The accelerating rush to re-amalgamate the entire US phone system (the breakup of which was just about the last gasp of active antitrust enforcement) has hit a speed bump. One of the FCC commissioners whose vote is needed to allow the merger of BellSouth (my phone company, and the only source of broadband Internet in my exceedingly rural area) and the resurgent AT&T is refusing to vote on the matter. He made this decision final today. Robert McDowell says it would be unethical for him to vote on the matter as he has recently done lobbying for the telecommunications industry. Read more about Republican Found to Have (Gasp!) Ethics
As we know, the Moderate Republican Maine Girls, Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe, are holding one of the last bastions of Red-ness in Blue England. (This must end!) Not only that, they're both right at the rancid heart, fanning away the odor of the decades-long Republican project to replace Constitutional government with authoritarian rule, Snowe on the Senate Select Committe on Intelligence, Collins on Armed Services and, along with The Last Honest Man, Homeland Security. Read more about Help me nail one of The Maine Girls
Video greetings from overseas are a time-honored tradition, featuring service members on permanent assignment far from home. But this year -- no mention of holidays, no mention of Hanukkah. Every service member or overseas family featured locally so far has also said, "And God Bless YOU" or "And the Lord bless YOU" to the home-folks. Read more about Must've Missed Another Memo ...
Times whitewashes Christianist who proselytized during class, lied about it, but had been caught on tape
What part did they whitewash? The lying part, of course.
Actually, the story was broken back in November 22 by the Newark Star-Ledger. For some reason, it took the Times a month--and an intervening midterm victory by Democrats--to get round to "covering" [cough] the story.
Here is the crucial material that the Times omits. The teacher lied: Read more about Times whitewashes Christianist who proselytized during class, lied about it, but had been caught on tape
A two-year corruption investigation by the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) into a Ã‚Â£60 million "slush fund" that was allegedly set up for members of Saudi Arabia's royal family was discontinued today.
Payments, in the form of lavish holidays, a fleet of luxury cars including a gold Rolls-Royce, rented apartments and other perks, are alleged to have been paid to ensure the Saudis continued to buy from BAE under the so-called Al-Yamamah deal.
Some timely reportage from The Times! Who knew they were still capable of it?
Detainee 200343 was among thousands of people who have been held and released by the American military in Iraq, and his account of his ordeal has provided one of the few detailed views of the Pentagonâ€™s detention operations since the abuse scandals at Abu Ghraib. Yet in many respects his case is unusual.
Larry details a lot of stuff you probably already know; Bush doesn't have a clue about the major players in the Iraq insurgency, the war is a miserable failure, etc. But one part really stood out in his essay. Keep in mind he's probably got plenty of friends in the military and intelligence community, and is likely to know:
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Yeah, the passionately evangelical Episcopal congregations in Falls Church, and Truro VA are going to go get themselves a Bishop that hates gays just as much as they do. In fact, they're willing to go all the way to Nigeria! From Political Spaghetti: Read more about Gay haters split the Episcopal Church