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Now that we're arming the Sunnis too, does that mean Iraq is in a civil war?

McClatchy checks in with some people who are not insane:

At least six officers who served in Iraq shook their heads when asked about [a U.S. program to combat al-Qaida in Iraq by arming Sunni Muslims]. They said they had little faith in a Sunni community that was aggressively killing their comrades just months ago.

Our famously free press turns on a dime

Notice how now it's mentioned, just in passing and as a matter of routine, that the Senate has to muster the 60 votes for cloture to pass a Democratic bill, because otherwise the Republicans might "block" it?

Remember how it used to be high drama, a cause for pearl-clutching among the pundits, and heartburning on the teebee, and a sign of the imminent death of the Republic or at least Civility when the Democrats would filibuster--never, never merely "block"--a Republican bill?

I wonder why that would be?

Just asking... Read more about Our famously free press turns on a dime

Model railroading

Breaking: Hersh on Abu Ghraib

Rape. Father-son humiliation. Objects up the rectum. Torture. And the videos.

In other words, Republican sex.

Nice work, Christianists.

Hersh has the goods: The General Taguba interview.

UPDATE Hersh will be on CNN's Late Edition this morning. Read more about Breaking: Hersh on Abu Ghraib

Times Sheryl Gay Stolberg "White House Memo" shits the bed on Rove subpoenas

Look! Ari Fliescher is offering the Democrats some helpful advice!

And that's one of the beauties of this thing of ours the press has with Republicans--Once you're out of the administration, you get to be quoted as offering putatively objective commentary, as if you weren't still part of the VRWC. It's so beautiful it brings a tear to my eye. Look who Times stenographer Sheryl Gay Stolberg gets a quote from on subpoenas for Rove. They're serious! Read more about Times Sheryl Gay Stolberg "White House Memo" shits the bed on Rove subpoenas

Fixing the press is like draining the ocean

There's a circular ocean current called the north Pacific central that's the size of Africa, and all the floating plastic in the ocean eventually winds up there, conveyed there by the life-cycle of the seas. And since plastic isn't biodegradable, it never breaks down: It just goes round and round, endlessly, endlessly circulating.

The North Pacific Central is the world's largest landfill, except it's in the ocean. Read more about Fixing the press is like draining the ocean

Iran

The problem with Iran debate that the Beltway Bubblers are having is that all the parties involved, including the press, have appalling records of bad judgment, tendentious reporting and analysis, and outright lying--practices that have been personally very profitable for them and, until recently, politically profitable as well. The whole enterprise is as corrupt, and as self-reflective, as the Hall of Mirrors at Versailles. Read more about Iran

Mercenaries

Yeah, Bush is privatizing the war. Concealed casualty figures, murky chain of command, no oversight, no laws that apply, and billions for Republican contractors.

What's not to like? It's the magic of the marketplace!

Especially when we'll need Christian warriors for domestic purposes, if the real Army isn't up to the job. Read more about Mercenaries

Bush Justice Department steers bonuses to the Christianist attorneys

At the end of a very long story about how the Bush administration has remade the Department of Justice, we get this extremely buried lead.

It looks like the loyal Bushes are giving Christianists bonuses just because they're Christianists. Hey, doing well by doing good, eh?

Several career lawyers said that some political appointees favored the religious-oriented employees, intervening to steer $1,000 to $4,000 annual merit bonuses to them.

Bush court denies appeal of life sentence because of a judge's "inexplicable" typo

And guess who's in the majority? Times:

The Supreme Court ruled 5 to 4 today that an Ohio prisoner’s challenge of his murder conviction must be thrown out because he missed a filing deadline by a few days — not through his or his lawyer’s fault, but because a federal judge made a mistake.

The defendant had 30 days to file a notice of appeal of the denial, but failed to do so.

Chris Matthews on Fred Thompson: "All my Republicans wear English Leather--Or they wear nothing at all..."

Sweet Jeebus, Yet Another Republican Mancrush!

Via The Real Glenn:

[CHRIS MATTHEWS] Does [Fred Thompson] have sex appeal? I'm looking at this guy and I'm trying to find out the new order of things, and what works for women and what doesn't.

Can you smell the English leather on this guy, the Aqua Velva, the sort of mature man's shaving cream, or whatever, you know, after he shaved? Do you smell that sort of -- a little bit of cigar smoke? You know, whatever.

Judge Walton gives Scooterkins the incentive for a jailhouse deal

And isn't it obvious that's what the wingers are really concerned to prevent? Omerta must be preserved at all costs...

AP:

A federal judge said Thursday he will not delay a 2 1/2-year prison sentence for I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby in the CIA leak case, a ruling that could send the former White House aide to prison within weeks.

Can we please stop using that stupid "Bush legacy" meme?

God, this is stupid. Christian Science Monitor:

For President Bush to pull off a legacy in the final 19 months of his presidency...

[Reach me that bucket, wouldja, hon?]

Bush's legacy is already massive and extremely substantive:

Forget about the greatest strategic disaster in American history; that part of the Bush legacy is a no-brainer.

Let's talk about turning us into a nation of torturers; ; that's the Bush legacy. Read more about Can we please stop using that stupid "Bush legacy" meme?

The press and its endless quest for "authentic" candidates who somehow always turn out to be Republican

WaPo's very well-paid Chris Cillizza has a post up in "The Fix" that perfectly encapsulates the high-school level vapidity and screaming self-contradiction of our famously free press's quest for the "authentic" Presidential candidate.

On the one hand, Richardson seems authentic: Read more about The press and its endless quest for "authentic" candidates who somehow always turn out to be Republican

What the Howler said

Speaking of outrage fatigue and our famously free press: The Howler so gets it, and puts our current plight the simplest and starkest possible terms:

Yes, they’re not unlike a mafia. They’re a small, inept, intermarried group who have somehow gained control of a major industry. They’re dumb as rocks—but they’re in control. They have no plan to give up their power. (No wonder they love The Sopranos!)

So, we already know what to expect in 2008:

Quoting the great Gene Lyons: Read more about What the Howler said

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