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Gerald Ford today becomes the longest-living president ever.

He is the only man to hold the office of president who never ran for national elective office. We all know that being President ages the holder of the position at a rate comparable to suddenly living by dog years (7 x normal human years.) What if it isn't holding the job, but running for the office that causes this effect? Read below the fold...

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Sentiments for Veterans' Day

It's Armistice Day * -- and it's time to remember who WE are.

Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and the success of liberty. John F. Kennedy Read below the fold...

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Capitol Hill Afternoon

The sun again shines on the Halls of Power.
Taft was a cool guy, according to his monument. Seemed a little stiff to me. Read below the fold...

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Texas response to "Dump Dean" --

Stomp Carville three feet wide and two inches thick instead.
Then stomp a mudhole in the middle of him for good measure.
Butthat. Whoever he's working for should damn sure fire his useless rear, eff Read below the fold...

What hath Kos wrought

It occurs to me that Kos has created a community that follows Democratic party politics with the same intensity and expertise that fans follow "their" sports teams.

With the added attraction, that in politics you can actually go out and play the game (as opposed to being captive to a spectacle). Read below the fold...

Anyone got a recipe for lame duck?

I think we've procured the duck, but how should it be prepared?

Bone-in, or out? Sliced or whole?

Perhaps in a pit?

Readers? Read below the fold...

Mad props to Paul Krugman

In the days after Bush stole the presidency in Florida 2000, Paul Krugman was, quite literally, the ONLY media figure to stand up and tell the truth about Bush, his administration, the Republican Party, and what was happening to our country. In the darkness and the horror and the helplessness, Krugman was one of the very few points of light and signs of hope. Read below the fold...

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Happy and Busy: Waxman Speaks

Let's all share a happy moment:

"I'm going to have an interesting time because the Government Reform Committee has jurisdiction over everything. The most difficult thing will be to pick and choose."

-- Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA), quoted by the AP, on what he'll choose to investigate as the incoming chairman of the panel.

Excuse me while I go and am giddy for a while. Read below the fold...

The Art of War (Financing)

Juan Cole points us to an interesting little item today. From the Original House of Fascism, a creative diversion of money from, well, creativity to destructivity. Via English language (but just barely) version of the Italian paper Agenzia Giornalistica Italia:

The voluntary contribution in tax returns ('otto per mille') paid by the Italian citizens to finance culture was used by the government to finance the mission to Iraq. FAI (Italian environmentalist fund) president Giulia Maria Mozzoni Crespi said today opening the yearly meeting on the artistic heritage. "I was astonished by what Enrico Letta (prime minister's undersecretary) told me. The money Italian citizens wanted to give to finance art, cultural and social exigencies was used to finance the war on Iraq and only a small part was used to struggle against starvation in the world. Enrico Letta said it in a conference but he told me that only a daily published a small article" she said.

Isn't that, indeed, creative? Take the tax form checkoffs intended to keep art alive, and use it to make people dead. Off the books. Read below the fold...

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Friday Adopted Dog Blogging

Her name is Sweetie (and she is as sweet as they come--loves kids, no problem with other dogs, is anti-torture, etc.). She was rescued near Santa Monica Blvd. and Western Ave.--she had been running in and out of traffic, nearly being struck by so many vehicles and stopping the hearts of all who participated in the capture that one would-be rescuer broke down crying and had to leave the scene. My wife stuck with her task and was able to catch her without any bloodshed. My wife is amazing. Read below the fold...

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I Drove My Car to Carville

The ever thoughtful Digby has a post up titled "Winning into Losing." Inspired (or not) I wrote some lyrics along the lines of Digby's theme (Steve Earle is playing on the stereo so he may have influenced things a bit vis a vis these here lyrics).

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I Drove My Car to Carville Read below the fold...

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Rummy May Do Time

If the Germans have any say in it.

Just days after his resignation, former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld is about to face more repercussions for his involvement in the troubled wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. New legal documents, to be filed next week with Germany's top prosecutor, will seek a criminal investigation and prosecution of Rumsfeld, along with Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, former CIA director George Tenet and other senior U.S. civilian and military officers, for their alleged roles in abuses committed at Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison and at the U.S. detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

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The End to Truthiness in Iraq: Reframing the War/Occupation

What is the solution to the mess in Iraq? This is a question that I've pondered a great deal, and now that we have a Democratic majority, I expect a large number of people are considering anew. I confess: I have almost no hope that there is a way out of Bush's qWagmire that won't be painful, bloody, and expensive. Read below the fold...

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