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More new euphemisms for torture

Iraq isn't the only place where shit's dripping. Let's watch our famous free press and Bush do the Cleveland steamer on new euphemisms for torture. First, let's forget about that bogus "clarity" for young professionals talking point that Bush was trying to get the gullible to accept. The law is vague: Read below the fold...

Only the Republicans would set up a court system so they can run show trial attack ads during an election

No decency. No shame. AP:

With control of both chambers of Congress in play, the legislation could let the president begin prosecuting terrorists connected to the Sept. 11 attacks just as voters head to the polls. Republicans are also hoping to use opposition by Democrats as fodder for criticizing them during the campaign.

I imagine, however, that they'll hold off in the televised executions until 2008. Read below the fold...

George Felix, George Felix, Just Quit The Race Now!

Oh my. This was the best laugh I've had in months. George Felix Allen, "Sen. Macaca," he of the innocent wandering deer head in the mailbox, has been denounced for his racial views and--in particular--use of the symbols of the Old Confederacy by...

...The Sons of Confederate Veterans.

From the International Herald Tribune/AP:
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Now that it's too late, the NY Times Speaks Up

Here’s what happens when this irresponsible Congress railroads a profoundly important bill to serve the mindless politics of a midterm election: The Bush administration uses Republicans’ fear of losing their majority to push through ghastly ideas about antiterrorism that will make American troops less safe and do lasting damage to our 217-year-old nation of laws — while actually doing nothing to protect the nation from terrorists. Democrats betray their principles to avoid last-minute attack ads. Our democracy is the big loser.

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Woodward Remembers Job, Turns on Bush

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Josh Marshall's got a big one. From a press release/teaser for this week's 60 Minutes:
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Political Quote O' the Day

This is from Taegan Goddard's Political Wire, a site I highly recommend for political junkies who find running with the Rabid Lambs too confusing/exhausting or whatever. Short posts, heavy on breaking polling news, good joint for a quick hit. Anyway, PW has a cute item up this morning from the Missing Man of CT Politics:

"I think he's very concerned that we're within striking distance of winning this." Read below the fold...
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Whole Lott of Stereotypin' Goin' On

So the House passed the latest reversal of the Magna Carta without a sweat, aiming their usual transparently false accusations of "coddling" at those who saw the Act for what it is--an attack on American ideals, the Constitution, and a big fuck-you to the rest of the world just guaranteed to do bin Laden's propaganda work for him. Read below the fold...

Feces and urine rain on police cadets as Bush "reconstructs" Iraq

Thank the God of Your Choice that we in the blogosphere can say Shit! Beccause this story demands it!

Scat, Republicans! Scat! Scat!:

A $75 million project to build the largest police academy in Iraq has been so grossly mismanaged that the campus now poses health risks to recruits and might need to be partially demolished, U.S. investigators have found.

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More on Prisons You Should Read

From reader Kelley B: gulags you can love. Glad to know one can find this in so many outlets in the domestic press. Not.

Light posting for through weekend, I'm on the road and looking for trouble. I figure I should enjoy my freedom before they take it away. Read below the fold...

While Congress flushes habeas corpus and the separation of powers down the toilet, where's Broder?

Dean Floater's penning hagiography to Arnold. Gag.

What is this "independence" of which Broder speaks?

Oh, I know. It's a spoiler party designed to elect John McCain. How transparent. Read below the fold...

"Enemy combatant" means you

The Grey Lady wakes from slumber on the Republican pro-torture bill:

Enemy Combatants: A dangerously broad definition of “illegal enemy combatant” in the bill could subject legal residents of the United States, as well as foreign citizens living in their own countries, to summary arrest and indefinite detention with no hope of appeal. The president could give the power to apply this label to anyone he wanted.

Filibuster!

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Irony shrugs off impending doom: Welcome to Bush. League. Nation.

Story of The _Ballpark_At_Arlington

Bush league (From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia) Bush league is a general term used to describe an action or thing as being amateur, inferior or crude. In a literal sense, it refers to a low- quality minor league in baseball not associated with any of the major league teams. The term originated from the state of minor-league fields that often were ringed with shrubs and bushes.

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Has it been that long, really?

Look who's 8 years old today:

Started something, didn't they? Read below the fold...

What's in the NIE that Bush wants to hide? Domestic operations

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It would be irresponsible not to speculate. If Bush's past behavior on warrantless surveillance is any guide, he's trying to hide domestic operations by keeping most of the NIE secret. By now, we know the playbook. Read below the fold...

What's the hurry on the pro-torture bill? Show trials will be the October surprise!

I've always wondered why the big rush to pass the pro-torture detainee bill.

"Time is of the essence," said Rep. Tom Cole (news, bio, voting record), R-Okla. "We must move this legislation to the president's desk."

But why? After all, habeas corpus has been part of our common law tradition for almost a millenium, since the Magna Carta; and the principle of judicial review is part of our Constitutional system of checks and balances. Read below the fold...

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