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Beltway establishment blames the Pottery Barn

Once again, I'm not cynical enough about the Beltway cesspool.

The crass and craven willingness to evade responsibility and accountability would be beyond belief if we had not already experienced six long years of it: Read below the fold...

Harman down, too


Go, Nancy, go!

House Speaker-elect Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has decided against naming either Rep. Jane Harman (Calif.), the senior Democrat on the House intelligence committee, or Rep. Alcee L. Hastings (Fla.), the panel's No. 2 Democrat, to chair the pivotal committee next year.

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A tonic for the troops


Whether you're with Bush and his Iraq war or agin' him, you're going to talk a lot about the troops — whether supporting them means keeping them in Iraq or getting them home.

When a veteran joins the debate — in favor of a war that even Henry Kissinger admits is unwinnable, and which Bush admits is unconnected with the homeland attack he's avidly conflated it with — the discussion takes on a new dimension. Read below the fold...

Hey, maybe they won't get to send us to the camps after all!



A federal judge struck down President Bush's authority to designate groups as terrorists, saying his post-Sept. 11 executive order was unconstitutional and vague, according to a ruling released Tuesday.

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Even though Chris Bowers is great

This is why I don't want to be a Democratic regular.

Good luck, though! Read below the fold...

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12 More

Middleburg Florida, San Antonio, Colorado Springs, Moberly, Missouri, Amarillo, Le Raysville, PA, Moses Lake, Washington, San Diego, Manchester, New Hampshire, Garden City Michigan, Starkville Mississippi, Mesa Arizona. No young women on tonight's Honor Roll. The oldest a 42-year-old senior noncom, the youngest an 18-year-old soldier. As their families mourn, I beg of you continue to support our troops: continue to try to bring all of them home safe soon. Read below the fold...

Olberman to hold Dems accountable too


Last week, [Olbermann] delivered one of his trademark blistering critiques of the country's leadership — this time charging that President Bush failed to learn the lessons of Vietnam by perpetuating the "monumental lie that is our presence in Iraq." And don't think the victors of the midterm election are going to escape his sharp tongue.

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On the nature of "the vital center"

There's been a good deal of serious, prayerfully considered (not) discussion today on what it means to be a Centrist.

Maybe the following graphic treatment will help to bring a degree of needed clarity to the discourse: Read below the fold...

Watchdog holds skits so Congressional staffers can see what oversight actually looks like

I kid you not. WaPo:

In September, the Project on Government Oversight, a watchdog group, began holding seminars for Hill workers of both parties on how to conduct investigations, including sessions on the anatomy of a government contract and skits in which oversight hearings were acted out. About 150 people have attended the sessions, said Jennifer Gore, the group's spokeswoman.

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For some reason, nobody wants to work with Condi


Another Republican rat leaves the sinking ship. WaPo:

One of Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice's closest advisers said yesterday that he will resign at the end of the year, depriving her of a key sounding board at a time when she is still searching for a new deputy and faces difficult challenges in the Middle East.

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Pelosi: No on Hastings

Thank the God of your choice. We can't be making impeached judges chairs of the intelligence committees, because the number one priority is restoring Constitutional government. That's going to get very rough, very fast, and the chair can't have baggage. AP: Read below the fold...

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Shoshone being pushed off land – again! ?!

Seriously, not a word from MSM.

The ranch sits atop some of the most valuable real estate in the world. It is the second-largest gold producing region on earth. Mount Tenabo is estimated to be worth $8 billion to the Gold Mining industries - but to the Western Shoshone, it is one of their most revered spiritual sites. Fishel, of the Western Shoshone defence project, told Al Jazeera: "They are offering the Shoshone people approximately 15 cents an acre. And at the same time they then turned around and were waiting to open up the same land for privatisation for multinational corporate interest." Speaking to Al Jazeera English, Dann said: "I can't believe that this is happening supposedly in America where everybody talks about democracy, and how good democracy is. As far as the indigenous people go, we have not seen that democracy." Dann is actively challenging the legality of the US government's claim of ownership to millions of acres of traditional Shoshone territory. But the US bureau of land management insists that Dann has broken the law by not applying for a grazing licence and refusal to pay fees. >>

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Corporate Media "emboldened" to tell the truth now?

Wouldn't that be cool. The LAT on NBC's shocking decision to disagree with the White House's version of reality:

Words have power, and naming it a civil war does begin to shape people's perception of what's happening there," said Thomas Hollihan, a professor at USC's Annenberg School for Communication who studies political rhetoric.

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One more digital timesink. Or not. I am so behind the times.

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Iraq: The Republicans have fucked us so badly

Amazingly, an ISG member leaks to Kos (Can you say "disintermediation"? I thought you could! I'm proud of you!) The whole post is well worth a read, but here the highlights: Read below the fold...


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