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    Aren't We All Working Class?

    I hiked about three or four miles down a bike path converted from an abandoned rail spur this afternoon, with the object of visiting my next door neighbor. I could have visited him by walking the thirty plus feet from...
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    One Soldier's First Hand Opinion on the News Coverage

    ~ Here at the cafe, there has been much bandwidth used and keystrokes struck related to complaints of the news coverage or lack thereof of the ground truth from Iraq. Following is one lone soldier's personal take from his first...
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    Aristotle Meets Goldilocks

    I do O.K. with Aristotle. Modern philosophers, especially the more mathematical ones sometimes give me the heebie-jeebies. I noticed a few years ago that Aristotle has an affinity to Goldilocks. For him, the Virtuous Mean lay between extremes of deficiency...
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    Patron: Eumenides? Tailor: Why, Euripides?

    Have the groans subsided yet? One hopes to be forgiven, eventually. The university at which I work requires a core history/political studies course of all freshmen, the faculty for which are provided by the history and political science departments. As...
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    To Blog or Not to Blog?

    Hamlet like, I’ve tossed this idea back and forth in my mind for some time now. Do I have anything of interest to put before the readers at TPM Café? Am I obsessive enough to keep at it? Is my...

    Imus discussion on Meet the Press...

    I suffer from insomnia, and on some sleepless occasions, disgusted with the "cute news" with the O'Brians on CNN, I'd turn the tv to the Imus show - it aired between 2:30AM and 6AM on the West coast. There were...

    Palestinian Unity Prime Minister Haniyeh (Hamas) on C-Span

    C-Span will be carrying a speech by Ismail Haniyeh, Prime Minister, Palestinian Authority, Hamas Party. He'll be speaking about the new coalition government. The program will be aired on C-Span1 on Wed. March 21 at 6:09 AM EDT, and lasts...
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    The TPM "Apologists for the Scumbags" ... the MSM and Valerie Plame

    ~ Small snippets of press and pundit quotes related to the previous status of Valerie Wilson Plame: Washington Post editorial: “The trial has provided…no evidence that she was, in fact, covert.” [Washington Post, 3/7/07]Mort Kondracke: “I frankly don’t think since...
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    Valerie Wilson to Appear Before Waxman Committee!

    ~ Coming March 16No telling what's going to shake out during the hearing. What with the Wilson civil suit pending, in addition to that which the CIA affords Ms. Wilson to speak openly about in relationship to her past CIA employment,...
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    Russia

    Following artappraiser's example on China, here are some excerpts, links and notes on Russian activity of interest. ...

    U.S., Iraq propose diplomatic talks w/ Iran, Syria AND New Iraqi oil law

    This new change seems to indicate an abrupt about face in U.S. policy. It's about time that the Bush administration started heeding the recommendations of the Iraq Study Group, but it remains to be seen whether this will be a...
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    Cooked Intel & Torture Abuse: So the 'Stovepipe' Stops Where?

    1600 Pennsylvania Avenue? Today, on the normal Friday news-dump, the latest findings come out of the inspector general's office of the Pentagon claiming "...that prewar intelligence work at the Pentagon, including a contention that the CIA had underplayed the likelihood...
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    04/22/2009: More to Add to the Stove-Pipe

    .Some new info for the ... Stove-Pipe . . . McClatchy: Bush Admin Used Torture To Look For Saddam-Qaida Link Citing an anonymous intel source and a new Senate report, McClatchy reports the Bush Admin strongly pressured interrogators to use...
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    More Material to ^Crib^ to Slam the Boomers over their Heads

    .During the week of January 23 through the 27th., in various threads some high level beefs and diatribes were discussed surrounding the "boomers of the sixties" and specifically the Vietnam/ demonstrations/ '68 Chicago Democratic Convention riot issue -- If any of the detractors of...
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    How Did Jerry Ford Really Feel About Iraq?

    . Lost within all the front page headlines related to the passing of Gerald R. Ford was this little tidbit of a byline from Bob Woodward. It was an interview conducted in 2005 that had been embargoed until after Ford's...
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    Did SFCWallace head out to re-enlist for the 'Big Surge'?

    . Little trip back in the time machine to September 16 ... Don't you all just miss the apoplectic admonitions from the ol' authoritarian apologist like this one here?Why Democrats lose #426 Oh! And don't overlook his famous last words...
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    Will Newt Crash the Grand Old Party?

    . As we have all noticed, it wasn’t but 24 hours after the election results that the major media outlets began their anointing of the 2008 presidential contenders. And of course, we have all been clued into the three main...

    Leaving (soon) on a Jet Plane

    Next month my wife and I are moving ourselves and our two kids to Tbilisi in the country of Georgia for around 20 months. Folks here know that country has been in the news a bit lately, with last weekend's...

    Robert Kagan (today's WashPost): "More Leaks, Please"

    From Kagan's column, the first sentence reads: "It's too bad we won't get to see the full National Intelligence Estimate on 'Trends in Global Terrorism' selectively leaked to The Post and the New York Times last week. Indeed. Out with...

    My Democratic Message

    The Dems will not agree on a single national message. At least if they have, I haven't heard it. So I am free to select my own. It's a formidable challenge. There are way too many targets and sources of...

    David Broder, cont.

    As I work around the corner from the Washington Post offices in DC, I took the liberty of purchasing a copy of Jacob Hacker and Paul Pierson's fabulous Off Center and leaving a copy for David Broder at the Post's...

    Carville and Begala, Zinging Them on Military Service

    I'm halfway into Carville and Begala's latest, Take it Back. This from pages 132-33, in connection with their discussion about how to help with military recruitment: "But, let's face it, has-been pop stars and never-was country singers are not going...
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    Bush Aims to Kill War Crimes Act

    . Just a little heads up in case you haven't seen this slowly developing story buried under all the latest spin and spewage.... Bush Aims to Kill War Crimes Act Jeremy Brecher & Brendan Smith September 5, 2006 The US...
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    The Numbers Don't Lie -- The Bush Strategy is Not Working

    . Today Josh had posted this thread over in the Cafe: Bush's Goldilocks Moment: Terror Just Right How timely. Here's a report that was released today during a press conference with Senator Harry Reid. Everyone may find the following information...
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    Hot Flash! Iraq War Unnecessary!

    We know now that "Regime Change" is the only reason yet articulated that still stands in the Bush reason-of-the-week for invading Iraq. We know that Saddam was a tyrant and the world is better off without him in charge in...

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