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Bush with FEMA's Michael Brown

Actions Speak Louder Than Empty Promises

A year after the levees broke, Bush has again acknowledged his government’s failure to protect and rescue the citizens of New Orleans, promising “the federal government will learn the lessons of Katrina.”  Although the president pledged $110 billion for reconstruction, one of Louisiana’s senators has criticized the slow progress of rebuilding: “Countless neighborhoods appear as if the hurricanes were just yesterday, and they serve as harsh reminders of how our nation was so unprepared.”

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US and Venezuela fight over chicken
Illustration by Peter Scheer

U.S.-Venezuela Relations Go Fowl

Tensions between the U.S. and Venezuela took a bizarre turn this week after Venezuelan authorities confiscated diplomatic cargo headed for the American Embassy in Caracas and accused Washington of smuggling.  Included in the shipment were parts for ejector seats and 176 pounds of chicken.

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Most Israelis Want Olmert Out, Says Poll

In the wake of the Israeli prime minister’s handling of the Lebanese/Hezbollah war, 63% of Olmert’s countrymen say he should resign, according to a new poll in a leading Israeli daily. More info on Olmert’s dwindling popularity here.

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FBI Arrests U.S. ‘Hezbollah TV’ Provider

The New York City resident was offering customers satellite broadcasts of a TV station owned by Hezbollah, and it’s a crime to engage in business transactions with that group. (More…)

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Go to Google. Type in “failure.” Check the first result.

Posted on Aug 25, 2006 READ MORE

S.R. Sidarth
Rich Lipski / The Washington Post


Can’t get enough backstory on Va. Sen. George Allen’s racist remark? Neither can the Washington Post, which posted this 1,300-word profile on the object of Allen’s remark, 20-year-old U. Va student S.R. Sidarth.

  • Allen’s lead over his rival for the Senate has evaporated in the wake of his comment. (Go, blog power!)

  • Posted on Aug 25, 2006 READ MORE

    See No Facts

    Bush Inventing Reasons to Oppose Stem Cell Research

    Don’t both Bush with new facts; his mind’s made up.
    Even though scientists have discovered a way to experiment on stem cells without killing viable embryos, Bush still opposes the research, for maddeningly opaque reasons. A spokesperson tried to say it’s because the research wasn’t peer-reviewed, but that’s just false. (Above photo a satire)

    Posted on Aug 25, 2006 READ MORE

    Ann Coulter
    From Fox News

    Faced With Reality, Coulter Walks

    When conservative hate mistress Ann Coulter told two Democratic strategists on Fox News that Afghanistan was “going swimmingly,” they went to town on her, and Coulter cut her interview short. Watch it.

    Posted on Aug 25, 2006 READ MORE

    Survivor cast

    Ghetto Survivor

    The next season of “Survivor” will have a new twist that has already drawn criticism.  Four teams are to be divided along racial/ethnic lines?blacks, whites, Asians, and Latinos.  The individual who wins gets a million-dollar prize.

    Posted on Aug 25, 2006 READ MORE

    Jordanian peacekeepers

    French Offer More Troops

    Not to be outdone by the Italians, France has raised its troop commitment to 2,000, hoping to retain its leadership role in the peacekeeping effort in Lebanon.  Kofi Annan was initially displeased with Europe’s response to the call for a peacekeeping force. 

    Posted on Aug 25, 2006 READ MORE

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