As my mother-in-law says, "who's kidding who?"
The Rabid Right milks the memes of government inefficiency and Christian charity to rationalize fattening the nation's richest men and trying to widen the eye of the needle by offering Christianists a hearty swig off the much-maligned federal tit. Read more about Open letters to Jeremy Lott and Mary Cheney's Unborn Baby
Summary: Main Storys translated from the Arabic Language pages of the independent Iraqi News Service Aswat al Iraq (Voices of Iraq) in Iraq on Friday Dec 15 2006
- Al Sadr
- Al Sadr's attempts to reach out to the Sunni continue apace and appear to be bearing fruit.
- Two Iraqi policemen were killed in Diwaniya.
- A bomb exploded targeting an Iraqi army patrol in al-Halabsa village west of Falluja their vehicle was destroyed there are known to be casualties.
- Deloiya (Salah Adin)
- U.S. invader forces raided several houses and took into captivity several citizens, an arms cache was discovered.
- Car bomb one civilian killed.
- Gunmen "dressed in police uniform" killed Sheikh Mohsen al-Kanaan of Bani Tamim tribe and two of his escorts.
- Three people carrying Iranian nationality documents arrested for illegally entering Iraq.
- Three U.S. invader army troops were killed and two others wounded in military operations in Anbar and Ninewa.
Most Important Story:
This is a very big story. The story is about Muqtada al-Sadr supporting the "Iraqi People's Support Conference" in Istanbul. This was the Sunni conference held in Istanbul yesterday and the day before. Read more about News From Iraq Friday 15th Saturday 16th Translated from Arabic
Or maybe they really, really love them, it's just that beating them is how they show that. Who knows...
Lucky us, a new version of Dare to Discipline is out.
And we wonder why torture is now the new normal. It's the abuse of power, stupid.
Absolutely knockout story in the Post-Gazette today. The issue being fought over is hardly even relevant--except that it's a local matter, being fought by a local person, making ties to local institutions....hmm, maybe this is relevant after all:
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Ntodd thinks just because he's a professor of computer science, he knows more than I do about Net Neutrality. I'm not going to read it, because whatever he says is just his way of asking me to use the bigger strap-on during his next session in my dungeon, but perhaps you can make some sense out of his prattle.
In all seriousness, I've not yet thought about his arguments or investigated them, but I do think it's worth considering what he says, even as I may still end up disagreeing. Share your own thoughts. Read more about Net Neutrality: My Buttboi Speaks
What a shame. What a shame. Obama and Hillary have already sucked all the oxygen out of the race.
And I'm trying to remember, but I think there's another DLC fave I'd like to see crash and burn, to put and end to this triangulation shit once and for all, and return the Dems to permanent majority status.... Read more about DLC's Bayh bows out
Forbes rates "America's smartest cities" based on percentage of college graduates.
In a world where George W. Bush gets undergrad and graduate degrees from the two most venerable names in education, one might imagine that economic opportunity plays a bit of a role in that, doncha think? Read more about In case you thought IQ tests were racist and classist
When is an enemy combatant not an enemy combatant? Quite frequently, apparently.
The Pentagon called them "among the most dangerous, best-trained, vicious killers on the face of the Earth," sweeping them up after Sept. 11 and hauling them in chains to a U.S. military prison in southeastern Cuba.
Since then, hundreds of the men have been transferred from Guantanamo Bay to other countries, many of them for "continued detention."
And then set free.
Why would that be? Read more about Guantanam-error
The Smirking Chimp has a story you need to read. The Army is broke. Despite a military budget of circa half a trillion bucks per year, plus innumerable billions of "supplementals" and off budget appropriations...they are out of money. Read this before you evaluate whether any of these "surge of new troops to Iraq" stories are steaming piles of fecal matter:
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