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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."
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 …
AJStrata / The Strata-Sphere:
Able Danger, Breaking News, 09/23/05
Discussion: Captain's Quarters
Cover Up?  Doubtful  —  When I last posted on the Able Danger …
Discussion: Dr. Sanity
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.
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 …
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
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 …
Thomas Korosec / Houston Chronicle:
Beaumont escapes severe surge; Louisiana hit hard  —  BEAUMONT — Beaumont Mayor Guy Goodson said this morning that early reports say the city has escaped the worst-predicted storm surge after Hurricane Rita made landfall at 2:30 a.m. just east of Sabine Pass about 30 miles away.
Discussion: Off the Kuff and Austin Bay Blog
Andrew Buncombe / Independent:
Soldier's chilling testimony fuels demonstrations against Iraq war  —  A former American soldier who served in Iraq and filed for conscientious objector status has given an extraordinary insight into the war's dehumanising effects ­ an insight that helps explain why the British …
Discussion: Today in Iraq
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.
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
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
David Adesnik / OxBlog:
OXBLOG WILL PROTEST THE WAR TOMORROW!  Well, to be more precise, OxBlog will attend the anti-war protest at the White House tomorrow in order to conduct interviews with the protesters and possibly write an article about the whole affair.  —  Now, I mentioned earlier this week that pointing …
Discussion: Roger L. Simon and Dr. Sanity
Bill Roggio / The Fourth Rail:
Clashes in Ramadi  —  The city of Ramadi currently appears to be the focus of a Coalition operation.  Four soldiers were killed in the city on Monday, and today two Marines were killed in separate attacks.  Capt. Nasir Al-Alousi of the Ramadi police reports fighting has broken …
Discussion: The Belmont Club
Nancy Rommelmann:
The Beauty of Kindness  —  On a recent weekend in Los Angeles, I said a few things about Portland that were perhaps unkind: about the writing community not being uber-dynamic; about the limp food at most local Thai restaurants; about not being able to count the number of times I've seen …
Discussion: Michael J. Totten
Jonah Goldberg /
Is this the end of 'compassionate conservatism'?  —  Here's my silver-lining hope this hurricane season: George W. Bush's compassionate conservatism gets wiped out like a taco hut in the path of a Cat. 5 storm.  —  Outside of people inside the administration, I've never met anyone …

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