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While You Were Speaking…


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While Ramble On Rose was speaking in the Rose Garden presser, the following hit the wires:

— MSNBC reporting that the Army will keep troops at the current levels in Iraq through 2010.  Jim Miklaszewski.  reports that this has been in the works since 2003 or so.  Guess all that speculation prior to the 2004 elections that troop levels would be reduced was a whole lot of faux hot air?  (And, according to MSNBC, only 1/3 of US combat brigades are ready for a response, if need be — which puts us at a very thin stance for North Korea.  Heckuva job, Bushie.) 

OPEC is cutting it's production by one million barrels.  (Fill up yer tanks now, gang.)

— Yet another school shooting — this one in a Missouri middle school — so how did the President get away with hosting a conference on school violence in America and not bring up guns one single, solitary time?   Ignorance really is…I can't even type it in this context.  I'm just disgusted at the attempt to manipulate the public.

— Can someone help Atrios decipher this Presidential direct quote?

I am, you know, amazed that this is a society which so wants to be free that they’re willing to — you know, that there’s a level of violence that they tolerate.

"[A] level of violence that they tolerate"?!? Um…hello…average Iraqis do not have the wealth and resources to simply retreat to the family estate in Kennebunkport or the "ranch" house in Crawford — they "tolerate" it because they have no other choice. Next time, try some compassion.  Jeebus.

Froomkin has much more on the Presidential quest for attention and relevence.  And some interesting bits on Rove as well (Susan Ralston's resignation is bringing up a few more questions…).  Lots of discussions on facts and potential failures.

So much for that change of subject Rose Garden strategy…talk about your lost news cycle opportunity, which makes one wonder about the messaging planning strategy overall.  Guess when all you have is crap…

Had enough?  One thing you could do:  get involved with's house parties for Iraq for Sale this weekend.  Or join up with their Call for a Change effort.  Or sign up to work for a local progressive candidate — the change we want is up to all of us — please get involved today! 

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Christy Hardin Smith

Christy Hardin Smith

Christy is a "recovering" attorney, who earned her undergraduate degree at Smith College, in American Studies and Government, concentrating in American Foreign Policy. She then went on to graduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania in the field of political science and international relations/security studies, before attending law school at the College of Law at West Virginia University, where she was Associate Editor of the Law Review. Christy was a partner in her own firm for several years, where she practiced in a number of areas including criminal defense, child abuse and neglect representation, domestic law, civil litigation, and she was an attorney for a small municipality, before switching hats to become a state prosecutor. Christy has extensive trial experience, and has worked for years both in and out of the court system to improve the lives of at risk children.

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