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Borat Not So Funny to Russians

But Bambi is ok, right? Remind me to skip the matinee in Moscow. This is a "funny" post, because Borat is a sensation and all that, but as Antony reminds us:

After the murder of journalist Anna Politkovskaya and poisoning of a former Russian spy, the increasingly authoritarian reign of Vladimir Putin is cause for concern.

Russia: not getting better. Don't forget that; they have oil, nukes, and crazies, just like we do. Read below the fold...

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Court to Bloggers: Post Away Without Fear (Sort Of)

Thank the God of Your Choice that we've still got a few thinking judges on some courts. Slowly, but surely, the rest of American is coming to understand that there is no difference between speech from a mouth, speech on a piece of dessicated dead tree, and speech that is expressed in the Ether of the Intertubes. Read below the fold...

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Operation Dark Storm

Look, I read and watch too much sci-fi, I admit that. But is anyone else a bit disturbed by this "closed session?" Ahem, some people think Operation Dark Storm would be a very bad idea.

"May there be mercy on Man and Machine for their sins." Read below the fold...

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Simple Questions About Bombing

So a while back I directed you all to a couple of posts about how the Taliban is basically running around, stronger and more organized than ever, despite our and NATO's efforts in Afghanistan. His Majesty the Grey One has been running a series of late, "Simple Answers to Simple Questions," and I've got one for you. Read this article, and pay attention to this part in particular:
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The arithmetic: Were thousands from Bush's gulags disappeared?


Over the past year, we've been tracking the story of Bush's gulags, and asking ourselves how many prisoners He was keeping there. Our answer (given in early 2005 on the basis of airplane tail numbers, long before WaPo "broke" the story) was 8,500. Later in 2005, the Times estimated 14,000. Read below the fold...

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Bush Treasury Secretary: Enron Good for US Economy

Henry Paulson today said rules like Sarbanes-Oxley endanger our economy's competitiveness. Competitiveness with what, he didn't say. Read more at Reuters. Read below the fold...

New Statesman: Bush drinking again?


It would be irresponsible not to speculate. Via Andrew Stephen in the UK's New Statesman:

Rumours persist here[In DC] (and I have heard them repeated at a very senior level in the UK, too) that Bush has actually resumed drinking; I throw this into the mix not to sensationalise, but because I have now heard the rumour repeated at a sufficiently high level that I believe we must face the possibility that it might be true.

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Clintons’ neighbors shot while driving home:

According to police, the couple was on a desolate part of Route 100 when a car cut in front of their sport utility vehicle and forced them off the road around 11 p.m.

No one answered the door Monday at the couple’s blue and white Colonial home, one of eight houses in the cul-de-sac. It is three doors away from the home of the former president and Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, which has a guardhouse at the foot of its driveway.

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Bush to Israel: "If you attack Iran, I'll understand."


U.S. President George W. Bush and President Jacques Chirac of France met several weeks ago. Bush told his French counterpart that the possibility that Israel would carry out a strike against Iran's nuclear installations should not be ruled out.

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So, who's going to head up the Dems Abramoff investigation?

Oddly, or not, I haven't been hearing a lot about Democratic hearings investigating Abramoff's various affairs. (Wampum, of course, has been all over this story, which, among other things, involves the theft of billions of dollars by oil companies. Not to mention the slavery, prostitution, and forced abortions in the Northern Marianas, clients of Our Jack).

Then, there's also the McCain [genuflects] angle. Kossack dengre reminds us: Read below the fold...

Christianists squandering such moral authority as they still have on hatred of teh gay

From USA Today, the newspaper in front of the door at every hotel in America, the mainstream view:

Religion's only real commodity, after all, is its moral authority. Lose that, and we lose our credibility. Lose credibility, and we might as well close up shop.

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James Baker's book, reviewed:

As the first President Bush left office in 1993, Baker says, "America was the most-admired nation on the face of the earth," but, sadly, that feeling slowly eroded. "Today, it is probably safe to say that majorities in most countries oppose our policies and distrust our motives," Baker says. Read below the fold...
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Clear Channel sells to Thomas H. Lee Partners, Bain Capital and the Mays family

Thomas H. Lee Partners, Bain Capital and the Mays family score a major media coup . Now that hedge funds are monitoring the blogosphere for key memes against which to trade it only makes sense that the private equity firms should lend a hand by financing the new new consolidation of media. Since behavioral finance is the now dominant paradigm, and sentiment analysis now the rage, why not maximize by creating a perfect black box? You. Read below the fold...

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the future of housing in America- The ugly side of greed

Imagine a 40% crash in housing prices . Seriously just run through the scenario in your head. How much of your net worth is accounted for in your house? How much of your retirement nest egg? How much have you drawn out of said house in equity? What would that wonderfully extended mortgage look like, you know the adjustable one with the interest only for the first five years or so; the mortgage that will last you a good fifty years – yeah that one. You in the service industry, the paper pusher who is about to be down sized, the data entry operator or phone jockey making more than you know you should – you. How would you like to be holding a mortgage on a property that is worth about half what you paid for it, making half of what you used to? Get the picture? I’ll buy it off you for transaction cost. Read below the fold...

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Sunday Gasbaggery: Fox News Sunday With Chris Wallace: The Has-Been Edition

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Update: Edited for clarity, and misatkes, and please note, it was Juan Williams, not Juan Cole, who "represented" liberalism on yesterdays All-Star panel.

Let me begin by clarifying the title of this post; it is not aimed at John Kerry, who, according to the SCLM was a has-been before he was a wanna-be and ultimately successful contender for the Democratic 2004 Presidential candidacy. Read below the fold...


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