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Polls show decreasing support for the war in Iraq among those
in the military.
Is personalizing opinion worse than the Royal "We"? Plus, Digby
catches Mallard Fillmore papering over history.
Questions about Gerald Ford's disparaging comments to Bob
Woodward about Bush's war; Bush won't take questions about Iraq
while he tries to act involved and concerned.
Christmas culture wars over decorating styles; Main and
Looking back at the garbage Bush spewed in his debates with
Kerry; five more Americans die in Iraq.
More allegations about anti-Semitism from publisher Judith
On the Daily Show, Bill Kristol makes arguments for Bush which
shouldn't pass muster.
What opportunities will the Democrats have, come January, to
negotiate Bush out of Iraq?
The Feds drop an ACLU challenge they probably would have
Roadside protest, a la Burma Shave signs.
Beethoven entry at Wikipedia; stupidest phish of all time; how
will Bush claim HIS new way forward in Iraq?
Novelist Michael Crichton retorts to a critic through a fictional
Why would Bush care about the opinion of 10,000 scientists?
Bush's desire to get it right with respect to Iraq comes years
too late; best playlist of all time?
Horsefeathers wants to bomb Iran; Atrios counts Biden Shots.
Will Republicans tolerate Mitt Romney? Plus, reasons the odds are
against success for the Iraq Study Group's report.
The compromises of the Iraq Study Group.
If Gates hadn't been approved, what might we have expected?
Jose Padilla's treatment, while presumed innocent; web traffic
from Republicans and Democrats; is Iran the most disruptive force
in the Middle East?
Did Bush speed Rumsfeld's exit out of anger over a memo?
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Another place to turn for photos.
I'd still like to damn George Bush's soul to hell.
The Senate Judiciary Committee's behavior, when dominated by
Republicans; the Washington Post needs the Iraqis to tell them
when it's OK to call it a civil war; why not blame Clinton for
all that's wrong in Iraq?
British police seem slow to check the scene where a former
Russian spy says he was poisoned; continuing problems with
electronic voting in Florida.
A Democratic staff member is cleared of accusations he leaked
information; deaths in Iraq.
Thanksgiving wishes; Thomas Pynchon's "Against the Day;" Bush's
reckless gamble in Iraq; Bush won't leave Iraq because it
requires admitting a mistake.
Bush's toxicity is still strong after the midterm elections.
My "top ten" live albums; a "carbon tax," while well intentioned,
is merely a consumption tax.
Bush (damn him to hell) has foisted an incredible moral
obligation onto the United States; will Nancy Pelosi's failed
endorsement of Jack Murtha be a learning experience?
Giuliani? 2008? GOP? Fuhgeddabowdit.
Speaker-of-the-House-to-be Nancy Pelosi looks like she's making a
misstep by calling out for Jack Murtha in a leadership position;
Cass Gilbert; how Bush hurt midterm candidates.
PowerLine wants other media outlets to be less relentless, now
that the election is over; Cap Weinberger is unavailable, but
Bush 43 is mining others in his Dad's administration.
Am I dreaming, or has Horsefeathers gone silent over the midterm
Partisan values in the voting booth; George Allen's "macaca
moment" freed Gerald Ford.
Midterms elections over "Bush," vs. a failure to behave like an
independent branch of government; NRO bloggers treat Dem
victories as usurpation; sour grapes over RI Senator Lincoln
Chafee's defeat; the hidden costs of free content on the
Internet; White House hubris over the midterms has echoes of
Iraq; pundit perceptions of "reaching across the aisle."
Volunteering for the country; Osama sentenced to death (oops,
really Saddam, but is there a difference?)
Bush's capricious release of nuclear secrets for political gain;
mixed signals on November's job hires; terrorists gaming the
midterm elections, and a wingnut falls for it.
The back-pedaling in which some conservatives engage to defend
their poor conclusions; the desperate behaviors of the GOP in
the last days leading up to the midterm elections.
Republican stagecraft, as they try to act like there's nothing
wrong with their party; computer scariness.
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Campaigning, the President rejects the conclusions of the
intelligence agencies that our invasion of Iraq has been a
recruiting tool for terrorists.
Money spent on Internet companies post-luster.
At the foot of the President, conservative writers buy his
argument that the problem in Iraq is that we're not counting and
reporting how many enemy combatants have been killed.
Were people in the Bush White House rooting for North Korea to
The costs of war in Iraq; Bush's "stay the course" denials; a
U.S. State Department official has to retract his
characterizations of the Bush Administration's policies in
Lady Deborah Moody; the GOP wants to use the terrorism appeal,
but how successful will it be?
