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Rep. Emanuel Makes Satirical Mincemeat of White House Salaries

Responding to a recently published list of White House salaries—including $100,000 a year for the “director for lessons learned,” Rep. Rahm Emanuel (D-Ill.) ran through a few “lessons” the White House apparently missed.

  • Money quote: “When you’ve ‘turned the corner’ in Iraq more times than Danica Patrick at the Indy 500, it means you are going in circles.”

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    Sectarian Blood Bath Drenches Baghdad

    Over 100 people were killed in a three-day stretch. A N.Y. Times reporter writes, “Militias now appear to be dictating the ebb and flow of life in Iraq.”

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    U.S. Terror Targets: Petting Zoo and Flea Market?

    The official anti-terrorism database is so flawed that it lists 8,591 potential terrorism targets in Indiana—50% more than in New York and twice as many as in California. Examples: “Old MacDonaldÂ’s Petting Zoo, the Amish Country Popcorn factory and the Mule Day Parade.”

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    Novak Names Sources in CIA Leak Case

    Columnist Robert Novak revealed for the first time, in a column to be released Wednesday, that both Karl Rove and former CIA spokesman Bill Harlow had confirmed Valerie Plame’s status as a CIA agent. He said that this occurred only after another administration official first supplied him with the info.
    This is not a huge deal, relatively speaking, but certainly of interest to Plamegate junkies….

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    Ex-gay book review
    From Salon.com

    Gay, Godly and Guilty

    Salon reviews a thoughtful new book that examines the mental anguish suffered by homosexual Christians who enter residential programs to battle their sexual desires. (Reg. req’d.)

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    The Most Overpaid White House Staffers

    The National Journal just published the new salary list for Oval Office employees, and Think Progress deliciously singled out a few who definitely aren’t earning their money. For instance: Deborah Nirmala Misir, the ethics advisor, earns $114,688; Stuart Baker, director for lessons learned, earns $106,641.
    There’s a “director for lessons learned”? Where’s his office? A solitary confinement box at Guantanamo?

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    Study: Mushroom Drugs Produce Mystical Experiences

    Duh!
    In a Johns Hopkins study, many volunteers who took a single dose of psilocybin-laden “magic” mushrooms said it was “one of the most meaningful or spiritually significant experiences of their lives. Some compared it to the birth of a child or the death of a parent.”

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    Michael Moore
    From pub.tv2.no

    Michael Moore: Going Beyond ‘HMO’s Suck’

    The guerrilla documentary filmmaker’s next movie, “Sicko,” will be “a comedy about 45 million people with no health care in the richest country on earth.” But it’s not just “a movie that tells you that HMOs and the pharmaceutical companies suck. Everybody knows that. I’d like to show you some things you don’t know.”

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    Syndicate: Coulter Didn’t Plagiarize

    The company that syndicates Ann Coulter’s column says it has found no evidence the hatemonger plagiarized in her work. (Read about the original allegations here.)

    Posted on Jul 11, 2006 READ MORE


    Bush's fingers crossed
    From Tinselwing

    Bush’s Signing Statements: The Top 10 List

    A blogger surfaced The Boston Globe’s list of President Bush’s most egregious use of signing statements (the “interpretations” Bush makes of about-to-be-signed bills to avoid following the laws’ intent). Worst one: Bush asserts a right to waive the torture ban if doing so will prevent terrorist attacks.

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