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"No one - not the cable news nets, not Karl Rove, and certainly not Bush himself seem to be able to internalize the notion that people basically can't stand the president." -- ,

New Rule: There's just something about a crew cut that says, "You can trust me." is Montana's new senator, John Tester. I don't know much about him. And I don't need to. His hair says it all. "I'm friendly, I'm dependable, I'm literally level-headed." If hair could smile, it would look like this. And most importantly, it's hair that says, "You will never ever, ever, ever find me snorting meth with a gay hooker." ---Bill Maher

"Donald Rumsfeld has resigned and the new Secretary of Defense is a guy named Robert Gates. He's a close friend of the Bush family...yeah, that always works out pretty well. Rumsfeld took it pretty well. He said he's eager now to move on to try and legalize torture in the private sector." ---David Letterman

"It has not been a good week for the Republicans. Actually, this election was like a divorce: they got rejected, insulted and lost the House." ---Jay Leno

"Today is Veteran's Day, so that won't affect anyone in the White House." ---Seth Meyers

"As a result of this week's election, the new Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, is now the most powerful woman in the country. After hearing this, Oprah Winfrey said, 'Yeah, right'." ---Conan O'Brien

Bipartisanship. Senators Susan Collins (Go Maine!) and Russ Feingold (Cheese!) inserted an amendment into a spending bill that would prevent the office of the Iraq Inspector General . Unscrupulous Republicans tried to eliminate the office, which has exposed millions of dollars in waste by unscrupulous reconstruction companies. Sorry for the redundancy.

You must watch this -- and share it Keith Olbermann did an segment on John Moody's "The Fox memo" that the . Robert Greenwald explains… -WMP -QT Heads should roll, but they won't. FOX has a function to fill for the administration and fill it they will. The sad fact is that Conservatives will probably watch FOX even more now. Root, root, root for the home team… Newshounds: Cenk Unger:

The "myth of the light résumé." Yesterday on Imus in the Morning, ol' Leatherface was complaining that Barack Obama wasn't ready to be president because he didn't have enough experience. His guest, author , made a good point: James Buchanan was loaded with foreign and domestic experience (congressman, two-term senator, minister to Russia and Great Britain, Secretary of State) and turned out to be one of our worst presidents. Meanwhile, Abe Lincoln, who'd served only one term in the House, became one of our greatest. So take them marbles outta yer mouth "I-Man" (how cute), and have a cuppa STFU on me.

The new GOP. Let's see: we now have an RNC chair who thought it would be a swell idea to the plight of Terri Schiavo for political gain. We now have a Senate whip who considers the era of black lynchings the "." As for anointed Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell? Well, he gets his own "tool box:" "I think Secretary Rumsfeld's done an excellent job. He'll be remembered as one of the great secretaries of defense." ---CBS News' , September 3, 2006. Can they pick `em or can they pick `em?

Eliminating hunger in America...in one easy step. Step 1) Have the USDA eliminate the word "hunger" and replace it with "." Poof! No more hunger. And next the government will make global warming disappear by renaming it "Tropical Paradise Realignment."

Marriage, the sacredest institution. The Daily Show's Jason Jones waxes nostalgic on why the gay marriage amendment failed in Arizona...and why it passed in seven other states:

 

Jason Jones: "It's complex, but the simplest explanation is it's a different gay in Arizona---a dry gay. It still drove turnout among values voters---that's why most of these referenda passed, but Republican strategists didn't count on the president being less popular than gay marriage. Apparently, the prospect of continued GOP control of Congress is even scarier than the thought of two men humping in your neighborhood."

Jon Stewart: Who is affected in the seven states with the ban?