Why the U.S. government is a "coalition" government, and why you
can't tell what Republicans stand for.
Bloody day in Iraq.
Ohio wavers in its support for the GOP, and there are plenty of
Arlen Specter's moves over torture amendments invite
Air America files for bankruptcy.
A convicted criminal refuses to resign from Congress; how
Wal-Mart brings you your savings; a conservative columnist is
thrilled by the debate performance of a candidate she supports,
but probably didn't vote for John Kerry in '04.
A British general cites a need to leave Iraq "soon."
Fox News' Chris Wallace drips with smarm; Iraq, as viewed by the
press in 2003, certainly didn't hurt view of the President.
Is Libby acting like a terrorist?
Jobs report disappoints, again; victims groups call out for
former House Representative Mark Foley to identify his alleged
abuser; a White House employee in the Jack Abramoff-to-Karl Rove
tunnel decides to pursue employment elsewhere; the US government
refuses to turn over someone others see as a terrorist.
Separating the expected costs of Medicare from those for Social
Security; why the Dow Jones' passing of its high from six years
ago isn't a watershed event.
Pre-war refusals to discuss a post-Saddam Hussein plan for Iraq
were clear, even from Richard Perle.
Condoleezza Rice's denials that a pre-9/11 meeting between her
and the CIA Director prove to be invalid: the meeting
The Bush Administration's failure to attend to al Qaeda prior to
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Three fine pictures, from others; spam.
Why do the Democrats "need" a plan? It's not like Bush is sharing
all the intelligence with them, afterall.
Removing habeas corpus protections for suspected terrorists takes
us back to pre-Magna Carta times.
Powerline's continued adulation of Bush; Condoleezza Rice's silly
assertion that Bush was at least as aggressive as Clinton in
targeting terrorists prior to 9/11; the White House now shies
away from doing the math on terrorists.
US intelligence agencies conclude that the war in Iraq is
Using the ability to explain violence in Iraq to discount its
importance; election shenanigans.
A potential fallback response for the Democrats over their poor
handling of Bush's efforts to deny habeas corpus to
9/11 hijackers were not identified in advance by a fata gathering
program; the "Today" show wastes time on a fast food idea which
may or may not happen, years away.
The U.S. has concerns about the Iraqi PM, failing to recognize
the magnitude of the challenge the U.S. provided; Bush's use of
the phrase "Islamic Fascists" may be short-lived.
Recommended reading: U.S. military efforts to ease tensions at
The failure of the Democrats to argue for detainee rights; Pope
Benedict's tin ear.
Eric Alterman's new home.
Claims that Democrats don't understand the treat in Iraq ignore
how much the White House has gotten wrong.
DHS and the US government finally announce Bin Laden's intentions
in his November, 2004 message; Dick Cheney's new excuse for why
we haven't been greeted as liberators yet.
September 11: my take on broader implications.
September 11: personal experiences.
White House attempts to sidestep accountability and ignore a
Senate report concluding Saddam Hussein was not in cahoots with
al Qaeda; the fascism continuum: are we moving further down
The convergence of the anniversary of 9/11, the President's
politicizing of it, and ABCs distorted "docu-drama."
The President's interest in marketing 9/11 seems to require that
he ignore all prior acts of terrorism, such as those from the
KKK; the President's assurances that torture is against our
values ring hollow.
ABC's 9/11 Fairy tale: full of giants and goblins and too little
truth - - why wasn't it handled by the news division, rather
than sacrifice truth at all?
The terrorist Banksy hates Paris Hilton and our way of life; Fox
cable ratings, big in a small pond, may still be an issue of ho-
hum; Power Line achieves beneficence by reminding me of Van
Morrison's birthday, but they seem lost in 30 year old
James Wolcott again exemplifies the brilliance of left-wing
For once, monthly job figures exceed expectations (soft ones,
though); inside shots of the Revere Sugar Factory in Red Hook,
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Stephen Rittenberg (at Horsefeathers), in his lust to push a
viewpoint, gets practically nothing right over Richard Armitage
and Valerie Plame.
The media's failure to think independently led them to act like
lemmings over the latest twist in the Jon Benet Ramsey case;
President Bush supports the renomination, without any mention of
skepticism, of an official accused of corruption.
Right wingers forget why the Plame case matters; Richard
Armitage's role in one aspect of the Plame case.
Real estate economics, Alan Greenspan, and fueling the
How to get labeled as an uncooperative terrorist by the FBI (a
beginners guide); some Republicans, unabashed by the Iraq
experience, worry that intelligence about Iraq is too soft.
