Breaking: IDF sorties into Gaza (UPDATE)
CNN is reporting:Israeli ground troops have begun moving into Gaza, according to Israel Defense Forces.We’ll see if they learned anything from their last dust up in Lebanon. It seems clear, at least to me, that their intent with this move is to figuratively "wipe Hamas from the map" or so cripple them they’re not a viable governing body anymore (which would allow the relatively more reasonable Fatah or even the PA to exert autho
 
The Fun Begins - Blago to appoint IL AG to Obama Senate Seat
Or the fun continues depending on how you view such things:CBS station WBBM confirms Gov. Rod Blagojevich is expected to name former Illinois Attorney General Roland Burris to the U.S. Senate.Now see, what Blago should have done is name someone on Obama’s short list of candidates for the Senate. Then Harry Reid would ha
 
Battlespace Preparation: Pastors
Matt Stoller...Obama’s a good candidate and he should not be held accountable for what his pastor says.  Has Bush or McCain or Kerry or Clinton been held accountable for the speeches of their religious leader?  Of course not.Stoller peobably sincerely believes that, but it’s a triumph of rationalization over memory. What was it, a month
 
Greenwald on Spitzer
Glenn Greenwald is outraged - outraged, I tell you! - about "all of the breathless moralizing from all sides" over Spitzer’s involvement in prostitution. [A]re there actually many people left who care if an adult who isn’t their spouse hires prostitutes? Are there really people left who think that doing so should be a crime, that adults who hire other consenting adult
 
The President’s Visit
Well, trying to cover the President of the United States isn’t as easy as covering the fires. it seems that the president is accompanied by a reporting pool. If you aren’t part of that pool, you’re just a civilian. So, I came up a bit short on the president’s visit to Escondido.I did get to see the president ride by in his motorcade. He’s sitting in the
 
San Diego Fires - Wednesday
Today, firefighters were still battling the blazes in San Diego. Moderating winds, however, have made their job much easier. We spent the day inside the fire zone, and, while hot-spots abound, and downed power lines make the area moderately dangerous, the task of assessing when to allow residents to return has begun.The day began with CDF Fire Captain Randy Sca
 
San Diego Fires
The San Diego fires have now resulted in massive evacuations. Indeed, a total of 950,000 Californians have been displaced by fires, making it the largest single civilian refugee movement in the United States since the Civil War. This volume of displacements easily eclipses the size of the Katrina evacuations in Louisiana. At the same time, however, things seem to be working far better than they did in New Orleans. San Diego’s "Superdome" is Qua
 
Quips, quotes and questions
Speaking of Ahmadinejad’s UN speech:Vali Nasr, an Iran expert at Tufts University’s Fletcher School in Boston, said the speech was "boilerplate Ahmadinejad.""This is third world-ism," Nasr said. "He’s arguing that Iran is not an odd, rogue country with a deranged foreign policy but that Iran’s foreign policy is very mai
 
Bad News on Friday
Josh Marshall Steve Benen either has a weak grasp of history, or a strong grasp of hyperbole. William Mercer, the Acting Associate Attorney General, resigned on June 22, 2007. 
Good Grief ...
A broken rectal thermometer: CARMEL, N.Y. (AP) - It was quite a New Year’s Eve at the home of Richard Berger in Carmel - in Putnam County. Someone in the house broke a rectal thermometer and the family called 911 around 10:30 to report the small mercury spill. Several dozen volunteers from the Carmel Fire Department resp
 
Courage in the NY Subway
Need a feel-good story for the day? Read about Wesley Autrey, construction worker, standing on a subway platform in NY talking to his small daughters when an emergency occurred. His quote at the end of the story will put a smile on your face. His daughters will grow up to be just fi
 
Congressional Black Caucus defends the corrupt
I hesitate to weigh in on this, because subjects involving race are invariably touchy. However, it seems pretty fair to say that the Congressional Black Caucus has become a defender of corruption.The Congressional Black Caucus is planning to press Democratic leaders to reinstate Rep. William Jefferson (D-La.) to the Ways and Means Committee, raising
 
