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Monday, August 11, 2008

The Morning News

posted by on August 11 at 8:32 AM

New front: Russia launches second line of attack, refuses to observe ceasefire.

Group therapy: Mugabe, Mbeki and opposition party members continue hammering out power-sharing deal.

Exile in the Philippines: More than 130,000 estimated displaced as troops and Islamic separatists clash.

“Job killing machine”: Leaked McCain memo spells out strategy for trashing Obama, winning Americans on the economy.

Costly cover-up: Former campaign aids ides say Edwards cover-up cost Clinton the nomination.

Gold medal no. 2: Lezak, in freestyle relay race, earns Phelps another gold.

International relations: Women’s basketball team destroys Chinese team in 108-63 victory.

Isaac Hayes: Dead at 65.

Baggage claim: U.S.-Canada border entry at Blaine shut down after woman said her bag contained “something suspicious.”

Mad cabbies: Taxi drivers say they were coerced into signing form letters to the City Council.

Watching the water
: Washington State struggles to find funds, short on staff members to monitor water pollution.

Fireball of the day:

Happy Monday.

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She was probably trying to smuggle universal health care into the US.

Posted by Ziggity | August 11, 2008 9:06 AM


Posted by Bellevue Ave | August 11, 2008 9:30 AM

What a bummer about Isaac Hayes. It's OK, though; he's with Xenu now.

Posted by alan | August 11, 2008 9:41 AM

While Russia is blowing the hell out of their Georgia, can they blow the hell out of the Gerogia over in the US? I hate those fucking inbred rednecks.

Posted by Cato the Younger Younger | August 11, 2008 9:50 AM

That last-leg swim by Lezak was the most amazing thing I've ever seen at the Olympics. I wasn't even particularly rooting for the US but I bolted out of my chair when he made up that insane gap at the end. He looked like he'd been struck by lightning.

Posted by Fnarf | August 11, 2008 9:52 AM

ok, putin is an authoritarian piece of crap, but the georgians began this conflict, despite what the us media is trying to play. they thought they could make a quick strike and that the us was going to intervene.

the georgians thought that the us was going to back them up when they tried to invade south ossetia. WRONG. the us is in no position to go to war with the russians.

yes, theyre poorer and weaker, but russia is not IRAQ.

Posted by SeMe | August 11, 2008 9:55 AM

Oh and on Edwards costing Clinton the nomination: I actually do agree. If Clinton managed to win Iowa it would have stiffled Obama early on.

But still I have to point and laugh at Hillary just one more time!!! HA HA HA HA!!!

Posted by Cato the Younger Younger | August 11, 2008 9:56 AM

Makes me want to puke. If you love Canadian fireballs so much, why don't you move to fucking Canadia!

Posted by elenchos | August 11, 2008 9:56 AM

After listening to all the back-and-forth from both sides, it really sounds like Bush created the spark that started the Georgian-Russian war, by being such a lame duck that nobody is willing to be scared of him anymore, and provoking Russia with talks of Georgia entering NATO.

No NATO treaty, no NATO forces, comprende? Bush speaks for ... nobody.

And she was probably smuggling Canadian riots from Montreal, packed in a metric day pack, in addition to her free nationalized health care ...

Posted by Will in Seattle | August 11, 2008 10:01 AM

It's amazing that the Clinton campaign didn't find out about the affair themselves. Talk about falling down on the job, or maybe that's just another example of their hubris in assuming that the nomination was in the bag.

Posted by keshmeshi | August 11, 2008 10:41 AM

@10 - Wolfson claims they did know about the affair, but did nothing. And, much as I hesitate to defend the Clinton campaign, going after a politician for infidelity probably would've backfired quite badly in their particular case.

Still, leaving a landmine like that just lying around ... ugh. Just bad.

Posted by tsm | August 11, 2008 10:46 AM

@7, If Bill hadn't tried to covered up his affairs, there's a good chance Dole would have won in '96.

If's don't work in the present.

Edwards cheating on his wife is despicable. Edwards cheating on his wife while she's got incurable cancer is horrific.

Dredging up issues that only stand to de-rail Obama's campaign, however, is definitely NOT what we need right now.

Posted by ReverendZ | August 11, 2008 10:56 AM

oh please, I expect people to cheat on their wives when the wife has cancer unless having sex with sick and helpless people is your thing. Of course I'd just bust open the bit torrent and download as much porn as I could handle but I'm a bigger man than Edwards. or Newt.

Posted by Bellevue Ave | August 11, 2008 11:20 AM

Normally I hate the "surrender-monkey" French-bashing bullshit, and I actually like France, on the whole, but I was so fucking happy Lezak pulled out a win against those cocky fuckers on the French relay team.

Also, apparently the top five times from that race were all faster than the previous world record, and they're calling it probably the greatest in history.

Posted by Ben | August 11, 2008 12:02 PM

@13 - so what's McCain's excuse for the last three affairs this decade then? His wife was too hopped up on meds?

Posted by Will in Seattle | August 11, 2008 12:14 PM

@13, if I'm not mistaken the affair was already over by the time Mrs. Edwards got sick.

Posted by Fnarf | August 11, 2008 1:58 PM

@14: the world-record time line, as superimposed on the screen, was TWO LENGTHS behind the 1 and 2 finishers. They NUKED it. How'd you like to beat the world record and finish fifth? Crazy. I'm not really a swim fan, but damn, that was just pure power.

Also, Mrs. Fnarf keeps making strange little meep sounds whenever the swimmers flex their torsos, which they do constantly.

Posted by Fnarf | August 11, 2008 3:57 PM

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