The End of "The Emperor's New Clothes":
"But he has nothing at all on!" at last cried out all the people. The Emperor was vexed, for he knew that the people were right; but he thought the procession must go on now! And the lords of the bedchamber took greater pains than ever, to appear holding up a train, although, in reality, there was no train to hold.
It must be the American League thing. You never hear of the Cubs behaving badly like this: US Embassy Asks Bush Twins to Leave Argentina
Amid a growing barrage of front-page headlines, U.S. embassy officials "strongly suggested" President Bush's twin daughters, Jenna and Barbara Bush, cut short their trip to Buenos Aires because of security issues, U.S. diplomatic and security sources tell ABC News.
Showing the high level of personal honor and responsibility we have come to expect from those named "Bush", they ignored the request entirely. <!--break-->
But the girls have stayed on, celebrating their 25th birthday over the weekend and producing even more headlines about their activities...The Argentinean press blitz followed a report on "The Blotter" last week that Barbara Bush's purse and cell phone were stolen last weekend while dining at the popular San Telmo outdoor marketplace despite being guarded by the Secret Service.
In a subversive fit of demonic possession, General JC Christian goes all Orwellian.
His post stirred something in my defeatist innards, hence these lyrics did flowy-go down my finger-tips. Of course, history will eventually prove that I didn't write these lyrics, and no such lyrics will have ever existed, so better enjoy them (or not) for now...
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Please tell me one more time--just one more time--why are we fighting in Iraq?
As penned by Associated Press writer Robert Weller:
DENVER - A homeowners association in southwestern Colorado has threatened to fine a resident $25 a day until she removes a Christmas wreath with a peace sign that some say is an anti-Iraq war protest or a symbol of Satan.
This announcement, just in time for Inerrant Boy's excellent adventure with Maliki in Jordan (of all places. And why not in the famously safe Green Zone, one may ask?) I'm sure they'll have lots to talk about. WaPo:
Britain said Monday it expects to withdraw thousands of its 7,000 military personnel from Iraq by the end of next year, while Poland and Italy announced the impending withdrawal of their remaining troops.
Jeebus, they can't even pass a budget! Times:
For its part, Congress is awash in dithering over spending bills. RollCall reports today that because Republicans do not want to deal with the nine spending bills still pending, the likelihood of passing continuing resolutions into the next year is high. As is a recess date, especially for the House, of Dec. 8.
"Don't want to deal with"? This from the party of personal responsibility! [snicker] Read more about Republican governance completely discredited
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We get reruns of Meet The Press around here in the wee hours of Monday morning, around the time the night shift supervisor comes around to stick his John Hancock on all the paperwork the EPA requires me to fill out each night at work. He's getting settled in, and they're flashing the cover of the latest Newsweek up on the screen: "al-Sadr: The Most Dangerous Man In Iraq". I'm thinking, "This could get ugly..." Read more about A conversation
Was Bush responsible because the motorcade's speed didn't take account of rainy conditions?
A motorcycle officer injured last week while escorting President George W. Bush in the islands has died, police said. Steve Favela died on Sunday.
Favela, 30, and two other officers crashed their cycles as the presidential motorcade was traveling across Hickam Air Force Base to meet troops for breakfast early Tuesday.
Rewatching Babylon 5 via DVD -- I'm seeing eerie historical parallels to Guantanamo and the secret prisons in the way Earth treated its captured hero, John Sheridan. Looks like Cheney, et. al., thought these were training videos. Read more about Intersections in Real Time
Recently, in the comments of this post reader and blogger Mark from Ireland made the suggestion that the term "civil war" isn't the right one to describe what's happening in Iraq right now. In response, I offer this devastating article by Nir Rosen. It is probably one of the top five articles I've read about Iraq since the war started, and I cannot encourage you enough to read it. And reread it. Read more about Civil War? Something Worse? Two Perspectives