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Orion Shall Rise

Somebody at NASA has a sense of humor, I guess. "I hope" might be more like it. "Orion" is Name of New Moonship,Astronaut Lets Slip.

Why is this funny? Project Orion was the name of a breathtaking plan to kickstart--you should pardon the expression--the US space program by launching really big payloads 'n' cargoes into space. How, pray tell?

Nukes. Read below the fold...

ACLU vs. NSA: It's very simple. Bush broke the law

As we've said from the beginning, the issue on warrantless surveillance is that Bush broke the law. And when the Times finally decided to break the story of Bush's warrantless surveillance program (after seeing Him safely into office for a second term), even Barron's agreed. Read below the fold...

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A Debt So Vast It Can't Be Paid

A while back I wrote lyrics for a song titled "The Algebra of Death and Guns"* (since retitled "A Debt So Vast It Can't Be Paid") with no idea what music might go with them (hint: I often have no idea what a song I write might sound like). Mentata, who did the music and vocals for Jam It In Your Craw, Boys has once again proven his mettle with his rendering of those hard, sad lyrics (written about the events that took place in Haditha, Iraq) into music. Read below the fold...

Bush loves fart jokes, says U.S. News

So, what's all this I hear about "cutting and running"?* (US News via (Kos)): Read below the fold...

For Ho Lieberman, Republican, a call to obey the law is a dirty trick



A group whose members describe themselves as peace activists asked Sharon Ferrucci, Democratic registrar of voters in New Haven, to remove Lieberman from the party, arguing that he cannot be a Democrat while running under another party's banner.

Lieberman campaign manager Sherry Brown branded the effort "dirty political tricks at its worst."

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They keep dying, and the war goes on


read at Kos' place. The diarist speaks for me:

"If you want to see their names and how and where they died, go to Coalition Casualties and search on "Female".

I'd like everyone who has some kind of problem with feminism to look long and hard at the faces of these women and consider the fact that they died for YOU and they were doing a man's job." Read below the fold...

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Skool Daze

This conversation was started by those with whom I disgree, but respect. I hope I'm not pissing too many off.

I have had many jobs in my life, some of which I am proud, others that I am only glad to have passed on and left behind. One job I have nothing but pride about concerns the time I spent after taking my baccalaureate, when I was a recent Biology degree holder thinking about medical school. I was (Junior) Medical Director for an assisted living group home, and beneficiary of some very new Clinton administration regulations which helped to “mainstream” the developmentally disabled into “normal” communities, by funding residences for the former class, living in what as known as the “luxury” of the post-Ronnie horror of the only slightly mendaciously termed ‘group homes.’ Read below the fold...

Goodnight, moon

Hey, one of my pumpkins is turning orange!

Granted, it's the size of a grapefruit. But still--What a triumph! Read below the fold...

Can we have some smash-mouth Democrats, please?

Digby shows 'em how:

Codpiece quoted General Abazaid (God help us) in his press conference today with what I assume Karl and Karen think is a new twist on their favorite zinger:

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Arrested for driving with cash

Talk Left:

The 8th Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that driving with cash is evidence of drug activity and may be seized. The money had been seized during an Indiana traffic stop.

Of course, these guys had a lot of cash, plus they were they were the wrong color, so "ipso facto" they were dealers. Read below the fold...

Protect your searches from authoritarian surveillance with Firefox plugin


TrackMeNot is a browser extension that protects web-searchers against surveillance and data-profiling. It does so not by means of concealment or encryption (i.e. covering one's trail), but instead, paradoxically, by the opposite strategy: noise and obfuscation. With TrackMeNot, actual web searches, lost in a cloud of false leads, are essentially hidden in plain view. User-installed TrackMeNot works with the Firefox Browser and popular search engines, e.g. AOL, Yahoo!, Google, and MSN.

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The mother of all walkbacks: Bush admits Iraq had "nothing" to do with 9/11

The transcript:

[BUSH] The terrorists attacked us and killed 3,000 of our citizens before we started the freedom agenda in the Middle East. They were …

Q: What did Iraqi have to do with that?

BUSH: What did Iraq have to do with what?

Q: The attacks upon the World Trade Center.

Bush: Nothing.

Right. OK, got that part. Read below the fold...

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Today's Public Service Announcement

Troy McClure Voice

Hi there! I'm Geeky McIdiot. You may remember me from such films as "Star Wars: The Screensaver" and "Science Babes Gone Wild." I'm here to remind you to never, ever, not even if it brought about the end of the Bush Regime, forget to back up your machine.

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Bush presser meltdown


Bush said Monday the United States would lose "our soul as a nation" if it gave up on the Iraq war now.

Last I checked, nations didn't have souls. I mean, they could hardly [derive] their just powers from the consent of the governed if they did have souls, could they?

So, is this some kind of dog whistle to the base that I can't hear? Read below the fold...

Lieberman: "Honey, you know I love you! That elephant doesn't mean anything to me!"

How could anybody (and you know who I'm talking about) fall for this? The Times:

While [Lieberman] has received widespread support from local and national Republican leaders, on Sunday he called himself a “devoted” Democrat and said he would continue to caucus with the party if re-elected.

Honestly, are they putting KoolAid in the Beltway water?

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