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Well, just got a call from The Fuskers™. He needs his Magic (The Gathering) deck for his communications class. So, I have to go.
Bark Bark Woof Woof
This is it: the last weekend before Christmas, and the start of my two weeks off. Now I'll really have time to keep up with the LC.- A Blog Around The Clock: drop 'til you drop.Shopping's done.
- All Facts and Opinions: Old Spice's Man of the Year is a right-wing nutjob.
- archy: CEO government.
- Bark Bark Woof Woof: being gay and going to high school.
- Bloggg: snow daze.
- Collective Sigh: an update and a plea for blood donations.
- Dohiyi Mir on Caroline.
- Echidne Of The Snakes on the Rick Warren issue.
- Florida Progressive Coalition Blog: Hold on, Holder.
- Iddybud Journal: intellectual bankruptcy.
- Left Is Right: short bits and pieces.
- Left Turn Only is still working out the kinks.
- Musing's musings on GOP tactics in Illinois.
- Pen-Elayne on the Web's silly site o' the day... it's like whack-a-mole.
- Rick's Cafe Americain: Patriots fan.
- Rook's Rant: writing on writing.
- rubber hose on the warren issue.
- Scrutiny Hooligans recaps the election a la "previously on The West Wing..."
- SoonerThought: union busting.
- Speedkill: music of 2008.
- Steve Bates, The Yellow Doggerel Democrat: torture.
- Stupid Enough Unexplanation: can a non-Christian be an American citizen?
- The Invisible Library: Bush's library is short of cash.
- WTF Is It Now?? the legacy.
- ...You Are A Tree received some very good news.
Bark Bark Woof WoofOh, all right. So I was a bit late in doing my weekly larceny. What are you going to do? Report me to the Blog Patrol? Yeah, right.
What's up this week in the LC?- A Blog Around The Clock: how to organize a smart mob.Okay, I did some shopping this week. But only on-line.
- All Facts and Opinions: California cities line up against Prop 8.
- archy: a fine state.
- Bark Bark Woof Woof: does it matter what the bible says about same-sex marriage?
- Bloggg: when it comes to corruption, Chicago ain't got nothing on Philly.
- Dohiyi Mir: how did a day without a gay go?
- Echidne Of The Snakes: do bitches have feelings?
- Florida Progressive Coalition Blog: Dan Gelber in the Senate?
- Iddybud Journal: worth the fight.
- Left Is Right: bits and pieces.
- Left Turn Only: changes are coming to Chris's site.
- Musing's musings on the background of Gov. Blagojevich's troubles.
- Pen-Elayne on the Web: sorry for the inconvenience...
- Rook's Rant: remember that stimulus check?
- rubber hose: czar wreck.
- Scrutiny Hooligans seeks advice on a new computer.
- SoonerThought: the next Secretary of Education.
- Speedkill gets life advice from absolute strangers.
- Steve Bates, The Yellow Doggerel Democrat: snow in Houston.
- Stupid Enough Unexplanation: keep the fitz in Fitzmas.
- The Fulcrum: cannon fodder.
- The Invisible Library: Keith spins his yarn about his trip to Ireland.
- WTF Is It Now?? time wasters.
- ...You Are A Tree: Starship mash-up.
CNNI'd normally be suspect about this move, except that the person spear-heading this investigation is none other than Fritz! What the hell was Blagojevich thinking?
(CNN) -- Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich is in federal custody on corruption charges, a law enforcement official said Tuesday.
Blagojevich and his chief of staff, John Harris, are charged with conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud and solicitation of bribery, according to a statement from the U.S. Attorney's office for the Northern District of Illinois.
Both men are expected in U.S. District Court in Chicago later Tuesday.
A news conference is expected at noon ET.
Federal prosecutors say Blagojevich, Harris and others conspired to gain financial benefits in appointing President-elect Barack Obama's Senate replacement, according to the statement.
LONDON, England (CNN) -- The Taliban insurgency is widening its presence in Afghanistan and "closing a noose around Kabul," an international think tank report says.
The report -- issued Monday by the International Council on Security and Development (ICOS) -- said the Taliban movement "now holds a permanent presence in 72 percent of Afghanistan, up from 54 percent a year ago."
NATO, which commands about 50,000 troops in the country, disputes the figures.
The measure would rush bridge loans to Detroit's struggling Big Three but would also demand that the auto industry restructure itself in order to survive and would put an overseer chosen by President George W. Bush in charge of monitoring that effort, according to a draft obtained by The Associated Press.
