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D.O.A.P. or Dope? Bad Taste Goes to the Movies, or Is It a Hoax?

Right now, DrudgeReport has this on his front page:

“SHOCK: PRESIDENT BUSH ASSASSINATED IN NEW MOVIE”

“This is the dramatic moment when President George Bush is gunned down by a sniper after a public address at a hotel, in a gripping new docudrama soon to be aired on TV. Set around October 2007, President Bush [...]

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

“Intelligence community managers and analysts must provide their best analytic judgments about Iranian WMD programs and not shy away from provocative conclusions or bury disagreements in consensus assessments.” –August 23, 2006 bipartisan report from the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.

Celebrating the Tenth Anniversary of Welfare Reform

There is indeed much to celebrate:

Last week marked the 10th anniversary of welfare reform, which made radical changes to receiving unearned government cash. The results have been massive reductions in child poverty, increases in employment, and a subsequent increase in the freedom of the poor from government control.

In the mid-1990s, many attempted [...]

Zip! CNN Anchor Accidently Bathroom Broadcasts during Live Bush Speech

This is worth seeing:

“Today, CNN?s Kyra Phillips got caught, well, with her skirt down. Someone in CNN left her mic open and on the air as she went to the loo in the middle of President Bush?s speech commemorating the Katrina anniversary. So instead of getting the president?s remarks, CNN?s audience got that and [...]

Kenneth Y. Tomlinson, Former Chair of CPB, in Trouble Again

Tomlinson seems to be a rebel without a pause:

“State Department investigators have found that the head of the agency overseeing most government broadcasts to foreign countries has used his office to run a ?horse racing operation? and that he improperly put a friend on the payroll, according to a summary of a report made [...]

Un-named Sources: Armitage Leaked Plame’s Name to Novak

Sources: State Department official source of Plame leak

“WASHINGTON (CNN) — Former Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage was the source who revealed the identity of CIA officer Valerie Plame to syndicated columnist Robert Novak in 2003, touching off a federal investigation, two sources familiar with Armitage’s role tell CNN. The sources said Armitage revealed [...]

Photo of the Week

On Tuesday, Mr. [Kofi] Annan held talks with Israeli Defense Minister Amir Peretz. The U.N. chief later said Israel is responsible for most of the violations of the Israel-Hezbollah ceasefire in Lebanon.

Annan’s also not terribly popular with Hezb’allah, either.

The Devil Made Them Do It!

Just when you though the Catholic Church has come out of the Middle Ages, a priest in the Papancy comes out with a statement that as a Catholic makes me want to convert to Buddhism. In UK’s Daily Mail, they report on Father Gabriele Amorth who claims that Stalin and Hitler were both possessed by [...]

The Most Covered Tropical Storm in U.S. History

Ernesto on Wednesday rampaged across Cuba like a two-year old would stomp across my living room knocking over knick-knacks and staining my carpet. The tropical storm could have gust of winds as much as 60 miles per hour which is basically as much as any other storm. According to Fox News and CNN, the storm [...]

Karr Just Another Whacko

Turns out that John Mark Karr didn’t rape and murder JonBenet Ramsey:

The sudden decision to drop the case against John Mark Karr in the slaying of JonBenet Ramsey snuffed out yet another lead in the enduring mystery of who killed the 6-year-old beauty queen, but prosecutors vowed that the investigation would go on.

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Olbermann and the Politics of Terror

I’ve written before on the topic of using fear for political gain. A decent summary of my argument can be found here.

Recently, Keith Olbermann of MSNBC talked about this topic on his Countdown show in a segment called the Nexus of Politics and Terror. A transcript can be found here. Olbermann presented 10 [...]

Hezb’allah Figured It Was Business as Usual

Nasrallah didn’t expect to get slapped around as hard as he and his army of murderous chimpanzees did:

Hezbollah leader Sheik Hassan Nasrallah said yesterday that he would not have ordered the July 12 seizure of two Israeli soldiers had he known it would provoke a war that leveled Shi’ite villages and neighborhoods throughout Lebanon. [...]

Centanni and Wiig Freed

Good news:

Militants freed two Fox News journalists on Sunday, ending a nearly two week hostage drama. One of the former captives said they were sometimes held face down in a dark garage, tied up in painful positions and forced at gunpoint to make videos and say they had converted to Islam.

Correspondent Steve [...]

Huffington Post Writer Wishes for Another 9/11

I sure hope his party wins control of Congress this November:

If an attack occurred just before the elections, I have to think that at least a few of the voters who persist in this “Bush has kept us safe” thinking would realize the fallacy they have been under.

This jackal’s whole post needs to [...]

Even more adventures in bad science

In a continuing effort to explain why some glaciers are growing, a new study was created by Newcastle University and collaborated by the BBC News.

Researchers at Newcastle University looked at temperature trends in the western Himalaya over the past century.

They found warmer winters and cooler summers, combined with more snow and rainfall, [...]