PMMJ (cheetahmaster) wrote,

"Bush grasps at the straws of his own disinformation as he casts himself deeper into the abyss. The more profound and compounded his blunders, and the more he redoubles his certainty in ultimate victory, the greater his indifference to failure. He has entered a phase of decadent perversity, where he accelerates his errors to vindicate his folly. As the sands of time run down, he has decided that no matter what he does, history will finally judge him as heroic."
-Sidney Blumenthal

Whoah. Blackwater helped an Iraqi minister, the only Iraqi cabinet official convicted of corruption, escape from a jail in the Green Zone.

"The nation's biggest telecommunications companies, working closely with the White House, have mounted a secretive lobbying campaign to get Congress to quickly approve a measure wiping out all private lawsuits against them for assisting the U.S. intelligence community's warrantless surveillance programs."

* Good read: "Why did it take so long to reach an accommodation with the Sunnis? And is Anbar really a good model for stabilizing the rest of Iraq?"
* Dana Milbank on Bush's unnoticed press conference. (Here's the transcript, but it's pretty slow.)
* "But how did a newspaper advertisement, of all things, become such a hot topic in the political discourse about the war?"
* Michael Kinsley on the (over)reaction to the ad.
* Democratic fundraiser Hsu broke election laws, and was tied to, in fact, a Ponzi scheme. Yeesh.
* 'Cops in polygamous town stripped of badges.' Slate presents the polygamy primer.
* Why Dan Rather is suing CBS for $70 million.
* Endangered species: the hyphen.
* The BBC talks with Siouxsie Sioux.

The Explainer on getting permission to land on the moon.

Joel Achebach on velociraptor feathers and hobbit wrists.

Tags: 2007, clubbing, news, quotes, science!
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