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You think that after they took your house, and your job, and your personal savings, you've been squeezed dry? You think milking your meager IRA for fees, which nets Wall Street billions every year, would keep the monster fat and happy?  You think manipulating every market metric and stacking the deck in every way imaginable would be enough?

Sorry, folks.

Now they're after your pensions, and it ain't pretty.

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The Republican wing of the Democratic party insists on having at least some Republican buy-in to healthcare reform before they will vote for it.  The just-announced Baucus plan is a travesty of a mockery of a sham of a mockery of a travesty of two mockeries of a sham.  Anything that came from the DFH wing of the Democratic party may be going to the party, but it won't be on the guest list: it will be on the menu.

But what if President Obama could stand before the country and the Joint Session on Wednesday and endorse a plan with impeccable Republican bona fides that promised universal coverage, a public plan, and subsidies for low-income participants?

Ladies and gentlemen, may I present.... the Nixon Healthcare plan.

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The attempt by the Washington Post to sell access to reporters and to senior government officials is spectacularly inappropriate, as others have chronicled.  But it may be much more than that.  It might be illegal -- even criminal. And that illegality may provide just the evidence needed to show that the paper is -- offically -- engaged in a very different line of work than the honest dissemination of news.

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The blogosphere is buzzing over Seymour Hersh's latest blockbuster, in which he offers more details on the looming war with Iran.  But the thing that really grabbed me was the sensational claim that the Bush Administration is supporting Sunni terrorists affiliated with al Qaeda.

As amazing as that is, I think it becomes even more shocking if you put it together with some old news that could explain how they could accomplish that unspeakable objective -- the stories of the billions in cash we shipped off to Iraq that magically disappeared.

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The Mainstream hears our footsteps. They are jealous of us -- of our editor-free process, of our unsullied passion, of our nimbleness and outrage.  Thus their pathetic, clueless attempts at cartoon-villain "We're not so different, you and I" takedowns, like this one:

New on the Web: Politics as Usual - New York Times

You might think that with the kind of rhetoric bloggers regularly muster against politicians, they would never work for them. But you would be wrong.

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You really have to hand it to the Jon Stewart wannabees within the Bush cabal -- their version of The Onion may not be quite as funny as the work of the folks who parody them, but they sure do try hard.  
In an egregious display of the Bush administration's allegiance to ExxonMobil and the oil and gas industry, Energy Secretary Samuel Bodman has named Lee Raymond, former CEO of ExxonMobil, to head an influential study to develop policy solutions to America's energy crisis.
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Olbermann had a segment tonight (update: video @ C&L here) on the forthcoming blockbuster book from David Kuo, "Tempting Faith -- An Inside Story of Political Seduction," as dKosser PLS already previewed. Kuo worked in the White House as deputy director in Bush's highly touted Office of Faith-Based initiatives from 2001 through 2003. There is little advance information about the book online. But based on Keith's story, Kuo's kiss and tell sounds devastating, exposing the cynicism and hypocrisy underlying the relationship between the Republicans and the religious right.

Yes, of course -- the rubes won't read it.  But (a) some of the shepherds will, and (b) perhaps a few of them will watch "60 Minutes" -- the corporate site does not yet list next week's stories, but the American Bookseller's Association website says "Tempting Faith" is on the roster for this Sunday.

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The White House is in full panic mode trying to find a way to spin the now-admitted fact that George Tenet did indeed brief Condi Rice on July 10, 2001 about the terror threat.  The latest damage control approach has been to claim that the report was "nothing new".

So how come when then-Attorney General John Ashcroft heard the same warning a week later, he immediately stopped flying commercial aircraft?

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Thu Sep 28, 2006 at 07:39 AM PDT

Doomed to repeat: Germany, 1933

by blue meme

I know how dangerous it is to argue by comparing present events to the Nazi nightmare. But I did a little research, and the comparison between the torture bill that Congress is about to pass and the Enabling Act of 1933 -- the law that gave Hitler his power -- seems inescapable to me.
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Thu Sep 21, 2006 at 07:28 AM PDT

Mutiny at the CIA

by blue meme

The current Harper's magazine has a call to rebellion by government officials from Pentagon Papers leaker Daniel Ellsberg.  It isn't online but you can read excerpts in a dKos diary from yesterday here.  This isn't exactly what he had in mind, but it is a helluva start:

FT.com: Rendition - CIA `refused to operate' secret jails

The Bush administration had to empty its secret prisons and transfer terror suspects to the military-run detention centre at Guantánamo this month in part because CIA interrogators had refused to carry out further interrogations and run the secret facilities, according to former CIA officials and people close to the programme.
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This seems to be a helluva week for confirming BushCo malfeasance that we on the left have been talking about for months or even years. President Bush's speech about moving some high-profile terrorists to Gitmo was also an admission that, yes, our government has been running secret CIA prisons.

Here's another body blow:

Long before the United States invaded Iraq in 2003, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld forbade military strategists to develop plans for securing a post-war Iraq, the retiring commander of the Army Transportation Corps said Thursday.

In fact, said Brig. Gen. Mark Scheid, Rumsfeld said "he would fire the next person" who talked about the need for a post-war plan.


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Thu Aug 31, 2006 at 09:53 PM PDT

Coultergeist strikes again

by blue meme

Editor & Publisher spares us the pain of having to search out Ann Coulter's latest excretion.  Her increasingly childish and overwrought ravings suggest that she is hearing footsteps, and feels the need to crank up her hysteria:

Ann Coulter periodically "jokes" about the deaths of certain liberals and other enemies but this week the killing reference appears right in the headline of her column.

The head is "They Shot the Wrong Lincoln," and the column -- posted today on Coulter's Web site -- refers to U.S. Sen. Lincoln Chafee, now in a tough Republican primary fight in Rhode Island.


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