Jones: Well, it's actually a defense of marriage act, Jon. It says to homosexuals wishing to spend their lives in a happy, committed relationship, "Marriage doesn't apply to you." But...if you're in a loveless heterosexual marriage, don't worry, [it] doesn't apply to you. Or, for that matter, arranged marriages. Or third marriages. Or Russian brides. Or abusive alcoholic co-dependent locked-in-a-cycle-of-violence-and-despair [marriages]. That's covered. And if you're a repressed homosexual who manages to squeeze three kids out of your wife by mentally airbrushing Pierce Brosnan's asscrack on her lips, fear not! Marriage remains the same sacred institution you've always been trapped in.

"Rather than allow Bush to get credit for ending the war in Iraq,
Dems prefer to leave Iraq in play at least through the 2008 election
so that they can use it as a wedge issue..."
-- Michael Reagan, as sharp as his old man (not a compliment) So, after three years of wall-to-wall solidarity with "Stay the course, we're not coming home until we achieve victory," Bush has suddenly morphed into the "changing tactics guy who wants to end the war and bring the troops home," ...but the Democrats won't let him? Michael, by any chance, do you work in talk radio?

GOP borrows more than the Dems Over the last 60 years Republican Presidents have out borrowed Democratics by almost a three to one ratio

Your so-called liberal media Still not liberal. In fact, it's filled with

Let's take a look at what Bush is saying about Iraq Here's really the key part of story:

"You've got to remember, whatever the Democrats say, it's Bush still calling the shots. He believes it's a matter of political will. That's what [Henry] Kissinger told him. And he's going to stick with it," a former senior administration official said. "He [Bush] is in a state of denial about Iraq. Nobody else is any more. But he is. But he knows he's got less than a year, maybe six months, to make it work. If it fails, I expect the withdrawal process to begin next fall."

The "last push" strategy is also intended to give Mr Bush and the Republicans "political time and space" to recover from their election drubbing and prepare for the 2008 presidential campaign, the official said. "The Iraq Study Group buys time for the president to have one last go. If the Democrats are smart, they'll play along, and I think they will. But forget about bipartisanship. It's all about who's going to be in best shape to win the White House.

The official added: "Bush has said 'no' to withdrawal, so what else do you have? The Baker report will be a set of ideas, more realistic than in the past, that can be used as political tools. What they're going to say is: lower the goals, forget about the democracy crap, put more resources in, do it."

The President is still in denial, with Kissinger whispering in his ear. Are we really going through this again, three decades later?

Here are the four points of the President's "victory strategy," according to :

· Increase US troop levels by up to 20,000 to secure Baghdad and allow redeployments elsewhere in Iraq

· Focus on regional cooperation with international conference and/or direct diplomatic involvement of countries such as Kuwait and Saudi Arabia

· Revive reconciliation process between Sunni, Shia and others

· Increased resources from Congress to fund training and equipment of Iraqi security forces

You might call it a four-word strategy: More of the same.

"We cannot heal America if we continue with policies that are based on lies. We'll never
be able to bring closure to this Iraq matter unless we tell the truth about what happened.
So America needs a new approach of truth and reconciliation. This relates to the conscience
of this country. [We need] a sober reflection about the events that have transpired since 9/11,
with respect to Iraq. And until we do this, we will be trapped not only physically in Iraq, we'll be
trapped emotionally and spiritually in Iraq. We may never get out of Iraq if we don't tell the truth."
-- Dennis Kucinich,

Bush-style bipartisanship From :

After calling for bipartisanship, President Bush surprised Senate Democrats late Tuesday by renominating a controversial list of judges – some of whom may be unacceptable even to a few Republican senators. “It’s an unfortunate signal,” said one senior Democratic Senate aide. The likelihood of action is remote on any of the nominees before the Dec. 15 scheduled adjournment of the lame-duck session. The White House action is viewed largely as an effort to appease the party’s conservative base.

Empty gestures intended to placate an angry base. Another reminder of what a weakened White House looks like.

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The Department of Homeland Security proposed back in July that would fundamentally undermine the right of American citizens to travel abroad. Public carriers–airlines, cruise lines, even fishing boats–will be required to submit the names of all passengers to Homeland Security prior to departure and to obtain permission from Homeland Security to board those passengers. These new rules will take effect January 14, 2007.

