Sunday, December 03, 2006

Picks of the Week:

Time to accept the obvious

"Climate change raises issues of science, economics and politics. By the month the debate moves on: 2007 will be a key year. And the science is now unambiguous. At the recent 12th annual United Nations Conference on Climate Change in Nairobi, no country challenged the consensus: climate change is man-made, it is happening now, carbon levels already in the atmosphere are dangerous, and if we carry on catastrophic climate change will become more, rather than less, likely. Contrary to Robert Samuelson's unfounded claim in NEWSWEEK (Nov. 15 issue), scientists do have a good idea how much warming might occur. Within ten years we will be running a better than even chance of a two degrees Celsius average change in the earth's temperature; within 50 years it will be a majority chance of a three-degree change."

Global warming goes to court

"The Bush administration has been on a six-year campaign to expand its powers, often beyond what the Constitution allows. So it is odd to hear it claim that it lacks the power to slow global warming by limiting the emission of harmful gases. But that is just what it will argue to the Supreme Court tomorrow, in what may be the most important environmental case in many years."

Justices' first brush with global warming
A Supreme Court argument Wednesday on the Bush administration’s refusal to regulate carbon dioxide in automobile emissions offered three intertwined plot lines to the audience that had come to watch the court’s first encounter with the issue of global climate change.

Courting action on climate change

"Campaigning for president in 2000, George W. Bush pledged to regulate emissions of carbon dioxide, the primary greenhouse gas contributing to global warming. After taking office, Bush broke his promise. Six years later, nothing has been done to regulate carbon dioxide emissions in the United States at the federal level. Now there is a chance the courts could force the Bush administration to take action. A group of 12 states has sued the Bush administration, arguing that the Clean Air Act requires the government to regulate carbon dioxide emissions from vehicles. The outcome of the case will 'likely determine whether the [Environmental Protection Agency] can regulate [greenhouse gas emissions] from power plants and other industries' as well. Tomorrow, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in this case, which the Houston Chronicle bills as 'perhaps the most significant environmental case ever to reach its marbled halls.'"

Bush v. Gore's movie

"Then, there's our government, occupying the C02-emissions-are-not-harmful-camp. Indeed, no other than former Bush 43 Solicitor General Ted Olson (now a lobbyist for auto manufacturers) told NPR that C02 can't be bad for you because it's 'the thing that comes out of each of our mouths when we breathe.' Has the same naive ring to it as the argument your college roommate offered for why psychedelic mushrooms aren't bad for you—'they're from Mother Earth'—doesn't it? Lithwick noted how the EPA's argument yesterday had a certain juvenile quality to it:"

Carbon emissions show sharp rise

"The Global Carbon Project says that emissions were rising by less than 1% annually up to the year 2000, but are now rising at 2.5% per year."

Scientists fear results of collapsed ice shelf

"'If the past is any indication of the future, then the ice shelf will collapse,' he said.
"'If the ice shelf goes, then what about the West Antarctic Ice Sheet? What we've learnt from the Antarctic Peninsula is when once buttressing ice sheets go, the glaciers feeding them move faster and that's the thing that isn't so cheery.'

"Antarctica stores 90 per cent of the world's water, with the West Antarctic Ice Sheet holding an estimated 30 million cubic kilometres."

EPA OKs spraying pesticides over waters

"The Bush administration pleased farmers and frustrated environmentalists Monday by declaring that pesticides can be sprayed into and over waters without first obtaining special permits."

The Moron can pollute the water, but he can do nothing about gas emissions?

Global warming urgent say unions for 10,000 EPA workers

"The petition calls for an end to censorship of agency scientists and other specialists on topics of climate change and the effects of air pollution.

"Addressed to the members of the Senate and House committees overseeing the EPA, the petition stresses that time is running out to prevent environmental changes induced by human-caused pollution and urges Congress to undertake prompt actions."

Move to new planet, says Hawking

"The human race must move to a planet beyond our Solar System to protect the future of the species, physicist Professor Stephen Hawking has warned."

I, for one, am returning to Remulac. My assignment here is almost finished.

War protester's public suicide in Chicago went unnoticed by media

"It took five days for the Cook County medical examiner to identify the charred-beyond-recognition corpse. Meanwhile, Ritscher's suicide went largely unnoticed. It wasn't until a reporter for an alternative weekly, the Chicago Reader, pieced the facts together that word began to spread."

