From the daily archives: Monday, April 30, 2007

I just saw this ad on CNN’s Situation Room …

It’s by a group called Americans United for Change.

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A study in contrasts…

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I’m sure I don’t need to dig up specific examples, as everyone should be well aware by now of how we treat “enemy combatants” we capture and send to Guantanamo Bay. Isolation, degradation, and even torture.

And then I saw this in yesterday’s Dispatch (emphasis mine):

Crew coach Sigi Schmid’s 82-year-old father, Fritz, is visiting Columbus this week and was at the game against D.C. United last night. His eyes lit up when asked about the years he spent in a prison camp in England during and after World War II.

“We had a wonderful time,” said Schmid, who […]

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I have to say that I advocated for this several times while I was there but could never pull it off. Now that I’ve left, guess what? There will be STRIPPERS at the Progress Ohio offices. Great:

(Columbus) ? Entertainers from across the state will gather in Columbus for a news conference on Tuesday, May 1, at 10 a.m. The event will take place in the offices of Progress Ohio, 265 S. Third Street, Columbus.

Dancers formed the grassroots organization ?Dancers for Democracy? to try and combat Senate Bill 16, a measure that would limit the hours of adult businesses […]

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The Guardian:

A Congressional investigation into reconstruction in Iraq found that six out of eight projects the Bush administration claimed to be a success were falling apart, throwing doubts over the long-term viability of much of the $30bn (?15bn) programme.

Plain Dealer/AP:

Washington- U.S. efforts to rebuild Iraq are so beset with daily violence, corruption and poor maintenance that Iraqis will not be capable of managing reconstruction anytime soon, investigators say.

The latest audit by the special inspector general for Iraq reconstruction found that uncertainty and delays plague a U.S.-led war and rebuilding effort that has […]

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Welcome Back Tony Snow

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It’s good to see Tony back to work. Hopefully his treatment will put him on the road to permanent recovery.

DAVIDSON, N.C. –White House Press Secretary Tony Snow, who will soon begin chemotherapy to fight a cancer recurrence, told fellow alumni at Davidson College that he feels great and plans to return to work Monday.

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Israelis demand accountability

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Ehud Olmert is under fire.

JERUSALEM – Members of Prime Minister Ehud Olmert’s ruling coalition joined opposition lawmakers yesterday in calling for the Israeli leader and his defense minister to resign after parts of a government report criticizing their handling of last year’s war in Lebanon were leaked to local media.

Officials close to the investigation confirmed TV reports that the panel concluded Olmert and Defense Minister Amir Peretz made hasty and ill-judged decisions at the outset of the war.

Money quote:

According to the people familiar with the investigation, the panel concluded that Olmert failed to sufficiently […]

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