February 3rd, 2006

Scorpion

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I Heard It On NPR:

* "Last summer, the Pennsylvania legislature granted itself a major pay increase. The middle-of-the-night move spawned outrage, and eventually the raise was abolished. But the anger that started with the raise has spawned a movement to unseat the incumbents who approved it in the first place."

* "The bodies of 16 men are discovered in Baghdad Thursday, while an average of 50 bodies riddled with bullets show up at Baghdad's main morgue every day. Staggering statistics mark the Iraq conflict: the growing numbers of kidnappings, murders and bombings that mark day-to-day life in the country."

* Finally, I mentioned the NPR review of Tristram Shandy to a couple people. What I also realized, later, is that my comparison to 24 Hour Party People is particularly appropriate, as the star of that movie is also the star of Tristram.
Scorpion

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"President Bush is not giving up the battle over domestic spying. He's fighting it with an army of straw men and a fleet of red herrings."
-NYTimes editorial

'The United States is engaged in what could be a generational conflict akin to the Cold War, the kind of struggle that might last decades as allies work to root out terrorists across the globe and battle extremists who want to rule the world, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said yesterday.'

Dick Meyer on students and politics.

Jack Danforth, Episcopal priest and former senator, wants the Republican center to retake the party from the Christian evangelists.

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Western Union finally gets out of the telegram business.