I wonder, if his suicide had been in support of the war, would Fox News have been silent?

Stay the course v.2.0

"The blue-ribbon Iraq Study Group (ISG) headed by James Baker and Lee Hamilton will meet today in Washington to discuss the first draft of its review of Iraq policy. According to the New York Times, the current draft does not include a proposal for the phased withdrawal of U.S. forces from Iraq. It is the latest sign that U.S. policy in Iraq is unlikely to undergo a significant shift despite the midterm election results, which were viewed as a decisive national rebuke of the Iraq war. NBC News correspondent Norah O'Donnell noted yesterday that the Pentagon is 'already developing an alternative' review of Iraq policy 'to give the President an out if he doesn't like the recommendations' of the ISG. According to media reports, that review is likely to recommend a 'stay-the-course-plus' strategy, combining a temporary increase of 20,000-30,000 troops with a long-term effort to train and advise Iraqi forces. Also, the White House this weekend repeated its 'insistence that Iraq was not in a civil war,' days after one of the worst spasms of sectarian violence since the war began, intensifying the bloodshed that scholars say 'already puts Iraq in the top ranks of the civil wars of the last half-century.' Just before the recent elections, Vice President Dick Cheney announced that the White House would go 'full speed ahead' with its current Iraq policy regardless of the election results. 'We've got the basic strategy right,' Cheney said. He was not bluffing."

Pentagon is developing alternative to Iraq study group findings 'to give the president an out"

"No, but they've got their first draft. We'll see if everybody agrees to it, but the Pentagon is already developing an alternative to give the President an out if he doesn't like the recommendations."

Iraq panel's real agenda: damage control

"Even as Washington waits with bated breath for the Iraq Study Group (ISG) to release its findings, the rest of us should see this gambit for what it is: an attempt to deflect attention from the larger questions raised by America's failure in Iraq and to shore up the authority of the foreign policy establishment that steered the United States into this quagmire. This ostentatiously bipartisan panel of Wise Men (and one woman) can't really be searching for truth. It is engaged in damage control."

Iraq study group won't rock the boat

"Don't expect any dramatic recommendations from the Iraq Study Group led by Baker and former Rep. Lee Hamilton, D-Ind. The nine men and one woman on the panel are cautious Washington insiders who got picked for the job because of their don't-rock-the-boat reputations. After all, they might want to get asked again, sometime in the future, to serve on another White House commission."

Officials expect no big changes, no matter what panel advises

"At a private briefing for diplomats this past Wednesday, State Department and National Security Council officials said they do not expect any major policy shifts to emerge from either a White House review or the bipartisan panel, led by former secretary of state James A. Baker III and former congressman Lee H. Hamilton (D-Ind.), according to diplomats familiar with the meeting. The diplomats spoke on the condition of anonymity because the briefing was private."

The Moron and The Dick are solidifying their bona fides as war criminals.

Beware the lure of 'phased withdrawal'

"In his rigidity, Bush sounds eerily like President Lyndon Johnson, who could not acknowledge until too late his Vietnam policy was in shambles. But in the aftermath of the midterm elections, the calls for 'phased withdrawal' - coming out of Congress, the Pentagon and the leaky Iraq Study Group - evoke errors of the Nixon years."

Bush says US won't pull out of Iraq

"'There's one thing I'm not going to do, I'm not going to pull our troops off the battlefield before the mission is complete,' he said in a speech setting the stage for high-stakes meetings with the Iraqi prime minister later this week. 'We can accept nothing less than victory for our children and our grandchildren.'"

The decider deserter has spoken.

Like Hitler and Brezhnev, Bush is in denial

"History's 'deniers' are many - and all subject to the same folly: faced with overwhelming evidence of catastrophe, they take refuge in fantasy, dismissing evidence of collapse as a symptom of some short-term setback, clinging to the idea that as long as their generals promise victory - or because they have themselves so often promised victory - that fate will be kind. George W Bush - or Lord Blair of Kut al-Amara for that matter - need not feel alone. The Middle East has produced these fantasists by the bucketful over past decades."

Colin Powell says Iraq in a 'civil war'

"Former Secretary of State Colin Powell said Wednesday that Iraq's violence meets the standard of civil war and that if he were heading the State Department now, he might recommend that the administration use that term."

Would the former co-conspirator really recommend that?