Current practices already represent a severe restriction on the right to travel. The "no-fly list" dates back to 1990, but Patriot Act I created a new agency, the Transportation Security Administration, that was charged with creating and maintaining a list of people who were not allowed to board airplanes. The list was to have contained around 1,000 names by the end of 2001 of people strictly forbidden to fly plus a second longer list of "selectees" who were to be called out of line and subjected to closer searches and intense questioning before they were allowed to board. Many American politcal activists reported that they were on the "selectee" list. These lists of names were provided to airlines who were charged with the task of separating out listed passengers and notifying authorities. In December, 2005, a Swedish airline that the list had grown from 1,000 to over 80,000.

This isn't limited to airlines either…must report all passengers and receive clearance from HSA too. At risk of invoking , this is a little troubling for someone like me who loves to travel.

How low will McCain go? Conservative senators say they are “eager” to have Trent Lott (R-MS) return to leadership as Minority Whip. “,” said John McCain (R-AZ), “who has won Lott’s support for his likely presidential bid.”

Didn't listen to the generals then... At a Senate hearing yesterday, CentCom commander Gen. John Abizaid publicly said for the first time “that the American position in Iraq had been undermined by the Bush administration’s decision .”

Still ain't listening now... President Bush has told senior advisers that the United States needs to make “” to win the war in Iraq and “that instead of beginning a troop withdrawal next year, he may increase U.S. forces by up to 20,000 soldiers.” Meanwhile John McCain has that he would like to see another 20,000 U.S. troops in Iraq. As General Abizaid explained, McCain’s plan runs counter towards our goal in Iraq — specifically, the Iraqis taking responsibility for their own country. Abizaid said, “It is easy for the Iraqis to rely upon to us do this work. I believe that more American forces prevent the Iraqis from doing more, from taking more responsibility for their own future.” Moreover, we do not have the troops to send. Any attempt to send more troops to Iraq would, “at the moment, our nation’s all-volunteer Army and undermine our national security.”

“U.S. funds intended to promote democracy in Cuba have been used to buy ,” a government audit found. President Bush has planned to boost spending by $80 million on the program, which critics “have long charged…[is] aimed more at winning votes in Miami than triggering political change on the communist island.”

Speaking with reporters about the pursuit of nuclear progams by Iran and North Korea, a senior U.S. government official told Reuters: “We, the United States, and others who might be threatened by these developments will have to look at how to respond and .” Meet the .

for the release of Fox News reporters?

We Didn't Bury Kissinger He got a Nobel Peace Prize and was elevated to Elder Statesman status by his media sycophants. And, no, I don't mean we should've killed Kissinger. But we should've buried Kissinger As Public Intellectual. But, the Grand Old Men of Washington loved him. They still do. Gordon Liddy is always on my teevee. Chuck Colson is a good moral man. We also didn't bury the Iran-Contra nuts. Richard Cohen wrote nice things about that nice Cap Weinberger who, whatever his involvement, could've at least helped put the Iran Contra nuts away. So, we had more crazy illegal foreign policy. Another disastrous war. Hundreds of thousands killed, with Fred Hiatt cheering it on. So, yes, we're going And we'll go through it again, because the Establishment gets it wrong every time.

Huzzah! It strikes me that the celebratory mood our side should embrace for awhile has dried up rather quickly. Yes there are lots of things in the world to be pissed about which won't magically be fixed the day we start calling her Speaker Pelosi. Yes the media sucks and our leaders are imperfect. And, yes, George Bush sh*t the bed and there's no good way to unsh*t it. But, no, the future of the Republic doesn't depend on who is elected to be Majority leader, or just about anything else right now. Relax. Put your feet up. Feel like a winner for a few minutes.

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November 16, 2006 - 6:02pm

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