PMMJ (cheetahmaster) wrote,
PMMJ
cheetahmaster

Happy belated birthday to Goblin! Since I was a dork and forgot to say it yesterday.
Also, happy today birthday to BadHand!

"Most animals do not make resolutions, as far as we know. The dog isn't planning to do less dinner-table begging this year, nor is the cat going to try to take fewer catnaps."
-NYTimes editorial

Must read analysis: lowering the bar for government ethics? Watchdog groups are not happy.

Tsunami aftermath: 100 miles crossed, and not a single living soul seen.

Administration releases a new memo, redefining their opinion on torture. And then, coincidentally, the Justice Dept. notes it has widened its definition of torture.

Arkansas judge shoots down anti-gay statewide adoption rule. And Montana must extend public university's insurance coverage to gay domestic partners. Colbert King on the upcoming battle to ban gay marriage in DC.

Iraq 2004: what went wrong.

So. Do we have a cohesive policy on Iran?

MORNING NEWS:
* Jim Hoagland has big questions for the world stage for 2005.
* Ted Rall sees comparisons between Bush and FDR.
* The Tamil Tigers try to deal with the disaster recovery.
* Not much for Iraqi civilians to celebrate in 2004.
* Rehnquist again expresses a need for judicial independence.
* Ah, committees. Congress resists an important 9/11 panel recommendation.
* BBC analysis: Bush will need to turn his focus on domestic issues this year.
* What's wrong with requiring students to learn about the Constitution?
* Oregon's vote-by-mail system solves a lot of problems.
* Killings in DC hit a low, while they reach new highs in PG county.
* Conservative students suing schools over perceived liberal bias.
* More unseen costs of the war: 21% divorce rate in the military where one spouse is sent off to war.
* Man, only rich people will be able to afford the Bush inauguration. Oh, wait.
* The uphill battle of female rappers. (Courtesy Operative X.)
* New York, the French-Indian War state. (Bonus: contains the word "bicenquinquagenary.")
* AOL releases the top ten spam terms. What do they say about us?
* Looking into the near future for technology to improve travel.
* "In 2004, pop looked bad."

A photojournalist presents pictures of hope in Chechnya.

The 2005 box office banks on sequels.

What's in and what's out for 2005.
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