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Another Edition of Your President Speaks - Shadowproof

Another Edition of Your President Speaks - Shadowproof

No particular reason. Why do :"I thought about what it would be like for me to become president during this period," Bush said. "I believe that good policy is not to dump him a major catastrophe on his first day in office."There are so many things wrong with that, I don’t even know where to start. So many problems left festering out there, so many Bush/Cheney messes for others to be cleaning up for generations. So much shit we’ll all be wading through for years after this man leaves office.If it’s so easy to tidy up his festering piles before the next guy comes in, why hasn’t he done it...

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Dec 19
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It's Not a Religion, It's a Lifestyle - Shadowproof

It's Not a Religion, It's a Lifestyle - Shadowproof

I’ve decided that God is a capitalist. There’s just no other explanation for why someone in my neighborhood bought a giant, air-filled snow globe with the Baby Jesus in it as their Christmas decoration this year.Nothing says "We’re religious!" quite like having an inflatable lawn ornament that pelts the Christ child with fake plastic snow bits, let me tell you. I feel diminished in the eyes of the Lord because we don’t have one.Is there something I missed in Sunday School at my Grandpa’s church that said driving your car around with one of those fish things on it is a requirement? Or that...

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Dec 20
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Karma - Shadowproof

Karma - Shadowproof

 UPDATE:  .Just got this in my e-mail from an election watch group:A number of problems have been reported this morning as polling places have opened around the country, especially in Ohio, where numerous election machine problems have occurred, leading to delayed openings and long lines. One apparent victim of the Ohio voting machine problems was Congresswoman Jean Schmidt, as a local TV station broadcast footage of her struggling with a machine.Oh my.  If anyone can find the clip posted online, I will happily post the link.  Election machine problems are no joke — and being able to show...

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Christy Hardin Smith
Nov 7
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Marathon, Not A Sprint - Shadowproof

Marathon, Not A Sprint - Shadowproof

Now this, :Both efforts seek to ensure that anxious Republican lawmakers — many of whom have said they want to wait until September to assess President Bush's Iraq strategy — get no break from the war over the summer."The debate on Iraq will continue," House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco) said last week. Pelosi, who in March helped push Democrats to embrace a withdrawal of American combat forces, has pledged that the House will vote on numerous measures aimed at ending the war.Tom Matzzie, campaign manager for , the leading coalition against the war, promised an equally unpleasant...

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Jun 4
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FISA: Take Action Today - Shadowproof

FISA: Take Action Today - Shadowproof

:  what the GOP wants on FISA is failure, even more than unfettered power concentrated in a unilateral executive.   The GOP hopes to use FISA as an electoral cudgel.  Allow me to detail their groundwork:   for using national security ; planting this with Beltway press — , , and , for starters (who miss the fundamental point that telecom immunity is bribery to keep the Administration’s lawbreaking secrets, as hush money); trotting out Dick Cheney ; and just in time for the State of the Union. Add in which , you have — which is exactly the set-up for the SOTU that the Bush WH wants. Except...

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Jan 25
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Updates From Pakistan And Beyond On The Bhutto Assassination - Shadowproof

Updates From Pakistan And Beyond On The Bhutto Assassination - Shadowproof

, we find this with on the scene updates ongoing.   reports say that violence is substantial in a number of areas around the country, with fires being set and looting following that.  This blog in the assassination:1- Baitullah Mehsud, a top commander fighting the Pakistani army in the tribal region of South Waziristan. He has close ties to al Qaeda and the Afghan Taleban.2- The other was Haji Omar, the "amir" or leader of the Pakistani Taleban, who is also from South Waziristan and fought against the Soviets with the Mujahideen in Afghanistan.It is important to stress that it is VERY early...

