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NBC News: Chicago governor arrested on corruption charges relating to selling of Barack Obama's soon-to-be vacated Senate state. )

"Someone brings a knife, you bring a brown paper bag filled with unmarked bills to put behind the commode in the men's room at Monroe Station. That's the Chicago way!"
khaosworks: (Uncle Sam)
Worth a read, especially the last page or so where he discusses Rick Shenkman's Just How Stupid Are We?.

Newsweek: In Search of Rational Voters )
khaosworks: (Uncle Sam)
NYT: Democrats criticize McCain on Iraq strategy. )

You can see the video where McCain describes when the troops come home as "not too important" here.

But as I've always said, it's all about context. What's the actual exchange?
TODAY: If it's working, Senator, do you now have a better estimate of when American forces can come home from Iraq?

MCCAIN: No, but that's not too important. What's important is the casualties in Iraq. Americans are in South Korea, Americans are in Japan, American troops are in Germany — that's all fine. American casualties and the ability to withdraw... we will be able to withdraw. General Petraeus is going to tell us in July when he thinks we are. But the key to is that we don't want any more Americans in harm's way. And that way they will be safe, and serve our country, and come home with honor, and victory. Not in defeat, which is what Senator Obama's proposal would have done.
Right now what he's saying is actually correct: it's not so much the fact that Americans are in Iraq that's the real problem... after all, as he points out, American troops are all over the world. It's that they are dying.

The very presence of American troops in Iraq is a problem, though, in terms of resources, in terms of military necessity, in terms of wastage, but at the end of the day, the human response wouldn't be as strong if they were not in danger. So he's right. It's not as important. What might be a bit off his his insistence on withdrawal with honor... which may lead to those casualties he says he's trying to avoid.

I'm no fan of the Republicans, as is obvious, but I don't think it's really fair to jump on McCain in this particular instance: there've been greater misstatements and more egregious positions he's taken. The new G.I. Bill, for instance...
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More on last night's Dennis bad-assery and a very rough transcript of the first 10 minutes of his speech. Still waiting on the major media outlets to pick up on this.

ETA: Thanks to [ profile] tigerbright for the link to the full set of articles on

Raw Story: Kucinich presents Bush impeachment articles. )
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Those who choose security over liberty yadda yadda yadda. I can see the appeal of this kind of technology, but forgive me if I'm still a bit squeamish about letting total strangers see the sweat on my back.

USA TODAY: 10 airports install body scanners. )
khaosworks: (Spider)
Anonymous vs. Scientology, the London Protests. Ah, sweet anarchy.

Brought a smile to my face, it did. Wish I could have been there.

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