They lied their way into Iraq. Now they are trying to lie their way out.

"For those who lied their way into this war are now trying to lie their way out of it. Franco-German diplomatic obstruction, Arab indifference, media bias, UN weakness, Syrian and Iranian meddling, women in niqabs and old men with placards - all have been or surely will be blamed for the coalition's defeat. As one American columnist pointed out last week, we wait for Bush and Blair to conduct an interview with Fox News entitled If We Did It, in which they spell out how they would have bungled this war if, indeed, they had done so."

Iraq: A job well done

"'The powers that be' decided it's time for the Democrats to play their predestined roll in the final phase of 'Iraq no More'. The curtain is coming down on the last scene of ' Bravo Republicans' for the long awaited objective of destroying Iraq for Israel. After a short recess the curtain will rise again with a new scene from ' Come home Yankees, we know you tried' as if to say, We went to Iraq to teach Iraqis democracy but they refused to learn it."

Five young girls killed in US attack on Iraqi insurgents

"Five young girls were among six Iraqis killed by US forces yesterday after troops used tanks and machine guns to attack what they said was a house occupied by insurgents."

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas; everywhere we go; I wonder, at some point in the future will Americans, vis a vis German civilians in 1945, be required to witness the barbarity of US actions in Iraq? And will they respond with, "We just didn't know".

Ferocity of Iraq attacks leaves US troops helpless

"US forces were reduced to near-impotent bystanders as the violence ignited by Thursday’s car bomb attacks on Shi’ite targets in Baghdad spawned a spiral of revenge."

Iran leader blames US for Iraq chaos

"'The first step to resolve the instability in Iraq is the withdrawal of occupiers from this country and the transfer of security responsibilities to the popular Iraqi government,' Khamenei was quoted as saying."

Iran accuses Canadian embassy of spy activity

"Canada has taken steps to ensure the safety of the Canadian embassy in Teheran after Iranian legislators called it a den of spies and demanded it be shut down.

"Canadian authorities are monitoring the situation closely and are prepared to take 'additional steps if necessary' after hardliners accused Ottawa of plotting with the United States, Canadian Foreign Affairs spokesman Rodney Moore said Thursday."

Are Canadians too nice to tell Harper to go f**k himself?

Nato urged to plan Afghanistan exit strategy as violence soars

"Nato's fragile unity over Afghanistan has begun to crack ahead of an important summit - with one public call to discuss an exit strategy from the Allied forces' bloody confrontation with the Taliban."

Dems rebut Carter on Israeli 'apartheid'

"Instead, Democrats are shoring up their pro-Israel bona fides. They are strikingly anxious because of a courageous new book by President Jimmy Carter that hit American bookstores in mid-November, Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid. It is an extraordinarily bold--and apt--title.

"Incoming House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, among others, forcefully criticized the book. 'It is wrong,' she declared, 'to suggest that the Jewish people would support a government in Israel or anywhere else that institutionalizes ethnically based oppression, and Democrats reject that allegation vigorously.'"

Unfortunately, Nancy is on the AIPAC payroll. What happens when the desires of her Israeli constituents conflict with those of her American supporters?

Iraq war was good for Israel: Olmert

"Olmert avoided explicit comment on the Republicans' fortunes during Washington talks with Bush earlier this month. But in a speech to visiting American Jews, Olmert made clear he had few regrets about the changes wrought by the 2003 invasion of Iraq."

Perhaps the suspicions regarding Israel's role in 9/11 should be investigated.

Waxman has Bush administration in sights

"Rep. Henry Waxman has spent the last six years waging a guerrilla campaign against the White House and its corporate allies, launching searing investigations into everything from military contracts to Medicare prices from his perch on the Government Reform Committee." . . . .

"Waxman's biggest challenge as he mulls what to probe?

"'The most difficult thing will be to pick and choose,' he said."

So much malfeasance, so little time.

Don't just ask Gates questions; dig deep

"In case some senators are interested in finding out what makes him tick and in understanding where he might take the Pentagon and the war in Iraq – if anywhere – here are some ideas about what to ask about and, more importantly, how to ask."

Bob Gates & locking you up forever

"As the next Defense Secretary, Robert M. Gates will be in charge of a new star-chamber legal system that can lock up indefinitely 'unlawful enemy combatants' and 'any person' accused of aiding them. Yet, despite these extraordinary new powers, his confirmation is being treated more like a coronation than a time for tough questions."

