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Marine Corps to Start Involuntary Troop Recalls

Thousands of inactive service members will probably be called up to counter a decline in volunteers. The official in charge of the Marines’ manpower mobilization said he didn’t know why the numbers have been dropping off recently.
Gee….

Posted on Aug 23, 2006 READ MORE


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Crazy Christianists Alert

Want to know what a Christian version of the Taliban would look like? Listen to these guys. They’ve got large followings and plenty of hate in their hearts.

Posted on Aug 23, 2006 READ MORE


Ozone hole
BBC/NASA

An Environmental Success Story (for Once)

Two of the scientists responsible for sounding the alarm on the thinning ozone layer have reported that the hole over the Antarctic has stopped widening, and may close within a generation or two.  If true, this proves what can be achieved when government works to address, rather than deny, an environmental catastrophe.  Global warming, anyone?

Posted on Aug 23, 2006 READ MORE


The Next Lamont?

Maybe not.  Although Jonathan Tasini would like to be the next maverick primary candidate to beat an entrenched pro-war Democrat?Hillary Clinton, in this case?he’s failed to garner anything near the support Ned Lamont managed against Joe Lieberman.

Posted on Aug 23, 2006 READ MORE


Walmart is a dud in Japan
Illustration by Peter Scheer

Wal-Mart Can’t Hack it in Japan

The retail giant has met its match in the Japanese consumer: Seiyu, Wal-Mart’s Japanese division, has posted $465 million in losses for the first half of 2006. It’s not looking good overseas for the shopping mecca?German and South Korean divisions were shut down earlier this year after poor performance.

Posted on Aug 23, 2006 READ MORE


30 Days
From FX

So a Militant Feminist and a Pro-Lifer Walk Into a Bar…

Well, not a bar, actually—a house. On this week’s episode of his FX network series “Thirty Days,” Morgan Spurlock, the documentarian behind “Super Size Me,” is putting two women with radically different worldviews in the same house for 30 days.

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Americans Favor Dems on Iraq War, Says Poll

In a reversal of the national sentiment of 2003, Americans now favor Democrats over Republicans on the Iraq war by 47% to 41%, according to a CNN poll. On the issue of terrorism, however, Republicans come out on top, 48 to 38.

Posted on Aug 22, 2006 READ MORE


Stephen Colbert
From Comedy Central

Colbert Dominating TV-Web Fusion

During last night’s (Aug. 21) show, Stephen Colbert aired fan-created video mash-ups of an earlier episode—and then urged his viewers to make more. More than anyone else on TV, Colbert is harnessing the energies and enthusiasms of his viewers to produce a better product. Huff Po’s Rachel Sklar has more.

Posted on Aug 22, 2006 READ MORE


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Breaking (Fox) News!

Stop the presses! Fox News has a scorching “breaking news” update! Ready for it? OK: Suspected Jonbenet killer John Mark Karr drank champagne on his flight to the United States!

Posted on Aug 22, 2006 READ MORE


The Fertility Gap

Liberals will continue to lose ground in American politics as long as conservatives continue to outbreed them, argues a Syracus University professor in the Wall Street Journal. (The blue/red baby gap is much bigger than you’d imagine.)

Posted on Aug 22, 2006 READ MORE


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