When the President is supposed to campaign against "the left,"
the target is really the majority of Americans who disapprove of
his job performance.
Why voting for Democrats is not a vote for terrorists.
Abandoning Ned Lamont out of boredom; why doesn't a pundit like
Chris Matthews work to understand what the truth is? Plus,
notoriety for my efforts, but I'm not named.
The media's real bias is towards commerce, of course.
White House Press Secretary Tony Snow shoots the messenger, plus
The GOP's profits from terrorism.
The Bush Administration's myopic efforts to define progress in
Iraq in terms of establishing government, no matter the carnage
that surrounds it.
Horsefeathers continues to see anti-Semitism where it isn't, this
time in the Connecticut voters who chose Lamont over
Further thoughts on the Presidential Daily Brief which warned
that Osama Bin Laden was determined to strike at the US, and
White House claims that there had been no warning.
Impressions of Beacon, NY; fifth year anniversary of when Bush
received that Presidential Daily Brief about Osama Bin Laden;
Larry the Lobster lives, on Wikipedia at least.
How Bin Laden worked to have Bush reelected; job figures
disappoint expectations again.
While Bush and the press joke about room renovations, people are
dying in Baghdad.
If you SEE something, SAY something; up periscope: Bush's need to
assess his policies' impact on how other leaders succeed with
their countries; Meat Loaf sheathes his sword against Jim
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Do Israeli plans for a cease-fire suggest compassion beyond
strategy? Plus, praise for community Internet sites.
Bush's invasion of Iraq shouldn't be called "bold" when so much
of America supported it already; Bush endorsed "In God We Trust,"
and claims universal recognition of God with his "We;" the Who
(er, make that Peter Townshend) can't get their
his act straight before making concert plans.
Choosing between babies and frozen stem cells.
Oboe blues: mourning John Mack.
Bush's fly-swatting envy of Israel's actions; U.S. is moving more
troops into Baghdad, but is that enough to really help?
A Pentagon Web site makes the war against terror look stale;
Short-sighted investing and Detroit's woes; Richard Cohen cops
out on Hezbollah.
Bush's open mike coarseness while talking to Blair is a
continuing exhibition of a lack of decorum.
Distinction through extremism on the Internet; the New York Times
isn't the only media outlet to see its stock price decline.
Dick Cheney's "one percent" doctrine; Arlen Specter caves in to
the President in the interest of claiming a deal; anthrax scare
at the New York Times.
Shocking juxtaposition; resurrecting the word "quagmire" in Iraq;
the Metropolitan Museum of Art raises its "suggested
Medical costs and malpractice suits.
Withdrawing plaudits for Bush's foreign policy; does undermining
another government violate their sovereignty?
Blogging isn't self-expression? What? Plus, tax revenues suggest
the deficit won't be as bad as predicted; applying the 75 year
projection idea used for Social Security to other government
The President's forked tongue at today's press conference; yet
again, the actual increases in new jobs fall short of
Newly back from Florida, a few links to reward your return; we,
however, were greeted by the passing of one of our guinea
Break warning; further carnage in Baghdad reminds of the
emptiness with which Bush talks about the deaths. "Just Wait."
Cubs fan, must be.
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Bush's ultra-fine moment when he nominated Bernie Kerik to head
the Department of Homeland Security is remembered, as Kerik
pleads guilty; the Supreme Court's decision against Bush over
Guantanamo reminds us of the importance of three independent
branches of government.
The Flag Amendment is every bit as repugnant as flag burning, but
how do you define desecration? To you, or to me?
Arguments that the New York Times has been treasonous are smoke
and mirrors, meant to distract from the broader lack of
accountability in the Bush Administration over Iraq.
MSNBC rolls the dice and puts on-camera talent at the helm of the
The latest terrorist plot: yeah, let's prosecute, but this didn't
deserve a press conference from the Attorney General.
Blame and credit for GOPUSA.com.
Surprising musical sophistication, even over Steve Miller; the
sense of being cool on the porch, and the nonsense of the racial
epithet; maybe something on Cheney beats watching the
Cheney lies, and lies and lies and lies.
Ann Coulter doesn't surprise me, but the continuing market for
her hate does.
Is Iraq like Thomas Mann's "The Magic Mountain"?
Counting the dead in Iraq, and the latest "milestone;" local
interest items; trying to export democracy while using
Finding that rare Father's Day item for dad.
We can't very well put on a better face for the rest of the world
if the President is breaking the laws at home.
Suicides at Guantanamo should provoke a national dialog, not
Zarqawi dies, and we need to put his death in context; local real
estate blog gets a case of NIMBY.
