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"President Bush said today the U.S. will not attack North Korea. Oh sure, but we may liberate them." ---Jay Leno

"President Bush at a press conference is like the dumb kid in school who gets called up to the blackboard. You feel bad for him, but there's nothing you can do to help."--Jimmy Kimmel

"President Bush helped dedicate an aircraft carrier named after his father. Isn't that nice? He christened the ship by saying, 'It's great to be here on the USS Dad.'" --Conan O'Brien

"It was reported this week that a $20 million provision has been placed in the military spending bill to pay for a party celebrating America's victory in Iraq and Afghanistan. So save the date: February 8th, 3046." --Amy Poehler

"Let's pretend this [electric] plug is 'Iraq' and you're trying to connect it to the 'War on Terror,' which is this avocado. You can do it, but here's the problem: the avocado still doesn't turn on. And now your plug is covered in guacamole." ---Jon Stewart

Advice to Democrats on Iraq: Not "cut and run"..."sever and stroll."
Advice to Republicans on Iraq: "What's Iraq?"

Advice to Democrats on global warming: Appeal to coastal voters in states like Florida.
Advice to Republicans on global warming: Appeal to future coastal voters in states like Ohio.

Advice to Democrats on jobs: Support honest crusaders for workers' rights, like the Teamsters.
Advice to Republicans on jobs: "I hear the army's hiring..."

Advice to Democrats on the budget: Say you won't balance the budget on the backs of the poor.
Advice to Republicans on the budget: Say you'll sell advertising on the backs of the poor.
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25 days `til the most important day of 2006. The Craaaazy dinette and mattress sale at Bob's Discount Furniture!  Oh, and the day that the light at the end of the tunnel may appear....

Is it bad luck not to be superstitious?  Friday the 13th.  Now, everybody just calm down...it's only a significant date if you're irrationally superstitious.  Or if you get fired, hit by a bus, arrested, bankrupted, carpetburned, stuck in an elevator, shot at, abducted by right-wing bloggers, mauled by a wildebeest, waterboarded, caught in a sex scandal, or if you're Grover Norquist and a new Senate report drowns you in the bathtub for "" on American taxpayers.  So get out there and have a greeeeeat day!

Jon Stewart was on fire last night. (If you can't watch this where you are, forward it to where you can!) First he goes after Bush for his patronizing (and sometimes flattering) demeanor with the White House press corps. Then, after getting a few good jabs in, he points out the disconnect between the reality and rhetoric of "listening to the Generals on the ground." -WMP -QT From troop levels to civil war, we hear the Generals say the exact opposite of what the President says in public. Maybe this is what Woodward meant by 'state of denial'?

If we don't know, we invade!  “With our intelligence on North Korea so uneven, ,” writes American Enterprise Institute scholar Dan Blumenthal, one of several prominent neoconservatives now advocating regime change “by military means, if necessary” in the wake of North Korea’s nuclear test.

Corruption watch “Five conservative nonprofit organizations, including one run by prominent Republican Grover Norquist, ‘‘ on taxpayers by selling their clout to lobbyist Jack Abramoff, Senate investigators said in a report issued yesterday.” 

Wal-Mart dirty again  A Pennsylvania state jury ruled that Wal-Mart broke state labor laws by “forcing employees to , a decision plaintiffs’ lawyers said would result in at least $62 million in damages.” Wal-Mart “is facing a slew of similar suits around the country.”

Doonesbury has a new military blog . It's enormously compelling, and while we're here, Garry Trudeau is a great American.

We just love our children...to death  106: Number of countries that still allow physical punishment in schools, according to a new U.N. report, which also concluded that “in 2002 some 150 million girls and 73 million boys were subjected to forced sexual intercourse and other forms of violence involving touch, while .”

Bush drops again The Wall St. Journal () reports that the latest Harris Interactive Poll shows that President Bush's approval rating dropped four points this month, from 38% to 34%.

may have been to the agency’s secret rendition program. “He set me on the trail,” said reporter Stephen Grey. 

 The Wall St. Journal () today analyzes how the war on terror affects voters.

The latest research shows that because such violent political acts are brutal reminders of death, they make conservatives, but not liberals, more hostile toward those perceived as different, and more supportive of extreme military policies, according to a study in April in Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin. Although some voters would feel betrayed by incumbents who failed to protect them, researchers say, these days that trend would more likely be swamped by a surge toward candidates perceived as hawks on national security.

This says to me there will be another October surprise that results in elevating the terror threat. The goal of this Administration is to use the war on terror to strike fear in the heart of every American. Fear that will translate into votes. This time around, with all their current problems, they need a doozie. Don't put it past them.

“At least 135 federal employees, including a White House staff member and National Security Agency employees, from a diploma mill.” 

 Mother Jones has a feature article warning internet users aboutabout them.

Internet privacy? Google already knows more about you than the National Security Agency ever will. And don't assume for a minute it can keep a secret. YouTube fans--and everybody else--beware.....the question is not whether Google will always do the right thing--it hasn't, and it won't. It's whether Google, with its insatiable thirst for your personal data, has become the greatest threat to privacy ever known, a vast informational honey pot that attracts hackers, crackers, online thieves, and--perhaps most worrisome of all--a government intent on finding convenient ways to spy on its own citizenry.

