic Party or Georgia for Lieberman? Read more about Everything's peachy keen!

Bush speech a shell game: He plays us on Iraq while preparing to attack Iran

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Clusterfuckalypse Now, anyone?

The shell game is a short con, where the con man's hand is quicker than our eyes. Bush (really his backers) is the con man. The fake players are muscle to keep off the cops (NSA, FBI, CIA), or shills, who pretend to play the rigged game to suck us in (the SCLM and the VRWC).

And we're the marks. Our eyes are focused on Iraq. But the real action is Iran. That's the con. Read more about Bush speech a shell game: He plays us on Iraq while preparing to attack Iran

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Listen to the Animals

So the theme today is animals? Do I get that right? Ok, I was gonna do one anyway. Perhaps you remember this heartwarming story of why keeping some goats is good for your insurance rates:

In the time of chimpanzees I was a monkey

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bush_speech The camera doesn't lie, does it? Take a look at that face. That's Bush as he tossed another 20,000 unarmored citizens into the Iraqi meatgrinder. Look into his soul. Read his body language. That's what Howard Fineman did: Read more about In the time of chimpanzees I was a monkey

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