Brad Smith (jesus_h_biscuit) wrote,
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LOTS going on today.

While I'm not exactly surprised about Miers withdrawing her nomination to SCOTUS, especially after the übercunts at CWFA gave the final death knell, I am now scared shitless about what is coming down the pipe behind her. Which rabid wingnut is going to come creeping out as Bush's second best? Once again, THIS is what happens when you spend all of your energy currying favor with the scandalous religious reich - they'll fuck up a wet dream.

Mo' Plamegate

The Fitzgerald Investigation Reader
AlterNet's compendium of facts about the Plame investigation -- including the truth behind the rumors. Arianna has more, in a piece called Worse than Watergate. Ninety percent of Americans believe the Bush administration is guilty of illegal or unethical behavior in the CIA leak case. 90%, yo!

Deconstructing Karl Rove
Political Wire recommends this Atlantic Monthly profile (free link) of Karl Rove. I'm struck by this statement:
In the rare instances when he has failed to set the terms of debate, Rove hasn't fared nearly so well.
But the fact that he can't control Fitzgerald's playing field may make him more ruthless:
It is frequently said of him, in hushed tones when political folks are doing the talking, that he leaves a trail of damage in his wake—a reference to the substantial number of people who have been hurt, politically and personally, through their encounters with him. Rove's reputation for winning is eclipsed only by his reputation for ruthlessness, and examples abound of his apparent willingness to cross moral and ethical lines.

[More...]

See also: Buzz about a Karl plea as probers close in
DeLay acknowledges failure to report legal fund donations
Rep. Tom DeLay failed to comply with House requirements that he disclose all contributions to a defense fund that pays his legal bills, the Texas Republican acknowledged to House officials.

He wrote officials that $20,850 contributed in 2000 and 2001 was not reported anywhere. Another $17,300 was included in the defense fund's quarterly report but not in DeLay's 2000 annual financial disclosure report -- a separate requirement.

Other donations were understated as totaling $2,800, when the figure should have been $4,450.
Assrocket is blaming the AP for making Cheney look bad over at Powerline. No, really.

Iranian Pres: Wipe Israel Off The Map
Several world capitals have condemned Iran's leader for saying Israel should be "wiped off the map," and Israel's vice premier has called for Tehran to be expelled from the United Nations.

During a meeting with protesting students at Iran's Interior Ministry, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad quoted a remark from Ayatollah Khomeini, founder of Iran's Islamic revolution, that Israel "must be wiped out from the map of the world."

The president then said: "And God willing, with the force of God behind it, we shall soon experience a world without the United States and Zionism," according to a quote published by Iran's state news outlet, the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA).
Thank goodness we have no plans to go to war with Iran according to Condizilla, I mean it's not like they're capable of developing WMD's or that they're run by a dictator who calls for the murder of innocents, or anything crazed like that.... ò-Ó...

Shell delivers another massive increase in profit Hooray for Big Oil! Shell only delivered a 68% rise in net profits but yes, they're still getting by and making ends meet. Thankfully the GOP is there to support them during their time of need.

Remember the mantra for Big Oil: we are all in this together. You give, they receive.

See also: Big Oil PR campaign: We are all in this together (except some are more "in it" than others) and ConocoPhillips delivers 89% profit increase.

In other news, I'd kill and bury the right person for a Big Mac.
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