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From itn.co.uk

Today in the Media War Against Al Qaeda

Rumsfeld says that we’re losing the media war against Al Qaeda, on the same day a militant website posts a new tape by Bin Laden, in which he vows never to be taken alive.
In perhaps unrelated Al Qaeda media war news, Batman cartoonist Frank Miller says that the caped crusader’s next foes will be Bin Laden’s henchmen.

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From jamesbondguys.com

Surprise, Surprise: Ethics Reform Stalling

Figuring that public indignation over the Jack Abramoff scandal will soon dissipate, Republicans in Congress are dragging their feet on promised reform measures.
Unfortunately, this will probably work—because an indignant populace is sort of like a villain in a James Bond movie: We vow to stamp out a source of aggravation; we put the machinery in place for doing so; we flip the switch; and then we leave the room on the nave assumption that our plan is escape-proof.
It’d be funny if this weren’t, like, our government we’re talking about.

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Deadly Cartoon Protests Roil the Globe

The cartoon-fueled hysteria continues unabated:

  • In Libya: 10 die in the bloodiest protests yet.
  • In Russia: Authorities shut down a newspaper that printed a tame cartoon of Muhammad, along with other religious figures.
  • In Manhattan: 1,000 protesters rally in front of the Danish consulate.
  • In Italy: An official quits after wearing a T-shirt with the controversial Muhammad cartoons.

  • Update:

  • 16 Killed in Nigerian cartoon protests, along with five this week in Pakistan
  • Hey, Muslim centrists/moderates, if you want to do something to quell this insane violence, now would be a pretty good time to do so.

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    U.S. Plans $7-Billion Royalty Windfall to Oil Companies

    On the heels of Exxon Mobil’s record-setting $10-billion quarterly profit, the “federal government is on the verge of one of the biggest giveaways of oil and gas in American history, worth an estimated $7 billion over five years.”
    It’s nice being an oil baron when two oilmen head the government.

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    AP / David Bohrer

    Cheney Hunting Story Filled With Discrepancies

    The Associated Press (not exactly an ultra-liberal organization) says the account of the vice president’s hunting accident is full of inconsistencies.
    Newsday points out that the medical diagram in Cheney’s accident report is incorrect.

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    From moviereporter.net

    ‘Syriana 2’

    China is set to plumb Iranian oil fields in a $100-billion deal, complicating U.S. efforts to isolate Tehran and providing Iran more money to pursue its nuclear ambitions.
    Can someone please call Stephen Gaghan to figure this one out for us? Or maybe this is a case for Truthdig’s Orville Schell, who knows a thing or two about China?

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    Bob Child / AP

    Sex Week at Yale Draws Controversy, Porn Stars

    A prudish Harvard student, writing in a conservative campus newspaper, says the following of Yale’s annual ode to sex: “I don’t see how bringing a Playboy stripper to campus is helping anything.”
    No surprise there. The Yale contingent at Truthdig knows from experience that Cantabs are sooooo uptight.

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    Paul Iverson / AP

    Whittington Leaves Hospital, Speaks to Press

    “We all assume certain risks in what we do…. Accidents do and will happen,” says the 78-year-old lawyer upon being released from the hospital.

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    Wal-Mart CEO Talks Tough in Internal Memos

    Wal-Mart’s CEO suggests that a store manager is disloyal, and should consider quitting, after the manager laments the lack of health benefits at the mega-chain. This happened on a confidential, internal website that the N.Y. Times sussed out.
    Earlier: Sales are brisk and accusations fly as Robert Greenwald’s Wal-Mart documentary racks up 110,000 DVD sales.

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    Specter Denies Funneling Money for Lobbyist

    You will be shocked, shocked to learn that Sen. Arlen Specter earmarked $50 million in defense appropriations for clients of a lobbyist married to one of the senator’s staffers.

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