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Decoding Hoyer: No Help From the AP

I am so tired of not being able to understand "what is important" from a news "report." Or rather, I hate feeling like there is so much more going on in a story, and the reporters and editors who bring me information just can't be bothered to find out what that is. Tell me what I am to understand from this very mixed blurb:
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The man who stole Florida 2000 for Bush gets a fat, sloppy kiss from the Times

Why would anybody consider the Bush family fixer a "statesman"? A statesman is a politician who is dead--and red-faced, shouting James Baker is very much alive. At least as much as any Republican zombie is alive. Sheryl Gay Stolberg teabags with the best of 'em: Read below the fold...

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News From Iraq - Translated from Arabic Media In Iraq.

Here's a round up of what Iraqis are hearing and reading tonight.

The 2 big stories are:

  1. The Baghdad curfew
  2. The Iranian offer to treat Sadr city bombing victims.
Baghdad Curfew
Starting 6a.m. tomorrow the curfew will be lifted for pedestrians only at present it is planned to lift the curfew fully on Monday morning.
Iran's Hospitalisation Offer
Here's part of the health ministry statement:

"The Iranian ambassador in Baghdad has contacted the Department of Health in the Ministry of Health and expressed his country's readiness to treat the Sadr City wounded in hospital in Tehran."
………
"the process of transporting the wounded will begin tomorrow, Sunday."

[This is a very big deal indeed. They'll be treated free. At present there's no free treatment in Iraq for anyone. - markfromireland]

Mosul:
The body of a young man was found in the Karama neighbourhood (East Mosul.) A young woman was shot in the afternoon. wounding a woman in Mosul. Source - Brigadier Abdul Karim Khalaf al-Jabouri to Voices of Iraq
An army officer - Jassim Ahmed Saleh, was shot by a sniper in west Mosul. His condition is said to be serious.
A police checkpoint came under mortar fire - no casualties reported.
Salah al-Din:
A soldier was shot in Ad Duluiyah (near Tikrit).
a police officer holding the rank of major was kidnapped together with three civilians north of Samarra.
Basra
A barrage of six 60-mm mortar shells was fired last night in Abu al-Khasib (20 kilometers south of Basra) to four landed in the main square which injured five civilians.
The British installation near Basra governorate building was mortared . Some civilian I haven't been able to get figures. That installation is attacked with monotonous regularity. I'm surprisedit's even being reported.
Babil (Babylon)
bomb explosion north of Hilla (about 50km). Two Iraqi soldiers wounded. The bombing was the signal for a gunfire attack.
Aziziyah (Kut) Wasit
Clashes occurred five p.m. Baghdad time today in the town of Aziziyah (90 km north of Kut) between Iraqi security forces and a group of unidentified gunmen. No details of casualties yet. The report says that the police in Aziziyah weren't contactable.
Al-Anbar - Fallujah
A Marines sniper deployed on the rooves of buildings in hand Amiriyat al-Fallujah (about 20 km south of the city) shot an elderly man who died of his wounds. There is no indication that he was anything other than an innocent civilian.
A suicide car bomber attacked an American patrol, east of Fallujah today Saturday 25/11/2006 killing four civilians and wounding eight others, including children. He was targeting an American patrol that had just finished a raid on houses in east Fallujah.
Al-Anbar - Hit
Eyewitnesses reported to Aswataliraq that armed men attacked before noon today, a military bridge at the town of Hit in Anbar province. The confrontation lasted about 15 minutes. no reports of casualties. Interestingly they were armed with precision rifles as well as machine guns.
There've been a lot of "incidents in Hit lately - mfi.
Baghdad: - abduction
Armed men kidnapped 12 Iraqi citizens living in Western Baghdad yesterday evening. They demanded a US$40,000 ransom for their release.

[That's a big jump until a few weeks ago the standard ransom was US$30,000 - markfromireland ]
According to witnesses some of whom were relatives of the hostages the kidnappers were traveling in government cars and wearing the uniform of the Iraqi National Guard.

