Bad news for those in the military who have recently completed their tours of duty: you're staying. Tough luck. “Extended redeployments are just another consequence of the president's mismanagement in Iraq and another reason we must change course,” Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid said. This is the second time since August that the Rumsfeld and the Pentagon have used this desperate ploy.
The House of Representatives voted down the Democratic request for a closed door session to discuss the newest National Intelligence Estimate. According to media reports, the NIE directly contradicts the Bush Administration's claims that the Iraq War has reduced the amount of international terrorism, and that the US is more safe because of it. The Republicans voted to keep it a secret -- not exactly something they want injected to the fall campaign. Today the President said he will declassify "sections" of the report. No doubt these "sections" will be cherry picked by the administration to confuse the public about what it really says.
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The one credit I will give to the religious right is that they have tenacity. They never give up, despite being wrong on nearly every issue they get involved with. Now they have gotten a teacher with 28 years experience fired from her job. Why you ask? Because on a field trip to the Dallas Museum of Art, a student saw a nude sculpture. Gasp! What's that you say? A nude sculpture? How could they? Damn liberals and their...nudity.
In a previously unheard of move, Viacom chairman Sumner Redstone is giving himself a pay cut. WTF?! He says the salary reduction will "more clearly align it with shareholder interest and to base it on the company’s financial performance." Viacom is the company that owns MTV and Paramount Pictures, among other things. This should -- but won't -- start a trend of compensating executives in a more sensible way, and making it based on the actual performance of the company.