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How can you ask someone to be the last one to die for a Republican midterm election?

Somebody leaked the Baker/Hamilton report to the New York Sun, by reading it to them over the telephone:

A commission formed to assess the Iraq war and recommend a new course has ruled out the prospect of victory for America, according to draft policy options shared with The New York Sun by commission officials.

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Democrats are better looking

Is the American voter superficial? Can't be — they're too well-informed for that.

I guess it's that sometimes truth really is beauty:

By a combination of luck and design, Democrats seem to be fielding an uncommonly high number of uncommonly good-looking candidates. Read below the fold...
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Saturday Informal Polling

It's Saturday and I'm feeling conversational (too bad our numbers drop off on the weekend, eh LB?) Anyway, for those loyal readers out there, I've got a question: How are you feeling about the elections? Read below the fold...

Republican urban planning after Katrina

Always remember that the Republicans want to drown government in the bathtub, which is why they can't govern.

And in New Orleans, we can see what happens when Republicans get their way, and drown a whole city.

Republicans didn't protect NOLA before Katrina, they let NOLA drown during Katrina, and even now that they've turned NOLA red by leaving the Ninth Ward to rot, they're still screwing it up. AP: Read below the fold...

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Carnival of Idiots in Ohio

This just makes me mad. I'm glad we have the new category of "what is wrong with these people," because this is just classic. Note to all Democratic candidates: make sure you ducks are in a row before running for office, for surely the Republicans are going to take advantage of every little potential conflict of interest, misconduct, and misrepresentation they can find on you. And you know, while you're making sure your tax returns and voter registration cards have the same address, you might want to think about looking into your Republican challenger's public records and see if they've given you any easy openings. Ricky is just one of a long list of Republicans who play loose with the rules, and most voters get pissed of when the find out that Republicans think and act like rules are only for us little people. Read below the fold...

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Time To Go Vegan

Oh, wait. That won't help either. But seriously, this sucks:

Federal officials refused to tell Minnesota authorities which of two beef plants were linked to a fatal E. coli outbreak last summer, according to a state report.

One woman died and at least 17 people were sickened from the E. coli outbreak in the Longville area, after eating ground beef.

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Goodnight, moon

Another night with the wood stove going.

You may ask, how I get a wood stove into the tiny room under the stairs of The Mighty Corrente Building.

To which the answer is...

[Heaves bottle at wall. Yawns]

... I'm too tired to explain. Read below the fold...

One degree of separation between White House staffer and child porn ring

Of course, this may just be coincidence. Via the Olympian, this starts out as a story about players padding their resumes with fake degrees from a diploma mill, which is bad enough:

White House, NSA staff said to be buyers from online diploma mill
A White House staff member and National Security Agency employees were among 6,000 people who bought bogus online college degrees from a diploma mill, a federal judge has been told.

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One more Republican kinked about animals

The odd thing, or not, is that this kink is everywhere in the Republican leadership: Santorum, Frist, George Felix Allen, Bush.... And via A Liberal Dose, we are reminded of another example: Read below the fold...

So About That Canadian Forest-Products Tariff Slush Fund....?

Waddevah happen wit dat, 'nyway? Somebody I'm gonna guess hasn't forgotten about it, and indeed He even has the gall to rub our noses in the subject:

NOW, THEREFORE, I, GEORGE W. BUSH, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim October 15 through October 21, 2006, as National Forest Products Week. I call upon all Americans to observe this week with appropriate ceremonies and activities. Read below the fold...
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Friends I've Never Met

I'm worried about Riverbend. It's been since early August since she's posted. She's always been part of the "lucky" Iraqis, and enjoyed some power, water, food and money enough to blog. I wonder, worriedly, what's changed. I've been reading her since shortly after she started blogging, and I feel like she's a friend. Anyone with any insight into this, I would greatly appreciate your view. I have great fear that she has been identified, or otherwise targeted by the Shia fundamentalists. Please tell me I'm wrong. Read below the fold...

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Brit Top Soldier Speaks of Truth and Religion

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The top soldier in the UK speaks truth...is it appropriate to say "to power" given that he is one? I'm not sure. But it's a good read, more or less what all of us here in the blogosphere have been saying for, like, ever. But the conclusion of the article is odd:
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Friday PM News Dump Drinking Game

Your assignment, if you choose to accept it:

Read the signing statement attached to the just-this-afternoon-signed "SAFE Port Act". Take one drink--Maker's Mark suggested but anything not made by the Jack Daniel's company* is acceptable--every time you run across the phrase "unitary executive." Read below the fold...

"Pay, it back, Rick. Pay it back!"

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Santorum meltdown. Did they have a dog off-camera, or what?

The meltdown is about two minutes in, but Santorum comes out as a mouthy little twerp throughout. And Casey comes off as poised, knowledgeable, and articulate. Read below the fold...

Shays (R Pro-torture) says Abu Ghraib just a "sex ring"

AP:

"[SHAYS] [National Guard troops at Abu Ghraib] were involved in a sex ring and they took pictures of soldiers who were naked," added Shays. "But it wasn't torture."

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If this is sex, then Republicans have really weird ideas about sex. (Ya think?) Read below the fold...

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