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Christy Hardin Smith
Dec 27
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The Test Of Greatness Is How We Care For Our Children - Shadowproof

The Test Of Greatness Is How We Care For Our Children - Shadowproof

“The test of greatness for a nation is how it cares for its children.” — Ted Kennedy on the bipartisan support for SCHIP.…And by vetoing SCHIP. SCHIP is an issue of morality and decency for poor children in America — SCHIP enjoys broad, bipartisan support because it is the right thing to do for kids in need.  As Sen. Kennedy says, imagine being a hardworking American parent who is making $30,000 a year and trying to raise your kids, and laying in bed at night listening to your child cough or wheeze or cry in the night, and then wondering if you have the money to get the care needed if your...

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Oct 3
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Sunday Talking Head Thread - Shadowproof

Sunday Talking Head Thread - Shadowproof

Here’s the Sunday Talking Head line-up.   C-Span’s Washington Journal:  7:45am – Linda Douglass, , Contributing Editor; 8:30am – Newspaper Articles & Viewer; 9am – Stephanie Miley, Fmr. Leader; 9:30am – Phoner From Khandahar, Afghanistan: Sarah Chayes, Author, The Punishment of Virtue: Inside Afghanistan After the Taliban  ABC’s “This Week”:  National Security Adviser Stephen Hadley; Sens. John Warner, R-Va., and Richard Lugar, R-Ind.CBS’ “Face the Nation”:  Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., and Mark Kimmitt, deputy assistant secretary of defense for the Middle East.NBC’s “Meet the Press”:...

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Christy Hardin Smith
Jul 15
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Rinse, Lather, Repeat, Sen. Collins? - Shadowproof

Rinse, Lather, Repeat, Sen. Collins? - Shadowproof

Oh, hypocrisy.  Thy name is Sen. Susan Collins.  From :Susan Collins must hope that the media has a short memory.There is no other explanation why Collins would be whining again that the opposing political party is — now get this — trying to hold her accountable.A Collins campaign hack released a copy of a letter this week that had been sent by her to Democratic challenger Tom Allen, asking that the Democrats stop filming Collins’ every campaign appearance. The hack referred to the practice as tracking and said it demeans the political process.Give me a break.Collins tried this same tactic,...

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Aug 20
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Mwahaha! This Is Your Strategery?!?!? - Shadowproof

Mwahaha! This Is Your Strategery?!?!? - Shadowproof

This is the best you could do, Karl? Jeff Gannon/Guckart/Gucky/whatever is one of the people trusted to take a peek at the State Department top secret memorandum? You know, the one that was marked “Secret” in clear letters? That was a violation of the to disseminate to anyone without proper clearance? The memo that is still classified?Gucky — Of the faux Marine status on his resume? The male escort website escapades? The puffed up news credentials that got him seated as the White House ringer in the press room? (Hat tip to the fabulous for bringing this article to my attention.)THIS is your...

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Oct 8
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McCain's Cronies: Meet Charlie Black, Political Fixer And Top Beltway Lobbyist - Shadowproof

McCain's Cronies: Meet Charlie Black, Political Fixer And Top Beltway Lobbyist - Shadowproof

Top DC Lobbyist and McCain campaign "senior advisor" Charlie Black explains to Faux News why John McCain is an "outsider."  The jokes just write themselves…That the McCain campaign is sending out Charlie Black to be their rebuttal point man on is beyond amusing. When you think about Charlie Black, think of him in terms of Jack Abramoff’s , connections and — only — with that same odious level of using it to the furthest extent to suck money out of clients who .  Only Charlie Black isn’t a dolt like Abramoff, and .  Oh, and did I mention he lobbies for , among many, many other corporate...

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Christy Hardin Smith
Feb 22
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Blind Faith - Shadowproof

Blind Faith - Shadowproof

(Somehow, Blind Faith's "Can't Find My Way Home" just seemed so perfect for this.  Great vintage video.)For anyone who has spent time reading "The Prince", the Bush Administration's mistakes here :Since the Iraq war and the attendant plummeting of America’s image in the Muslim world, King Abdullah has been striving to set a more independent and less pro-American course, American and Arab officials said. And that has steered America’s relationship with its staunchest Arab ally into uncharted waters. Prince Bandar, they say, may no longer be able to serve as an unerring beacon of Saudi...

