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You know the world is fucked up when you can't give your own grandchild an affectionate hug without being hit by a storm of insinuation that you're molesting her.

It's really sad that our society has become so perverted that showing your love for a family member is met with suspicion and disapproval. And just imagine if this wasn't a family member. He'd probably be arrested.

I'm afraid this hysteria will begin to have a really deteriorating effect on society. Men are living in a world where they cannot show physical affection for any child except his own, and even then just barely. And just think about how this affects the children, when one in two adults don't dare touch them. This is fucked up, and needs to stop.

Yup the criticism of Chambliss for this is absurd.

As for Charles's article on chess in schools - also yup. Chess and speed scrabble should be in everyone's sphere.

Nive about the Mas ornament. Maybe it could go with Bush's regret remarks.

I find Bush's regret over the Iraq War conveniently coincides and has recieved more coverage than this frightening story:

Pentagon to Detail Troops to Bolster Domestic Security

Washington Post Staff Writers Monday, December 1, 2008; The U.S. military expects to have 20,000 uniformed troops inside the United States by 2011 trained to help state and local officials respond to a nuclear terrorist attack or other domestic catastrophe, according to Pentagon officials... There are critics of the change, in the military and among civil liberties groups and libertarians who express concern that the new homeland emphasis threatens to strain the military and possibly undermine the Posse Comitatus Act, a 130-year-old federal law restricting the military's role in domestic law enforcement.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/11/30/AR2008113002217.html

I only wish the press would stop interviewing Bush if they are going to continue to let the weasel get away with outright lies - it's bad for my health to have to continue to smell such rank horseshit:

GIBSON: If the intelligence had been right, would there have been an Iraq war?
BUSH: Yes, because Saddam Hussein was unwilling to let the inspectors go in to determine whether or not the U.N. resolutions were being upheld. In other words, if he had had weapons of mass destruction, would there have been a war? Absolutely.

Robert Parry concisely refutes this lie:

Hussein did let U.N. arms inspectors into Iraq in the fall of 2002 to search any site of their choosing. Their travels around Iraq in white vans were recorded daily by the international news media, as they found no evidence that Iraq had WMD stockpiles, even at sites targeted by U.S. intelligence.
Hussein and his government also declared publicly that they didn’t possess WMD, including providing the United Nations a 12,000-page declaration on Dec. 7, 2002, explaining how Iraq’s stocks of chemical and biological weapons had been destroyed in the 1990s.
However, still set on invading, Bush forced the U.N. inspectors to leave Iraq in March 2003, a departure that was followed within days by his “shock and awe” attack on Iraq, beginning March 19.

Will we forever have to endure Bush's entirely dishonest line of argument about WMD? Bush did not really care much about WMD - that much was implied even in Woodward's slobbering first book about this administration. It is crystal clear in the Downing Street Memo that Bush had already decided to invade even before Blix and his inspectors went into Iraq in the Fall of 2002. The man is a liar - the only question is whether the US media will let stand his transparent lies stand as a legitimate version of history.

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