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Conservative governance represented by a simple equation

[I've updated this on the flip, since it's always nice to see one's theories confirmed in today's news.]

Not to go all poli-sci on you, but I'd like to suggest that the conservative approach to governance can be summarized in the following equation:




Or, in the vulgate: Read more about Conservative governance represented by a simple equation

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Afghanistan: Still a Sham of an Effort

When it comes to "progress" in Afghanistan, Steve is an optimist, I am a pessimist. But I think we can better grasp the problem by comparing and contrasing those two pieces, while keeping in mind some others. From Steve's piece:
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Intelligence Budgets Don't Need to be Classified

The party of Caligula loots the Smithsonian

They just can't help themselves, can they? It's like some bizarre exhibitionist syndrome: When a Republican appointee gets access to money--what, in more innocent days, they themselves used to refer to as "your tax dollars"--it's Gentlemen, start your looting! Read more about The party of Caligula loots the Smithsonian

The Waxman cometh


About $10 billion has been squandered [so far] by the U.S. government on Iraq reconstruction aid because of contractor overcharges and unsupported expenses, and federal investigators warned Thursday that significantly more taxpayer money is at risk.

I don't get it. The government's Republican, the contractors are Republican, so what's the point? Read more about The Waxman cometh

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What Really Matters to Your "Leaders"

Rules? We don't need no stinking rules, beside "Democrats" passed them- they must be good! Like this one: if you can't pay my way for front seat tickets at the Bob Seger concert, I really don't care what you think. Here, have a "money" quote, it's the closest you'll ever come to the real thing:
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The $99 Load of Laundry

This movie is truly excellent. If you read this blog, much of what is discussed in it will not be new to you. Still, I encourage you to rent/buy it. What is best about it is the way in which it speaks so effectively to the audience that needs to hear the message the most- Bush voters. It is impossible to view this film and not come away with the sense that working class white Christians and patriots are little more than cannon fodder and slave labor for the elite warmongers and profiteers. Read more about The $99 Load of Laundry

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Resource on Republican Corruption

CREW does such great work, from Foleygate to keeping pols honest on both sides, they always have to goods. Save this one for the next time you need a quick and well researched list of Republican cronies. Pass it on to your Republican friends.
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Truth Bubbling Up Out of Blackwater

Yeah, I know we "knew" these things oh, three years ago or so. But this is why it makes a difference to have Democratic chairs of committees and hearings out in the bright light of day. Because then you know things from the Congressional Record and hear about them from the AP, not dirty fucking hippie bloggers. This piece from the Raleigh NC N&O/AP could be better with some copy editing, so I have taken the liberty of rearranging some paragraphs. The material is otherwise unchanged:
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Sockpuppet Wars

Re the details about the Libby trial, and what's being said over there about who is the scapegoat and who is the bacon to be saved, Digby notes:
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Kleptocrat fatigue, 2

This time, the much-touted Bush AIDS initiative:

President Bush's ambitious AIDS-fighting program in poor countries has pushed so hard for fast results that basic record keeping and accountability often went by the wayside, making it hard to judge the true success, according to government audits and officials.

Kleptocrat fatigue

Yuletide cheer, Katrina contractors! Enjoy your no-bid billions in fraud.

Sigh. I guess it's just another example of a blowout... Read more about Kleptocrat fatigue

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Disturbing Economic Trends Continue

Via Blondesense, a Tom Paine dicussion about economic policy and China, and more from the idiots who brought you the fallen Saddam statue.
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Pay No Attention to the Oil Rig Behind the Curtain

Since the Saudi Consigliere suggested we be out of Iraq by 2008- to Dear Leader's vocal disagreement, the Rethuglicans have the potential of removing what little main$tream media attention the antiwar movement has been given since November. Read more about Pay No Attention to the Oil Rig Behind the Curtain


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