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Foner Tags W as Worst President Ever

Via Atrios this morning I learned that Eric Foner, probably one of the rock stars of the historical profession, has ranked W as the worst president ever:

One other president bears comparison to Bush: James K. Polk. Some historians admire him, in part because he made their job easier by keeping a detailed diary during his administration, which spanned the years of the Mexican-American War. But Polk should be remembered primarily for launching that unprovoked attack on Mexico and seizing one-third of its territory for the United States.
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What's your Terror Score?

Don't ask. Homeland Security won't tell.

Almost every person entering and leaving the United States by air, sea or land is assessed based on ATS' analysis of their travel records and other data, including items such as where they are from, how they paid for tickets, their motor vehicle records, past one-way travel, seating preference and what kind of meal they ordered.

I'll have the Halal meal please... or maybe not. Read more about What's your Terror Score?

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Naval Operations in an Ice Free Arctic: Cruising toward Serfdom


I was cruising through the sphere today and wandered off into Kos. I usually don’t. I’ve been trying to reformulate my worldview. I found one of my axiomatic themes (geography determines economy) at Political Cortex. The change in climate, the development of quantum, photonic, encryption, simulated brains, feudal intellectual property rights, massive capital domination by a disproportionate few, not to mention electronic voting. Read more about Naval Operations in an Ice Free Arctic: Cruising toward Serfdom

Froomkin Strikes Clarion Blow For Bullshit!

Shh. Follow me to the depths, through the secret tunnels under the Mighty Corrente Building, where after a long and torturous journey you will either reach Underground Froomkin or, possibly, suffer devourage. Here's where St. Froom' tells you what he really thinks, before it gets watered down for the delicate ears of Post readers:

What is it about Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert that makes them so refreshing and attractive to a wide variety of viewers (including those so-important younger ones)? I would argue that, more than anything else, it is that they enthusiastically call bullshit.
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RIAA Terrorism

The RIAA is at it once again. What can I say without sounding, well . . . paranoid. I’ll just say it this way – if we say nothing, do nothing, we deserve the country we inherit. Fair use. Fair use. Fair use. The internet is a public resource and monopoly through criminalization in the name of privatization for domination is an abomination (I AM Somebody). Read more about RIAA Terrorism

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Mr. Maliki--Watch for the falling axe!

First, it was: "Brownie, you're doin' a heckuva job!"

Then it was" "Rumsfeldt will remain my Secretary of Defense through the end of my term."

Now we're told: "He's the right guy for Iraq and we're going to help him and it's in our interest to help him." Read more about Mr. Maliki--Watch for the falling axe!

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I’m upset. 50 rounds, fifty rounds – shoot, reload, shoot, reload, shoot – 50 damn rounds! 50! Did I mention the victims were unarmed? Fifty rounds. Read more about 50 SHOTS

"Always Make Yer Own": Reason #631

Amount of avocado in real guacamole: 4, or what I'm guessing is about 80% of the total mass in the dish.

Amount of avocado in Kraft Store-Bought "Convenient" Guacamole: 2%. Read more about "Always Make Yer Own": Reason #631

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A Fighter Pilot From Texas

Maj. Troy Gilbert, a 1993 graduate of Texas Tech University and an honored USAF pilot, is officially missing in action after his F-16 went down yesterday near Fallujah, Iraq. Gilbert, 34, is a father of five; his plane is from Cannon Air Force Base in Clovis, New Mexico. Read more about A Fighter Pilot From Texas

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Peace Reigns in Pagosa Springs!

Bill Trimarco and Lisa Jensen with their symbolic wreath.

From that Devil-Worshipping Yankee Rag, the New York Times:

DENVER, Nov. 28 — Peace is fighting back in Pagosa Springs.

Last week, a couple were threatened with fines of $25 a day by their homeowners’ association unless they removed a four-foot wreath shaped like a peace symbol from the front of their house.

Republicans to lose their Bible-study room in the Capitol

If studying the Bible is what led Republican Christianists to not be able to pass a budget (leaving Democrats to clean up the mess), not rein in Bush's illegal and unconstitutional warrantless wiretapping program (leaving Democrats to clean up the mess), and not be able to do one damn thing about the Iraq Clusterfuck (leaving Democrats to clean up the mess), then less Bible study, please, say I. The Hill: Read more about Republicans to lose their Bible-study room in the Capitol

The Iraqis can start fulfilling their civic reponsbilities by being less shrill


Get a load of this counterfactual rhetoric:

A statement issued by 30 [Iraqi] lawmakers and six Cabinet ministers said their boycott [of parliamentary proceedings] was necessary because the meeting constituted a "provocation to the feelings of the Iraqi people and a violation of their constitutional rights." The statement did not explain that claim.

No.... Read more about The Iraqis can start fulfilling their civic reponsbilities by being less shrill


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