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One degree of separation between White House staffer and child porn ring

Of course, this may just be coincidence. Via the Olympian, this starts out as a story about players padding their resumes with fake degrees from a diploma mill, which is bad enough:

White House, NSA staff said to be buyers from online diploma mill
A White House staff member and National Security Agency employees were among 6,000 people who bought bogus online college degrees from a diploma mill, a federal judge has been told.

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One more Republican kinked about animals

The odd thing, or not, is that this kink is everywhere in the Republican leadership: Santorum, Frist, George Felix Allen, Bush.... And via A Liberal Dose, we are reminded of another example: Read below the fold...

So About That Canadian Forest-Products Tariff Slush Fund....?

Waddevah happen wit dat, 'nyway? Somebody I'm gonna guess hasn't forgotten about it, and indeed He even has the gall to rub our noses in the subject:

NOW, THEREFORE, I, GEORGE W. BUSH, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim October 15 through October 21, 2006, as National Forest Products Week. I call upon all Americans to observe this week with appropriate ceremonies and activities. Read below the fold...
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Friends I've Never Met

I'm worried about Riverbend. It's been since early August since she's posted. She's always been part of the "lucky" Iraqis, and enjoyed some power, water, food and money enough to blog. I wonder, worriedly, what's changed. I've been reading her since shortly after she started blogging, and I feel like she's a friend. Anyone with any insight into this, I would greatly appreciate your view. I have great fear that she has been identified, or otherwise targeted by the Shia fundamentalists. Please tell me I'm wrong. Read below the fold...

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Brit Top Soldier Speaks of Truth and Religion


The top soldier in the UK speaks it appropriate to say "to power" given that he is one? I'm not sure. But it's a good read, more or less what all of us here in the blogosphere have been saying for, like, ever. But the conclusion of the article is odd:
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Friday PM News Dump Drinking Game

Your assignment, if you choose to accept it:

Read the signing statement attached to the just-this-afternoon-signed "SAFE Port Act". Take one drink--Maker's Mark suggested but anything not made by the Jack Daniel's company* is acceptable--every time you run across the phrase "unitary executive." Read below the fold...

"Pay, it back, Rick. Pay it back!"


Santorum meltdown. Did they have a dog off-camera, or what?

The meltdown is about two minutes in, but Santorum comes out as a mouthy little twerp throughout. And Casey comes off as poised, knowledgeable, and articulate. Read below the fold...

Shays (R Pro-torture) says Abu Ghraib just a "sex ring"


"[SHAYS] [National Guard troops at Abu Ghraib] were involved in a sex ring and they took pictures of soldiers who were naked," added Shays. "But it wasn't torture."

[Abu Ghraib]

If this is sex, then Republicans have really weird ideas about sex. (Ya think?) Read below the fold...

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Base initiatives

As CD noted yesterday, Olbermann has been giving a sneak peek at Tempting Faith, a potentially explosive new book by David Kuo, former Special Assistant to Bush and Deputy Director of the Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives. Read below the fold...

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Hello, Fellow Terrorist! The DoD is Watching

I'm having a typical Friday the 13th, so forgive the DU link. I'm sure this doesn't surprise you.
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Foley Nudie Pics?

Well, I guess it happens to everyone. Corrente now brings you pr0n.
The money quote:

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More Googly Evil


Because I like beating dead horses:

What’s at stake? Over the years, Google has collected a staggering amount of data, and the company cheerfully admits that in nine years of operation, it has never knowingly erased a single search query. It’s the biggest data pack rat west of the nsa, and for good reason: 99 percent of its revenue comes from selling ads that are specifically targeted to a user’s interests. “Google’s entire value proposition is to figure out what people want,” says Eric Goldman, a professor at Silicon Valley’s Santa Clara School of Law and director of the High Tech Law Institute. “But to read our minds, they need to know a lot about us.” Read below the fold...

Friday the 13th blogging

Friday the 13th is supposed to be unlucky...

What bad luck would you wish for the Republicans today? And will the bad luck be a 5:00 Horror ?

Christianists call this post an "imprecatory prayer." Read below the fold...


The semioticians at WaPo are parsing Bush's utterances again:

President Bush finds the world around him increasingly "unacceptable."

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Bush: "The stakes couldn't be higher"



Yes, they could be. ("Always wrong about everything.")

Then, too, there are the zombies...

NOTE Thirteen times with the "stakes," yet, from our relentlessly on message Preznit.

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