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Time Magazine and the Taliban

by Basheert @3:30 PM MDT

From Americablog (John Aravosis) today:

The contempt with which media outlets sometimes treat the American public is simply astonishing. Time Magazine, to its credit, put together an extremely readable article on the Talibanization of western Pakistan, a nation of critical importance in the region. Pakistan also happens to be floundering, with widespread dissatisfaction towards leadership and increasing extremism in the population. I don’t expect people to always be interested in the machinations of central Asian political development, but hey, Time decided to run with an important and fascinating issue. They even put the article on the cover . . .

TIME

. . . for every edition except the U.S. version! The cover story here? “Why we should teach the Bible in public schools.” I kid you not. It’s just like when Newsweek’s cover article was “Losing Afghanistan” for every edition except the U.S. Ours? Annie Leibovitz.

Registan really has the best treatment (and the actual covers) of this:
In other words, while it might be nice to learn about how American policy is failing in the country that actually attacked us on September 11, the mainstream glossies seem to think we’re more interested in lesbians who photograph celebrities and the Kansas Board of Education . . . Why do these publications hate America? I can’t really say. But seeing how they treat us with such contempt is deeply illuminating, and probably good insight into why our leaders seem to make such puzzlingly bad decisions in “the broader Middle East.”

This kind of stuff makes me insane.

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US ATTYGATE: Fmr. DOJ COS Kyle Sampson Testifies

by S-Q @ 3:35 PM MDT

Courtesy of Politics TV:

Alberto Gonzales’ former COS testifies 3/29/07.

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US Senate Approves Timeline to Exit Iraq 51-47!

by Global Evildoer Fighter @ 5:20 PM EDT

Senate Vote on Spending Bill Sets Up Clash With Bush (Update2)

By Nicholas Johnston and Laura LitvanMarch 29 (Bloomberg) — The Senate approved a spending measure with a timeline for withdrawing U.S. troops from Iraq, setting up a showdown with President George W. Bush, who has vowed to veto any congressional demands to end the war.

The $122 billion emergency spending legislation funds military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan and provides money for domestic needs such as relief to victims of Hurricane Katrina.

The proposal calls for U.S. troop withdrawals from Iraq to begin 120 days after final passage of the measure, with a goal of having most forces withdrawn by March 31, 2008. The Senate, during debate on the war-funding measure March 27, voted 50-48 to retain the withdrawal timeline. The entire measure was passed today 51-47.

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BLOG: Inside Iraq

by Basheert @2:22 PM MDT

Following Bush’s quote from 2 bloggers on the “internets”, to back up his theory that things are going just ducky in Baghdad, it was determined that the blog he was quoting is run by 2 Dentists in Iraq, aka “tools” for the Americans. McClatchy News Bureau has recently launched their own blog (Inside Iraq) being conducted by McClatchyDC’s Iraqi Staffers. Bookmark it, and if you have time, check it daily to see what is REALLY going on in Iraq daily.

It is an eye opener!


McClatchy

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Karl Rove Rapping!

by S-Q @ 1:30 PM MDT

Karl Rove at the Radio-Television Correspondents’ Association Dinner.

All I can say is…actions speak louder than words!

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by S-Q @ 10:50 AM MDT

Editor & Publisher

By E&P Staff

Published: March 29, 2007 11:30 AM ET updated

NEW YORK- We will keep an eye all day on the testimony, and grilling, of former Justice Department official Kyle Sampson at a U.S. Senate hearing today.

He offered his written testimony this morning (it was leaked last night) and then the questiong began by Sen. Patrick Leahy, Sen. Arlen Specter, and others.

Specter asked about Attorney General Gonzales’ “candor” in saying earlier this month that he was not a part of any discussions on the firings. He asked about the November 27, 2006 meeting “where there were discussions” and Gonzales allegedly attended. Was Gonzales’ statement about taking part in no discussions accurate?

“I don’t think it’s accurate,” Sampson said. “He recently clarified it. But he was present at the November 27 meeting.”

“So he was involved in discussions in contrast to his statement” this month? Specter asked.

“Yes.” Sampson replied.

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Gonzales’ Alibi

by S-Q @ 10:25 AM MDT

The Daily Show With Jon Stewart:

Gonzales’ Alibi

Jon’s heard better excuses from his toddler about how feces got in the DVD player.

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by S-Q @ 9:30 AM MDT

Raw Story

“United States Attorneys may serve at the pleasure of the president, but justice does not serve at the pleasure of the president, or any president,” Senator Patrick Leahy said.

Leahy was followed by Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY), who assailed the Bush administration for downplaying the significance of the events.

“Just 7 weeks ago, the Department of Justice insisted we were making a big deal out of nothing,” he said, and then noted the resignations of Sampson, other officials, as well as the decision by another Justice official, Monica Goodling, to plead her Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination.

He then noted that White House aide Karl Rove and Attorney General Alberto Gonzales had been directly implicated in the firing of the attorneys, and charged the Bush administration with dissembling.

“The list of contradictions, contortions, and distortions grows longer everyday,” he warned.

Schumer insisted that today’s hearing was not a partisan exercise.

“The purpose is not gotcha. The purpose is, as they said in Dragnet, ‘just the facts ma’am.'”

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Patriot Act Fascism; Police Death Squads in Delaware!

by Global Evildoer Fighter @ 7:34 PM EDT

Death Squad in Delaware: The Case of the Murdered Marine

He survived Iraq, only to suffer Death By Government in the “Land of the Free”: Sgt. Derek J. Hale, USMC, ret. — RIP


Delaware was the first state to ratify the U.S. Constitution. It may be the first state to be afflicted with a fully operational death squad – unless a civil lawsuit filed on Friday against the murders of Derek J. Hale results in criminal charges and a complete lustration (in the Eastern European sense of the term) of Delaware’s law enforcement establishment.

Hale, a retired Marine Sergeant who served two tours in Iraq and was decorated before his combat-related medical discharge in January 2006, was murdered by a heavily armed 8-12-member undercover police team in Wilmington, Delaware last November 6. He had come to Wilmington from his home in Manassas, Virginia to participate in a Toys for Tots event.

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Someone please pinch me and tell me I’m only dreaming this..

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BE AFRAID – BE VERY AFRAID

by Basheert @4:00 PM MDT

Although I don’t think Jeb Bush is a complete dolt, the fact is, the American people will not tolerate the name “Bush” on another Presidential Ballot. Just my humble opinion, but the country I love is very weary of the name of Bush. What IS Romney thinking?

ARTICLE

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