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Document the stupid.

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  1. 1
    srv says:

    Dreggas doesn’t know the difference between a B-2 and a B-52.

  2. 2
    John Cole says:

    About 30 years and several billion.

  3. 3
    demimondian says:

    And a slightly smaller radar signature for one versus the other.

    And a whole lot of money for various beltway bandits.

  4. 4
    RandyH says:

    This isn’t so stupid as it is bizarre. It seems that if any state (like Iowa) moves their primary or caucus up to December 2007, the year 2007 and 2008 may be treated as separate election years by the FEC, allowing candidates to hit their contributors up again and potentially double the contributions of the big donors. I don’t think I like this.
    From Political Wire:

    December Primaries Could Open Fundraising Loophole
    “If Iowa pushes its presidential caucus into December of this year, could candidates tap old money veins all over again? The payoff could be millions of dollars of new, unanticipated cash,” reports the AP. “The possibility is sending campaign finance teams to the law books. A wrinkle in federal law could open a tempting new money cycle for 2007 that would allow candidates to solicit donors who have already given the maximum.”

    “Under federal law, candidates can raise up to $2,300 from donors for primary elections and another $2,300 for the general election. Because the presidential nominating process requires numerous state primaries and caucuses, federal law states: ‘All elections held in any calendar year for the office of the president of the United States (except for the general election for such office) shall be considered to be one election.'”

    “In short, a strict reading of the law means the contribution limits apply only to primaries and caucuses held in 2008. If a state moves its primary or caucus to 2007, it could mean a whole new cycle.”

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    Bruce Moomaw says:

    Nice summary of the new NIE from CcClatchy today:

    “One way to look at the NIE released this week is to review hat it dscribes as the best-cas scenario.

    “In that scenario, Iraq’s security will improve modestly over the next 6 to 12 months, but violence across the country will remain high. The US-backed central government will grow more fragile and remain unable to govern. Shiites and Sunnis will continue their bitter feuding. All sides will poisition themselves for an eventual American departure.

    “In Iraq, best-case scenarios have rarely, if ever, come to pass.”

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    dslak says:

    Here’s what happens to those who try to bring some truth and accountability to the Bush administration

    For daring to report illegal arms sales, Navy veteran Donald Vance says he was imprisoned by the American military in a security compound outside Baghdad and subjected to harsh interrogation methods.

    There were times, huddled on the floor in solitary confinement with that head-banging music blaring dawn to dusk and interrogators yelling the same questions over and over, that Vance began to wish he had just kept his mouth shut.

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    Davebo says:

    OK, so former Iraqi PM Allawi wants to be in charge again.

    So he spends big bucks to lobby in Washington?

  8. 8
    cleek says:

    So he spends big bucks to lobby in Washington?

    it’s safer than campaigning in Iraq

  9. 9
    Punchy says:

    I went to church, promised a reading from Genesis, and Phil Collins never showed up.

    I feel cheated.

  10. 10
    jake says:

    Someone please change New Haven, CT’s diaper.

    First the Boston ATHF incident, now this. Hopefully the incontinence won’t move further south.

  11. 11
    ET says:

    Do you have the server space?

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