Sunday, October 22, 2006

Sunday Article Round-Up

Some big news around Page 132 this week. We've evolved in the TLLB ecosystem to a Wiggly Worm. You can see for yourself in the right hand column near the bottom. Yeah for us! Quite a few things caught my attention this week, so this week's round-up is jam packed. Remember, like always, this Sunday Article Round-Up is sponsored by ewb in SD. Let's get started!

E.J. Dionne has an editorial about Politicizing compassion that defends David Kuo's argument that "faith-based initiatives" were all hat and no cattle. Read some of the background if you don't know what who or what I'm talking about. Bull Moose has some of additional commentary on the inherent problems of supporting elimination of the estate tax and being a compassionate conservative.

Nancy Pelosi is getting a lot of press lately because she may be the next Speaker of the House. Read an intro piece and then see how she would distribute those valuable chairmanships.

Democrats Approach Nov. 7 With a Surge in Fundraising while Open Seats Lift Democratic Hopes in the House and With Guarded Cheer, Democrats Dare to Believe This Is Their Time. The Washington Post reports Democrats Strengthen Chances For Senate.

Check out the DLC's plan for A Progressive Energy Platform.

Joe Lieberman has built a 17-point lead over Democratic challenger Ned Lamont, which is a problem for Democrats because if they win the Senate by 1 seat (as polls show now), then Lieberman will hold the balance of power. I wonder if the Daily Kos folks are peeing themselves now. The last laugh could be on them. Lieberman could send the Senate to the Republicans.

US to weaponize space so we can boldly kill where no man has killed before!

U.S. to Israel: Ease up on Arab-Americans, which is ironic since America has adopted an anti-Arab policy for the last 5 years. Remember as we say, not as we do!

Frustrated with the rest of the state, it might be time to Take Back What's Ours -- Northern Virginia. DC was suppose to be a diamond, but the silly politicians of the mid-1800s decided to return Virginia's land to them. Now DC is oddly shaped. Time to return DC to its natural shape.

In a sign that democracy is developing in Central America, Panama to vote on expanding the canal, but sadly Iceland 'breaks ban on whaling' by needlessly slaughtering one fin whale.

Rehan Rafay Jamil offers some ideas on Understanding Iran and he argues that America and Tehran must talk now.

Iran makes it tough, though, when Iran leader warns Europe on support of Israel or that Israel led by 'terrorists,' has no reason to exist. More good news for freedom in Iran, Iran bans fast internet to cut west's influence

In Britain, the niqab, complete head covering, is causing a massive debate both within the Muslim community and with the rest of the nation. Some women speak on Wearing the veil in the Arab world and learn about Saudi Arabia's bold young bloggers

In a survey of global attitudes, One-third support 'some torture' of suspected terrorists. Wow! America has done wonders to promote freedom around the world.

The British governmens is saying that the Iraqis 'to take charge next year' while a Poll: Iraqi youth want U.S. to leave. Coincidentally, the U.S. to Hand Iraq a New Timetable on Security Role that looks a lot like a blueprint to leave Iraq.


The Right got all leftist suddenly! Evangelicals press Bush on Sudan and Evangelicals focus on global warming as campaign issue. Don't get too excited because Religious right chafes over GOP gay outreach.

Evangelical Outpost wants to know: Is Jesus a Liberal? and Internet Monk recommends “Homegrown Democrat” by Garrison Keillor

Sci-Fi no longer. Experts create invisibility cloak. Cool!

Last stand of the hippo as rebel militia slaughter hundreds a week and threaten their extinction.

Learn about Teachers And Job Satisfaction. More teachers are satisfied with their jobs than at any time in the last 20 years, but the best and brightest teachers are the most likely to walk away from the classroom. I can't say that I'm the best or the brightest, but I could easily see myself leaving the classroom within a year.

The Bush administration is handing out money for teachers who raise student test scores.

Half of fans don't want Bonds to hit 755. Count me as one of those folks.

My Chelsea go atop the Premiership with a 2-1 win this weekend.

The Cardinals didn't need any rest to beat Detroit in their own park 7-2. In a fun sidenote: the mayors of each city have a small bet. St. Louis mayor Slay offered to send Detroit's mayor Kilpatrick a case of Budweiser beer, a product of Anheuser-Busch, headquartered in St. Louis, along with Twinkies and other baked goods. Kilpatrick countered with a case of Vernor's ginger ale, famous to Detroiters. He also threw in local potato chips and Sander's hot fudge ice cream topping.

Go check out A conversation with the writers and producers of 'Lost'

Seattle has gone Metronatural, whatever that is.

See what everyone is saying about the dream home you are about to buy. Apparently, Everyone's a Critic.

Last Year on Page 132
I was throwing my support behind the White Sox, discussing America's lack of history as a Christian nation, discussing the Abu Ghraib defense, lamenting and discussing the 2000th American death in Iraq.

So what's the biggest story of the week? What have I missed? What strikes you as funny, interesting or sad? Let me know in the comments.

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