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Apr 30
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Lessons Learned? Not Exactly... - Shadowproof

Lessons Learned? Not Exactly... - Shadowproof

And today’s award for weird headline and photo juxtaposition goes to for this headline:…with the above AP photo. Oh yeah, lesson clearly learned there.Shadowproof is a financially independent news organization. All of our funding comes from small donations made by readers like you.We use your donations to hire freelance writers and cover our operating costs. Monthly membership subscriptions give us the stability we need to make plans while ensuring our organization does not depend on grants or major funders. If you like what you read, support our writers with a donation today.

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Apr 5
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Trick Or Treat: Why Were Baker And Eagleburger MIA For McCain Foreign Policy Event? - Shadowproof

Trick Or Treat: Why Were Baker And Eagleburger MIA For McCain Foreign Policy Event? - Shadowproof

This has been nagging at me: why  have and not have Baker and Eagleburger with him?especially his advisors, so why not balance it with folks from the "realist" camp? Also, why were Graham and Lieberman there? Baghdad , I suppose. And isn’t that FL Gov. Charlie Crist’s perma-tan ? The "Hey, look, I got yer governor in a photo-op! Vote for me!" contingent is stoked.Maybe because it was a tiny, closed to the public event of , the traveling journo-stenography pool, and the photo-op background folks? (Yes, a closed event in Florida the last week of campaigning. .)  And then…suddenly, :"Give her...

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Oct 31
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Artifice - Shadowproof

Artifice - Shadowproof

 discusses the media treatment of Democrats versus the Republicans, contrasting the treatment given to Newt Gingrich after the "Republican Revolution" versus what we have seen in the ten days since the mid-term elections.  That's correct, it's been ten days, and already the Democrats are "in disarray" with "deep divisions" and Nancy Pelosi has been served a "stunning defeat."  Do these media people even listen to themselves?  It has been ten freaking days??!!??  MSNBC continues its "Dems in disarray" orgy this morning, and the screen shot that Digby has from is not to be missed — Wolf...

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Christy Hardin Smith
Nov 17
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In The Not So Perfect World... - Shadowproof

In The Not So Perfect World... - Shadowproof

Barbara Ehrenreich hits  for a whole lot of America:But hellooo, we’ve had brisk growth for the past few years, as the president has tirelessly reminded us, only without those promised increases in personal income, at least not for the poor and the middle class. According to a study just released by the Economic Policy Institute, real wages actually fell last year. Growth, some of the economists are conceding in perplexity, has been "decoupled" from widely shared prosperity.I first began to sense this in the boom years of the late 1990s, when I was working in entry-level jobs for my book...

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Feb 3
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More Reporting, Less Genuflecting - Shadowproof

More Reporting, Less Genuflecting - Shadowproof

 I think we are all familiar by now with the need that some journalists might have for the occasional genuflect toward the Shrine of Karl.  But piece — by Nagourney and Bumiller (big shocker, I know) — is truly an exercise in obeisance:By most accounts inside and outside the administration, Mr. Rove is relentlessly cheerful, presenting himself as an optimistic face in a gloomy White House. One person who met Mr. Rove said he attributed Mr. Bush’s problems more to external events, in particular Hurricane Katrina and Iraq, than to anything the White House did wrong.  (emphasis mine)Someone...

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Mar 23
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Renewal - Shadowproof

Renewal - Shadowproof

Video of Copland’s Appalachian Spring — first and second movements.  .  .A little something to think about, courtesy of (h/t to reader WB for the link):…America began the 21st century with freshly burnished democratic credentials from its support of democratic transitions abroad and the world’s strongest democracy at home. No country had a stronger system of checks and balances. In no country was freedom so central to individual identity or civic institutions so deeply rooted. Wealth was comparatively widely distributed and a belief in fairness ruled. Yet each of these assets has been...

