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Xe -- nee Blackwater -- news: Founder moves to Abu Dhabi

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and, apparently, gets to keep the tons of money (remember the pallets of cash that vanished in Iraq) he / his company made. There is not sufficient profanity in the known universe.

“(Erik Prince) needs a break from America,” said one colleague, speaking only on the condition of anonymity about Mr. Prince’s long-rumored move.

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With US combat troops leaving Iraq tonight, evidently Prince thinks mercs like him need richer masters. Read below the fold...

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Roman Polanski Freed: Swiss "Considered National Interests"

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What Happens When Amateurs Panic?

Nothing pretty. Hysterical squalling over the airwaves aside, though, the grown-ups brush off the panic and pursue solutions. Read below the fold...

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Adventures On the Road

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Wednesday should've been so simple.
It was fun, to take my beloved to a remote location for his job. It was fun to have a day trip with him and see Texas in the late springtime, getting used to the town my son's moving to (Abilene) and getting me used to the idea of traveling US 84 and I-20 regularly.
It was fun having a couple of good meals I didn't have to plan or cook.
It was fun listening to him getting used to his new smart phone from the passenger seat.
It all came unwound on the way home when the water pump went out ... there's nothing like popping a hood to pull a dipstick and check your oil 'cause the light's blinking at a
construction stop on a steep ramp, and find green goo all over everything in the engine compartment. Read below the fold...

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The 2010 White House Garden Will Be Bigger

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The planting started yesterday.
I don't usually envy First Ladies. But apparently DC isn't facing another freeze this weekend, so gardening season is officially on there.

Mrs. Obama said that the 1,000 pounds of food harvested last year fed many people, both at the White House and at nearby homeless shelters. The work on the garden started a national conversation about healthy eating, she said.

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Kay Bailey Hutchison Wrote Me About Health Care

And just so y'all can see for yourselves how stupid the GOP thinks we are, I'm going to post the full letter here.

Dear Friend:

Thank you for contacting me regarding health care reform legislation. I welcome your thoughts and comments.

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Adult Entertainment

Keith Olbermann's father passed away Saturday, after a prolonged illness. For the past few weeks, and likely for a few more, he has not been hosting Countdown from his normal chair. Tonight, his guest host treated us to the full ugliness that is the anti-health-care Republican media machine: Read below the fold...

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Austin's Suicide Bomber Murdered a Vietnam Veteran

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By now you've all heard about the lunatic who drove his airplane into the Austin building where the IRS had its offices.
Two people died in the fiery plane crash Friday. The one you haven't heard about was this man, Vernon Hunter:
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Is This Texas' Next Governor?

The GOP contender sure wants to be.

I'm not sure Texas can stand another Read below the fold...

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Charlie Wilson has died at 76

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(crossposted from Whenceforth Progress)

Rest in peace, Charlie Wilson.

He represented Texas -- which is more than can be said of most of those who say they do so now, either in Austin or in DC.

Although he was not a perfect politician, and although some of the things he worked hardest for ultimately didn't go the way he hoped, Read below the fold...

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What Kind of Society Should America Be?

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One where James O"Keefe doesn't get sent home with Mum and Popsie for a felony, maybe?

Magistrate Judge Louis Moore made the order Tuesday as part of the conditions of release for O'Keefe, 25.

What if this had been a Mexican-looking kid? OPP remand, I'm thinking. Read below the fold...

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GEAUX SAINTS -- N'Awlins Makes the Super Bowl

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Yeah, I'll be cheering for the quarterback from the NFC and the team from New Orleans.
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Profiteering Reported in Haiti

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Gasoline on the open market at $8 a gallon, the black market at $20 a gallon, according to a live report from MSNBC, and the cost of a bottle of fresh water doubled during the day today at the one store in Port-au-Prince which still has water for sale. Read below the fold...

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