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Am feeling a bit Orwellian today, so it’s a classic Devo “A Beautiful World.”  What suits your mood today?  Feel free to share a link in the comments…

Teresa at MakingLight — who actually works for a real publishing house in real life — deconstructs the idiocy that is wingnut welfare publishing.  And the newest scam in self-published wingnut-idiocy disguised as victimhood-for-not-so-much-profit.  Excellent work. 

TBogg captures the Bush Administration in a children’s book nutshell.  What The Peanut will not be getting for Christmas…

— Wolcott takes a ride on the War Wagon Of Electibility, and finds the service lacking.

— McJoan puts together the links on the latest Baghdad media offensive.  As Jane said yesterday, how many times will Our Elite Media be folled by the blatant flim flammery?

— Why yes, this does piss me off all over again.   Oh, and do take the time to read yesterday’s Froomkin if you haven’t already — it’s chock full of interesting nuggets.

— Oh, Rudy.  How is it possible that one man could be so full of crap?  See here (H/T to Taylor) and here (H/T to Avedon.).

— If you are a Republican in Iowa, might I suggest the lovely “None of the Above” for tomorrow’s straw poll as an expression of the craptastic nature of the other choices?

The Center for Constitutional Rights is taking on the FISA bill and illegal domestic spying without a warrant.  See here for some details, and ThinkProgress has even more.  (H/T to twolf1 for the link to TP.)

So, what is catching your eye in the news or around blogtopia (H/T to skippy) 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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