Free speech and the delusion of grandeur: Keith Olbermann responds to Newt Gingrich's comments about free speech

“'We will adopt rules of engagement that use every technology we can find,' Mr. Gingrich continued about terrorists, formerly communists, formerly hippies, formerly Fifth Columnists, formerly anarchists, formerly Redcoats, 'to break up their capacity to use the Internet, to break up their capacity to use free speech.'”

Newt, the snake, is refining his contract on America.

Leahy: Terror screening oversight a must

"The incoming Senate Judiciary chairman pledged greater scrutiny Friday of computerized government anti-terrorism screening after learning that millions of Americans who travel internationally have been assigned risk assessments over the last four years without their knowledge."

Judge strikes down Bush on terror groups

"A federal judge struck down President Bush's authority to designate groups as terrorists, saying his post-Sept. 11 executive order was unconstitutional and vague.

"Some parts of the Sept. 24, 2001 order tagging 27 groups and individuals as 'specially designated global terrorists' were too vague and could impinge on First Amendment rights of free association, U.S. District Judge Audrey Collins said."

Boeing accused of running torture travel agency

"The use of this jet, with a 6,000-mile flying range and plush customized cabin, has until now been Boeing's only connection to the prison airlifts. But a British author and an ex-prisoner's attorney say that records uncovered by Spanish investigators show Boeing has a more direct role -- planning and organizing the flights through a unit of its Seattle commercial airplane division."

American corporations, like members of Congress, will do anything for money.

Impeachment now

"But without impeachment what can be done to restore this Republic, and keep it from further harm to itself and the world? Nobody believes that the Democrats will remove the funding of our soldiers, so what now does George Bush have to fear? As Commander-in-Chief he can continue to execute this war with criminal incompetence until so many soldiers have been killed that he has destroyed the backbone and morale of the army, and completed the task of destroying American credibility throughout the world. He will not be up for reelection, so there will be no political accountability. He remains the Commander-in-Chief, with as much power to do harm as he ever had, and perhaps less reason to exercise caution that before. His entire career has been about diversionary tactics, shape shifting, ambushing opponents with smears, and most important, the refusal to be held accountable for his acts. What better way to distract from the war he has lost in Iraq than by starting another in Iran? If you can't shrink a catastrophe, at the very least you can expand it into a cataclysm."

A fraud worse then Enron: Bringing Bush to court

"Obviously, as a private citizen, I cannot simply draft and file an indictment. Nor can I convene a grand jury. Instead, in the following pages I intend to present a hypothetical indictment to a hypothetical grand jury. The defendants are President George W. Bush, Vice President Richard Cheney, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, and former Secretary of State Colin Powell. The crime is tricking the nation into war--in legal terms, conspiracy to defraud the United States. And all of you are invited to join the grand jury."

The dump and run congress

"Next week, the 109th Congress returns for a final lame-duck session. With the election over, lawmakers 'don't seem inclined to do any work.' 'In a blend of pique and laziness,' members of the House and Senate 'intend to show up and pass a continuing resolution to keep the government running at a basic level for a few more weeks.' They plan to 'dump everything else onto' the 110th Congress and leave Washington 'one week earlier than previously anticipated.' The current leadership is 'preparing to walk away from their most basic constitutional responsibility - passing a budget,' to allow themselves to 'run out early.' After being dumped by the American people, the 109th Congress is now dumping its remaining responsibilities."

Iran and China poised to sign pact on oil field

"Iran and China have moved a step closer to signing an energy deal worth as much as $100 billion, with the Islamic republic saying it had invited China Petrochemical's managing director to Tehran to sign an accord first reached in 2004."

The Moron and the Dick have been outflanked by their betters.

President Bush's bad reputation: Around the world, people see the president as an extension of America's arrogance

"The natural extension of this negative view of Bush in the eyes of the world is a negative view of the U.S. That view is not just isolated to the Muslim world, where 30 percent of Indonesians and Egyptians polled had a negative opinion of the U.S., but to 23 percent of people in Spain. Less than 50 percent of those polled in France, Germany, Russia and China had favorable opinions of the U.S."

In the film, An Inconvenient Truth, there was a scene where Al Gore is in China speaking on global warming to what appears to be university students. The audience seemed warm and accepting. Imagine Bush's reception in a similar setting.