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Jun 20
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To Heroes, Past And Present - Shadowproof

To Heroes, Past And Present - Shadowproof

Pat Tillman's brother, , and it is worth a read — and a send around — as a reminder of who we are and who we ought to be.  If for no other reason than this, a vote in November is critical:  our military cannot speak up about what they see or disagree with while in uniform under the UCMJ.  There are good reasons for this in terms of chain of command, but it puts even more of a burden on the rest of us — to be their voice, to speak up for the things that they and their families need.  Here's a little :…Somehow our elected leaders were subverting international law and humanity by setting up...

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Oct 20
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Pull Up A Chair... - Shadowproof

Pull Up A Chair... - Shadowproof

I don’t know about everyone else, but I have quite had it with the kerfuffles that keep threatening to take our eye off the real work going into November. Contrary to some people’s ignorant rantings, women have always had titties, so get over your nasty, smarmy insinuations and .   I hadn’t spent time with Jessica prior to the meeting on Tuesday, but she seems quite nice and was very sharp and doesn’t deserve a bunch of faux jealous whining because she happens to have boobs.  Here’s a news flash: every woman has boobs.  (Some men do as well, but that’s a whole ‘nother post.)  They come in...

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Sep 16
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Cutting Through the Spin - Shadowproof

Cutting Through the Spin - Shadowproof

So much for the whole "we just found out about it last Friday" story.  Turns out between former GOP Rep. Foley and a Congressional page all the way back in 2000.  Trying to untangle this mess just got even more complicated…looks like the Ethics Committee is going to have to issue a new round of subpoenas. Yesterday on ABC's This Week, Cokie Roberts said pretty much what most moms in America have been thinking for the last two weeks:  what in the hell is wrong with the Republican leadership that they did not understand that protecting the kids who serve in the page program should have been...

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Oct 9
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Good Gravy, Who Are These People? - Shadowproof

Good Gravy, Who Are These People? - Shadowproof

What is Rudy Giuliani’s biggest mistake?  …do cast your vote on this one.  Huge thanks to Robert Greenwald and the Brave New Films crew.Sat down with my cuppa coffee this morning and spotted , and then…whammo:But no moral calculus can justify $52,500, no matter how much you’ve given to good works. This expenditure makes Judith Giuliani look frugal in her reported relationship with her Louis Vuitton purse — according to , she calls it Baby Louis and insists that it be accorded a separate seat on the Giulianis’ chartered jet.There are many lessons to be found in a handbag that costs more than...

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Sep 5
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Intersections - Shadowproof

Intersections - Shadowproof

James Madison, in a speech : I believe there are more instances of the abridgement of the freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments of those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations.Mr. Madison, meet President Bush, the current Congress, and :…For Neal, who has been a librarian for 34 years, the issue is not academic. He recalled his time working at Penn State University in the 1980s, at the height of the Cold War, when the FBI demanded information about the reading habits of international students. The staff refused, but the experience jolted Neal, who said he felt...

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Nov 2
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Troubling - Shadowproof

Troubling - Shadowproof

The Police, Every Breath You TakeThis is yet another troubling report of Inspectors General under the Bush regime facing consequences for trying to thoroughly do their jobs.  Via :…A small team working for General Hayden is looking into the conduct of the agency’s watchdog office, which is led by Inspector General John L. Helgerson. Current and former government officials said the review had caused anxiety and anger in Mr. Helgerson’s office and aroused concern on Capitol Hill that it posed a conflict of interest.The review is particularly focused on complaints that Mr. Helgerson’s office...

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Oct 12
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Yo, Blair...Another Biscuit? - Shadowproof

Yo, Blair...Another Biscuit? - Shadowproof

Tony Blair is in DC for a visit.  Will he have a ?But his unequivocal support for the White House has left him open to growing criticism. In two opinion surveys this week, one in The Guardian on Tuesday, the other in today’s Daily Telegraph, a majority of Britons polled said that he should show more independence from the United States — mimicking the “Love Actually” moment from the movie of that name starring Hugh Grant as a British prime minister who breaks publicly with an American president. The findings of the latest survey “will increase pressure on Mr. Blair to call for an immediate...

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