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A Wind Is Rising

Each week, conservatives find a new way to answer Chubby Checker's immortal question, "how low can you go?"

The sleaze of the GOP — and the Religious Right and MSM that enable them — is an ever-opening flower.

What can we do at this point but stare in awe, like Grant Williams at the end of The Incredible Shrinking Man, beholding the vastness of it all?

It's not nice to brag, but I once got an A+ in Typing, back when typing was for typewriters. I simply cannot, however, write about this stuff as fast as it whizzes by. Read below the fold...

Look at the size of those pupils...

Though I was almost distracted by those teeth.


I'm sure that Ted "Twitch" Haggard will enjoy spending more time with his family. But will his family--I'm not talking about his, em, extended family here--enjoy to spend more time with him? Read below the fold...

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Obama Inc.?


I can’t take it seriously. I just can’t. I mean Obama couldn’t beat Bobby Rush. If he isn’t the classic example of made man I don’t know what is. Read below the fold...

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Andy Stern on America and Politics at Drinking Liberally

Here is an interesting line of thought form Andy Stern at Drinking Liberally . I agree on one thing, a platform closer to the reality of existence and not based on polling quotes. Read below the fold...

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Scary Happens

Bush and His Cronies
(sung to the tune "Spoonful of Sugar")

In ev'ry meme that's to be spread
There's an element of dread
You make it worse and crap!
The world's on fire!

And ev'ry life is now at stake
Even sans that Yellow Cake
A plan! A guide! Now everybody hide... Read below the fold...

So, was Ted Haggard a top or a bottom?


I did a quick Google on "Ted Haggard" + "Lincoln Bedroom" but didn't turn up any hits. I guess although Bush and Unka Karl took Ted's calls, they didn't actually invite him for an overnight.

Which saves me the trouble of correlating "Jeff Gannon's" overnights with Ted Haggard's.

What a shame.

UPDATE I think I need to add The Department of Uh-Huh for this one: Read below the fold...

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Meanwhile, in Other Parts of the Islamic World


I put this one under "race matters" because our fine, fine SCLM treats anything that happens in Africa as too boring for notice. You know, they're a darker shade of brown, and thus beneath the attention of your average Amurkin news consumer. Still, Africa is just chock full of "Islamicists," and not all of them are very happy with Bush's war on their coreligionists.

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"War is a Racket:" Iraq Edition

I've never been the biggest fan of Dorgan, but this goes a long way towards making me one. Follow along, kiddies, some of these were actually new to me:
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Haggard on Homos

Heh. Ted appears to have a bit of an issue. Like Foley, who authored the internet pedophile laws he broke, Ted thought it a good idea to talk about blackmail and wives and "what you did last night." I really need to see this Jesus Camp movie; thank the goddess for YouTube in the meantime. Read below the fold...

Convicted Abu Ghraib Dog Handler Sent--Back To Iraq

NOTE: See comments for an update on this story.

There is not snark enough in the world to come up with a comment about this:

An Army dog handler convicted of abusing detainees at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq has returned to the country with his military police unit, a military spokesman confirmed. Read below the fold...
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Bringing the Torturers to Justice: Round Two

They're mean, they're lean, and they won't go away. The money quote:

The case will draw on a powerful new argument. The Military Commissions Act of 2006, which the President promoted and recently signed into law, provides retroactive immunity for civilians who violated the War Crimes Act, including officials of the Bush Administration. Such an attempt to provide immunity for their crimes, it will be argued, is in itself evidence of an effort to block prosecution of those crimes. Indeed, according to Scott Horton, chair of the International Law Committee of the New York City Bar Association, when Yugoslavia sought to immunize senior government officials, the United States declared the act itself to be evidence of such a conspiracy.

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Empire Burlesque: The Book

Our friend and journalistic hero Chris Floyd has a new book out, and you should read it. My copy is on the way, but I'm sure it's the equal to his excellent work on his site. If you've already read everything he's written there, think about buying this book for your non-Internet friends, it'd make a great Saturnalia gift*. Read below the fold...

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Ancient and Modern: ASOR in DC

You remember that scene in Godfather III, where Pacino complains that "every time I think I'm out, they pull me back in!" Well, the love of the ancient world is in my blood, for all I have forsaken the field, and I'll be poaching some of the panels at this meeting next week. Here is the schedule. Read below the fold...

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Incompetence Only Explains So Much

Keep in mind: it's not just the votes "counted" by these machines, it's often the voter rolls of eligible voters as well. Keep an eye on Brad's place over the next few days. He's doing Pulitzer level work of late, for all our SCLM takes note. Some choice selections:

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