Edwards running even with Clinton?  Already?   When Mark Warner's political strategist, Mudcat Saunders, told Political Wire earlier this year that he thought John Edwards was the in 2008 it must have made Warner pause. With Warner now of the running, the main beneficiary is Edwards. Edwards just lost his most serious Southern opponent and is now the clear favorite in South Carolina's primary. He has the best organization in Iowa and in the polls. He's actively against the Iraq war and admitted his Senate vote in favor of it was a mistake. He's also agressively courted key Democratic constituencies with his efforts to end poverty. But most important, Edwards' "" strategy is building an impressive base of supporters around the country. The Political Wire says: Edwards should now be considered on equal footing with Sen. Hillary Clinton as the two front-runners for the Democratic presidential nomination.

Being correct.  Pollster John Zogby says that the recent report suggesting that 655,000 Iraqi civilians have died since the U.S. invasion and occupation of Iraq is accurate.  I'm 100 percent sure I wish he was 100 percent wrong.

What?  No skills for real jobs? 
"Over a three-year period ending in 2005, nearly 1,600 former lawmakers across the country were registered at some point to lobby state legislatures for special interests, according to an analysis by the Center for Public Integrity. More than 1,300 ex-lawmakers were registered to lobby in 2005 alone." (Center for Public Integrity)

Remember, they're not convicted -- they're not even charged   "'One sailor specifically said, "I took the detainee by the head and smashed his head into the cell door,"' Sgt. Heather Cerveny tells ABC News in an exclusive interview. "She says she was 'shocked' to hear several guards from different parts of the camp speak openly of mistreating prisoners. "'Everyone in the group laughed at all their stories of beating detainees,' she recalled. 'None of them looked like they cared. None of them looked shocked by it.'" (ABC News)

Bush is the last one to see it   "Britain's army chief, who set off a political storm by calling for troops to be withdrawn from Iraq "soon," said Friday he meant a phased withdrawal over two or three years, and denied that he was attacking government policy. "Dannatt said in the initial interview that the British military should 'get ourselves out sometime soon because our presence exacerbates the security problems.'" (WPost, )

Democratic brain farts we'd like to forget.  101 years ago tomorrow, in 1905, former president Grover Cleveland wrote an article for 'Ladies Home Journal,' opposing women's voting rights.  His words:  "We all know how much further women go than men in their social rivalries and jealousies...sensible and responsible women do not want to vote.  The relative positions to be assumed by men and women in the working out of our civilization were assigned long ago by a higher intelligence."  I believe the relative position of his wife's rolling pin that night was right between the eyes.

Yeah, but isn't she Muslim? She's gotta be -- right?    "The latest Sacramento resident to be questioned by federal agents in possible threats against President Bush is a 14-year-old girl with a heart on her backpack and braces on her teeth, a freckle-nosed adolescent who is passionate about liberal politics and cute movie stars. "Her name is Julia Wilson, and she learned a vivid civics lesson Wednesday when two Secret Service agents pulled her out of biology class at McClatchy High School to ask about comments and images she posted on MySpace. . . . "Earlier this month, federal officials arrested two Sacramento-area men for allegedly threatening the president. Elk Grove resident Michael Lee Braun has been charged with sending two threatening letters to the El Dorado Hills country club where Bush recently made an appearance. Rocklin resident Howard J. Kinsey is accused of threatening the president through a text message." (Sacramento (Calif.) Bee)

Once again, Newsweek’s U.S. editors have chosen a stupid cover for Americans while filling all three international editions with interesting, in-depth articles about disturbing topics Americans should know. Last time — — the international editions’ cover story was “Losing Afghanistan.” The U.S. dummies got a cover story about a lesbian who takes pictures of celebrities. It’s even worse this time around. More after the jump. Or, for U.S. readers:  

Naval gazing.  231 years ago today, the Continental Congress said, "Sure, why not?" (more accurately, "Sureth, why noteth?") to arming two ships with cannons.  Little did they know that they had just formed the .  Today, of course, Congress would give the (no-bid) cannon contract to McDonnell Douglas, tack on twenty billion dollars in pork, and label anyone who didn't vote for it a terrorist appeaser.  See?  We learn as we go.

Celebrity (non-)power.  On October 13, 1957, entertainment titans Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra introduced a new car on ABC-TV.  The hour-long special was a big ratings hit. Unfortunately, the car they were hawking...was the Edsel.  And not even God could move that piece `o tin.

How bad is the GOP?  NRA is backing 60 Dems!  The NRA, which doesn’t particularly care which party isn’t treading on them, is supporting 60 Democrats in the midterms. []  Gun control doesn't figure prominently in the Democratic platform, and beyond debates over extending the assault-weapons ban, there has been no traction for gun-control proposals.....Stacey Paxton, spokeswoman for the Democratic National Committee, says firearms aren't on the list of priorities Democrats would address if they gain control of committees on Capitol Hill. "This isn't anything that's on the radar screen right now," she said. Using the gun issue to frighten voters is "more of a desperate attempt to try to distract people from the real issues facing Congress right now and the choice people have before them in November."

As seen on Countdown     Buck O‘Neil died Friday night from cancer of the bone marrow and congestive heart failure, both only diagnosed within the last month.  We were privileged to be on the planet at the same time he was.

Editers are guud  Whoever in the Ottawa County Clerk’s Office proofreads the ballots in Ottawa County, Michigan, si costing the county $40,000 because he or she missed a typo -- which resulted in one misspelled the word: public.  Left out the “L.”  You can enunciate for yourself how the mistaken version of that word sounds.  Obviously the County Clerk’s spelling was just a hair off. 

Media Matters.  The "far-left, George Soros-funded smear site (and Italian bistro)" comes up with twelve Foleygate whoppers being spouted by the Republicans...and .

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October 13, 2006 - 9:24pm

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