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Al-Qaeda operative Abu Laith al-Libi has been killed in the fighting in Afghanistan. Abu Laith al-Libi is a libyan who joined the mujahidin fighters in the 1980s to fight against the soviets. He was known to have been good with bomb making and guerrilla warfare. Abu Laith al-Libi was believed to have been the operative involved with the base explosion during Dick Cheney’s last visit to Afghanistan. He has also taken responsibility for destructions and killings of western troops. To Wit:

On the situation in Afghanistan, Abu Laith Al-Libi said members of the Taliban and Al-Qaeda have launched “a new phase in the war against the Americans, founded on a guerrilla war and a war of assassinations.

“Thank God, we have been able to destroy the bases, the munitions depots,” he said, adding that he had also “seen with my own eyes between 150 and 200 American soldiers killed” in the battle which took place several weeks ago in the Shah Kut region in Afghanistan.

Further:
Al Qaeda Operative Reportedly Killed
Bin Laden, Omar Alive and Well: Report
Abu Laith Al-Libi, Top Al Qaeda and Libyan Islamic Fighting Group Figure, Killed in Waziristan Airstrike

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We’ve been watching Mukasey for a while, we were on the fence with his appointment: was he just another republican hack or was he the real thing as some have claimed? It seems like the jury is in, and Mukasey is just more of the same old thing. First he can’t decide if waterboarding is torture, and apparently has more positions on it than Mitt Romney on virtually every issue which is saying a lot. Then it was the CIA tape case which apparently doesn’t need a real probe. Now we find on further investigation he was about to become one of these highly paid, no bid corporate monitors we’ve been following since Ashcroft showed up as on in the Washington Post. (more…)

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In what can only be understood as the height of knee-jerk causeless whining the National Organization of Women New York chapter has decided that the Kennedy endorsement of Obama is a blow to all women everywhere. Apparently there is no choice left, it’s just vote Hillary or die. Regardless of how sexist, choice-less, or reactionary it is. The exact quote from the AP:

“Women have just experienced the ultimate betrayal,” NOW’s New York State chapter said in a scorching rebuke. “Senator Kennedy’s endorsement of Hillary Clinton’s opponent in the Democratic presidential primary campaign has really hit women hard.”

“We are repaid with his abandonment!” the statement said. “He’s picked the new guy over us. He’s joined the list of progressive white men who can’t or won’t handle the prospect of a woman president who is Hillary Clinton.”

If there was ever a face of insipid, shrill, stupid, women it’s the NoW New York Chapter. As a woman I’m offended, as a former feminist I’m offended. If they wanted to make their organization completely irrelevant, and a punchline they’ve surely succeeded. They could’ve taken the high road and issued a card of women’s issues, or asked ALL the candidates to put a focus on that. Instead, they stomped their feet like spoiled brats. I hope the national organization gets that chapter in a room and puts some heads on plates.

Earlier: Feminism Is Dead- Hillary Proves It.

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Congratulations, the fact that you are reading this blog belies your complicity in the digital revolution that many still are reluctant to accept.  Two articles that caught my attention this week point to the ever-increasing interest that digital print culture arouses.  The NYT has finally recognized the importance of Amazon’s Kindle, a noteworthy step toward an e-book reader that helps bridge the gap between the physical book, with its unique textures, appearances, and smells, and its digital counterpart, which has often been criticized as being too cold, impersonal, and unwieldy in addition to being hard on the eyes.  The New York Review of Books has taken up an adjacent topic in an article by Sarah Boxer on the nature and value of blogs.  Digital print culture is certainly a topic close to the heart of a forum such as Past and Prologue, and a closer investigation of these new sites of reading and writing forces a reconsideration of the paradigm of print. 

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It seems that Jerry Springer maybe more of an indicator of popular culture and perhaps human nature than we actually thought. While we’ve noticed some parallel between the on going presidential campaign and some aspects of the Jerry Springer show we were delighted to find this review in the New York Times. (more…)

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In a report commissioned by the Israeli government on the Second Lebanon War, the findings show serious failures of decision making at the highest levels of the military and government regimes. The report outlines what any observer already knew, the war was a failure that cost the lives of innocent civilians and soldiers without achieving any of its objectives. Olmert must have been borrowing from the Bush playbook, a poorly thought out ground game without an exit strategy. At least Olmert has the spine to own up to it. (more…)

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The AP is reporting that John Edwards is expected to drop out today at 1p EST in New Orleans where he began his campaign. His delegates and support are expected to go to Obama.

Update: The Washington Post is saying a source close to Edwards was the leak. He does have dozens of delegates to give up. John- expect some hatchet-man from the Billary mob, sometime this morning to give you an offer you can’t refuse, for your delegates.

This is unfounded speculation, but what are the odds of an Obama/Edwards ticket? Comments invited.

Further:
Edwards Is Dropping Out

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