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U.S. Lifts Blockade on Sadr City

U.S. forces had been surrounding the Iraqi slum for five days, and are now retreating under pressure from the anti-American cleric Moqtada Al Sadr—another sign of Sadr’s power over the country.

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French Students Turning to Sex Work?

France’s leading students union estimates that some 40,000 students have taken up prostitution to fund their studies. French police are disputing the report, saying prostitutes are posing as students. (Via BloggerNews)

  • Also: Check out the battle in the Italian gov’t over transvestite bathroom rights

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    Bush and abstinence
    From Salon

    Bush & Co. Pushing Abstinence on Adults

    The federal government is expanding the scope of its abstinence programs to people up to age 29—proving yet again that the federal government takes its marching orders from Christian evangelicals who believe that Jesus is offended by premarital sex.
    (h/t: Huff Po)

  • A relevant aside: H.L. Mencken defined puritanism as “the haunting fear that somebody, somewhere, is having a good time.”

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    McCain and Bush
    slate.com

    Not So Straight Talk

    Media Matters pokes holes in John McCain’s image with this list of the “straight-talker’s” flip-flops and equivocations.

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    Cheney Spews Election Nonsense

    During an interview with Fox News, Dick Cheney said insurgents have increased the level of violence in Iraq in order to influence the U.S. election.  Although the claim appears on its face reckless and contrary to the facts, one must consider the possibility that the vice president was in fact referring to himself and his colleagues in the Bush administration as “insurgents.”

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    Blair and Bush
    watchingthewarmakers.org.uk

    Blair Going as Bush for Halloween

    A spokesman for Tony Blair said the prime minister opposes an inquiry into the Iraq war because “We have troops who are operating in the field of combat.  We have an enemy who is looking for any sign of weakness at all, any sign of a loss of resolution or determination.”  Sound like anyone you know?

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    Washington Power Rankings

    A lobbying research firm has compiled a list of the most (and least) powerful legislators.  Although given the prevalence of scandals and the likelihood of a Democratic takeover of Congress, the list could be outdated very quickly.

    Posted on Oct 31, 2006 READ MORE


    death toll chart
    From USA Today

    October U.S. Death Toll in Iraq Passes 100

    It’s now the fourth-deadliest month since the war began.

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    Snow Fails to Spin Cheney Waterboarding Confirmation

    Tony Snow couldn’t convince reporters that Dick Cheney wasn’t talking about waterboarding when he confirmed the practice of “dunking” suspects in water. (See second item of Al Kamen’s column.) A CBS reporter asked, “So ‘dunk in the water’ means what? We have a pool now at Guantanamo and they go swimming?”

    Posted on Oct 30, 2006 READ MORE


    Rick Warren
    From paultastic.com

    The 13 Worst People in America

    Alternet has compiled a cheeky list of the most terrifying people in the U.S.A. Rick “Purpose-Driven Life” Warren, above, makes the list for his scary ability to recruit followers into his anti-gay-marriage, anti-stem-cell, anti-euthanasia crusade.

    Posted on Oct 30, 2006 READ MORE


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