From the daily archives: Monday, June 18, 2007

Has to be one of the most covered songs of all time. Said to be Dylan’s first TV performance, May 1963. Enjoy:

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I wrote about treason earlier in that the Republicans want to filibuster energy legislation that would decrease our reliance on Middle Eastern oil. How about preventing Arabic linguists from serving in the Army because they are gay? Treason? I think so. John Aravosis of AmericaBLOG has been in the lead on this issue from the start and is featured in this Robert Greenwald short and petition:

This short frustrated the hell out of me, as the stories have for a while now about gay linguists in the military (or not in) who want to serve but also […]

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As Eric here at PB mentioned, Rudy Giuliani recently released a set of “12 Commitments to the American People”.

It contains the standard Republican talking points… things like: win the war on terror, end illegal immigration, secure our borders, cut wasteful spending, lead America towards energy independence and, of course, reform the tax code.

This last commitment is one of my favorites: Reform the tax code. Funny stuff, Rudy.

This is one of those standard campaign promises made by every presidential candidate- and carried out my none.

Jimmy Carter promised it- and later conceded “tax reform . . […]

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[from the Fitrakis’ Free Press]

Republican candidate for mayor of Columbus William Todd has direct ties to two controversial election organizations that are linked to the White House scandal surrounding the firing of U.S. attorneys.

Todd, an attorney at Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan & Aronoff LLP, is challenging Columbus’ first African American Mayor Michael Coleman in this fall’s election. Between 1993 and 2006, Todd served as an attorney at Squire, Sanders & Dempsey whose website stated that, “Mr. Todd served as litigation counsel in these election matters for groups such as the Free Enterprise Coalition, the American Center for Voting […]

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Investigation Uncovers ?Extensive Destruction? Of RNC Emails, Violations Of Records Act

House investigators have learned that the Bush administration?s use of Republican National Committee email accounts is far greater than previously disclosed ? 140,216 emails sent or received by Karl Rove alone ? and that the RNC has overseen ?extensive destruction? of many of the emails, including all email records for 51 White House officials.

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George Bush as Charlie Bucket

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Yesterday:

KABUL, Afghanistan – The deadliest insurgent attack since the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan in 2001 destroyed a bus full of police instructors at Kabul’s busiest transportation hub on Sunday, killing 35 people and wounding 52, officials said.

Today:

KABUL (Reuters) – At least seven children were killed in a U.S.-led coalition air strike on a religious school in Afghanistan, the coalition said on Monday, amid rising anger over civilian deaths from foreign military operations.

It’s as if the world is Willy Wonka and George Bush is Charlie Bucket. Willy turns to Charlie and his grandpa and says:

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(ht Blue Ohioan)

David Michael Green has a powerful compilation of facts on the Iraq War that will make anyone but the most staunch wingnut regret our current war. Most of us who have been against the war from the start will know this list. Nothing much new here, but it is good to see it all in one place. A couple of my favorites:

The senior Bush had a chance after that war to occupy Iraq and topple Saddam. He chose not to because, in his own words and those of his National Security Advisor, Brent Scowcroft, […]

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