"While the country is on a bad path, Republican voodoo is what put us on it... That's why these predictions of a Democratic rout in November seem so overwrought. Sure, Democrats will lose seats -- but do the voters want a return to the crazy years?" - Froma Harrop
"A lot of people continue to be very upset by the fact that we can't get Osama bin Laden. Osama bin Laden? We can't even get Roman Polanski." – Jay Leno
"Dick Cheney is recovering after minor surgery. Doctors implanted a new device called a 'heart.'" – Craig Ferguson"Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, the No. 2 behind Afghan Taliban founder Mullah Mohammad Omar and a close associate of Osama bin Laden, was captured in the southern Pakistani port city of Karachi." This story was posted on the NY Times website yesterday, but it wasn't in the paper today. As in all reports of captured Taliban leaders, it says that the Mullah has been talking freely, so I guess techniques like water-boarding have been refined and put to good use in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Since the Pakistani intelligence have been previously accused of having a cozy relationship with the Taliban leaders, it looks like the recent spate of bombings in Pakistan have pissed them off and they are no longer Mr Good Guys... Or, reasoning says that if they give up the Taliban leaders, the US will finish up in the area sooner and will leave, good-bye, please leave as many drones behind as you have...
"According to Interpol, Baradar was the deputy defense minister in the Taliban regime that ruled Afghanistan until it was ousted in the 2001 U.S.-led invasion. Karachi is Pakistan's largest city and has been increasingly cited as a possible hiding place for top Afghan Taliban commanders in recent months. It has a large population of Pashtuns, the ethnic group that makes up the Taliban, but it is on the Arabian Sea and far from the Afghan border." The propaganda being spread here is that the top Taliban leaders are vacationing in a safe haven while their troops are doing all of the hard work and risking their lives. You know, just like the top brass does in every military organization. There is a rum-soaked reason why the Afghan operations are run out of headquarters in Florida. I'm sure that General Petraeus wasn't real happy to leave his pina colada paradise and have to actually go and live in Afghanistan...
Second, is that the financial reform bill passed, 60 - 39. The difficult part will be to enforce it, but hopefully we will end up with a more responsible system. It probably doesn't go far enough to reign in\ all of the greedheads and predatory practices, but it's a good first step, born of compromise. That more Republicans didn't support it may hurt them at the voting booth come November.
incredible cute factor will help him win every time.