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Trust No One, No Matter How Cute

this news is particularly distressing because I have long had, blush, the hots for this gentleman. From the rapidly-becoming-invaluable Taegan Goddard's Political Wire:

The New York Times notes that Newsweek International editor Fareed Zakaria took part in a "shadowy, secret Washington meeting" called by former Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz to outline "a strategy for dealing with Afghanistan and the Middle East in the aftermath of 9/11." Read below the fold...

Aw Shit: Stewart Denies Plans for Prez Run

Okay, which is funnier: The shirt, or that people were starting to believe the shirt?

Those people wearing "Stewart/Colbert '08" T-shirts can stop hoping - Comedy Central's fake news stars have no intention of making a run for the White House. Read below the fold...

North Korea nuke 4% as powerful as Hiroshima

ABC:

North Korea's nuclear test was equivalent to 550 tons of TNT, a state-run South Korean geological institute said. That is relatively small compared to the bomb the United States dropped on Hiroshima, which was equivalent to 12,500 tons of TNT.

No, it's not good news. But let's keep a sense of proportion, shall we?

This story is about Republican bungling, which turned a manageable situation into yet another clusterfuck. Read below the fold...

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A Foley Defined X3

Pick Your Foley

Foley: A Foley catheter is a soft plastic or rubber tube that is inserted into the bladder to drain the urine. Urinary catheters are sometimes recommended as way to manage urinary incontinence and urinary retention in both men and women. There are several different types of catheters, which may be used for a variety of different reasons. Read below the fold...

So You Thought The News in GENERAL Couldn't Get Any Worse...

North Korea is now claiming to have set off its first nuclear test.

First place I went to go check on this was the USGS Earthquake Center but I can't figure out if they're showing anything to confirm this or not. It is late and I am not good at figuring UT to Korean local time zone translations in my head to see if anything went "boom chuccca-lukka-lukka boom" in the right place at the right time. Not that I would want to accuse anybody else's government of just Making Shit Up To Get Attention, besides our own I mean. Read below the fold...

So You Thought Iraq Couldn't Get Any Worse...

No snark on this one. This is just ghastly. Via AP/NYT:
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It's the abuse of power, stupid

That's the common thread that connects Foley using his power as a Rep so he could line up 16-year-olds for ice cream runs, Bush using his power as President for torture, and every Republican malefaction in between. The Republicans are one and all, without exception, in the game for whatever they can grab by the handful whenever they think they have the power to get away clean with the loot: All the way from a nearby pageboy through stacks of cash at the CPA to the oil under the sands of Iraq. They're all the same: Abuse of power. That's why they sought power. Read below the fold...

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My Back Pages: Foley had sex with page (L.A. Times)

In a breaking story, the L.A. times is reporting that:

A former House page says he had sex with then-Rep. Mark Foley (R-Fla.) after receiving explicit e-mails in which the congressman described assessing the sexual orientation and physical attributes of underage pages but waiting until later to make direct advances.

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Maybe They Should Offer Them Ice Cream: Teen Evangelicals Leaving Churches in Droves

Or perhaps they should try to keep the, you know, pedophiles out of the party. A lot of teens think creepy old men hitting on them over the IM system while standing up and singing with the Faithful on Sundays is, well, hypocritical. Music to my ears:
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Irony: I Just Can't Take it Anymore

As a precaution, the governor was ushered into a T-station supply closet and stayed there until the crowd left.

Run away! Run away! Read below the fold...

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Democratic Women with Stones Use Foley in Campaign Ads

I've always loved the term "stones." They're useful for describing large ovaries as well as testes, and look at who's got 'em:
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Apropos of Nada

Avoid the Stoned Poem Thing By Not Clicking Below...

No one pretends as hard as God
None that are allowed, but

there's a terrific park on saturdays
in darker greens and white ash

the water fountains contain coins from Rome
tossed from the passing hands
(sound has memory too)
a hand is draped along the rings

when you repeat a circle in these oceans
you spend the tides
and water wins the world Read below the fold...

About That Other War: We're Losing There Too

Departments: 

Read these two stories and tell me that (1) we're not at war with, or at least under attack by, an actual foreign power with the actual ability to do us harm and (2) we're losing. Oh yeah, and neither side really wants us peasants to know what's going on:

WaPo:
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First Turd of Friday News Dump Goes "Plop!"

Idiot media has (however inadequately and infrequently) reported every time the "number of appointments at the White House by Jack Abramoff or his employees" has changed, invariably upwards. What they have never, that I've seen anyway, made note of is that Abramoff had his own plant right in the heart of the White House. His former "aide" Susan Ralston, who has been Karl Rove's right-hand woman for most if not the entire BushCo presidency reign of terror. Read below the fold...

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