"Perle, of course, is totally paranoid, in a Bircher kind of a way. But paranoids have a creepy habit of generating self-fulfilling prophecies. The longer the US continues to privilege the paranoids like Perle, by demanding an "end to evil" and trying to rule the world by hard force, the sooner Perle will be right.read the rest.
And believe me, you don't want to live in a world where a man like Richard Perle is right. A Hobbesian world would be paradise by comparison."
"The DNC is launching a 50 state voter protection effort next week and they have 7,000 lawyers ready to go out and help protect our election. Cafferty asked if 7,000 lawyers is the answer to the integrity of our elections.
After Jack asks his question, Wolf says he has heard suggestions that other countries may send observers to monitor our elections. Jack follows up be saying how it is interesting we are trying to convince Iraq they should have a democratic government, yet we can not hold an election without having 7,000 lawyers on stand by."
* via holden:
"Federal investigators have interviewed at least two more former chiefs of staff to U.S. Rep. Katherine Harris as part of a federal inquiry into her relationship with a convicted defense contractor.
Dan Berger and Ben McKay, who both worked for Harris in her first term and are now lobbyists in Washington, confirmed the interviews this week and said it was their understanding all congressional staff would likely be questioned. The two spoke separately to three investigators from the FBI and the Defense Department in Washington several weeks ago."
"A Republican congressman accused of abusing his ex-mistress agreed to pay her about $500,000 in a settlement last year that contained a powerful incentive for her to keep quiet until after Election Day, a person familiar with the terms of the deal told The Associated Press.
Rep. Don Sherwood is locked in a tight re-election race against a Democratic opponent who has seized on the four-term congressman's relationship with the woman. While Sherwood acknowledged the woman was his mistress, he denied abusing her and said that he had settled her $5.5 million lawsuit on confidential terms."
"I'm certainly not predicting the freak show that is the American political process will lead to blood in the arenas -- although other things might one of the days. Nor am I advocating the wholesale slaughter of the corporate media clowns, as attractive a fantasy as that may be sometimes. But I do wonder how deeply into the doo doo the empire is going to have to sink before someone decides that leaving the allocation of power to a zoned-out mob of reality TV addicts and cable news carnie barkers isn't such a great idea after all."
"Bush has never been honest with the American people about the war in Iraq. The American people have figured that out. But, Bush doesn't know the American people have figured it out, so he just keeps lying and spinning. No one has held Bush accountable. Five days til that changes."
* the Ted Haggard thing could hardly be more perfect. thank you jeebus.