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Matt Rustler / Stop the Bleating!:
"SPINNING THE PROTESTS" REDUX  —  Glenn Reynolds proposed that readers Google the names mentioned in this WaPo article on the upcoming anti-war rallies in D.C., entitled "Antiwar Rally Will Be First for Many: Focused Message Draws Protestors of All Stripes."
John Little / Blogs of War:
Looters Strike in Advance of Rita - Armed Citizens Patrol Midtown  —  Well I just found out why the media was in my parking garage.  Looters struck last night and trashed 12 cars.  We usually have very tight security but the gates were left open by management due to fears of power outages.
Discussion: Random Numbers
Police: Looters arrested in The Heights  —  HOUSTON — When Houston-area residents heeded warnings to flee Hurricane Rita, they left behind nearly abandoned neighborhoods and stores.  —  And a potential playground for thieves.  —  By Friday morning at least three people had been arrested on charges of looting.
Memo to DSCC Staffers  —  Didn't get much sleep last night, did you?  —  That sure went from zero to sixty in a day, and now a Washington Post editorial?  And Michelle Malkin?  —  Don't let the Post editorial calm you down.  You know that the phrase a "pair of twenty something operatives" …
Captain Ed / Captain's Quarters:
Able Danger Foxtrot V: The Pentagon Backstep  —  The Pentagon has reversed itself — again — in the Able Danger soap opera playing out in Washington DC.  After agreeing to provide witnesses to the Senate Judiciary Committee, then forbidding them to testify on the eve of the hearings …
Adam Zagorin / Time:
Pattern of Abuse  —  A decorated Army officer reveals new allegations of detainee mistreatment in Iraq and Afghanistan.  Did the military ignore his charges?  —  The U.S. Army has launched a criminal investigation into new allegations of serious prisoner abuse in Iraq and Afghanistan …
Washington Post:
President Struggles to Regain His Pre-Hurricane Swagger  —  COLORADO SPRINGS, Sept. 23 — President Bush flew here ahead of Hurricane Rita on Friday to show command of a federal disaster response effort that even supporters acknowledge he fumbled three weeks ago.
Fox News:
Judiciary Panel Approves Roberts  —  WASHINGTON — The Senate Judiciary Committee voted 13-5 Thursday to confirm John Roberts (search) to be the 17th chief justice of the United States Supreme Court.  The full Senate will take up debate on the nomination on Monday, and vote on Thursday.
Discussion: GOP Bloggers and Iowa Voice
Fiscal Policy: Why 'Stupid' Fits  —  Hurricane Rita heads inexorably westward, threatening to add to the human and financial costs of Hurricane Katrina.  And when it comes to taxes and spending, Washington acts as if nothing is happening.  —  True, a group of very conservative Republicans issued …
Kris Alexander / Alexander the Average:
H-12: Friction  —  We're roughly thirteen hours away from tropical force winds hitting the coast.  That's "H" hour at which point evacuations are supposed to be over.  I'm not sure if we're going to get there or not.  We're being overcome by friction.  —  Army guys are fond of quoting old dead Germans.
The Anchoress:
Naughty dreams and Rush Limbaugh  —  Filed under: It's all about me!  Me!  ME!  —  Just got reminded of this and thought I'd share it with you, because it's pretty funny, and I am having one of those sleepless nights.  —  I had a friend who was also struggling with insomnia.
Joe /
Frozen in Faith: Religion At Convocation  —  Dartmouth's new Student Assembly president, Noah Riner, volleyed silver oratory at Convocation—the official opening of the academic year—on Tuesday.  The usually-unobjectionable event provoked at least a few murmurs as Riner invoked God …
Peter Robinson / The Corner on National Review Online:
Discussion: Bush in a Tree and
Associated Press:
Beatty rips Schwarzenegger at nurses' convention  —  OAKLAND (AP) — Actor Warren Beatty leveled a blistering political assault on Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Thursday night, accusing him of governing "by show, by spin, by cosmetics and photos ops" while imposing Bush administration policies on California.
Diana West / Washington Times:
War-time leadership  —  Let's take a look at this portrait of presidential leadership, as painted by the Associated Press: "Sitting in [the USS Iwo Jima] mess hall, the president watched large screens beaming to him via videoconference the images of three federal officials …
Discussion: Power Line
Surfer Arrested Off Shore Of Galveston As Rita Approaches  —  A surfer off the shore of Galveston, Texas, was arrested Friday for not adhering to evacuation orders and surfing the large waves created by an approaching Hurricane Rita, according to a Local 6 News report.
Discussion: Michelle Malkin and The Reaction
Michael J.W. Stickings / The Reaction:
Hurricane Rita: A local perspective
Major Victory For Firearms Owners And Freedom In Louisiana  —  (Fairfax, VA) — The United States District Court for the Eastern District in Louisiana today sided with the National Rifle Association (NRA) and issued a restraining order to bar further gun confiscations from peaceable …
Los Angeles Times:
Limiting Government's Role  —  WASHINGTON — Two days after Hurricane Katrina slammed into the Gulf Coast, the Department of Housing and Urban Development announced plans to issue emergency vouchers aimed at helping poor storm victims find new housing quickly by covering as much as $10,000 of their rent.
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
For all of us who criticize from the sidelines, sometimes it's hard …
Discussion: TAPPED
Ed Campbell /
Lannan speaker delayed in Canada  —  U.S. immigration officials refused Tuesday to allow Robert Fisk, longtime Middle East correspondent for the London newspaper, The Independent, to board a plane from Toronto to Denver.  Fisk was on his way to Santa Fe for a sold-out appearance …
Discussion: Booman Tribune ~ Boo!

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