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Video- John McCain Rips Chuck Hagel For Opposing Iraq Troop Surge


Shorter McCain- "Blood, MORE BLOOD!!!!" Via.


Doonesbury- Bush: "I deserve MUCH more credit!"


I am a Garry Trudeau fangirlĀ  and I don't care who knows it:

To buttress this panel, please note that Bush was, like, totally into waterboarding, damnit.

Today one of my absolute favorites, Lewis Black, was on the Stephanie Miller radio show. I jotted down this quote:

"Bush has no central nervous system."


Use of Contractors Added to Chaos of Iraq War, Trove of Documents Shows


Just a brief FYI post:

Via an e-mail alert from the New York Times:

A huge archive of documents from the Iraq war, released by WikiLeaks, shows a multitude of shortcomings with the military's reliance on private contractors. The contractors lacked coordination with coalition forces and often shot with little discrimination -- and few if any consequences -- at unarmed Iraqi civilians, Iraqi security forces, American troops and even other contractors, stirring public outrage.

The documents also portray the long history of tensions between Kurds and Arabs in the north of Iraq and reveal the fears of some American units about what might happen after American troops leave the country by the end of 2011.

I've written about our reliance on private contractors (like Blackwater) many a time, and for good reason. Why our State Department still has them under contract is beyond many of us.

Additionally, Greg Mitchell just tweeted: "The New York Times analysis for what WikiLeaks logs on Iraq mean for Afghan war--tribal cooperation, not surge, was the key."

And with that, I'm off to record Tim Corrimal's radio show.


Code Red = Code Blue: Tea party rally falls flat


By GottaLaff

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Big surprise, huh? Tens of... tens show up at the big Code Red "Surge" Rally:

It looked like a mini-rally; a particularly well-organized group pushing some obscure, but popular, cause -- say, a limited ban on slaughtering ugly puppies -- might have been pleased with the turnout. There couldn't have been more than 1,000 people there at the beginning of the event.

Or as ClusterFox would say, millions.

But I like what the DNC has to say more:

The Democratic National Committee decided, based on their own informal headcount, that there were only 300 people at the rally. Spokesman Hari Sevugan sent out a list of "12 things that have had more than 300 people attend/participate in," including "any flight to Las Vegas," "a New Jersey Nets home game," and "screenings of 'Gigli'."

Oh, suh-nap!

Code Red Tea Tantrum: The Gigli of political rallies.