US prison population sets record

"A record 7 million people -- one in every 32 U.S. adults -- were behind bars, on probation or on parole by the end of last year, a Justice Department report released yesterday shows."
A prelude to gulags.

Britain's prison population reaches record high

"This latest statistic means that the number of prisoners has almost doubled from 45,000 in the last 13 years. England and Wales now have the largest prison population in Europe at more than 145 per 100,000 of the general population."

Since Blair and Bush feed from the trough ot totalitaraiansim, this is no surprise.

Dollar fall is catalyst for predatory global government

"As the dollar goes into free fall and the housing market accelerates in sales yet plunges in price, the quickening of an agenda of economic catastrophe allied to the 'solution' of predatory globalism and the creation of a North American Union is afoot, and it spells potential disaster for the livelihood of all Americans."

Look who owns US debt now

"For most of U.S. history, the national debt was something that America owed itself. What was borrowed by the government was lent by its people. The liabilities of one were the assets of the other.

"But that has changed as the federal government has increasingly looked abroad to finance its prodigious borrowing. Foreigners now hold a record 52% of the government's $4 trillion in outside debt, up from a quarter in 1995."

Financial firms warned of Qaeda cyber attack

"The U.S. government warned American private financial services on Thursday of an al Qaeda call for a cyber attack against online stock trading and banking Web sites beginning on Friday, a source said."

No one could do more damage to the economy than the squinty eyed moron in the White House.

US legislator warns of Bush plot to merge Canada, the US and Mexico

"Supporters of the anti-union stand point out that a prominent three-country task force backed by Canada’s business elite has promoted an elaborate vision of a common economy and security perimeter.

"The plan, released last year, drew fire from some Canadians who saw it as a dangerous surrender of sovereignty designed to benefit big business."

While Tancredo is a nut case, a merger is afoot.

US manufacturing shrinks for 1st time in 3-1/2 yrs

"U.S. factory activity shrank in November for the first time in 3-1/2 years as new orders, production and employment fell and prices paid rose, according to a survey published on Friday."

Quotes from

"Iraq would like the Iranians to leave them alone." -- Bush, speaking for the Iraqi people, Link

"Gen. Casey told Bush they'd wait and see how Iraq looked after October's Ramadan. Well, Iraq looked worse. Now Bush is waiting for the Baker Study Group before making any new departures. In the meantime, Iraq looks still worse. As Bush waits, Iraq burns. Bush has been at the mercy of events in Iraq. Perhaps that's forgivable. What's less understandable is being controlled by other people's advice. Bush has been presiding over the Iraq War for three years, and he really has no better ideas than might bubble up from the likes of Sandra Day O'Connor and Vernon Jordan about how to prosecute the war?" --Rich Lowry,

"The conservative era in American politics came to an end on Nov 7. Bush has managed to terminate the conservative era. Bush did this by treating the federal budget as a Christmas stocking for supporters, accumulating deficits and growth in federal spending, undermining the association of conservatism with limited government. On social, moral, and scientific issues, Bush tilted so far to the right that he scared away secular and socially moderate Republicans. His feckless foreign policy discredited optional military intervention. Today, the conservative movement has reached a terminal point..." --Jake Weisberg, Link

"The Maliki government is going to have to deal with that violence..." -- Der Monkey, blaming Maliki for Iraq's civil war, Link

"Any time you hear the United States government talking about wiretap, a wiretap requires a court order. Nothing has changed, by the way. When we're talking about chasing down terrorists, we're talking about getting a court order before we do so" -- George W. Bush, has he ever not lied? April 20, 2004

"It's worse than a civil war. In a civil war, you at least know who is fighting. We don't even know that anymore. It's so bloody confused." -- A senior Iraqi official in TIME

"George Bush wants to show the world what a tough, determined leader he is. That's a mighty big task because almost everybody outside the U.S. already thinks he is an incompetent, dangerous idiot. Anyone who thinks that is, of course, right." -- Joe Sudbay,

"My questions to Maliki will be: What do we need to do to succeed? What is your strategy in dealing with the sectarian violence? What is your strategy to be a country which can govern itself and sustain itself? And it's going to be an important meeting." -- Dubya, all questions and no answers, Link The leader of the free world invades and ruins a backward, Old Testament country. Then he installs a puppet and demands to know HIS plans to thwart every enemy that the BFEE has made in the Muslim world after starting two unprovoked wars.

