* someone at 911blogger:
"Lukery is the shizzlewe certainly have seen a change of heart over there recently. it must be my new-found measured tone and mild manners. or something.
It's amazing....4 months ago, Lukery's diaries there got 20 comments, and 10 recs. Half the comments would tell him to delete the diary cause it was a conspiracy theory.
Now, his/her(?) diaries always make the rec list, and get hundreds of comments."
"US and Australia to exchange refugeesyay, us.
Besides the legal questions, who thought this was a good idea? No wonder Howard and Bush are such good friends."Refugees are human beings, not products that countries can broker and trade," said Bill Frelick, refugee policy director for the US-based rights group.
"The United States and Australia have signed a deal that bargains with lives and flouts international law."
The mainly Asian refugees intercepted heading for Australia would be considered for resettlement in the United States, while Cuban and Haitian asylum-seekers hoping to live there could be despatched to Australia."
"Congressional Democratic leaders are moving to make their proposed timetable for withdrawing U.S. troops from Iraq "advisory" as they seek to reconcile two versions of war spending legislation into a single bill that they plan to pass next week, according to several House members.my head hurts - but kathleen (who can't comment at the blog for some technolomolgical reason) adds:
The compromise language would keep the deadlines included in the original House bill but make them nonbinding, as the Senate version did, and would allow President Bush to waive troop-readiness standards, lawmakers said. Bush has vowed to veto legislation with timetables in it, calling it a schedule of surrender, but Democrats hope to show that they are being flexible and the president rigid by softening the terms. The compromises may cost Democrats votes among antiwar liberals, but they hope to pick up some Republicans."
"With Maliki asking yesterday that foreign troops be withcrawn by the end of 2007, surely Dems should get on the same page as the elected Iraqi gov't and set the same date. Perfect."* cannon wonders whether the sibel story and the latest French/911 stories are related.