To prepare Bush for an insurgence of reality, Chief of Staff Josh Bolten had him practice by "listening" to an assemblage of Iraq war critics.
The challenge for Bush's team was to make the president appear as though he were taking the release of the report seriously, without necessarily embracing its conclusions.
Bolten also brought in Kelsey Grammer to help rehearse the president: "I'm Dr. George Bush, and I'm listening." Read more about Bush staged practice sessions on appearing to take Iraq Study Group report seriously
In Afghanistan, of course. Because the Taliban are killing the teachers and burning the schools:
The two sisters brought to 20 the number of teachers killed in Taliban attacks this year, said Education Ministry spokesman Zuhur Afghan. He said 198 schools have been burned down this year, up from about 150 last year.
Sounds like we need to put more troops in Afghanistan!
Oh, wait... Read more about But what about the schools?
Warning: Do not read the following lyrics if you find the idea of Deific Infanticide offensive. Lord knows I wouldn't.
If Our Dear Lord Jesus Died a Little Kid
(A Very Special Christmas Song)
I love Baby Jesus
So plump, so soft, so white
I asked for him for Christmas
I prayed for him at night
Two weeks before the 25th
A gift beneath the tree!
It was wrapped up Baby Jesus
He was wrapped up just for me Read more about But He Was Wrapped So Nicely!
It's the commercialism, stupid.
As long as Christmas was a
delusional religious holiday, I could deal. And some of the hymns are beautiful, really do bring a tear to my eye, a catch in the throat.
But these days, the whole point of Christmas is to flog me through the aisles of Wal-Mart to the tune of The Little Drummer Boy.
Thanksgiving is by far my favorite Holiday--and, I suspect, most American's too. Read more about Why I hate Christmas and would like to see it banned
The Best Blog Comment Evah. Suburban, white and poor. In Olden times, these preteens would've been given a goat and a hut, not sent to jail. Ahem, "parents" anyone? Fuck you, you drunken poppinjay washout. As if you could ever compete with real intellectuals. You're just sad, wrinkled and old now. Read more about Saturday Grab Bag Blogging
and colder than the proverbial well-digger's rear here in Lubbock today. Herewith then, a receipt for something yummy.
First, the basic Mixture:
AKA hot cocoa mix from scratch
2 oz baking chocolate, grated
(bittersweet, 60% or more cocoa; 2 squares of Ghirardelli
or 4 of the little blocks of Baker's German)
1/3 cup good Dutch process cocoa powder
1/2 cup powdered milk
pinch regular table salt
1/2 cup dark brown sugar, packed
Put all in a food processor and mix well. Read more about 'Tis the Season, Y'all ...
Fiji's coup leader [and Army chief Frank Bainimarama] ran want ads in local newspapers Saturday to fill vacant Cabinet jobs, trying to piece together a new government for the south Pacific country.
Tinfoil Hat Boy suggests several monikers, at least one of which didn't make it past the spam filters, for The Last Honest Man in the Beltway:
1. Lieberman (R-Slush Fund)
2. Lieberman (R-How 'Bout a Little Sugar)
3. Lieberman (R-Self)
4. Lieberman (R-Lieberman)
5. Lieberman (R-Malleable Fuckstick) (apologies to the Onion)
I've been using "Ho Lieberman" for some time, but it just doesn't stick. Too subtle, I guess. I've got this fatal tendency to be too nice... Read more about A handle for Lieberman
Does anyone else think this stinks? From ABC's KGO affilliate in, erm, San Francisco:
[Democratic] Representative Howard Berman: "The most important contribution this report makes, and it does it well, is to tell the story of what happened."
And then Berman refused to take any questions.
The committee wrote it "...was disturbed by the conduct of some of those who dealt with allegations of Foley's behavior.