"The fact that Bush is holding talks with Maliki not in Baghdad, but in Jordan has not gone unnoticed. 'One hundred and fifty thousand U.S. soldiers cannot secure protection for their president,' mocked a Jordanian columnist, who called the choice of venue 'an open admission of gross failure for Washington and its allies' project in Iraq.' " -- Scott MacLeod, Link

"Who knows what Bush has learned from this last election? Bush is a decider of decisions, not a learner of lessons. And he likes to decide that he was right all along." --Hendrik Hertzberg, Link

"Would it not be more beneficial to bring the U.S. soldiers home, and to spend the astronomical U.S. military expenditures in Iraq for the welfare and prosperity of the American people?" -- Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmahanjob, in a letter to Americans, Link Can you name an Arab who hasn't outwitted Bush? Check out how calm and reasonable Ahmahanjob sounds there. He sounds peaceful, cooperative and statesmanlike.

Meanwhile, Bush is huffing and puffing and grunting, "We ain't leavin' and I'm the goddamn decider!"

"Cheney visited Saudi Arabia over the weekend. Over there he's known as Lawrence of Arrhythmia." -- Letterman

"The Christmas tree was delivered to the White House yesterday. Just what we need at the White House, more dead wood." -- Letterman

"The level of violence in Iraq is so extreme, it far surpasses most civil wars since 1945." -- Nicholas Sambanis, Link

"Is it just me or has Bush checked out of the crisis we know as 'Iraq'? Since the election he seems to have disappeared from the conversation entirely. Like he's just checked out...Like it's not his problem any more." -- Josh Marshall,

"On the Sunday talk shows, the pundits talk about what the 'U.S' ought to do with Iraq without ever mentioning Bush's name. -- -Alicia Rasley, Link

"There will come a time, when a future President baffled by the insanity in the Middle East, will ask Dubya for advice. Then the fawning media will look back to his past 'toughness' and 'determination' when under fire. That seems unhinged now, but watch for it to happen." --Victor Davis Hanson, Link

"There are two ways to build a legacy as president. You can do a great job in office or you can hire some people to rewrite history after the fact in the hopes that you'll come off better later. Bush seems to have chosen the latter path. He hopes to raise $500 million to build a presidential library. Bush's institute will hire lying Nazi whores and 'give them money to write papers and books favorable to Bush,' one insider said. We thought Fox News was already doing that job for free." -- Tim Grieve, Link

Howard Kurtz: The conventional wisdom is that American troops resent the media's coverage of this war as too negative. What did you find, when you were in Iraq?

John Roberts: By and large, I didn't hear any complaints about the coverage. --Exchange on Reliable Sources with Howie the Whore,

"It's easier to deny that this is a civil war, when you live in the most heavily fortified place in the country within the Green Zone, which is true of both the prime minister, the national security adviser for Iraq and, of course, the top U.S. military commanders. However, for the people living on the streets, for Iraqis in their homes, this is civil war." -- Michael Ware, the bravest bastard in Baghdad, Link

"Advocating war is easier when you and your family are not endangered by it. The one unifying characteristic that all of us men in make-up on political chat shows share is fear of combat. Every one of us has done everything we can to avoid combat. Just like George Bush, Bill Clinton, and Dick Cheney, we are all combat cowards." -- Lawrence O'Donnell, forgetting that Clinton never sent men into a meat grinder Link

"It's a gimmick because it satisfies McCain, it satisfies the hardliners...My concern is that they'll do it slowly and then, in the end, inadvertently, they will imitate our bug-out from Vietnam. Namely, we'll blame the Iraqis and leave, thereby creating the worst of all situations." -- Zbigniew Brzezinski, on whether Bush will boost the number of troops in Iraq, Link

"Thank God for the leadership of President Bush...I know that Iraq without Saddam is so much better for the security and safety of Israel." -- Israeli PM Olmert, Link

"We woke up the day after the election to a new world. We're going to have tough days ahead of us." -- Ken Johnson, spokesman for the Pharmaceutical whores that will have to lower prices now that the party of consumer protection is back to driving the bus, Link

"Among 41 House Democratic newcomers, at least half back repealing tax breaks for highest-income earners ahead of scheduled 2010 expiration." --Washington Wire, Link that's a bad thing?


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