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Fuck the rich

Democrats to let Bush's tax giveaway to the rich expire. And about time, too:

The House Thursday narrowly passed a $2.9 trillion Democratic budget blueprint predicting a big surplus in five years but relying on the expiration of tax cuts to do so.

And better news: Read below the fold...

Republicans: Government is fiefdom for "loyal Bushies"


"The distinction between 'political' and 'performance-related' reasons for removing a United States attorney is, in my view, largely artificial," Kyle Sampson told the Senate Judiciary Committee.

R-i-i-g-h-t. All perfectly normal:

Because, for a Republican, allowing Republicans to get away with corruption, and ginning up fake "voter fraud" allegations against Democrats is exactly the performance they want.

Talk about defining deviancy down! Read below the fold...

A Portrait of the Pundit as an Old Hack

Bien sur Dean Broder, who seems unable to connect the largest of dots, even when they're in his own column. Amid shopworn anecdotes of when Reagan's budget director, David Stockman, was Daniel Moynihan's baby sitter at Harvard, we get this: Read below the fold...

Saint John McCain MySpace site hacked by designer whose work and bandwidth he stole


[I meant to genuflect when I mentioned McCain's name, but there's no room to do that in a headline.]

mcain At left you see the end result. Here's the story as Mike Davidon, the designer, tells it:

Why would a presidential candidate make such an important announcement on his MySpace page?

The answer? He wouldn't.

But I would.

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"Loyal Bushies" at "Justice" turn on each other

And it couldn't happen to a nicer clutch of weasels. WaPo:

The Justice Department admitted today that officials "may have provided inaccurate and incomplete information" to Congress about the firings of eight U.S. attorneys, and turned over new documents laying the blame for the inaccuracies on the attorney general's former chief of staff.

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Payback is a bitch Goddess

USA Today via Think Progress:

Goodling’s announcement, some senior Republicans felt, strengthened the Democrats’ charge that the Justice Department had something to hide.

All of which added up to scandal fatigue inside the caucus, the senators said.

Specter’s appeal to the caucus [to downplay Goodling’s announcement] received “a lot of head shaking, a lot of eye-rolling,” said one senator who attended and spoke on condition of anonymity because the session was private.

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Saudis heave Bush over the side as "loyal Bushies" begin to eat their own


What a shame. Even the pushers won't sell to the man anymore. WaPo's Jim Hoagland:

President Bush enjoys hosting formal state dinners about as much as having a root canal. Or proposing tax increases. So his decision to schedule a mid-April White House gala for Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah signified the president's high regard for an Arab monarch who is also a Bush family friend.

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Don't people take the Fifth before Congress, instead of just not showing up?

That's how it worked in the Joe McCarthy's day, anyhow.

But Monica [snicker] Goodling is refusing even to appear before Congress.

Are there any precedents for that? Read below the fold...

NPR is teh suck

Apparently, Ari Shapiro has only Republicans in his Rolodex. He just did a story on the Senate oversight hearings on the FBI scandals. He then proceeded to start by quoting Spector, then Spector, Spector, Spector, finally a Democrat (Feinstein), and then Spector again. He never did quote the emininently quotable chair of the committee, Patrick Leahy. WTF?

You'd think NPR thought that the Republicans were a permanent majority, instead of a rump regional party beset by exploding scandals. Read below the fold...

Department of Peace vs. more pure baby sausage steps

On NPR the other day, I heard about the town of Fairmont, MN where the City Council passed a resolution advocating a department of peace.

And after hearing the vitriol, the fear, and the hate in the voices of the wingers who got the proposal unpassed toot sweet, I'm beginning to think it might be a good idea. (Yeah, Kucinich, who advocates it, is marginalized. But change begins at the margins.)

Here's the wingers were saying about it: Read below the fold...

And the problem with show trials would be?

What JMM puts the USA firings on a postcard:

The fuse was lit when the White House ordered the DOJ to fire the list of US Attorneys for hurting Republicans and not damaging Democrats. A really good cover story might have kept the thing hidden but a blanket refusal to discuss the matter -- in a department the Congress oversees -- was never going to cut it.

There's this old line the wise folks in Washington have that 'it's not the crime, but the cover-up.'

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New Zealand schoolgirls cost lying corporation $2 million


Global drugs giant GlaxoSmithKline faces a court case on Tuesday for misleading advertising after two 14-year-olds found its popular blackcurrant drink Ribena contained almost no vitamin C.

High school students Anna Devathasan and Jenny Suo tested the children's drink against advertising claims that "the blackcurrants in Ribena have four times the vitamin C of oranges" in 2004.

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Progress: Christianist takes the fifth instead of outright lying

Let's all be nice to Monica [snicker] Goodling!

After all, here's a Christianist who's at least willing to >take the fifth, instead of outright lying. We learn about Marcia's educational qualifications from the Amazing Froomkin: Read below the fold...

Arcade Fire

An ocean of noise... Chiming guitars... I'm not with The Man in the Grey Turtleneck on this one.

I give Funeral an 85 'cause it's good to dance to. Or, rather, I would, and it would be, if I could dance.

And how can you not love a band that lists eight (8) bassists? Plus a harp, by which they don't mean a harmonica. And "treatments"* whatever they are.

Besides, they're French, or at least from Quebec. Read below the fold...


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