Archive for December, 2005

News Flash: Bust Not Elitist, Likes Hard Work!

News Flash: Bust Not Elitist, Likes Hard Work!

| December 31, 2005 | 1 Reply

What a ridiculous story this is, full of ridiculous quotes. CRAWFORD, Tex., Dec. 30 — On most of the 365 days he has enjoyed at his secluded ranch here, President Bush’s idea of paradise is to hop in his white Ford pickup truck in jeans and work boots, drive to a stand of cedars, and […]

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More Leaks, and Now an Investigation

More Leaks, and Now an Investigation

| December 31, 2005 | 1 Reply

A couple Washington Post stories really ought to be read together today. First, is a Dana Priest article that outlines yet another covert CIA program the administration has been using to find and kill terrorists. The effort President Bush authorized shortly after Sept. 11, 2001, to fight al Qaeda has grown into the largest CIA […]

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Firing Up the Magic 8-Ball

Firing Up the Magic 8-Ball

| December 30, 2005 | 5 Replies

It’s the end of the year and, since we’re a forward-looking blog here at The Shack, we’re taking the gentle urging of our dear friend The Anchoress, and are going to give you some predictions for 2006 to add to her prognostications (a horse’s head? Classic!). Thanks to great technological advances in Magic 8-Ball Research […]

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Pot Quoted, Describes Kettle as "Black"

Pot Quoted, Describes Kettle as "Black"

| December 30, 2005 | Reply

It takes a certain amount of fearlessness (or shamelessness) for a big wig from MoveOn.org to say this: “When you have people participating in partisan activities with nonprofit dollars, that’s really something the IRS needs to look at,” says Tom Matzzie, the Washington director of the liberal advocacy group MoveOn.org, another frequent target for Move […]

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Worst. Americans. Ever.

Worst. Americans. Ever.

| December 30, 2005 | 3 Replies

All Things Beautiful, riffing off an idea by the BBC has put out the call for the Ten Worst Americans. She’s gathered some pretty impressive lists and I thought I’d contribute my own. It was a lot harder than it sounded because, when you think about it, we’ve produced some real dirtballs in our past […]

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Ugh..What A Mess!

Ugh..What A Mess!

| December 27, 2005 | Reply

Okay, the big venture has kind of started. I’m embarking on a bit of a site redesign. I know pretty much what I want, but I don’t have a whole lot of design knowledge, so things are going to look a bit wacky now and again until I figure out how to fix the messes […]

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Errant Cassandras

Errant Cassandras

| December 27, 2005 | 4 Replies

I’ve written virtually nothing about the “domestic wiretapping” story that broke last week, and for a pretty good reason. There’s no real point in doing so. The facts are still sorting themselves out. After the original New York Times story, most reasonable people realized that if all the President did was what the NYT alleged […]

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Safe, Legal, and Tragic.

Safe, Legal, and Tragic.

| December 27, 2005 | Reply

So, South Dakota, through a combination of laws and social stigma has managed to make abortion “safe, legal, and rare”. The Washington Post thinks that’s a bad thing. At least that’s the impression I get, given the extensive quotes from the Planned Parenthood and NARAL representatives, and the series of sob stories from women who […]

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More Councilly Goodness

More Councilly Goodness

| December 27, 2005 | Reply

Let me play catchup a bit with the Watcher’s Council and hip you to some very good posts gathered from around the Council and the blogosphere. Here are a bunch from the December 2 roundup: Council links Guns, Germs, and Moonbats – Right Wing Nut House Discussing Withdrawal From Iraq – The Glittering Eye The […]

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Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!

| December 24, 2005 | 3 Replies

O Come Let Us Adore Him… And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto […]

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