Continuing exposure for Senate candidate Kathryn Harris; Bill
Ordering a pizza in a world without privacy.
Continued Gore-bashing; James Wolcott trains his steely eye on
When the media continues to get it wrong about Saddam Hussein
having WMDs, is there any way to save face?
News from Iraq doesn't help the GOP, and neither do the details
of our "booming" economy: jobs figures again fall short.
What are the dynamics underlying slashes in anti-terrorism
funding for New York City?
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Accusations that some of our soldiers may have slaughtered
innocents in Iraq allow wingnuts an opportunity to say that Abu
Ghraib abuses were unimportant. Yeah, right.
Events at a Yankees game remind me how much I want my country
back; in Baghdad, Olympic athletes are shot for wearing
Treasury Secretary John Snow's long twist in the wind may soon be
over; news on the Internet gets so widely disseminated, sometimes
you have to ask why.
The Attorney General suggests journalists might get prosecuted
for publishing leaked information, forgetting how much the Bush
Administration did precisely how much the White House leaked in
arguing for war against Iraq.
Light blogging warning while my wife and I celebrate our 17th
wedding anniversary. We got a thing, and it's called Radar
Big Government kowtows to Conservatives who want to seal the
borders, and in doing so Big Government subcontracts to its
The Pentagon distances itself from a film on the realities of
Reconsidering Laura Bush.
In praise of leaks.
Searching for a lost Stephen Wright novel; remembering the Libyan
Household budgetary pressures thanks to interest rate increases
on adjustable rate mortgages and higher gas prices.
With Bush poll figures continuing to sink, the Democrats need to
go for the jugular.
The longer term goals of the those who believe in Right To Life
suggest that birth control may be threatened also; Thomas
Pynchon's birthday tomorrow; cultural literacy test in a
Tallying up the months when the jobs figures fell short of
expectations vs. surpassing them.
Figures for new jobs disappoint Wall Street more often than not;
Satan's Laundromat is active again.
A historic warehouse in Brooklyn burns down; Moussaoui spared the
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White House candor over gas prices.
David Brooks' wrong-headed arguments for the gasoline tax; deaths
in Iraq reach a recent peak.
Any room for compassionate conservatism with Rush Limbaugh, since
being booked for drug abuse?
Atrios disagrees with Andrew Sullivan, but for the wrong
It wasn't faulty intelligence on WMDs which led us into Iraq, it
was the willingness to ignore intelligence, in order to achieve a
cherished goal, which led us there.
Selectively following moral codes; the White House's slow
reaction to CIA leaks.
For political expedience, a Florida politician distances himself
from Jeb Bush.
When Bush expresses confidence in Rumsfeld, it's hardly worth
reporting; blogger revenge.
Regarding the retired generals who have come out against
Rumsfeld; the Monkees' tune "Your Auntie Grizelda;"
How early decisions to limit the number of troops in Iraq have
made it more dangerous for our troops now.
Right wing commentators who play the role of Pharisees in
disregarding the messages of people like Howard Dean and Cindy
Sheehan probably wouldn't know Jesus if he was sitting right in
front of them.
Tooting my horn: I'm a published photographer.
Now that so many thousands have been stricken with health
problems after 9/11, it's high time to see what the EPA was doing
to "protect" us.
Bush's selective leaks on Iraq for the press were so different
from hpw he treated senators who were going to vote on te
authorization to use force.
When the wealthy spend millions on rare paintings, are they still
using their tax cuts to create jobs and spur growth?
The Washington Post buries a story on the White House Global War
on Science; Bush's leak should end all talk of his being a
Dwight Gooden's waste of opportunities.
Bush's tax cuts for the wealthy; Tom Delay dropping out of the
Condoleezza Rice's inept discussion about mistakes made in
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Bummed: no National Anthems in a DVD set billed as the complete
1986 World Series.
The company's new office.
Bush may be smart enough to understand the deep routes of
sectarian violence in Iraq, but he should have seen it in advance
of the war, and staffed accordingly.
Cutbacks within the Roman Catholic Church here in New York
CNN abdicates its role as a primary news source; Bush's early
intentions to war against Iraq.
The Washington Post's Web site hires a conservative blogger, and
it really goes badly.
A photo to see...
A spending bill tries to pretend it's a law, in violation of the
Constitution; top U.S. general shows how little he's understood
what we're up against in Iraq.
Could Gore be President still? Plus, Bush admits that some future
President will clean up his mess in Iraq.
Maneuverings by Scooter Libby; Iraq at three years.
Long-time Bush family insider Jim Baker will head an effort to
examine our policies in Iraq. Will it do anything good?
