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Just say What?
From Time

Stoner Boom

Drug use among baby boomers is up, while use among teens is down, according to new government figures.

  • That actually makes sense. If teens started paying as much attention to the doings of Bush & Co. as their forebears, we’d see those numbers rising in unison.

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    Baghdad Death Toll Triples

    It appears that a much-heralded drop-off in the number of killings in Iraq last month didn’t actually happen. ABC News reports that the original reported figure of 550 has now been revised to 1,535—which is in line with the blood-drenched months of June (1,595) and July (1,855). No word yet on the reason behind the initial discrepancy.

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    From Fox 6 in San Diego (via YouTube)

    When ‘Truthdigging’ Turns Violent

    When Karl Rove became angered by an investigator who dug up damaging information, he went after the guy’s wife. The guy being investigated by this reporter, however, goes straight for the source.

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    Path to 9/11
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    The ‘Path’ to a Distorted 9/11

    Several progressive bloggers have set up an online clearinghouse dedicated to exposing the fabrications in ABC/Disney?s upcoming miniseries “The Path to 9/11.” It urges ABC/Disney to scrub the film of outright falsehoods, or else shelve the film completely.
    UPDATE # 1:

  • ABC makes some minor changes to the film.
  • (much more after the jump…)

    Posted on Sep 7, 2006 READ MORE


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    Borat Plays Anti-Semitism for Laughs

    With the Sacha Baron Cohen movie “Borat: Cultural Learnings…” hitting screens Nov. 3, Americans will be treated to a brand of Jew-bashing not often seen in Hollywood films. (In one scene, Borat becomes convinced his Jewish innkeepers have turned themselves into cockroaches and throws money at the bugs.)

  • The kicker: Cohen is an observant Jew.

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    EU Lawmakers Condemn Bush?s Secret Prisons

    Members of the European Union?s parliament have been fuming over the existence of secret European prisons, following Bush?s recent admission about the facilities.  In response to the discovery and to previous denials by European leaders who may have played host to the detention centers, one lawmaker said: ?Bush exposes not only his own previous lies. He also exposes to ridicule those arrogant government leaders in Europe who dismissed as unfounded our fears about extraordinary rendition.?

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    GOP Losing Dixie Chicks

    Southern women are turning away from the Republican Party, due to the president?s handling of the war.  As one Southerner put it: ?As a mother you worry, ‘Am I going to lose my baby boy?’ A mother’s view about war is often going to be a lot different than dad’s is.?  (h/t: AMERICAblog)

    Posted on Sep 7, 2006 READ MORE


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    Diebold Voting Machine Hacked in Four Minutes

    Bev Harris of BlackBoxVoting recently got her hands on a Diebold voting machine and was able to hack it in four minutes with tools that cost $12.  Harris? handiwork is just the latest demonstration of how vulnerable electronic voting machines are to vote manipulation.

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    Bush Transfers High-Value Prisoners to Gitmo

    The AP is reporting that the president is transferring 14 key terrorist leaders, including Khalid Sheik Mohammed, above, from secret CIA custody to the U.S. military-run prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to be prepared for eventual trials. The prisoners will apparently be afforded some rights consistent with the Geneva conventions.

  • Yeah, well, Bush also signed a bill in December outlawing the torture of detainees, and then made a “signing statement” announcing his intention to flout that law. So excuse us for being cynical about the president’s motives and intentions here.
  • UPDATE: Former DOJ lawyer and law prof Marty Lederman says Bush’s new bill actually authorizes “enhanced interrogation techniques.”

    Posted on Sep 6, 2006 READ MORE


    Valerie Plame
    From MSN

    What Valerie Plame Really Did at the CIA

    The woman at the center of the CIA leak case “was no analyst or paper-pusher;” rather, she was chief of operations on the CIA’s clandestine Joint Task Force on Iraq, which was heading up the CIA’s intelligence hunt for Saddam’s WMD. Thus, her outing by Bush administration officials was a serious breach of national security—not to mention a career-killer.
    The Nation’s David Corn has the scoop in his new book, “Hubris.”

    Posted on Sep 6, 2006 READ MORE


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