Nevermind Obama Girl and Hot4Hill...meet...Brownback Girl...
(guest blogged by Howie Klein)
R.E.M. just got back to the U.S. after recording in Dublin. They also did some live shows there. Here's a song they dedicated to Aung San Su Kyi of Myanmar from one of their gigs. My pals Roland and Irwing and I are getting ready to go visit Aung San Su Kyi in Yangon. R.E.M. put together an Ireland blog to cover their experiences over there.
On Wednesday's "Hardball," VoteVet's Jon Soltz squared off with another veteran, Eric Egland, of Vets For Freedom on today's heated testimony on Capitol Hill surrounding the cover up of Pat Tillman's death. Egland--who is involved with Melanie Morgan's Move America Forward--naturally defends Bush, Rumsfeld and the generals involved in the coverup.
Laughably, Eglund--who authored this plan for "victory" in Iraq and is mentioned as a possible replacement for corruption-embattled politician John Doolittle in California--calls Soltz's demands that Bush stop his invoking of Executive Privilege and treat the Tillman family with respect they deserve "partisan spin." Um, yeah. Talk about the pot calling the kettle black.
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From the AP:
The entire span of an interstate bridge collapsed into the Mississippi River during evening rush hour Wednesday, sending vehicles, tons of concrete and twisted metal crashing into the water.
The Interstate 35W bridge, which stretches between Minneapolis and St. Paul, was in the midst of being repaired when it broke into several huge sections.
The Homeland Security Department had received no indications Wednesday night that the collapse was related to an act of terrorism, department spokesman Russ Knocke said in Washington.
"We continue to monitor the situation. At this time, there's no indication of a nexus to terrorism," Knocke said....read on
The part I highlighted doesn't seem to be sitting well with Malkin:
DHS issued a statement that the collapse “does not appear to be an act of terrorism.” Isn’t it too early to say anything meaningful about what it “appears” to be? Couldn’t they maybe, I dunno, say nothing until they actually know something?
It appears she is upset that a chance to play into fear has been squashed. True she could be right. Perhaps it is terrorism- the terrorism of our collapsing infrastructure.
John Amato: Jamie, I never noticed Malkin doing that before...cough...cough...
On top of everything else that’s going on this week, the Senate is practically rushing through an overhaul of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), at the president’s behest.
Under pressure from President Bush, Democratic leaders in Congress are scrambling to pass legislation this week to expand the government’s electronic wiretapping powers.
Democratic leaders have expressed a new willingness to work with the White House to amend the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act to make it easier for the National Security Agency to eavesdrop on some purely foreign telephone calls and e-mail. Such a step now requires court approval.
The White House has already conceded that it’s blowing off existing law, it won’t disclose to Congress the extent of its legally dubious surveillance efforts, and Congress is ready to hand over more power? Here’s an idea: maybe Bush can start following the law before Congress starts amending it?
Democratic senators on Wednesday made another push for banning electronic voting machines that lack paper trails, but they've backed away from doing so in time for next year's presidential election.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), the chief sponsor of a contentious bill called the Ballot Integrity Act that proposes such changes, said she fears requiring all states to employ so-called voter-verified paper records in their systems, with some primaries only six months away, "could be an invitation to chaos." Earlier this year, she called for enacting such changes by 2008.
"Pushing the date back to the 2010 elections will give us more time to reach a bipartisan consensus with voting reform advocates and local and state officials to enact a new law that provides for increased accuracy and accountability at the polls without raising the specter of creating major new errors," she said at the start of a hearing here in the Senate Committee on Rules and Administration, which she leads. Read more...
Contact your Senators and let them know your thoughts on this. Remember, be polite...
U.S. troop casualties in Iraq declined slightly in July, dropping to 2006 levels for the month. There’s also some evidence that sectarian violence in Iraqi neighborhoods was vaguely less brutal in July than it was in previous months. Obviously, both of these trends are good news.
But let’s not forget the point of the current administration policy: U.S. forces are trying to provide stability necessary for political progress. In this sense, Iraq is getting worse, not better.
Iraq’s largest Sunni Arab political bloc announced its withdrawal from the government Wednesday, undermining efforts to seek reconciliation among the country’s rival factions, and three bombings in Baghdad killed at least 70 people.
Maliki’s “national unity” coalition is falling apart, and there’s ample talk that the Prime Minister may even be forced from office, thanks in part to the efforts of his predecessor, Ibrahim al-Jaafari.
As Marc Lynch explained, the deterioration of Iraqi political progress helps highlight the obvious failure of the administration’s stated policy.
Are you in those districts? Please, contact your Congresscritter and get your voice heard. Be calm, have your facts at hand and make sure that they know they are supposed to be representing you.
Sean Paul Kelley at the Agonist speaks about the man awaiting execution for the murder of his friend.