Crocodile Hunter R.I.P.
This story has just broken on the AP Wire:Steve Irwin, the hugely popular Australian television personality and environmentalist known as the "Crocodile Hunter," was killed Monday by a stingray while filming an underwater documentary on the Great Barrier Reef. He was 44.Irwin was killed by a stingray barb to the heart on Batt Reef, off the remote resort town of Port Douglas in northea
 
Howard Dean criticizes George Allen, himself
On yesterday’s Hardball, Democratic Chairman Howard Dean insulted Senator George Allen, saying he doesn’t "think [Allen] belongs in public service." The voters of Virginia have disagreed with Howard Dean every time George Allen has run for office, but Howard Dean has made a habit of telling voters who does and does not belong on their ballots.
 
The British Terror Arrests
Over the weekend, Mona @ Unqualified Offerings and McQ at QandO debated the possibility that there were crass political considerations in the timing of the recent terror arrests. Being a libertarian sort of fellow, I have no problem believing the worst of even the best politicians (none of whom were involved in this story), and i
 
George Allen and the Fifth Quarter
Along with a somewhat strained accusation of racism — about which reasonable people may disagree — Senator George Allen is being unfairly criticized in another area. At Huffington Post, they write that "Senator Allen’s sister, Jennifer Allen, documents many cases of her brother’s bullying in her book "Fifth Quarter: The Scrimmage of a Football Coach’s Daughter" an
 
George Allen’s Macaca Moment
UPDATEDIn the pantheon of political scandals that required a real stretch, it’s hard to top the time Bush lied about liking Cheeze Whiz!, or when Gore said he invented the internet! or Bush  
Do as I say, not as I do
I’m sure that’s not what he intended, but it certainly is going to be what he’ll be accused of:Beer magnate and former Republican U.S. Senate candidate Pete Coors was arrested on a drunken-driving charge and is due to appear in court next week.Why? Well, as he says:"For years, I’ve advocated the responsible use of our company’s products. That’s still my message, and our company’s message.
 
Washington DC: It ain’t Baghdad, but I wouldn’t want to live there
What is up in the nation’s capital? Two groups of tourists were robbed at gunpoint on the National Mall, just hours after the police chief declared a crime emergency in the city in response to a string of violence that included the killing of a British activist.The activist, Alan Senitt, was attacked in the Georgetown area on Sunday, his throat was slit an
 
Delay Stays on the Ballot
Via Outside the Beltway, let’s note that Tom DeLay is being kept on the Texas Ballot despite the fact that he dropped out of the race some time back.A federal judge ruled today that Republicans cannot replace former U.S. Rep. Tom DeLay on the ba
 
Breaking: Shots fired near US Capitol
CNN is reporting the entire Capitol complex is locked down after a report of shots fired in the garage of the Rayburn Office Building, where members of the House have their offices.Developing.UPDATE: CNN’s Kelli Arena reported that heavily armed officers were headed to the area.The alert came moments after a p
 
A Profit Tax
Arlen Specter (R-Pander) wants a tax on excessive profits...A Republican senator says the government should consider a tax on oil companies if they make excessive profits amid rising gasoline prices. Tax those "extreme, obscene profits" echoes Senator Carl Levin (D-Greedy). Therefore, since
 
Patrick Kennedy
Whatever the story surrounding this...Rep. Patrick J. Kennedy said yesterday that he is entering treatment for an addiction to prescription medications... ...the proper response — as it was in the case of Rush Limbaugh — is: "That’s a tragedy. I hope he receives help and fully recovers. Our best wishes and/or prayers go with him."
 
Iran test fires radar evading missile
From Reuters:Iran’s Revolutionary Guards on Friday successfully test fired a home-made missile which can evade radar, state television reported."Iran successfully test fired a home-made Fajr-3 missile," Hossein Salami, a senior Revolutionary Guards commander, was quoted as saying
 
Breaking: Cheney shoots and injures man while on hunting trip
Nope, I’m not making that up. Apparently while on a hunting trip in Texas, Dick Cheney has managed to accidentally shoot someone while doing some bird hunting.Harry Whittington, 78, was "alert and doing fine" after Cheney sprayed Whittington with shotgun pellets on Saturday at the Armstrong Ranch in south Texas, said property owner Katharine Ar