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Oh Blackwater, Keep On Rollin'...

Yesterday was Good News Day for Blackwater Security, announcing a new Happy Hunting Ground, er we mean "training facility" in very rural far northwestern Illinois. Today...eh, not so much good news, per the Wilmington NC Star:
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Famously disciplined Bush White House can't manage to pull off timely meeting with its own client state

Jeebus:

President Bush's high-stakes summit with Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki was put off Wednesday amid political unrest in Baghdad and public disclosure of U.S. doubts about the Iraqi leader's capacity to control sectarian warfare.

Study: Psychotics more likely to support Bush

What's wrong with these people? Well, they're psychotics. Now there's a study, cited by Tom Tomorrow via Susie: Read more about Study: Psychotics more likely to support Bush

Invertebrates in Texas

Texans used to have ways of dealing with people like this, often involving tall horses, short ropes and tree branches. In these degenerate days we can only giggle at stories like this one:

It's the thought that counts, not the size of the gift, the Texas Ethics Commission has ruled, saying public officials don't have to tell anyone how much money they get as presents from political donors.
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Frist!

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Unlike with Terri Schiavo, Dr. Bill Frist has made a proper diagnosis.

He has no business being President. Read more about Frist!

One Democrat who knows how to behave

Jim Webb:

At a recent White House reception for freshman members of Congress, Virginia's newest senator tried to avoid President Bush. Democrat James Webb declined to stand in a presidential receiving line or to have his picture taken with the man he had often criticized on the stump this fall. But it wasn't long before Bush found him.

"How's your boy?" Bush asked, referring to Webb's son, a Marine serving in Iraq.

Beltway establishment blames the Pottery Barn

Once again, I'm not cynical enough about the Beltway cesspool.

The crass and craven willingness to evade responsibility and accountability would be beyond belief if we had not already experienced six long years of it: Read more about Beltway establishment blames the Pottery Barn

Harman down, too

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Go, Nancy, go!

House Speaker-elect Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has decided against naming either Rep. Jane Harman (Calif.), the senior Democrat on the House intelligence committee, or Rep. Alcee L. Hastings (Fla.), the panel's No. 2 Democrat, to chair the pivotal committee next year.

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A tonic for the troops

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Whether you're with Bush and his Iraq war or agin' him, you're going to talk a lot about the troops — whether supporting them means keeping them in Iraq or getting them home.

When a veteran joins the debate — in favor of a war that even Henry Kissinger admits is unwinnable, and which Bush admits is unconnected with the homeland attack he's avidly conflated it with — the discussion takes on a new dimension. Read more about A tonic for the troops

Hey, maybe they won't get to send us to the camps after all!

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Y-e-e-e-s!

A federal judge struck down President Bush's authority to designate groups as terrorists, saying his post-Sept. 11 executive order was unconstitutional and vague, according to a ruling released Tuesday.

Detail on the ruling: Read more about Hey, maybe they won't get to send us to the camps after all!

Even though Chris Bowers is great

This is why I don't want to be a Democratic regular.

Good luck, though! Read more about Even though Chris Bowers is great

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Middleburg Florida, San Antonio, Colorado Springs, Moberly, Missouri, Amarillo, Le Raysville, PA, Moses Lake, Washington, San Diego, Manchester, New Hampshire, Garden City Michigan, Starkville Mississippi, Mesa Arizona. No young women on tonight's Honor Roll. The oldest a 42-year-old senior noncom, the youngest an 18-year-old soldier. As their families mourn, I beg of you continue to support our troops: continue to try to bring all of them home safe soon. Read more about 12 More

Olberman to hold Dems accountable too

Good:

Last week, [Olbermann] delivered one of his trademark blistering critiques of the country's leadership — this time charging that President Bush failed to learn the lessons of Vietnam by perpetuating the "monumental lie that is our presence in Iraq." And don't think the victors of the midterm election are going to escape his sharp tongue.

On the nature of "the vital center"

There's been a good deal of serious, prayerfully considered (not) discussion today on what it means to be a Centrist.

Maybe the following graphic treatment will help to bring a degree of needed clarity to the discourse: Read more about On the nature of "the vital center"

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