Mad World Monday

Cross-posted from the Brock Log.

It's mad, mad world, friends and neighbors.

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Vice President Cheney tried to get Israel to pick a fight with Iran. Why? So the U.S. could legitimately attack back.


Vice President Dick Cheney had at one point considered asking Israel to launch limited missile strikes at an Iranian nuclear site to provoke a retaliation, Newsweek magazine reported on Sunday.

Is there no end to the lengths these people will go to start a war?

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Senators Lieberman and Kyl want to give President Bush the authority to attack Iran, just in case...

A Tiny Revolution.

Amazingly, no one anywhere in the US media seems to have noticed that yesterday Jon Kyl (Arizona) and Joe Lieberman filed an extremely threatening amendment on Iran to the FY 2008 Defense Authorization bill.

The amendment would've pre-approved action against Iran if it's decided that they're contributing to the destabilization of Iraq.

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American snipers lay bait for insurgents.

The (Raleigh) News and Observer.

"Baiting is putting an object out there that we know they will use, with the intention of destroying the enemy," Capt. Matthew P. Didier, the leader of an elite sniper scout platoon attached to the 1st Battalion of the 501st Infantry Regiment, said in a sworn statement. "Basically, we would put an item out there and watch it. If someone found the item, picked it up and attempted to leave with the item, we would engage the individual as I saw this as a sign they would use the item against U.S. Forces."

Because, clearly, anyone trying to get "detonation cords, plastic explosives and ammunition" out of the road (perhaps to protect children playing nearby or to identify the threat to appropriate authorities?) should be "engaged."

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President Bush threatens to veto an increase in children's health insurance programs because it might lead to reduced private insurance profits and increased cigarette taxes.


But Bush has promised a veto, saying the measure is too costly, unacceptably raises taxes, extends government-covered insurance to children in families who can afford private coverage, and seems like a move toward completely federalized health care.

How nice that Mr. Bush can, in one breath, accuse Democrats of being irresponsible and partisan (even though the measure had wide bi-partisan support in the House and Senate) while asking for $200 billion to continue funding the military occupation of Iraq.

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One of Onslow County's delegation to the NC State House accepts pay for work not performed. Russell Tucker (NC House-4) is one of fifteen Representatives that accepted two days of paid leave for the special session held to respond to Governor Michael Easley's veto of the GoodYear Give-away.

Under The Dome from The (Raleigh) News and Observer.

According to the Wilmington Star-News, checks were sent to Wright and Reps. Becky Carney, Jerry Dockham, Phil Haire, Hugh Holliman, George Holmes, Edgar Starnes, Russell Tucker and R. Tracy Walker and Sens. Katie Dorsett, Eddie Goodall, Malcolm Graham, Jim Jacumin and Clark Jenkins.

It's bad enough when these folks get paid for doing a poor job...But to get paid for not doing it at all?

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What's going on in your Mad World Monday?

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