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Thirty Months

Posted by MEC on June 5, 2007

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“Today [Scooter Libby’s] career as a man on trial ended and his life as professional right wing victim began.” Jane Hamsher, FireDogLake

Libby will rally the base and rake in the bucks by spinning woeful tales of how that “liberal” Patrick Fitzgerald ruined his life. None of his admirers will give a thought to how he and the other Busheviks ruined the life of a skilled an loyal CIA agent. Thirty months seems an awfully short sentence for somebody who helped to destroy a CIA network that was hunting down weapons of mass destruction.

And the same people who insisted that perjury was the worst crime anybody could commit, when they were accusing President Clinton of it, will continue to parrot that Libby was persecuted, not prosecuted, because “There’s no underlying crime! No underlying crime! AWK! Pretty boy!” Well, maybe not that last bit. But you never know.

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Darkness at Dawn: Pakistan electronic press silenced

Posted by Charles II on June 5, 2007

“As for President General Pervez Musharraf, the kindest one can say about him is that having been ordered by the Supreme Court to hold elections, he did so and then found himself with no alternatives but to appoint criminals, crooks, incompetents and yahoos into positions of power and to align himself with political parties and political individuals who should have either been behind bars or banished from our shores.” —Ardeshir Cowasjee, Dawn

From Pakistan’s major English language daily, Dawn

President Pervez Musharraf on Monday imposed fresh curbs on the electronic media in the second such move within three days…

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The Scorpion Dance

Posted by Phoenix Woman on June 5, 2007

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While there are a number of decent and even principled Republicans of prominence (Tom Heffelfinger comes most readily to mind), the collective leadership of the Minnesota Republican Party has for many years reminded me of a group of scorpions all looking out for the main chance. And now, even as their lead scorpions in the Minnesota House and Governor’s Mansion gloat about throwing up roadblocks to decency and progress, the foundations of their house are rocking just a teeeensy widdle bit as the scorpions inside it fling each other back and forth: Read the rest of this entry »

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