CNNI have been meaning to write a post about this since it was first announced. Unfortunately, my anger, or my outrage fatigue, has prevented me from doing so. To be honest, I still am not going to write anything of merit, because it disgusts me to no end. These trigger happy 21st Century Cowboys are a disgrace to our country. They are mercenaries who killed innocent lives, and then lied about it to stay out of trouble.
(CNN) -- Five former security guards from Blackwater Worldwide have been indicted on charges of voluntary manslaughter, attempt to commit manslaughter and weapons violations, Justice Department officials announced Monday.
CNNGee, could it be they see their chances of martyrdom going the way of the Dodo once Obama is in office?
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Five detainees at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, say they want to confess to conspiracy charges for planning the September 11, 2001, attacks, a Pentagon spokeswoman said Monday.
Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the confessed architect of the attacks, and four other alleged co-conspirators asked a military judge if they could withdraw all pending motions and plead guilty, Maj. Gail Crawford said in an e-mail.
The defendants announced their decision in front of relatives of victims in the al Qaeda-orchestrated attacks, said Jennifer Daskal, senior counterterrorism counsel for Human Rights Watch. She attended Monday's hearing.
CNN.comI would like to know what is going on in Greece that young people are confronting the police in this manner?
ATHENS, Greece (CNN) -- Hundreds of young self-styled anarchists rioted in the streets Sunday and attacked police in several Greek cities in a fury over the shooting death of a teenager by a member of an elite police corps.
A police statement about the boy's death said the incident started when six young protesters pelted a police patrol car with stones. The 16-year-old boy was shot as he tried to throw a fuel-filled bomb at the officers, police said.Anarchists tend to gain traction under oppressive governments. But I am not all that up on Greece at the moment, so I don't know if that is the case. Is the Greek government oppressive?
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- President-elect Barack Obama will nominate retired Gen. Eric Shinseki to be secretary of Veterans Affairs, two Democratic sources said Saturday.
Obama was expected to make the formal announcement Sunday -- Pearl Harbor Day -- at a news conference in Chicago. Veterans groups appeared to support the selection.
"I am excited. I don't know him personally but this is a huge move," said Paul Rieckhoff, executive director of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America.
For years, Shinseki, a highly decorated Vietnam veteran, has been the patron saint of Pentagon critics who say the former Army chief's sage advice was ignored in 2003, resulting in too few U.S. troops being sent to Iraq after the invasion.
Shinseki spoke with condor and honesty about what he thought would be the necessary troop levels for a successful invasion and occupation of Iraq. Somehow, I do not see Shinseki becoming Army chief of staff without being able to recognize the prevailing political winds. So, I figure he knew speaking his opinion was going to have consequences.
It may have taken 5 years, but his honesty and willingness to speak his piece has finally paid off. True, he may not be leading the army, or the armed forces, but he sure as hell was just offered an important post. For most of my life, I have seen veterans handed the short stick. It's almost as if the United States is embarrassed that service members are wounded during combat. Quite frankly, the current administration has acted as if the only sacrifice they were willing to acknowledged was death. And even then, just barely.
I hope Eric Shinseki turns out to be a true advocate for the injured men and women of the armed forces. Lord knows they need one after eight years of the apathy they've had to experience from BushCo™.
CNN - Obama to Nominate Richardson for CabinetSo far, most of the major cabinet posts seem to be no brainers.
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- President-elect Barack Obama plans to nominate New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson to be secretary of commerce, a Democratic source told CNN on Tuesday.
The former Democratic presidential candidate's name has been bandied about as the next head of Commerce.
Obama spoke with Richardson about the position November 14, a senior Democratic source said. The source said Richardson has always been on Obama's list of possibilities for the key Cabinet position.
Richardson, 61, also traveled to Chicago, Illinois, in November to meet with Obama, according to a source.
"He brings to this plate, in particular in an era where the economy is the focus of attention, a lot of skills that could be put to use -- perhaps opening up marketplaces for U.S. products abroad," CNN senior political correspondent Candy Crowley said.
"In New Mexico, he sought to bring in new businesses and to create jobs ... so the Obama team considers this part of the economic team."
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Call Sarah Palin the closer.
The Alaska governor and former Republican vice-presidential nominee is back on the campaign trail Monday, teaming up with Sen. Saxby Chambliss at four campaign events in Georgia on the last full day of campaigning before the state's Senate runoff election.
Chambliss is the freshman Republican senator from Georgia who's fighting to keep his seat. He's up against Jim Martin, a former Georgia state lawmaker, in the runoff election.