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U.S. Soldier Accidentally Dials Mother During Battle

Here’s a sobering moment that could happen only with the aid of today’s technology: Sandie and Jeff Petee of Otis, Ore., were recently given a scary dose of reality in the form of a brief message on their answering machine when Sandie’s soldier son, Stephen Phillips, accidentally dialed their number during a battle in Afghanistan.

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Outmaneuvering the ‘Inevitable’

What happened to Hillary Clinton? Last fall, she was the “inevitable” nominee whose “machine” would raise scads of cash and push her to an early victory.

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Sex Scandal Stalls Bush’s Anti-Terror Talk

The Mark Foley imbroglio is drowning out Bush’s cut-and-run rhetoric and even Bob Woodward’s revelations, say many analysts.
Again, we think this is a completely unsatisfactory way for the Democrats to win in November, but que sera, sera.

Posted on Oct 6, 2006 READ MORE


Foleygate Ad Nauseam

  • Foley says he was abused by a clergyman as a teen
  • Analysts suspect Foley used GOP contributions as hush money
  • Bill O’Reilly repeatedly labels Foley as Democrat
  • Conservatives respond to Foleygate with anti-gay smears
  • Hastert: It’s a liberal conspiracy
  • But ABC’s Brian Ross says GOP’ers tipped him to the story

  • Posted on Oct 4, 2006 READ MORE


    Hastert on CNN

    Hastert on Foley Warnings: ‘I Don’t Remember…’

    House Speaker Dennis Hastert says he doesn’t remember Rep. Tom Reynolds warning him about Mark Foley last spring. (via FireDogLake)
    Incredible. In the literal sense of the word.

    Posted on Oct 3, 2006 WATCH & LISTEN


    Today in Foleygate

    The latest developments:

  • ABC News is hearing about “other members” of Congress
  • The L.A. Times and AMERICAblog explore the link between Foley and GOP leadership
  • The ultraconservative Washington Times calls for Hastert’s resignation
  • (more after the jump…)

    Posted on Oct 3, 2006 READ MORE


    Foley and Walsh

    Foley on Predator ‘Sickos’

    “If I were one of these sickos, I’d be nervous….” That’s what former Rep. Mark Foley said about sexual predators during a 2005 taping of “America’s Most Wanted.”
    The hypocrisy is so thick, it could be churned like butter.

    Posted on Oct 2, 2006 WATCH & LISTEN


    Foley fallout

    You’ll Never Believe What Caucus Foley Ran…

    Mark Foley, the GOP rep who resigned over sexually explicit e-mails to a 16-year-old page, was the founder of the Missing and Exploited Children’s Caucus. Check out this video clip for the irony.

     

    Posted on Oct 2, 2006 WATCH & LISTEN


    Israeli girls write on shells
    AP / Sebastian Scheiner

    Israeli Girls Write Messages on Lebanon-Bound Shells

    A nauseating sign of the times:
    Preteen Israeli girls at a heavy artillery position in northern Israel are photographed apparently gleefully scrawling their names and other inscriptions on shells destined to be dropped on Lebanon. One reads “Nazrala with love”—a reference to Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasarallah. (h/t: Zak Brown)
    We find it disgusting whenever the ordnance of ANY country bears these kinds of messages. But to see children doing the writing is almost beyond the pale.

    Posted on Jul 18, 2006 READ MORE


    Bush Makes Internet Annoyance a Federal Crime, CNET Reports

    Under a new law, it is illegal to anonymously send a message via the Internet that annoys its recipient. | story
    This interpretation has its critics: here or here.

    Posted on Jan 9, 2006 READ MORE


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