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    The War on Christian Virtues

    Apparently, the dreaded "War on Christmas" now extends to having to work between the Christmas and New Year's holidays, at least if the taxpayers pay your salary and your job title is "Senator." According to Senator Jon Kyl, having work the week after the Christmas holiday would be "disrespectful" to Christians. Senator Jim DeMint called working the week before Christmas "sacrilegious." That's right.

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    Wolfrum in Spain

    Because I know you have been thinking of me, here I am ...

    ... hanging out next to the remains of Christopher Columbus ...

     

    ... shooting the bull ...

    ... and enjoying some local flavor.

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    Pvt. Brad Manning: Seven Months of Solitary So Far

    Private Manning has never been tried for a crime.  He has never been convicted of a crime.  Yet he has spent the past five months in solitary confinement at the Marine brig in Quantico, VA, and the preceding two months in prison in Kuwait.

    There are no sheets or a  pillow on his bed.  He is not permitted to exercise in his cell, and closed circuit television monitors him to make sure he doesn’t sneak in a prohibited push-up or sit-up. 

    Tea Party: You're Not Going to Ban my Cul de Sac

    After the 'ballots or bullets' midterm elections, Tea Party activists looked around and discovered that while they had been saving Americans from health care reform,  a global demon (second only to Soros) had infiltrated their local communities.

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    "Which Side Are You On, Boys?"

    Looks like the White House won the messaging wars.

    Here's the lede to the tax cuts for the rich story as presented by MSNBC:

    Ramona's picture

    The Amazing Endurance of Remarkable Words

    Until this moment, Senator, I think I never really gauged your cruelty, or your recklessness. . . Little did I dream you could be so reckless and so cruel as to do an injury to that lad. It is, I regret to say, equally true that I fear he shall always bear a scar needlessly inflicted by you. If it were in my power to forgive you for your reckless cruelty, I would do so. I like to think I'm a gentle man, but your forgiveness will have to come from someone other than me. .
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    Two Santa Clauses or none?

    There are some things Americans know about ourselves without having to hear it from pollsters. We know we love Santa Claus, for example. When offered a choice between having no Santa for Christmas, or having twice as much Santa, we’ll grab the latter.

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    Astroturf and Masturbation

    I keep stumbling across today's boring competition over which dag commenter can be more offensive, and Georges Monbiot and Barry Eisler have me wondering whether I am reading astroturfers or masturbators, or both.

    First Monbiot, in the Guardian:

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    More Labels

    Many of you have probably heard already about the launch of the new No Labels organization – the new centrist organization that is bending over backwards to label itself as a not-necessarily-centrist organization with “no label”.  Their goal of promoting constructive civil discourse is laudable – that’s something we need more of across the political spectrum.   But the organization’s putative non-platform platform is conventional centrist stuff: smaller deficits, free trade, free markets, and social tolerance.  It just seems like a classic European-style Liberal party to me, for example, th

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    A Coda to the Death of Ambassador Holbrooke

    Most readers of this blog will not require an introduction to Ambassador Richard Holbrooke. And most are probably aware that he died today, following surgery for a torn aorta. 

    It is reported by the AP that Ambassador Holbrooke's final words were "You've got to stop this war in Afghanistan." (h/t HuffPo)

    Obama's Director OMB Lands Citibank Job, Peter Orszag, To Take High Paying Banking Position

    President Obama nominated Peter Orszag to be his Director of Management and Budget in November, 2008, where he served a year and a half and resigned the position in July 2010.  His new position at Citibank may pay $2-3 million according to bankers familiar with similar positions. Orszag joins a former Bush cabinet appointee at Citibank.

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    Blowing Smoke in New York: Tuesday, December 14th at Barnes & Noble

    Keeping it virtual is great, but tomorrow, New Yorkers and other denizens of the Tri-State Area will have an opportunity to see Genghis live, uncut, uncensored, unplugged, and undressed. (Update: Upon advice from his lawyer, his publicist, and his mother, Genghis will remind dressed.)

    Come listen to him read from his critically acclaimed, mindblowingly brilliant, mouthwaterlingy scrumptious masterpiece Blowing Smoke: Why the Right Keeps Serving Up Whack-Job Fantasies about the Plot to Euthanize Grandma, Outlaw Christmas, and Turn Junior into a Raging Homosexual.

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    David Seaton's picture

    Wikileaks (virtual world) versus lynching the Prince of Wales (real world)

    On Saturday the 11th of December, about 50 people demonstrated in favor of Julian Assange in front of the US Embassy in London. The demonstration was organized on the Internet. 

    Two days before, in the same city, a crowd of rioting students nearly lynched the Prince of Wales and his wife the Duchess of Cornwall. The royal couple's bodyguards were at the point of drawing their guns... imagine the political repercussions if they had smoked a few students... or had even fired warning shots into the air.

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    EMAILING IT IN

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                      SARAH PALIN ON THE READY

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    The Mandate Stinks Anyway

    While I’m definitely not for the GOP ironically using the courts to reverse Obama’s signature accomplishment, I’ve never been a believer in the morality or necessity of the health insurance mandate.

    First, I’m skeptical because the industry demanded it.  Obviously anyone in the business of selling a product would love to have the government declare that everyone must buy it.  I’m sure Burger King would say yes to a whopper mandate.

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    New: In the News Section

    Hello folks. By now you've probably seen the new In the News section on the right sidebar. If you haven't tried it out, here are some tips:

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