Zacarias Moussaoui's trial is jeopardized by an attorney caught
Former SCOTUS Justice Sandra Day O'Connor warns against the
tyranny of those on the Right who try to move the courts in their
People lose jobs when too much Internet content is free.
Expressing pain and language barriers.
Will one of Saturn's moons be the next Gitmo?
Is Barry Bonds under additional scrutiny over steroids because of
Unfazed by several court decisions, Bush wants a line-item
The Arts: George Clooney's Oscar speech; in search of the great
Canadian musicians; Todd Rundgren comes to grip with his past.
Oh, and I made gravy.
Bill Frist shuts down debate in the most partisan of ways, and
calls it being bi-partisan; White House ignorance over the
potential for civil war in Iraq; a member of the House of
Representatives is told the Pentagon won't take him to Iraq, and
it's possibly because he criticized the administration's effort
to hand over port control to a company controlled by Dubai.
Bush's approval ratings are low, but why are they so high,
given all we know about his failure to react when warnings are
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How George Washington would have undermined the Global War on
Terrorism; the rush towards approving the UAE management of our
As the hawks abandon ship over Iraq, it's time to ask: what di
they really expect would happen?
To save Libby, the White House magically uncovers emails it said
had been lost.
If there's a bipartisan initiative to snare all the people in
government who leak to the press, will Bush be in the net?
Bush claims our resistence to the UAE managing our ports shows
prejudice on our part, and perhaps he's right. The odd thing,
then, is did we have the Brits on some odd pedestal?
Watch the Trashcan Sinatras; Holocaust denier David Irving admits
the Holocaust: can we hope for a similar reality adjustment from
How pollsters can ask the wrong questions; is Rasmussen a repeat
Bush turns to novelists for the latest thinking on global
warming. Next up, time travel.
Why isn't personal responsibility a bigger part of the story of
Cheney whirling on an innocent man to shoot him?
Inspiration from the Revolutionary War; Guantanamo makes me love
what we do less, but I still love America.
Harry Whittington, Cheney's shooting victim, in perspective;
McDonald's funny french fries.
The interminable war in Iraq; Ellis Valentine.
Cheney's quick trigger hunting quail is a sad parallel to our
invasion of Iraq.
Open evidence of terrorism; Hillary Clinton cuts no slack for
Laura Bush; the UK looks at Patrick Fitzgerald.
How tall is Jack Abramoff? Were we on the same train?
Mariah Carey and Bert Lahr?
NO mention of the trial of Saddam Hussein in the President's
State of the Union address; a memoirist becomes toxic over his
When balance is seen as partisanship.
More suspected lies from Cheney's former aid, Lewis Libby.
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Broadening the definition of "Mainstream Media" to accommodate
demonization of those with whom you disagree; failure to
see how the media supports the troops.
Asterix and Obelix.
Unintended consequences: if Bush gets credit for Lebanon and
Libya, what about the Hamas victory in the Palestinian state?
And Haiti's crumble?
The "Four" meme; Bush can't claim his tax cuts are pro-growth
when growth slows, right?
Bush refused to obey the law when ordering wiretaps; compliance
would have been easy.
Surprise: Alito's former clerks endorse him for the Supreme
Court. Alito is a sycophant; should we expect more from his
Odd verb from the New York Times fails to capture the Bush
stance; Scottie McClellan stonewalls.
Bush surrenders America!
U.S. under-the-table meddling in elections in the Palestinian
territory; Karl Rove still under scrutiny?
Haggis; a conservative blogger misreads shifts in television
ratings; hyper-sensitivity to antisemitism at Horsefeathers gets
Holding Republicans to high standards, even if we expect less
and less of them; Anderson Cooper's passionate empathy with
Gore's speech against Bush's wiretapping was full of a love for
Gore's speech on the balance of power in our Constitution, and
Bush's abuse; Kathryn Jean Lopez' lack of imagination; Bruce
The Swift Boating of Jack Murtha.
Adventures in Luskin Land.
Samuel Alito was mendacious because, as a lawyer, he had so few
opportunities; I wish I could have been there when the Justice
Department finally got around to briefing the judges on why they
never bothered to seek warrants; technological mishaps of my own
doing? I hope not.
The timing of the White House's leak investigation over the
unwarranted wiretaps; Alton Brown and Aaron Brown, linked
Troops who have died unnecessarily; Tom Delay is an
Humor hurts sometimes.
Implications of the President willfully sidestepping the
The extra seconds on the clock: it seems you have to go to
Chicago; willfully shutting out the truth; happy new year, there
are reasons to be optimistic.
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