[Surprise surprise - markfromireland ]
Najaf - kidnap gang
According to Aswataliraq the gang that's been operating in Al-Ansar, Najaf, kidnapping women for sale in "neighbouring countries" suffered a major setback. Police stormed a house and arrested several of them - all the accused are from Al-Azhar. The accused include Hassan Jawad Kadhim Algelaui and his wife.
Kirkuk: failed bombing
Two men were killed as they tried to plant a bomb according to Colonel Yadkar Muhammad of the police in Kirkuk.
[Their colleagues who blew themselves to smithereens in Kirkuk on Monday trying the same thing still haven't been identified chiefly because the pieces were so small. - mfi]

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Ah, the hearty happy humor of prison rape!

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The incarceration-industrial complex is one of those subjects so big as to tempt one to avoid it, daunted by the question of where to even start. Fortunately some people are braver than I am and stand up for the locked up. They are not amused by a new comedy about to hit theaters. From the Richmond VA Times Dispatch:
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Bush to meet Iraqi President--in Jordan?!?!

Apparently so.

So, we're doing so well over there that we can't even protect Bush when he flies in on Air Force One? I mean, lame duck we know all about, but sitting duck?

Bush has well and truly fucked us over there, hasn't he? Read below the fold...

Spirited Away!

What a great, great movie/animation/whatever. Now I have to go find My Neighbor Totoro...

Yeah, yeah, so I'm a little late catching up on my popular culture. I don't want to trash Disney (Leah)... Read below the fold...

chicago dyke's picture

A Peace Offering to Evangelicals

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This is a very, very important quote, from a source I hope is informed and worth our attention:

"To tell you the truth, I feel like there are literally millions of evangelical Christians that don't have a home right now," Hunter said

Who said this? Go read the whole thing and find out. But here's my offer: Christians, I offer you an atheist olive branch. Come back to the teachings of Your Lord, and I will link hands with you. I mean this in honest, heartfelt sincerity. Really. Read below the fold...

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I Have Always Hated "Seinfeld"

Update: more Construction Period issues with formatting, forgive the lack of spacing.

Warning: gut level, angry post.

No, really. I have always hated the show, not found it funny, and been annoyed with it. For years, I've said so, only to be told of how "boring, dour, unfunny and lame" I am. All that is probably true. But let me put it to you plainly, in the way that I initially reacted to the show, when told ('cause even back then I didn't watch a lot) I simply had to see it: Read below the fold...

Is it always good to have more choices?

See this lovely example: The OFF button for Windoze Vista:

Every time you want to leave your computer, you have to choose between nine, count them, nine options: two icons and seven menu items.

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Hate the sin and the sinner

I always find it disingenuous when people who know what's going on in this country say they don't hate Bush.

What do you have to do to be worthy of hate?

Shouldn't you hate someone who causes hundreds of thousands of deaths on the merest of whims?

Shouldn't you hate someone who defiles what just might have been the greatest country on earth — bringing in torture, theocracy, election fraud, abandonment of hurricane victims, and a massive transfer of wealth... to the most wealthy?

As for you, is "hate" too strong a word? Not strong enough?

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Framing: People Party vs Money Party

Sirota has two good pieces up about the foolishness of clinging to terms like "Democrat" and "Republican" and of worrying about "bipartisanship" and "centrist mandates." They're very good, and I want to be among the first voices joining his, as progressives understand the opportunities and challenges of this incoming Congress and what can be done there. Read below the fold...

The Endgame Draws Near

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Hair-raising comment at Juan Cole today. This is from an email he received from someone he identifies only as "a professional who used to be in Iraq but now is in a nearby country" but it should scare the crap out of...well, just about anybody. The correspondent talks first about the fact that there are now no neurosurgeons or cardiac surgeons in Iraq because they have either been killed or fled the country. Read below the fold...

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Has anyone seen "Dan Rather Reporting" yet?

I was all prepared to be a fluttery hero-worshipping little turtledove when it started, and then I realized ... I don't have the HDTV channel... Read below the fold...

chicago dyke's picture

Say Hello To

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http://hangoverjournal.blogspot.com (mid construction posting means you have to cut and paste) The Hangover Journals. So very American. Read below the fold...

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We Didn't Start the Fire ...

Billy Joel's song gets it right, but there's more to the story than a list of famous names and events. Since the fire flared up Nov. 7th, though, let's keep the candles burning....

The Video Read below the fold...

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